- Grouping to Major Friedrich Nippus, a WWI veteran who remained in service during WWII and ended the war as a Major. It consists of four military ID's: his Wehrpass, two (!) Soldbucher, and his Truppenausweis. Nippus finished WWI as a Leutnant and earned the EKII, EKI, Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber and the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer for the First World War.
- Called up again during the invasion of Poland in September 1939, he served as a Hauptmann and Kompanieführer with Infanterie-Regiment 345 of the 196. Infanterie-Division early 1940. For the invasion of Norway, he was awarded the EKII Spange. A fantastic entry on page 33 gives a hint to the reason of this award: he was on board of the Transportschiff Wigbert when it was torpedoed by the British uboat Triton on 10th of April 1940 in the Skagerrak. After his rescue, Nippus continued to fight on Norwegian soil.
- After his close encounter in Norway, Nippus mainly served with command units, most notably the Wermachtkommandatur Dünaburg in Latvia (1940-1943) and the Generalkommando of the VI. Armeekorps (1943-1945). Apart from the EK2 clasp he was also awarded the KVKII, KVKI and Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen during these years, ending the war as Major and adding to a total of 8 awards. Nippus survived the war and passed away in Düsseldorf 1965, aged 71.
- The Wehrpass is in a good and complete condition. His first Soldbuch was used from September 1939 to November 1940; pages are loose from the cover. The second "Zweitschrift" Soldbuch has minimal entries from 1940/41. Both are without portrait photos, as normal for early Soldbucher. Last is his Truppenausweis from 1943, which provides a very nice portrait photo. A copy of his death announcement is also provided.
Major Soldbuch & Wehrpass, Norway 1940 EK2
- Product Code: DM249