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Photo Album for Fallschirmjager Oberjager Fritzt Kuschich

Discussion in 'Photographs and Documents' started by Jba45ww2, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Member Patron  

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    Oberjager Fritz Kuschich was killed in action on 12/20/43 in Italy. His girlfriend Susanne had been keeping a scrapbook from his service time with the RAD through his time in the Fallschirmjager. He jumped on Malames-Chania, Crete and also served on the Eastern Front where he was first wounded. After recovering from his wounds he was then transferred to Italy where he was killed on 12/20/43. There are two binders full of private pictures and letters between the two. Always interested to hear your feedback and comments
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    Jba45ww2 Member Patron  

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    A few more photos
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    Otto Gearing up. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Your collection continues to deliver impressive insights.

    If you are willing, I'd love to gather some of your collections and create bios on some of your subjects. There is so much photographic and other info available we can probably do a deep dive into these soldiers.
     
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    Jba45ww2 Member Patron  

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    Otto, sounds like a great idea. I am sure with all of the expertise and knowledge on the Forum there could be some great information brought out.
     
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    I will begin to scan more photos and documents from the grouping. There is also a letter from his commander explaining the circumstances of his death in Italy. In the scrapbook there are also pictures of the burial services in Italy.
     
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    Impressive! Where do you get these things??? This was probably a memorial put together by his family after his death.

    I wonder if that statue of the diving eagle (Fallschirm cemetary?) is still in Crete or has it been removed/destroyed.
     
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    Amazing stuff. Is your collection from auctions? I like Otto's idea. Not only will the photos be preserved, but we can learn more about the lives of these people.
     
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    Otto Gearing up. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    WW2.org was created to store well researched, well structured info, covering all things WWII and focusing on biographies. Any/all personnel are viable topics.

    More info is coming on this as we develop the site, but when I saw this thread I couldn't help but jump the gun a little.
     
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    I collected my first item when I was in my teens at a small flea market. They were two pocket size AH booklets (still have them) and I thought I had discovered gold from the Aztecs. Fortunately through my life I have had the opportunity to travel and have made friendships with people who have introduced me to collecting. I have stayed away from auctions and always looked for things that for me I just liked. I also believed that the items should be protected and treated with respect no mater which side they came from. My father gave his life in WW2 and my sisters and I were tagged war orphans by the VA. Not sure these pictures belong on this thread but this is the result of all of those years of collection. As always feedback and questions always welcomed.


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    Holy smokes! That is quite a collection. Each of these areas deserves a separate post; uniforms, caps, pictures, etc. Well preserved and nicely displayed.
     
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    Indeed! You are a museum curator. What you have IS a museum! Hats off to you!
     
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    Some more information regarding Oberjager Kuschick- The scrapbook was put together by his girlfriend and the grouping came directly from a family in Dresden
    He joined the RAD in April of 1939. He was transferred to the 4th Construction Company and from August 26 to November 20th of 1939 he performed construction work in the rear with the 10th Army in the Campaign against Poland. He also spent some time with the Infantry Replacement Regiment 4 in Dresden. He started his Fallschirmjarer training at Wittstock School on June 19th. Once he graduated he was assigned to Regiment 6 which he remained until his death.
    His girlfriend also cut out clippings connected to the Fallschirmjager and are part of the scrapbook.

    Promotions
    Gefreiter - 1 November 1940
    Obergefreiter - 1 November 1941
    Oberjager - 1 December 1942

    Awards
    Iron Cross Second Class - Awarded on the island of Kreta
    Ground Combat Badge Of the Luftwaffe 1 October 1942
    Wound Badge in Black- 1 October 1942
    Iron Cross 1st Class 28th January 1944 Posthumous award
    Paratrooper Badge

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    A few more
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    Great post. Rich A. in pa.
     
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    Definitely Interesting to see the FJ memorial on Crete presumably immediately after construction.
    It's often vandalised (for, I think, understandable local reasons). Was chatting to someone studying 'Kreta' today who's also intrigued that it wasn't taken down the day after liberation.
    Some Twitterer's were recently getting a bit excited about it's 'neglect'. The infamous pictures from Kondomari then induced a bit of a web silence.

    More great stuff, JBA.
    Always like a bit of Pith helmet action too, no matter the side or period.
    That Tank painting - looks like a flamethrower. (Not immediately sure what it's supposed to represent. Reminiscent of something captured & converted, or Neubaufahrzeug ). Is it a separate propaganda postcard, or an original painting in the album?
     
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    It's definitely a Neubaufahrzeug, the Rheinmetall one I think, though blurred by the artist's choices. Chassis, yes, but turret Krupp-y?

    Always interested in representations of it. In many ways a propaganda machine. 1941 a pretty late depiction as they'd moved on from the much-photographed-but-not-much-actual-fighting Norway images by then. Presumably an earlier postcard as by that point they could field other more standard 'impressive' machines in such images.
    Now going 'hmmm' about possible flamethrower tests beyond artistic license.
     
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    The photo of the FJ memorial is really quite good. I think the fact that it's a memorial and not a monument to the victory prevented it's immediate removal.

    This particular image and the location has got me thinking Google Earth/Maps. I've really not been able to dig into a project in this area, but I wonder if we could have a large G.Earth file with relevant locations, all tied to images of the market locations. Mental gears grinding away right now.

    @Jba45ww2 Does the image of th ememorial have a date stamp of something similar on the back? I'm wondering if we can pin down a specific date (or a close estimate) of when the image was taken.
     

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