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118. Jägerdivision Nachlass

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    • 118. Jägerdivision Nachlass


      Letzte Monat habe ich einen schönen Nachlass eines Leutnants bekommen.
      Zuerst war er Unteroffizier in ein Grenadierregiment. Nach seiner Bestallung bis Leutnant war er in 118. Jäger Division - II./Jäger Regiment 738. Am Ende des Krieges er war schwer verletzt am Kopf.

      EK II: Generalleutnant Johann de Boer - RK on 14/06/1940
      ISA: Oberstleutnant und Regimentskommandant Hans Fromberger - 1945 Ehrenblattspange (Oberst)
      EK I: Generalmajor Hubert Lamey - RK 12/02/1944

      Auf die Urkunden VWA Silber gibt es ein Feldpostnummer für Leonard es ist 25741. Das ist für Feldpostamt 715 Zweigstelle. Wollte es sagen dass er hier arbeitete oder wie muss ich es sehen. Die Feldpostnummer von Siegel ist 45309 und das ist von Kriegslazaret Abtl 637. Das stimmt mit das Dokument: Ärztliche Benachrichtigung.

      Interessant war auch das Dokument Personal Data sheet. Das gab mir viel wichtige Information.

      In dem Nachlass war er auch seine Abzeichen und andere Militär Objekten.
      Ich habe auch seine Geschichte untersucht und habe es geschrieben. Leider habe ich es nur in Englisch da mein Deutsch nicht so gut ist.

      Wann sie mehr Information habe, posten sie es bitte.


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    • Geschichte

      This story starts at 15/10/1915 when Leonhart Botterweck is born.
      There is little to none information of his youth. The first lead that i find is a newsletter from "Kameradschaft Fischer Giessen" The first letter is from 10/1938 and the next one from 05/1939. I don't know what the activity of this little club was.

      He lives as a single in Frankfurt a/ Main with his mother. There is one document amongst the limited paperwork that make me believe that his father fought in WWI and even that he got killed. The document is from 12/03/1918 from "Königlich Kreiskasse? für die Kreise Kreuznach und Meisenheim" in which they say who will pay the officerspension, money for disabled and those who left behind (Militärhinterbliebenenbezüge).
      On a postwar document i found his home adress. Thanks to Google maps you can see his house (number 54) where he spend his youth on the picture. He worked as a Bank employee (see personal data sheet below).

      Leonhart enlisted in the army on 26/08/1939. That will be too late to have taken part in the Polish campaign.
      Looking at his documents i guess he started serving in the 26. Infanterie Division as a soldier. This unit was created on the 1st of April 1936 in Köln (at 187 km from his home). The division fought during the invasion of Luxembourg and France (Aisne and Champagne) as part of the 12. Armee.

      This 12. Armee consisted out of 8 Infanteriedivisions couldn't keep up with the Panzerdivisions and they were 110 km behind. The panzer waited and the ID had to move as quickly as they could to their new positions. On 19/05 they were at the river Aisne. 04/06 Fall Rot (the 2nd part of the invasion of France) began. 5 days later the Germans broke the lines at the river Aisne. Afterwards things went fast and by 17/06 the border of Switzerland was reached. After the invasion his unit stayed in France and Belgium.

      In June 1941 the peace and quiet was over as he had to take part in Operation Barbarossa as part of 9. Armee.

      He got wounded for the first time on 27 August 1941 during the Russian Counter attacks on Smolensk.
      The document with a nice layout is signed by the chefartz. The woundbadge itself is a lovely small 4 made of steel.

      These attacks are called Dukhovshina Offensive Operation and started at 17 August and lasted till 8 September 1941. He was very lucky because at the end of this offensiv the causualties on German side were great with 45000 men wounded, dead or captured. Interesting thing i read was this: "This battle, showing that the invader can be beaten and be rejected, will be used by Stalin as example and for the occasion creates the honorary title of guard unit, granted to the units that have been distinguished at the time of offensives."

      As he didn't get the Ostmedaille, i can only think that he spend the whole winter to recover from his wounds.
      There is a Urlaubschein that proofs that he didn't had to suffer in the cold Russian winter of 1941. He is allowed an Urlaub (holiday) from 08/11 till 23/11. There is a second paper that grands him a visit to Venlo in the Netherlands during his holiday.
      Interesting to see is that he is allowed to wear civilian clothes and that he can ride II Wagenklasse because of his wounds.
      The document is written by a doctor at a Reserve Lazarett in Linz. Little did Leonhart knew at that time that he would fight his last battle of the war 500 km east from Linz.

      1942: During january and july the 26ID was engaged in the defense battles of the Raum Rshew. Afterwards the divsion was deployed in the Raum between Bolchow and Orel until end December. In January they are stationed in the Donbogen (i guess this is the bend in the river Don). 15/10/42 the unit was renamed to Grenadier Regiment 78. In the same year the III. Battalion was disbanded.

      Leonhart took part in the greatest tankbattle of history, Operation Zitadelle. His unit was part fought in the battle at Kursk.
      First at Kursk itself as part of 2. Armee from August 43 at Orel. It was in that region where he got wounded a second time.
      On 24/09/1943 he got shot with what was imo a Russion revolver. In the nachlass there is the bullet they got out of his body.
      According to his notes this bullet was removed in Reservelazarett IX in Warshaw. Unfortunately i didn't find more information about the hospital on the net.

