WW2 Death Cards

 

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Army Gefreiter Franz Schiessl

Killed crossing the Don at Akimowsky, 21 August 1942 as a part of the initial assault on Stalingrad.  He was 21. 

Single page single sided card measures about 2.5 x 4.25 inches. Back has a rendering of St. Martin. 

German Graves Office lists him killed by Wertjatschy am Don, 50km northwest of Stalingrad and buried in Rossoschka Cemetery under the unknowns..

Very good condition.

$18

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WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Army Stabsgefreiter Anton Muehlbauer.  From Runding.

Participated in three campaigns.  Was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and other medals.

After 8 years service, he died in a Russian POW Camp.

Nice photo in an early Panzer wrap tunic.

The back of the card has a rendering of a grave.  The single page single sided card measures about 2.75 x 4.25 inches.  

Shows a little wear.

$22

WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild Panzer Assault Gunner POW Russia

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Luftwaffe Stabsgefreiter Alois Laumer. 

Had many awards.

Killed 15 February 1945, by Sagan. He was 28.

Back of card has a statue. Single side single page card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches.

Includes a slip from the German Graves Office listing him as killed by Zagan, Poland.  Zagan was the site of Luftwaffe Stalag 3, where “The Great Escape” took place.  He was killed  (or died) a week after the Russians were just 26km outside the POW Camp. Many of the prisoners had been marched to other POW Camps during this period, so it is also possible he was on one of those marches.

Excellent condition.

$15

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WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild numbered General Assault Badge

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Army Obergefreiter Ludwig Baur, Panzer Regiment.

Was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Russian Front Medal, Tank Assault Badge, Close Combat Clasp.  Additionally, he wears a numbered General Assault Badge in the photo.  Sadly, the photo cuts it off, so you cannot see if it is a 25, 50, 75 or 100.

Badly wounded on 13 February 1944, and died a day later, south of Schackow.

His Bundesarchiv record lists him as serving with  1 Company Panzer Grenadier Regiment 63.  He is listed as killed in Büssowka by an infantry round.

The single page double sided card measures about 2.5 x 4.5 inches.  

Very good condition.

$32

WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild U-189 U-Boot Submarine

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Kriegsmarine Maschinengefreiter Xaver Ehrensperger.  U-189

Died 24 April 1943.  He was 20.

The back of the card has Jesus.  The single page single sided card measures about 2.75 x 4.25 inches.  

German Graves office lists his name on the U-Boot Ehrenmahl at Moltenort.  He is also listed in the Marine Archives as having been aboard the U-189 when it was sunk 23 April 1943.  The U-189 was just 20 days into its cruise operating in the North Atlantic, the Denmark Straits and off Greenland.  It was sunk by depth charges dropped by a British Liberator from RAF Squadron 120, southeast of Greenland.

Bundesarchiv lists him originally as missing and then confirmed killed.

Card shows a little wear.

$70

WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild Reichsbahn Mine explosion East Front 1943

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Eisenbahner Johann Paternoster, Klessing.

Killed in the East by a mine explosion, 29 October 1943.  He was 48.  Left a wife and 7 children.

The single page single sided card measures about 2.5 x 4.5 inches.   Has St. George on the back.

His Bundesarchiv record lists him as having served with Track Laying Unit 2601 and having been killed in Mosyr, Ukraine, which was a huge oil refining area.

As you can see, there is a rust stain to the edge.

$12

WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild Luftwaffe Kersenheim Rheinland 1945

WW2 German Death Card (Sterbebild) for Luftwaffe Gefreiter Alois Amesberger.

Killed 28 February 1945, Kersenheim in the Rheinland.  He was 23. 

Double page single sided card measures about 6 x 5 inches. Back has religious scenes

Good condition.

$18

WW2 German Luftwaffe Death Card Sterbebild Sagan  Stalag 3 POW Camp Great Escape
WW2 German Death Card Sterbebild Stalingrad Offensive 1942