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Karl Schroder was born in Eisenach in the republic of Thuringia, Germany in 1920, son to an unemployed welder Ludwig and his wife Gerde.  Because of financial circumstances, he was entirely home schooled by his mother,


For his father, who had miraculously avoided service in the First World War but not the subsequent financial depression, the Weimar Republic was a bitter reminder of his losses, compounded by the deaths of two brothers in the war.  Because of what he saw as complicity with the government, he opposed the SDP (Social Democratic Party, which was founded in Eisenach in the late 19th century) so he found solidarity in the völkisch movements of the time.  Most notable amongst these was the NDSAP (whose name change from the DAP occurred just a month before Karl’s birth), whose early rhetoric and violent opposition to the “November criminals” greatly appealed to Karl’s father.

In 1923, with the reoccupation of the Ruhr by the French, Karl’s father decided to join the party and immediately found kindred spirits amongst the other disaffected and marginalized members of German society whose grudges and hatred for those “responsible” for their position.

With the surge of support in the 30’s, the NDSAP saw its power consolidated and opposition fractured by petty differences.  Consequently, Ludwig secured a job in the civil service as an RAD official in the department of agricultural construction and saw a nominal rise in status.  However, his enthusiasm for Germany’s revival was tempered by the in-party violence and neglect of socialist elements which the early years of the party had promised.

In 1939 with the outbreak of war, Ludwig was far from enthusiastic, quite different from his son who in his mandated HJ membership had seen war as an almost novel adventure.

Despite his intentions to join the ranks of the SSVT, Ludwig was able to convince his son to become a member of the RAD and thus avoid the later conscription.  As an RAD worker, he participated in the construction of various defensive projects and so often had close cooperation with Heer and other military personnel, further fascinating him with military life.  

Although his father tried his best to keep him away from the front, by 1943 the desperate circumstances of the war necessitated the total militarization of the RAD.  With this, came the opportunity for members to become part of a new Waffen-SS division being formed, the 9th Division Hohenstaufen.  Karl joined immediately when given the opportunity in February and was transferred to France for training.


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I like it.  You really write well and fit this in perfectly.  Good work!

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Well I had to get it done as I heard no one is allowed to use the MG42 without an intro  :)

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Ok, so I like making empty threats.  We're all going to cross train on stuff so we'll all be using it.  Still, I'm glad you finished your bio.  Good story!  Good writing.

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