Finding a named uniform is rare, finding one with a picture of the owner rarer, but finding a group with two uniforms, with a framed large picture of the owner wearing one of the tunics (an Artillery tunic!), and two thick photoalbums showing the summeruniform in wear is about the best thing any collector can find!!!!!!! Oh, and there’s a lot of paperwork in the group as well!
Dutchmilitaria presents: The grouping of Herbert Werle from Stabsbattr.II./A.R.29!!!!
The group consits of the following items:
- Tunic 1: The first tunic is a very nice Artillery tunic, made by tailor Friedrich Storch Herrenmoden-Uniformen in Kassel. Under the shoulderboard slides is the unit number 29 (these slides are to cover the shiny numerals in the field). Above the left breastpocket is a Heer eagle with bullion thread. There are also loops for an EK1 and above the pocket loops for a ribbonbar. The tunic is in good condition but there are a few minor mothholes (nothing disturbing at all).
- Tunic 2: a very nice early pattern white summer tunic with six buttons. It has a unique funker patch that was most probably specially made for this tunic on white cloth (i’ve never seen another)! On the left chest is a metalic breast eagle. On the right chest a small double ribbonbar with Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung and Sudetenland Annexation medal. Under it are loops for an EK1 and Reiterabzeichen. The shoulderboards are in excellent condition and show the number “29” as well.
- Two thick photoalbums with a LOT of photo’s, most military, but a few civilian too. You can see the tunics in wear and also a lot of the places Werle went to during the war (until his death in september 1941). The first album is competely full, the second only half. (Not all pictures are shown here on the website).
- A framed large picture of Werle, wearing the first Artillery tunic (see the shoulderboard slides).
- Many papeworks, promotion documents, his EK1 citation, 3 colourfull shooting award citations, 1 colourfull marching citation, a document that states he is of arian blood, a field made document about Werle earning the EK1, an 18-06-1940 dated document that in details describes how a French battailion was taken prisoner, a small letter from the Batterie back home to describe that the citation of his EK1 was sent home.
This group is well know in the collectorsworld and there is some research/more information available. E.g. a small publication that mentions where and why Oberleutnant Herbert Werle earned the Iron Cross second Class (EK2) during the French campaign in 1940. Information like this make the group come “alive” and is not often found!!!!!
This online article says:
Bei La Culier wird der Rgt.Stab A.Ar.29 überfallen; der Rgt.Kdr. beteiligt sich persönlich an der Abweht. Schliesslich gelingt es durch den schneidigen und kaltblütigen Einsatz des Nachrichten-Zugführers der II./A.R.29 Oblt. Werle, den Feind zur Übergabe zu zwingen und ein ganzes Btl. gefangen zu nehmen. Oblt. Werle erhält noch am selben Abend das E.K.II aus der Hand des Div.Kdrs.
At La Culier the Rgt.Stab A.R.29 gets invaded; the Rgt.Kdr. is involved personally in the defense. Finally it is possible by means of the coldblooded action of the Nachrichten-Zugführer of the II./A. R. 29 Oberleutnant Werle, to force the enemy to surrender and take a whole bataillion prisoner. Oberleutnant Werle receives on the same evening, the E. K. II out of the hands of the Div.Kdrs.
According to the Volksbund Herbert Werle was killed in action on 04-09-1941.
Information from the Volksbund:
Herbert Friedrich Wilhelm Werle ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Kiew.
Endgrablage: Block 8 Reihe 23 Grab 2041
Name und die persönliche Daten von Herbert Freidrich Wilhelm Werle sind auch im Gedenkbuch der Kriegsgräberstätte verzeichnet.
Vorname: Herbert Friedrich Wilhelm
This is one of the best groups we have ever had for sale. It is simply an amazing time capsule, named, pictures, with background history and a lot of “evidence” to back it all up. It simply doesnt get much better!
Edit: the whole group is untouched and everything belongs together, only the Reiterbzeichen has been added by the former owner/collector. It’s a nice little bonus for the next collector. It was with the above items, but we thought it would be only honest to mention this.