Wehrpass to Penal Unit of the Africa Corps
This Wehrpass to Hermann Knaack a Private in the Penal Unit, Rgt. 962 of the Africa Corps is dated 01.02.44.
Hermann Knaack served from December 1942 to October 1943 with Afrika-Schtz.Rgt.962 of Afrika-Div.999, a penal unit of convicted military personnel, who were given the opportunity to "rehabilitate" themselves in combat. The unit was assigned some of the worst duties, such as mine clearance in the face of the enemy and military actions, which had little chance of success ("forlorn hope" engagements).
The unit was initially based in southern France and was sent to North Africa in early 1943. Knaack was wounded in action soon after his arrival and was repatriated for recovery before the Africa Corps surrendered. Due to the severity of his wound, he was finally discharged on 25.10.44, medically unfit for active military service. Pte. Hermann Knaack was entitled to the Wound Badge in Black.
The Wehrpass is sold with an original German postcard showing a Panzer and infantry in North Africa.
The Wehrpass is in excellent condition and any documents to penal units personnel are much in demand and very rare, particularly when attached to the Africa Corps.