Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

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Leo56
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Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

Postby Leo56 » 21 Mar 2018 15:04

Hi,
Just joined this forum in an attempt to get some information I have been searching for.

1. I'm trying to find some more detailed info re. my father in laws father.
We know he is missing after 18 August in Romania, somewhere between Jasi and Kischinew.
This is what the Red Cross is telling, they do not have any tracks of him after 18 August. Neither is he mentioned in any Soviet records of POW or in Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge.

My question now is if anybody has any more detailed info of where he might have met his faith. Any name of village or other map indications, coordinates.

He was Kraftfahrer in Kranken-Kraftwagen-Zug der 106. Infanteri-Divison
Feldpost no. 44974
Ogfr. August Stegmann born in Hamburg 20.02.1908.
Since he was ambulance driver he was not fighting front soldier, but I presume it was chaos and not any real frontline in the last days.

2. Who had the gruesome task to take care of all dead bodies in the battlefields?
The German soldiers had retreated so it is unlikely they had the chance to do it.
The Soviet soldiers?
The Romanian soldiers?
The German POW?

Any information of above would be of interest.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

Postby GregSingh » 26 Mar 2018 08:31

:welcome:

According to maps from Hans Kissel book Die Katastrophe in Rumänien 1944, 106.ID was withdrawing from Rădeni-Bravicea to the area just south of Nisporeni, where together with many more German units was trapped by Soviets on 23/24 of August. From 18th of August it covered around 50km, so we are talking about large area.

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Re: Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

Postby Leo56 » 03 Apr 2018 12:28

Hi Greg,
Thanks for the info. Yep it is a large area and I doubt that we ever will find out where he was lost.
With the river Prut in the back and surrounded by the Soviets, there was not much hope.

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Re: Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

Postby DirkAH » 14 Apr 2018 08:33

Hello!

I don't know how good your German is but the files of the Abwicklungsstab might be of interest to you. The Abwicklungsstab basically assembled information about destroyed formations (usually survivor accounts) and you can find 106. I.D. for August 1944 in T78 R140 H41/13. You can get the files here: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=213672 . Once you have a FTP connection got to the directory "Microfilm Rolls/OKH/T-78 R-140 OKH Abwicklungsstab Rudolstadt 1944-45,Ukraine" The 106. I.D. files are K800_00301.JPG to K800_003581.JPG.
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Re: Missing in Romania August 1944, 106th ID

Postby DirkAH » 14 Apr 2018 09:13

I skimmed through some of the files. It seems that the medical troops of the 106. I.D. were for the most part captured or killed on the 23th August 1944 at Leuseni when they were surprised by Soviet tanks and infantry around 11am.
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