Original German WWII Named Heer Army 1st Battery Company 63rd Artillery Regiment Photo Album - 82 Personal Photos
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. A wonderful personal photo album, marked on the front with the Wehrmachtadler Eagle, over regimental designation 1. Battr.-Art.-Rgt. 63, or 1st Battery, 63rd Artillery Regiment. Inside the front cover is the standard Erinnerungen an meine Wehrdienstzeit (Memories of my Military Service), message, and above this it is named to Schüller Chr.. 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 29 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 18 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 82 personal photographs of various sizes, showing all manner of scenes. These include many post battle scenes showing damage to cities, and in particular bridges. There is also what looks to be a picture taken inside the turret of a tank! There are also some photos of what look to be German military funerals in the field. Most photos seem to be held in by the original adhesive, though it is possible that they were reattached over the years. There is one space where a photograph was removed, and there is also a postcard in the album from BODENSEE, also known as "Lake Constance".
Overall a really nice hard to find photo artillery regiment 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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