Sad Wehrpass grouping to Obergefreiter Friedrich Jakob, who started the war with Vermessungs-Abteilung 620 (mot) on the Western Front in 1939-'40. After a 2.5 year long return to civilian life - he must have been employed in the war industry - Jakob returned to the Wehrmacht, first with Artillerie-Regiment 266 of the 266.ID in occupied Bretagne, France, but then sent to the Eastern front in October 1943 with Infanterie-Regiment 456 of the 256.ID. Here he was killed on 30th of November 1943 in the area of Witebsk, Belarus.  

The grouping consists of:

  • Wehrpass, first issue from March 1939, in excellent and complete condition.  
  • Letter from Wehrmeldeamt Stuttgart acccompanying the Wehrpass sent home to his widow, hand signed by Oberstleutnant Keller.  
  • The hand written KIA letter by his Kompaniechef of 7./Gren.Rgt.456, Oberleutnant Maier, still in the Feldpost envelope, plus a typed copy from December 1943.  
  • A letter from his "Spiess" from January 1944, returning some money and photos to the widow. Tragic detail seen below the signature of the Hauptfeldwebel: Oblt. Maier, who had sent the KIA letter less than two months earlier, had in the mean time also been killed.  
  • Sterbeurkunde by the Standesamt Lauterecken with accompanying letter to the widow.  
  • Letter of condolence, hand signed by the Kreisleiter of Kusel, Otto Kettenring, with the matching envelope stamped by the NSDAP Kreisleitung Kusel / Pfalz.  
  • Over twenty more documents, including NSKOV papers, newpaper clippings on his death as well as his brother's (Gebirgsj├Ąger Otto Jakob), and documents concerning financial support for his wife.  

Friedrich Jakob left behind his three children Hilde (8 years old), "Elli" (Elisabeth, 6 years old) and Werner (1 year old), as well as his pregnant wife Luise... who gave birth to Friedrich's fourth child in March 1944. A tragic insight in the suffering endured by so many German families.  

256.ID KIA Wehrpass grouping

  • Product Code: DY007