Up for sale is an original German WWII large photo album.
This is my best guess as to the story told in the album. Two brothers each go to a Catholic seminary / high school and are ordained. The vast majority of the images then tell the story of brother Georg Stelzer, his face is easily recognizable and appears throughout the album. The photos are laid out in rough time line order from his first military training in Bad Kissingen as a medic ( not uncommon for a priest to be drafted and serve in this capacity ) and then on to service in Greece. There are a number of photos of the man either posing with friends in the field, doing training medical procedures and so on mixed in with Greek ruins, a few landscapes and commercial PCs and a company level group photo labeled . The content then switches to Russia, images of Georg at aid stations, with peasants or troops, a full page of grave yard images, images of summer and winter level uniforms, infantry men getting ready with equipment and period commercial German cards captioned as Smolensk and Orel. Then – a death card showing Georg and indicating he is MIA. The album then has a few 1980 period photos that I believe may be related to the other brother. Then a collection of photos related to the pre war years of the brothers to include seminary / high school images, mixed group of war time images and images of Catholic services from pre war years. Album ends with nice page of images of the two brothers in pre war cassocks, then perhaps their ordination ceremony and a 1980s image of the surviving brother. At least that is my best guess. Bumper markings on a few of the trucks / wagons seen are a Trident shape. So – no combat, very little equipment but some nice field uniform variations. An interesting story that could use further research.
All pages tight to binding. Album consists of around 210 original photos, 20 original period commercial post cards, 2 brochure or similar media, one death card and 6 ” modern ” circa 1980 or so photos. There are eight missing images. For most part images are attached with corner tabs, there are no captions and few if any captions on reverse of media.
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