Wehrpass and award document grouping to Gefreiter Emil Zidar. Born in Sarajewo (Bosnia), he was from Croatian descent. A car mechanic in daily life, Zidar's experience was put to good use after he volunteered for the Wehrmacht in February 1943. He served as a tank mechanic with Resere-Panzer-Abteilung 25, moved from Erlangen to southern France in November 1943. Here, it occupied the area of Bordeaux with the 273. Reserve-Panzer-Division, until his unit was used to create the II. Abteilung of Panzer-Regiment 15 in May 1944. This move was part of a refreshment operation for the 11. Panzer-Division.
On 30th of July 1944, Zidar was wounded by a shot in the chest in Bordeaux - possibly during an Allied air raid? He recovered shortly in Kriegslazarett 604 based in Bordeaux, but could remain with his unit, which was about to embark for the Normandy front. Although the major part of the 11.Pz.Div. would see action against Operation Dragoon in southern France in the Summer of 1944, Zidar's II./Pz.Rgt.15 was detached from the Regiment and sent from Bordeaux to the Normandy front on 10th/11th of August 1944. The train transport disembarked in Orléans, from there its Panzer IV's served under an SS-Panzer-Regiment in the Falaise area west of Dreux. Little later, early September 1944, the Abteilung was retreated to the Heimat for refitting.
Recovering from the losses in Normandy, the II.Pz.Rgt.15 was reunited with the remainder of the 11.Pz.Div. retreating from southeast France, and Zidar continued to fight with his unit on the Western Front until the end of the war: in the Saarpfalz, then the Ardennes Offensive in the Luxembourg border area south of Trier, and in Spring 1945 the fighting at Remagen bridge on the Rhein. Zidar was awarded the KVKII in these final weeks, then entered American captivity but was allowed to return home soon.
The grouping consists of:
- Wehrpass in excellent and complete condition.
- Award document for the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, by the Kriegs.Laz.Abt.604 in Bordeaux, 4th of August 1944. Folded, not punched, with some minor damage on the edges.
- Award document for the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern, hand signed by Generalmajor Horst Freiherr Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels, last commander of the 11.Pz.Div. and a rare signature as this was his only divisional command, lasting less than a month. Folded, not punched, with some minor damage on the edges.
- A copy of his POW discharge document from May 1945.
Wehrpass grouping 11.Pz.Div. - Normandy, Remagen
- Product Code: DY008