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rpf2697
01-09-2013, 11:12 AM
Thought I would share something Peter would enjoy.

Peter U
01-09-2013, 01:05 PM
Hello rpf2697,


Alas this is fake, a forgery.
Why?
- The handwritting is very sloppy, looks like it is done by a 6 year old instead of an office clerck; clearly someone tried to replicate old German script.
Their is a difference between sloppy handwritting and difficult to read handwritting; the handwritting in this booklet isn't difficult to read it is just silly; take a look at the Soldbucher I have posted here, you will not find ink stains in them, this one is full of them.
- Take a look at the name written underneeth the picture, in original examples this is the handwritting of the owner; in this case it is in the same hand as the rest of the entries. Impossible.
- His birth year also doesn't make much sense; if he was born in 1916 he would have been called up in the regular army way before 1944, if he was fit to serve with the Volkssturm in 1944 he would have been fit enough to serve in the regular army in a non combat unit for example.
Volkssturm soldiers are very old or very young.

I hope this helps.
Sorry to be the messenger of bad news.


Cheers,
Peter

John Lawson
01-09-2013, 02:36 PM
The information on page 5 is just the reverse of page 4. Page 5 acted as a blotter for page 4.:googlie

rpf2697
01-09-2013, 03:22 PM
I was suspicious of it being a fake primarily due to the purchase price of only $40. It was a good lesson. I have others to post so you can stay entertained evaluating them.

Peter U
01-09-2013, 03:31 PM
Originals are also not that expensive.



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rpf2697
01-09-2013, 04:10 PM
Originals in the States are typically more than $75 and can exceed $100 if the content is non-standard.