- Soldbuch to Obergefreiter Max Lahrssen. First issue from August 1942. After his basic training, Lahrssen joined Reiter-Abteilung 285, a reconnaissance unit part of the 285. Sicherungs-Division occupying the Luga area in northern Russia. Here, he saw action against Russian partisans, fighting alongside Russian (Ukrainian) volunteers drafted into his division. Late 1943, his unit was sent to France and renamed into Ost-Radfahr-Abteilung 285, and later to Ukrainische Radfahr-Abteilung 285: the name now fully aknowledged the presence of Eastern volunteers in his unit. Lahrssen received a Belgian pistol after his arrival in France, and placed under command of the 25. Armeekorps.
- Following the Allied landing on D-Day, the XXV.AK remained in the Bretagne area, and eventually became encircled in the Festung Lorient. Here, Lahrssen was granted "Festungs-Stamm-Nummer 4356" entered on page 1 of the Soldbuch. On page 17, we can see some late, coded unit entries for Ferstung Lorient, with a last "III. Bataillon, W.-Regiment L. 4", with the "L." standing for Lorient, and the "W." possibly for Wach. Page 20 has a Frontzulage paid until 30th of April 1945, shortly before his surrender with the remainder of the Atlantic fortress at the end of the war. Page 21 shows his two decorations, both awarded in the Festung Lorient in October 1944: the Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern and, more importantly, the rare Verdienstauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker 2. Klasse in Silber.
- The Soldbuch is in a very good and complete condition, including the portrait photo.
Ostvölker Soldbuch, Festung Lorient
- Product Code: DI032