Wehrpass to Obergefreiter Hermann Bredemeier. First issue from April 1937. As a mechanic in daily life he avoided military service for some time, but was then called up in October 1942 by a heavy artillery unit in Dortmund. Besides his basic training, he was also trained as Waffenmeistergehilfe, using his technical knowledge in the artillery gun park. In May 1943, he was sent to his front unit: the staff of the III. Abteilung of Artillerie-Regiment (mot.) 146, part of the 16. Panzergrenadier-Division. He fought with them on the southern sector of the Eastern Front: the Mius and Dnjepr rivers, Nikopol until the near destruction of the division near Uman, Ukraine. Bredemeier was among the survivors who were able to retreat and rebuild the division in occupied France.  

Now part of the reformed III./Pz.Art.Rgt.146, Bredemeier became part of the famous 116. Panzer-Division in France. He served in the staff under Abt.Kdr. Hauptmann Heinrich Schmeermann, DKiG winner. Sent to the Normandy front after D-Day, the Windhund division mostly saw action south of Saint-Lô from late July 1944, before retreating east and getting caught in the Falaise gap. Bredemeier was again lucky to escape the destruction of his division, and earned the KVKII mit Schwertern for his Normandy service in September 1944. He would stay with his unit after the reforming in the Düsseldorf area. The 116.Pz.Div. was sent to Aachen in October 1944, then fought in the Hürtgen Forest battles in November, where Bredemeier received a last promotion to Obergefreiter.  

After Hürtgen the Windhund division was retreated to Köln to prepare for the "Wacht am Rhein" operation. As one of the armoured spearheads in the Ardennes Offensive, it fought near Sankt Vith, Houffalize and La Roche, before moving to the north on the German-Dutch border later in 1945. Bredemeier 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.


116.Pz.Div. "Windhund" Wehrpass, Normandy, Ardennes

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