My grandma found a ton of photos from her relatives in the war. In fact 3 of them where all stationed in Paris! Here's a amazing quality picture of Walter. With a not so amazing camera.
maybe just keep all these posts under your first " my relatives in ww2" one you started a while back....
I thought the thank for post was used for thanking for the post...
Thanks for all the help and info guys. I appreciate it so much.
What is interesting is depite his age , Ehrenwinkel für alte Kämpfer , Spiess tresses he wears no general or combat awards !!
Will research is about facts and not assumptions and jumping to the wrong conclusions , i suggest you start one thread on your Great Grandfather which includes his photos and all the information you have learned about him from the members here ( not family rumours and your own assumptions etc ) and use that one thread to carry out any further discussions instead of numerous threads !
Alright, using the scattered documents and photographs from the previous threads, let me scrape together what hard, solid facts we have at this point:
Josef Paul Kasinger was an Austrian (later German) citizen born on 18th March 1906 at Salzburg. On 21st September 1935 he was married at Kolbermoor, Upper Bavaria, to his wife Olga Rosa Kasinger, neé Reisacher. His last recorded civilian occupation was as an official of the Innsbruck labor office and his last recorded civilian place of residence was Innsbruck. He was no church member.
For an unkown period of time, but definitely at the time of his wedding, he was a member of the SA. At the time of his wedding, he held the rank of SA-Scharführer. He was later promoted at least to the rank of SA-Truppführer. He had also qualified for the SA-Sportabzeichen.
At an unknown date, he joined the Waffen-SS, where he became an NCO and, serving with the mountain troops branch, was deployed to the Balkans.
While still a JNCO ranked Unterscharführer, he was appointed to the duty position of Stabsscharführerdiensttuer. Thanks to his early Nazi organization membership, he was entitled to wear the Ehrenwinkel für alte Kämpfer on his SS uniform.
His final rank at the time of his death was the SNCO rank of SS-Oberscharführer, serving with the staff of the 21. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS „Skanderbeg“ (albanische Nr. 1). (His serving with the divisional staff is evident from the field post number.)
He was KIA on 12th September 1944 at the Lettai (Letaj) Pass in Yugoslavia. On 15th September 1944, his unit sent a death notification to his widow, who would survive the war and still lived at Innsbruck, Austria in 1947.
Acting on an application submitted by the widow and based on the aforementioned death notification, the Austrian civilian authorities legally declared him dead on 1st December 1947.