KIA Wehrpass Grouping – Oberschütze Seibel
Fla.Batl 611 (4.Armee) – 2cm Flak 30 Gun Crew – Battle of Moscow
Grouping consists of the following:
- Complete Wehrpass with battle list
- Letter to family from Seibels commanding officer explaining his death on 25.1.1942
- The above letter typed out.
- Two letters from his friends to Seibels parents.
- ‘Gedenkblatt’ – Large Golden Eagle letterhead, Death Certificate signed by Company Commander.
Adolf Seibel was born on the 26th of Feb 1920 in Wehen/Weisbaden into a protestant family. Seibel was not married, and was enlisted into the Fla Ers Kp 66 in Wackernheim on the 2nd of December 1940. Seibel swore his allegiance on the 16th of December 1940, during hsi training he was trained on the 2cm Flak 30 as well as the K98 Rifle.
On the 25th of February 1941, Seibel joined his frontline unit :
Heeres-Fla Batl (mot) 611 – (4.Armee)
The battalion was equipped with Flak (2cm Flak 30 & 3,7cm Flak 36/43) for the close support of Infantry, their role:
- Defense against ground attack aircraft of all kinds and fight against reconnaissance planes in the destruction area of 1200 m (2 cm) or 2000 m (3.7 cm),
- Support of the infantry in ground combat up to a maximum range of 4400 m (2 cm) or 6500 m (3.7 cm).
According to Seibels Wehrpass he took part in the following battles with the 4th Army
From June 22, 1941, the army took part in the Russian campaign. It crossed the Bug River north and south of Brest-Litovsk and then advanced further east. After the Bialystok Kessel Battle, the army marched towards Minsk, where it took part in another encirclement Battle and broke out. The mass of motorized units pushed further east towards the Dnieper river and reached it at the beginning of July 1941. After crossing the Dnieper, the Smolensk encirclement battle then followed, the advance on further to the Desna.
The 4th Army stayed here for the time being until it took part in the attack on Moscow on October 2, 1941. By the end of October the army stood on Oka, Nara and on the Rusa. After the failure of the German offensive against Moscow in early December 1941, the army was hit by the Russian counter-offensive. There were severe Russian break-ins, especially at Malojaroslawez, Kaluga and Medyn. At the same time, severe frost set in on the 4th Army area. At Juchnow there was heavy fighting with the Red Army, which lasted until May 1942. Subsequently, the broken through enemy troops were destroyed in the rear of the army.
Battle of Moscow