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An "also known as" for Luftgaukommando Petersburg. Never issued an FpN.
This designation was occasionally and informally used to refer to Gefechtsstab (Befehlsstelle) des Luftgaukommando I Riga in Latvia. Its use rarely appears in official documents, however. “Petersburg” is believed to refer to St. Petersburg (Leningrad), the intended destination and headquarters location for the Luftgaukdo. Luftgaukdo. Petersburg was never issued a Feldpostnummer so it was never a formalized and recognized unit. This is similar in context to the designation Luftgaukommando Moskau, which never reached the Soviet capital and was headquartered in Smolensk instead. Similarly, St. Petersburg (Leningrad) was never captured by the Germans, so the name never really came into existence. On 1 April 1943, Gefechtsstab (Befehlsstelle) des Luftgaukommando I Riga became Feldluftgaukommando XXVI Riga.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).
(1st Draft 2006)
Befehlsstelle (ex-Gefechtsstab) d. Luftgaukdo. I Riga
(FpN: L 40719)
Oberst Josef Punzert ( ? - ? ) 1/42
A forward command post formed latter part of June 1941 with Stab in Riga/Latvia. Elements also identified at Gatchina airfield on the Leningrad Front in January 1942. Disbanded in early 1943. Most or all of the personnel were used to form Feld-Luftgaukdo. XXVI, which was ordered established on 1 April 1943, but not concluded until 15 August 1943. This command post was the primary instrument of administrative and logistical control for Luftwaffe support on the northern sector of the Eastern Front.
Feldpostnummer L 40719
(30.7.1941-28.2.1942) Luftgau- Kommando I Gefechtsstab,
dann Luftgau-Kommando I Befehlsstelle Riga,