An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 21 Mar 2022 03:17

Volkssturm-Bataillon 31/211


The sender is from Kampf-Gruppe Treek in Cilli


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https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/7562753/


Volkssturm-Bataillon 41/70

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Sender is at the Btl. 41/70, 5th Kp. in the Volkssturmkaserne, further letter from Graz of 29.1.1945 to
Volkssturmmann in Rohitsch in der Untersteiermark

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Stettin-Sydowsaue NSDAP Ortgruppe Vereidigungsurkunde Volkssturm

Stettin-Sydowsaue-NSDAP-Ortgruppe-Vereidigungsurkunde-Volkssturm-12111944.jpg

https://oldthing.de/Stettin-Sydowsaue-N ... 0040306509


Volkssturm in Köln.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 01:23

Everyone has to play their part!

Mathermatical Research Institute OberWolfach Kreis Wolfach Gau Baden

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 01:28

Volkssturm-Bataillon Kürpfalz // Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/3 - Gau Westmark


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 01:33

New finds and additional information

Bruckenkopf Wesel

Volkssturm-Bataillon Lüddeke - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Lüddeke] - [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Reiswer - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Reiswer] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Rurkrim - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Rurkrim] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Wagner - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Wagner] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Zorn - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Zorn] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 02:28

Part 3 - Update for Volkssturm Units that were not deisgnated with a Kreis / Gau and those units with [DRK] next to their placement.

Volkssturm-Bataillon Breitkopf - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Breitkopf] [FPN 46868]
Volkssturm-Bataillon Burn - Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Battalion Gruber - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Gruber] - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hanisch - Kreis Brünn Bezirk Brünn Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren
[Kampfgruppe Gottwald 1. Volks-Gebirgs-Division 6. Armee Heeresgruppe Süd]

Volkssturm-Bataillon Haslach // Volkssturm-Bataillon 2/10 - Kreis Wolfach Gau Baden-Elsaß
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hirschenhof - Kreis Modohn Kreisgebiet Riga-Land Generalbezirk Lettland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kostopol - Kreis Kostopol Generalbezirks Brest-Litowsk Reichskommissariat Ukraine
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kowno - Kowno/Kauen Kreis Kowno Kreisgebiet Kauen-Land Generalbezirk Litauen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kurjanin - Kreis Rowno Generalbezirks Brest-Litowsk Reichskommissariat Ukraine
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kürpfalz // Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/3 - Gau Westmark
Volkssturm-Bataillon Langenbach - Kreis Wolfach Gau Baden-Elsaß
Volkssturm-Bataillon Leo Schlageter Heuberg - Kreis Tuttlingen Gau Würtemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Leo Schlageter Posen - Kreis Posen Reichsgau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Lettland - Kreis Goldingen Generalbezirk Lettland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Libau - Kreis Libau Generalbezirk Lettland

Volkssturm-Bataillon Lösch // Volkssturm-Bataillon X/18 // Volkssturm-Bataillon z.b.V.10/18 // Volkssturm-Bataillon​ Hessen-Nassau​
- [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Lösch] - Kreis Darmstadt Gau Hessen-Nassau

Volkssturm-Bataillon Luck - Kreis Obornik Gau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Lüddeke - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Lüddeke] - [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Marbach - Kreis Marbach Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Modohn - Kreis Modohn Kreisgebiet Riga-Land Generalbezirk Lettland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Muß - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Muß] - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Oberruhr // Freikorps Oberruhr - Kreis Arnsberg Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee - Bezirke Prenzlauer Reichsgau Berlin
Volkssturm-Bataillon Pestalozzischule // Volkssturm-Bataillon 27/32 - Kreis Bautzen Gau Sachsen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Pettau // Volkssturm-Bataillon 31/171 - Kreis Pettau CdZ-Gebiet Untersteiermark
Volkssturm-Bataillon Pflanz [Kotschate] - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Pflanz] - Kreis Breslau Reichsgau Niederschlesien **
Volkssturm-Bataillon Plakheim - Kreis Wehlau Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Reval - Tallinn/Reval Kreis Reval Kreisgebiete Reval Generalbezirk Estland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Riga - Kreis Riga Kreisgebiet Riga Generalbezirk Lettland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Rotenburg - Kreis Rotenburg Gau Ost-Hannover
Volkssturm-Bataillon Rottenburg - Kreis Rottenburg Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Reiswer - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Reiswer] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Rurkrim - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Rurkrim] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *
Volkssturm-Bataillon Savenstein Unterkrain CdZ-Gebiet Untersteiermark
Volkssturm-Bataillon Saybusch // Volkssturm-Bataillon 23/372 - Kreis Saybusch Reichsgau Oberschlesien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Schomaker - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Schomaker] - Kreis Frankfurt-Oder Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Schreiber - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Schreiber] - Hemrichsdorf Kreis Neustettin Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Sildendorf - Kreis Sankt Pölten Reichsgau Niederdonau
Volkssturm-Battalion Spielschen - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Spielschen] - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ussat - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Ussat] - Kreis Elchniederung Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Wagner - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Wagner] [Rheinfront bei Wesel] Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen *


