• Soldbuch to Stabsfeldwebel Karl Köhler. First issue from August 1939. By the start of the war, Köhler was an active serving Oberfeldwebel with Infanterie-Regiment 471, part of the 251. Infanterie-Division. This division was heavily engaged in the battle for Lille (northern France), but is best known for the taking of several forts of the "Position Fortifiée de Liège" (Festung Lüttich) in Belgium, May 1940 - these included the forts of Boncelles, Embourg and Chaudfontaine, all south of the city of Liège.  
  • Köhler was awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern after the French campaign, and went on to serve with Infanterie-Regiment 427 of the 129. Infanterie-Division on the Eastern Front. Here, he was awarded the EKII and the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, after a bullet wound sustained in January 1942.  
  • Following this wound, Köhler's career on the Eastern Front came to an end. He now served with reserve units, including Reserve-Grenadier-Bataillon 163 of the 189. Reserve-Division in southern France. Following the invasion, Köhler was sent to the Armee-Waffenschule of the A.O.K.19. As part of the 19th Armee, this unit ended up fighting on the Western Front in 1944-'45. He saw action in the Vosges and Alsace in France, also participating in the "Unternehmen Nordwind", the last (failed) German offensive attempt on the Western front.  
  • The Soldbuch has a few loose pages but is a 100% complete and in very good condition. The portrait photo shows his double KVKII / EKII ribbon in wear.  

Soldbuch 251.ID Belgium 1940, France 1944

  • Product Code: DS004