Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

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Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

Post by Briggs » 05 Nov 2019 02:06

I'm at a point now where I would like to know more about my grandfather's service; for Germany in WW2.
He was a member of the Afrika Corps when he became POW in Tunisia in 1943. He was in Montana for the rest of the war. I have more to share but I would like to start with this...
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Can anyone tell me more about what this identification disk means?
Thanks in advance, Briggs.

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Re: Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

Post by history1 » 16 Nov 2019 23:08

Blood type: B
Serial number: 482
13. Infanteriegeschütz-Kompanie = 13th Infantry support gun company
Infanterie Ersatz Regiment 79 = Infantry Replacement Regiment 79

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Re: Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

Post by Briggs » 19 Nov 2019 23:30

Thank you very much. That is what I have been able to piece together; looking around the internet.

He wound up in the Afika Korps so I'm trying to learn more. I do have pictures that I may be able to share.

If I understand things correctly, his ID disc would remain true to his original unit. I was hoping to ascertain what unit he was with in Africa. I believe he was a member of an anti-aircraft battery.

Thanks again, Briggs.

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Re: Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

Post by frodo » 21 Nov 2019 21:35

Hi Briggs,
his original regiment is a so called "Ersatz" unit, which provided replacement staff for other fighting units. In this case mainly for infantry division 79. But this division was not in Africa.

It seems, your grandfather was transferred to a different unit. If you share your other stuff, it's maybe possible to identify this unit.
regards
Frodo

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Re: Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

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Re: Emil Kreis, POW Tunisia, 1943

Post by Briggs » 24 Nov 2019 18:16

Thanks again, so much.

I'm trying to get some pictures from his service in Africa...they might help nail down what unit he was in before he became POW.

Later, Briggs

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