- Soldbuch to Unteroffizier Karl Wilbert. First issue from January 1944, when the 52 year old Köln born WWI veteran from Saarbrücken was called up by the Wehrmacht to serve as a driver. He ended up with Grenadier-Regiment 1058, part of the 91. Infanterie-Division that was reconstructed in the Eifel area in the autumn of 1944 after its destruction in Normandy. Soon after, the 91.ID was integrated in the also newly erected 344. Infanterie-Division, and Wilbert joined that division's Grenadier-Regiment 855. The 344.ID was quickly deployed in the fighting in the Aachen sector, where Wilbert was quickly wounded by shrapnel in his leg, on 5th of December 1944.
- The 344.ID finished the war fighting in the Berlin sector, but Wilbert himself ended up with reserve units after recovery from his Aachen wound. He was promoted to Unteroffizier in March 1945 and taken POW by the Western Allies in Butzbach, Hessen, on March 29th, 1945. He was taken to France and spent several months in a POW camp in Cherbourg, Normandy.
- The Soldbuch is in a very good and complete condition. It comes with Wilbert's Wehrmacht-Führerschein. Some nice entries include a Walther Modell 9 (6.35 mm) pistol, a P.38 pistol, the detailed entries concerning his POW locations on page 21, and his three awards: the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, and the Treudienst-Ehrenzeichen in Silber.
344.ID Soldbuch, Aachen 1944 WIA
- Product Code: DR052
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