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Tracing a German combatant


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E-mail from George Major.

My e-mail address: mgeomaj@aol.com

30 October 2005.

Hello,

I am just embarking on trying to trace the military career of my late Grandfather in law, Bernhard Ratajczyk, born Berlin 3 March 1896. He fought on the Western Front in WW1.

I shall be so pleased if you could help orpoint me in the right direction.

If it helps, I believe he received an Iron Cross.

Thank you.

George D.J. Major.

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Do you have any extra details, like the regiment he served in? That way you can look for his regimental history, and find out where he has fought. Most regimental histories you can find at the Fachinformationsstelle Strausberg (near Berlin, I can't find the address right now).

It will be hard to find any other traces, since most of the WW1-archives were lost in WW2. You can try the Krankenbuchlager Berlin, Wattstr. 11-13, they hold records of soldiers who were admitted in fieldhospitals. Or try the archive of your grandfathers town; with some luck they still have military records regarding your grandfather.

If you have more details: come back and share them with other forum-members. They were of great help to me in my search!

good luck

Roel

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E-mail from George Major.

My e-mail address: mgeomaj@aol.com

30 October 2005.

Hello,

I am just embarking on trying to trace the military career of my late Grandfather in law, Bernhard Ratajczyk, born Berlin 3 March 1896. He fought on the Western Front in WW1.

I shall be so pleased if you could help orpoint me in the right direction.

If it helps, I believe he received an Iron Cross.

Thank you.

George D.J. Major.

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Thank you, Roel,

The only piece of additional info I can give you is that my wife's grandpa and my wife's father fought against each other at some point. Wife's father was AWC Major who was with 2 Suffolk Battalion, 76 Brigade, 3rd. Division and it is possbible that they faced each other in the German Spring Offensive, possibly the defence of Neuville Vitasse at which action AWCM won his third MC.

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