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By 1944 anything is possible. These Landesschützen Battalions did initially draw manpower from their local area, and their local Divisonal unit, but they were also fed piecemeal into any gaps elsewhere. It's quite feasible for an Austrian or two to end up with them.sirjahn wrote:Sulzbach is in south Germany so I am trying to noodle out how POWs report that they were guarded by old Austrian and Polish guards. Do the LS Battalions draw personnel from areas other than their Wehrkreis?
I don't see the LS 13 in that other post regarding troops in the Britanny area. Are these guys falling under a different reporting structure than the Kommandtur?
Yes I've seen your similar request on Triggertime. Have you obtained any records from the International Committee of the Red Cross? They will have made a report on the hospital at Rennes at some point. Although it will not include mention of supporting guard units it will include more names of medical staff that were there.sirjahn wrote:The POW reports seem to indicate that the guards were either Austrian or Polish and that the Polish got the worst guard duties like walking the perimeter. The only names I have are for two doctors that were there and maybe one NCO.
MAJ Gerhardt(?) Enzinger Oberstabartz
CPT Lummp Stabartz
SSG Curick (also called Cwuck)
I am trying to find out more detail on the guards to flesh out the hospital history for my Father story I am writing. He was an 82nd AB trooper wounded and captured on D-Day and kept at Rennes Military Hospital until he escaped during the bombardment of Rennes on 1 August 44.
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