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Germany – Third Reich. A Defence of the Crimea Wehrpass and Document Group to Gefreiter Heinz Lindner, 2nd Company, 336th Signals Battalion, 336th Infantry Division, who was killed in action on 2nd November 1943 near Tomashevka in the Crimea.

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Germany – Third Reich. A Defence of the Crimea Wehrpass and Document Group to Gefreiter Heinz Lindner, 2nd Company, 336th Signals Battalion, 336th Infantry Division, who was killed in action on 2nd November 1943 near Tomashevka in the Crimea.

A good, typical document group relating to a former Junior NCO in a German Army Infantry Signals Battalion. It consists of a Wehrpass, 8 documents and 5 photos. The grouping illustrates the type of documentation which arises as a result of a soldier being killed in action on the Eastern Front.

Documents:

1) In the field, 8.11.1943 – An A4 sized handwritten letter of condolences to Heinz Lindner’s father from his Company Commander, Oberleutnant Schmollinger. It gives details of how, where and when his son was killed in action on 2nd November 1943 near Tomashevka (North Crimea) on the day after he had been promoted to Gefreiter. He had been shot in the head. He was buried with military honours in Karadchka (a small village in North Crimea)

2) In the field, 8.11.1943 – This is an A4 size typed copy of the letter above.

3) ‘Obituary for our fallen Heinz’. This an undated A4 size page with a poem typed out in memory of Heinz Lindner by an Obergefreiter H. Naupoks (probably a former comrade)

4) Bayreuth, 4.12.1943 – A newspaper cutting – Heinz Lindner’s obituary

5) Munich, 16.12.1943. A formal A5 size printed letter with gaps in the text for the name of the deceased individual and to whom the letter was sent. This document was sent by the Munich Draft Board to Heinz’s father enclosing his Wehrpass.

6) ‘We remember our work comrades who fell for our Fuhrer and Reich’. This is a listing of former work comrades (organisation not identified) who had fallen in action. It lists their names, work place and date of death – it includes Heinz’s name.

7) Billets, 3.3.1944 – A typed A5 size short letter (with it’s original addressed brown envelope) sent by Oberleutnant Schmollinger to Heinz’s father enclosing a number of good photos of Heinz’s grave in the Crimea.

8) Berlin-Frohnau, 31.8.1946 – This is an official postcard to Heinz’s father from the German Department for the Notification of the Next of Kin of the Fallen of the former German Armed Forces with details of Heinz’ date/place of birth and date of death/location and where he was buried.

Wehrpass:

This was issued on 5th February 1942 by the Bayreuth District Recruiting Office. Heinz Robert Lindner was born on 12.12.1924 in Bayreuth, he was single and a radio technician. He did not undergo any training with the German Labour Service. He was enlisted into the Signals Arm on 14.10.1942. After a 4 month training period he was posted on 6.4.1943 to an Infantry Signals Battalion on the Eastern Front (South Russia). There is a good photo of Heinz on page 2 of this document.

Photographs: There are 5 photos of Heinz Lindner’s grave. They are as follows:

1) A large photo (size 135 x 207mm) of Heinz’s grave with flowers and a large plain wooded cross in the shape of an Iron Cross with his name, unit, date of birth and death.

2) A large photo (size 172 x 210mm) of Heinz’s grave with flowers and a large plain wodded cross in the shape of an Iron Cross with his name, unit, date of birth and death alongside another grave – most probably a soldier from the same unit (unfortunately the name is illegible.)

3)Three small photos of Heinz Lindner’s grave, one of 1) as above and two of 2) as above.

Heinz Lindner was born on 12th December 1924 in Bayreuth, he was a single man and a radio technician. He didn’t see any service in the German Labour Service prior to enlistment into the Signals Arm on 14th October 1942. After 4 months of training he was posted on 6th April 1943 to 336th Infantry Signals Battalion on the Eastern Front in Southern Russia. Fighting defensive battles on the Mius River, before retreating via Melitopol onto the Crimean Peninsula. Having only served 9 months on the front line he was killed in action on 2nd November 1943 near Tomashevka in North Crimea, having been shot in the head, he was buried in Karadchka. No decorations had been awarded to him.