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 SS basically followed the same system but had instituted their own Ergänzungsstelle der Waffen-SS, (Replacement Centers of the Waffen-SS), under control SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob-Christian Berger of the SS-Hauptamt, (SS-Main Office), and in theory, could only recruit personnel on a voluntary basis. In January 1945 the Ergänzungsstelle der Waffen-SS was combined with the army’s Wehrersatzdienststelle and was renamed Ergänzungsstellen des Heeres und der Waffen-SS, (Replacement Centers of the Army and the Waffen-SS).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 10.5cm x 15cm, 40 page,regulation wartime SS Soldbuch for Polizei Zügwachmeister, "Wilhelm Beckmann". The SS insignia on the front cover has been colored over. Note: The Solbuch comes with a card detailing Beckmann’s background; "Police Zugwachmeister Wilhelm Beckmann, 20.9.44 (after the attempt on Hitler, all home guard and police were placed under the SS, hence a policeman w/an SS Soldbuch) Awards: WSC II w/swords, blk wound badge, 22.1.45. Strange note: Beckmann was born in ‘Pittsfield U.S.A’. A rare and interesting piece of late third Reich history."

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