- Soldbuch to Unteroffizier Adolf Schneider. First issue from February 1940. Schneider first served with Infanterie-Regiment 621, part of the newly erected 554. Infanterie-Division, a reserve division which came into action during the French campaign in northeast France (Haut-Rhin, Alsace), and was quickly disbanded thereafter. Schneider made it back to the front with Infanterie-Regiment 109, part of the 35. Infanterie-Division. This division saw action on the central sector of the Eastern Front, including operations near Smolensk and Wjasma, pushing towards Moscow. The advance quickly halted in the Russian snow, and Schneider was evacuated with frosbite and a shrapnel wound. It was already his second wound, after a gun shot through his back in August 1941, for which he was treated four weeks in Orscha. Schneider earned the Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen, the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen, the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz and the Ostmedaille during these first years of service.
- It took him a long time to recover from his last wound, but in 1944 Schneider was found fit again for front service. He was sent to Grenadier-Regiment 1043, part of the 232. Infanterie-Division newly created in Wildflecken, June 1944. The division was sent immediately to the Italian front and arrived in Genova in August 1944. Here, Schneider was promoted to Unteroffizier. First part of the Armeekorps Lombardia, the 232.ID fought with the LI. Gebirgskorps in the Apenines mountains from November 1944. Schneider must have been wounded here because he received the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber on December 2nd, 1944 (award entered on page 14). Later that month he was also treated for tonsillitis in Feldlazarett (mot.) 677 in Reggio Emilia. Schneider returned to the front with sister regiment Gren.Rgt.1045 and was deployed as a sniper, as can be seen from the great sniper and binoculars entries on page 8a: "Gewehr 98K mit Zielfernrohr"! The 232.ID finished the war on the Po river and entered Allied captivity between Brescia and Milano.
- The Soldbuch is in a used but good condition, complete with all pages. Very nice portrait photo in Stabsgefreiter uniform showing the IAB, BWB and Ostmedaille in wear. In the back, notice the shooting exercise sheet with excellent results - undoubtly taken into account regarding his sniper assignment. Rare Soldbuch to a real "Scharfschütze" deployed in Italy!
232.ID Italy sniper Soldbuch
- Product Code: DS021