Large Soldbuch, document and photo grouping to Rittmeister Dr. Walter Petersen from Güstrow. In the 1930's, Petersen combined a military career with university studies, leading to a doctoral degree in law and a military rank of Feldwebel with the Kraftfahr-Abteilung Schwerin. He was further trained in motorised reconnaissance and got his Soldbuch opened in October 1939 by the Panzertruppenschule Wünsdorf. Promoted to his long expected officer rank of Leutnant in April 1940, he saw his first action in France with Panzerjäger-Abteilung 175 of the 75. Infanterie-Division. By mid 1942, he was promoted to Oberleutnant and earned the EKII with Radfahr-Abteilung 175 of the same 75.ID on the southern sector of the Eastern Front. On 22nd of December 1942, he stepped on a land mine in the Woronesch sector; a complex fracture of his left leg would mean the end of his front line career. Petersen was awarded the EKI and the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber for this wound, received a last promotion to Rittmeister (the cavalry equivalent of Hauptmann) and would spend 2.5 more years in hospitals and reserve units.
This extensive grouping consists of:
- Soldbuch, first issue from October 1939 in very good and complete condition, including a portrait photo. Includes some extra papers like a Fleckfieber-Merkblatt and a confirmation of an officer course followed with the Panzertruppenschule Wünsdorf.
- EK2 Award document, July 1942, hand signed by Generalleutnant Ernst Hammer as commander of the 75.ID, Knight's Cross winner.
- EK1 Award document, December 1942, hand signed by Friedrich Trompeter as temporary commander of the 323.ID, Knight's Cross winner, DKiG. Notice the interesting mentioning of "Ski.Btl.75". A Ski-Bataillon 75 nevery formally existed, but apparently Petersen was added to a temporary unit and placed under command of the 323.ID - this division did have a Ski-Bataillon 323 and fought alongside the 75.ID on the Woronesch front. The EKI was already awarded the day after his wound.
- Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber award document, December 1942.
- Medical examination document, May 1945, with more details on his wound.
- Ausweis assigning him to the Versehrtenstufe II, February 1944.
- Promotion documents to Leutnant, April 1940, and to Oberleutnant, April 1942, by the Wehrbezirkskommando Rostock.
- Confirmation document for his promotion to Rittmeister, September 1944.
- POW Discharge document, August 1945.
- Führungszeugnis for his service with Kraftfahr-Abteilung Schwerin, hand signed by Hauptmann Ewald Hohmann, later DKiG as Oberstleutnant with Pz.Rgt.4.
- Various other documents and newspaper clippings including special course followed in Schwerin 1935.
- Photo album featuring his service with RAD-Abteilung 3/62 (Bad Sulze), very nicely made with 27 photos and many more pages of text.
- Photo album featuring his prewar military service, with a total of 96 photos plus newspaper clippings, including tank training in Ohrdruf, and many nice ones of his participation in the Nürnberg party rallies (Reichsparteitage). Notice only a small part of both photo albums is shown below!
- Single photo album page with 12 photos taken in hospital in 1943.
75.ID Officer grouping, EK1
- Product Code: DY004
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