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pflanz.JPG

https://www.google.com.au/books/edition ... frontcover

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http://www.territorial.de/index.htm

https://treemagic.org/rademacher/www.ve ... u_abc.html

https://privat.genealogy.net/neumann/orte.html#A

Handbuch der NSDAP-Gaue, 1928-1945. Author Michael Rademacher

viewtopic.php?p=2393162#p2393162

viewtopic.php?p=2368627#p2368627

https://vffow.org/assets/downloads/date ... a-1943.pdf

https://dvhh.org/batschka/village/

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Ru ... n_im_Banat

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... lkssturms/

https://vbl.drk-suchdienst.online/Trupp ... /TA_H.aspx

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategorie ... r_Toponyme

https://www.archivportal-d.de/item/ZJR7 ... LI6M6LVSHI

https://williamremus.com/genes/WPrussia/sitemap.htm

https://gradovislovenije.si/nemska-imen ... -valvasor/

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krain#Ter ... des_Landes

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/CdZ-Gebie ... steiermark

https://www.cisarik.com/0_former-counties.html

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskom ... at_Ostland

https://www.geschichtewiki.wien.gv.at/i ... _der_NSDAP

http://biebelsheim.net/places.html

https://www.sggee.org/research/parishes ... oland.html
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 02:33

More information on Festung Breslau

Breslau 1945: Hitler's Final Fortress - Eduardo Manuel Gil Martínez · 2020

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Mar 2022 23:16

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Hitlerjugend-Regiment Niederschlesien 1 [3. Aufgebot] - Kreis Schweidnitz Reichsgau Niederschlesien
Hitlerjugend-Bataillon Schweidnitz - Kreis Schweidnitz Reichsgau Niederschlesien
Hitlerjugend-Bau-Bataillon Schweidnitz - Kreis Schweidnitz Reichsgau Niederschlesien

http://www.horst-adler.de/Schweidnitz1942-43_Teil2.pdf

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 24 Mar 2022 08:40

Part 4 - Update for Volkssturm Units that were not deisgnated with a Kreis / Gau and those units with [DRK] next to their placement.


