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"By the end of February 1945, I was recovering from wounds to the head, burns and amputation of the left foot after my tank was hit in battle at Klein-Zilber (Pomerania) on February 9, and I wrote a letter to my unit. the reserve hospital in Uterzen (Holstein), where I was transferred, from the part sent personal belongings collected for sending to parents.
On July 17, 1945, when the battles were long over and I had another operation, English soldiers arrived at the hospital on two armored personnel carriers and an ambulance and took me prisoner right on the hospital bed. Strangely enough, they treated me quite friendly and brought with them my belongings, which came to them in Hamburg along with the mail.
The box contained a book, a watch, a fountain pen, and letters. These soldiers showed friendliness and respect for me, not only because they saw my position, but also because of the letter sent to me by Obertschurtmührer Max Lippert. It also fell into their hands along with the mail, and they were familiar with its content.
They let us know that we were closer to them than their "allies" against whom we fought. There is justice in the world! It happened, and it was quite usual for the British.

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The letter of Max Lippert turned out to be in fact the 1st company’s combat log:
"April 12, 1945
Dear Kaurauuf! Returning from the hospital yesterday, I found your letter of March 5th. As far as I understand, amputation of the left foot was necessary, but since the worst is over and you are still young, you will easily overcome these difficulties. I wish you a speedy recovery!
Now the news: Menke did not die, then you are mistaken. He has long returned to duty. In our company they died: under Arnsvalde - Shal, Jager, Schlacht, Ludwigs, Knorr, Belda, Tees, Krenn (?), Martin Peter, Franz R. The repair company twice had to engage in combat instead of infantry.
Under Danzig in March: Heinrich, Nolte, Dietzen, Jezerer, Klunder, Cremann, Müller, Meltzer and Fürbacher.
Missing Kofler and Grupe. Until they returned from Kustrin: Allmer, Fell, Fisher, Möller, Nottrot and Sturm. Most likely, this list will be replenished. Dead commanders: Kayes, König, Grimminger; injured: Meinl, Schaefer, Johannigmayer, Belle and me.The battalion is now divided into two parts: one in Danzig, the other on the Oder, but soon we will be together again. Bromman has 66 wins - this was reported yesterday in a summary. He also lost an eye.
We act quite effectively, but it could be better if we changed our tactics a little. But we, as from the very beginning, were smashed in parts, and continue, and no end is foreseen. Needless to say, not a single car left Danzig. Instead of the brave 1st company, I command some kind of hodgepodge. Of our only ones left were my crew and the crew of Bender. Even thinking about it hurts.
Now we have a lull. But you need to be alert, otherwise we will instantly be pinched by the tail. Haacke got married, got out of Kustrin, but has not arrived here yet. Could and make themselves known. Once again, I wish you a speedy recovery.
Your friend M. Lippert. "
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The Red Cross deserves special thanks, and it should be noted that this organization, despite the large number of its offices and difficult situation, unconditionally considered the SS troops as part of the army and never even at the international level doubted that we were soldiers. An active correspondence with the members of the Red Cross and the repatriated soldiers followed.The following second report was compiled by the then young driver-mechanic navigator Lothar Tibi, who later became a certified engineer and the head of a large industrial enterprise. Tibi compiled his report after returning from Soviet captivity, where he managed to keep his records for several years. In the detailed story Tibi focuses, of course, on his impressions of participation in the battles of the 1st company. "January 25, 1945. Thirty-six" royal tiger "type tanks were taken in 3Nenlager, near Paderborn, and loaded for shipment to the East. (Six training tanks were already in stock.)
January 28, 1945 Part of the battalion was unloaded in Pomerania, near the Wedel. The rest went in the direction of Kustrin and Gotenhafen.
Thus, in the form of a single whole battalion did not participate in the battles. January 31, 1945 Attack of four tanks of our company (under the command of Obersturmführer Lippert) together with paratroopers.
Our crew: Commander Untersharführer Lechner, Gunner Untersharführer Klekner, mechanic-driver Sturman Tibi, radio operator Sturman Horak, loading navigator Unkel. The task for the day - Regentin - completed without tank battles.Russian losses: eighty anti-tank guns and a lot of infantry. Our losses: one commander - a bullet in the head, no losses in tanks. The loss of paratroopers killed and wounded - about 30%.
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February 1, 1945
Attack with a tank battle. Our tank was heading and hit a mine. Damaged caterpillar. The place in the head was taken by the tank commander. He covered us for the period of repair. During repair, both tanks were under heavy mortar fire from the enemy. Our losses: Lechner was wounded in the back, Horak was wounded in the thigh, Unkel was wounded in the leg, the driver of the commander's car Oksle was wounded in the head (blind). All four were taken to the hospital. Klöckner and Tibi have no serious wounds and are ready for battle.
The new crew: commander Grünhofer, gunner Klöckner, mechanic-driver Tibi, radio operator Breitenstein charging Badke.
The task is completed. We walked another ten kilometers.
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February 2, 1945
Again advanced five kilometers. Then they moved away to avoid being surrounded. February 3, 1945. We visited the workshop in Neu-Wedel for minor repairs. On the outskirts of the city, a large Russian reconnaissance squadron was destroyed. Moved to a new section of the front at Arnswalde.
