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Old 10-12-2017, 08:21 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I bought this photo of what looks like a very impressive burial service and was hoping I'd be able to find a location based on the names on the crosses.

Unfortunately the information visible is sparse but tantalising. Volksbund didn't reveal much.

Anyone got any suggestions as to who would get a whole military band and firing party at their funeral? Also I've scanned the names and enlarged as best I can. Would love to get a location for the graves.

Thanks in advance,

Dave

[IMG]pic1[/IMG]

Cross at left:

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Cross at right:

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:51 AM   #2
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Guess you found this already?


http://www.volksbund.de/en/graebersu...e97793df293cd0
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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No I didn't!

Many thanks for that Gran Sasso. I would never have guessed the Z as the first letter. Seems the graveyard in the photo was cleared of remains in the '90s and concentrated near St. Petersburg.

Otto Zschenker went missing "4 km nördl. Ssmerdynja" so the location must be near there. Anyone know the proper Russian version of that location?

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Could you do a good scann of the other to grave-crosses? Maybee we can read their names, too.
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:06 PM   #5
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Just an addition. I found a soldier named on a German memory in

Wallhöfen, Gemeinde Vollersode, Landkreis Osterholz, Niedersachsen

He was also killed near Ssmerdynia, Russia. I did not find im in the Volksbund list.


OGren. OTTEN , Hermann

Born 12.05.1919

KIA 05.11.1943 bei Ssmerdynia, Russland

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Old 10-13-2017, 04:17 AM   #6
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Could you do a good scann of the other to grave-crosses? Maybee we can read their names, too.
I had scanned those at 600DPI but didn't think they'd be readable. I hope I'm wrong! Here they are:

[IMG]pic4[/IMG]

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Old 10-13-2017, 04:27 AM   #7
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Just an addition. I found a soldier named on a German memory in

Wallhöfen, Gemeinde Vollersode, Landkreis Osterholz, Niedersachsen

He was also killed near Ssmerdynia, Russia. I did not find im in the Volksbund list.


OGren. OTTEN , Hermann

Born 12.05.1919

KIA 05.11.1943 bei Ssmerdynia, Russland

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Interesting find Gerdan. I'm wondering if Ssmerdynia, Russland is now Smerdyna in Poland...?

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Old 10-13-2017, 04:28 AM   #8
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I had scanned those at 600DPI but didn't think they'd be readable. I hope I'm wrong! Here they are:
Both first names are "Alfred" - the right one is "Alfred Lange":

http://www.volksbund.de/en/graebersu...62261c78e65c43
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:03 AM   #9
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Both first names are "Alfred" - the right one is "Alfred Lange":

http://www.volksbund.de/en/graebersu...62261c78e65c43
Amazing work! I see it now.

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