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Name: Diekmann, Friedrich

Historical Note:

Friedrich (Fritz) Diekmann was born in Gutersloh on October 9, 1891, to Heinrich and Sophie Diekmann. Friedrich  joined the German army on August 7, 1914 to serve in the First World War.  He began his service in Foot Artillery Regiment 14, then was later transferred to Foot Artillery Battery 728, and finally to Foot Artillery Battalion 74.  Friedrich fought on the Western Front in 1915, the Eastern Front in 1916 & 1917, and again on the Western Front in 1918.  Friedrich was demobilized from the army on November 27, 1918.

Friedrich had a sister at home and a brother named Paul.  He also had a good friend, Hildegard Schaltenburg (Gard Leuber), who wrote to him often. 

After the war, Friedrich became a bank attorney.  He married Hilde Höttcher.  During the Nazi period in the late 1930s, Friedrich had to have a Nazi military pass even though he was no longer serving in the military.  The pass is included in the collection.  On May 11, 1935, Friedrich was awarded with a Certificate of Honor for fighting on the front lines.

Sources: Friedrich Diekmann Collection

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