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: The military pass of Otto Atzinger. Atzinger entered military service in November 1941 and went to basic paratrooper training in the 2. Battalion of Paratrooper Replacement Regiment 1 (II./Fallsch.-Jg.-Erg.-Rgt. 1) He was then sent to the Sturm Regiment (also known as Sturm Regiment Koch) fighting on the Russian Front in the winter of 1942 from January to April 1942. He was then sent to parachute jump school (Fallschirmschule 1) for one month from 9 April to 9 May 1942. His completed paratrooper training is entered on page 21. After completing jump school, he was assigned to the 5. Kompanie of Fallschirmjäger Regiment 5 in North Africa in May 1942, which was part of the famous Brigade Ramcke. Parts of the regiment escaped North Africa in 1943 and fought on Sicily. He was apparently captured in North Africa or Sicily, because no man by this name is listed in the German War Graves database. Standard photo and personal data. A good Wehrpass to a paratrooper who fought in Russia and North Africa.

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