Pictures and documents from Hans Wiedemann, a former Luftwaffe / Afrika Korps member, sent by is son Uwe Wiedemann. Thank you very much Uwe.
Hans Wiedemann, served in the Luftwaffe, primarily with 4./ Ln.Rgt. Afrika, III./Stuka Geschw. 3 and Stab StG3. He also served for a time with Stuka Geschwader 2.
Hans attained the the rank of Obergefreiter in North Africa, later Corporal, and saw active service with the RAD and Luftwaffe for the full duration of the war (1939-45). He served in North Africa between March 1941 and May 1943 as a radio (wireless) operator.
Hans was stationed at various airfields within Libya, Egypt and Tunisia such as Tmimi, Martuba, Derna, Barce, En Nofilia, Agedabia, El Daba, Bir el Abd, El Quasaba, Gabes and Tunis.
In May 1943 he was one of the few lucky ones to be evacuated by air from Tunisia to Sicily. From here he participated in the gradual retreat movements northward through Italy until he finally surrendered to US Infantry in the Dolomites, Northern Italy in May 1945.
Hans still has memoirs of his military service. His trousers, tunic, 2 caps, belt and buckle still reside in his loft along with a souvenir of the enemy - a British-Indian tropical helmet. His Soldbuch and Wehrpasz were both consficated during his internment, however he still has his old memo calenders. The selection of photographs presented here are all that are left after most were lost in a flood that flowed through a wadi at Tmimi in October 1941.
|Hans in Tropenuniform Tmimi 41|
|Luftwaffe Africa-eagle for tunic of Hans|
|Hans´cuff title earned in Africa|
|Hans' Urkunde Ärmelband Afrika|
|Hans´ Italian-German Campaign medal of North Africa|
|Hans document of the Italian-German campaign medal|
|Hans War merit cross document|
|Ju 88 Fernaufklärer am Platz Tmimi Wiedeman|
|STG3 über Djebel Libya 41|