Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by FransN » 17 Jul 2019 19:34

Zdravo Ivane (hello Ivan) and other forum members,

Now that's an interesting battalion CO of I./14 in late March 1945!!! I have a Hstuf. Erich Fischer (*15.06.1915) as CO of that battalion around that time.
The name looks like Koberstern. I have not been able to find a Stubaf. (or with any other rank) with that or a similar name in any files so far. Can anybody help???

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Jul 2019 19:49

Hallo, Frans

According to the source website, the name is Koberstein (see the link I provided; there's also a document with a company commander's name there). But I have no info on Koberstein, Koberstern or anyone with a remotely similar name. Good luck and let me know what you find out ;)

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by FransN » 19 Jul 2019 10:11

Hi Ivan,

I checked for the name of "Koberstein" or similar names on AHF, in John P. Moore's "Führerliste der Waffen-SS", in the DAL of 1938/1939, 1 July 1944, October 1943 and October 1944. Nothing. Also Otto Kumm does not mention him in his divisional history. His name does not show up in any KTB or in the Vopersal archive. He might be a Major that recently came over from the Wehrmacht and got/used the Sturmbannführer rank. But personally I suspect that these documents are a fake with an invented name.
This is corroborated by the Besitzzeugnis for the Verwundetenabzeichen, signed in Travnik on 09.03.1944. The name of the regiment (14) is "Skanderbeg" !!! In March 1944 the division "Skanderbeg" had not even been raised. If Rgt. 14 ever used the name "Skanderbeg", then only in the final months of the war, when the remnants of the "Skanderbeg" battle group were absorbed as the reconstituted II./Rgt. 14 (in winter 1945).
Fake documents? What's your opinion?

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 19 Jul 2019 10:36

Hello, Frans

Yes, I've noticed it too (the name of Skanderbeg and the date in the Wound Badge document). That's not right. I first assumed that there was simply a typo in the date (year): '44, instead of '45 (some division elements were indeed located in the Travnik area in early March 1945). The documents themselves seem genuine, compared to other similar documents that I've seen - but they also seem rather easy to fake. So, I don't know (a document expert's opinion would be appreciated). It would make sense that he was awarded the Wound Badge as SS-Rttf. on 9 March 1945, got promoted to SS-Uscha. and was awarded the Bandit-Fighting Badge on 28 March 1945. However, the year 1944 was written twice in the Wound Badge document, decreasing the chances of being a typo. So something's definitely not right there. (By the way, Frans, can you read the company commander's name? It might be helpful.)

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We should have started a separate thread for this discussion I think.

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by FransN » 19 Jul 2019 20:11

Hello Ivan,

I cannot decipher the name of the company Chef.

I have the following Chef's names for the relevant periods as to my knowledge (early 1944 & possibly early 1945)

Ustuf Herbert Gross (* 17.09.1921)
Chef 2./14 on 10.12.1943 (BA-MA RS-files, I can let you know the exact numbers)
Chef 2./14 in 05.1944 (John P . Moore's "Führerliste der Waffenn-SS")

Ustuf. Felix Benesch (* 19.02.1922)
Chef 2./14 on 19.10.1944 (BA-MA RS-files)
Chef 2./14 on 02.11.1944 (BA-MA RS-files)

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Frans

PS I still think this is all a hoax. But I cannot really prove it.... It's just my personal gut feeling.

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 19 Jul 2019 21:15

I know what you mean ;) And you gotta trust your gut! Too many things don't seem right there. Either we're lacking info, or it's indeed a hoax.

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by Michael Miller » 24 Aug 2019 20:03

SS-Untersturmführer und Kriminalsekretär Ernst Green (RSHA) – Bandenkampfabzeichen in Bronze, 1945.
Stammkarte from his SS-Personalakte (SSO_Grawitz-Grener_030A NARA).

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Re: Die Bandenkämpfer - Holders of Bandenkampfabzeichen

Post by Igor Karpov » 18 Oct 2019 09:31

Erwin Rösener.

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