C211 - WW2 German Wehrpass - Flaksturm Rgt 1- Ortmann
The Wehrpass was the comprehensive documentation book, of 52 pages, issued to all conscripts at the time of registration until induction in the armed services. When the Soldbuch was issued the Wehrpass retained by the unit being served under. The Wehrpass contained the military service career in chronological order and would be returned to the next of kin if the soldier became a casuality.
This is a typical mid war open-wing eagle example belonging to Gefreiten Gerhard Ortmann, Flakstrum Rgt1 (mot). It is in good condition and records training on the K98, MG15 and P38 with promotion to Gefreiter on 1.2.44. It contains the following serice record:-
Youth photo, dated 12.10.1942. He was born on 21.03.1925 joined the Luftwaffe on the 28.10.1942, training with 6./Flieger-Regiment 32 (Regiment Kapuste) based at Rocherfort France. He was then transfered to Flakschw-Erf-24 based at Rendsberg. He then joined 5/. Res. Flak. Abt.497 on 26.06.1943 based near the Somme estuary. The unit was then renamed on 12.06.44 Gemischte Flak-Abteilung 497 (v) active between Isigny and Bayeux Normandy. The Flak Regiment was renamed several times ending on 13.07.1944 II/Flak-Sturm-Regiment 1 active at Bayeux and Falaise Pocket. Gerhard is not listed as KIA so it would be reasonable to assume he was taken POW.