A Wehrpass to A 4 Times Wounded Lapland Shield Recipient
Karl Schmidt Wehrpass: 52 pages, slightly frayed along the spine but generally fine. Recipient of the Lapland Shield, 4 time wounded. Schmidt was an Official of the Wehrmacht. He was born on the 22nd of January, 1899 in the city of Wiesbaden. He was married to Anna and worked as a banker. He was conscripted on April 23rd, 1937 and went in for inspection at the Wiesbaden Military District Command Office. He was ruled conditionally fit and placed in the Militia pool. On August 28th, 1939 he was called up for active service, and was assigned to the Army Supply Depot Administration Office 603. September 1939 until February 1942 he was with Supply Depot Administration 560. During that time he was made an Unteroffizier. Their first mission was to march through Luxembourg and the Ardennes. From there they marched through Champagne and to the Rhein-Marne Canal at the Swiss border. In June they were carrying out attacks in the western Alps. In 1941 his unit was turned around to engage in the Eastern Front. Until the end of 1942 he was part of the HQ Company of Infantry Battalion 484. In that time he was awarded the Eastern Front Medal. He spent January of 1943 working for Field Hospital Administration. February and March he was in a Reinforcement Company, before being reassigned to a Supply Depot Office 181. From February to December he was with the 18th Motorized Battalion. In December 1943 his unit was engaged in Finland. From December 1944 until May 1945 he was with the 818thReinforcement Battalion. Their last noted engagement was in Norway. There are entries for four wounds suffered in 1942. The very latest entry is for a Lapland Shield from July 12th, 1945. One insert from the same day is stamped by a commanding officer confirming his identity.