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Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:13 AM
This week I received this tattered Soldbuch, I liked them in this shape and I will share it will you guys.

Ernst Ollesch (°1919) was a mechanic from Dortmund, he started his military service in October 1939 with LW Bau komp 17/VI, an air force construction unit.
In April 1940 he was transferred to the anti aircraft artillery, after some basic training with the Hermann Göring Regiment and some reserve Flak units he eventually arrived in November 1944 with Flak Scheinwerfer Abteilung 510, a search light unit of the 14th Flak Division, which was responsible for the defense of Leipzig; while he served with this unit he became a listing specialist (Horcher), in 1942 he will get three specialist badges for this task.
So far nothing really special or interesting, Leipzig is also not a real target for allied bombers; but in September 1944 the relatively easy life of Ernst Ollesch comes at an end.
In this period the WH is desperately short of manpower and to solve this shortage problem all not absolutely essential men of the anti aircraft artillery are transferred to the WH.
For Ernst Ollesch this means that just after he has finished a NCO course is transferred to "Panzerjäger Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung 8", a tank destroyer trainings unit based in Oppeln; an odd transfer because he wears glasses with a dioptry of + 6.00, not really the profile for a tank crew member.
in early December 1944 his training comes to an end; in the Soldbuch we can see that his equipment was brought up to date and he also got his soap and emergency bandage ration.
- Underneath the picture in his Soldbuch you can see part of his marching order, on the order of OB West he is transferred from Marschkompanie Pz Jg Ers u Ausb Abt 8 from Oppeln to Schwere Pz Jg Abt 559.
At that time 2/Schw pz Jg Abt 559 (Panther) is based in Bullay, where it is preparing for operation Wacht am Rhein, the Ardennes offensive as part of the famous Panzer Lehr Division.
A bit more then a week before the offensive starts the second company gets his vehicles, new Jagdpanzer IV's; overnight they have to make themselves familiar with their new combat vehicles.
The start of the Ardennes offensive is not a success for the tank destroyers of Schw Pz Jg Abt 559, they spend a lot of time waiting before they can cross the Our river emergency bridge; on December 20 1944 they finally reach the front and as a part of Kampfgruppe Poschinger they advance towards St Hubert and Rochefort, where it will come to fierce fighting with the tanks of the 4th US Armoured Division.
Already on January 10 1945, what is left of the unit begins their retreat back to Germany; in early February they will be used to cover the retreat towards the Rhine and a month later the last remaining vehicles will fight the last battle in Oppenheim.

Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:14 AM
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Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:15 AM
Together with Soldbuch comes this little document, the document confirms that Ernst Ollesch is a specialist "Richtschütze" (gun aimer) and if he should lose contact with his unit he can't be used as an infantry soldier in ad hoc formed "Alarmeinheiten" fighting units but should be sent immediately back to Schw Pz Jg Abt 559.

Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:16 AM
Some images of a Jagdpanzer IV, his low profile and high velocity gun made it an effective tank destroyer.

Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:17 AM
The document is signed by Major Erich Sattler, the CO of Schw Pz jg Abt 559.
His Jagdpanther was knocked out in Hechtel (Belgium) on September 4 1944; the wreck of his Jagdpanther was transported to the UK for inspection and it eventually ended up in the collection of the Imperial War Museum in London.

Peter U
03-28-2014, 03:18 AM
Alas this Soldbuch also suffered from vandalism.
Although Ernst Ollesch was a crewmember of a Jagdpanzer IV this wasn't enough for some moron he felt the need to add medals and badges to make this Soldbuch more interesting and more expensive.
The list with bogus awards is separate from the Soldbuch itself, alas the EKII awarded on September 1 1943 is written inside making it unrepairable damage.
First the dates of the awards can never match with the service of this soldier but the real give away is the field post stamp that is used, it is a fake stamp of SS Fj Btl 600, the unit of Otto Skorzeny.

jhv 41
03-28-2014, 07:27 AM
Nice post Peter.

A shame though.....Bubba knows no bounds :googlie

Slash
03-28-2014, 10:43 AM
Alas this Soldbuch also suffered from vandalism. Although Ernst Ollesch was a crewmember of a Jagdpanzer IV this wasn't enough for some moron he felt the need to add medals and badges to make this Soldbuch more interesting and more expensive.


Why, why .....? Such an interesting and historical piece to begin with. Still a great example, in spite of these embellishments. Thanks for posting....

Peter U
03-29-2014, 10:13 AM
Why, why .....? Such an interesting and historical piece to begin with. Still a great example, in spite of these embellishments. Thanks for posting....


Some people can't help themselfs I guess.
:facepalm:


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Hambone
03-30-2014, 01:15 PM
Back in the day BI (Before Internet) there were plenty of SB around, they were selling in the $30-100 range, more with "decorations" and such. I'm sure many of these were vandalized by the ignorant seeking to "upgrade" them. Still a cool SB.

LTCar2
03-30-2014, 07:16 PM
Peter, I can not get enough of your historical personal histories. Please keep them coming.

jack944
04-04-2014, 06:21 PM
Great info on the signing officers Destroyer and its current location. :thumbsup: