Feldgrau Author: Mark C Yerger

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Post by Uncle Joe » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:09 pm

Mark, been reading the volume 4 and one translation error keeps popping up: there are constant references to captured (and otherwise) "grenade launchers" that is false as the context clearly indicates "mortars". I.e. "Granatwerfer" must be translated as "mortar", not "grenade launcher" that is a much different weapon class.

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Post by John P. Moore » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:00 pm

Mark - It has been awhile since your Kavallerie book shipped in April and I am sure that there are a lot of us eagerly awaiting the next installment. So can you tell us what division that is going to be and how close it is to being finished and delivered to the publisher? Is there a target publication date?

Also, how are Bender's supplies of your previous books holding up? Is anything close to being sold out at this time?

How about Schiffer's supplies of your "Commanders .." books?

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Post by Mark C Yerger » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:41 am

Sorry for slow reply, health issues have me up and down (and frustrated).

Far as I know all the Schiffer and Bender titles are available, though no idea how many. I assume they're doing well as Schiffer has reprinted and Bender keeps publishing them :)

Next in the German Cross series is another division needing 2 volumes due to amount of data and number of award holders. Actually, the next 3 divisions to be covered are of that size.

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Post by John P. Moore » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:02 am

Thanks Mark. I hope that the next DKiG series we see is on the Polizei division. I know that you have a lot of very good material on this underappreciated division.

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Post by Mark C Yerger » Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:45 am

Volume 5 of "German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police" is now with the publisher. A rather complicated primary unit due to multiple duplicate units for the Polizei Division and simultaneous Kampfgruppe resulted in the most expanded and detailed elements chapter of the series so far. A lot of corrected and new data added to previous books on the formation and its history, likewise with the divisional commander and Ia biographies in addition to the German Cross in Gold holders primary topic. I expect copies early 2010. Below the contents and acknowledgments, the latter in case I missed someone and can add when I have blue lines.

Best wishes,
Mark

German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police
Volume 5
Polizei Division and Police Units

Adam to Laurinat



Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
The 4.SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division
Division and Kampfgruppe Titles
Combat Elements
Division and Kampfgruppe Commanders
Ia (1.Generalstabsoffizier)
Polizei Division and Police Unit German Cross in Gold Holders

Gustav Adam
Günther Anhalt
Walter Bertet
Siegfried Binz
Alfred Borchert
Max Bornemann
Albert Bosse
Karl Bristot
Günther Butte
Hennig von Cölln
Hans Deschner (NCO)
Hans Deschner (officer)
Wilhelm Dietrich
Helmut Dörner
Adolf Engel
Herbert Erlbeck
Johannes Ernst
Alois Etthöfer
Willi Forstner
Hans-Boto Forstreuter
Fritz Freitag
Rudolf Fröhlich
Otto Gieseke
Hans Göbel
Rudolf Grosshans
Martin Harnack
Nikolaus Heilmann
Lothar Hofer
Wilhelm Hofmann
Alois Jakobi
Heinz Jürgens
Walter Katerndahl
Karl Klein
Rudolf Konopacki
Johannes Krüger
Karl Labahn
Bruno Lange
Erwin Lange
Franz Laurinat

ROLL of HONOR CLASP
Georg Boehnke
Karl Bracht
Alois Etthöfer
Stefan Niesen
Günther Ortmann

CLOSE COMBAT CLASP in GOLD
Karl Auer
Martin Harnack
Gerhard Pöhler
Alois Raith

Appendix
Addendum
Glossary
Ranks
Bibliography

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


Ignacio Arrondo is again deservedly on the cover of this volume. One of the oddities of today's communication technology is having a closest friend I've never met, our exchange going back to the days of now antiquated postal "snail mail." I appreciate and personally admire his character as a husband, father, and individual far more than the obvious diversity or depth of his historical knowledge. But it is his personal support and motivation for me during periods of poor health that is responsible for this volume, so the readership has him to thank to a significant degree for it being completed. I'd also like to thank his wife and children for sacrificing their personal family time taken by his contribution to the project. This series is the last I will write and I deeply hope that in the future my colleague and friend will continue historical preservation by compiling texts on his own facets of interest.

As he has been for 30 years, Otto Weidinger is always remembered and still acting as my primary motivator despite having passed away in 1990. His wife Anneliese, celebrating her 91st year in 2009, also added her kind and appreciated support as always. Writing this type of book is never financially lucrative so other forms of impetus and goals are needed to undertake the rather intense effort involved. While I write for a variety of those reasons, Herr Weidinger remains my singular personal inspiration. He was and always will be both my mentor and a close personal friend.

