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Show us your early war (pre-Barbarossa) KIA Wehrpass/Soldbuch

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Hello all :)

I have seen similar threads on other forums, and would love to se some of the members earliest Wehrpasses/Soldbücher.

My small KIA Polen 1939 collection.

Hermann Vieth - Served in I.R 23, and was KIA by Praga, on the outskirts of Warsaw 16.09.1939

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Walter Rau - Served with Gebirgsjäger-regiment 98 Mittenwald, and was KIA by Lubiau 15.09.1939

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Nice additions to your collection. I do have a soft spot for early war KIA Wehrpasse and Soldbucher (although early war KIA (1939/40) soldbucher are much harder to find then Wehrpasse).

Here are the Polish campaign ones in my collection - in reverse order...

Obergefreiter Lorenz Kalteis of Artillerie Rgt 157 of 57 Infanterie Division. Killed on 26th September 1939 by a sniper at Topolnica which is approx 30 miles north of Warsaw.

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Wachmeister Josef Ley of Artillerie rgt 73 of 1 Panzer Division. Killed on 18th September 1939.

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Very nice Wehrpasses, Kevin! I too have a soft spot for the early ones. Even thought they'r a little harder to come by, it makes the hunting much more interesting! :thumbsup:

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Schützen Erich Danielak of Infanterie Regiment 29 of 3 Infanterie Division. Killed on 15th September 1939 by a head shot.

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Gefreiter Helmut Voightmann of Infanterie Regiment 31 of 24 Infanterie Division. Killed on 11th September 1939 near Wola Zbrozkowa during the major Battle Of The Bzura.

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Gefreiter Siegfried Jeworreck of Infanterie Regiment 93 of 13 Infanterie Division. Killed on 8th September 1939 at Odrzywol during the fighting for Radom. Ironically he was actually Polish by birth, being a Volksdeutsche born in Grudziadz (Graudenz).

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And this is the earliest Kriegsmarine KIA Wehrpass I have. Unfortunately it is a posthumous issue for the family so doesn't have his photo or signature in it but it does come with a couple of his citations (including a posthumous issue Minesweeper Badge citation) and some odds & ends paperwork wise.

Machinenmaat Werner Brönstrup was killed when the escort vessel F-9 was sunk by the British submarine HMS Ursula on 14th December 1939. The actual targets of the submarine were the two cruisers Nürnberg & Leipzig which F-9 was escorting. Both cruisers had been damaged a few days before by an attack by another British submarine, HMS Salmon, but managed to escape the attack by Ursula. However, F-9 was hit by one of the torpedoes and was sunk. Among those killed was her captain Friedrich-Wilhelm Pindter who was also the Flottillenchef Geleitflottille.

Werner Brönstrup is listed in the Volksbund Database.

Service Award IV Class - dated 30th June 1939 and signed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Pindter

Minesweeper Badge - dated 10th June 1941 and signed by Friedrich Ruge (RK 21st Oct 1941)

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Great Wehrpaßes so far! I thought I was fortunate with one, but Kevin proves me wrong! Haha.

So this is my only Poland KIA Wehrpaß. It was also my first Wehrpaß. Schütze Hubert Aengenheister was KIA on 6 September 1939 at Dobrzankowo (near the East-Prussian border) after being gunned down by an airplane. It is also to be noted that the clerk for some reason wrote down an entry for 3.8.1939, but I'm almost certain that it has to be a mistake. His Sterbebild was also included with a detailed account of the event!

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That is a nice example, especially with the way he was killed. The role/reaction of the Polish airforce in the 'Weiß' campaign is so little known.

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Paulus_Gun: Very nice Wehrpass, especially for being your first one! Like Kevin said, the way he died makes it even more interesting! :)

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I only have one WP, so I can't share any early ones. Thanks for sharing these Wehrpässe. The Kriegsmarine WP is indeed not common but Paulus yours is also not that common! Being KIA by a Polish plane.

/Bart

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Gentlemen,

Nice early KIA ones you do show us here.

That KIA by a Polish aircraft for sure seems to be a rare one.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Hello all,

It doesn't get much earlier than this :D Here is a Wehrpass to Georg Wilhelm, a Panzer II crew member from 6./Pz.Rgt.35 (4.Panzer-Division) who was killed in action on 01.September 1939 -- the very first day of the war -- during the 4.Panzer-Division’s baptism of fire at Mokra (Wilhelm was killed at Mokra III.)

[wise=warning]I deleted you other 3 posts. You can post up to 5 images at once.

Signed by,

Bart V.[/wise]

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Rob, that is what I call a historical document! Amazing.

Well thanks very much :thumbsup: I am quite happy with it myself. I had been wanting a 1.September 1939 KIA ID for my collection since I started collecting and would have been happy with an example to a soldier from just about any unit. Never did I think I would find one to a Panzer crew member killed in one of the very first battles on the very first day of the second world war!

Here's a bit of info on the battle in which Georg was killed:

Pz.Rgt.35 - 14 tanks burnt out, ca. 25 - 30 more knocked out.; losses among tank crews: 15 KIA, 14 WIA

Pz.Rgt.36 - at least 10 tanks burnt out, over a dozen more knocked out; losses of tank crews: 7 KIA, 13 WIA

Stab Pz.Brig. - unknown tank losses; 1 officer wounded

Among the burnt out tanks were 11 Pz-Is and a bit more (14?) Pz-II. At least 1 Pz-IV from PR.35 was knocked out.

In total about 70 tanks were disabled; losses of tank crews: 22 KIA (2 officers), 28 WIA (at least 4 officers).

Officers killed: Hptm. Buz, Lt. Lohr (both KIA near Mokra III)

Officers wounded: Obstl. Stenglein, Oblt. Snahovich, Oblt. Ritzmann and at least one more.

Most losses of tank crews were sustained near Mokra III (15 KIA), the remaining near Mokra I and Mokra II.

On 01.09.1939 (at the beginning of the campaign) PR.35 had got 177 tanks operational

On 08.09.1939 (before the assault on Warsaw) PR.35 had got 120 tanks operational (losses 1 - 8 IX: 57+ tanks)

Also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mokra

Thanks again for your kind words and glad you enjoyed viewing the Wehrpass.

Best,

Rob

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Hi Rob,

Thanks for showing such an early Panzer KIA.

Together with your description "Here's a bit of info on the battle in which Georg was killed:" and the Wiki.link it clearly shows that the Polish army did fight brave and with courage and did its battles there very well.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Not the earliest of my KIA's, but I would like to show it anyway.

The Wehrpass of Johann Distel. KIA 06.06.1940 in Chemin des Dames (Frankreich)

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