A rather somber set to a young Officer, who was killed in Russia with GJR 138.
Many letters and details, it seems he was hit in the head with a shrapnel piece from and antitank gun and died immediately. There are two separate letters describing his death.
There are four photos of him in Officers Uniform. Many in the RAD as well as some RAD promotion papers.
His Hitler Youth Leaders ID is for Gebiet 9 – Westfahlen, and still has his original uniformed HJ picture. Another small photo of him with his friends in the HJ and one newspaper cutting showing him asking people for money in the HJ.
he has an extensive RAD Service, gaining the rank of Truppführer. In His Wehrpass the Golden Hitler Youth Badge is entered.
His service in GJR 138 – Unit History.
The regiment was brought together again in Grafenwöhr by January 20, 1942. On March 1, 1942, Grafenwöhr was relocated to Hamburg and shipped by ship to Kristiansand. Here the regiment was quartered in the towns of Lillehammer, Hamar, Gjövik, Elverum and Stören. In August 1942 it moved by ship to Hangoe. From there it marched into the 11th Army area in the Mga area outside Leningrad. On September 28, 1942, the regiment marched into its staging area. On September 29th, the attack on the Russian troops encircled near Gaitolowo began. By October 1, 1942, the Russian troops had been destroyed or captured. At the beginning of October 1942 the regiment returned to Mga. After two weeks of rest. The regiment was then sent by rail to the Velikiye-Luki area. The regiment was deployed against the Russian troops who had broken through near Novo-Ssokoliniki. The regiment was deployed at the Chernosyem train station to contain the break-in area. From here the regiment advanced into the breakthrough area on Jescherwitzy. The regiment held the place with exceptionally high losses. On November 26, 1942, Maschutkinio and Waraksino were taken. The regiment was surrounded by the Russian forces that had broken through in the captured towns and defended the pocket that had formed. The regiment is almost completely wiped out. By the end of November 1942, the remnants made their way to the newly formed HKL. The regiment suffered 624 dead, 1,792 wounded and 70 missing. The regiment was taken from the front and collected in the Mogilev area. In March 1943 the regiment rejoined the 3rd Mountain Division, which was located in the Donets Basin in the Voroshilovsk area. On March 28, 1943, the division was finally fully assembled again. This was where trench warfare broke out and lasted six months. On July 17, 1943, parts of the regiment were deployed in the section of the 304th Infantry Division to clean up a Russian breakthrough in the area between Malo Nikolayevka and Shterowka. The battle raged until July 22, 1943. At the end of August 1943, the Russian offensive on the Donets Basin began. The regiment was pushed further and further west by the force of the attacks. On September 9, 1943, the so-called “lizard” position was reached. On September 13, 1943, the intermediate position in the section Antonovka – Zelenoplje – Ssloadko – Vodnaja was reached, on September 14, 1943, the west bank of the Gaitschul and on September 16, the west bank of the Konka. On September 20, 1943, the prepared “Wotan” position was taken up. The regiment had some peace here until September 26, 1943. Then the Russian offensive broke out here again. And this time the regiment managed to defend the positions. On October 9, 1943, Russian attacks began again. And this time the front started moving again. By November 14, 1943, the regiment was pushed back to the Nikopol bridgehead. But there was no time to relax here either, because on November 20, 1943, the Red Army also attacked this new line. But the lines were held until the end of November 1943. In early December, the muddy period ended the Russian offensive. At the beginning of February the Red Army managed to break into the Nikopol bridgehead. The 3rd Mountain Division was then withdrawn to the west. But the Red Army was faster and the 3rd Mountain Division was surrounded. By February 12, 1944 it was possible to break out to Krasnyj near Nikolayev. Here the regiment was deployed to defend the Ingulez. These defensive battles lasted until March 13, 1944. On March 7, 1944, the retreat to Novo Sergeyevka began. The 3rd Mountain Division was outflanked by enemy units and was able to break through to the Bug by March 18, 1944. There the division was deployed in the area from Tschitschekleya to Dimitriyevka. On March 29, 1944, the “Alphabet” operation began the descent to the Dniester, which meant a march of 300 km within 12 days. But the regiment suffered heavy losses and actually only existed as a combat group. By June 8, 1944, the regiment was pushed back to the Moldavia. In August 1944 the Red Army advanced further. On August 25, 1944, Draceni was evacuated. The regiment was deployed to protect the Bistritz Valley. Bistricioara had to be abandoned on September 7, 1944, and the Tisza was reached via the Aurel Pass by the end of October 1944. In the last year of the war, the regiment fought defensively in the High Tatras, near Jablunkau and Freistadt, later the remnants of the 138th withdrew via Olsa, Neutitschin to the area south of Olomouc, where the war ended for the regiment on August 8th. In May 1945, the East Mark hunters laid down their weapons