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L005876 WEHRPASS AND DOCUMENT GROUPING. (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 individual’s 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. Of Interest: The Reich conscription laws of 1935 dictated that each of the three branches of service would be allocated a percentage of the available recruits according to their manpower requirements with the army being allotted the lions share of roughly 66% of eligible personnel followed by the Luftwaffe who were accorded roughly 25% with the Kriegsmarine receiving the remaining 9% of personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Standard, 52 page Wehrpass with multiple entries for Leutnant Heinz Redde, who was a member of the Luftwaffe Kampfgeschwader 53 ‘Legion Condor’. Born on Nov.2nd, 1922, he was killed in action March 17th, 1944. Redde was the pilot of a Heinkel 111 H-22 that went down in the North Sea after launching two V-1 rockets in the direction of England. Redde was awarded the EK2 (3 August 1944), a Flying Clasp in Bronze (July 12th, 1944) and a Pilot’s Badge. The grouping also contains Redde’s will, a letter from a pilot that witnessed the loss of Heinz Redde as well as another "Legion Condor’ document. See pictures for details.

GRADE ****                                                             PRICE $500.00

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