Volkssturm-Einheiten


Volkssturm-Einheit Ahlden - Kreis Fallingbostel Gau Ost-Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Alfdorf - Kreis Gmünd Reichsgau Niederdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach​ - Kreis Wolfach Gau Baden-Elsaß
Volkssturm-Einheit Baldringen - Kreis Saarburg Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Bärwalde - Kreis Labiau Gau Ostpreußen [check Volkssturm-Bataillon Bärwalde]
Volkssturm-Einheit Bauschheim - Kreis Gerau Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Beckum - Kreis Beckum Gau Westfalen-Nord
Volkssturm-Einheit Breckerfeld - Kreis Ennepe-Ruhr Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Brettheim - Kreis Crailsheim Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Einheit Burgbernheim - Kreis Uffenheim Gau Franken
Volkssturm-Einheit Büren - Kreis Büren Gau Westfalen-Nord
Volkssturm-Einheit Caaschwitz - Kreis Gera Reichsgau Thüringen
Volkssturm-Einheit Cholm - Kreis Cholm Distrikt Lublin Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Ciechomin-Cichomice - Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement [see Volkssturm-Bataillon Cichomice]
Volkssturm-Einheit Dahlem - Kreis Schleiden Gau Köln-Aachen
Volkssturm-Einheit Dausenau - Kreis Unterlahnkreis Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Dombrau - Kreis Olsagebiet Gau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Einheit Dörnberg - Kreis Unterlahnkreis Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Drohobyez - Distrikt Galizien Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Duisburg - Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen
Volkssturm-Einheit Ehringshausen - Kreis Wetzlar Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Emslandlager I (Börgermoor) - Kreis Aschendorf-Hümmling Gau Weser-Ems
Volkssturm-Einheit Emslandlager II // Einheit Herold (Aschendorfermoor) Kreis Aschendorf-Hümmling Gau Weser-Ems
Volkssturm-Einheit Erwitte - Kreis Lippstadt Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Eversen - Kreis Celle Gau Ost-Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Fürstenwald - Kreis Hofgeismar Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Geseke - Kreis Lippstadt Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Grünwald - Reichgau Berlin
Volkssturm-Einheit Güldendorf - Kreis Lebus Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Harkerode - Kreis Mansfelder Gebirgskreis Gau Halle-Merseburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Heilbronn (III. Aufgebot) // HJ-Gruppe Richard Drauz​ - Kreis Heilbronn Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Einheit Heinrichswalde - Kreis Elchniederung Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Artillerie-Einheit Heinrichswalde - Kreis Elchniederung Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Einheit Herne-Stadtgarten - Kreis Herne Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Herscheid - Kreis Lüdinghausen Gau Westfalen-Nord
Volkssturm-Einheit Hofsteiger - Kreis Bregenz Reichsgau Tirol
Volkssturm-Einheit Ilvesheim - Kreis Mannheim Gau Baden-Elsaß
Volkssturm-Einheit Kalkar - Kreis Kleve Gau Essen
Volkssturm-Einheit Kastel - Kreis Mainz Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Kehrig - Kreis Mayen Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Kinderlandverschickungslager Plan - Kreis Mährisch Budwitz Reichsgau Oberdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Klengen - Kreis Villingen Gau Baden-Elsaß
Volkssturm-Einheit Abschnitt der Autobahnlinie Köln-Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Kolomyia - Kolomea Kreis Horodenka Distrikt Galizien Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Königssaal - Kreis Prag-Land Bezirksgrenzen Königssaal Bezirk Prag Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren
Volkssturm-Einheit Kordel - Kreis Trier Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Lachtehausen - Kreis Celle Gau Ost-Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Lambach - Kreis Wels Reichsgau Oberdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Langenorla - Kreis Rudolstadt-Saalfeld Reichsgau Thüringen
Volkssturm-Einheit Limburg-Unterlahn - Kreis Limburg-Unterlahn Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Linz - Linz am Rhein Kreis Neuwied Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Litzmannstadt - Kreis Litzmannstadt Regierungsbezirk Litzmannstadt Reichsgau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Einheit Losenstein - Kreis Steyr Reichsgau Oberdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Lossow - Kreis Landsberg/Warthe Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Lowicz-Lowitsch - Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement [see Volkssturm-Bataillon Lowicz]
Volkssturm-Einheit Lunsen - Kreis Verden Gau Ost-Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Lutzmannsburg um Neudorf - Kreis Oberpullendorf Reichsgau Niederdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Marktbergel - Kreis Uffenheim Gau Franken
Volkssturm-Einheit Medebach - Kreis Brilon Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Mering Kreis Friedberg Gau Schwaben
Volkssturm-Einheit Mitte - Stadt Burg bei Magdeburg Landkreis Jerichow I Gau Magdeburg-Anhalt
Volkssturm-Einheit Modlin - Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Müllauer - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Einheit Neuffen - Kreis Nürtingen Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Einheit Neuhoff - Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Neu Sandez - Kreis Krakau Distrikt Krakau Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Niedersfeld - Kreis Brilon Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Nierstein - Kreis Mainz Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Osterburg - Kreis Osterburg Gau Magdeburg-Anhalt
Volkssturm-Einheit Penzberg - Kreis Weilheim Gau München-Oberbayern
Volkssturm-Einheit Reichraming - Kreis Steyr Reichsgau Oberdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Rettert - Kreis Unterlahnkreis Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Rhens - Kreis Koblenz Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Rivne - Kreis Rowno Generalbezirks Brest-Litowsk Reichskommissariat Ukraine
Volkssturm-Einheit SS-Korps V - Kreis Breslau Reichsgau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Einheit Scharping - Kreis Stettin Gau Pommern
Volkssturm-Einheit Schleiz - Kreis Schleiz Gau Thüringen
Volkssturm-Einheit Schlesien - SA-Wettschießen der Gruppe Schlesien - Kreis Schweidnitz Reichsgau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Einheit Schlobitze Rudolfsdorf - Kreis Militsch Gau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Einheit Schöneiche - Bezirke Treptow Reichgau Berlin [see Volkssturm-Bataillon Berlin-Schöneiche]
Volkssturm-Einheit Schrötter - Kreis Memel Gau Ostpreußen
Volkssturm-Einheit Schwarzenbach - Kreis Neustadt in Baden Gau Baden
Volkssturm-Einheit Schweich - Kreis Trier Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Schweighausen - Kreis Unterlahnkreis Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Seehausen - Kreis Angermünde Reichsgau Mark Brandenburg [check Bataillon]
Volkssturm-Einheit Selters - Kreis Altenkirchen Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Sokolin - Kreis Sokolka CdZ-Gebiet Bezirk Bialystok
Volkssturm-Einheit Stanislau - Kreis Stanislau Distrikt Galizien, Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Storkow - Kreis Beeskow-Storkow Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Stoßtrupp Stadt - Kreis Karlsruhe Gau Baden-Eslaß
Volkssturm-Einheit Teublitz - Kreis Burglengenfeld Gau Bayerische Ostmark
Volkssturm-Einheit Tietelsen​ - Kreis Höxter-Warburg Gau Westfalen-Nord
Volkssturm-Einheit Trebs - Kreis Hagenow Gau Mecklenburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Trebur - Kreis Gerau Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Trzciana - Kreis Krakau Distrikt Krakau Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Einheit Ürzig - Kreis Wittlich Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Waldalgesheim - Kreis Kreuznach Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Waldviertel - Kreis Zwettl Gau Niederdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Warburg - Kreis Höxter-Warburg Gau Westfalen-Nord
Volkssturm-Einheit Warstein - Kreis Arnsberg Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit Wietzendorf - Kreis Soltau Gau Ost Hannover
Volkssturm-Einheit Welschbillig - Kreis Trier Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Wetzlar - Kreis Wetzlar Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Wiener Philharmoniker - Reichgau Wien
Volkssturm-Einheit Wipperfürth - Kreis Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Gau Köln-Aachen
Volkssturm-Einheit Wola - Kreis Znin (Dietfurt) Regierungsbezirk Hohensalza Reichsgau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Einheit Wollmerschied - Kreis Rheingau Sankt Goarshausen Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Wörpen - Kreis Zerbst Gau Magdeburg-Anhalt
Volkssturm-Einheit Würbenthal - Kreis Freudenthal Regierungsbezirk Troppau Reichsgau Sudetenland
Volkssturm-Einheit Zerf - Kreis Saarburg Gau Moselland
Volkssturm-Einheit Zorge - Kreis Blankenburg Gau Süd-Hannover-Braunschweig


