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Wehrpass - Konrad Schmidt - KIA in Russia

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    As usual HP, you have made my day with such a thorough examination. I can't thank you enough for doing this for us, and for bringing the soldiers experiences to the front.

    From your information I found a little history on the 131st Infantry Division of which his units were apart.

    131st Infantry Division (Wehrmacht) | World War II

    I believe Konrad would have been involved in this part of the history given:

    In 1943, the 131st ID used in Kirov and defensive fighting was there exposed with the Red Army in Kirov, Jakimowo and Bjeloy. The pressure of the enemy was too strong, so that the Division had to withdraw on the Desna, from there we went west through Bogdanowo, over the Sosch to Pronja south of Chausy. Riverside Pronja the unit was again involved in trench warfare. From the Central Army Group, she was transferred in January 1944 to Vitebsk, where they should southeast of Vitebsk hold a defensive line on the river Lutschessa. After collapse of the Red Army in this area, the division was moved to Kovel, to keep the place there shown as Fixed city at any cost.

    It sounds like he would have fought very hard, honoring his career military service, even at a point where the Germans had to be feeling a turn of defeat.

    It's quite odd that he was not awarded any wound badges for the shrapnel hit.
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    Quote by hucks216 View Post
    Page 32 lists the unit campaigns although some are more detailed than others. Unfortunately the ones shown in this WP are pretty basic so you will need to check the divisional histories to see what he was engaged in.
    Thanks for the help Hucks! I need to look around and see if I can find some sort of tutorial on what's what in a Wehrpass. I think that would go a long way towards my being able to figure some of it out myself.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Welcome to Soldbuchweb
    Hi there, not sure this will help much. But this site provides an insight into Soldbuchs & Wehrpasses. Stewy

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    Oh yeah, that will be helpful. I've not touched Soldbuch's yet, and they're even more of a mystery to me. Looks like this site has some great information on a number of documents, and I've just clicked a few of the categories.

    Yeah, I'm going to have to bookmark that. These term definitions are priceless time savers vs. Google translate.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    It's only a basic understanding of S/B's & W/P's. But it's a start. Soldbuchs aren't any different to Wehrpasses, in as much as difficulty to understand. Don't be put off. Stewy

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    U Da Man!!!!

    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    Alright, here's what the document tells us:

    Konrad Paul Johannes Schmidt was born on 13th Dec. 1910 at Schneidemühl in West Prussia (now Piła in Poland) as the son of the laborer Josef Schmidt and his wife Maria, née Drews.

    A natural-born German citizen of Catholic faith, Konrad was still single when this Wehrpass was issued in 1937, although he eventually got married at an unknown later time.

    He left the Gymnasium [grammar school] after graduating from the Obersekunda class, thus attaining a secondary school certificate. His classical education left him with school knowledge of both Latin and Ancient Greek.

    He did not train in a civilian trade, deciding on a life in uniform instead and joining the Landespolizei [State Police] on 1st October 1930, when he took up training as a candidate at the State Police School at Treptow an der Rega in Western Pomarania [now Trzebiatów in Poland].

    After three promotions, his final police rank was Oberwachtmeister, which he held since 1st April 1935.

    The barracked State Police formations - once an unofficial extension of Weimar Germany's small 100,000-men-army - were absorbed into the Wehrmacht in 1935.

    As part of this process, Konrad Schmidt transferred to the army on 17th August 1935 with the rank of Unteroffizier. He took his new oath the same day. His initial unit was the 18th Company of Infantry Regiment 4, based at Treptow an der Rega.

    His first promotion as a soldier came on 1st April 1939, when he was promoted to Unterfeldwebel. This was an intermediary rank which could be skipped, with promotion from Unteroffizier to Feldwebel being the norm. Interestingly, he was indeed promoted to Feldwebel with effect of the same date, either somehow rectifying/overruling the initial act or as a case of a retroactive promotion. He was next promoted to Oberfeldwebel on 1st October 1940.
    On 1st April 1941, he was made an officer candidate like many other experienced SNCOs during the war.
    Due to his officer candidate status, his final rank designation, held from 1st May 1943 onwards was Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel.

