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Dear Mr. Hillman,
we do not have the personal papers (Wehrpass, Wehrstammbuch, Stammrolle) of your grandfather; they were probably lost because of military action. From other Wehrmacht documents the following can be confirmed:
Meiser (also Meissner), Paul, born Dec. 31, 1914 Cologne/Rhein
Address: 1939 (no name given), Hamburg 19, Osterstrasse 5
1943 father Paul M., Hamburg 19, Oppendorferweg 51
Date of enlistment: N/A
Identification tag: -4-3./Bau 1
(= 3. Coy, Construction Btl. 1)
according to report on 21 Sept 39: 3. Coy, Construction Btl. 1
(this unit was deployed on 26 Aug 39 in Wehrkreis II (Stettin) and was under the command of the Heerestruppe. Operational area: N/A)
report 23 Jan 40: 7. Coy, Inf.Rgt. 251
from 23 Jan 40 on: Engineer platoon of Inf.Rgt. 251
report 20 Dec 41: 2. Coy, Inf.Rgt. 251
report 30 Dec 41: HQ Coy, Inf.Rgt. 251
(this unit was deployed on 01 Dec 39 on military training area in Bergen, Wehrkreis XI (Hannover) and was under the command of the 83 ID. The operational areas of this division were: Jan 40-April 40: N/A. May 40: OKH Reserve at Herford, June 40-July 40: France, Aug 40-Feb 41: on leave, Wehrkreis XI (Hannover), March 41-Dec 41: France)
report 15 May 43 and 10 June 43: 6. Coy, Gren.Rgt. 502
(this unit was under the command of the 290. ID. Op. area: May 43 Dno, June 43: Ladoga lake)
report 17 Oct 43 and 05 Nov 43: HQ FeldErs.Btl. 290
21 Feb 42 wounded at Niwy (bullet wound in the shoulder, delivered to field dressing station)
stays in hospital:
22 Feb 42: field hospital 181 (motorised) Witebsk, because of frostbite (3. grade) on right foot
entry: from collecting point Witebsk
exit: 23 Feb 42 to rear medical unit
02 March 42: General hospital I Bad Homburg
entry: with hospital train
report 21 Feb 42: Feldwebel
report 05 Nov 43: Lt. d.R.
(no dates of promotion)
Your grandfather was posthumously promoted to Oberleutnant.
05 Nov 43 at Schelkunicka, 5km west of Pyrebitsche, Russia - abdominal grenade wound -
According to our documents your grandfather found his final resting place in a Kameradengrab [grave with more than one soldier] by the churc of Lowez. I can give no further information about today's condition of the grave.
The Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv, Wiesentalstr. 10, 79115 Freiburg might be able to tell you more about possible conference of medals and decorations of your grandfather.
I hope this has been of help to you.