Photographs and Paper Items

RARE Grouping from a German Soldier Held in the U.S. as a Prisoner of War (14578)


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This outstanding grouping includes the German soldier’s original aluminum identification disc, complete, which shows that he was in the Air Signal Spotlight Company, Motorized.  At the time of his capture, he was a Stabsfeldwebel.  The disc features the soldier’s identification number, “187A”.  The condition of the disc is excellent++.  One of the documents enclosed is a postcard size pick card which was required to be filled out by each prisoner immediately after his capture.  The card features a U.S. censor stamp and is dated “1.1.1946”.  It was mailed to his wife in Germany.  At that time, he was being held prisoner at the Camp Polk, Louisiana prisoner-of-war facility.  Another card is one sent to the prisoner’s wife from a prisoner-of-war camp in Great Britain.  He was in camp #107 and the card is addressed to his wife, dated “8-3-47”.  The next card is a prisoner-of-war card from when he was being held as a prisoner in France, is dated “1-12-45” and is also addressed to his wife.  Included in this grouping is a Red Cross document which is an express message used to notify the families of prisoners letting them know that they were OK and their disposition, dated “October 31, 1945”.  Also included is a Christmas card from 1945 from the POW camp Ft. Dix, which gives a list of the Commandants and other officers in the company.  The front features a chapel and what appears to be barracks to the rear of the church and has a nativity scene between 2 pine trees.  Another item included is an envelope for repatriating German soldiers dated “1947”.  There is a letter to his wife in Germany sent through the International Red Cross dated “January 9, 1946”.  Altogether there are 12 paper documents along with his I.D. tag.  Prior to WWII, this individual was an outstanding amateur athlete in the field of running.  Included in this grouping are 13 formal award documents  showing his outstanding achievement as an amateur athlete in running.   Many have formal signatures and stamps.  One document is in its original oil skin protective covering.  Some have gilted lettering.  This is one of the finest groupings of POW materials and would make an excellent research project for a collector who would want to know more about this POW.   Exc++

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 10 × 4 in