Soldbuch grouping to Unteroffizier Heinrich Kleinheider. Called up for the Wehrmacht by Inf.Rgt.37 in October 1938, Kleinheider saw his first action with Infanterie-Regiment 503 of the 290. Infanterie-Division on the Westwall and in the French campaign.
His combat experience intensified when he joined his unit in the Demjansk Kessel on the Eastern Front, early 1942. The 290.ID was heavily engaged in the most narrow part of the pocket, between Demjansk and Staraja Russa. Kleinheider was wounded here three times! His first wound was a piece of shrapnel entering his mouth through his right cheek, knocking out some of his upper teeth. The second time was by shrapnel early November 1942, and the third time shortly after the retreat from the pocket near Staraja Russa in April 1943. Here, he was hit by shrapnel in the head again, this time losing sight in one eye. For this heavy fighting at Demjansk, he earned no less than 5 combat awards: the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen, the Ostmedaille, and then a combined EK2 and Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber following his last wound.
After a long time in hospitals and reserve units, Kleinheider returned to the front as an Unteroffizier with Grenadier-Regiment 1225, part of the newly erected 190. Infanterie-Division in Autumn 1944. He was now deployed on the Western Front, fighting in the Reichswald near Kleve, and then mostly in the Dutch-German border area near Venlo. Following the retreat deeper into the Reich, Kleinheider was wounded a last time on the day of his capture in Kamp-Lintfort, March 1945. He was treated by his American captors and released from captivity later that year.
The grouping consists of:
- Soldbuch, first issue from August 1939, complete with all pages and a nice portrait photo. Notice he attributed himself to a Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold following his wound on the day of his capture, this was done in captivity with the same pen as the denazifications and should not be considered as a 'fake' entry. The same can be said from the questionable Feldwebel promotion, also often done by the veterans in the hopes of getting higher pension.
- Letter from Kleinheider to the WASt in 1974, giving a short resumee of his military career.
- Four pages of personnel listings of his unit fighting in the Reichswald; this includes his own name and a few comrades who were killed (one can be confirmed through the Volksbund, killed on Oct 4th and buried now in Kleve). For the smaller one, a Dutch piece of paper was used. Notice the inclusion of "12 Volksdeutsche" in the Kompanie.
- His first letter home from American captivity in England, also describing his wounds. Notice the date and place of his capture were censored by the Americans.
- Two large X-ray photos of his wound, July 1945.
- POW Discharge document, September 1945.
- Fifteen more documents including denazification paper, large group portrait with newspaper clipping and two page summary of his RAD service, an Entfernungsschätzbuch from 1938, a confirmation of his promotions (up to the questionable Feldwebel rank!), military callup papers, Eastern front maps, and more!
Soldbuch grouping Demjansk WIA, Holland 190.ID
- Product Code: DZ004