• Wehrpass to SS Schütze Karl Schallmeiner. First issue from June 1943. Shortly after his 17th birthday, Schallmeiner received a short training as SS-Panzergrenadier in Ede, Holland, and was then sent to his active unit, the SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38 of the 17. SS Panzergrenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen" (GvB) in occupied France. The GvB was one of the first SS units to enter combat on the invasion front. They were ordered to Normandy from the Tours area on 7th of June, and fought their first battles against American paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd US Airborne division in the famous battle of Carentan. Schallmeiner survived these first critical days of action, but was wounded on 8th of July 1944 by shrapnel in the hand, during the battle for Saint-Lô. 
  • Schallmeiner escaped from Normandy and through a few reserve units, he was sent to the front again with the SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment 86 "Schill" of the 32. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division „30. Januar“. This division was sent to fight the Russians mid February 1945, participated in the battle of Seelow Heights, They got trapped in the Halbe pocket, but broke out and surrendered to the Americans in May 1945.  
  • The Wehrpass is part of the famous Halbe hoard find, a box of Wehrpasses dug up in the Halbe Kessel in the 1990's, containing dozens of Wehrpasses al of the 30. Januar division. With the Normandy connection, this Wehrpass must have been one of the most interesting. The condition of the Wehrpass reflects its years under the ground (water damage, cover loose), but is still acceptable and 100% complete. Also included is Schallmeiner's SS-Stammkarte, giving more details on his service. Notice the entries for the Normandy fighting starting on 10th of June, and his deployment as heavy machine gunner.  

SS Wehrpas GvB, Normandy WIA, Halbe pocket

  • Product Code: DQ050

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