A Wehrpass and Documents to the 353 Regiment; 1940 Accident
A Wehrpass and Documents to the 353 Regiment; 1940 Accident - 52 pages, in extremely fine condition. Transfer Document; Death Notice; Service Summary; Wehrpass Post Document; Peth was born April 10th, 1899 in the village of Nitzlin by Schlawe in Pomerania. He was unmarried and worked as a glazier. On February 24th, 1938 he was conscripted and brought in for inspection at the Military District Office at Bad Oldesloe, where we was ruled conditionally fit and placed with the militia. He was sworn in on May 13th, 1940 to an unnamed unit. He makes note of his service in the First War, where he served with the 353rd Infantry Regiment in 1917. During that time he was awarded an Iron Cross 2nd Class. In May of 1940 he was assigned to the 617th Wachbattalion. He was trained with the standard issue 98K Rifle, the LMG, as well as with the Field Mortar. On August 1st, 1940 he was promoted to Gefreiter. His unit was involved in combat in Flanders and Artois, as well as the Wehrmacht’s push to the Atlantic Coast. There is a small post from his Company Commander to his wife stating that his transfer had been approved. Strange considering his Wehrpass has him down as unmarried. One small letter from a troop doctor confirms that Wilhelm Peth died on November 29th, 1940 in an accident. One formal letter from the Army Office in Bad Oldesloe from June 30th, 1942 addressed to his wife Marta explains that he died in a car accident while serving with his unit.