Papers Please! A WWII German Army (Heer) Soldier’s WEHRPASS. (Wehrpaß) Certified
Paper Please! A WWII German Army (Heer) Soldier’s WEHRPASS. (Wehrpaß) Certified. 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. Fifty-four page, first pattern, (circa 1934-38), Wehrpass with a light grey card stock cover with a loosely woven linen reinforcement thread underlay. The front cover features a printed Army style eagle with down swept wings and Gothic script, “Wehrpaß”. With photo of owner. Not all pages with entries are photographed (just the ones with entries). The Soldier most likely survived the war and was captured due to the de-Nazifiaction of the swastika on the cover. An outstanding lot! with lots of details and the personal information of the bearer. These are excellent for teachers and researchers. During de-Nazification much of this type of material like so many WWII documents was destroyed. in good used condition. Some use spots on a few pages, and split at seam otherwise good! Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. An outstanding Third Reich document DO Not Miss This!