The opening page of the album given to CPT - Dr. Michel for
his 34th birthday from the men of the 2nd company, 13th
Medical Replacement Training Battalion, Manteuffel Kaserne,
A selection of images showing the Kaserne area. No
individual photos were captioned, the album was divided into
sections showing training, parades and barracks life.
Trainees eating and marching from the mess hall. In
comparison with the first album, there were no images of the
troops living in the motor shops, however, several images
showed the men in formation in front of those buildings
Top, changing of the Kaserne guard, bottom, drill on the
muddy parade field. Not too much changed once the Americans
Captain - Doctor Michel at far left, staff members and
apparently a small group of trainees marching down the hill
from the barracks area. The building that would become the
Daley Barracks NCO Club is clearly visible in the
background. It seems an odd choice that a medical doctor
would be used as both the battalion surgeon and a company
commander but this appears to be the case. A further
additional duty may have been to do the medical screening of
inductees at the draft office also located at the barracks.
Left and right, the chance to talk and in center, troops
marching. Much of the album followed the basic training of
soldiers with very little related to medic specific
Top, officers of the training battalion, bottom, more troops
A representative image from a series of dog training photos.
The German Army training manual for medics does not discuss
the use of dogs, war art images depict them as carrying part
of the field medic kit. Actual war photos indicate that dogs
were not used in this capacity. Perhaps the images show a
hobby of the Kaserne staff that interested Dr. Michel.
From a series of images showing the trainees putting up a
medical tent, the only medic related training captured in
the album. This varies greatly from the images captured in
the first medic album, clearly the program of instruction
evolved during the war years or, specific companies trained
personnel for specific medical skills. If Dr. Michel's
troops were training to be field medics, there was no need
to send them to a hospital for clinical training.
At the rifle range that US forces would use for forty years,
CPT Michel observes the training, the soldiers are briefed
in the firing trench and the Co tries his hand at a few
" This paperwork is never done?! " CPT - Dr. Michel at work
at his desk. Not clear in the scan but visible in the actual
photo, the " 13 " pin on his shoulder board, indicating that
he is assigned to the 13th battalion.
From a series of photos of the " Oath Swearing Ceremony "
for the recruits, CPT - Dr. Michel. He wears a campaign
ribbon and the Iron Cross 2nd Level ribbon, indicative that
prior to Bad Kissingen, he saw combat duty in either Poland
Left and right, the band plays on. Center, while the massed
recruits observe, three recruits are called forward to swear
the traditional oath of allegiance to the Army, their
comrades and the German People. Hitler had changed the
wording and added allegiance to the Fuhrer as well.