Soldbuch issued in 1943, to Albert Schmidt born in 1925 from Konstanz, Germany. (Radolfzell).
He enlisted to be aircrew, completing a Bordschützen (Aircraft Crew) Training in August 1944. This training was to apply to the Junker Ju 88.
Arriving in September 1944 to his unit in Germany. He would by December 1944 moved into a ground fighting unit.
Ending up with Panzer Grenadier Regiment 11 (9 Panzer Divsion)
Just in time for engagements in the Ardennes 1944/45 –
The division then took part in the Ardennes Offensive, where it was deployed west of the Meuse. The battles for Rochefort, and later for Donchamps and Longchamps, were purely defensive in nature. On February 7, 1945, our own HKL was back on the West Wall. From February 24th to March 4th, 1945, the division fought for the Erft section, Erkelenz and the artillery defense positions. In the battle for Cologne there was heavy house-to-house fighting. After the loss of the city, the division set up a final defensive position on the Cologne – Frankfurt / Main highway. From March 25, 1945, it moved via the Sieg into the Betzdorf – Siegen area on the southern front of the Ruhr basin that was forming. Here the division went into American captivity at the end of April 1945.
By March of 1945, Schmidt was awarded the wounds badge in black for fighting in early March against US Troops. He arrived in Heilbronn Hospital and was likely taken a POW.
Interesting Soldbuch, from the skies to the ground he seen it all. Also desirable unit for the Battle of the Bulge.