Soldbuch and award document grouping to Marine-Verwaltungssekretär Johann Flatters. This bookkeeper from Frankfurt (though born in Wilhelmshaven) was a WWI veteran, and entered Kriegsmarine service in the administrative officer rank as Verwaltungs-Sekretär. He first served with the Marine-Standortverwaltung Glückstadt, but was transferred to the Marine-Verpflegungsamt La Rochelle in May 1942. In this French port city, he continued his not so eventful life for the next two years, leading to a Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse in April 1944. Things got much more intense though following the Allied landing on D-Day: La Rochelle would be completely surrounded and was transformed by the Germans into an Atlantikwall fortress, holding off the Allies until the end of the war. Serving in the Festung, he was wounded on 15th of January 1945, admited to the Marine-Lazarett La Rochelle where he would stay until a few weeks before the surrender. Flatters was awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz for this wound, and entered the same hospital again in captivity for a month, before being forwarded to a POW camp. The grouping consists of: 

  • Soldbuch, first issue from June 1941. With several nice entries related to the Festung La Rochelle (including Frontzulage and hospital entries), the Führergeschenk, a watch and other equipment. The Soldbuch is a 100% complete including a nice portrait photo. 
  • Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer award document, March 1935. 
  • KVK2 award document, April 1944, for his service in La Rochelle, facsimile signed by Vizeadmiral Ernst Schirlitz, later Knight's Cross and DKiG as commander of the Festung La Rochelle. 
  • Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz award document, January 1945, hand signed by the Chefarzt of the Marinelazarett La Rochelle, on cut down A4 paper due to shortage of official certificates in the surrounded Festung. 
  • POW Discharge document, December 1945. 
  • Family tree

Festung La Rochelle WIA Soldbuch grouping

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