1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 15, 2021 2:18 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking war diaries of 34 Minensuchflottille

    Bart Belonje Newbie

      Hi. I am trying to help a Polish family in researching the history of Joseph Redlin, forced service in German Kriegsmarine. In August 1943 send to Holland [The Netherlands] as member of 34 Minensuchflottille. Joseph defected in December 1943 from the seaport of IJmuiden and reports to the Dutch underground in Beverwijk. Joseph stayed here until after the liberation of Holland on May 5th. In November 1945, he travelled back to Poland. Joseph passed away in 1983 age 63. I am looking for the war diaries of 34 Minensuchflotttile and/or 1 Sicherungsdivision [Kriegsmarine] I hope to determine the ship he was on and maybe a report in the diary about his desertion. On behalf of his family, thank you so much for your help.

        • Re: Seeking war diaries of 34 Minensuchflottille
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Belonje,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Copies of Records of the German Navy (Microfilm Publication T1022) in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that includes many war diaries and journals and may contain some records related to the 34 Minensuchflottille or 1 Sicherungsdivision (Kriegsmarine). We also located 11 additional series related to war diaries/journals for the German Navy in Record Group 242 that might nterest you. Guides to many of these records are available online using the National Archives Microfilm Catalog. Simply enter the microfilm publication number (e.g. T1022) and click “search,” then select the publication title you are interested in from the results. Next, click “view important publication details” to download a PDF copy of the guide to those records. The microfilmed records themselves have not been digitized. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov. More information about the Captured German Records on MIcrofilm is available on NARA’s website.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          Finally, the original documents have been returned to Germany. For German military information, you may wish to contact the Bundesarchiv Abt. VI - Militärarchiv, Wiesentalstraße 10, 79115 Freiburg, Germany, and for World War II German Navy personnel information, you may wish to contact the Bundesarchiv - Abteilung PA, Eichborndamm 179, 13403 Berlin, Germany. The email address is poststelle-pa@bundesarchiv.de.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!