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H036476 WEHRPASS AND DOCUMENT GROUPING.((Wehrpaß Gruppe)
BACKGROUND: With the reintroduction of conscription in 1935, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), activated the Wehrersatzdienststelle, (Recruiting Offices), throughout Germany to process and administer the call up procedure. When individuals received their registration notice they were to report to the appropriate recruitment center where they would be issued a Wehrpass, until they were inducted into active duty. On induction to active military service the Wehrpass was exchanged at the recruitment office for the Soldbuch. The recruitment office would retain the Wehrpass and chronicle the individuals active service record in it. The Wehrpass was issued in three slightly different variants with minor modifications. Generally if the individual was killed in battle the Wehrpass would be forwarded to his next-of-kin as a memento of his service time.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A standard, 56 page Wehrpass for Baubearbeiter Carl Magnus. Magnus served in the 76th and 86thInfantry Regiments during WW1 and later as a civilian construction worker for the Luftwaffe. Included are four other award documents including documents for Magnus’ EK 2, Spange EK2, and his Hamburg Cross. See pictures for details.
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