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Grigorij Kastrioti
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Wermacht war archive?

Post by Grigorij Kastrioti » 12 Nov 2003 13:37

As a new memeber in this forum, I would like yo ask where in Germany is the war archive where Wermacht files are available for researchers?. Mostly I am interested about reports and diaries of the units of eastern front.

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Post by Christoph Awender » 12 Nov 2003 14:38

Hello!

Bundesarchiv (Militärarchiv) http://www.bundesarchiv.de

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Post by asgatalopt » 12 Nov 2003 14:46

I contacted them recently but alas I lost all my computer files for a virus, so I should reapeat my search again.
In any case had asked them for documents on the wwII helmets (what else ..).
They kindly responded me that they lack funds to make such searches themselves, so I was given a list of private historic research agencies who could perform searches on my behalf for a fee.
In any case I had started my search by writing the german modern luftwaffe website, you could start from
http://www.bundeswehr.de/meta/kontakt/feedback.php (army general website;
http://www.deutschesheer.de/relaunch/co ... E321PTILDE

army peculiar website;

luftwaffe website http://www.luftwaffe.de/lwdenew/lwbas.n ... 435LWAADE;

marine:
http://www.deutschemarine.de/made/dmbas ... N365MMISDE

Copy and paste such urls, explore the sites for the Kontakt page and write them in english, they will respond you within days.

And buy a german vocabulary , good luck with the language.

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Post by Christoph Awender » 12 Nov 2003 15:19

Hello!

I doubt that the above links will help in researching WWII documents. The Bundeswehr, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe will not help private persons with their researches.

Of course the BAMA has not enough time, personnel etc.... to make the researches for all people contacting them. If you know the file numbers you need you can give them a order to copy and send them (via another company).
The best way is to go there and do the "adventure of research" yourself.

\Christoph

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Post by bmk1st » 12 Nov 2003 16:22

Would be nice if they have web pages in english. :?

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Post by Grigorij Kastrioti » 12 Nov 2003 16:54

Thanks for your tips! Now I know where to spend next holliday!

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Post by asgatalopt » 12 Nov 2003 20:06

No, it is not true that the army and luftwaffe personnel do not answer people, since their press service helped me find the location of the Army's archive, which is not the political bundesarchive you quote. I contacted a military istitution, not a political/historical archiv.
And I was ever contacted by officers, the army's archive being directed by a senior officer itself.

I have no time and will to redo my search, it took some days but I found a small website of military files with the help of the bundeswehr and luftwaffe internal press agency.

I did a reserach just as any reporter does, by contacting the press service of the institution he needs to study.

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Post by Christoph Awender » 12 Nov 2003 20:34

asgatalopt, the BAMA has all (lets say 99%) surviving files from the Wehrmacht and they make it possible for all to use. It is easy to go there and copy files you are interested in.
So which archives did the Bundeswehr point you to other than the Bundesarchiv/Militärarchiv in Freiburg and Koblenz?
The Bundesarchiv is not just a political archive... as I said it has all Wehrmacht files which survived.

\Christoph

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