• Soldbuch to Unteroffizier Kurt Barthen. A Berlin based correspondent in civilian life, Barthen was not admitted to any of the Propaganda units, but ended up with supply units such as the Naschschub-Führer 257 of the 257.ID and the Schlächterei-Abteilung 201. During the first winter on the Eastern Front, he suffered from frosbite in his toes - after which he spent 7 months in Berlin hospitals. The Verwundetenabeichen in Schwarz was added to his Ostmedaille and Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse for this wound.  On 14th of April 1945, he reported to Grenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 194, with the mission to "fight himself through to the east". He made it to his last active unit little later: the Festungs-MG-Bataillon 106, a last ditch unit fighting in Berlin-Döberitz, ending the war in the heat of the Battle of Berlin.  
  • Barthen survived the Battle of Berlin, but his story did not end well. He ended up in the POW camp of Mazeray in France, where he was admitted to hospital on 31th of July 1945, diagnosed with enteritis. He died of these infections on 18th of August 1945. Kurt Barthen is buried in the Volksbund cemetery of Berneuil, France.  
  • The Soldbuch is packed with entries, including his three awards, a private 7.65 pistol, and many Berlin related entries. It is complete with all pages fixed and a portrait photo, plus three more documents detailing his last days of the war and his death in the POW camp.  

Soldbuch Battle of Berlin, died in France 1945

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