http://www.territorial.de/index.htm

https://treemagic.org/rademacher/www.ve ... u_abc.html

https://privat.genealogy.net/neumann/orte.html#A

Handbuch der NSDAP-Gaue, 1928-1945. Author Michael Rademacher

viewtopic.php?p=2393162#p2393162

viewtopic.php?p=2368627#p2368627

https://vffow.org/assets/downloads/date ... a-1943.pdf

https://dvhh.org/batschka/village/

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Ru ... n_im_Banat

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... lkssturms/

https://vbl.drk-suchdienst.online/Trupp ... /TA_H.aspx

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategorie ... r_Toponyme

https://www.archivportal-d.de/item/ZJR7 ... LI6M6LVSHI

https://williamremus.com/genes/WPrussia/sitemap.htm

https://www.cisarik.com/0_former-counties.html

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskom ... at_Ostland

https://www.geschichtewiki.wien.gv.at/i ... _der_NSDAP

http://biebelsheim.net/places.html

https://www.sggee.org/research/parishes ... oland.html

http://www.l.yamaguchi-pu.ac.jp/archive ... TANABE.pdf

http://www.hartau.de/PBM/Protektorat.html

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 24 Mar 2022 21:02

Supporting Information

Volkssturm Gau Tirol-Vorarlberg Standschützen-Bataillones


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Page 5 (Osprey) Men-At-Arms 169 - Resistance Warfare 1940 - 1945


Standschützen Kreis Feldkirch1945

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Hans1906 » 24 Mar 2022 21:40

Mark,

I want to thank you again for your tireless work on this topic.
This constant work definitely deserves respect, even without being able to contribute anything to it.

Not out of disinterest, but out of ignorance, please keep it up! :wink:


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Post by Germanicus » 24 Mar 2022 22:16

My respects to you Hans

I appreciate your kind words and support.

All is good

Thank you

Most respectfully

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Standschützen A.JPG

Part 5 - Update for Volkssturm Units that were not deisgnated with a Kreis / Gau and those units with [DRK] next to their placement.


Volkssturm Reichgau Tirol-Vorarlberg

Standschützen-Bataillon Bludenz I - Kreis Bludenz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Bludenz II - Kreis Bludenz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Bozen - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Bregenz - Kreis Bregenz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Brixen I - Brixen im Thale Kreis Kitzbühel Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Brixen II - Brixen im Thale Kreis Kitzbühel Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Bruneck I - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Bruneck II - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Dornbirn I - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Dornbirn II - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Dornbirn III - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Feldkirch - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Gossensaß - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Imst - Kreis Imst Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Innichen - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Innsbruck I - Kreis Innsbruck Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Innsbruck II - Kreis Innsbruck Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Innsbruck III - Kreis Innsbruck Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Kitzbühel - Kreis Kitzbühel Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Kufstein - Kreis Kufstein Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Landeck - Kreis Landeck Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Lienz I - Kreis Lienz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Lienz II - Kreis Lienz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Mals - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Meran I - Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Meran II - Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Reutte - Kreis Reutte Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Salurn - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
Standschützen-Bataillon Schlanders - Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Schwaz - Kreis Schwaz Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg
Standschützen-Bataillon Silander - Distrikt Trentino-Südtirol Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]

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Standschützen-Bataillon Gossensaß.JPG


Standschützen-Bataillon Gossensaß


Standschützen-Bataillon Gossensaß 1.JPG
OZAV.JPG

Operationszone Alpenvorland [OZAV]
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 25 Mar 2022 06:32

From a previous post


Standschützen-Bataillones


The order to raise the Standschützen-Bataillone came from OKW on August 23, 1944
and was directed to the Oberste Kommissar der Operation-zone "Alpenvorland" und
Gauleiter von Tirol-Vorarlberg Franz Hofer. It was basically an order to raise
local Volksturm units in the area and OKW was to be responsible for the weaponry,
equipment and training of these units, training led by experienced officers like
Major Karl-Walter Lapp, a veteran Gebirgsjäger/Skijäger officer decorated with
the Knight's Cross.

