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eMedals-A Wehrpaß & Health Book to POW Guard Gustav Seidel

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A Wehrpaß & Health Book to POW Guard Gustav Seidel


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A Wehrpaß & Health Book to POW Guard Gustav Seidel

Measuring 105x148mm, near extremely fine with light scuffing, minimal warping, and a small rip of the cover; and measuring 145x208mm, extremely fine with light scuffing and some warping of the cover. The Wehrpaß is dated to November 2, 1943.


Footnote: Gustav Johann Seidel was born on January 19, 1892 in Niederreuth (modern day Dolní Paseky, a district of the Czech city of Aš). Before his service in the military he worked as a sculptor. Seidel was no stranger to the military, having served in the Imperial Army for three years, winning the Iron Cross 2nd Class on June 1, 1918. He was discharged in the rank of Gefreiter (Lance Corporal). Seidel was mustered twice for service in the Wehrmacht, first on November 2, 1943, then on March 9, 1944. This illustrates the growing desperation of the army command, having to resort to enlist increasing numbers of younger and older men during the last years of the war. This level of desperation is emphasised by the fact that Seidel was deemed only partially fit for service due to heart disease. He was drafted on April 28, 1944 and placed in the Landesschützen Replacement Battalion 13 in Eger. After training he joined the 3rd Company of Landesschützen Battalion 847 on June 3, 1944. His unit was tasked with the guarding of POWs. Seidel was promoted to Obergefreiter (Corporal) on March 1, 1945.


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