• Wehrpass to Hauptfeldwebel ("Spiess") Ernst Spanier, who served as a Panzeraufklärer with the 6. Panzer-Division. This Gelsenkirchen born man joined the Wehrmacht in April 1934 and would serve over eleven years, until the very last day of the war. He started out with Aufklärungs-Abteilung 6 (mot.), from its very first days with the 1. leichte Division until the creation of the 6. Panzer-Division and its renaming into Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 57. By the start of the Western campaign he was already the "Kompaniemutter" (Spiess) of his unit. Fighting in Belgium, France and four long years on the Eastern Front, Spanier earned no less than nine awards: DRL Sportabzeichen, Dienstauszeichnung IV. Klasse, Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen, KVKII, Ostmedaille, Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, EKII, PAB in Bronze, and the KVK1.  
  • After a first wound by shrapnel through his right shoulder in 1943, Spanier was wounded again on the very last day before the German surrender, on 7th of May 1945. He was hit during a bombing in his hip and stomach during the "Endkampf" on the Austrian-Czech border. He was taken to hospital in Mährisch Budwitz (now Moravske Budejovice, CZ), and died the same day. After serving in the Wehrmacht for over 4.000 days, it was his cruel fate to die on the day before the war ended. Ernst Spanier now rests in the German war cemetery of Cheb, Czech Republic.   
  • This first issue Wehrpass is in a complete and very good condition. Lengthy battle lists kept up to date from 1939 until May 1945. Great portrait in uniform - a rarity in early Wehrpasses!  

6.Pz.Div. Panzeraufklärer Wehrpass, KIA May 1945, 9 awards

  • Product Code: DN053

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