- Soldbuch to Feldwebel Alfred Petzold. First issue from June 1941. Petzold started off with the Kriegsmarine, earning a Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz issued by the 1. Ersatz-Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung in January 1941 and a KVKII in September 1944. He was most likely deployed as a "Rekrutenausbilder" in training units for over three years. September 1944 however, he was to fill the gaps in the Heer, following the heavy losses after D-Day and the Russian offensives. He ended up with Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 340, a training batallion reformed into Divisions-Kampfschule 340, actively fighting with the 340. Volksgrenadier-Division on the Western Front.
- Late November 1944, the 340.VGD found itself in the heat of the action, following an American offensive in the Ruhr area between Geilenkirchen and Würselen. The division protected the Westwall area of Jülich and suffered severe losses in the Jülich bridgehead between November 23rd and November 28th. It was repelled from the bridgehead to the east bank of the Ruhr but lost around 2.500 men. One of these was Alfred Petzold: he entered the Reservelazarett II in Lüdenscheid on 1st of December with a bullet wound. Petzold recovered, received the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber and survived the war. Notice on page 14a that he was issued an StG.44 machine gun during the fighting in Jülich!
- Soldbuch in good condition, the cover is loose but it's a 100% complete with all pages and the portrait photo.
340.VGD Soldbuch, WIA Westwall Jülich, Kriegsmarine
- Product Code: DN150
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