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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2015, 01:27:12 PM »
More photos. The sheet with smaller photos are of Wahler and friends from the 501st at the Eagle's nest and Himmler's hunting lodge. Last photo are the negatives of these photos.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2015, 01:31:12 PM »
Folder marked German Documents containing facsimile's of german documents. I believe this was used as part of Wahler's Intelligence training.

The other items are propaganda leaflets. The two written in German were dropped by the Allies into Germany stating the war cannot be won. The leaflet written in French is from the French Resistance and it talks about Hitler's funeral.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2015, 01:41:02 PM »
I posted too soon earlier...hadn't realized there was so much more to come...sorry! But, as I said, that's a helluva grouping!!
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2015, 01:43:43 PM »
Photos of German soldiers; unsure of the context.

I believe the Hitler photo to be an original? The SS officer would be a photo taken from his ID. Reverse annotation mentions when he was captured.

Post cards; Hitler and I believe General Otto Kumm
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2015, 01:47:31 PM »
First two photos are of Goering's original stationery.

Last photo are of two original invitations sent to Hitler. First is an invite from the Japanese Ambassador to dinner and second an invitation for tea from the head of the NSDAP's Foreign Press Bureau, Ernst Hanfstaengl.
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2015, 01:52:11 PM »
A feldpost addressed to Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of the Supreme High Command of the Wehrmacht.

The letter translates as follows:

Olmütz, 12 Nov. 1943

To His Excellency
General-Feldmarschall
Keitel

Führer's headquarters

Out of the many thousands of German boys who have fallen for Germany in the present war, I have selected one and made a memorial for him in a few verses.

Brought into a suitable form, it was photographed and was liked by all of my acquaintances.

It would be the fulfilment of my most fervent wish if the Führer were to set eyes on it, so I thought about how Your Excellency is so close to the Führer and would therefore not keep one devout Sudeten German's verses from him.

I beg to properly thank Your Excelleny and signed with the German salute of

Heil Hitler!


The memorial referenced in the letter, which translates as a follows (A German poem):

One German boy's legacy

Dear parents!

Much sorrow did you suffer through my death;
my battery commander himself informed you.
You were so good to me in all the years,
and I know for certain - You will not forget me.

Never could I find words
for the feelings that I had for you.
I loved you much - yet proudly I have to admit
I loved my people and homeland as well.

And in a manly way, I could fulfil my duty,
when the Führer called me to arms.
Quietly, I looked forward to me seeing action,
and then to every letter from home.

Never did I complain, not even in the toughest hours,
and only thought: "Soon, spring must come."
The snow melted away - The cold had vanished
and warm sunshine smiled down once more.

Then the bullet hit me in the enemy's land
and took from me what both of you had given me.
My body lies somewhere in the steppes
the soul is with him who directs it all.

As my legacy, it is this that I want to tell you:
I happily gave my young life;
for the people and the Führer, I had endured
that which may seem impossible to you back home.

Yet, as my death in the face of the enemy commits you
to dedicate everything to the German people - as I did -
you have to be as faithful and devoted as the Führer himself
until the day the skies on the horizon become clear.

You must not be sad, nor must you mourn me,
that I had fallen for the Fatherland.
"Let victory be our avenger", is what you are to say,
for it alone gives meaning to my sacrifice.

Otto
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2015, 01:54:18 PM »
And lastly, an unused Soldbuch (I assume for Intelligence training?) and a dedication page from Mein Kampf. Translation is as follows:

To the newlywed couple Welzel - Weber, presented with the best wishes for a happy and blessed marriage by the registrar's office of Fritzlar on 20th April 1939
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2015, 02:03:47 PM »
I posted too soon earlier...hadn't realized there was so much more to come...sorry! But, as I said, that's a helluva grouping!!

Thanks, Ian! and no worries; That's my fault. Was trying to post during working hours and keep getting distracted!

This is all of it, for now. I finished sorting all of the letters this past weekend and hope to start reading through them soon. Most discuss every day things. Some, from what I read, actually talk about Wahler visiting Austria and discovering people the family knew who went into service with the Wehrmacht.

In addition to Charles' grouping, I also obtained the grouping to his son, Walter. Walter, served during Vietnam in the USAF. I'm still working on researching this group. From what I can tell based on what is included, my guess is he was stationed in Korea before or after Vietnam and served with the 35th SPS (Security Police Squadron).
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2015, 02:04:27 PM »
Uniforms Cont
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2015, 02:05:33 PM »
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2015, 02:06:06 PM »
Sample of some photos included with Walter's grouping
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2015, 02:11:14 PM »
Congrats Eric....that's a helluva grouping. I think the goggles are of German origin. As for the "socks"...they look like what we call "willy warmers" over here...(maybe "c**k sox" to you?!  ;)  )

Thanks, Ian! I've heard of them, but hope to god that's not what they are!

I wasn't sure about the goggles but had my doubts about them being US issue. Thanks for the clarification!
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2015, 02:33:06 PM »
Thanks, Carl! Sorry, got distracted with work so there is still more.

Next up are some misc insignia included with the group. The 4th SSI would be Wahler's as would the EM cap device and some other pieces.

The other patches and insignia I'm unsure as to how they came into his possession.

nice MANHATTEN project ssi there Eric !!

I have had a quick scroll through this thread Eric , but i shall tomorrow , have a little more time to go and have a real good look at all the paperwork

I didnt know if you knew Eric , there are available ARCHIVAL sleeves designed especially for vintage paper items  , they are of an acid free plastic , i use these on all my paper items etc ,  if you did know , i will shut up !!!   :D

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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2015, 03:12:54 PM »
Thanks, Carl! Not sure how it fits into his service but it was with the group. Likely traded with another serviceman.

I collected comic books prior to Militaria, so am very familiar with ephemera preservation. I used UltraPro Platinum 8 1/2 x 11 sleeves. UV resistant and acid free.

http://www.ultrapro.com/product_info.php?products_id=946&osCsid=p9gjna1mt89ljqkf14hmeh2he4
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Re: Extensive WWII 101st Airborne Grouping
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2015, 04:07:29 PM »
WOW.....this grouping could not be more complete. I am very happy for you, and I hope this group gets a lot of public display time.

Congratulations!!
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