Photo album Leutnant IR11 Leipzig Eisenbahnpionier Russia
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Walter Kloppe, Leutnant Infantry / Railway pioneer unit.
Note: his brother (serving with the same unit, IR11) was Heinz Kloppe, German Cross in Gold on 29.11.42 as Oberfeldwebel of 7./Grenadier-Regiment 11(mot).
1) National Sports Badge proficiency and award booklet. Awarded to Bronze on 15.10.31. With large student pass photo. Cover has a small repair.
2) Photo album: In fact not a real photo album, but twelve sheets of paper (DinA4). Photos are (at one side only) slightly glued on the paper, can be removed without any problems. Most photos post card sized, two even larger. Good descriptions of the photos with mentioning of units, places, names of comrades, commanding officers etc. 32 photos, two are reprints from after 1945 (the large uniform photo as Leutnant 1942 on page 1 and a small photo Russia-Ukraine on page 7). Sheets are numbered 1-12.
He started military service in 1934 as a professional soldier with Infanterie-Regiment 11 of the 14.Infanterie-Division home based in Leipzig. He was in May 1942 promoted to Leutnant. 1941-42 he was serving with a railway pioneer unit, Feldeisenbahnkommando 3, active in Russia and the Ukraine. He also calls his unit in 1942 a “Jagd-Kommando” (photo of a field ceremony because the commander was KIA), so probably transferred again. He also names Italy at one of the photos, and there is a photo of Italian Flak guns so this also indicates a transfer to another unit (after 1942) active in Italy. Researchable.
On page 3 is a photo with several high ranked officers, SA members, SS members etc. Named is the commander of Infanterie-Regiment 11, Oberst Hans Wolfgang Reinhard (later General der Infanterie, Kn.Cr.22.9.41).