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Pre-War Luftwaffe Document

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    A June 24th, 1938-dated Luftwaffe document. I don't know anything else about it. It's interesting that the form was originally meant to be issued in 1937 but was actually issued in 1938.
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    Document shows the bearer knows how to swim. NH

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    Interesting, thanks.

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    Does the "20 Minuten" mean the bearer was able to swim for 20 minutes?

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    Yes. The private proved that he was able to swim for 20 minutes using freestyle swimming.

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    Terrific, thanks! One last question about this document: Was "Fliegerhorstkompanie Schleissheim" a training unit?

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    Quote by Dillinger022 View Post
    Terrific, thanks! One last question about this document: Was "Fliegerhorstkompanie Schleissheim" a training unit?
    Not neccessarily, Fliegerhorst translates literally as "Flyers (pilots) nest" which would be nonsense in English but what it actually interprets as is Airbase / Airfield / Aerodrome.

    Most military forces have specialised units that are "airfield" related in their roles. Sometimes they are airforce personnel sometimes army.

    For example in the British Forces the Army has small signals units from the Royal Signals that are styled "Airfield Troop" etc and from the Royal Engineers styled with the same title and both types of unit provide specialist support to the Royal Airforce. The Royal Airforce also has the RAF Regiment who are not aircrew but provide security, defence etc. So, Fliegerhorstkompanie would be "Airfield Company" although I couldn't tell you exactly what their role would have been I think the general idea can be inferred.

    Also, in most military units there is a requirement (not always mandatory) to be able to swim. In the British Army this is known as the MIlitary Swimming Test which is generally only taken once during basic training (you don't forget how to swim!) and is entered in the soldiers records which I think is the essence of the document you have here.

    Have a look at this; https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flugpl...hlei%C3%9Fheim

    It is fairly easy to understand even without knowledge of the language.

    I hope this helps

    Regards

    Mark

    PS It looks to me like the 37/38 change is likely a manuscript error.
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    A little background info:

    There were/are different degrees of swimming certificates in Germany.
    The basic level for adults under the system used until the early Eighties was the Freischwimmer ["free swimmer"] test, for which this is a certificate.
    Requirements for qualification were a jump into the water from 1 meter height and 15 minutes of swimming in deep water.

    The airfield in Schlei▀heim has been in existence since 1912, when it was built for the Royal Bavarian air corps. It was a military installation until 1981; nowadays it is a purely civilian airfield used by six air sports clubs and the Federal Police's helicopter service.
    Part of it has become a satellite facility of the German Museum in Munich and is used both as a museum/exhibition site and as an aircraft restoration workshop.

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    Excellent info! Thanks a lot Watchdog!

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    A little background info:

    There were/are different degrees of swimming certificates in Germany.
    The basic level for adults under the system used until the early Eighties was the Freischwimmer ["free swimmer"] test, for which this is a certificate.
    Requirements for qualification were a jump into the water from 1 meter height and 15 minutes of swimming in deep water.

    The airfield in Schlei▀heim has been in existence since 1912, when it was built for the Royal Bavarian air corps. It was used by the military until 1981; nowadays it is used by civilian air sports clubs and the Federal Police's helicopter service. Part of it has become a satellite facility of the German Museum in Munich and is used both as a museum and as an aircraft restoration workshop.
    Wow! Thanks for the details!

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