A Wehrpass Document Group with Armband
A Wehrpass Document Group with Armband - Karl Brunnacker Document Group: Wehrpass, 52 pages, slightly worn condition; Two Portraits from 1935 and 1938, One Official Discharge Form, Two Doctors Reports from 1945 and 1956, One Worker’s ID, One Comradeship of Grossgmain Armband. Footnote: Born December 26th, 1911in Neumarkt, Bavaria. He identified as catholic and worked as a barber. He was married on July 8th, 1937 to Fransiska Holztrattner in Bad Reichenall where they lived. They had a son, Siegfried born May. He attended a Volksschule, as well as a continuation school where he learned his trade. He had also acquired a driver’s license in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class. He was trained in espionage and the defense of state secrets. On May 24th 1935 he volunteered for service and was inspected at the military district command office in Traunstein. He was ruled fit and placed with the 3rd Recon. Company, 7th Squad. He was officially installed on the 29th of October, 1935 in Cologne, and was officially sworn in on the 7th of November of the same year. He was trained with the 98K Carbine and the 08 Pistol. He was also trained as an army driver, as well as a reserve pool officer. His first medal earned was the Anschluss Medal in 1938. His next post began August 25th, 1939 until 1941 as a driver. After that until 1943 he served as a staff Reinforcement Officer. He served in a similar role until the end of the war. His active service record is thoroughly and neatly filled out. The first entry is from September 1939 for the war against Poland. On October 1st 1939 he was promoted to Gefreiter. The second entry is for the drive to the Channel, beginning with a mass drive to Fumay, followed by an engagement at Laon, and a defensive battle at the Oise Aisne canal. That entry is stamped August 17th, 1940. The details of his time in France continue: drive to the Marne, onwards to the Seine. From the Seine onwards to the Loire, and from there on to the Cher. On January 1st, 1941 he was promoted to Obergefreiter. By April 4th, 1941 he was serving as part of the occupation forces in France. The second campaign he took part in was the invasion of the Balkans, starting with securing the border in April 1941. On the 6th of April his unit took part in smashing their way past the border and capturing the towns of Unterdrauburg in Slovenia, and continuing towards Sarajevo. Hos unit was then turned back through Slovakia to secure the territory of the General Government in June 1941. May 20th, 1941 he was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords. The next major campaign his unit was engaged in was the invasion of the East, beginning with border skirmishes in Galicia, Ukraine. The following months are documented in detail. Operations include: a June 1941 Panzer battle at Yavarov, June 1941 push for Kiev, encirclement and destruction of the enemy at Podwyssokojy in August, and a crossing of the Dnieper and pressing eastwards. In May 1942 his unit annihilated the enemy in battle at Barvenkovo. December 1st, 1942 Promoted to Unteroffizier, and September 6th, 1942 he was awarded the Eastern Front Medal. By the end of 1942 they were marching eastwards towards the Don, and to Kuban. March 1943 his unit was engaged in fighting for the Kuban Bridgehead. The next month he was on a train headed back for the Balkans to combat Partisans. In April of 1943 he was fighting Partisans in Serbia, and was then moved to Montenegro. The next year he was fighting in Greece. OnFebruary 6th, 1944 he was awarded the Front Line Drivers Badge and on July 15th, 1944 awarded Front Line Drivers Badge in Gold. By June of 1944 he was active in Croatia, where he was wounded. On Oct 28th, 1944 he was awarded Wound Badge in Black, and on October 29th, 1944 awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. His unit continued fighting in the Balkans between Greece and Croatia. The last entry notes a defensive battle on March 5th, 1945 between the river Drina and Lake Balaton. He was formally discharged from the army on October 17th, 1945 by the Allied Discharge Commission. A Spruchkammer in Berchtesgaden on November 21st, 1946 charged him 100 RM for having been a member of the General SS from February until May of 1935. There is a doctor’s report from November 3rd, 1945, signed in Traunstein reporting of a case of malaria which started May 1st, 1945, and was treated successfully until November of that year. Another doctor’s report from November 1956 describes a resurfacing of Malaria symptoms causing problems with his circulation. Karl Brunnacker died in Bad Reichenall in 2004.