Help needed with inscription
Hello everyone. Can any Forum member help to translate an inscription found on the reverse of a photograph I recently obtained. I can work out some of the details, but others remain a mystery to me. It would appear that between the officers first and second names is the letter 'v' which I assume is short for 'von'. I believe the wording also indicates that he was killed/died? I am unable to identify the unit/regiment. I have also included the obverse which has a pencil inscription at the base, possibly the photographers name? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Malcolm.
10-28-2013 09:32 PM
Hard to read the top but this indicates the photo is of a Lieutenant. Looks like the photo dates to February 1943. Gefallen means died. Apparently this soldier died in battle June 29th 1944.
If that is an A this may mean Artillery Regiment 6.
Yup, 18 years old (when photo was taken?) Leutnant in artillery regiment 6!..
by Neil Hever
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
Neil and Gunny. Many thanks for your help. It is much appreciated. Kind regards, Malcolm.
His name was Gerhard von Lüpke; otherwise Neil and the Gunny already had it covered:
"Gerhard v. Lüpke (18 J)
Leutnant im A.R. 6
Gefallen 29. VI. 44"
As has been said above, "18 J" stands for "18 Jahre" [= 18 years] and "A.R. 6", means "Artillerieregiment 6" [= Artillery Regiment 6]. "Febr. 1943" is, of course, "Februar 1943" [February 1943] - apparently the time the photograph was taken - and "Gefallen 29. VI. 44" is "KIA 29 June 44".
Hello HPL2008. Thank you very much for the very interesting and comprehensive reply – I am very grateful to you. A very sad picture. Kind regards, Malcolm.