alcius wrote: ↑
12 Aug 2022 09:58
Unterscharfuher Geschutzfuhrer Marder III “33”– . By the 21/02/1942 to 2/9/42 he destroyed 14 soviet tanks
hm ..., I'm not sure with the text on the backside of the photograph. The number given for Alves is 17, not 14 "... schoß in Rußland 17 Panzer ab ..."
, see the number 4 written for the dates 2.9.42 and 8.9.42, the number in question here is a 7 = 17.
And 17, that's exactly the number he accounted for before his Ritterkreuz, as a gunner:
01.07.41 = 3 Panzer
25.07.41 = 2 BT, 6 T26
11.08.41 = 1 Panzer
14.08.41 = 4 Panzer
19.10.41 = 1 T34
The Marder in the pic and the drawing shows about 20 kill rings or so, as far as I can make it out? The question for me is: what has the fallen Oscha. E. Klein to do with that? As a Oscha. he for sure was a Geschützführer who also might have accounted for some kills before his death in 1941. More so ..., I think (but I'm not sure, I'm no Waffen-SS expert), that these Marders where delivered to "Das Reich" just in the summer of 1942, I'm not sure if they ever see action in Russia before the company was in France (maybe, they got the Marders just there)???
The Bio for Alves is very uncertain, even Veit Scherzer in his books about the high awardees didn't have his dates for EK2 and EK1 and his service life after the Ritterkreuz. It could be (just a guess) that Erich Alves after the Ritterkreuz was wounded at some point and just returned to 3. Kompanie in France to take over Marder "33".
I would like to leave him with 17 kills as a gunner plus a unknown number of kills with a Marder (in 1942?) in 1943, plus with a Sturmgeschütz later on ...