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It is not possible to fully understand the history of the Second World War without refering to the forces of the Axis.

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Paul Kellmann .     German Army   from Grunau, East Prussia)

My Father, Paul Kellmann was interred in Harperley PoW camp 93, after being captured in France, just after D-Day.

Sgt. Albin Johann Adam Kielmann .     Luftwaffe Kampfgeschwader 53 (d.9th August 1942)

He-111 H-6 (7492) of Kampfgeschwader (Condor Legion) 53 was shot down and crashed at Worthing, Sussex on the evening of 9th August 1942. Five Germans were killed and are buried in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery in Plot 4, Row 8:

  • Uffz. (Sgt) Horst Grosse-Heitmeyer (grave 242)
  • Gefr. (L/Cpl) Guenter Gruessner (grave 243)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Joachim Wolfgang Richter (grave 247)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Ferdinand Dolezal (grave 245)
  • Uffz. (Sgt) Albin Johann Adam Kielmann (grave 246)

  • Erwin Otto Kirk .     German Army

    Trying to find any imformation about my father who was a Pow at Hill Hall Camp, Epping and also at Halstead, Essex I believe. I want to know his birthplace which on his passport says 'Rowen' but I cannot find it on any maps. He stayed in the UK after the was and he died on 27 February 2001. Thank you.

    Kleie .     Wehrmacht Hitler Jugend

    I have a small diary, with the legend 'Ich und mein Auto' on the cover. The writing inside it - in barely legible pencil - appears to detail the activities of a squad of Hitler Jugend operating in the Ems Canal region, April 1945. The writer's next of kin is listed as: Gunter Kleie, Magdeburg I(rest illegible) tel: 31592/36?? and the writers unit (or location) as: Amsb Komp(?) G.E.u.A.BH.12/ Kalberstadt.

    There is an entry concerning leave prior to moving out to the front which mentions the following comrades: Josef Huber, Will..? Haus Leidelt, Franz Schafleit(?) and a meeting with Kora ...? and Marike ...? in Magdeburg in January of that year. They moved up to the front on 25th March, 1945. On 5th April they saw a RAF Typhoon shot down and the pilot bale out. The last entry in the diary is for 12th April, 1945 which mentions English 'cracktroops' close at hand. (The Scots Guards I think.) There are no more entries.

    If anyone can shed more light on the writer, unit, his friends or family I would appreciate it as we might be able to put someone's mind at ease, even after all this time.

    Heinrich Korotanchnik .     Wehrmacht

    I am trying to find out who my grandfather was. His name was, 'Heinrich Korotanchnik'. He was with the Wehrmacht in WW2 and moved to Australia with his wife Gertrude Klassen after the war. He died from a leak in a gas stove before I was even born, so I never got to know him.

    Lt. Erich Krauss .     German Army   from Marburg, Germany)

    My uncle was a German officer stationed on the Eastern Front during WW2. His father was in WW1 and fought against the French and English in Trench warfare, where he was mustard gassed and burnt from the waist up.

    My mother did her two years of mandatory service on a farm whose 3 sons where in the German Army. My parents met after the war at an Army Supply Depot in Geissen, Germany. My father was a Staff Sgt. in the American's 78th Infantry Division during WW2. The Americans put the Germans to work soon after the war and my Mom was a secretary at the Army Depot in Geissen. My uncle wasn't very receptive of my Dad as it was too soon after the war.

    Prior to the war, Uncle Erich was in the hotel business and worked the desk at the Four Seasons in Munich. One day, he was working the front desk when Hitler and Goerbels walked into the hotel. My uncle saluted with a "Heil Hitler" salute. Hitler didn't respond and walked on by. Goerbels, on the other hand, walked behind the counter and put his arm around Erich saying "you're going to make a fine soldier some day." Uncle Erich was a proud German Leiutenant, when he would come home on leave, he would wear his uniform proudly. Later in the war, he would change out of his uniform immediately and made statements about how "we are going to lose this war." My grandfather scolded him and said that he would be in big trouble if anyone overheard him saying these words. Uncle Erich was taken prisoner of war by the Russians and released sometime after. My father and mother moved to the United States in 1955 where my brother and I were born.

    Josef Kremer .       from Germany)

    My grandad, Josef Kramer, was at Overdale Camp from 1942 until 1945. Does anyone remember him?

    Olt. Erich Kunst .     Luftwaffe I/Gruppe KG3

    On 7th March 1941 Dornier DO17 (hull number 5K+MK, fuselage No. 3391), during a raid over London, was shot down by a Flaktreffer. Three men became POWs:

  • Olt Erich Kunst
  • Ofw Herbert Wendland
  • Uffz. Herbert Oeckinghausen

    Wilhelm Gross-Ophoff was missing in action.


    Aircraft Dornier DO17Z (3391) of 2/KG3 ditched in the sea off Great Yarmouth at 0735 on the morning of 3rd March 1941. It is believed to have been shot down by the Hopton AA Battery whilst on a mission over the Thames Estuary.

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