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"I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

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    Quote by MrDaveC View Post
    Hello everyone, this is my first time posting so I hope I have this right
    Here is a photo of my wife's uncles grave
    Gefr W BENNING. He died on 17th May 1940 at La Besace France. He was first buried in Raucourt and then reburied sometime later in Noyes-Pont-Maugis military cemetery near Sedan.

    The photo shows other names which I read as Gefr VOGELSANG, Gefr DIEKERT (BIEKERT?), Gefr W. BENNING and Feldix? SCHIELE.

    The second photo is of his grave at Noyes-Pont which we recently visited
    Hi Dave.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I had a search and found some information for you and your wife.

    Name: Wilhelm Benning
    Rank: Gefreiter
    Birth Date: 23 January 1921
    Birth Place: Münster
    Military Unit: 6./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 79
    Death Date: 17 May 1940
    Death Place: Raucourt

    His cause of death is noted as Gefallen: Kopfschuß (Killed in action: Head shot)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.


    Volksbund entry -

    Willi Benning | Grabersuche-Online


    Infanterie Regiment 79 -

    Infanterieregiment 79 - Lexikon der Wehrmacht

    16. Infanterie Division -

    16. Infanteriedivision - Lexikon der Wehrmacht


    BATTLE OF STONNE (15-18 May 1940) -
    (When you see 16. ID mentioned, this is Wilhelms Division)

    Battle of Stonne 15-17 May 1940 - Axis History Forum


    Here is some information on the soldier Wilhelm is buried with.

    Name: Josef Diekert
    Rank: Gefreiter
    Birth Date: 6 Jul 1915)
    Birth Place: Marl
    Military Unit: 7./Kompanie Infanteeie Regt 79
    Death Date: 23 May 1940
    Death Place: 4 Km Südl Raucourt La Besace

    His cause of death is notes as Gefallen: Artillerie Geschuß Kopf und Bein (Killed in action: Artillerie shot, head and leg)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.


    Kind regards,

    Will.

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    Here are the cards for the other two fallen men shown in the photograph.


    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    Name: August Schiele
    Date of birth: 16.1.1914
    Place of birth: Osnabrück
    Death/missing date: 17.5.1940
    Death/missing place: 5km südlich Raucourt

    August was a Feldwebel in 7./Infanterie Regiment 79


    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    Name: Wilhelm Vogelsang
    Date of birth: 01.10.1913
    Place of birth: Münster
    Death/missing date: 23.5.1940
    Death/missing place: La Besace

    Wilhelm was a Gefreiter in 7./Infanterie Regiment 79 fallen by artillerie geschuß brust (artillerie shot to the chest)



    They were originally buried at Friedhof Raucourt, shown in the first photograph.

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    Hi Will
    Many thanks for the info you provided. There were a few things that I didn't know about, so this is really interesting. Where did you search for this information? I had been in contact with the Federal Archive and they provided me with just a little of this.

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    Quote by MrDaveC View Post
    Hi Will
    Many thanks for the info you provided. There were a few things that I didn't know about, so this is really interesting. Where did you search for this information? I had been in contact with the Federal Archive and they provided me with just a little of this.
    Hi Dave.

    You can access the casualty cards on Ancestry, but you need a subscription. The great thing about these is that you can tell what unit the soldier was with. Then by searching online you can find out where his unit was and any battles they were involved in. I have heard the Federal Archive can be hit and miss, but if you received any documents or information you need a hand with just let us know.

    Kind regards,

    Will.

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    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Richard Soff
    16.8.41
    13/ I.R. 102?
    Konstantinowka

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    Gfr. Alois Knoblauch

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    Hi Santi.

    You are right about the unit from the first photo and here is what I found.

    Name: Richard Soff
    Rank: Schütze
    Birth Date: 27 April 1917
    Birth Place: Grasengrun Karlsbad
    Military Unit: 13./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 102
    Death Date: 16 August 1941
    Death Place: Konstantimowka

    His cause of death is noted as Unfall: Beim Baden Ertrunken (Accident: Drowned while bathing)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Richard Soff was not recovered during our re-interment activities. The planned transfer to the collective cemetery in Kyjiw -Sammelfriedhof Ukraine was, therefore, unfortunately not possible. His name will be recorded in the cemetery's memorial book.


