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eMedals-Germany, Luftwaffe. A Wehrpaß to Karl Wimmer (Honour Badge in Silver, Einsatzstaffel der D.M. in Croatia)

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Germany, Luftwaffe. A Wehrpaß to Karl Wimmer (Honour Badge in Silver, Einsatzstaffel der D.M. in Croatia)

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Germany, Luftwaffe. A Wehrpaß to Karl Wimmer (Honour Badge in Silver, Einsatzstaffel der D.M. in Croatia)

The Wehrpaß is dated to Vienna on April 4, 1940. It measures 105x147mm, very fine condition with some scuffing and creasing of the cover.

 

Footnote 1: Karl Leo Heinrich Wimmer was born on May 2, 1904 in Vienna. He joined the Luftwaffe Bau-Ersatz-Bataillon (Construction Replacement Battalion) XVII on April 7, 1941. Between then and late 1944, Wimmer’s areas of deployment went back and forth between the homefront and Croatia. On April 20, 1942 he was promoted to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal), and on April 1, 1943 to supernumerous Unteroffizier (NCO). Wimmer was awarded the rare Honour Badge in Silver by the Einsatzstaffel der Deutschen Mannschaft (Action Squadron of the German Crew) in Esseg (Osijek, eastern Croatia) on March 17, 1943, indicating that he was a founding member and/or served with the unit for 18 consecutive months. On December 1, 1943 his NCO position was confirmed. Wimmer was redeployed to serve in the 1st Company of Luftwaffe Construction Battalion 31/III on October 6, 1944. No further information is given for the remainder of the war, except that between November 6 and November 19, he took part in a seminar for close combat against tanks with the Grenadier Replacement Regiment “Großdeutschland”. Wimmer died on August 17, 1945, which is stated on the cover of the Wehrpaß in French (décédé 17-8-45), indicating that presumably Wimmer died in captivity.

Footnote 2: The Einsatzstaffel der Deutschen Mannschaft (ES d. DM) was founded on July 21, 1941 as a paramilitary organisation for ethnic Germans (Volksdeutsche) in Yugoslavia. Officially, it was subordinate to the military of Ante Pavelić’s Independent State of Croatia, in practice, however, it was controlled by the German Army, with the SS gaining more and more influence during 1942 and 1943. This was shown by the fact that in the beginning the men wore uniforms in the style of the Croatian militias, but since early 1942 they were in the style of SS uniforms, with two Wolfsangeln on the right collar tab. Eventually, the men of the ES were redeployed or voluntarily joined the Croatian police or the SS, and the squadron was disbanded in April of 1943. The Honour Badge in Bronze was awarded to members who served with the unit for six consecutive months, whereas the one in Silver was received for being co-founders, having served for 18 consecutive months, or being wounded during the war. The Honour Badge could also be awarded to men who were instrumental in establishing, training, and supplying the ES, or in helping to safeguard German settlements in Croatia.

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