- Soldbuch to Obergefreiter Rudolf Rockenbauer. Called up in November 1939, he fought with Infanterie-Regiment 313 during the first years of the war. As part of the 246. Infanterie-Division, the regiment was active in France (fighting on the Maginot line) and on the central sector of the Eastern Front. By May 1942 he had moved to Grenadier-Regiment 445, part of the 134. Infanterie-Division fighting on the Orel. In July 1942 he was released from active service, but called up again one year later. Only days or weeks after his arrival back with Gren.Rgt.445 he was wounded in the area of Brjansk late August 1943. He remained in hospital until June 1944 and was awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz.
- What happened then is more difficult to reveal; Rockenbauer stayed with his reserve unit Gren.Ers.Btl.455 for a while and was then issued a rifle on 9th of December 1944. No new active unit was entered in the Soldbuch, but we can see a POW number 827.476. Likely he was sent to the Western (Ardennes?) or Italian front in December and taken POW soon after, as there are no further (dated) entries in the Soldbuch.
- The Soldbuch is a 100% complete with many entries and a portrait photo. The latter appears to have been glued in first, then moved a bit and stapled. No worries about originality - the portrait has been stamped on the back in the location of his reserve unit (Lobau/Sa.). The cover has been reinforced with plastic foil.
Soldbuch 246.ID & 134.ID
- Product Code: DK019