Heinrich Börchers, German Red Cross helper, DRK Helfer, medical orderly armoured Africa Corps units
1) Wehrpass, 17.5.43. Second issue, entered on page 47 that the first one was destroyed due to enemy activity. Denazified, was also used after WW2.
2) Third Reich labour pass, 3.1.36. Issued in Emden.
3) Military permit for wearing the Red Cross armband, 10.1.45. Issued by the Standartarzt Oldenburg.
4) Military permit for wearing the Red Cross armband, 1.2.43. Issued by the CO of Marsch-Bataillon (Afrika).
5) Military permit for wearing the Red Cross armband, 12.2.44.
6) DRK, German Red Cross helper ID card, 24.1.42. Kreisstelle Aurich. With pass photo.
7) German Labour Front, DAF employee ID card, 12.7.39. Kreisleitung Aurich. With pass photo.
8) Field post card from Africa to his wife, 23.4.43.
9) Statement in english by the allied doctor of the POW camp (208. POW camp) that Heinrich worked there May-Aug.43 as a medical orderly and did a good job. Including a German translation.
10) Wound Badge in Black, 2.4.43. Signed by the CO of Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 33, Hauptmann Wilhelm Krelle. Wounded for the first time on 23.3.43.
11) Africa cuff title, Armelband Afrika, 6.3.44. Signed by the CO of Sanitäts-E.u.A.-Abteilung 10, Oberstabsarzt Dr. Hild.
12) Accompanying document for giving him the wound badge, 19.4.43. Field post number 00008: 3. Kompanie Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 33. Signed by the CO, Leutnant.
13) Bundeswehr Wehrpass including a medical investigation document, 1965. With pass photo.
14) Two newspaper death notifications for most probably his brother, Gefreiter Wilhelm Börchers died in accident 13.3.40 during front service. According to the German war casualties organization he died in Greimerath near Trier so was probably working at the Westwall.
Entitled to: German Italian campaign medal, Africa medal (10.5.43) and Wound Badge in Black (2.4.43).
Born 1908 in Wilhelmshaven living in Plaggenburg-Aurich. Before the war he served with a lot of eathwork and concrete companies in Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Sandhorst, Aurich etc. From Jan.39 onwards he worked as a civil employee for the Kriegsmarine as an ammunition worker with Marine-Artillerie-Zeugamt Wilhelmshaven in the Kriegsmarine ammunition depot in Aurich. He was a DAF-Blockobmann, German Labour Front employee and a DRK-Helfer, German Red Cross helper. Called-up 1942 for military service and served: Nov.42 for army medical training with Sanitäts-Ersatz-Abteilung 10 in Neumünster; Jan.-Feb.43 to the front in Africa with Marsch-Bataillon Afrika 31; Feb.-Mar.43 with Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 33 of the Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 33 active under the Afrika Korps in Africa-Tunisia (Mareth line, Maknassy, Chott, El Guettar); wounded on 23.3.43 but stayed at the front (not hospitalized); Mar.-Apr.43 probably for recovery with Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 33, the field replacements unit of the 15.Panzer-Division still active in Africa; Apr.-May 43 with Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 115 also of the 15.Panzer-Division still active in Africa (Gafsa-Thelept, Kasserinepass, Medjez el Bab, May 43 in Tunisia where the Division was completely destroyed as part of the Africa Corps); 6.5.43 taken POW and till Oct.43 in an allied POW camp, 208.POW camp, where he was working as a medical orderly; Oct.43-Feb.44 with Sanitäts-E.u.A.-Abteilung 10 in Neumünster; Feb.44 one day with Grenadier-Regiment 1023 in Celle; Feb.-Aug.44 again with Sanitäts-E.u.A.-Abteilung 10 in Neumünster; Aug.44-Apr.45 with army sanitation unit Heeres Sanitäts-Staffel in Oldenburg. Aug.45 till November 1947 he worked again as civilian at the ammunition depot „Artilleriearsenal“ in Aurich where he also worked before 1942 but now as a train driver.