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fluffthunder
02-17-2012, 08:53 PM
First off, great site!

Thank you for maintaining it and all the hard work that goes into it.

Got a question I thought you could point me in the right direction so I can start doing some research.

My Grandfather was in WWII, on the German side. He survived the war with a severed left arm which happened on the eastern front (what year I don't know) from originally was a bullet wound but it got infected and he had to have his arm amputated. His name was Werner Gehrmann. He passed away about 15 years ago. I know he was in Italy for a while, but then was put in the eastern front somewhere in Russia. (I remember him singing old itailian love songs while he was working in is garden, when I was a little wee one) How would I go about finding out which unit he belonged to, where all he was and what he did?
Does anyone know where to start looking? or suggestions?
Thank you!

thunder

flamethrowerguy
02-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Try here: http://www.dd-wast.javabase.de/

You got to invest some time and money but it's definitely worth it!

fluffthunder
02-18-2012, 02:38 PM
Thanks Flamethrowerguy!

I have some picts of him and 2 really neat ww2 era books with what appears to be loaded with originals I will scan and upload here in the near future.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction :-)

Thunder

panz
05-15-2012, 01:19 PM
Hi fluffthunder,

Here is my search for information on my grandad.
At the bottom is a list of authorities I addressed.
Translate them to authorities in your country if possible.
The German archives shoud be no problem.
Especially the Federal archive in Berlin and the Landeshauptarchive in Brandenburg could be usefull.

http://www.ww2-landmarkscout.com/2011/09/forced-labour-arbeitseinzats.html

Good luck

Panz