The Soldbuch & Army Dagger of Victor Heger; Panzer Recon.
The Soldbuch & Army Dagger of Victor Heger; Panzer Recon. - Soldbuch containing 15 pages (30 back & front) with extensive entries. Fine. Footnote: Born August 2nd 1912 in Bielitz-Biala in Silesia to a catholic family. Before the war he worked as an interpreter and driving instructor. He measured in at 184 centimetres, thin build with a narrow face, and with brown hair and blue eyes. Seeing as this is a replacement Soldbuch for the one that was destroyed in combat, his wounds suffered are listed under distinguishing features. These include marks on his cheek and both legs. All entries were confirmed and stamped on the 1st of September 1942. His wife was Marianne, nee Kaufmann, who lived in Vienna’s second district on Hofenedergasse 3/9. His mother was Ludmilla Heger, nee Schneider, who lived in Belgrade, Serbia on Budimska Street 24. His next of kin listed is of unspecified relation, Trude Karbauer, unmarried and living in Lins, Austria. He was promoted on the first of March 1943 in Panzer Recon. Company 287 to the equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer (Oberschirrmeister.) he was promoted again on the same day of the following year to Major of Panzer Hunter Div. 559. He was issued all standard equipment for an officer of the Panzer corps, but there is a special note that he had in his possession a 1940 Skoda 7.65 pistol which was his own property. He received all regular vaccinations and started the war with perfect vision. An insert attached to the page relating to hospital visits, dated February 7th 1944, confirms previous wounds suffered. These include a wound from a grenade to his head which led to a silver plate being inserted in the crown of his skull in September 1939. June of 1940 he suffered a shrapnel wound to his right leg. January 15th, 1941 he was wounded in his left leg. September 7th, 1942 he suffered a triple compound skull fracture and a wound from fragments to the right temple. In 1943 he had a number of his lower teeth replaced. The section relating to his pay is thoroughly filled out for the years of 1941 to 1945. During those years he used his off duty time to visit his wife in Vienna and his mother in Belgrade on multiple occasions. He was the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including: an Iron Cross II. Class on the 20th of January 1943, an Iron Cross I. Class on the 2nd of March 1944, Wound Badges in gold and silver, a Tank Badge, a Campaign Medal for Crimea, and Long Service Medals. Dagger measures 398 mm, with the scabbard on, featuring a 260 mm nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, and having a very sharp tip. The blade's reverse ricasso is maker marked SMF Solingen (Stocker & Co.) with the company's stylized king holding an upward pointing sword insignia. It retains its crossgraining, with faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, and a natural shine, rating near extremely fine. The thick black leather washer at the crossguard junction is intact. Crossguard with a finely-detailed Army eagle, a wreathed swastika clenched in its talons, oak leaf design on the ferrule and pommel, light contact marks on the pommel's end. Pumpkin-coloured celluloid grip features a series of ten parallel ridges, the grip free of chipping, measuring 375 mm in length. Attached is a large period aluminum wire portapee tied to the handle in the appropriate fashion, with slight fraying in the cord. The scabbard is nicely pebbled, magnetic, the bands exhibiting the traditional oak leaves design, each with rings, dual screws holding the throat in place, free of dents, measuring 282 mm in length. Accompanied by dagger hangers with silver bullion uppers and olive green corduroy backers, the clips are unmarked, the hangers free of interruptions in the fabrics. Near extremely fine.