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By Erwin Bartmann
Like many Germans, Berlin schoolboy Erwin Bartmann fell less than the spell of the Zeitgeist cultivated via the Nazis. confident he used to be transforming into up within the most sensible kingdom on the earth, he dreamt of becoming a member of the Leibstandarte, Hitler's elite Waffen SS unit. Tall, blond, blue-eyed, and simply seventeen-years-old, Erwin fulfilled his dream on Mayday 1941, whilst he gave up his apprenticeship on the Glaser bakery in Memeler Strasse and walked into the Lichterfelde barracks in Berlin as a uncooked, volunteer recruit.
On arrival on the japanese entrance in past due summer time 1941, Erwin was once assigned to a frontline communications squad connected to 4.Kompanie and shortly came across that survival used to be an issue of success - or the safety of a mum or dad angel. luck ultimately abandoned Erwin on eleven July 1943 while shrapnel sizzled via his lung throughout the epic conflict of Kursk-Prokhorovka. Following a interval of restoration, and advertising to Unterscharführer, Erwin took up a publish as machine-gun teacher with the Ausbildung und Ersatz Bataillon, a coaching unit established as regards to the jap element of the Berliner Ring Autobahn. while the pink military introduced its big attack at the Seelow Heights, Erwin's unit, now included into Regiment Falke, used to be deployed to the southern flank of the Berlin-Frankfurt Autobahn, with reference to the River Oder. The German defenses quickly crumbled and with the top of the Reich inevitable, Erwin was once compelled to choose from a fight for private survival and the achievement of his SS oath of 'loyalty unto death’.
From the struggle at the southern quarter of the japanese entrance to a bomb-shattered Berlin populated principally by way of outdated males and demoralized lonely ladies, this candid eyewitness account bargains a different and infrequently magnificent standpoint at the lifetime of a tender Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler volunteer.
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I wiped every one of the high brackets, emptied every locker and washed them inside and out. I scrubbed the floor. My roommates complained about the 58 noise so I hurried to finish so they could get back to sleep. Exhausted, I finally sat down and listened above the snores of my Kameraden for the approach of the Laughing Devil’s footsteps. At about 3 am, Kompanieführer Becker appeared and asked why I was still awake. I told him what had happened. ‘Get to bed,’ he said. ’ Because of ‘all this’, Becker gave the Laughing Devil another 24 hours UvD duty and I did my best to avoid him for a while.
The Laughing Devil and Kompanieführer Becker were already waiting for us on the assembly area. ‘Achtung. ’ There was a shuffling of feet as we formed smartly into precise rows under a faultless, shimmering blue sky. Kameraden,’ said Kompanieführer Becker solemnly, ‘I have some unwelcome news for you. I regret to inform you that the barrack gates are now closed. ’ After a long pause, he continued his address. ‘This 61 morning, the Führer made a special radio announcement. ’ We stood in silence, drinking in the enormity of the announcement – we were at war with Russia.
I’ll have none of this nonsense. Baking is a good trade – you’ll never be cold in winter again if you take that job with the bakery – and Memeler Strasse isn’t too far away. You can be there in ten minutes on your bike. Think of the money you’ll save in S-Bahn fares. Oh, I almost forgot. ’ Friday 1 April 1938 Cajoled into submission, I reported to the front shop of the Glaser bakery at 6 am. Frau Glaser, a short fat woman with ruddy cheeks, looked me up and down. ‘The new lad’s arrived,’ she called over her shoulder.
Fur Volk und Fuhrer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler by Erwin Bartmann