by mightythor99 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:26 pm
there were penal battalions, and there were penal units inside regiments/divisions, etc.
depending on what the soldier had done, determined what his penalty was. i have a feldpost group (group of letters) from a 1st lt, who was in charge of the penal unit for his unit, which was the 88th panzer artillery (motorized). in the letters, he talks about the soldiers a little, basically, they hated the army, hated army life, did not want to fight, did not want to be in service, etc. they were not allowed to carry firearms. they built bunkers, built or worked on roads, unloaded trucks, and that kind of work. he had to stay on top of them all the time, and hated the job. he had one or two sgt's, other then that, he was it for 30+ men. he kept writing his commanding officer, wanting to be a battery commander again, and was given the chance, then 3 or 4 months later, was killed in the kursk offensive. bad luck!
I am interested in buying / trading for photo albums, photo groupings, diaries, feldpost groupings,etc, from any country in the world, any army/navy, etc, mostly 20th century!!