- Soldbuch to Oberfeldwebel Friedrich Schutz. First issue from 1939, when he was a Panzerschütze in the 1. Kompanie of Panzer-Regiment 35, part of the 4. Panzer-Division. Schutz followed an interesting career in armoured units. In March 1940, he joined the 2. Kompanie of the newly formed Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V. 40. With this independant tank unit, he invaded Denmark in April 1940, and was then sent to join the invasion of Norway as well. The Pz.Abt.zbV.40 is famous for the use of a few "Neubaufahrzeug" heavy prototype tanks in the Norwegian campaign - mostly for propaganda purposes.
- Schutz stayed in Scandinavia for a while, serving with Transportkolonne 558 (Finnland), and was then sent to the Italian front with Panzer-Bergezug 5. Mid 1944, this Bergezug was incorporated as the 1. Zug of Panzer-Bergekompanie 9. These units used the SdKfz 9 and the Bergepanzer III; a modified version of the Panzer III, about 150 of these were built in 1944 to recover heavy tanks from the battlefield. Schutz was awarded the KVK II. Klasse mit Schwertern in September 1944, issued by the 14. Armee - at that time active at the Gothic Line.
- The Soldbuch is complete except for the leave pages 23-24. The portrait photo is fantastic, featuring the dark Panzer skulls on a tropical uniform, but notice the portrait has been replaced. Because of the correct tropical Panzer uniform for his Italian front deployment (a rare uniform to find in photos!), the correct Feldwebel rank for his deployment in 1944 and the matching physical description, we are convinced that the portrayed soldier must indeed be Friedrich Schutz.
- The Soldbuch comes with an A4 sized promotion document to Feldwebel, issued by Panzer-Bergezug 5 in Italy, November 1943.
Panzer Soldbuch, Norway 1940, Bergepanzer Italy
- Product Code: DQ039
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