Standschützen 14.JPG

Major Karl-Walter Lapp with Volkssturm / Standschützen


Nordtirol

Standschützen-Bataillon Innsbruck
Standschützen-Bataillon Imst
Standschützen-Bataillon Landeck
Standschützen-Bataillon Kitzbühel
Standschützen-Bataillon Kufstein
Standschützen-Bataillon Reutte
Standschützen-Bataillon Schwaz

Südtirol

Standschützen-Bataillon Bozen
Standschützen-Bataillon Brixen
Standschützen-Bataillon Bruneck
Standschützen-Bataillon Innichen
Standschützen-Bataillon Mals
Standschützen-Bataillon Meran
Standschützen-Bataillon Schlanders

Vorarlberg

Standschützen-Bataillon Bregenz
Standschützen-Bataillon Dornbirn

Osttirol

Standschützen-Bataillon Lienz

Standschützen 8.JPG
Standschützen 11.JPG
Standschützen Major Lapp.JPG

Major Karl-Walter Lapp with Volkssturm / Standschützen

Standschützen-Bataillon 0.JPG

Roland Kaltenegger, Spezialverbände der Gebirgstruppe 1939-1945, Motorbuch, 2004
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 25 Mar 2022 09:09

Part 6 - Update for Volkssturm Units that were not deisgnated with a Kreis / Gau and those units with [DRK] next to their placement.

Volkssturm-Bataillon E // Volkssturm-Pionier-Bataillon E // Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/191 - Bezirke Spandau Reichgau Berlin
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hodschag - Distrikt Batschka Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Koczajez - Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement
Volkssturm-Bataillon Königsberg - Kreis Neusohl Region Gran Slowakei
Volkssturm-Bataillon Krnjaja - [Kernei] - Distrikt Batschka Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Krzywosondz - Kreis Samter Regierungsbezirk Posen Reichsgau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kula - [Wolfsburg] - Distrikt Batschka Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg - Kreis Oberbarnim Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Mahrenberg - Kreis Marburg an der Drau CdZ-Gebiet Untersteiermark
Volkssturm-Bataillon Margitta - Margita Distrikt Banat Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Nesselstedt - [Neseltedt] [Bauvorhaben] - Kreis Posen Regierungsbezirk Posen Gau Wartheland
Volkssturm-Bataillon Neusatz - Distrikt Batschka Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Otok - Distrikt Syrmien Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Peisker [Neiß] - Kreis München Gau München-Oberbayern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Perlez - [Perlas / Perlaß] - Distrikt Banat Gebiet des Militärbefehlshabers in Serbien

Volkssturm-Bataillon Plozk [Pozk] // Volkssturm-Bataillon Plock - [Poock] [Schröttersburg] -
Kreis Warschau Distrikt Warschau Generalgouvernement

Volkssturm-Bataillon Schlobitz - [Rudolfsdorf] - Kreis Militsch Gau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Skuschewo - Skoschewo [Paulsdorf] Kreis Konitz Reichsgau Danzig-Westpreußen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Tierfeld - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Tierfeld] - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen

Volkssturm-Einheit Albshausen - Kreis Wetzlar Gau Hessen-Nassau
Volkssturm-Einheit Bernstädt - Bernstadt in Schlesien - Kreis Oels Reichsgau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Einheit Budberg - Kreis Hellweg Gau Westfalen-Süd
Volkssturm-Einheit von Kreisleiter Eichinger - Kreis Mistelbach an der Zaya Reichsgau Niederdonau
Volkssturm-Einheit Grünwald - Kreis Weststernberg Gau Mark Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Einheit Hochwiesen [Hauerland] - Kreis Scharnowitz Region Gran Slowakei
Volkssturm-Einheit Bediensteten der Stadtverwaltung Karlsruhe - Kreis Karlsruhe Gau Baden-Eslaß
Volkssturm-Einheit Leonberg [Auschwitz] - Kreis Kattowitz Gau Oberschlesien

Standschützen 13.JPG

Major Karl-Walter Lapp with Volkssturm / Standschützen


Further update - My apologies

Brückenkopf Wesel die Kämpfe am linken und rechten Niederrhein im Februar und März 1945
im Rahmen der alliierten Operationen Veritable, Plunder und Varsity By Ulrich Dinkelaker · 1993


Is where this is from : -

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Volkssturm-Bataillon 6/317 // Volkssturm-Ersatz-Bataillon 6/317 - Kreis Duisburg Gau Essen


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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The Volkssturm - The battle for the Steinau Bridgehead, 1945 by Richard Hargreaves

[January 22nd 1945]

This morning is cloudy and dark. Schönau [Schönau an der Katzbach, fifty-six miles west of Breslau and forty miles southwest of Steinau. Today Swierzawa] simmers like a kettle of boiling water. Some of its last men go with the Volkssturm to the front or are earmarked as a reserve. No-one knows anything precise – no-one realises the gravity of the hour.

