• Soldbuch to Wachtmeister Heinrich Schmidt. First issue from AUgust 1939. Originally trained in Beobachter units, Schmidt served with the staff of the LVI. Armeekorps (later LVI. Panzerkorps) for several years on the Eastern Front. Early 1944, he transferred to the 4. Batterie of Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 74, part of the 2. Panzer-Division. He was part of the division's new arrivals during its refitting time in northern France, after suffering heavy losses on the Eastern Front in 1943. By June 1944, the 2.PD was still in France, and was heavily engaged following the D-Day landings. It fought south and west of Caen, participated in the counterattack at Mortain, then retreated and fought in the Falaise pocket. Here, Schmidt was wounded on 17th of August 1944 by several shrapnel pieces. He was evacuated in time to the Heimat, recovered by late December 1944 but did not see a front unit again. He was awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz but also the EKII following his Normandy wound; these were added to his earlier Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen, KVKII and Ostmedaille.  
  • The Soldbuch has the front cover removed; the portrait photo was however inserted on the first page. The portrait is unquestionable; it has been stamped by his Batterie's (4./P.A.R.74) Feldpost stamp, the rank and ribbon bar are also matching. Also notice the entry "geändert", just below the photo and with the same Feldpost stamp: as no other changes are apparent on this page, it must be a confirmation of the removal of the cover and repositioning of the portrait in January 1944!  
  • Apart from the cover, it is complete with all pages. A great entry is the MP40 on page 8c he was carrying in Normandy - it was striped out on the day of his wound. Other entries include the Führergeschenk, two entries for a Mauser pistol, and a Taschenlampe. Also interesting to note is that the Soldbuch has been published in Heimdal's book on the 2. Panzer-Division in Normandy.  

Normandy WIA Soldbuch 2.Pz.Div.

  • Product Code: DX012

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