    From the Feldpost number (21976 - Stab 1 u. 1.-4. Kompanie Infanterie-Regiment 102), here are there the details for the second soldier.

    Name:Hermann Schreiber
    Rank: Oberschütze
    Birth Date: 26 August 1911
    Birth Place: Haynau / Schles
    Military Unit: 3./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 102
    Death Date: 16 August 1941
    Death Place: Budki

    His cause of death is notes as Ertrunken: Beim Waschen der Pferde (Drowned: Washing the horses)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Hermann Schreiber has not yet been transferred to a military cemetery set up by the Volksbund.
    According to the information available to us, his grave is currently in the following place: Budki / Tscherkassy - Ukraine.


    Second photo -

    Name: Aloys Knoblauch
    Rank: Gefreiter
    Birth Date: 22 November 1909
    Birth Place: Reinerswalde Heilsberg
    Military Unit: 1./Kommpanie Nachrichten Abteilung 31
    Death Date: 29 June 1941
    Death Place: Feldlazarett 4/582 Ostrowo Bei Rozana

    His cause of death is noted as Verstorben: Rückensteckschuß, Lungen und Herzschuß (Deceased: shot in the back, lungs and heart)

    Steckschuß = A retained projectile, eg a bullet or piece of shrapnel stuck in the body.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Aloys Knoblauch has not yet been transferred to a military cemetery set up by the Volksbund.
    According to the information available to us, his grave is currently in the following place: Rushany - Belarus.

    Kind regards,

    Will.
    Last edited by Willmore; 04-14-2024 at 03:19 PM.

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    Thank you very much Will

    I never would have thought about it.
    Two soldiers accidentally drowned. One of them bathing the horses..... I imagine the terrible heat it would be on August 16, 1941 in Belarus....

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Regards
    Santi

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    My pleasure Santi.

    Thank you for adding the photos, they perfectly illustrate the likely scenario that occurred on that day.

    Kind regrads,

    Will.

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    Where do Alois, Hans and Werner rest?

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    ALOIS PASCHINGER

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    HANS HARTMANN

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.
    WERNER REULECKE

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    Hi Santi.

    Here is the information for the soldiers.

    Name: Alois Paschinger
    Rank: Schütze
    Birth Date: 2 March 1916
    Birth Place: Polsenz
    Military Unit: 9./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 119
    Death date: 25 May 1940
    Death Place: Bois de Davergny Zwisch Atkies Parfondru 7 Km Süd Süd

    His cause of death is noted as Gefallen: Artillerie Geschuß Kopf (Killed in action: Artillery shot head)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Alois Paschinger is buried in the military cemetery in Fort-de-Malmaison, France.
    Endgrablage: Block 7 Reihe 25 Grab 990.


    Name: Hans Hartmann
    Rank: Gefreiter
    Birth Date: 21 May 1916
    Birth Place: Hirschbach Sulzbach
    Military Unit: 9./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 119
    Death Date: 20 May 1940
    Death Place: Westl M'on Forest Re

    His cause of death is noted as Gefallen: Artillerie Geschuß Kopf (Killed in action: Artillery shot head)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Hans Hartmann is buried in the military cemetery in Fort-de-Malmaison, France.
    Endgrablage: Block 7 Reihe 24 Grab 955.


    Name: Werner Reulecke
    Rank Schütze
    Birth Date: 9 October 1910
    Birth Place: Wehrstedt Oschersleben
    Military Unit: 9./Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 119
    Death Date: 20 May 1940
    Death Place: Westl. M. on Forest. Re

    His cause of death is noted as Gefallen: Artillerie Geschuß Kopf (Killed in action: Artillery shot head)

    "I once had a comrade". Photos of graves of German soldiers.

    Werner Reulecke is buried in the military cemetery in Fort-de-Malmaison, France.
    Endgrablage: Block 7 Reihe 2 Grab 72.

    Kind regards,

    Will.

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