April 1943: Grenadier
14.3.1945: Verwundeten Abzeichen in schwarz
The Soldbuch is in good but used condition. Backcover was at some point taped together but several pages are loose. No missing pages.
A lot of the field post stamps have the numbers blackened out.
August was barely three years after the German occupation of Denmark, 01.04.1943, called for military service at Stammkompanie / Grenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 193 in Detmold. After the recruitment period, he was transferred to 2nd company / Grenadier-Ausbildungs-Bataillon 193, which had been placed in Aalborg 3 months before. After arriving in Aalborg, August was transferred to Nachrichten-Betriebs-Kompanie Dänemark, which was subject to the 416. Infanterie-Division. August’s unit was probably located in North Jutland, as August from the Wehrmacht depot in Thisted at one point was handed over a new field jacket and other equipment. The unit was responsible for the operation of i.a. the signal service’s radios in Denmark.
416. Infanterie-Division was set up on 20.12.1941 in the German city of Braunschweig and the division was intended for a function as occupying force in Denmark. The division had several so-called “Ostruppen”, which were primarily constituted by people from Eastern Europe and Russians. The Russians were assembled in the Grenadier-Regiment 714 and other units, a total of 4 battalions.
On October 4, 1944, the division was deposed with the West Front, with the exception of the 4 Russian battalions, and here the division fought against the Allied forces from the Saarpfalz area and back to the Hunsrück on the Rhine, where the division was in US prison of war.
August was not transferred to the Western Front together with the 416. Infanterie-Division in October 1944, when he was admitted to the Kranken-Sammelstelle 2./790 with a gun wound on February 5, 1945. Kranken-Sammelstelle 2./790 was a mobile lazaret and on several internet forums, including the German wehrmacht-forum.de, the southern Polish city of Zakopane is mentioned in connection with Kranken-Sammelstelle 2./790. Zakopane is a city in southern Poland close to the Beskids and up the Slovenian border.
Unfortunately, the sources are extremely sparse around the Infanterie-Nachrichten-Ausbildungs-Kompanie 3 but in the case of the lazeret information the unit was probably subject to Heeresgruppe A (later Mitte) in 1945.
March 14, August was awarded the German Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (the German wound sign in black) for his first gunshot wound.August was at Kranken-Sammelstelle 2./790 until April 10, 1945, where after a medical check he was declared suitable for troop service and transferred to Feld-Genesungs-Kompanie 49 until April 20 (recreation stay).
On page 4 in August Soldbuch, the following was listed on April 21, 1945:
”On 21.4.45 reported in Glatz Wehrmacht Sammelstelle, on 22/4 forwarded to Marschkomp. 107
Friedak, i.V. (signature) Oberleutnant ”.
Glatz was the name of the southwestern city of Klodzko in the Third Reich, and here the German Presidency had a march.
What happened to August afterwards is unclear but he was probably wounded for the second time in connection with the fighting against the Red Army, receiving him on May 2, 1945 at the Luftwaffe-Lazarett-Warsaw-Schönhof in northwestern Poland. It is uncertain whether August reached Marschkompanie 107 or whether he was injured on his way there.
June 26, 1945, August received “1 Tag Erhohlung” (1 day recreation) and this was entered on page 24 in his Soldbuch with stamp from the German city of Northeim. Thus, August ended his 2-year military service during World War II as a wounded – but alive – veteran.
Read more: http://wehrmacht-soldbuch.com/august/