      It looks like he recovered quickly this time because on 16/10/43 he gets his EK II at his unit. He still serves in the same unit only no longer in the 11th company but in the first one. The EK II is unmarked Meybauer.
      At that time 78 GR was deployed in the battle of Smolensk as part to Gruppe Mitte, 4th Army under Heinrici. The document is signed by Generalleutnant Johann de Boer who got the RK on 14/06/1940.
      Around Smolensk he took part in some heavy fighting because a month later in November he got his ISA.

      The ISA is a lovely GWL with lots of finish left. The document is signed by Oberstleutnant and Regimentskommandant Hans Fromberger. In 1945 he got got the Honour Roll clasp (Ehrenblattspange) in rank as Oberst.
      1944 isn't a good year for the 78. GR. The regiment is destroyed at Kowel and disbanned on 10/09/44. The remaining troops are send to 253. Infanterie Division. But not Unteroffizier Botterweck because in my opinion he is send to an officerscourse to get his Leutnant "stripes". I think this because the next documents dated in 1945 all mention Leutnant.

      After his training he is assigned to another unit: II./Jäger Regiment 738. Because of the limited information it is difficult to determine when he joined his new unit. A bit more information about this unit:
      It was formed on 01/04/1943 in Kroatia and was part of 118. Jägerdivision. End '44 they fought in Syrmien.
      Afterwards (01/45) they were moved to fight in Hungary as part of the 2nd Panzerarmee. With this Armee they fought south of the Plattensee (Balaton lake) to defend Wien from the Russians.

      Beginning April 45 the 2. Panzer Armee was retreating south of Graz (near Maribor) and was chased by 57th Russian Army and the Bulgarian 1st Army. During these retreat battles Leonhart distinguished himself a final time because on 12/04/1945 he got the EKI. The medal itself was produced very close to the battlefield because it is a late war Souval cross in very salty condition. The document is signed by Generalmajor Hubert Lamey who got the RK on 12/02/1944.

      Only 5 days later his luck runs out. Leutnant Bottwecker is seriously wounded on 17/04/1945. His last wound is very serious. On a document from a doctor in August 45 we find more information about this event. Here is a free translation:
      "B. is wounded on 17/04 by a granate splinter in his head and has a brain injury. He passed out for 6 hours. His right side was parelized."

      After 5 years of fighting at the front his war is over. On june 1945 he arrived in a hospital at Badgastein. On the internet i could only find Bad Gastein which is now a skiing place in the Austrian mountains.
      Interesting thing is that he got a document for a silver wound badge for 3 wounds: one in 41, one in 43 (actually they typed 45 but this is a typo) and one in april 45.
      This document is signed on 14/06/1945 and he got a nice buntmetall L53 Silver woundbadge.

      On 29/06/1945 they wrote a new document. This time for a gold woundbadge with 4 wounddays on it. Now the day 17/04/45 is mentioned two times. The gold woundbadge is a 30 in buntmetall.
      And the last entry i can write in his story is the fact that he is discharged in the hospital after he requested for it. The doctor writes his condition on a document. The document has the stamp fo Kriegslazarett 3/637 Nerven Abteilung. I already posted the 2 first lines of his report above, here's a small resume of the rest:
      "When he came here on 14/06/45 there were signs of a right side paralysis caused by a left side brain wound and he had loss of concentration. His condition improved with the therapy. Xrays show small fragments of schrapnell still in his brain. He is discharged on his request. He is not ready to work. Futher neurological ambulant treatment is prescribed. File closed 03/08/1945."

      In the hospital he also signed his personal datasheet. But it seems he wasn't to focused as he put on the date:25/07/1940 but he got his rank right. This document gave me a lot of information about his life and i'm very happy he hang to it so long.
      So this means our veteran returned home to his mother in August 45 after 5 long years. But looking at his injuries it would take a lot of time before he completely recovered from it - if this was even possible.

      Leonhart died in 2011.

      Rest in peace.
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    • Danke Matthias.
      Du hast ein super Site gemacht.

      In die Quellen stehen Bücher über 118. Jäger Division.
      Kannst du vielleicht mal sehen ob es mehr Information von Leonhart Botterweck gibt, bitte?


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    • Hallo

      Heute habe ich eine Frage über die Dauer einer Ausbildung wie Leutnant.

      In das Archiv in Freiburg hatte man nur ein Dokument von Leutnant Botterweck gefunden. Er ist auf 01/11/1944 in das Res. Offz. Korps eingetreten. Rangdienstalter war auf 09/11/1944.

      Können sie mir vielleicht sagen wann er die Ausbildung angefangen hast?

      Seine Einheit (GR 78) wurde bei Kowel vernichtet und am 10. September 1944 aufgelöst. Ich wollte gern wissen ob Botterweck noch bei GR 78 war oder schon auf die Schulbanken war.

      Vielen Dank im Voraus.


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    • Vielen Dank K43.

      Ich glaube 24.9.1945 ist ein Tippfehler ist da auf die UK des goldenes VWA 24.09.1943 steht.

      Hat niemand eine Idee wann Leonhart sein Ausbildung angefangen hat?

      Mit freundliche Grüßen

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