Soldbuch grouping to Unteroffizier Ferdinand Lehrer. This Austrian laborer joined Infanterie-Regiment 135 of the 45. Infanterie-Division in 1940. Fighting with this unit on the Eastern Front (Brest-Litowsk, Kiew, Tula, Kursk, ...), he was hospitalised with frostbite in his big toe after the first Russian winter. He rejoined his unit now fighting in the Orel and Liwny sector, but was hospitalised again with frostbite after the second Russian winter in February 1943. Following shorter assignments to Feldausbildungs-Regiment 617 and Grenadier-Regiment 1070 of the 78. Sturm-Division, Lehrer ended up with Grenadier-Regiment 1083 of the newly formed 544. Volks-Grenadier-Division late 1944. Fighting in Poland (Tarnow, Bielitz, ...) against the unstoppable Russian advance, Lehrer was finally wounded a third time in the Ratibor / Mährisch Ostrau sector in March 1945. He survived his shrapnel wound and ended the war in hospital. He was awarded the Ostmedaille, KVKII mit Schwertern, and the black and silver grades of the Verwundetenabzeichen. The grouping consists of:

  • Soldbuch, first issue from October 1940. Very used condition with some loose pages, but still a 100% complete including the original applied portrait photo. We consider the late 1944 Feldwebel promotion and EKII entries as questionable. Both were signed off by the same officer and the ink looks period, but the promotion was not confirmed on page 18/19. Interesting entries include a P.38 pistol, winter equipment (Pelzmütze, Pelzhandschuhe, ...), etc.  
  • Award document for the Ostmedaille, October 1942.  
  • Award document for the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern, September 1944. With great Waffen-SS stamp of the Generalkommando of the XI. SS Armee-Korps, hand signed by a Brigadekommandeur. Notice Gren.Rgt.1070 of the 78. Sturm-Division was indeed fighting with the XI. SS Armeekorps at that time in Galicia.  
  • Lehrer's Austrian identity card from November 1948, in four languages representing the different occupation forces.  
  • Two permissions to cross the Austrian border, also from 1948.  

544.VGD Soldbuch grouping, Poland 1945

  • Product Code: DW014