As this volume was compiled I was especially inspired by the historian of the Pionierkameradschaft “Dresden,” Kurt Imhoff. A graduate of Junkerschule Braunschweig who served with the Polizei Division and "Hohenstaufen," both documentation and photo material he shared with me is in this volume. I deeply miss our lengthy and frequent correspondence since he passed away. He was the personification of the word historian and a good friend, fully supporting the idea of a German Cross holder series from its conception.

Jess Lukens was there and always came through with photo material I needed as he has for more years then either of us now want to remember. He has been a large contributor to every book starting with "Knights of Steel" in the 1980s. A steadfast character describes him and I'm proud to call him my friend.

Despite a busy career and family, John Moore took time to graciously continue with help, advice, and sharing of his own research work and material. That aside from decades of friendship that is more valuable. Few people are lucky enough to have colleagues or friends for decades but I have been fortunate in that regard.

My appreciation is extended to decorated former Polizei Division members Hans Traupe, Karl Auer, Heinz Jürgens, Lothar Hofer, Wilhelm Schlüter, and Hans Scherg. Sadly, all six passed away prior to this volume being completed. A special thanks goes to my good friend Hans Kempin, the former Commandant of the SS-Panzergrenadierschule "Kienschlag" and eventual commander of two divisions, who passed away in 1992. I'd also like to thank the families of Knight's Cross and German Cross in Gold holders Günther Anhalt and Helmut Dörner for their kind contributions, the latter officer also being eventually awarded the Swords. I consider their assistance to be a privilege.

Photos or documents from the militaria collections or libraries of Roger James Bender (Army officers), John Moore (German Cross holders for this and later volumes), Andre Meyer (Raith and Gieseke), French MacLean (Wettstein), Alex Jordt (Rump and "Das Reich" images), Bertino Adler (Gieseke and Harnack), Peter van Holsteijn, Eric-Jan Bakker, George Lepre (Braun), Peter Whammond of "The Collector's Guild" (Gösch), Niklas Hansson (Butte), Derek Crouch (Knight's Cross holder signed photos and documents), and Mike Melnyk (14th SS Division officers) grace this volume. I'm profoundly thankful their time, efforts, and contributions that added visually to the biographies or individual units. They all fit in this single paragraph but how grateful I am to each for their help is hard for me to express. Extending my deepest thanks is the best I can do. For me, every single item offered matters greatly since it adds to the recording of history. That was, is, and always will be both my purpose and singular goal.

George Nipe found time to help with archive research despite his own massive writing projects and to offer suggestions for the manuscript. Our friendship began decades ago with a short letter by post telling me he was going to write a book. Any who study campaigns and battles related to the Waffen-SS acknowledge his research expertise in that area, a specialist skill far beyond my capacity that corrects and adds to that aspect of history.

Andreas Jasa was again essential with his contributions, as well as insight and diverse knowledge I would not otherwise have. That help was combined with his pleasant personality I both enjoy and appreciate.

Despite their appreciably busy schedules, Peter Imberger and P.T. Gavin took the time to offer suggestions, comments, or corrections for the manuscript that were very much appreciated. Much of the addendum information of this volume regarding volume 3 (“Nordland”) was provided by Tommy Natedal. His continuous research of the Nordic Waffen-SS units in minute detail is a benefit to all.

Well known and knowledgeable specialist book dealers Jack Hatter (“Volume Control”) and Bob Ruman (“Articles of War”) remain the sources for my book needs. Jack also provides humor and insight, our lunches together are a rare chance for me to both relax and vent. One of my few working breaks are the laughter generated from his numerous e-mails.

I’ll always be thrilled to have Roger James Bender as my publisher. His patience, attention to detail, desire to preserve history, and goal to create the best books possible is what I’ve always wanted. Also, he manages to remain positive and pleasant while appreciating (and dealing with) the stress I place on myself with this series. I wish I could learn the calm patience he has and is always affectionately referred to as "The Boss." Writing for him was a wish and goal since before I was old enough to drive a car. I also wish to thank his computer expert, Carl Morcate, for his detailed assistance with programs and preparation that hopefully allow the book to appear as I envisioned it.

