Wehrpass and award document grouping to Gefreiter Heinrich Maassen. In March 1942, this 33 year old postal worker from Krefeld had to leave his wife Maria to serve with the Wehrmacht. After training as Fernsprecher, he joined Infanterie-Regiment 405 of the 121. Infanterie-Division in July 1942. Fighting on the Wolchow river south of Leningrad, Maassen would soon see his fair share of action. He earned 4 Sturmtage and 4 Nahkampftage, and three combat awards: the EK2, the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen and the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, added to his prewar SA Sportabzeichen. Following earlier wounds in February and again in July 1943, Maassen was eventually badly wounded by a shot in the breast on 23rd of February, 1944. The bullet touched his lungs, and Maassen succumbed while on transport to hospital in Pleskau (Pskov). He is now buried in He passed away two days later and was buried in the German war cemetery of Sebesh, Block 14, Reihe 9, Grab 1181.  

The grouping consists of:

  • Wehrpass, first issue from January 1940, in complete and excellent condition. Notice the mentioning of 4 close combat and 4 assault days on page 47! 
  • Letter by the Wehrmeldeamt Krefeld, May 1944, accompanying the Wehrpass sent home to his widow. 
  • Complete citation grouping, all in very good condition, consisting of: 
    • SA Sportabzeichen in Bronze, October 1935, award card including his portrait photo. 
    • Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse, October 1942, hand signed by divisional commander Generalmajor Martin Wandel, Knight's Cross winner. 
    • Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, April 1943, hand signed by his Bataillonskommandeur of I./G.R.405. 
    • Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber, August 1943, hand signed by regimental commander Oberst Erich Löhr, Knight's Cross and DKiG winner, later commander of the 121.ID. 
  • (Rare!) Werkscharen Dienstbuch of the DAF, January 1938, complete with 20 pages, lots of stamps from 1938-'40, and a portrait photo. Also notice the nice promotion entry to Rottenführer, and the oath sworn on the Führer on page 16. 
  • Mitgliedskarte of the Reichsbund der Deutschen Beamten (RDB), February 1941. 
  • Uncommon "Sportleistungsbuch der Deutschen Reichspost", 1938, complete with 47 pages, a portrait photo and some results in sports like 'hand grenade throwing'. 
  • Large religious photo made by his parish in remembrance of Naassen, 1944.

The WASt archive cards with more details about his death and burial are shown just for reference.

121.ID KIA Wehrpass and citations

  • Product Code: DD1031