German Unit War Diaries

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Lettsm2, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Lettsm2

    Lettsm2 Member


    Just wondering where to start looking for specific German unit war diaries. Looking at Abbeville on 20/5/40 and St Omer 30/5/40 in particular. I am currently narrowing down the actual units involved, but was hoping for some pointers as to where I can get my hands on the diaries once I know which ones.

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Matt

    If you know the divisions etc you are interested in there's a chap in America who photographs German war diaries held at NARA. Failing that I believe there are copies in the Bundesarchives in Germany.
  3. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    German KTB are in the T-315 series. You should be ok for the 1940 era but most diaries don't exist for after the 1943 period due to a wartime fire at the archive where the files were stored. NARA charges $130 for a Roll regardless of whether it has 3 frames or 3000. You can also find extra information in the KTB for the relevant Armeekorps etc.
    John Calvin provides a variety of KTB Rolls for free at his site via a FTP server but as it only allows 20 people to access his files at any one time it can be a problem getting access...
    (WWII Aerial Photos and Maps)

    For NARA, you will need to register, but go to this link, click on one of the options and when you go to the next page click on the 'Continue To Order' button. You don't have to order it at that point but doing so lets you see what Rolls are available for the units... NARA Microfilm T-315 Series
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
  4. Lettsm2

    Lettsm2 Member

    Many thanks both, this should keep me busy.

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