A Wehrpass to the 12th Panzer Grenadier & SS-Totenkopf
A Wehrpass to the 12th Panzer Grenadier & SS-Totenkopf - Document Group of Walter Raban : Wehrpass, 54 pages, extremely fine condition; June 16th, 1944 Health Report; Case for the bestowal of a Panzer Badge; Doctor’s Report from a Field Hospital; “Wound Card” from a Field Hospital; Health Record; Muster Roll Excerpt. Raban was born January 20th, 1924 in Gollmitz, administrative region of Niederlausitz. He was unmarried at the time of issue of his Wehrpass in 1942. He was trained to work as a barber, his father Hermann was a stock keeper who died in 1945. He was conscripted and brought in for inspection at the Military District Command at Luebben on February 27th, 1942, and was deemed fit for combat. Before training and service with the army however, he first had to complete his service with the RAD. One stamped entry on the last page of the section pertaining to RAD service notes that from May 28th to December 9th of 1942 that he was engaged in manoeuvres against Soviet Russia, though in what capacity is unclear. His official Army installation was on January 15th, 1943 with the Headquarters Company of the 8th Reserve Motorised Reserve Battalion. He was trained with the 98K Rifle, and the type 34 Machine Gun. September 27th, 1943 he began service with the 12th Panzer Grenadier Regiment. All of his units were part of the 4th Panzer Division. His one promotion was on the 1st of November, 1943 to Gefreiter. He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on December 6th, 1943. The received the Wound Badge in Black on January 11th, 1944 for a wound suffered to his right leg, as described in his Lazaretto papers. For his service as a scout and detector, he was awarded the Panzer Badge in Bronze for three successful Panzer engagements in October and November of 1943 in Kopatschi and Korowatitschi, while serving with the 12th Panzer Grenadier Regiment. The last entry in his service record is for the 847th Territorial Defence Battalion on June 20th, 1944. The end date is unmarked. He was also in possession of a Health Summary, which seems to have been given to him after an examination for service in the SS-Totenkopf Sturmbann at the Weimar-Buchenwald Camp.