September 14th, 1939 - October 8th, 1939: 1. Batterie, Artillerie-Ersatz-Abteilung 158, Rendsburg;
August 14th, 1940: VI. Artillerie-Lehr-Regiment, Jüterborg;
November 4th, 1940: 2. Batterie, Sturm-Artillerie-Abteilung 191;
March 26th, 1943: 7. Batterie, Artillerie-Lehr-Regiment (motorisiert) 2, Jüterborg;
December 5th, 1943: 1. Lehr-Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Lehr-Abteilung, Burg;
after January 1944: 3. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 311;
February 24th, 1944: 3. Batterie, Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 311.
During the fightings on the Eastern Front, Karl Karstens was fatally wounded on February 9th 1945. He was buried at the cemetry at Babarov. At this date it is unknown where he was finally buried.
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