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    Georg Zöbelein (°1913) was studying medicine in 1939 but when the war broke out he was conscripted in to the Luftwaffe and assigned as a gunner to the 2nd company of Flak Rgt 9, which was then based in and around Berlin.
    In April 1940 the Luftwaffe realize that with his medical education he is better used as a doctor then as a gunner and he is transferred to a medical unit and promoted "Unterarzt".
    In June 1940 he is attached as the unit doctor to a construction unit.
    He serves on the Eastern front and is awarded the EKII by the VIII Flieger Korps on January 27 1942.
    In December 1942 he is transferred to the medical unit of Luftgau Moskau, in July 1942 and in March 1943 follow more transfers on the Eastern front this time to airfield unit.
    In May 1944 his service on the Eastern front comes to an end when his himself is admitted to a hospital with typhoid fever, when he discharged from the hospital he is sent to a replacement unit for medical personnel.
    On July 8 1944 he is fit enough to serve but this time he doesn't become a doctor with a LW unit, he instead is transferred to the Waffen SS and he becomes the unit doctor in the 12 SS Panzer Pionier Btl, the pionier unit of the famous Hitlerjugend Division.
    Although he is attached to the Waffen SS he keeps his Luftwaffe officers rank "Stabsarzt der Reserve" (Captain) until the end of the war.
    For his service in Normandy/Northern France he is awarded the EKI in November 1944.
    In March 1945 he is transferred once again, this time to the Sanitats Abteilung of the HJ Pz Div; he remains with this division until the end of the war and while he is POW he keeps on working as a doctor, he is paid until November 1945.
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    You can find a lot of nice entries in his Soldbuch, for example in May 1941 he issued besides a K98 rifle, a Luger 08 pistol with 16 bullets.
    Three days of "Frontzülage", combat pay, paid in March 1941 in Francs.
    Signatures of Hauptsturmführer Pinkernell & Taubert, both officers of the SS Pz Pi Btl 12.
    His POW number on the both of his vacation time page instead on page 1.
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    Georg Zöbelein is also mentioned in the unit history of the 12 SS Pz Div HJ, written by Hubert Meyer.
    "On January 7 the battalion HQ of the 12 SS Pz Pi Btl is set up in a house next to the church of Mageret, Dr Zöbelein opens his aid station in the basement of the building."
    Mageret is a small village just east of Bastogne.
    I think this is the house in which he worked in January 1945, it is just across the church and the basement door is on the main street, which would give easy access for the wounded.
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    Fascinating as always. Many thanks for sharing.

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    Peter love your work and great information as always!
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    The 12th SS Pz Div Hj is well documented and I found the casualty list of the 12th SS Pz Pi Btl Hj, in the period June 3 1944 - August 31 1944 this unit had 214 WIA men.
    I wonder how many of these men were treated by doctor Zöbelein.

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    Thanks for sharing! Love these.
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    Always looking for any information on the 97th Light Infantry (Jäger) Division, 1940-1945.

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