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Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:08 AM
Hello,

A few weeks ago I added this rather complete document set to my collection and I must admit that I don’t really know how to write a thread about it.
Walter Bloß (°1914) was civil servant in the city of Hamburg and during the entire war he served with IR90, first as a platoon sergeant later as a lieutenant company commander and as an officer in the staff of GR90 and GR1224.
He saw action in Poland ’39, France ’40, Russia 41’-’44, German-Dutch border ’44/’45 andfinally in the battle for Berlin in ’45.
He got wounded 8 times in this period (one of his wounds was a heavy concussion he gotwhen his vehicle collided with a Russian tank!) and was decorated with EKII& I, all three classes of the wound badge, Infantry Sturm badge in bronze and close combat clasps bronze & silver.

I think it is best that I show the entire set in different sections to make it moreenjoyable to read and view the images.
I will start with his Soldbuch that he carried from August ’39 till August ’44; by August '44 his Soldbuch was compleetly full and they issued him a new one, this one was cancelled. Lucky for us collectors it wasn't destroyed and Walter Bloß kept it is a souvenir.


Regards,
Peter

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:13 AM
More images of his Soldbuch.
His CCC in silver was awarded on May 1 1945 and is thus not listed in this Soldbuch.
He got the standard equipment of a company commander in an infantry regiment, such as a private purchased uniform and small calliber pistol, a MP40, binoculars and a Helios wristwatch.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:14 AM
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Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:19 AM
His driving licenses, one also cancelled.
From April 1 '44 till September 15 '44 he was besides company commander also the officer responsible for the trucks in his battalion.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:28 AM
The list used to award him the CCC in silver, by the end of the war he had 31 officially reckognized close combat days (25 are needed for the Nahkampspange II stufe).

- The list used to award the CCC in Bronze was lost because of war circumstances and a new one was made for his CCC in silver.
- On January 8 '44 his vehicle collided with a Russian tank in Buraki, he survived the collision with a heavy concussion; he also got a close combat day for this.
- For the battle of Berlin he also got three close combat days, on April 20 & 21 '45 in Möllensee-Elsensee and one on April 24 '45 in Berlin-Kopenick.
On April 21 '45 he was also wounded for the eight time, a shrapnel splinter in his right index finger.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:30 AM
Also his family was hit by the war; his home was bombed in July '42; to assist his family he got a special leave.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:32 AM
Combat days lists for '39-'40 he took out of his Wehpaß.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:34 AM
He served as a sergeant in the army from October 29 '35 till October 2 '37.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:41 AM
The award document for the wound badge in black.
On June 20 1940 his company (a MG unit) was facing French troops in Docelles near Epinal, they were attacking the Maginot line forts in the Vosges from the rear.
The French troops refused to surrender and a fierce fight broke out that lasted until the night fell, the French artillery was accurate and his battalion lost 13 men, he himself got a granate splinter in his back.


In the Westfeldzug he also was awarded the EKII, it was awarded on June 21 1940, the day after the fighting in Docelles.
Alas the EKII document isn't a part of this set.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:47 AM
The wounded badge in silver award document.


on January 30 1942 he was wounded for the third time.
His second wound he got on January 21 1942, when he was on the Wolchow front, a granate splinter in his head, nine days later (perhaps when he was in a fieldhospital) he got a concussion from a bomb explosion (Russian air attack).

Peter U
03-10-2013, 11:53 AM
The wounded badge in gold award document.

This wound badge was awarded on June 26 '44 when he was back with his field unit after his collision with the Russian tank.
His fourth wound was January 4 '43, a granate splinter broke his collar bone.

On January '45 he got grante splinters in his left lower arm and left knee, he then was a staff officer in GR1225 (190ID) fighting in the Venlo area (Holland)
His seventh and eight wound he got in the battle of Berlin

Peter U
03-10-2013, 02:27 PM
The award documents for the Infanterie Sturmabzeichen, EKI and Nahkampfspange I stufe.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 02:29 PM
When he was on the Wolchow front he drew some maps with the positions of the MG's of his company.

Peter U
03-10-2013, 02:53 PM
The list with the details about his eight combat wounds.

Peter U
03-11-2013, 12:16 PM
A link to a website with some extra information about the military service watch he was issued:

http://www.watch-factory.de/pages/helios.htm

Bobesponjo
02-14-2015, 10:41 AM
I bring this UP!
Impressive grouping! the list with nakampftage for the CCC silver is a great bonus!