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Thanks for sharing the files provided by Westmoreland.
Still, allow me to remark that there are several errors in the interpretation of these documents:
1 November 1932 is not the promotion date to SA-Sturmführer, but the date on which Mr. Kasinger joined the SA and the NSDAP.
He was never "posted to Alpenland"; Ergänzungsstelle [Replacement Office] Alpenland (XVIII) was simply the Waffen-SS office that accepted and processed his application as a W-SS volunteer. Ergänzungsstelle Alpenland was in charge due to his place of residence at the time: Innsbruck.
He was not "trained in espionage". The document in question is simply confirmation of him having received a standard lecture on espionage/counter-espionage, secrecy and conduct in wartime, which was given to every single soldier in every branch of the armed forces.
Also, I see no reference to a punishment unit anywhere in these documents. Perhaps this conclusion was drawn from the "Strafregister" documents, but this is simply paperwork relating to the background screening for any SS applicant's criminal record.
Thank you for correcting this!
Here's a timeline based on the data from the SS personnel files found by Westmoreland, with a few bits from documents posted in earlier threads.
(All dates written in the German format DD/MM/YYYY.)
- 18.03.1906: Born in Salzburg, Austria as the son of the dairy man Paul Kasinger and his wife Anna Kasinger
- XX.XX.19XX - XX.XX.19XX: Attended 5 years of grade school and 3 years of trade school at Salzburg, trained as a shoemaker
- XX.XX.1926 - XX.XX.19XX: Worked in his father's business
- XX.XX.19XX - XX.XX.19XX: Worked as a salesman for various companies
- 01.11.1932: Joined the NSDAP and the SA
- 18.07.1933 - 04.05.1938: After fleeing from Austria to Germany, served with the the Hilfswerk Nord-West / Österreichische Legion. During his time with the Legion, had infantry training and attended the Verwaltungsschule [Administrative School] at Aurich.
- 20. or 21.09.1935 (contradictory data): Married Olga Reisacher at Kolbermoor in Upper Bavaria
- 18.10.1935: Took on German citizenship
- XX.07.1937: Was appointed as administrative NCO with Wirtschaftstrupp 1/NW7 at camp Oberach, in charge of payment matters and equipment and uniforms
- 05.05.1938: Took up employment as an employee with the labor administration
- XX.XX.193X: Returned to now-annexed former Austria, eventually worked at the labor office at Innsbruck
- 09.11.1941: After additional training and examinations, was appointed as an official with the labor administration with the "rank" of Regierungsinspektor
- 20.01.1942: Submitted an application for acceptance as a volunteer in the Waffen-SS to the Ergänzungsamt der Waffen-SS, Ergänzungsstelle Alpenland XVIII at Salzburg
- 26.01.1942: Signed up for Waffen-SS duty for the duration of the war, submitted an affidavit of Aryan ancestry
- 21.02.1942: Underwent W-SS medical examination, was found fit for duty, categorized as garnisonsverwendungsfähig Heimat [fit for garrison duty in the homeland]
- 21.02.1942: Ergänzungsstelle Alpenland confirmed acceptance as a Waffen-SS volunteer with call-up to be undertaken as soon as possible
- 16.03.1942: Called up for military service with the Waffen-SS. Joined 2./SS-Kraftahr-Ersatz-Abteilung [2nd Company, SS Motor Vehicle Replacement Detachment] at Berlin-Lichterfelde, where he underwent infantry training and qualified with the Gewehr 98 rifle and with hand grenades
- 31.03.1942: Was lectured on espionage/counter-espionage, secrecy and conduct in wartime at Berlin-Lichterfelde
- 20.04.1942: Took his oath of allegiance
- 14.08.1942: Made a written application to the CO of 2./SS-Kraftahr-Ersatz-Abteilung to be re-assigned to an administrative posting. Cites health reasons (injury to the right heel following infantry training leading to an inflammation requiring three weeks in a military hospital; flat foot) and qualification for an administrative role due to his training and job experience both with the Austrian Legion and the labor administration
- 19.08.1942: Passed the test for the SS' military driver's license Class II (trucks) at Berlin-Lichterfelde, was lectured on speed limits
- 19.08.1942: Made a written application to the CO of 2./SS-Kraftahr-Ersatz-Abteilung for home leave. Cites urgent family matters (search for a larger appartment for his family)
- 29.08.1942 - 07.09.1942: On home leave to Innsbruck
- 11.09.1942: Transferred to SS-Nachrichten-Ersatzabteilung [SS Signals Replacement Detachment] at Nuremberg
- 12.10.1942: Transferred to SS-Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung [SS Corps Signals Detachment]
- XX.XX.194X: Transferred to the staff of the 21. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS „Skanderbeg“ (albanische Nr. 1)
- 12.09.1944: Killed in action at the Lettai (Letaj) Pass in Yugoslavia
- 15.09.1944: Death notice sent by his unit to his widow
- 01.12.1947: Legally declared dead by Austrian authorities following an application submitted by the widow and based on the aforementioned death notification
Last edited by HPL2008; 04-30-2016 at 09:59 AM.
Thank you so much for this timeline HPL!
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