Wehrpass to Gefreiter Johann Botteram. First issue from August 1939. This 20 year old factory worker from the German-Dutch border city Emmerich on the Rhine was called up mid 1940 and then forwarded to Infanterie-Regiment 474, part of the 254. Infanterie-Division occupying the Boulogne area on the French channel coast.
June 1941, Botteram joined the 254.ID in its fighting through the Baltic region; notice the nice battle calendar with particular mentioning of Estonian islands before reaching the Leningrad area and being committed to the Wolchow front. During this time, he was awarded the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen, and also got wounded twice (October 1941 and June 1942), leading to the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz. Shortly after his return following his second wound, Botteram was killed in action on the Ilmensee banks, on 6th of February 1943.
The Wehrpass is in a complete and excellent condition. The WASt archive card with more details on his death is shown here just for reference.
254.ID Wehrpass, Estonia, Ilmensee KIA
- Product Code: DD1116