Kortstock, Klaus Dietrich – 5. Fallschirmjäger Division

Born:  February 3, 1925, Berlin (Germany).

Parents: Hermann and Ilse Kortstock.

Somewhere in 1943 Kortstock was called up for military duty and ended up in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). After his basic training he was transferred to the 13./ Flieger-Regiment 71, part of the III./ Fl. Rgt. 71, in Béziers (Southern France) near the Mediterranean Sea.

After qualifiying as a Paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger), Kortstock was then transferred, on April 21, 1944, to the 11./ Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 14 of the 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division. Kortstock was wounded by shrapnel in July 1944 northwest of Saint-Lô (fighting between elements of the 5. Fallschirmjäger and Panzer Lehr Divisions versus US 30th Infantry Division and 743rd Tank Battalion). He was sent to the hospital for treatment of his wounds and recuperation.

On October 28, 1944 Kortstock was transferred to the 10./ Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 13 (5. Fallschirmjäger-Division).

Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 13 (under Major Goswin Wahl) fought on December 17 & 18, 1944 alongside the 352. Volksgrenadier Division in the area of Fouhren (Luxembourg). The division fought its way through Luxembourg towards the Harlange area. There, they desperately fought against the advance of the US Third Army. The last reserves of the division were collected to stop the American advance near Harlange – Nothum – Buderscheid.

On January 9, 1945, a heavy American attack started towards Bras, Doncols and Nothum. A big part of the 5. Fallschirmjäger Division was, after heavy combat and taking heavy casualties, captured. The remnants of the division were eventually transferred to Düren (Germany) to rebuild and reorganize.

On February 4, 1945 Kortstock was sent to the hospital in Schmallenberg (Germany) with  a case of frostbite. Most probably sustained during the Battle of the Bulge. Kortstock was released from the hospital on March 26, 1945. He was transferred to the Fallschirmjäger-Ersatz-Regiment in Büchenbuhl, Nürnberg, but was first permitted to go on leave back to his home in Berlin. It would become his last journey.

Kortstock was transferred to the Volkssturm on April 23, 1945. The next day, he was killed in action (the Sportplatz area, southern part of Berlin).

Klaus Kortstock is buried on a cemetery at Berlin-Baumschulenweg (Bezirk Treptow-Köpenick).

Sources:

  • Findagrave
  • Soldbuch Kortstock (Aram M Collection)
  • Map: Gb_119a_Neuerburg-Diekirch_1943
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