Red cross document "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Suchdienst" for homecoming soldiers from POW camp. They were asked to give information about soldiers of their former unit that were still missing in action.
In this case 1958 enquiry for:
Gerhard Bender born 1923
Unit 1.Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment Nord (=SS-Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 6, 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord").
Homecoming POW Kurt Wallesch from Bayreuth tells that he knows that Gerhard was August 1944 with his unit. He was a radio operator in the most north forward position of the division in Caprolatt (Kaprolat, Northern Finnland). That part was completely overrun and enclosed by the Russians and only one soldier came back telling all other comrades had died. One radio operator had blown himself up with his equipment.
Kaprolat is the name of a hill (named after an officer in the division) in Northern Finnland that was the site of a very significant battle in late June 44, where Ski battalion "Norge", attached to Nord, was decimated (along with the neighboring hill "Hasselmann"). it was the prelude to the encirclement and mini kesselschlacht at Ssenossero that saw the two commanders of the encircled units, SS-Schtz.Btl 6 and Ski Btl.82 win the knights cross.