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soc.genealogy.german Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 3/4
Section - 16. Where can I find German military records?

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     All personnel rosters and card indices (Stammrollen und
     Karteimittel) of the Prussian Army, the transition army
     ("Ubergangsheeres), the Army (Reichswehr), and the Imperial
     Navy (Kaiserlichen Marine) were burned in an air raid on Berlin
     in February 1945.

     Preserved are medical records of those soldiers who were being
     treated in military hospitals (Lazarett).  The records, most with
     personnel roster extracts (Stammrollenausz"ugen), for those born
     from 1890 on are stored at
         Krankenbuchlager Berlin
         Wattstrasse 11-13
         13355 Berlin
     and for those born before 1890 are stored at
         Bundesarchiv - Milit"ararchiv
         Wiesentalstrasse 10
         79115 Freiburg/Breisgau
         =20
<http://www.bundesarchiv.de/aufgaben_organisation/dienstorte/freiburg/>

     Lists of Prussian and other German officers are generally
     available in book series with titles like _Rangliste der
     K"oniglich Preussischen Armee_.  These books were published
     roughly annually since at least 1796; some have been reprinted.

     An overview of the Prussian army and its military church records
     can be found in Lyncker, _Die Altpreussische Armee 1714-1806
     und ihre Milit"arkirchenb"ucher_, and _Die preussische Armee
     1807-1867 und ihre sippenkundlichen Quellen_, and also in Eger,
     _Verzeichnis der Milit"arkirchenb"ucher in der Bundesrepublik
     Deutschland_.

     A list of pre-1914 Imperial German military units can be found at
         <http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~maampo/militaer/milindex.html>

     Many German state military records are available at their
     respective state archives.  These generally cover up to 1920.

     World War II German military personnel may have service records at
         Bundesarchiv - Zentralnachweisstelle
         Abteigarten 6
         52076 Aachen
         =20
<http://www.bundesarchiv.de/aufgaben_organisation/dienstorte/=20
aachen_kornelimuenster/>
     or at
         Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
         Eichborndamm 179
         13403 Berlin
         <http://www.com-de.com/wast/>
     WASt holdings center on those reported to be prisoners of war
     (POW), missing in action (MIA), or killed in action (KIA), and
     also on members of the navy, though other records are also held.
     The Bundesarchiv has no records for navy personnel.  Requests
     for information may be sent to either office; they will be
     forwarded as needed to the appropriate office.

     German military cemetery listings for World Wars I and II can be
     found online at
       <http://www.volksbund.de/>

     For civilian records, one must write to the appropriate agency or
     ministry archives (e.g., justice, finance, railroad, post).  Those
     who had relatives in NSDAP positions can request information from
     the Bundesarchiv or, soon, the US National Archives.

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TjHurray
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Apr 13, 2021 @ 2:14 pm
I'm trying to find German Naval records (Prussian navy I believe) for my Uncle who served in Trieste, Italy from approx. 1879 to 1890 from that port. (and he traveled around the world). I need some advice, any advice, on how I could find a record of him being there or even any record of him being in the German Navy there. A genealogist that could help, or where the records might be housed. I did see on another post that some German records were destroyed in Berlin in 1945, but I don't know those details. I appreciate any comments. Thank you.
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Carole
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Sep 6, 2021 @ 7:19 pm
I think I am looking for a needle in a haystack. Want to find my ancestor, name is Wolfgang AUMANN, of Grafenkirche, Germany, who fought with Napoleon as a mercenary. Maybe a book titled Koniglich-Baierisches Reigierungsblatt.
Thank you
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Doris Dunlap
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Oct 30, 2021 @ 3:15 pm
How do I find my Father's POW records. He was in WWI, Prussian military. Infanterie Regiment 140. He was captured in France, but said the POW camp guards were British.
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Natasha
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Dec 21, 2021 @ 5:17 pm
How do I find my grandfathers war records. He was stationed at the eastern front in WW2 then captured and was POW in England

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