Original German WWII Heer Army Sanitätsabteilung Medical Battalion 5 Photo Album - 107 Photos
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. A wonderful personal photo album, marked on the front with the Wehrmachtadler Eagle, over regimental designation Sanitätsabteilung 5, or Medical Battalion 5. Inside the front cover is the standard Erinnerungen an meine Wehrdienstzeit (Memories of my Military Service) message. The back still has a visible maker mark from a company in LEIPZIG, and the album overall measures approximately 10.5" x 7".
Overall there are 27 pages in total, including the title page. Following this are 5 pages showing portraits of AH and other top level military officials. After this are 16 thicker pages for photos with "onion skin" separators to keep the pages from sticking together in the front, and about 5 pages for writing messages at the back.
There are 107 personal photographs of various sizes, showing all manner of scenes, both from military and private life. There are some skiing pictures, as well as pictures at the waterfront, and so forth. They give a fantastic view of the life of a German medic during WWII.
Overall a really nice hard to find photo medical battlaion album from World War Two Germany. Some really fantastic research potential!
Context is everything when preserving old photo albums. The order in which an album was put together meant something to the creator and may give you clues about the
photographs if they’re not identified. If at all possible, keep old albums in their original order. It’s okay to remove loose photos, but make a note of where they came from.
The older albums such as these usually withstand the ravages of time. The leather or fabric covers may wear, but the pages stay well intact. The black paper albums of the early 20th century are more fragile, while the glue from magnetic albums can damage photographs. And, as with all old photographs, keep albums in a safe, climate controlled environment
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