Hi There!!
I got lucky on E Bay and I got this gas mask with matching numbers, I always wanted one but I could never get one for a decent price.
Hi There!!
I got lucky on E Bay and I got this gas mask with matching numbers, I always wanted one but I could never get one for a decent price.
Hi Luis,
How much was it?
Hi Luis, if you don't already know, I can tell you what unit is it from
10. Kompanie Luftnachrichten-Regiment 42
Great to have one which is named and unit marked.
Cheers, Ade.
Some more info for you on the unit:
Luftnachrichten-Regiment 42
Kommandeure:
* Oberst Alfred Boner, 1.8.42 - 15.9.43
Formed 1.8.42 in Zeist with:
* Stab/Ln.Rgt.42 in Zeist with:
o Stab I./Ln.Rgt.42 (Betrieb) in Zeist with:
+ 1./Ln.Rgt.42 from 1./Luftnachrichten-Regiment 201
+ 2./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 3./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 4./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ Gerätekolonne I./Ln.Rgt.42 new
o Stab II./Ln.Rgt.42 (Eisenbahn-Flugmelde) in Döberitz with:
+ 5./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 6./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 7./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 8./Ln.Rgt.42 new
o Stab III./Ln.Rgt.42 (Flugmelde) in Ludwigsburg-Ossweil with:
+ 9./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 10./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 11./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 12./Ln.Rgt.42 new
+ 13./Ln.Rgt.42 new
6.-8./Ln.Rgt.42 each had one railway train with 22 railroad cars, equipped with 2 Würzburg and 2 Freya radars. The 3 companies used the following cover names: Sumatra I - III (Flugmelde) and Java I - III (Jägerleit). Operated mainly on the eastern front and in the Balkans.
11. - 13./Ln.Rgt.42 was three schwere/mittlere Flugmelde companies, each operating a radar site in Southern Germany:
* 11./Ln.Rgt.42 (Stellung "Möwe") at Renningen, near Stuttgart
* 12./Ln.Rgt.42 (Stellung "Bachstelze") at Gross-Aspern, near Backnang (abandoned before 9.44)
* 13./Ln.Rgt.42 (Stellung "Eppingen") at Eppingen/Baden
The regiment was disbanded on 15.9.43:
Stab/Ln.Rgt.42 became Stab/Ln.Rgt. beim I. Jagdkorps
Stab I./Ln.Rgt.42 became Stab I./Ln.Rgt. beim I. Jagdkorps
1./Ln.Rgt.42 became 1./Ln.Rgt. beim I. Jagdkorps
2./Ln.Rgt.42 became 2./Ln.Rgt. beim I. Jagdkorps
3./Ln.Rgt.42 became 5./Ln.Rgt. beim I. Jagdkorps
4./Ln.Rgt.42 became 4./Ln.Abt. Mitte
Stab II./Ln.Rgt.42 became Stab/Flugmelde-Meß-Abteilung zbV 21
5./Ln.Rgt.42 became 1./Flugmelde-Meß-Abteilung zbV 21
6./Ln.Rgt.42 became 2./Flugmelde-Meß-Abteilung zbV 21
7./Ln.Rgt.42 became 3./Flugmelde-Meß-Abteilung zbV 21
8./Ln.Rgt.42 became 4./Flugmelde-Meß-Abteilung zbV 21
Stab III., 10.-15./Ln.Rgt.42 remained until 2.9.44:
Stab III./Ln.Rgt.42 became Stab I./Ln.Rgt.237
9./Ln.Rgt.42 became 5./Ln.Abt.201
10./Ln.Rgt.42 was disbanded
11./Ln.Rgt.42 became 1./Ln.Rgt.237
12./Ln.Rgt.42 was disbanded
13./Ln.Rgt.42 became 3./Ln.Rgt.237
Service:
* 8.42 - 9.43 under XII. Fliegerkorps
Hi Luis, no, this info came from what was printed on the paper label you showed here in the cannister lid. I have borrowed and cropped your pic, so see below.
What you have is:
The soldiers surname of: Benecke
His unit Feldpost number: L51846 (Luftwaffe numbers have a "L" prefix)
His Gas mask size, which is 1.
His roll number: 225
The key peice of info is the Feldpost number. I have a database of these. Once you know the unit, it is easy then to research where they fought.
His roll number of 225 (similar to a US/British serial number but NOT the same thing) really gives no info. This number was stampted on his dog tag too and entered in his paybook. The German Army gave you a number when you joined up. Each unit had a roll book and his name was entered at position number 225 in that book.
Hope this explains things for you?
Cheers, Ade.
Hello Adrian & Luis,
In this case i'm afraid the number 225 is not the roll number given to each soldier in his unit. Gasmask sets were not like the vast majority of the other equipments that was issued at the clothing depot. They did belong to the unit, and the number is the issueing number. It means that your set Luis was the 225th issued within the 10. Kompanie of Luftnachrichten-Regiment 42...
Also...sorry for the bad news, but your carrying strap is postwar Bundeswehr...
thanks
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