GERMAN WWI DEATH CARD FOR INFANTRY REGIMENT SNIPER PETER SIMON KOHL
DEATH CARD FOR A GERMAN WW1I FOR INFANTRY REGIMENT SNIPER - ORIGINAL
German death card for Infantry Regiment Sniper PETER SIMON KOHL. He joined the army on December 1, 1941 and by June 1942 he was fighting the Bolshevik's in the Eastern Front. He was struck down and died just south of Ladoga, Russia. Card measures about 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" unfolded. It is a double sided, double page card.
Military death cards are notices of the death of a WW1 and WW2 German soldiers who were killed during the war. Known also as “Sterbebilder”.
Death notices were a common European Catholic custom, normally given or mailed to mourners, family, and friends as death notifications also encouraging mourners to remember the deceased in prayer. These cards were usually 1 or 2 small pages, either single or folded and printed on both back and front. These pages would usually have a photograph of the deceased along with his important life information. Some did not include a photo and many included a religious icon or poem
In contrast to other death cards the German government would not allow the printing of any WWII soldier’s unit information or a graphic cause of death.