Photographic Memories: Eastern Front

"Maybe most grandchildren or children were told war stories by their families and relatives, if the were willing to talk about. In addition these people may have taken photos during their active duty at various places. Within these photos lie very deep memories on a time that formed and marked or relatives, but also help the observer to imagine what happend during the time of war besides heavy fighting.

I must have been at the age of 6 or 7 when my grandfather showed me his photo album and told his stories for the first time. At that age I wasn't capable of understanding the whole things, but as I recall it 20 years later most things still seem present. My grandpa always talked about how cold in had been on the eastern front, that he had to serve in the deeps of russia at the age of 17 while our generation normally is still at school at that age or about his injuries and how lucky he were to survive.

My grandpa voluntered in November 1941 at the age of 17 to become part of a Panzerjšger-Company (Tank destroyer). His main thoughts about volunteering was to appoint his fate and to avoid being sent to the infantry. At the eastern front he was mainly stationed in the Orel-/Reshev-Area in 1942. His unit was equipped with PAK 40's, but he also mentioned that he later also operated on a self-propelled gun.
During the battle of kursk he got seriously wounded at the age of 18. Due to the belt buckle he survived two hits from a russian mg. One round penetrated the buckle and was slowed down before entering the stomach. After being at hospital for 13 months and serving in a tank training company he had to take part in the Ardennes offensive on the western front this time on Jagdpanzer Hetzer.

From the modeller's perspective these pictures are total priceless as reference material and so I decided to scan most parts of the album for your personal use. I think most of the pictures in his album are from 1942 to early 1943 and show the life of a Panzerjšger-Company on the eastern front during fighting pauses."

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i always was interested in the unit's name my grandpa served in. maybe you are right, according to Feldgrau.com, the divisional emblem would fit, but i'm not sure if the bow is more something of an emblem on company or regiment level. Regarding Gefreiter Karl Kindschuh, it may have been a common name during that time. I don't have access to the photos (physical or digital) until the weekend, but then i will make a scan at a far larger resolution to get the dates.
JAN 17, 2006 - 11:30 PM
hy patrik well thanks a lot for this album it was very exiting ,and i wich i had a grand father like yours in the german army in ww2. and by the way thanks for charing it with us.
JAN 19, 2006 - 02:35 AM
Patrick, thank you for sharing your grandfathers memories with us. They are great. Kevin
JAN 20, 2006 - 01:04 AM
Truly outstanding,I love seeing pictures like this,. I'm trying to get some of my grandads pic's from north Africa (69th medium reg R.A) El Alamein,Tubrok, and I would like to do the same. Many thanks for sharing the priceless pictures Andy
JAN 20, 2006 - 01:32 AM
Thanks for the photos. Very interesting, I enjoyed viewing them.
FEB 20, 2008 - 01:29 PM
Pat, many thanks, the photo's were very interesting. Joe
FEB 20, 2008 - 05:17 PM
A most impressive collection, and thanks for sharing. Such valuable photos should be treasured for eternity. This perspective of war from the normal side, and not the official version is priceless! A friend of mine was telling me that while at school one of his mates dad had an album of historic photos. which his dad took,and in the album he saw photos of the hinderberg being built.His dad used to go once a week to the same spot in front of the factory to photograph it.He also had a picture of Hitler getting out of his merc taken from a hotel balcony. This guys dad was a test pilot and tested amongst others the 262. Now, imagine what photos he had in his album,and what happened to them. Such photos need preserving! A million thanks for sharing these with us. Harry.
APR 04, 2008 - 10:08 AM
I would like to thank milvehfan for bringing this topic to light again and also Patrick Busch for sharing such a unique set of photos. My only question is was there an update to this feature that I also missed?
APR 04, 2008 - 12:26 PM
After doing some more research over the last years, I was able to get my grandpa's military record. The unit he was in the time he took the photos was Panzerjäger-Abteilung 195.
SEP 04, 2016 - 11:07 PM
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 195 was part of the 95. Infanterie-Division. The unit insignia (bow with arrow) is the enblem of 95. Infanterie-Division.
SEP 04, 2016 - 11:08 PM