Tracing German Army veterans
Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:49 PM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:55 PM
"We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem!" LtGen. Chesty Puller.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 02:15 PM
Best of luck with your search.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:30 PM
I have the Paybook of German Army member Johann Altmann in my possession.
Johann Altmann was born in Cologne 15.4.1906. He enrolled in the Army 20.5.1939 and served in various Flak Batteries. On 24.3.1945 he was engaged in defending Hamminkeln against the Allies in a glider-borne landing operation aimed at achieving a crossing over the Rhine.
He protected a British glider pilot – Sergeant Thomas O’Brien - who was injured during the troop landings, and gave him his own Paybook – presumably as a memento. It is probable that Johann Altmann surrendered and became a prisoner-of-war, but they never met again.
Thomas's widow passed the Paybook to me recently to try and locate any relatives/descendants to whom it could be passed.
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