Wehrpass to Obergefreiter Engelbert Guttenbrunner. First issue from May 1940. Completing his RAD service as a Vormann in October 1941, Guttenbrunner received a half year training as an artillery soldier and then joined schwere Artillerie-Abteilung 842 in June 1942. Fighting with this independent motorised 10 cm artillery unit on the Eastern Front, he was wounded late 1942 in the battle for Stalingrad; the s.Art.Abt.842 supported the 48. Panzerkorps in the Don-Bogen in December 1942. A precise date of his wound is not entered, but the resulting Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz is dated on 9th of January 1943. Guttenbrunner then also got ill (typhoid) early 1943, leading to his escape from the Stalingrad area.
Finally back on his feet again in September 1944, Guttenbrunner joined the staff of the III. Abteilung of Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 146, part of the famous 116. Panzer-Division ("Windhund" division) following its destruction in Normandy. He served in the staff under Abt.Kdr. Hauptmann Heinrich Schmeermann, DKiG winner. After the reforming in the Düsseldorf area, the 116.Pz.Div. was first sent to Aachen in October 1944, then fought in the Hürtgen Forest battles in November, before it was retreated to Köln to prepare for the "Wacht am Rhein" operation. As one of the armoured spearheads in the Ardennes Offensive, the Windhund division fought near Sankt Vith, Houffalize and La Roche, before moving to the north on the German-Dutch border later in 1945. Guttenbrunner likely surrendered with the bulk of his unit in the Ruhr pocket, and it's probably in this area that a larger amount of Wehrpasses from his "Stabsbatterie" were captured, as quite a few Wehrpasses to this precise unit are known today.
The Wehrpass is in complete and excellent condition. It comes with his RAD discharge document that was tucked in the back pocket.
116.Pz.Div. "Windhund" Wehrpass, Stalingrad WIA, Ardennes
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