Soldbuch and award document grouping to Unteroffizier Karl Roelofs. This soldier from Gelsenkirchen was called up in 1942 to serve on the Eastern Front, where he earned the EK2, Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz and the Ostmedaille with Grenadier-Regiment 537 of the 387.ID, After some time with Landesschützen units recovering from his November 1943 wound, he was thrown back in battle with Grenadier-Regiment 212 of the reformed 79. Volksgrenadier-Division late 1944. His unit saw intense action in the Ardennes offensive, on a Sauer bridgehead in the area of Bourscheid, in Luxemburg territory east of Bastogne. Here, he was wounded by shrapnel mid January 1945, and evacuated to Feldlazarett (mot.) 666, a hospital connected to the neighbouring 212.VGD. By the end of the war he was still in hospital, in Braunschweig. The grouping consists of:
- Soldbuch, first issue from February 1942, complete, packed with entries and a nice portrait photo showing his EK2 and BWB.
- EK2 Award document, August 1943, hand signed by Generalmajor Eberhard von Schuckmann as commander of the 387.ID, DKiG and Ehrenblattspange. Folded, not punched.
- Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz document, November 1943, by Reservelazarett XIVa in Wien, interesting variation with uncommon font. Folded, not punched.
- Schiessbuch from 1944 and two extra Schiessliste documents regarding target practice.
- DAF Mitgliedsbuch, 1936, with many stamps from 1936 to 1944.
- Kennkarte, May 1945, issued a few weeks after the war but still using the (censored) wartime version of the Kennkarte.
Ardennes WIA Soldbuch grouping 79.VGD
- Product Code: DV082