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Can you help me identify his unit

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    Sorry for the poor quality. I am trying to identify my German grandfather's WW2 unit. He was inducted into the German army from Serbia. His family was Donauschwabian from the Banat area. I know that he fought first in Russia, was wounded, and after recouperation was sent to Normandy where he was captured by the allies and spent the last year of the war as a POW in the US.

    Any insight would be appreciated. This is the only surviving photo of him from the war, as his family lost all possessions when they were expelled from yugoslavia after the war.

    Thanks!



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    Welcome to the forum Matt.
    Someone who knows will help you for sure, it may take a short while however. Don't worry if your question goes unanswered for a few days....
    To be conscripted, fight in Russia, then Normandy and to survive the war - he was a lucky guy ( and of course DOUBLY lucky for YOU! )
    Cheers, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    If I'm not mistaken, the Hoheitsabzeichen on his left arm indicates that he was Waffen-SS. My cousin, who fought on the Eastern Front said that the SS accepted enlistments of non-Party members and that draftees were also funneled into the SS, which puts the old saw that all SS were dedicated nazis to rest. Good photo and I wish you luck in your research. Dwight

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    The belt buckle is that of W-SS.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Pretty interesting. I can't wait till the experts chime in!

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    Quote by drmessimer View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, the Hoheitsabzeichen on his left arm indicates that he was Waffen-SS. My cousin, who fought on the Eastern Front said that the SS accepted enlistments of non-Party members and that draftees were also funneled into the SS, which puts the old saw that all SS were dedicated nazis to rest. Good photo and I wish you luck in your research. Dwight
    When the German army invaded yugoslavia, there were thousands of german villages......new conscripts! they did a fitness test, and all of the best men were "volunteered" for Waffen SS.

    My mother rememberedhat when he returned from Russia to heal from his wounds, everyone in the village (Karavukowo, Yugoslavia) was afraid of him because he was SS.

    I sure appreciate the input.

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    can't make out the collar tab, but the rest is definitely W-SS.

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    Hey Matt, get history! What part of Houston are you from?

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    Many VolksDeutsche from the Banat and Siebenburgen served in the Waffen SS , throughout many of the formations although a large majority went via initial recruitment into Prinz Eugen to Nordland but from this photo it is unfortunatley impossible to tell the unit definately !!

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    If possible can you post a closer photo of the tab on the right side of his collar , not the blank one.
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    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
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    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

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    I have to agree. Definitely Waffen SS, but that's about as far as you can go with the photo. There's unfortunately, nothing in it that can tell us anything else about him, and I'm absolutely unable to make out what the insignia is on that right hand collar tab! Very frustrating, for sure!
    William

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