Sunday, December 4, 2011

once there was a war

Lt. Wallace Strobel with Gen Eisenhower , 1944
Lt. Wallace Strobel (on left), 1990
Leutnant Wolfgang Kloth 2nd Panzer Division
Wolfgang Kloth served as tank commander on a Mark IV Panzer in the 3rd Pz Rgt, 2nd Panzer Division on the Eastern Front in 1943. He was promoted from Unteroffizier to Leutnant (2nd Lt) and taught at a Panzer training school near Berlin. Returning to the Eastern Front as commander of a Sturmgeschutz (75mm Self-Propelled Artillery vehicle), he fought in the Kurland pocket, until the war ended in May, 1945. Herr Kloth became a prisoner of the Soviets for several years, then immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s. He has been a resident of Western Michigan ever since. Decorated with the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class, the Panzer Assault Badge in Silver and a silver wound badge for four wounds.

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