Heer Wehrpass – Funker Zblowski – Infanterie Regiment 689 (246 ID) – Missing in Action
Heer Wehrpass issued to Leo Zblowski, in 1939.
He was from Werne in Westfalen, Germany, a Catholic who was not married.
He was enlisted on the 30.8.1939 with Nachrichten Ersatz Kompanie 36
After a while training he was assigned to:
Infanterie Regiment 118 (36 Infanterie Division)
From May 10, 1940, the division took part in the western campaign and advanced to the Meuse. Heavy fighting broke out when crossing the river at Stonne south of Sedan. The division was then used to secure the flanks of the German units advancing towards the canal. In the second phase of the campaign, the “Battle of France”, the division advanced on Verdun on the left bank of the Meuse and captured the city on June 15, 1940. The further advance to the armistice led the division into the Toul area. The division stayed here until the end of September 1940 and then returned to the home garrisons. From November 1, 1940, the division was converted into an Inf.Div. (mot). This resulted in the surrender of the 70th Infantry Regiment to the 111th Infantry Division. The drawn hawsers of the division, however, went to the 126th Infantry Division. Thereafter, the division was referred to as the 36th Infantry Division (motorized).
Infanterie Regiment 689 (246 Infanterie Division)
In exchange, the division received the 689 Infantry Regiment. In February 1942, the division was then transported by rail to the east in the Rshew – Bjeloje area. The division fought here throughout 1942. In March 1943 she stood in the western part of the front arc near Rzhev and withdrew to the Vitebsk area via Duchovshchina and Jelnya and Smolensk as part of the “Buffalo Movement” operation. The division suffered heavy losses and had only the strength of a combat group after the withdrawal movement had ended. In September 1943, further withdrawal movements began via Rudnja, Mikulino and southwest of Vitebsk.
It was here that Leo went missing, the card returning his Wehrpass states that he was reported missing, he is not listed anywhere on the official records and is likely still missing to this day somewhere in Belarus.
Awards: Eastern Front Medal
Trained: Radio Man (Funker), also trained on the light Mortar and K98 Rifle.
Interestingly, inside his Wehrpass is the form required to be filled out that the owner of the Wehrpass is not of Jewish decent.