Extensive grouping to Stabsarzt Dr. med. Rudolf Mayer. This Heilbronn based doctor, who also worked as an obstetrician, started his military service following the general mobilisation of 1939. He quickly rose through the "Sanitäter" ranks and was appointed Assistenzarzt in September 1940. By that time, he had already served in the French campaign with the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5, the division reconnaissance unit of the 5. Infanterie-Division, earning him the EK2. He then served with Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5 of the same 5.ID on the Eastern Front, but was wounded twice quickly in that Summer of 1941. He was awarded the EK1 and taken away from the front to serve as an Oberarzt with Sanitäts-Ersatz-Abteilung 5 in Ulm - also connected to the 5.ID. In April 1943 he was deemed fit for the front again, now serving as a Stabsarzt with Sanitäts-Abteilung 282 of the 282. Infanterie-Division on the Eastern Front. Mayer finished the war on the Italian front, where he served primarily with Sanitäts-Kompanie 2/1048 in Italian hospitals.
The grouping consists of:
- Wehrpass, complete first issue, excellent condition. Entries include three wounds, awards including EK2 for France 1940 and EK1 in 1941, six promotions up to Stabsarzt, and many battle entries. Notice there are two postwar additions, clearly done by the veteran himself: he attributed himself to a Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber, and explains himself in red pen: he had already suffered a first shrapnel wound during the French campaign in 1940, but this was not officially attributed, because he had treated himself and stayed with his unit.
- Photo album #1, covering the period of 1939-'41: barracks time, invasion of France, and occupation time in France with the 5.ID. Complete with 88 photos.
- Photo album #2, covering 1941-'45: from the occupation of Poland to the Eastern Front, the Ulm area mid-war, and then the Italian front and his captivity at the end of the war. Complete with 87 photos. Good content in both albums, only a small selection of the pages is shown here.
- Three loose portrait photos, including a large framed one.
- Aluminium Erkennungsmarke (dogtag), matching with the number entered in the Wehrpass.
- Pair of matching Stabsarzt shoulder boards.
- POW Discharge document plus one medical POW document.
- Telegram received in Italy 1944 after bombing of his family home.
- DRK Personalausweis.
- Confirmation of his work as a surgeon in Italy, 1945.
- Diary of 1945, with entries during the last months of the war in Italy: La Spezia, Verona, Brixen, Bolognano, partisan activity, … and about his POW time also in Italy.
Stabsarzt grouping - EK1, 5.ID, Italy
- Product Code: FN4900