• Soldbuch to Obergefreiter Rudolf Steiniger. First issue opened in December 1940. After training as a Panzerj├Ąger, Steiniger joined MG-Bataillon 8 of the 5. leichte Division. This Bataillon was later part of the 21. Panzer-Division and shipped to Libya as one of the very first German troops of the DAK. It is unclear if Steiniger did go to Africa, or if he moved to another unit earlier. Late November 1941 he was wounded with the 76. Infanterie-Division on the Eastern Front. He spent a year in hospitals to recover, then was assigned to Landessch├╝tzen-Bataillon 345 in the area of Berlin-Lichterfelde. His injuries were too high to be deployed on the front again - and likely the medical code "26" for neve and mental problems had something to do with it as well. Steiniger remained in the Berlin area for over two years, with reserve units in Potsdam, Spendau and Strausberg mentioned in the Soldbuch.  
  • By mid March 1945, the Russians had advanced to the borders of the Reich and Steiniger was sent to the 11. Kompanie of Grenadier-Feldausbildungs-Regiment 1313 of the 156. Feldausbildungs-Division in Strausberg. It was put under the command of the Heeresgruppe Weichsel in Eberswalde. Another month later, the division caried on as a regular infantry division, Steiniger now serving with Gren.Rgt.1313. This last unit entry is the last entry in the Soldbuch, together with a weapon entry on 9th of April 1945. Little later, the Heeresgruppe Weichsel was fighting in the Battle of Seelow Hights, and later the Battle for Berlin - the 156.ID was not trapped in the Halbe pocket. Steiniger survived the war and avoided a long captivity.  
  • The Soldbuch is in good and complete condition, with minor issues like a denazification on page 2 and a small part of page 22-23 torn. It comes with two postwar documents.   

Battle of Berlin Soldbuch 156.ID

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