This is a SS Soldbuch from SS Totenkopf Standarte 4 / SS infanterie Regiment 4 “Ostmark”.
The soldbuch is from SS-Unterscharführer Reinhold Hirsch and shows inside a photo of him in SS uniform with the SS runes on his collar (the photo was taken on 4 april 1941). His Erkennungsmarke: 2162/4. Totenkopf. During the war he stayed in several (SS) Lazaretten.
In used condition, repaired but very interesting. The appearance of the soldbuch clearly shows why so many entries (more in the explanaitions under here) were added. This soldbuch has seen a lot of history!!!!! You simply dont want it mint if it tells a story like this booklet does!
Reinhold Hitsch was assigned to the following “Feldtruppenteile”:
- 4.SS-Totenkopf kompanie 8
- 8./SS-Infanterie Regiment 4 (mot)
- SS-Wachkompanie “Hegewald” (with feldpostnr. 48688)
- Ersatz Batl. (A) in Goslar
- SS 7. Ers. Batl. “Nordwest” in Weimar
- SS Ers. Batl. “Ost” in Breslau
- SS Pz. Gren. Ers. Btl. 31 in Breslau
- SS Pz. Gren. Ausb. u. Ers. Batl. 3
Hirsch was awarded the following awards:
On 3 March 1942: the Infanteriesturmabzeichen
On 12 June 1942 the Iron Cross second Class
On 11 September 1942 the Ostmedaille
The Soldbuch comes with an A4 paper that contains background research on SS-Infanterie-regiment 4 “Ostmark”:
The Regiment came to existence on 25 February 1942 from SS-Totenkopfstandarte 4 and was as good as only weaponed with Czech weapons. On 30 april 1941 the Regiment was moved to Warchau, were it was complete on 5 May 1941. Here it was added at the end of the month to the new resurrected 2. SS-Infanterie-Brigade.
Himmler demanded that the brigade would be used as a safety unit, but they were used to support the 9th Army at Olita. Unlike other Waffen SS units in Russia, Himmler himself took over the command and pulled the brigade end of June back to Löck-Herzog and Mühle in East Prussia. As of 10 July 1941, the unit trained. Meanwhile the weaponry of the unit was used to the replace losses of other Waffen SS divisions. On 1 September 1941, it returned to the eastern front, where it mainly had to do anti-partisan actions with Heersgruppe Nord. Because of heavy losses it was replaced on 17 November 1941 by the Volunteer Legion Flanders of the 2nd SS Infantry Brigade.
As of 7 December 1941 it arrived in Krakow, where it was reclassified as a Motorized Regiment, to replace in March 1942 the SS infantry Regiment 11 of the 2. SS Division “Das Reich”.
It was managed to equip the unit completely with German weapons, before the Russian Winterofffensive forced the Germans to use anything tangible at the front. On 19 december 1941 the I Battalion was moved per plane to Malojaroslavice.
On 23 december the whole battalion was moved and was assigned to the 13th Armee Korps. Because of the closing of the airport, the other parts of the regiment had to be used elsewhere. The 2nd Battalion and most of the heavy Kompanien landed on 26 and 27 december at the airfield of Juchnow. There they were affiliated with the 19 Armored Division. The 3rd Battalion and the Staff landed between 22 and 27 december in Kaluga. It took another month until the regiment reconvened and so the defensive struggles had vinous success.
Because of the huge losses the regiment remained with only 180 men, which was only 7% of it’s strenght compared to when it was built, on 14 april 1942 replaced to Germany. Therefore, Hitler gave the regiment the name “Langemarck”. In May it became part of “Das Reich” and was considered as a motorized regiment, with one bike and two infantry battalions, to be restructured. The first battalion was formed from the motorcycle Bataillon of the division, the rest of the East Mark Regiment formed the second. In October 1942, it became the second part of the newly organized SS Panzer regiment.
The preparation of the motorcycle army battalion took a little longer, and these troops were incorporated after the battle of Charkow in March 1943 by the Aufklärungsabteilung. The title of the Regiment was passed on to the 6. SS-Sturmbrigade.
As can be read in the Soldbuch and above here it is an extremely rare history witness of a rare almost annihilated SS unit at the Eastfront. For sure SS-Unterscharführer Reinhold Hirsch has experienced some of the worst experiences of the Eastfront.
Very rare and this could all be researched much deeper than is written in the few lines above here.
I deem to have priced the Soldbuch very good and in cases like this the condition is only an extra bonus if you take into consideration what it all has been through!!!