Karl Solbach was born in Essen, 1926.
Although, it seems from his name he was from Norway also given the fact where his career began.
He enlisted in April 1944 with :
Norwegen Kompanie / SS Panzer Grenadier Ausbildungs Batl 11
Indicating once again that Karl Solbach was likely of Norwegian decent.
After training he was sent to:
SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 20 ‘ Hohenstaufen’
It would seem he was with Hohenstaufen after Arnhem, as there is a security stamp on September 1944 in Lauenburg Pommern with a SS NCO Training school.
It could be he seen the battle of the Ardennes, but hard to know given the entries.
SS – Panzerjäger (Sturm Geschütz) Ausbildungs und Ersatz Abteilung 3
This training unit was armed with StuG Tank Hunters, and Soldbach Promoted to SS Sturmmann and Unterführer March 1945.
A two documents displaying his promotions were found in the back of the Soldbuch along with a training slip that had to be destroyed!
Stating: Trained on : K98, MP38, MG 34 and Stuka 40 (Wurfrahmen 40). He was to be used as a StuG Commander according to this document.
By April 1945, the school was thrown against the US Army near Pilsen, where he was captured.
A nice Soldbuch with some very desirable entries! A really cool pouch holds his SS Soldbuch!