Wehrpass and award document grouping to Obergefreiter Hermann Kummer. The 30 year old truck driver was called up during the general mobilisation of August 1939 by the leichte Pionier-Kolonne 254 of the 254. Infanterie-Division. He continued his civilian profession in the military, and saw action with the 254.ID on the Westwall, during the invasion of Holland, Belgium and France in 1940, then the Baltic states and Northern Russia from 1941. His impressive battle list spreads out over four pages and includes places like Narwa, Leningrad and Demjansk - all with the pioneers of the 254.ID. Early 1944 the division was moved to the southern sector of the Eastern Front, saw action in the Hube-Kessel, then retreated through the Carpathian Mountains. On 28th of August 1944, Kummer was killed in action in Galicia. During his exactly five years of service, he had been awarded the EK2, the Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze, the Ostmedaille and the KVK2 mit Schwertern. Noteworthy is the EKII awarded in 1940: as the 254.ID only saw action in a limited amount of places, this bravery award must have been earned either in Holland during the first days of the invasion, or during the fighting in West Flanders in Belgium later in May 1940.
The grouping consists of:
- Wehrpass, first issue from August 1939 in excellent and complete condition.
- Ostmedaille award document, July 1942.
- Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern award document, January 1944, hand signed by Generalmajor Alfred Thielmann as divisional commander of the 254.ID, holder of the DKiG AND the DKiS.
- Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze award document, May 1943.
- A second Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze award document, May 1943, issued by his same unit but by another replacing battallion commander two days later.
- Letter by the Wehrmeldeamt Lübbecke sent to his widow, accompanying the Wehrpass.
- Grave photo, 6x9 cm Ridax private photo.
254.ID KIA Wehrpass & citation grouping
- Product Code: DX003