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    This was from a great uncle who was in the 99th Infantry, otherwise known as the Battle Babies. I believe he took this off a dead German during the Battle of the Bulge near Elsenborn Ridge.

    Any idea what this would be worth? How can I find out more about the previous owner? My great uncle past away in 1970; his son knows nothing regarding these items.

    Dale
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    Hi Dale,i've moved your thread to the paperwork section. You'll get more responses here. Welcome to the forum too. Stewy S

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    Thanks for the welcome.......

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    I'am wondered about the Stabsgefreiter Rank in 1943 year...
    Regards,
    Dimas

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    Hi Dale, welcome to the forum!

    It looks like a very nice Soldbuch.

    Sadly German records are closed to non family members.

    Hi Dimas, the rank was used until late 1942/early 1943. Given the rest of the book looks OK, I don't have any concerns.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    That is a not often seen photo in a soldbuch, a soldier wearing the 'swallows nests' on his shoulders denoting a member of the regimental/battalion band.
    Can you make out his name? It looks like Martin Mayb....
    A quick check on Volksbund resulted in just one entry for a soldier with that combination - a Martin Maybauer KIA in Russia in 1943, so it isn't him but as we know, the Volksbund database is far from complete.

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    From the swallow nests was he a bandsman. I believe military bands were kept going until late 1944 even in the face of a chronic manpower shortage, then disbanded and used as cannon fodder, rather like the Luftwaffe ground crew.

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    The chances are this is an older photo taken earlier in the war. The addition of photos to the Soldbuch did not come about until 1943.

    Cheers, Ade.

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