[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Military records

Dana Parker parker.dana at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jan 29 11:06:41 PST 2017

Hello all,

I have some related research questions about the Russian military.   

1.   At what age were young men usually conscripted before 1900?   (All my grandmother knew was that soldiers came to her father's village, and he was taken away with some other young men to be in the army.)

2.   Were their units typically organized geographically?   If so, at what level?   Platoon, brigade, regiment, etc.  

3.   If a soldier was sent home for injury, was he required to return after recovering?   

4.   Are there lists of deserters?   

5.   What were consequences for the family of a deserter?

6.   Are there special indexes of soldiers who were killed during WWII?   Maybe a memorial site that does not require knowledge of the regiment.   (As of 1949, my grandmother's cousin still did not know the fates of her 3 children who had been in the Red Army).   

7.   What exactly does "verschleppt" mean in English?   This is what my grandmother's cousin said about her missing children:  drei kinder verschleppt.   Is that how you normally describe someone who has been conscripted, or does it mean something worse?   This was in her EWZ application.  

Thank you.   

Dana Parker

> On Jan 29, 2017, at 11:21 AM, Richard J Flanagan <rflanagan1 at videotron.ca> wrote:
> Eric,
>   I have tried to do a similar search but with little success.  There
> is a military archive in Moscow but their records appear not to be
> searchable and are definitely not on line.  I arranged to have someone write
> to them in Russian enquiring about specific family members and with rough
> dates but their response was that they needed an exact regimental name and
> specific dates.  
>   We might have to wait until Russian military records become
> available on-line.
>   Germans in Volhynia arrived after 1863 - mainly from Russian Poland
> - and they came without any guarantees of any sort for an exemption from
> military service.   Many left after the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War
> in 1904 and especially those who were currently in the military or had
> already served.  Desertion was extremely common for Jewish and German
> families.  The eldest son in a family was usually exempt. 
>   Richard 
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Eric Arnold
> Sent: 29 January, 2017 11:37 AM
> To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
> Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Military records
> When we're Germans in volhynia required to join the military? Does anyone
> know where to look for records of service for Germans severing the the
> Russian military? My 2nd great grandfather julius was artillery and his
> brother was an army officer. Julius would have served between 1897 and 1903
> and his brother a little later. His brother theodor deserted but I don't
> know anything about Julius.
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