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A studio Portrait of Oberfeldwebel Karl and his family

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

In the #kb41memoirs Series!


The photograph here shows a family posing for a studio family portrait. The clarity and detail of Studio portraits are second to none and this is a fine and crisp example of one. The Family seen posing for the photograph, the Oberfeldwebel is see with his wife and daughter. The Oberfeldwebel is named Karl. We know this from the reverse information. Karl was Born on the 16th of November 1912. Seen here wearing a M35 Waffenrock, with an array of ribbons and awards. The Silver medal seen worn in the centre of the pocket is a Brunswick Rally Badge. This badge was awarded to participants of the rally, it is likely that he was a member of the NSDAP in its early stages, wearing this as a symbol that he supported the party since the start. The rally took place on the 17th and 18th of October 1931. This is inscribed in the centre of the wreath with an SA eagle on the top. Seen worn below this is a DRL sports award in bronze. Awarded for those who have shown a good fitness level. His feldspange consist of is (From left to right) EK2, War Merit with Swords, Eastern Front ribbon and a 4 year Wehrmacht service award. This showing that he has shown Military service that has been recognised by the War Merit with swords and EK2. The Oberfeldwebel is also seen to of served on an Eastern front, seeing some of the harshest fighting of the war. This is unfortunately where we learn that on the 2nd of February 1945 he was Killed in Action. The reverse reads, “In eternal memory to your nephew”. This being likely left to his nephew as a reminder of his Uncle so that he may be remembered. He died aged 32 years old, leaving behind his wife and daughter. A sad tale but this is the unfortunate cost of war. A true heartfelt account of a family and a Memoir of war.

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Fantastic post and military history of this hero and his family too.

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