AI4FR Virtual Militaria Items Tour 

German Items


The photograph on the left is of a Arbeitsbuch or German workers book. Another style of Arbeitsbuch is shown in the picture on the right. This one is dated 1935.

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An Arbeitsbuch from the old Weimar republic. This one is dated 1865.  

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Wehrpass and pictures. More text coming soon.  

The owner of this Wehrpass was born in 1891. The Wehrpass was a comprehensive documentation book issued to all conscripts at the time of registration for the military draft, and kept by the potential draftee until his induction into the military. When the citizen became a soldier, he turned in his Wehrpass and received a Soldbuch in exchange, with the Werhpass being turned over and kept at the unit where the owner was serving. The Wehrpass was returned to the owner only upon his discharge from the military (after his records were transported to the Wehrstammbuch). He was required to keep it until age 60. In case of a service related death, or if the individual became MIA, the Wehrpass was sent to the next of kin as a keepsake via the soldiers’ original recruiting office. The 54 pages between the gray covers of the Wehrpass yield the military career of the owner in chronological order. The extensive and detailed data recorded includes, among other information, units served with, battles, awards, injuries/wounds/illnesses, promotions, and miscellaneous notes. On the inside jacket of the document there was a space to conserve documents, and a picture of the owner is located on the first page. In this photograph, the individual is usually in civilian clothing, unless he was already in the military at the time of his draft call. 


The photograph on the left is of a German WWII era Wehrpass. The picture on the right is of a Wehrpass some additional workers books and some magazines.  

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