- Extensive Soldbuch grouping to Obergefreiter Josef Hommrich, a Luftwaffe engineer who was transfered to the infantry and wounded with the 89.ID in the Eifel, October 1944.
- Hommrich followed the path of a young man in the Third Reich... he was in the Jungvolk from 1934 to 1937, then in the Hitlerjugend from 1937 to 1939, then in the Reichsarbeitsdienst from 1939 to 1940, until he finally joined the Luftwaffe in July 1940 and was trained as a flying personnel mechanic. He was in many units including the Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 31 and several technical units of Flugzeugführerschule and Fliegertechnische Schule. During this time, he earned the HJ Leistungsabzeichen, the DRL Sportabzeichen, the deutsches Schutzwall Ehrenzeichen, the Fliegerschützenabzeichen and the Tätigkeitsabzeichen für fliegendes Personal.
- After the invasion in Normandy, the need for front line men became poignant and Hommrich was reschooled into an infantryman. On 1st of October 1944, he joined Grenadier-Regiment 1056, part of the 89. Infanterie-Division that was being rebuilt after its destruction in Normandy. He was immediately deployed in the Eifel area, where he was wounded within a week, on the 7th of October 1944, by shrapnel. With the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, he earned his sixth award. Recovering in hospital until February 1945, he was finally sent to the Luftwaffe again with leichte Flak-Abteilung 974 (E.Tr.), a railway transport anti-aircraft protection unit that fought in the Berlin area during the last months of the war.
The grouping consists of the following:
- First issue Soldbuch, pages are loose but it is a 100% complete with a nice portrait photo, lengthy unit lists, three of his awards, and no denazifications.
- Award document for his Verwundetenabzeichen in the Eifel in October 1944.
- Award document booklet for the DRL Sportabzeichen, with uniform portrait.
- Complete Arbeitsbuch, with an extra paper.
- Luftwaffe Bordwartschein, with qualifications on Junkers Ju88, Ju86 and the rare French captured Caudron C.445 (only 114 built), signed by Oberst Erich Bauer, Kommandeur of Flugzeugführerschule B 18 in Lüben, Silesia.
- Luftwaffe Rollschein, uncommon permission to taxi airplanes on the ground, with qualification on Junkers Ju88 bomber, also signed by Obest Erich Bauer.
- Facharbeiterbrief booklet about his civil occupation.
- A nice collection of about 85 photos all from Hommrich's service, mostly Luftwaffe, with great studio portraits showing his awards, MG shooting, HJ and Jungvolk photos, posing on airplanes, postcards sent as Feldpost, political photos of his father (with propaganda car: 'Jede Stimme den Führer' !), ... and many more.
Luftwaffe Bordwart Soldbuch group, Eifel 1944 WIA 89.ID
- Product Code: DK068
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