In an infrequent series of threads about items in my collection that relate to the British/Commonwealth sphere in some way, usually battles and actions against them, here is an item that is a bit closer to the British arena. It is a Soldbuch to a German soldier who served in a panzer division's signals unit which is so far so good and all quite normal for a German soldier and his Soldbuch. However what relates this particular item and man to the British sphere is that he was born in Manchester. Thanks to Alistair who had a look on Ancestry it has been possible to unearth some of his British details. He was born in 1909 in Barton Upon Irwell which is Salford and by the 1911 census the family were living at 10 Highfield Drive, Monton Green which is in Eccles so both locations match with the entry at the top of page 2 in the Soldbuch which confirms his location of birth as Manchester, England. I have had a look on Google Earth at the Monton Green address but it looks as if the houses situated there now are of a later design - 1930's maybe, possible later, although housing designs are really not my area at all. His father Alfred was a German foreign correspondent and his mother Louise was English. I don't have any information for what happened to them when WW-1 broke out so don't know whether they remained in the UK and rode out the anti-German feelings or returned to Germany. I can't see the UK authorities allowing a German correspondent to remain in the country upon the outbreak of war so I would assume they went to Germany in the build up or upon the outbreak of WW1. I have found the mention of a Paul Lorenz as being a witness at the wedding of an Oscar Schwengber & Florence Abbott in December 1902 in Chorlton on Medlock (which is to the south of Manchester city centre now) so it seems the area had a German community. Back to the soldier, he was nearly 34 when he joined the German Army which is quite old to be called up for the first time so it would either reflect the need for additional manpower to replace the horrendous losses or he served in another branch of the Wehrmacht and was transferred across to the Heer in 1943. It is also possible he originally served in a reserved occupation which prevented him being called up and that all changed in 1943. His occupation is listed as being a commerce employee. He was assigned to the signals unit of 4.Panzer-Division in late 1943 so saw service on the Eastern Front until the wars end. As 4.Panzer-Division had a reputation as being one of the best panzer units he would of been in the vicinity of a lot of heavy fighting. Although he never won any combat related awards (he was awarded a War Merit Cross in January 1945) it is difficult to believe he wasn't involved in some combat from time to time especially if & when Russian troops penetrated the lines. I have no idea what happened to him after the war but he is not listed in the Volksbund as being killed and the award of the War Merit Cross in January 1945 shows he made it at least that far.