Karl Karstens went into service with the 1.Batterie Artillerie Esatz Abteilung 158 (Erkennungsmarke: -120-1.A.E.A. 158) and served there from September 14th 1939 until October 8th 1939 at Rendsburg. From August 14th 1940 his unit went to Lüneburg and he was transferred to the VI.Artillerie Lehr Regiment te Jüterbog. On November 4th he was transferred to the 2.Batterie Sturm- Artillerie Abteilung 191, with which he finally went to South Russia with the 11.Armee. From March 26th 1943 he once again came to Jüterbog, this time with the 7.Batterie Artillerie- Lehr Regiment (motorisiert) 2.
After this he was placed with the 1. Lehr- Batterie Sturmgeschütz- Lehrabteilung in Burg (from December 5th 1943). From January 1944 he was finally placed with the 3.Batterie Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 311 which was renamed to Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 311 on February 24th 1944. 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.
In several sources, his name is wrongly written as Carstens.
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