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Old 01-11-2020, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte Wehrpass

Hi Gents

Herewith the pics of the WP. This turned up in South Africa in the late 80's. A collector friend of mine swopped it for another WP. The original owner of the WP I believe did not know who Von Der Heydte was as he swopped it for another WP with no significance.

So how did this WP get to South Africa? We will never know but at a guess I would have to say it was in headquarters somewhere in Africa. Was it possibly picked up by a South African soldier at El Alamein after the DAK retreated? South African troops were opposite the Ramcke Brigade at El Alamein. I would like to read your thoughts.

I feel honoured to own such a historic document to an incredible officer that led FJ troops in almost every campaign they participated in.

Thank you to the South African seller for allowing me to purchase such a special document I know it has been in your collection for 30 odd years,

Some interesting web sites on this legend.

https://ww2gravestone.com/people/hey...iherr-von-der/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY0DkQIL280

https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/20...oper-on-d-day/

https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/20...ding-carentan/

http://fjr5.weebly.com/some-fj-facts.html

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Old 01-11-2020, 12:31 PM   #2
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:40 PM   #3
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:42 PM   #4
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:47 PM   #5
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:53 PM   #6
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Great document, thanks for sharing!
I'm very pleased to know that it survived the war
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Old 01-11-2020, 01:08 PM   #7
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Amazing....

Thanks for sharing some photos of this unique piece.

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Old 01-11-2020, 02:01 PM   #8
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Congrats Shaun....that is a great and unique piece of history
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:09 PM   #9
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Fantastic piece of history, interesting how they did not update 12 ad 33 after 1941! LAst update was the promotion to Major in april 1942 right?
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That is a really great find!! Thanks for posting!!
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Congrats, Shaun, unique doc ! What is the helmet on exposition? Painted green over winter..does it have any connection with him??
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one of the most beautiful FJ items there is! thanks for sharing
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Congrats, Shaun, unique doc ! What is the helmet on exposition? Painted green over winter..does it have any connection with him??
Thanks Gents for all the positive replies. Sergey I found this pic on the WAF months ago. From what I can remember it was Von Der Heydte helmet that he donated to a French museum. Maybe someone else can help with the info because I can't find the old thread again!LOL
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Well done Shaun , what a great item ! Perhaps picked up when his positions were overrun - would be great to know the full story and exact place in Africa where, if that is what happened.
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Fantastic piece of history, interesting how they did not update 12 ad 33 after 1941! LAst update was the promotion to Major in april 1942 right?
Hi Daniele

Correct looks like 1942 was the last entry which would make sense for my theory that it was picked up after El Alamein.
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