- Soldbuch to Feldwebel Heinrich "Heinz" Tobisch. First issue from August 1939. Tobisch started off with Infanterie-Regiment 9 of the 23. Infanterie-Division, fighting in the Polish campaign of September 1939. The invasion of Luxemburg, Belgium (Ardennes) and France followed in May 1940, and here he would earn his first combat award: the EKII. On the Eastern Front, the Berlin based waiter would evolve into a real combat NCO: he added the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber, the Ostmedaille and the EKI to his list of awards.
- Following the invasion in France, Tobisch moved to the Western front to fight with Grenadier-Regiment 89 of the newly formed 12. Volks-Grenadier-Division. His regiment fought in the northern sector of the Hürtgenwald area, between Schevenhütte and Düren, suffering high casualties in autumn 1944 during the battle for Aachen. As a veteran Unteroffizier, Tobisch caried an MP40 in this battle, as can be seen on Soldbuch page 8c. Shortly before moving to the 12.VGD's starting positions for the Ardennes offensive, he was hit by shrapnel in his hand late November 1944. At that time, the division was in serious trouble with American forces breaking through its Westwall positions in the Stolberg / Eschweiler area. Tobisch earned the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber for this wound; his sixth and final award. He probably did not see the front again.
- The Soldbuch is in a used condition, with loose pages but still a 100% complete. Notice the last promotion to Ober-Feldwebel was done in ballpoint pen; this was often done by veterans in the hope of higher pensions so should not be considered a 'fake'. The nice portrait photo shows his EK2 and Ostmedaille in wear. The Soldbuch comes with two POW discharge documents and his military callup postcard from January 1939.
EKI Soldbuch - 12.VGD Aachen WIA
- Product Code: DX014