June Militaria & Autograph Auction

Lot 92:


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Good group of eight documents and two photos for professional soldier Oberbeschlagmeister (Farrier) and Oberwachtmeister (Oberfeldwebel) Johannes Adler, includes his Soldbuch number 6, issued 13 March 1939. Adler was a member of 1. Batterie Artillerie Regiment 24. He served on the Eastern Front where he was injured by shrapnel from a mine in November 1942, held at Kriegslazarett 917 Abt. II near Pleskau (Pskov, Russia) until he was ready for transport to Schieratz (Sieradz, Poland) where his right upper thigh amputated. The Soldbook binding has split and pages are disbound.

The following awards are listed in his Soldbuch:

Long Service award IV Class, no date

Sudetenland medal with Spange, 12.12.39

Shooting Badge Class 1 for carabiner, 8.11.38

War Merit Cross Second Class with Swords, 2.2.1942

Ostmedaille 41/42, 5.8.42

Wound badge in Silver, 43 (exact date illegible)

Iron Cross Second Class, 7.8.43

Additional documents included:

2) Johannes Adler’s 12-year military commitment document when he joined the Reichswehr, issued 28 March 1933. Folds with splits and tape repairs, file holes.

3) Award certificate for the Four Year Long Service Award, Chemnitz, 30. March 1937, signed in black ink by WERNER KIENITZ (1885 – 1959) as Generalmajor der Infantrie of the 24th Division. Folds and file holes at the left.

4) Award certificate for the Sudentenland medal with the Prague castle bar (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange Prager Burg), 12. December 1939. Printed signature of the General der Infanterie Viktor von Schwedler (1885 – 1954). Folds and file holes to the left.

5) Award certificate for the Eastern medal (Ostmedaille) Aug. 5, 1942. Folds and file holes to the left edge.

6) A diploma in business administration issued Erfurt, 25. March 1945 by the Wehrmacht Construction School Kassel (z.Zt. Erfurt), retraining after his leg amputation.

7) Adler’s DRL award book (file holes) for the DRL sports badge in bronze number 281754, issued Berlin, 21. Juni 1934.

8) A transmittal letter for the bronze badge dated Berlin-Charlottenburg 26.6.34.

9) Wedding photograph, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, showing Johannes Adler in dress uniform with the rank of Wachtmeister (Feldwebel).

10) Early photo showing his regiment on a parade ground (all wearing M18 helmets).