Hello - I am a new user here.
I am American by birth, but am now living in the UK and am at present researching the history of two uncles who grew up in Vienna and were in the 9th Panzer division.
I have tried contacting the person on Feldgrau's contact page responsible for collecting information on the 9th Panzer Division (Rudolf Wallner PO box 63, Vienna). The letter was returned to me, with a stamp saying that the addressee had moved. Any thoughts, anyone?
An earlier piece of research in the 1990's to some sort of newsletter belonging to (perhaps) the 9 PD -- I have a photocopy of one sheet, and at the top it reads "Aus der Divisionsfamilie", but the rest of the newsletter is lacking-- shows a request for information about one of my uncles Andreas WINKELBAUER who died on 10 March 1944 near Ingulez in Russia. This story was run by my aunt. This prompted a most interesting reply from a Manfred Peter HELLER, who at that time lived in Cumberland Park, Australia. It appears that Mr Heller had made the 9PD his life's work, and according to his letter had amassed some 300 Leitz Ordner (those thick ring binders) full of stories, information, testimonials, etc.
An attempt to contact him recently yielded no result. I presume that by this time, if he is still alive, he will be very elderly, as the letter indicates a close relationship to the unit. Surely this collection of information must still exist somewhere. A google search of his name, along with a number of combinations including his home town in Australia, Panzer Unit, etc, has not led me any further. Does anyone have any thoughts?
My other uncle, Leonhard WINKELBAUER, was with the Mödlinger Panzer Regiment, and died in October 1943. We have information saying that he was buried in a soldier's cemetery in Nowo-Nikolajewka (Crimea) , however the Deutsche Dienstelle in Berlin cannot say whether or not the cemetery still exists. Again, if anyone has any comments on how one might approach the authorities in the Ukraine locally, I'd like to hear from you.
Finally, in going through the family war letters, I found an unopened one posted by my father to his brother Leonhard. It was returned home because by that time, the uncle had died. A short story about this is on the BBC website "A History of the World in 100 Objects"-- follow the link below.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld ... kwmlOpBmdQ
The BBC has expressed further interest in the letter archive and are making a radio documentary about my father and his brothers.
Thank you everyone for any help you may have.
PS two other addresses on the Feldgrau contacts page have had letters returned to me saying the addresses are no longer in use. Can someone tell me to whom I should report this at Feldgrau? thanks.