Jakobus Grathwohl, gunner (Kanonier) Army heavy Artillery
Iron Cross 2nd Class, 15.2.45. Signed by the temporary CO of the 716.Infanterie-Division, Oberst Henning von Witzleben. Used condition, folded and some decoloration.
He served 1945 with 2./Heeres-Artillerie-Abteilung 1198 (Normandy unit), a heavy artillery unit active 1945 with the 716.Infanterie-Division. Sep.44-Feb.45 in fierce battles against the allieds at Neunkirch-Obenhein at the Colmar bridge head (Kolmar Elzas France). At the end of Feb.45 the division was completely surrounded at the bridgehead and destroyed. The remains of the Division formed “Kampfgruppe 716.Infanterie-Division” near Todtmoos and withdrew through the southern portion of the Schwarzwald being taken by American units at Kempten.