Panzer and Panzer-Grenadier divisions

Stabsgefreiter Franz Jann served with 11.(I.G.)Kp./Schützen-Rgt. 113, Stabskp./Pz.Gren.Rgt, 113 and 9.(I.G.)/Pz.Grg.Rgt. 113, 1. Pz.Div. from November 1940 to May 1945. Awarded Verw.Abz. in Schwarz, Panzerkampfabz., Ostmedaille, EK II.

Obergefreiter Wilhelm Berns served with 11.(I.G.)/Inf.-Rgt. 113, Stabskp./Pz.Gren.Rgt, 113 and 9.(I.G.)/Pz.Grg.Rgt. 113, 1. Pz.Div. from January 1941 to May 1945. Awarded EK II, Panzerkampfabz., Verw.Abz. in Schwarz, Ostmedaille, EK I, Verw.Abz. in Silber.

Schütze Walter Neukötter served as an armourer with 3.Kp./Panz.Rgt. 11, 1. lei. Division and 6. Pz.Div. from November 1938 to September 1942 (?), spending time with replacement and convalescent units before serving with 7./Panzer-Regiment 27, 19. Pz.Div. from September to November 1943. Killed in action south-west of Komarski, Russia on 7 November 1943. No awards recorded.

Gefreiter Gustav Werner served with I.R. 480, 260. I.D. from August 1939 until transferring to Inf.Ers.Batl. 480 (Genes.Kp.) in June 1941. He was then discharged from military service in February 1942. He was recalled and inducted into Gren.Ausb.Btl. 42 in March 1943 and saw active service in Russia from July to September 1943 with 7./Pz.-Gren.-Rgt. 111, 11. Pz.Div., XXXXVIII. Korps, 4. Pz.Armee, Heeresgruppe Süd, Belgorod, Poltawa. After spending time with various convalescent, training and marching units belonging to 11. Pz.Div. in the Heeresgruppe Süd sector until early 1944 and then in France, he rejoined 7./Pz.-Gren.-Rgt. 111 in September 1944. Reported missing in action on 13 November 1944 near Habodingen/Lothringen. No awards recorded.

Unteroffizier Norbert Lotter served with Artillery Regiment 5 in Neuhaus from October 1932 to the end of March 1934. He then served with A.R. 267, 267. I.D. from February 1940 to June 1941, then with artillery companies in Schtz.Rgt. 5, 12. Pz.Div. from August 1941 to September 1942, and then with Geschütz-Ersatz-Kompanie für mot. Schützeneinheiten 2 before transferring to 8.(M.G.)Kp.Gren.Rgt.876 (later 8.(M.G.)Kp.Gren.Rgt.178), 76. I.D. in February 1943. Died in Eger municipal hospital in June 1944 after his lower left arm was torn off by a shell splinter in the southern sector of the Russian front in November 1943. Awarded Panz.Kampfabzeichen in Bronze, Ostmedaille, Verw.Abzeichen in Silber, EK II.

Hauptfeldwebel Max Schäfer served with the heavy company of Kavallerieschützenregiment 4, 6. Panzer-Division, from November 1938 to August 1940, when he transferred to the heavy company of Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 64, 16. Panzer-Division. He fought in Poland, on the Western front, in the Balkans, on the Eastern font, in the attempted relief of Stalingrad, where he was wounded, in Italy, including the fighting for Salerno, in the Ukraine and in the fighting retreat back to Germany where he entered captivity in May 1945. Awarded Verw.Abz. in Schwarz, EK II, Schutzwallehrenzeichen, Ostmedaille, Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze, KVK II mit Schwertern, Divisions-Wappen 16. Pz.Div., Nahkampfspange 1. Stufe, KVK I mit Schwertern.

Gefreiter Klaus Holtz von Holzenberg served with the RAD from April 1942 and was involved in fighting as part of Luftwaffe operations from June until he started his basic training and served in anti-partisan operations in the rear area of Heeresgruppe Mitte with 1./Inf.(F)Ausb.Rgt. 719 in October 1942. From March to April 1943 he was assigned to Marschbatl. 391/9 before serving with 1./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 101, 18. Pz.Div. (part of XXXXI. Korps, 9. Pz.Armee, Orel/Operation Zitadelle in July 1943). Wounded in Oserki on 5 July 1943 and discharged in April 1944 after spending 8 months in hospital. Awarded Verw.Abz. in Silber, EK II.

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