Feldpost numbers

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Trying to find unit with Feldpost No. 47160.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Hows your German Diane?

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    Feldpoststempel 1939-1945: 47160 [Einkreis Rundstempel] 28.2.1941-29.7.1941 3. Batterie Artillerie-Abteilung 859. 1.3.1942-7.9.1942 nicht verwendet. 12.3.1943-7.9.1943 3. Kompanie Feldgendarmerie-Abteilung 541.
    Verwendungszeit 28.2.1941 bis 21.5.1945 (FELDPOST II.WK)
     
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hows your German Diane?

    1 Stempel gefunden
    Feldpoststempel 1939-1945: 47160 [Einkreis Rundstempel] 28.2.1941-29.7.1941 3. Batterie Artillerie-Abteilung 859. 1.3.1942-7.9.1942 nicht verwendet. 12.3.1943-7.9.1943 3. Kompanie Feldgendarmerie-Abteilung 541.
    Verwendungszeit 28.2.1941 bis 21.5.1945 (FELDPOST II.WK)

    Thanks Jonathan,
    This would be the timeframe and likely unit that I'd be interested in.


    Can anyone please confirm if i've found the correct unit on lexikon der wehrmacht and if so how I'd find out a few basics about the unit. Would they for instance be involved in guard duties on trains, particularly POW trains?

    Feldgendarmerie-Abt. 541 
Aufgestellt 16.8.1939 durch WK IV im Armeepaket D = Dresden X mit Hilfe der Ordnungspolizei zu 3 Kpen
Einsatz: 1939 Korück 540 (10. Armee); 1940 Frankreich, 1941 Südrußland (6. Armee, mit Teilen in Stalingrad), 1944 Italien, bei Kriegsende Heeresgruppe C / 14.Armee
     
  4. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Would they for instance be involved in guard duties on trains, particularly POW trains?

    Very much so.

    Bit of a copy and paste job of the role of the Feldgendamerie:

    The rank and file Feldgendarme's tasks would be as follows:

    Traffic Control.
    Maintaining order and discipline.
    Disarming, searching, collection and escort of POWs and stragglers.
    Supervision of civilian population in occupied areas.
    Checking papers of soldiers on leave and in transit.
    Apprehending deserters.
    Prevention of the distribution of air-dropped enemy propaganda leaflets.
    Carrying out street patrols in occupied areas.
    Control of evacuees and refugees during retreats.
    Border control and anti-partisan duties.

    They also had the authority to pass through road blocks, check points, and secured areas and were allowed to conduct body and property searches and obtain the assistance of any other military or civilian personnel. They also had seniority over every other soldier up to their own rank whatever their branch of service.

    Within the occupied areas, the "Feldgendarmerie" had the following functions:
    Traffic control.
    Control duties at ports and airfields.
    Administrative control of aliens and cattle diseases.
    Hunting, fishing, business, agricutural and forestry police duties.
    Police patrol duties.

    When their parent divisions were advancing the "Feldgendarmerie" followed the combat troops closely and:
    Acted as and established temporary town majors and army straggler's posts.
    Rounded up enemy stragglers and guerilla's.
    Collecteding refugees and prisoners of war (POW).
    Guarded captured booty.
    Ensured that civilian weapons were surrendered.
    Were responsible for the organisation of civilian labour
    Erected military and civil signs
    In the home areas of the German Reich they were responsible for:
    Discipline amongst troops
    The rounding up of deserters
    Military traffic control
    Marshaling refugees
    The evacuation of prisoners
     
  5. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    And to check on the identity of Units by Feldpost numbers just go the following:

    Stempel Datenbank

    Enter the Feldpost number in the box marked 'oder Nummer eines Nummernstempels' and hit 'search'

    NOTE: It doesn't work with numbers below 10000
     
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  6. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Gordon Williamson has a website for the Feldgendarmerie and other units relating to discipline (probably not the word I'm looking for but a more suitable one alludes me at the moment) in the Wehrmacht...
    Third Reich
     

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