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of the Soldbuch
As you see from the
close up (detail below) he was with effect of 1st oct. 44 promoted to the
rank of Wachtmeister (equivalent rank to Feldwebel for members of Artillery
and Anti-Aircraft units).
This is because during 1944 Gabriel was
transferred to the 5. / Heeres Flak Artillerie Abteilung 308. (5th Battery
of Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion 308).
This unit was formed in Greece mainly from
Gebirgsjäger personnel. There main task was not to shoot down aircraft
but ground combat - along with the 1. Gebirgs-Division and other units-
against Greek and Yugoslavian partisans.