German Military Travel Papers of the Second World War
by Matt DiPalma
In every movie, every television show, every novel of wartime intrigue, one phrase stands out as typically German: “Show me your papers.” The German Wehrmacht ran on paperwork, evidenced by the complicated maze of interrelated forms necessary for troops to move either on leave or for official business from one end of the Third Reich to another. This work, a unique and thorough compendium of original paperwork carried by the soldiers themselves, documents the forms required for German soldiers to travel, go home on leave, or visit the spoils of occupation. A methodically detailed collection that parallels the meticulous nature of the era that produced it, this work is the most thorough collection of original travel ephemera from Nazi Germany assembled to date, one that any collector would be proud to add to his or her collection.
This book, my first, is an examination of travel paperwork used by the Wehrmacht during World War II, but does not concentrate on travel papers exclusively. Chapters examine many different forms of leave papers, proof of delousing, train and Omnibus tickets, souvenirs collected by Soldaten in their travels, and currency used, as well as original photographs of Soldaten on leave. Painstakingly researched, German Military Travel Papers of the Second World War offers an intriguing insight into the mountains of paperwork the Third Reich used. There are over 560 color images on 288 pages, printed in super-sharp clarity on beautiful, high gloss stock; truly a quality reference book!
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