Soldbuch to Obergefreiter Heinrich Jürgensen. First issue from August 1939. This soldier's career was divided in two important chapters. The first part was with Infanterie-Regiment 220 of the 58. Infanterie-Division. Fighting with this unit in the French campaign, Jürgensen was wounded by shrapnel in his neck mid June 1940, most likely during fighting on the Meuse in the Verdun / Toul area. He was awarded not only the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, but also an early EK2 for his 1940 wound.
After a few uneventful years with reserve units, Jürgensen did go to the Ukraine to fight with Grenadier-Regiment 226 of the 79. Infanterie-Division mid 1943, but was soon treated for severe malaria attacks and stayed in hospital until October 1944. Here, the second chapter of this Soldbuch starts: after his release, he joined the I. Bataillon of Volksgrenadier-Regiment 212, part of the 79. Volks-Grenadier-Division being formed in preparation of the Ardennes offensive.
Starting from the Vianden area in Luxembourg, the 79.VGD made only little progress and got stuck on the Sauer river in the area of Bourscheid. Here, the division would lose about 1.800 men by mid January 1945. Among these losses was Heinrich Jürgensen; he was captured by the Americans (probably 26th of 80th US Inf.Div.) and received the low POW number 31G-844.470, typical for POW's of the earlier stages of the Bulge.
The Soldbuch is in very good and complete condition; it comes with two POW documents.
79.VGD Ardennes POW Soldbuch, France 1940 WIA
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