Here is more information and questions I have about my grandfather's time in the III./Afrika Schützen Regiment 963 and subsequent time in Greece in the V./Festungs Infanterie Bataillon 999, including the names of some other soldiers in these units.
My grandfather Ludwig Preller was in the staff (Stab) of the III./Afr.Schtz. Reg. 963. I would say that translates as something like 3rd battalion of the 963rd Africa-fusiliers regiment.
A leutnant in 1943, he was the ‘Bataillons-adjudant’ under Hauptmann Fritz Schliephack (who led the unit until it was disolved in June 1943, before its members were sent to Greece). There the Stab was transferred into the newly created V./ Festungs-Infanterie-Bataillon 999.
I am trying to find out more about this unit and its continuations and also possibly to track family members of some of the men who were part of it.
In his role as ‘Bataillons-adjudant’ my grandfather kept a notebook of the organisation of the battallion and an inventory of its equipment. This notebook survived the war (my grandfather must have brought it back home before he went missing in action in Hungary in 1945).
In it there is the following list of names for the staff (I post just the beginning of the list, picture of full list can be found at: https://enanosin.files.wordpress.com/20 ... i_9631.jpg
Planstelle Dgrd. Name
(role, rank, name)
Btl. Adj. Lt. Preller
Ord. Offz. Lt. Henschel
Btl. Arzt St. Arzt Dr. Knape
Hilfsarzt U’Arzt Dr. Wilde
Zahlmeister OZm. Ellinger
Führer d. Melder Uffz. Selig
Gefechtsschreiber Obgefr. Dippmann
1. Melder auf Rad Gefr. Kowalski
2. ” ” ” ” Schumann
3. ” ” ” ” Dziatsko
4. ” ” ” O’Schtz. Katscher
5. ” ” ” Schtz. Zimmermann
6. ” ” ” ” Blümel
7. ” ” ” ” Müller A.
1. Kraftwagenf. f. Pkw Schtz. Bobrowski
2. ” ” ” ” Schweißhelm
I am looking for any information on the Panzer-Lehrregiment (Wünsdorf, France), and the Afr. Schtz. Regiment 963 (Heuberg, Paros-Greece) in which my grandfather, Leutnant Ludwig Preller served. Thanks.