12-03-2015 07:46 PM
For the record I'm pretty sure my grand father was a flakhelfer in the second picture. When he reached age he joined as a KM
Rzm57 I'd be interested on your opinion (and everyone else's of course) on these items that I'm interested in and how they compare to yours and authenticity
Thank you very much. Very helpful
There is an update! I have had a reply from the Deutsche Dienststelle.
Just need to get someone in the family to translate it for me.
The letter says:
"Your enquiry of 4/1/2016
Dear Mr. [...],
concerning the military service history of your grandfather, the following could be found:
Entry into Navy service: 19/1/1945
Time period / Unit, location (if known/applicable):
19/1/1945 to 19/3/1945: 27th Schiffstammabteilung*, Ollerup/Denmark
20/3/1945 to 30/4/1945: 5th Marineersatzabteilung**, Westerland/Sylt
Rank: Matrose I (Bootsmannslaufbahn)***
Remarks: According to a list of 31/5/1944, your grandfather was serving with the 5th Battery of schwere Flakabteilung 801**** prior to his call-up to the Navy. The time period is not on record.
On 30 April 1945, your grandfather was taken as a prisoner of war at Bremervörde, being released from captivity on 7/9/1945.
Concerning the administrative fees, please note the attached form.
*) roughly translated "Ships' Cadre Detachment"; these were units for the military- and naval basic training of recruits
**) Navy Replacement Detachment
***) i.e. a basic-level seaman of the boatswains' career
****) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Artillery Detachment 801
A huge help as ever HPL! Many thanks.
Looks like he spent more time in captivity than in the navy!