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Soldbuch: Pz.Rgt 39 - PAB '25'

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    Here are a few pages from a new addition. The Soldbuch was opened in 1940 and the soldier served in the Stabskompanie of Pz.Rgt 39 (17 Pz.Division.)

    During the early months of Barbarossa he won the EK II & PAB Silber when 17 PD served with Heeresgruppe Mitte. The division remained with AG Center for nearly the whole of 1942. However in December 1942 it was briefly reassigned to Heeresgruppe Don and participated in Operation Winter Storm which was the failed attempt to relieve the trapped 6 Armee at Stalingrad. As Haslinger won the EK I on the 3rd January 1943 it is possible that he won the award for actions during this failed offensive.

    In June 1943 Stab/Pz.Rgt 39 was used to form Panzer-Regiment von Lauchert along with Pz.Abt 51 & 52. These units were equipped with the brand new Panther tanks and so Haslinger would of been among the very first soldiers in the Wehrmacht to use these new panzers. For the coming Kursk offensive in July 1943 Pz.Rgt von Lauchert came under the command of Pz.Brigade 10 which was assigned to Pz.Gren.Div GD. In mid-July Pz.Abt 51 was removed from the Regiment and then at the end of July Pz.Abt 52 was also removed leaving just Stab./Pz.Rgt 39 and so Pz.Rgt von Lauchert ceased to exist.

    In February 1944 17 Pz.Division once again found itself fighting to help relieve trapped German troops, this time at Cherkassy. However, in March 1944 it was 17 Pz.Division's time to be encircled when it found itself in the Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket along with the rest of 1 Pz.Armee. Becoming part of 'Hube's Wandering Pocket' 17 Pz.Division managed to regain German lines in mid-April.
    In mid-1944 Pz.Rgt 39 was part of Heeresgruppe Nordukraine and during this period, Haslinger was badly wounded. He entered the Lazarett system in June 1944 and he seems to have remained in various hospitals for the remainder of the war. During his stay at a Lazarett in September 1944 he was awarded the Panzer Assault Badge '25' which is shown as the last entry on the awards page.

    The Soldbuch has a great photo of Haslinger wearing his cap and I believe it contains the signatures of two Knights Cross winners. I am not 100% sure but the signature authorising the EK I could be that of Günter Corßsen (who also won the DKiG) while the signature for the first leave entry is that of Hans Gradl.

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    That one has got everything going for it. Very nice indeed.

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    Seems like he got badly wounded in France in june '44, and stayed in hospitals for a while (at least untill end of '44). Did he survive the war?

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    Quote by Feuerbach View Post
    Seems like he got badly wounded in France in june '44, and stayed in hospitals for a while (at least untill end of '44). Did he survive the war?
    Thanks for the additional information. There is a leave entry dated for 5th April-3rd May 1945 and authorised by Reserve-Lazarett XXI in Vienna so unless he had a stroke of bad luck in the remaining few days he would of survived the war.

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    I've just found this excellent piece of work by Martin Block that covers Pz.Rgt von Lauchert & Stab./Pz.Rgt 39...
    Stab Pz.Rgt. 39 (Pz.Rgt. v. Lauchert)

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    hope he made it to freedom.and peace.

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