Monday, February 13, 2012

The Soldier's Book

I recently inherited a footlocker that contained a variety of stuff, including this Soldbuch (Soldier's Book) from the the Second World War. It was in a battered and perhaps ersatz leather folder together with a quantity of personal photos, postcards, and other memorabilia. Most of the photos showed the soldier and his buddies in 1943 and 1944, but there was also this snap of a woman identified as Mama. I found the whole thing very affecting--snapshots of a life! Oddly, the soldier does not appear to have been German, or Austrian or any of the other nationalities that came "home to the Reich" toward the end of the 1930s. Instead, he seems to have been Persian. His name was Wali Wali'Sade. On all the internet I find only one Walisade, and he an Iranian professor of biology. I've emailed him in hopes I can reunite the Soldier's Book with the soldier's family. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


At 2:01 PM, Blogger Gothic line said...

Can we see other pages of the soldbuch, thank you

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Gothic line said...

Also what is the feldpost number on the stamp, thanks again

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Daniel Ford said...

I never heard from the Iranian professor, so I sold the Soldbuch on eBay to a collector in Italy. He thought that the owner had been a Soviet Muslim, drafted into the Red Army, captured by the Germans, and sent by them to fight in Italy. I fear he met an unhappy end, though there's no record of his death.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Gothic line said...

If I'm reading the feldpost number correctly on the photo, when he was issued the soldbuch he was in :

(12.3.1943-7.9.1943) 2. Ost-Fernsprech-Bau-Kompanie 515.

Sorry I missed it


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