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2019.2.233

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6-3-1945

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Note marked “NSDAP” in black print in top left corner, date “6/3/45” written in purple in top right corner, signed “Heil Hitler! Rossmann, Gemeinschaftsleiter der NSDAP.”

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash and Peter Vandersmissen:

Typed form addressed to a member of the Volkssturm , whose name is written illegibly in purple pencil, and signed -with “Heil Hitler!” closing salutation-by “Rossmann”, a local community leader of the NSDAP in Wiesbaden, Germany. The recipient is informed that his medical examination results place him in category-or levy- 4 in the conscription hierarchy used by the Volkssturm, and that he would be informed of his duty “by the responsible company”. As such he would be unable to fight but could nevertheless perform guard duty.

The Ortsgruppe leader would categorize the men registered into a four-tiered system of conscription (Aufgebot). Levy I and II held men- born between 1884 and 1924- capable of combat duty. Levy I men were drafted early and without reserve. Levy II men were often in war production or food supply, communications, and transport, but could be called upon to engage the enemy should the need arise. Levy III would include young boys from the Hitler Youth. Levy IV were those men unable to fight but still capable of guard duty.

The Volkssturm was established in October 1944 as a militia utilizing males between the ages of 16 and 60 who were not otherwise serving in the Wehrmacht or other military units. They were under the control of the Nazi party and its officials (Gauleiters) with Heinrich Himmler as commander. The Volkssturm was used extensively during the defense of Berlin against an overwhelming Russian army.

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3 x 7 1/4"

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Volkssturm, Nazi Party, NSDAP, Ortsgruppe, Aufgebot

Official <i>Vokssturm</i> Form from <i>Ortsgruppe</i> (local group) “Geisberg”, Wiesbaden Germany

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