Fallschirmjäger RKTs - pics and career data

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Post by Peter H » 18 Oct 2007 14:23

Eduard Kiefer having served with General Göring Regiment and Führer Escort Battalion transfered to Meindl's FJ Battlegroup as Adjutant in December 1941.Joined the HG Brigade in July 1942.Captured in May 1943.

From Kurowski's Knight's Cross Holders of the Afrikakorps
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Post by Peter H » 18 Oct 2007 14:31

Teusen again
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Post by Peter H » 18 Oct 2007 14:37

Hans Joachim Weck
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Post by FANGIO » 18 Oct 2007 18:13

Wonderful pics Peter!!!! Thank you so much for posting them!
I just have to look for one more: Mj Albert STECKEN. I´ll keep on trying searching the web.
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Post by Bernd R » 18 Oct 2007 19:48

More about Gerd Mischke

Peter,
as you are on the Afrikakorps at the moment - should be correct as following / stated the same by Kurowski ?

Being on a revision of the Fsch.Jäg awardholders I came across this man. -> Knight's Cross :
18.05.1943 Leutnant (Kr.O.) Zugführer i. d. 2./Fsch.Fla-MG-Btl [/ Lw-Regiment Barenthin / Division von Manteuffel]

According to Scherzer, "RKT", earned his KC in Africa. Headquarter units added by me.

The "Fsch.Fla-MG-Btl", the later "Fsch-MG-Btl 1" / 1. FJD, after my research was part of Lw-Rgt. Barenthin, resp. Div. von Manteuffel, at Tunisia.
it should be / is also called : III.(Fallsch-Flak) 9 - 11 / Rgt. Barenthin [per Tessin]

and, what might be the more interesting here - I was lucky to find this "Fernschreiben" with the (short) proposal for Mischke :
http://www.german-militaria.de/details/e17602.html

it is for Hptm Eduard-Heinrich Kiver ["Kifer"], Pz.Aufkl.Abt "HG", too !
(the later actor and director Till Kiwe ; nice photo in the other thread btw ; there are some great postwar actor photos as well)

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Post by Peter H » 19 Oct 2007 01:58

Thanks Bernd!

Kurowski gives his Btl but doesn't say what Division it belonged to.Thanks for the added information.Mischke got out of Tunisia and was captured at Brest in 1944.

Thanks for the info on Till Kiwe as well.

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Post by Peter H » 19 Oct 2007 01:59

Here's Albert Stecken
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Good defence battle

Post by Fallschirmjäger » 19 Oct 2007 10:18

I remember reading of Heinrich Schäfer and the cactus farm defence and 48 men fought off many british attacks of soldiers and tanks and how he called artillery on his own postions a few times to hold the britsh attacks off.It was in the late james lucas book on the FJ called storming eagles/german airborne forces in world war II,and this was the action he won it for im pretty shure i remember.

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Post by Bernd R » 19 Oct 2007 13:45

Martin Kühne , KC : 29.02.1944, Hauptmann, Kdr I./Fsch.Jäg.Rgt 2

short career data, listed with his own hands on the backside of an autograph
(technically not on the top at the moment, photo additions by me at a later time)
Diensteintritt : 01.11.1937
Leutnant : 01.09.1939
Oberleutnant : 01.10.1941
Hauptmann : 01.07.1943
Major : 02 / 45

Fallschirmeinsätze : Holland , Korinth , Kreta , Leros
Erdkampf : Rußland , Afrika , Italien
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Post by Peter H » 19 Oct 2007 14:02

Yes that's correct--the "Cactus Farm",April 1943.Schäfer's small force according to Kurowski knocked out 37 enemy tanks ,800 enemy killed or wounded.British published losses were 12 tanks and around 300 men.Still a gallant defence though.".Schäfer refused to surrender his encircled force,allowed the bulk of his regiment to escape,and broke out later anyway.Artillery fire was called down on his own position.

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Post by Bernd R » 19 Oct 2007 14:26

Heinrich Schäfer, KC : 08.08.1944, Oberfeldwebel, Zugführer i. d. 4./Jäg.Rgt "HG"

...and what's a remarkable fact :
US captivity since 13.05.1943 ; received the KC 15 month later ! [Scherzer, page 627]
could be worth a closer look how this happened ! my guess : influence and work behind the scenes by Göring

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Post by Peter H » 19 Oct 2007 15:08

My understanding is that there are 21 FJ RKT holders still alive,October 2007:

Coutre Le, Georg
Fries, Herbert
Gast, Robert
Gerstner, Siegfried
Jamrowski, Siegfried
Krink, Heinz
Kunkel, Kurt
Neuhoff, Karl
Pade, Gerhard
Rapräger, Ernst-Wilhelm
Schächter, Martin
Schmidt, Werner
Sempert, Günther
Stecken, Albert
Tannert, Karl
Teusen, Hans
Uhlig, Alexander
Vitali, Viktor
Weck, Hans-Joachim
Welskop, Heinrich
Zahn, Hilmar

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Post by Peter H » 19 Oct 2007 15:16

Kurowski:
On August 8 1944 Schäfer received the Knight's Cross.which had been awarded him some time earlier,via the International Red Cross.At the time he was a prisoner of war at Camp Harne,Texas.Following the award ceremony the German national anthem was played,and even his American guards congratulated this brave soldier.

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Post by FANGIO » 19 Oct 2007 22:41

Peter H wrote:Here's Albert Stecken
Thanks once again Peter!

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Post by Peter H » 20 Oct 2007 04:54

The fate of these men:

Left to right--Delica,Witzig,Koch,Zierach,AH,Ringler,Meissner,Kiess,Altmann,Jäger

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Delica-wounded twice in war,survived war
Witzig-wounded on Crete,survived war
Koch-wounded on Crete,died in car accident October 1943
Zierach-survived war
Ringler-due to wound unfit for service after May 1940.Commanded II/2FJR in 1944,survived war
Meissner-KIA July 1944
Kiess-survived war
Altmann-captured at Crete,POW,survived war
Jäger-survived war


Not pictured:

Gerhard Schacht-survived the war
Martin Schächter--in hospital:survived the war
Kurt Student-survived the war
Heinrich Trettner-Student's Ia:survived the war

13 RKTs awarded for Eban Emael.

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