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Casualties of Stab III./1. Luftlande-Sturm Regiment, Crete

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: Casualties of Stab III./1. Luftlande-Sturm Regiment, Crete Reply with quote

We all know that Crete was a painful, Pyrrhic experience for the Fallschirmtruppe. Just how bad it was for some of the units dropped on the first day is shown in the casualty returns of the headquarters, third battalion, Luftlande-Sturm Regiment:

Jumped:

Machine A (JU-52)
Major Scherber (kia)
Oberfeldwebel Haug
Feldwebel Pirson
Oberjäger Uhlisch (mia)
Oberjäger Fritsch (kia)
Oberjäger Siegert (kia)
Oberjäger Stormanns (wia)
Gefreiter Grotz (mia)
Gefreiter Seidelmann (kia)
Gefreiter Rokita (kia)
Gefreiter Kratzen (mia)
Jäger Krätzer (kia)
Jäger Rethberg (kia)

Machine B (JU-52)
Oberleutnant Heinz (kia)
Regimentsinspektor Wienstrath (wia)
Oberfeldwebel Ziemke
Oberfeldwebel Kiesel (kia)
Oberjäger Jung
Oberjäger Köhn (kia)
Gefreiter M. Wagner (kia)
Obergefreiter Gaiser (kia)
Gefreiter Christmann (kia)
Gefreiter Rupp (kia)
Jäger Göthe (kia)
Jäger Emmerling (kia)


Machine C (JU-52)
Stabsarzt Dr. Ellenbeck (kia)
Feldwebel Schuler (kia)
Oberjäger Kriza (kia)
Oberjäger Lohmann (kia)
Obergefreiter Gareis (kia)
Obergefreiter Staigies (kia)
Gefreiter Keller (wia)
Gefreiter Voß (kia)
Jäger Huff (kia)
Jäger Weise (mia)
Jäger Zerversnick (kia)
Jäger Keller (kia)
Jäger Buff (wia)


Machine D (JU-52)
Oberleutnant Leiß Führer Stabskompanie (kia)
Hauptfeldwebel Belz (kia)
Feldwebel Guder (wia)
Oberjäger Flache (kia)
Oberjäger Schaaf (kia)
Obergefreiter Ellwanger (wia)
Obergefreiter Meyer (kia)
Gefreiter Wollweber (kia)
Gefreiter Hoßfeld
Gefreiter Rottinger (kia)
Gefreiter Werling (mia)
Gefreiter Humme (wia)
Jäger Porzig (kia)


Machine E (JU-52)
Stabsfeldwebel Seyfarth (wia)
Regimentsinspektor Thurner (mia)
Feldwebel Petrikowski (mia)
Oberjäger Bätz (kia)
Oberjäger Turba (mia)
Gefreiter Dorn (mia)
Gefreiter Konrad (kia)
Gefreiter Koblitz (mia)
Gefreiter Graubaum (mia)
Jäger Schlosser (wia)
Jäger Tschierwitz (mia)
Jäger Stock (kia)
Jäger Thiel (mia)

Landed in Gliders:

Oberleutnant Trebes
Oberjäger Müller
Gefreiter Brilling (wia)
Gefreiter Jakobsen
Gefreiter Rathje
Gefreiter Komoreck (mia)
Jäger Gaedertz
Jäger Sältzer
Jäger Kuhnmünch
Jäger Herbert Schmidt

Attached to other units:

Leichte Seestaffel
Inspektor Ahlers (kia)


Regimentsstab
Feldwebel Alfred Hofmann (mia)
Jäger Gunkel (mia)
Jäger Köplin (kia)


Doctors attached to the battalion's companies:

Oberarzt Dr. Zwick (kia)
Oberarzt Dr. Merk
Oberarzt Dr. Hesse (kia)

Signal personnel distributed to the battalion's companies:

9. Kompanie
Oberjäger Kohlheff
Gefreiter Fritz Schmidt (kia)
Gefreiter Frixel (wia)

10. Kompanie
Oberjäger Waldgruber (kia)
Gefreiter Strauch (kia)
Gefreiter Peterreit (kia)

11. Kompanie
Oberjäger Dippe
Gefreiter Respondeck (wia)
Gefreiter Perschel

12. Kompanie
Oberjäger Konrad (wia)
Gefreiter Krabbe (kia)
Gefreiter Kröber (mia)

Out of 93 men sent in, fully 75 became casualties, a rate of 80%. That despite this, they were eventually able to prevail says much about their fortitude.

From http://gliederungundstellenbesetzung.blogspot.ca
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