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    Thought someone would help me. I belong to a Historical society and this information was among uniforms that were donated. To me it looked like souvenirs brought back from the battlefield. I would like to identify the individual and his unit if possible. Can anyone help

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    Bob Richford
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    Welcome Bob,

    His name is Hans Schmidt and he was in the Luftwaffe as a 'flyer'. The collar tab and eagle are Heer (Army) pattern so unlikely to belong to the owner of the Soldbuch......

    For more information I will leave to those who know their way around a Soldbuch.

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    Adrian, Can you identify his next of kin from page 5. I found a site that explains the Soldbuch (http://www.soldbuchweb.com/sbpg02.htm) and the next of kin was mentioned on that page.

    Thanks for your help, now I have to do the genealogy. Any suggestions would be great. I have only done Irish and Polish Genealogy.
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    His Mother was Veronika Schmidt, born Heidrich in the town of Bad Ems. The street name is damaged, but it might be something like Furssenberg 19(?).

    It looks like Hans went to Para school on 4th April 1944. I can't read the following entry.

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    Has anyone noticed what appears to be a bullet hole through the centre of the soldbuch? Maybe one reason this was picked up as a macabre souvenir? Is it through and through Bob?

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    I thought that too Ned but a wartime bullet hole or postwar? Probably not on the guy at the time or we should see some claret stains.

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    Maybe, maybe not....? I don't think the lack of blood neccessarily means it couldn't be so, the only real fact we can take from it is we'll probably never know.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    You might have this information, but check it out

    C.B. 04051 (99)
    "U 406," "U 386" and "U 264"
    Interrogation of Survivors

    U-boat Archive - U-406-386-264 - Interrogation Report

    Thanks for your help

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    Quote by Bob Richford View Post
    You might have this information, but check it out

    C.B. 04051 (99)
    "U 406," "U 386" and "U 264"
    Interrogation of Survivors

    U-boat Archive - U-406-386-264 - Interrogation Report

    Thanks for your help

    Thank you Bob, I've seen that but appreciate you pointing it out.

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    Linky no worky for me. Bob, does the hole go right through the soldbuch and is there any staining at all?
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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