H023179 PROTECTIVE WEHRPASS COVER. (Schützend Bezug für Wehrpaß)

BACKGROUND: With the reintroduction of conscription in 1935, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), activated the Wehrersatzdienststelle, (Military 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, (Military Pass), until they were inducted into active duty. Starting in the autumn of 1939, when an individual was inducted into active military service the Wehrpass was exchanged at the recruitment office for the Soldbuch, (Pay Book), which remained in the recipients possession as his official military identification document. 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 with the first pattern being circa 1934-1938, the second pattern circa 1938-1945 and the third pattern circa 1942-1945. 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. Personnel issued a Wehrpass had the option of purchasing a protective cover if they so desired.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 15cm tall, 11cm wide, mid-weight, cardstock construction, protective sleeve cover with glued, vertical side seams and black printed Gothic script to center of the obverse, "Wehrpaß". The obverse also has a small, horizontally rectangular, black bordered box to the top left corner and a larger horizontally rectangular, black bordered box to the center, near the bottom edge. The smaller box was intended to write in the first three initials of the owner’s name while the larger box was intended to write in the branch of service. The top edge of the cover is opened and has a semi-circular cut-out to ease access to the Wehrpass.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $39.00

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