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Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:29 pm
by dangerousdano
I'm looking for any information I can for Gustav Pfister. I'm not sure if I have the spelling right. He was supposed to have been a Field Marshall??? Any information would be appreciated.

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Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:09 am
by HeinrichFrey
Hi Joanie,
really a field marshal? To me unknown an we didn`t have had many "Feldmarschälle" in the Wehrmacht. Sorry.

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:33 pm
by ENIGMACODE
Dear Sirs

I'm an independent filmmaker working on a non-profit documentary about North Africa 1942-43. In the past, this site has been extremely valuable to my research. In fact an old question regarding the origin of a torpedo that struck the USS Thomas Stone was clarified by an Italian author/historian who replied to my inquiry right here.

With little or no budget, I've traveled around the country searching for veterans who have valuable contributions to this story. The film is a docu-drama based on actual stories from veterans who saw action in North Africa.

I've scanned through the list of German Veteran War Associations here. It appears many of them require communication in German. Does anyone know of the existence of a particular organization based in New Jersey USA?

Please feel to visit my Web Site;
http://www.ww2survivorstories.com/

Best Regards
Michael Fraticelli
Philadelphia USA
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Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:01 am
by Annelie
I see your located in Philly,

I've scanned through the list of German Veteran War Associations here. It appears many of them require communication in German. Does anyone know of the existence of a particular organization based in New Jersey USA?

Philladelphia has one of North Americas oldest German Clubs .
Perhaps someone (I am sure there must be a Veteran or two that may be able to help?) They do have a stammtisch there, a place were Germans get to gether socially.

http://www.germansociety.org/

http://www.cvvphilly.com/

Finding German Vet , My Opa !

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:58 pm
by Jetfxr36
Dear Sir/s,

I am in search of any information pertaining to my maternal grandfather. He served in the German Army during WWII. We have a few photos of him in uniform when he was staioned in Italy as well as Tunisia - that we know is a fact. I was informed to inquire at: www.dd-wast.de
I gave them appropiate information to the best of my knowledge. This was done on April of 2010. It now is comming up on a full year and I have yet to hear any info back. I did have intermittent contant with a gentleman from the "Bundesarchiv".
He told me to try the same website (www.dd-wast.de). I would love to hear from anyone who has had success with this process.
Respectfully,
Gene Crews
Arlington, Tennessee

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:57 am
by Alex Dekker
It takes a lot of patience indeed. Waiting up till one year is 'normal'.

Did you provide them place and date of birth? They will need it.

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:44 pm
by Jetfxr36
Yes, I gave them everything they needed: birthplace,birthdate,Date of death....etc....I haven't received any response whatsoever....Its just a few months shy of a year...hopefully something soon...huh ???
Does anyone know what type of information they will provide ??? I sure appreciate ANY help and ANY advice.
Thanks to all.
G. Crews
Arlington, TN

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:54 pm
by Annelie
Sometimes I hear that they have to look around quite a bit. At times there is no information
at all as we have to remember the bombing.

My Fathers information was just basic but my Uncles was in detail, all goes to show
that we are lucky to find anything at all.

Don't forget to write to Red Cross in Switzerland as they would have information if he was in an POW camp
and also if he had needed any visits to the hospital for any treatments etc?

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:05 pm
by Jetfxr36
Thank you for your help. Luckily, my grandfather survived the war. Unfortunately he died in 1951 of complications of a disease that he contracted while serving in the mediterranean area.

Where would I contact the Red Cross to see if he was hospitalized ?

Also, my mother just informed me that she found my grandfather's "soldbuch"...what information would this give me ?

Once again, I am extremely appreciative !!!

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:29 pm
by Annelie
http://www.icrc.org/eng/who-we-are/index.jsp

You need the central Tracing agency -Geneva-

or you could write

International Committee of the Red Cross
Central Tracing Agency
19 Avenue De La Paix
CH-1212 Geneve
+4(22)734 60 01

They gave me my Fathers service number which wast didn't
places of internment
Prisoner of war number
From list ransmitted by the ICRC delegation in Cairo and from
one capture card from the camp he was in.

Every little bit of information is important as one lead leads to another.

Annelie

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:47 pm
by Jetfxr36
Thank you Annelie,

I will do as you say and write the address you gave me - Thank you. All I know about my grandfather is what my mother told me. But then again, he died when she was just a small girl. My grandmother passed away in the late 80's. During that time, my lack of communicating in German hindered our relationship. I yearn to know more about my "Opa". From what my mother knew, he was a hard working, honest good man. All I have are a few photos of him, a few pieces of German field gear and a few pieces of military papers. Hopefully, I will be going to Germany with my mother this summer and investigate further. Maybe if I post a photo or two of him in his uniform, someone could help me identify his rank and so forth...I will see if I can post them.....

G. Crews
Arlington, TN

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:13 pm
by Jetfxr36
Here are (2) photos of my grandfather. Maybe someone can identify the uniform, rank etc....
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Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:16 am
by arturo
I haven't seen this web link on this forum: http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/
The site is in German. It's very user-friendly, covers not just WWI and WWII but other wars as well. Information is searchable by surname and by region.

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:31 am
by Annelie
the site is also available in English.
Top right click on either America or English flag.

Re: Finding German Vets

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:55 am
by refaim
Good afternoon!

I am from Romania and i would like that someone can help me identify this hero that died in Romania in 1944.
I will add here a few photos that i took earlier this day on his memorial cross located in the city named Slanic , Prahova County, Romania.

Thank you in advance,

Romulus