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1944 Medical Papers & Documents Wehrmacht Signals Battalion

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1944 Medical Papers & Documents Wehrmacht Signals Battalion

A health book, measuring 143x206mm, very fine condition with some fraying at the spine. It contains three cards with chest x-rays. A collection of medical certificates, which includes:

 

A letter of referral, measuring 149x135mm, very fine condition with some creasing and discolouration. It is dated to Stade near Hamburg on June 4, 1943. Gehlken is referred by a military doctor to an eye doctor to check his eye-sight.

 

A medical assessment and a transcript of it, both measuring 210x297mm, extremely fine condition with light scuffing and folding creases, and the original assessment with four punched holes.

The assessment is dated to Stade on December 10, 1943 and states that the student Kurt Gehlken is exempt from school sports for a year due to heart troubles and asthma.

The transcript is dated to Hollenbeck near Stade on February 4, 1944 and is signed by the mayor of the town, his name is Eicken.

 

A letter written by a guardian, measuring 210x295mm, extremely fine condition with folding creases. It is dated to Hollenbeck on February 2, 1944. The guardian is probably a teacher of Gehlken, the name is Johannes Klintersdorf or similar. It is intended for the doctor doing the drafting medical exam of Gehlken. The teacher writes that he knows it is unusual to send a letter like this, but feels it is the right thing to do. He says that Gehlken has never been healthy during his life, that he has battled asthma and bronchitis since a very young age, and has been in life-threatening situations because of it more than once. He asks that the doctor may consider this when examining Gehlken.

 

A letter, measuring 210x148mm, extremely fine condition with folding crease. It is unknown who it is from or who the recipient is. It states that Gehlken has to be examined by a specialist, and until then no decision can be made.

 

A drafting specialist’s examination certificate, measuring 214x307mm, fine condition with several tears and repairs, with folding creases. It is from the Reserve Military Hospital V in Hamburg and dated to February 3, 1944. The specialist examination of Gehlken took place on February 7, 1944. The findings include that he has suffered from bronchitis for most of his life, and from asthma for the last two years. He is deemed only partly fit for service as a replacement, but drafting should be put off for a year at this point.

 

A certificate from the public health department, measuring 205x148mm, near extremely fine condition with folding crease and discolouration. It is dated to July 5, 1944. The public medical officer, a doctor Klages, states that Gehlken has a weak heart muscle, is malnourished, and suffers from asthma. He deems him unfit for service for at least half a year, probably longer.

There are also two notarially witnessed transcript of this certificate, measuring 209x295mm, near extremely fine condition with folding creases. The are dated to July 11, 1944.

 

A certificate from a doctor Kaufmann, measuring 104x150mm, extremely fine condition with discolouration. It states that Gehlken has been his patient for years, and that he is suffering from a weak heart and bronchitis. It is dated to July 31, 1944.

 

A transcript of Dr. Kaufmann’s certificate, signed by mayor Eicken, measuring 148x210mm, very fine condition with multiple folding creases.

It is taped to another drafting specialist’s examination, measuring 214x307mm, very fine condition with folding creases and minor tears. It is dated to August 3, 1944 and mostly confirms the previous findings, yet states that there is no heart damage. Gehlken is deemed partly fit for service, but should not be drafted for a year to give time for his low weight to increase.

 

Another request for a specialist’s examination, 4 pages, measuring 210x303mm, near extremely fine condition with folding creases. It is dated to April 7, 1945, but the rest is indecipherable.



Footnote: Kurt Gehlken was born on August 19, 1927. His case is a good example of the difficulties in trying to not get drafted at a young age during the end of the war, even when suffering from serious health conditions. Despite his bronchitis, asthma, and heart problems, described as having trouble breathing after just light exercise, being prone to fainting in a room with too many people, and being of above average height at 190 cms (6 feet 2 inches), but weighing only about 65 kg (143 lbs), he was still deemed partly fit for service. Gehlken was drafted on September 13, 1944 and assigned to the Infantry Signals Replacement and Training Company 269 (Inf. Nachr. Ers. u. Aus. Kp.). Shortly after, he was placed in the Grenadier Replacement Battalion 65 (Gren. Ers. Btl.), then the 2nd Company of the Homeland Security Training Battalion 10 (2./Lds. Aus. Btl.) on October 4, 1944. In late 1944, he contracted a bladder infection, and was discharged on December 8, 1944, after just three months of service.

 

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