This may be an almost impossible task, but I am curious as to what I can find out about these if anything at all.
I have come into possesion of my Grandfathers war photos from WWII. It is in an “official” Luftwaffe photo album.
The color of it is dark blue. On the cover it has what I presume is his units emblem… a flat head-on view of a skull of what looks like a moose to me, but I presume some kind of deer although with antlers similar to a moose. Underneath the skull is a plant of some sort. This all appears in a red triangular shaped crest. This emblem appears on a couple of the buildings in photos in the album as well.
The writing on the cover says (as best as I can possibly translate and read the old-style letters)
bei der (If I can translate correctly - My Wartime in the)
1 battr - Orheinw - Abt. 118 (I am unsure as to the first letter of the second word, looks like a capital O)
Inside, the first few pages of the book are each photos of high-ranking Nazi’s, Hitler, Goering, then Wehrmacht and Kreigsmarine officials that I don’t recognize (although I am sure I’d know the names). Then it gets what I presume to be his unit commander and then on to the personal photos.
They appear to be mostly of a town that is near a coast, as there are several photos of the beach and sea. One of the “stores” in the town has a clearly visible Coca-Cola sign.
The unit must be some kind of AAA unit. There are several photos with them standing around searchlights and some AAA guns in the background. One of the crests on a truck looks like a Luftwaffe Eagle diving in a searchlight.
I guess what I am trying to figure out is:
What unit was this?
Is it possible to narrow down where they were? Maybe (longshot) a town near a beach and when they where there?
Then I could hopefully date them.
They appear to be placed in the album chronilogicaly as I can see that the last few pages his rank increased to Obergefreiter.
Grandfather died many years ago and didn’t talk about this very much so the family knows virtually nothing about them. Grandma actually had to rescue this album and his decorations from the garbage 40 years or so ago as he wanted to get rid of them.