A WWII German Soldier’s Wartime Pocket Contents -A German Troop Transport Driver ‘s Life Unveiled


Have you ever wondered what the pocket contents of a WWII German soldier would look like?  In this case, I picked up a small grouping of photographs, documents and a dog tag from a WWII German soldier who survived WWII.  I can’t quite make out his name, but we do know that he was a vehicle operator, as evidenced by his green oil-cloth Kraftfahrzeugschein (vehicle registration) document.  All of the photographs and his dog tag point to the fact that Alfred was a driver of a modified troop transport vehicle during the last three years of the war.

Until I discover more about Alfred, I will leave the following material to you, the viewer to help decipher!

 

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Alfred Pinzel of Sandhofan

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Alfred buffing his tire

 

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Alfred and his friends

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Alfred’s WWII German Identification Tag – # 256, Blood Type O, 2nd Fahr. “Covered” Ersatz Battalion Abt. 8

 

 

Awesome WWII Catholic Chaplain Jeep – Negative/Photo – Willys Jeep in Germany 1945


Guys like this make me proud to be Irish Catholic!  I have hundreds of negatives from this 9th Armored Division collection, many of them related to Chaplain services during WWII.  The collection includes 20-30 shots of this same jeep – gotta’ love the name!  Ave Maria.

See the bar projecting above the front of the hood?  It was created to cut wires that may have been strung across French and German roads in order to decapitate US soldiers.  Ouch!

 

UPDATED POST – WWII Refrigeration Truck Unit Photos – “The Penguin Fleet” Blood and Plasma Transfer Trucks


One aspect of war that is not normally discussed is the transportation of temperature sensitive material.  Blood, meat, and some chemicals needed to be kept cool for use in the field and needed special trucks to deliver the goods.  Here is a set of photos showing the trucks of the unit!  Try finding these anywhere else!  Scanned from original negatives.

 

UPDATE:

After cleaning out a forgotten box in my closet, I was able to find some additional negatives from this grouping.  Enjoy!