SOLDBUCH - PENAL
UNIT - Feldstrafgefangenen
Original Soldbuch issued to Reinhold KNOEFEL who was assigned to a Penal Unit - Feldstrafgefangenen Abel. 3. these units were for soldiers convicted of prison sentences for some offense longer than 3 months. It typically involved hard labor in dangerous areas this unit was assigned to Heeresgruppe Nord in Northern Russia. Und this unit is a underlined notation “Supervisory Staff.” So, he was not one of the convicted, himself. He was awarded the Black Wound Badge on Feb 18, 1945. The consignor indicated that is was a US GI bringback named to Sgt. Quentin HINK.