Not a single man is missing when the Volkssturm fall in on the Schützenplatz! All have come, without hesitation. Veterans of the World
War stand next to men who have never served. The fact that many Party members move out with them has a soothing effect. Nevertheless,
there are also shirkers. Perhaps they are ones who are right – cowardice has become a problem of our age. Thinking of a hero’s death is not everyone’s cup of tea. The days of victorious advances are over and again, as in 1918, it those forlorn heaps who repeatedly regroup and
confront the enemy. Many Schönau Volkssturm men will perform this sacred duty – like all the Volkssturm in Silesia – until their
very last heartbeat. Many of them have never been soldiers, yet here they achieved things in battle which deserve the greatest respect and
recognition.

The town wakes up! Beams of light scurry through the darkness. The footsteps of men and groups echo through the streets. Cries and words of farewell accompany the footsteps. Concern for their husbands, for their fathers, stands out in the women’s voices.

All of us are in formation, the old hands from the First World War with the civilians. Our uniforms have become our everyday clothes. For
coats we wear those of the SA. Our rucksacks start to rub. Around 6am the company is finally organised. The voice of the company
commander echoes around the square. No songs sound today.

The town with all the things we love, with all the daily troubles, lies behind us. Our first objective is Schönau railway station. On this
very first day, the Army pulls a long face. We have to wait, wait for the train which is to help us.

It’s probably twenty degrees below this morning. The waiting room and office are tight. The tension which hangs over every man has eased.
We pass the time chatting and suddenly it’s time to board. The doors of the carriages are exposed to the elements. So we travel during the day, burden by heavy thoughts. Our homeland lies before us in all its wintry beauty. The expanse of gardens and fields sparkling thanks to the
white of the frost.

The platform at Goldberg [Ten miles north of Schönau. Today Zlotoryja.] is filled with the men of 4 Kompanie, Goldberg Volkssturm. We look for friends. What we say doesn’t matter. There’s an oppressive mood in the air. Each man knows, or suspects, the danger which threatens the German homeland. The shrill whistle of the locomotive, the train setting off puts an end to the conversations and musing.

Barely is Goldberg behind us than the war is right on our doorstep. The road which follows the railway line is full of people on the move. Horses and carts, on them people wrapped-up with their personal belongings and yet more carts, between them men, women and children on
foot, a weary stream of people without a beginning or an end, at the mercy of the bitter easterly wind. These are Germans from the Silesian
border region, driven from hearth and home by the war. Nevertheless, they had escaped the war in good order, they were provided with food
and drink. They knew nothing of the fear of enemy tanks, of unspeakable misery, hardship, death and rape. A way without mercy.

We reach Liegnitz. People are fleeing here too, the platforms are overcrowded. When we approach Haynau [A dozen miles
northwest of Liegnitz. Today Chojnów] and take the line back to Liegnitz, the call to arms does not want to end. The Russians are in
our land, the fist of war has also struck our homeland. Ja, how correct were those slogans! As early as the third day, Russian T34 and
Stalin tanks were attacking us in the Oder bridgehead.

Evening fell upon the land and still we’re rolling through the Silesian fields. The carriage doors have been closed for a long time. Then the
brakes slam on: we’ve reached our destination, Steinau on the Oder. We march through the side streets of the town in closed formation.
We regroup under the dim light of the emergency lighting. A tower appears out of the darkness. It is part of Steinau’s town hall – and
also its water tower. It becomes our quarters for the night. We are still a company without weapons. We still know nothing about our
battalion’s deployment.

At first we’re taken by surprise by our accommodation. We’re greeted by the cries of children and a babble of voices. There are already
refugees from the Warthegau here. They spend the night here, grouped in families, on thick straw beds. The middle of the hall is set aside for
us. Soon we have made our beds. Our rucksacks are our pillows. We wait in vain for food. We were not expected, so there was nothing here.
We have a catering staff, but it is no food. I am lost in thought – but do not express them out loud. So we have come here – or rather we were ordered to come here – without weapons, without food, and probably also without instructions for our use. That’s how our battalion
enters this war! Falling asleep is difficult.

[January 23rd 1945]

We have to satiate our hunger using our own rucksacks. The refugees on their straw beds don’t seem to be in a hurry. They feel safe here.
Richter, Dr S and I wander into town. There are still columns rolling through the streets, sometimes two abreast. The land beyond the Oder
seems empty. The war with its fire, death and physical torture rolls behind it, only no-one knows it yet. We Volkssturm men don’t even
know where the front line is. All we see is freezing people passing with their children to escape the approaching disaster. We stand there, lost
in thought. The war has invaded our land. Like storm-lashed black clouds Fate approaches and casts a shadow over our lives. We don’t want to believe the impending disaster. If you ask the wandering torrent of humanity about the Russians, no-one knows anything accurate. Only the
rumble of war, the thunder of cannon in the distance has completely startled them. Unguarded French prisoners pass with a heavily-laden cart.
They act just like the fleeing Germans.

