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Deutsche Volksgasmaske - Mint, very beautiful & more than complete

Article about: Hallo Kameraden My newest adquisition: A mint-in box Volksgasmaske, sent from " Reichskommisariat Ostland" to Mindelheim,Bavaria (Deutschland), from a worried father to his daughte

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    Default Deutsche Volksgasmaske - Mint, very beautiful & more than complete

    Hallo Kameraden

    My newest adquisition: A mint-in box Volksgasmaske, sent from " Reichskommisariat Ostland" to Mindelheim,Bavaria (Deutschland), from a worried father to his daughter.


    There are many cool things on the box:

    -4 Postmarks with the Ostland Reichsadler "Dienststelle - Feldpostnummer 12091"

    - A 20 pfennig blue Hitler-stamp with an OSTLAND print.

    - Sender: Hauptfeldwebel Karl Riebel. -J - Fp Nr.15838

    - Reciever: Frau Maya Riebel; Kaufbeuerstr. 43, Mindelheim, Bayern
    (on a printed label whose writings are in that nice old-german shape.)

    The Box contains

    -Mint gasmask, mint filter, a cardbox holder for the mask & the nosepiece
    -Instructions for use & care
    -a private Letter withbeautiful handwriting that says:

    Kr, the 9. Jüli 43

    Loved Maya
    Casually yesterday i had to do quickly in ????. It was possible for me to get three gasmasks. One is for you, one for Grandmom and the third one is a Childsmask for Karlheinzi. I hope and wish that you never have to use them in a serious way.
    For tonight be hearthly greeted and kissed..

    Your always worried Vati (father)



    I consider pieces like this, with such an intense human connection very intense. I checked and the House still exists, and there are some Riebels still living in the little medieval bavarian town on Mindelheim. I plan to write them, it would be awesome to know more abot this story, the fate of Mr Karl Riebel
    The good thing: Mask is mint, so I HOPE that Maya, Grandma & Karlheinz never where in danger..

    Anyone can tell me more about the "Feldpostnummer 12 091" ????

    Greetings, your friend danhashman



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    I like it! Danny are you around?

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    Default Re: Deutsche Volksgasmaske - Mint, very beautiful & more than complete

    This is a fantastic piece, its a step above the rest of the VM Gas Masks that I've seen

    Thanks for sharing it with us

    Danny

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    Default Re: Deutsche Volksgasmaske - Mint, very beautiful & more than complete

    I agree Danny, this is a fantastic example. Lovely letter too, well done danhashman!

    Regards,

    Carl

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    Help with Feldpostnummer from Reichskomissariat Ostland

    Forum-Member hucks216 from Suffolk helped me with the two feldpostnumbers on the box. THANK YOU hucks216 for this impressively complete info:



    Dienststelle - Feldpostnummer 12 091
    It belonged to various Org. Todt units after 1941...

    (Mobilmachung-1.1.1940) Pionier-Sperr-Kolonne 507,
    (15.9.1940-31.1.1941) gestrichen,
    (27.1.1942-14.7.1942) OT-Eisenbahn-Einsatz Baugruppe Giessler Narwa,
    dann OT-Eisenbahn-Einsatz I,
    (15.7.1942-24.1.1943) OT-Baugruppe Giessler Einheit IV,
    (1.8.1943-23.3.1944) 27.9.1943 OT-Oberbauleitung Ostland Einheit IV,
    (24.3.1944-6.11.1944) 13.9.1944 OT Technisches Hauptamt Lettland Eisenbahn-Bauleitung 4,
    (7.11.1944-Kriegsende) 16.3.1945 gestrichen.

    ...as does the FpNr located top right of the label (15838)...

    (Mobilmachung-1.1.1940) 3. Kompanie Straßen-Bau-Bataillon 625,
    (15.9.1940-31.1.1941) gestrichen,
    (27.1.1942-14.7.1942) Organisation Todt Eisenbahn-Einsatz Baugruppe Giessler,
    dann OT-Eisenbahn-Einsatz IV,
    (15.7.1942-24.1.1943) OT-Baugruppe Giessler Einheit III,
    (1.8.1943-23.3.1944) 27.9.1943 OT-Oberbauleitung Ostland Einheit III,
    (24.3.1944-6.11.1944) 13.9.1944 OT-Technisches Hauptamt Lettland Eisenbahn-Bauleitung3,
    (7.11.1944-Kriegsende) 17.1.1945 Bataillon 504 OT-Front-Regiment z.b.V. 113.
    eritis sicut deus, scientes bonum et malum...

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    Default Re: Deutsche Volksgasmaske - Mint, very beautiful & more than complete

    Very interesting, certainly has a lot of personality.

    Alec

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