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He died with 19 years......

Article about: There are some good books on Hohenstaufen at this time they were part of II SS Panzer Korps and only just arrived at the Front in Normandy in late June 1944 , they were commited into action

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    Default He died with 19 years......

    and I say R.I.P. for all fallen soldiers!
    I become this sad memory of a Rottenführer from Tank Division "Hohenstaufen".

    I`m not sure is that in this big size a Photo or a Printing Paper?
    But its old and original......

    thoughtfully....
    Nikolaus
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    That's very interesting Niko! 9th SS Hohenstaufen Division arrived in Normandy on 26th June 1944 after being delayed along the way by allied fighter bombers, the same day this young chap died!

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thanks for Info,Ned!
    How knows more about this date: 26th June 1944 ???
    Where in Normandy happened that?
    cheers

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    Hello Nikolaus,

    The division was activated on 31.12.42 and became a full Panzer division in October 1943.

    The division was comprised of some experienced staff from Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler together with many 18 year old conscripts, mostly RAD.

    They saw action in Poland, France, Arnhem and the Autumn Mist operation in the winter of '44/'45. Following the defeat in the Ardennes, the division was moved to Hungary and was involved in the fighting near Budapest. They withdrew to Steyr in Austria and surrendered to the US Army on 5.5.45

    At Normandy, the initial plan to attack the allies towards the beachhead was changed due to the allied advance on Caen. Fierce fighting defending the lines at Caen led to 1,200 casualties and the withdrawl of the division to reserve status. Following several ventures back into the fray, followed by several subsequent withdrawls, the division arrived at Arnhem to rest and refit having lost over half of its complement of almost 16,000 men.

    Hope this information helps you.

    Regards

    Carl

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    Here is his entry in the Volksbund database. He is buried in La Cambe War Cemetery.

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    Great and many thanks to the helpfull members of this forum.
    cheers
    Nikolaus

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    The two unknown stripes under the sleeve eagle are interesting.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I was thinking the same thing Ade, never seen that before on any SS uniform and theres nothing i can find in any of my books

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    I think the two stripes and the rank of collar tab are paint later on this photo. Original on this photo he was a "Sturmmann" like on his deathcard. Posthum he was a "Rottenführer".

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    Ah, that would explain it! I thought the rank tab looked odd too.

    Cheers, Ade.

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