    During his career, Konrad underwent a number of training and qualification measures:
    He was qualified with the carbine, the M 08 and M 34 heavy machine guns, the M 08 pistol and the M 34 heavy mortar.
    Between 1939 and 1942, he was lectured on 10 different occasions about various administrative, legal and security-related matters.
    He attended a platoon leader's course from 27th Oct. to 9th Nov. 1941 with the 181st Infantry Division.
    From 22nd June to 5th July 1942, he took part in a specialized officers' training course with the High Command XXXIII aimed at qualifying the attendees as shooting instructors and instructors in ordnance- and basic infantry service.
    After this came a Fahnenjunker officer candidate course from 18th June to 18th July 1943 with the AOK 4.

    An athletic young man, Konrad also attained the German Sports badge and held the Freischwimmer [lit. "free swimmer"] certificate, which required 15 minutes of swimming in deep water plus a jump into the water from 1 meter height.

    His blood group was AB, and he was vaccinated against smallpox on 11th Sept. 1939 and against typhus on 21st Oct. 1939. A medical examination on 12th April 1941 found him to be kriegsverwendungsfähig [fit for war service], i.e. the highest category.

    His first award was the aforementioned Sports Badge, which was followed by the Long Service Award 4th Class for four years of active military service.
    Following his humble peacetime awards, Konrad was decorated several times during the war:
    He received the War Merit Cross with Swords 2nd Class on 1st April 1942.
    He was subsequently decorated with the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 13th Sept. 1943 by the CO of the 2nd Panzer Division and with the 1st Class on 26th March 1944 by the CO of the 131st Infantry Division. On 16th May 1944, he was awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver.

    Following his initial assignment with the 18th Company of Infantry Regiment 4, Konrad served with a succession of other infantry- or grenadier units detailed on page 12 and 13 of the Wehrpass.

    Konrad took part in the following campaigns/deployments:

    • 12th June 1940 to 7th July 1940: Security-/occupation duties in the Generalgouvernement (i.e. occupied Poland) with Infantry Regiment 242.
    • 12th May 1941 to 27th Sept. 1942: Security-/occupation duties in Norway with the 7th Company of Infantry Regiment 742.
    • 2nd Nov. 1942 to 23rd Jan. 1943: Security-/occupation duties in the Netherlands with the 6th Company of Infantry Regiment 861.
    • 16th Feb. 1943 to 11th Aug. 1943: Participation in the fighting against the Soviet Union with Grenadier Regiments 432 and 434. This deployment ended when he was wounded by a shrapnel hit to his left lower thigh while serving with the 10th Company of Grenadier Regiment 434.
    • 9th Jan. 1944 to 1st April 1944: Campaign against the Soviet Union with the 1st Company of Grenadier Regiment 434.

    1st April 1944 was the day when his luck finally ran out and his life was cut short:

    As the final entry in the Wehrpass, signed by his company commander Lt. Schulze-Langendorff, testifies, this was the day when Konrad Schmidt was KIA at Czerkasy in Russia at 33 years of age.
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    There is this book available that will help understand the pages of a Wehrpass (and Soldbuch), although it is a bit pricey so try shopping around if you wish to get it...

    The Wehrpaß and Soldbuch of the Wehrmacht - Detailed item view - B&D Publishing LLC

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    Quote by avenger View Post
    It's quite odd that he was not awarded any wound badges for the shrapnel hit.
    It should have qualified him for a Wound Badge in Black.

    Could be simply a missing entry because of an administrative error/communication failure; perhaps due to the fact that Wound Badges could be awarded by the physicians in charge of field hospitals, whereas the Wehrpass was retained by the unit?

    We'll never know.

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