We read a notice by the Kreisleiter: “Remain calm! Don’t listen to rumours! There are troops on the way to protect the town.” The traffic
through Steinau this morning is as colourful and swift as on market day, but the backdrop is grey and ominously silent. There are many
men in the streets, Volkssturm men from Schönau, Goldberg, Liegnitz and Fraustadt. There are other men with white armbands, but
no Wehrmacht soldiers.

We want to buy various things but get a frosty reception from shopkeepers. Did they suspect that during the evening, war would be knocking on
the gates of the town and ration cards would no longer be required? Still the sacred system of government is not disrupted. On this winter’s
morning, Steinau still seems to be a town where life is safe on the fringes of war. But it’s a game which can end with the death of
women, children and old men. The inhabitants help those fleeing on their way. No-one, however, sees or hears of precautions being taken for
the inhabitants of the town themselves.

We’ve barely got back from our stroll through the town when orders come to change quarters. We move into a Hitlerjugend home.
Around 4pm, it’s digging time. Start entrenching. In the twilight of the fading day we march over the Oder bridge into the land. Mist and a cold
wind hang over the fields. Hoes and shovels strike the frozen earth with a clang. To protect the men who are digging, company commander H
leads a patrol into the dark. Somewhere there are suddenly two explosions. It’s as if someone’s striking hard wood. The air is as thick as cotton
wool, causing the noise of the shooting to quickly fade. We look for – and find – the impact craters on the Oder dyke.

Several tanks have penetrated the position of the third platoon of infantry from Jauer. In the ensuing battle, six tanks were destroyed by
Panzerfaust and the Russians fell back on Ibsdorf. [Two miles east of Steinau on the right bank of the Oder. Today Iwno.] At this moment,
we have no idea about this fighting involving the third platoon. At any rate, we are occupied by our own worries – namely that the enemy is
pushing his armoured spearheads to the Oder before we have received enough weapons, ammunition and food. In the evening – at first we don’t believe it – a field kitchen from the Unteroffiziervorschule at Jauer finally arrives with warm food. We are again satisfied, content men,
and in the clean straw of our new quarters, we sleep well. How quickly has war arrived! Terribly quickly!

The OKW morning communiqué still talks about fighting east of Oppeln, Kalisz and Thorn. Now the enemy is here on the Oder. I can’t
sleep. It is too loud in the rooms. The approaching guards clatter through the doors. Then a call from the company commander makes me leap
up.

Orders! Report to the bridgehead with eight men from the company! It takes some time for me to round up the volunteers. With a Gewehr 98
which I’d brought with me from Schönau and equipped with Panzerfaust we set off. Pioneers are still working on their explosive boxes on the
bridge. The Oder carries broken ice – the well-known ‘Brieg geese’ The half moon casts its pale light over the land, clouds hurry across the sky
and the wind is biting. Nothing moves, only the bumping of the ice floes disturbs the silence.

[January 24th 1945]

The Oder has now become the front line. The battalion’s leadership has finally got going. There are weapons, but no food. The battalion’s adjutant, R, issues Panzerfaust to the company commander in a restaurant in the Ring. Ten men haul them to the
Hitlerjugend home. In the evening fifty rifles, mainly Italian, are issued to the 2 Volkssturm Kompanie. The staff of the infantry unit
hands them to the company commander as it wants to clear off to a quieter spot in the rear. Cartridges are also handed out. If a man receives
more than ten, he can call himself lucky. It is grim and depressing for the fighting capacity of our men if we have to withstand the enemy with
such wretched equipment... And yet Volkssturm companies repeatedly demonstrated that, when deployed as a cohesive unit, they were
always ready for action and never failed in their duty.

It’s evening. Light infantry fire chatters on the Oder. 2 Volkssturm Kompanie must improve the anti-tank defences in the town. So two
groups are divided among five defensive positions. Guards with Panzerfaust are posted on the streets leading from the Oder to The Ring.
Company commander H briefs us everywhere. We often have to force front doors open to get into the houses. The first floor is set up as a
guard post. The moon rises late tonight and the frost is extremely noticeable. The day was eventful for 2 Kompanie, but passed without losses.

The daily communiqué reported, inter alia: “A Soviet unit sent across the Oder at Steinau with thirty tanks was thrown back after
twenty-four tanks had been shot up.” We have turned into gypsies in Steinau. By day – or by night – we often have to change our
quarters.

As a result, our field kitchen always misses us. We run around the area with this hunger and so we can’t keep the grumbling at bay. The company commander spends the day searching for several men from his company. The missing little black sleep remain missing, although I bumped into
them in the diary outside the town after the tank attack. The shock caused by the Russian tanks, the hunger in their stomachs, became too much
for them. Their legs became homesick and we never saw them again on the banks of the Oder. When they got home, they merely exacerbated
the anxiety our women felt for their husbands. Ja, so now we have to stand watch for tanks in the town from Wednesday evening until Thursday.