While this book and the previous volumes were being written, image contributions have been received for future volumes of the series that are simultaneously in progress. My appreciation to Robert Kondor, J.W. Bode, Robert Hassler, Malcolm Gray, Tony Sidoti, Erik Rundkvist, Hans-Peter Rackete, and Richard Mills for those material offerings with all being in addition those previously listed. Their kind assistance will be further elaborated on in the acknowledgments of the volume that contains their material.

My sister Leslie and my buddy Cindy, both of whom I respect and adore, are always here in spirit when needed. That is even more valued and appreciated since neither have even the slightest interest or knowledge in the topic of these books. To the most extreme degree, there is nothing I would not do or sacrifice for either of them without hesitation.

If I have inadvertently missed any material contributor please accept my sincere apologies and assurance I'll rectify the omission within the acknowledgments of volume 6.

Finally, Ralph and Lucy continually add more than their share of feline influence and disruption. Both now needing daily medication makes for a dreaded event involving chase, capture, and the occasional ingesting of a pill. I often wonder what neighbors think when hearing the one sided conversations of a pet owner. I'd donate my own organs if they needed them and would never give them up. But some days I'd seriously consider loaning them to some unsuspecting person for a single day. To save confusion, if I get another cat, it will simply make more sense to name it "No, No, No."

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Post by Tom Houlihan » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:20 am

Congratulations, Mark! Good on ye, for accomplishing all that in spite of what Life's been throwing at you!
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Post by Scott Revell » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:02 am

I am looking forward to Volume 5. Do each DKiG winner have a photo or were there any that you could not source the photo?

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Post by Mark C Yerger » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:37 am

Revellations wrote:I am looking forward to Volume 5. Do each DKiG winner have a photo or were there any that you could not source the photo?

Cheers

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The available ratio is about the same as previous volumes, in addition to the commander, Ia, and other relative illustrations.

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Post by John P. Moore » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:45 am

That was certainly good news that the Polizei book will soon be available. I know a little about both the text and the photos that will be used. I don't think that anyone is going to be disappointed in either area. The origins of this division and reorganizations did make this a challenging book to research and I know that Mark has done a brilliant job in mastering this unit. The material that he presents will be unique among all other Waffen-SS divisions and incredibly interesting.

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Post by pimberg » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:46 am

The Polizei Division is one of the oldest divisons - as it's number in fact implies (4). However it surprisingly seems to have the least good published research on it. I'm especially glad to know Mark is the one delving into this subject now. It couldn't be in better hands.

I can't wait for this book to come out.

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Post by Marc Rikmenspoel » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:28 am

I'm excited for it too! It is wonderful that so much material is still turning up so long after war.

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Post by Mark C Yerger » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:10 pm

A lot of material can be found. I think many give up when they see the costs and time involved in certain specific areas or types of books.

Some publishers also seem to dwell on unit "history" books with 500 fuzzy tank pictures and 1 line captions. Easier and faster. But really add nothing historically, but must be a market for those who don't actually read books but just look at pictures.

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Post by Annelie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:40 am

must be a market for those who don't actually read books but just look at pictures.
Certainly is, called coffee table books.

There is a place for this type of material.
A book that comes to mind is "Wenn alle Bruder Schweigen"
Many of us bought this book thinking it would benefit the Veterans.
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Post by Mark C Yerger » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:09 am

Annelie wrote:
must be a market for those who don't actually read books but just look at pictures.
Certainly is, called coffee table books.

There is a place for this type of material.
A book that comes to mind is "Wenn alle Bruder Schweigen"
Many of us bought this book thinking it would benefit the Veterans.

That book I consider totally different, especially at the time first released (1970s when I bought it)

I'm speaking more of certain current Abteilung or Regiment books of various services. The Stoves 1.Pz Div text history obviously tells and records more, and far harder to research and write, than numerous photo only Tiger tank unit books. Like writing a militaria "reference book" that is just a catalog of what various collectors own with a 10 word caption, despite for whatever reason the authors instantly being considered an "authority." My opinion, far from the facts or truth, and a minimal effort commercial undertaking.

But of course, whatever anyone wants to buy and what they actually want to know is their choice.

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Post by Stephan H. » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:21 pm

Mark - Congrats and best wishes of success on your new release in the series. While I have not purchased any of these yet, I am planning on hunting down a copy of your volume 2 that I believe covered Das Reich. I have a quick question about the volume--do you recall if you covered any veterans from 6/SSPz-GrenRgt "Deutschland" in the book?

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