February 4, 1945
Attack by four tanks of our company from Arnswalde in the direction of the city 5 km from Arnswalde, where the German infantry is surrounded. Strong resistance from enemy tanks and infantry. Lost our three tanks. Lippsrt took the place of the commander in our tank, still ready for battle.
Two enemy tanks hit. Our tank received direct hits without breaking through; lost the turn. By the second attack of four more tanks of our battalion, the entourage is broken; we were towed to TL.
February 6-20, 1945
Our tank in the repair company in Stargard. The battalion is surrounded at Arnswald. The ring is broken outside on February 18th.
February 21 - March 14: 1945
The tank was sent for repair in Tempelhof. It will take several months. We took another car in Berlin that requires minimal repairs.
March 15, 1945
Returned to the central area of ​​defense on the Oder. There are only ten tanks in the battalion.
March 20, 1945
Our radio operator Horak returned to service after being wounded. The new commander is Bender.
April 1-15, 1945
Concentration in Frauenhagen.
April 16, 1945
Order to perform on Strausberg via Angermünde.
April 18, 1945
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They took up a position on the road from Bukov in anticipation of the head tank units of the Russians advancing on Berlin. Our crew set off twelve Russian tanks.Ten tanks of our battalion shot down sixty-four enemy vehicles.
Our losses: one tank. Several tanks received minor damage, our car received damage to the track tension regulator and sight.
19th April 1945. Breakthrough Russian to our repair company and the environment. Two tanks repaired immediately. During the first attempt to break through, one of our tanks was shot down. In the second attempt, our crew destroyed two Russian tanks. We moved towards Berlin together repair company. Two more Russian tanks were hit on the outskirts of Berlin.
April 22, 1945
While our tank was being towed to the repair company, the radio operator Horak again received a severe wound and was taken to the hospital.
April 24, 1945
The Russians closed the ring around Berlin. The surviving tanks of our battalion are scattered throughout the city. Our first fight is on Meklenburgurgshtrasse; downed four tanks.
April 25, 1945
New fight at the station on Heerstraße.
April 26, 1945
Fight at Halensee station.
April 28, 1945
The commander of the battalion, Obershturmbannführer Herzig, and four other commanders from our battalion, Hitler in the Reich Chancellery, awarded the Knight's Cross.
29th of April 1945
Commander Untersharführer Bender was wounded in the stomach outside the tank. The new commander is Zemik.
September 1945
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They knocked out a Russian tank at the station Halensee. Being out of the tank, 3emik was seriously wounded in a mortar attack. The new commander - Obersharfuhrer Stolze.
May 1, 1945
five more Russian tanks were shot down at Halensee station. This was the last fight. In total, our crew knocked out twenty-eight Russian tanks.
May 2, 1945
Attempt to break from Berlin to the west with the last two tanks of our battalion. Our machine was commanded by Lippert. In the second tank was the Knight's Cross holder Schaefer from the 3rd company. All day long heavy battles were fought with a numerically superior opponent. On our side, there are heavy losses in equipment, infantry and among civilians.
The Russians lost a lot of transporters and infantry from the fire of two tanks. When resuming the attempt to break through the tank Schaefer got hit. Two killed, the rest seriously injured. Further breakthrough is not possible. Our car, the last in the battalion, has been destroyed.
Zmaj 1945
When trying to break through to the west on foot, Obersturmführer Lippert was killed by a bullet in the head. The high losses of the battalion in just three months of fighting can be judged at least by our crew.Six commanders, three radio operators and two loaders took part in the battles. From start to finish, only Klöckner and Tibi remained in the crew.
(SIGNATURE) Tubu "
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Lines from a letter written by the mother of the deceased officer in charge of our battalion Adolf Grimmilera. This letter, which came in response to my message about his death, is dedicated to all of our soldiers who risked their lives, fulfilling their duty.
Schwabush-Gmünd, January 23, 1947
Dear Mr. Kaurauf! We received your letter of December 30th and are very grateful for it. The sad news of the death of our dear Adolf was at one time transmitted to us by two of your comrades. With great sorrow, we learned that our beloved son died so close to the end of the war after a long and active participation in fierce battles. We did not receive the official notification of his death, as he died in the sad time of complete collapse. We had to sacrifice a lot. Of the four children, we lost three.
September 23, 1944, our son Walter died in the battles for Arnhem, commanding a battery of self-propelled guns. He is buried in Bocholt, near the border with Holland. Our only daughter died in April 1945, giving birth to a fourth child.She also fell victim to this ill-fated war. All this is too hard said axis on my nerves, and I had a nervous fit. With God's help, I recovered, but the bitterness of loss and longing for children forever deprived me of the opportunity to enjoy life.
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The Lord has placed this burden on us, but he, as I am convinced again and again, helps us carry it. I often feel bitter when they see how they despise the soldiers who have done everything in their power and who sacrificed everything with a pure soul.
They were all heroes in the true sense of the word - both those who died and those who survived. They gave everything for the sake of the fatherland and their comrades. I often think that such a sad and meaningless end would cause unbearable suffering for my son. Dear Mr. Kaurauf, I sincerely thank you for your sympathy. I, Adolf's mother, I wish you all the best and send my cordial greetings.
Ougeni Grumminger Schwabisch-Gmund, Olga Straße 59 "- From the notes of Obersturmführer Fritz Kauerauf (SS 503rd heavy tank botanion)
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