It probably won’t be as dangerous as it was this morning in the bridgehead with the Russian tanks. There was nothing more in front of us except
the enemy – we were alone with only our cocky courage as our companion. Now we have to block the roads leading to the Oder. Defensive
positions one to three are in Winzigerstrasse. Positions four and five are in the road running parallel to it...

We occupy one window each on the first floor. The Panzerfaust lie on chairs which have been drawn up. The company commander does the
rounds and hands out pastries from a small parcel sent from home. There’s also some dextrogen. With our restless existence and little sleep,
we can use that. The wind toys with the curtains and the cold winter breeze comes in through the windows which are wide open. There’s an
eerie silence over the town. Not one shot can be heard on the Oder front here. For a few hours, the clear winter sky has smothered the war.
We take it in turns to sleep, dressed as we are, in the white beds.

It must be past midnight already. A bright flash, a thunderous blow, the walls around us rumble. A thick cloud of dust deprives us of any view. Everyone is terrified. My left hand is bleeding. Shouting, we make sure all of us are alive. The bombardment of Steinau has begun.

[January 25th 1945]

It’s now 2am. Shells have also landed over there on the other side and torn down the gable end. There’s a fire in the courtyard. We put the fire
out. There were several hits from a Stalin organ. The barrage continued until dawn. Only once did it land near us. At daylight we examine the damage. As the two of us saw from the window, the wall is pockmarked with large and small holes from shrapnel. Things can easily go wrong.
I search the kitchen, find some eggs and, miracle of miracles, half a bottle of methylated spirits. The eggs are quickly broken in a pan. H brings butter from the house opposite. He found four pounds of butter there and 30,000 Reichsmarks in an unlocked casket. The butter was shared fairly and the money pushed under a closet. The flight from the town must have been somewhat hurried. A few old women have stayed behind. Deep down, these old dears have staunch faith in the fighting strength and power of the Wehrmacht, something which strongly shook us. They cling
on to their homes so doggedly that will willingly go through anything. They refuse to accept the terrible seriousness of their plight.

Our quarters are an extremely clean and tidy apartment. Each room is tidy. The closet is full of clean, properly stacked washing. On the lower
shelf there are ten pairs of spick and span shoes. My thoughts immediately turn to home. How are things there? In the brisk morning wind I
inspect the various anti-tank posts. Inspector T surprises me with a pail of fresh milk. For lunch there are pork chops. This food from the land
has a wonderful effect. A full stomach makes for contented men. The brothers K are also in a small house where they are cooking and roasting.
H and Dr S are royally accommodated. They’re in a corner house on The Ring with Dr Seh. Wistfully we go through rooms which are well looked
after.

When will the precious crystal in the display cases crash to the floor? When will the valuable paintings on the walls be destroyed? H puts the gramophone in the children’s bedroom on. He flops into an armchair. A large suitcase has been left in the middle of the room. It’s tightly packed.
A belated Christmas goose lies ready-plucked ready on top of it. War seems so senseless when you walk through an abandoned and deserted town.
It is a terrible selling off of our homeland.

[February 4th 1945]

The final days in the convent were almost painful – the penetration by German armour brought no relief for the defenders. Many Volkssturm men had hoped they would be saved, but they had to continue to stick it out in hell. Conditions in the hospital – 200 wounded were in the cellar – grew worse and worse. There were no bandages and medicine left, no vials to fight off tetanus. On Sunday February 4th, the commander of the Liegnitz Volkssturm therefore decided to surrender the convent. There are men of the Wehrmacht and Volkssturm from Liegnitz,
Fraustadt and Goldberg
, who leave their final defensive position here. Many Russian soldiers give the defenders cigarettes, others beat the defenceless men wildly. Many Russians stagger around the square drunk. The column of prisoners marches via towards Niederdammer...

The effective strength of 2 Kompanie was 116 Volkssturm men. The company had lost: twenty-two men missing (two to the Wehrmacht),
two men dead, two men wounded, twenty-five men (of whom two died and four men went missing in captivity), one man died in Steinau,
ten men deserted in the face of the enemy and returned home, fifty-four men returned prematurely.

In the Volkssturm fought men who for the most part had received their baptism of fire in the First World War. But in its ranks there were
also men who were disabled, men who had received no military training. Some of these men were expected to acquire soldierly virtues – in a
rough and ready fashion – in just eight mornings’ training.

On February 4th 1945, Steinau capitulated after a bitter defence. During this fighting, 2 Kompanie Volkssturmbataillon Goldberg
and many other Volkssturm men were honourably involved.

Many men struggled with the rights and wrongs of this hopeless struggle on the Oder. They carried the hopelessness in their hearts.

[Curt Kunkel, ‘Der Kampf um Steinau: Schicksal und Einsatz des Schönauer Volkssturms’]


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