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    Default Anyone can help, all thanks!

    Hello all. I am from the US. I am quite a bit interested in my past. I found some things out about my great grandfather.I would like to know if anyone can tell me the rank or unit. Please help.I thank you all.Aftername: Dieter
    Vorname: Emil
    GRADE:
    Date of Birth: 20/09/1900
    Birthplace:
    Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 01/01/1945
    Todes-/Vermisstenort: East Prussia



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    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    The war certainly aged him. Just look at the difference between the earlier photo on the left in which he wear the parade uniform (waffenrock) and the other photo. On the first pic, there are some numbers on the shoulder strap, but I cannot make these out in the scan. That will be the number of his Regt.

    His rank is that of Unteroffizier which is equal to that of a Sgt in the US Army.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    hg1stlady
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    Hello! Thank you for such a quick reply. Yes, I noticed the advanced aging as well. Sad. At my mothers house the numbers on his shoulder boards are 22 with a line under them. That is the number it looks like. Would it be hard to tell what the bars on the left chest are for? I am awaiting papers from Germany right now about the current location of his burial. They are saying Eastern Prussia. I thank you so very much for all your help. I have been having the strangest dreams lately about this lately. I just want to know so much more.
    cheers!

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    Default Re: Anyone can help,all thanks!

    It is my pleasure to help.

    The ribbons he wears through his button holes are the War Merit Cross 2nd class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) and the Eastern Front medal (Winterschlacht Im Osten). He most likely wears the same ribbons as a medal ribbon bar above his breast pocket.



    Cheers, Ade.

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