1.7.1944: Reserve-Offizier-Bewerber (ROB)
Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz
Kriegsverdienstkreuz II Klasse mit Schwerter
Soldbuch belonging to Gerhard who served with Artillerie-Regiment 253. Gerhard was stationed in the town of Ulfborg before he died during the “battle at the Dukla Pass” near the Beskider Mountains in Poland.
Before his death Gerhard served with Schwere-Artillerie-Abteilung 762, Artillerie-Regiment 253 and Artillerie-Ausbilungs-Abteilung 6. It seems Gerhard was transferred from Artillerie-Ausbilungs-Abteilung 6 to Artillerie-Regiment 253 but this was not noted in his Soldbuch. During the Summer of 1944 Infanterie-Division 253 was transferred to the Polish/Slovak border region at the Beskiden mountains and deployed against the Red Army together with several other German divisions.
Gerhard was awarded the Verwundeten Abzeichen in Schwarz for wounds he suffered in Russia during the summer invasion and later he was awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz II Klasse mit Schwerter whilst being stationed in Denmark.
Nice hospital entries from Reserve-Kriegslazarett Kopenhagen. Also worth mentioning is that Gerhard privately owned two pistols and was on Hitlerjugend payroll.
Gerhard died as Reserve-Offizier-Bewerber (officer candidate)
Read more here: http://wehrmacht-soldbuch.com/gerhard/