I need help regarding an old German SS-feldpost from World War II

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I need help regarding an old German SS-feldpost from World War II

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Hello,

I have this german SS-feldpost from World War II postmarked Grünberg Oberhess 10.8.44

I cannot read the German-language correspondence, and I wonder if it contains any further clues about where the SS-soldier was posted at the time.

Any other details will be appreciated, for example about who the sender is or if the correspondence contains anything of historic or philatelic interest.

Thanks,

Lars
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It's from his mother and that's the best I can do!

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Feldpost 22317 belonged to 14th SS division, which was tasked with anti-partizan operations in Slovakia on the date specified by the postmark.

It is almost impossible to have clues regarding the localization of the troops by reading Feldpost correspondence. It defies the purpose of having the numbers as addresses in the first place. Messages were read by censorship for such clues. Innocent mistakes were returned with a warning, or the letter was destroyed without warning. Clues that gave away significant information were referred for disciplinary action.

This is not to say clues did not exist. There are Inselpost overprints on German Feldpost labels, or palm trees on Afrika Korps letters. However, for the majority of the cases, you should not hope to find out anything by reading the messages. It's generally nothing more than usual pleasantries.

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Of course, above letter is from the soldier's mother to Feldpost. It can only give us clues about where the mother was located, and we already know that from the postmark ;)

My remarks were about correspondence originating from soldiers, with only a Feldpost number as the sender's address

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Thank you Number-O-Ne and Goodwind :D
I can only agree with Number-O-Ne about his general considerations regarding feldpost.
Just for the record - I can state that the letter in all probability was never opened by the son or anyone else before I did it yesterday. It was totally glued along the edges and it would be visible if anyone had tried to open the letter which is made of very thin paper.

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By the way is "14th SS division" the same as "14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS"?

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LHP wrote:
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By the way is "14th SS division" the same as "14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS"?
That's what shows up when I check.

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The 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician) (German: 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS [galizische Nr. 1],[2] Ukrainian: 14а Гренадерська Дивізія СС (1а галицька)), prior to 1944 titled the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galicia" (German: 14. SS-Freiwilligen Division "Galizien", Ukrainian: 14а Добровільна Дивізія СС "Галичина")[1] was a World War II German military formation made up predominantly of military volunteers with a Ukrainian ethnic background from the area of Galicia,[3] later also with some Slovaks and Czechs.[3][4] Formed in 1943, it was largely destroyed in the battle of Brody, reformed, and saw action in Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria before being renamed the first division of the Ukrainian National Army and surrendering to the Western Allies by 10 May 1945. - Wikipedia

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Do you need to translate the text in the letter to English?
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Yes please if possible :D

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OK, I will do than in my free time, and you will get it in a day or two:)

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Thank you Adomos - It's very nice of you. :-)

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Grünberg 10.8.44

Mein lieber Helmut!

Sende Dir heute wiederum viele herzliche Grüße und Wünsche Dir alles alles Gute. Bei uns geht es noch gut und von Dir hoffen wir doch daß Du noch gesund bist? Höchste Walter muß jetzt auch nächsten Montag einrücken nach Marburg in die Infantrie-Kaserne. Kesper der auf dem Marktplatz wohnt, ist auch gefallen beim Abeitseinsatz in Ostpreußen durch Hervorpompen. Für heute weiß ich sonst keine besondere Neuigkeiten und grüße Dich nochmals mit vieltausend lieben Grüßen.

Deine Mutter!

Gruß von Eugen und Vater.



Grünberg 10.8.44

My dear Helmut!

We are sending you today again many warm greetings and wish you all the best. We are still doing well, and we hope that you are still healthy? Höchste Walter* have to report to the infantry barracks in Marburg next Monday. Kesper**, who lives on the Marktplatz, also perished when working in East Prussia by pomping forward***. For today, I do not have any other important news, and I greet you again with many thousands of kind regards.

Your mother!

Greetings from Eugen and father.

* It could be a surname Höchste or a nickname meaning the tallest Walter.
** Kesper or Kefper. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between “f” and “s”.
*** I do not understand well the meaning. It might be “by going forward”, “on the walk”, etc.
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Many thanks Adomas,
I'm really impressed with your translation and that anyone can interpret the scripture. No matter what language it would have been written in, I would not have had a chance. Thank you again, Adomas

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This Kurrent writing system was used in Germany until 1941. My mother still learned this writing system at school in East Prussia (Schirwindt) in the late 1930s.
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Thank you for the information. Was it hard for you to read or did it come easy?

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It was easy because the letters were quite clear and the language is modern. It is difficult to work with ancient documents from 16-18th century with the Baroque-style expressions and old words.
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Yes, it must be much harder :)

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