Stephan H. wrote:I would appreciate any assistance in determining the exact translations for the following strength report titles:
Iststärkmeldung (Strength Report?)
Fehlstellenmeldung (Shortage Report?)
Aufschlüsselung der sonstigen Truppen Iststärke (??)
Aufschlüsselung der sonstigen Truppen Fehlstellen (??)
Tagesstärken, Gefechtsstärken, Kampfstärken (??)
= Understrength ReportAufschlüsselung der sonstigen Truppen ...
= breakdown of other troop ...
Wehrmacht Strength Return Definitions
(Effective from April 1944 to the End of War) Verflegungsstärke
Comprises all unit personnel, all supplementary personnel, including civilian volunteers (Hiwi), PoWs being fed that day and attached units and individuals. Sollstärke
(TO&E strength according to current KStNs)
The personnel strength allowance specified in the personnel and equipment TO&Es according to the unit’s Kriegsgliederung. Iststärke
Comprises all personnel on unit establishment, including personnel on leave, detached, short-term casualties (meaning those expected to be available for active service within 8 weeks) and personnel in excess of establishment (if any. Therefore, Iststärke only differs from Sollstärke by total personnel in excess of, or below the unit’s TO&E strength. Tagesstärke
(Day’s or Daily Strength)
The total number of personnel present and available for duty in the unit concerned including auxiliaries (Hiwi) and attached personnel. Tagesstärke, therefore, equals Iststärke less personnel on leave, detached personnel and short-term casualties plus attached personnel. Gefechtsstärke
Comprises all personnel who go into action as fighters or as direct aids to the fighters, including all units of the fighting troops (infantry, replacement battalion, cavalry, artillery, smoke, armored, anti-tank, engineer, signal and the Führungsgruppe of divisional headquarters), but excludes all Trosse (baggage, rations and battle trains, as well as artillery Nachschubstaffeln), repair services and any personnel from fighting elements temporarily with them. Therefore, Gefechtsstärke excludes Division HQ personnel (except for the Führungsgruppe), map section, Feldgendarmerie-Trupp, transports, repair services, supply troops and miscellaneous fighting personnel temporarily with them. Kampfstärke
Includes all soldiers in action in an infantry role in the forward areas, also personnel of other arms of the service supporting them in the same areas even if only temporarily. Thus, available tactical reserves located within the area of a particular formation are to be included in its Kampfstärke. In effect, all troops in action forward of regimental headquarters comprise the unit’s Kampfstärke. Grabenstärke
Comprises all personnel in the line forward of battalion headquarters, including company headquarters personnel such as clerks, but excluding stretcher bearers.
British War Office M.I. 14g/Apprec/2/45
(all of which was taken from captured German documents.)