Updates

It happens that we discover new pictures, new facts appear in an archive or somewhere through an estate of a tank man new clues about battles or personnel come to light. In order to keep our readers up to date, we will post these findings, hints and incidents concerning the contents of the book here in this cection.

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Leutnant Rolf Goerdt​

We found the photo to the left in the album of Kraftfahrer Gellert, who served with the 6th Lehrtrupp of Kraftfahrlehrkommando II Ohrdruf in 1934/35. It shows company commander and platoon leaders of the 6th Lehrtrupp in summer of 1935. Since Leutnant Goerdt is not among them, one can take it for sure that he served as platoon leader in the 2nd Lehrtrupp from early 1935 until October 1935. Find more infos about him on page 500.

 

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Panzer "II06" and "II07" identified​

Very few photos from the staff of the II. Abteilung during the Polish Campaign were available when the book was finished. Now, a photo taken most likely in the assembly area in August 1939 appeared. It shows panzer "II07" (Panzerkampfwagen II) and panzer "II06" (Panzerkampfwagen I). Now, only "II04" and "II05" are still missing.

 

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The second from the left is, of course, the young Obergefreite Hugo Nickel. Promoted to Unteroffizier shortly thereafter, he took over the position of Hauptfeldwebel of the 3rd Company in 1938 and remained in the regiment until the spring of 1942.

Compare page 523 for further information.

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Picture 34​​

The second from the left is, of course, the young Obergefreite Hugo Nickel. Promoted to Unteroffizier shortly thereafter, he took over the position of Hauptfeldwebel of the 3rd Company in 1938 and remained in the regiment until the spring of 1942.

Compare page 523 for further information.

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Panzerschütze Martin Flüch​

Since most of the dog tag lists were handwritten, mistakes were inevitable. No. 106 of the 5th Company is not Panzerschütze Martin Flück, but Martin Flüch. He was killed in 1942, serving with Panzerabteilung 160.

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Picture 498​

Although we thoroughly examined each photo, we occasionally missed small details. This was the case with photo 498. The smiling Gefreite is of course Artur Jaschinski.

Get more infos about him here

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Panzer "213" identified

In the book, the vehicle is just a Panzerkampfwagen III since we had not been able to find a photo. Now, it is clear, Panzer "213" was a model B. The vehicle was a victim of the battle in front of Piotrkow on 05.09.1939 and did not come back in the further course of the campaign.

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Feldwebel Heinz Schildbach

Only recently identified. He served from 1935 until 1940 with the 8th Company of Panzerregiment 1 and must have proven himself very well. He was one of the few NCOs of Panzerregiment 1, who received the Iron Cross 2nd Class already in 1939. He is the 56th EKII recipient (awarded after the Polish Campaign) we have been able to identify.

Get more infos about him here