This is a very rare Waffen-SS soldbuch issued to a SS-Panzer Grenadier attached to the 9th SS Panzer Division “Hohenstaufen”. Complete with passphoto.
Soldbuch Nr. 6753, issued to Anton van der Mond (a very typical Dutch name!), who was however born in Germany. The soldbuch issued on 8. September 1944. Assigned to the SS-Pz. Gren. Ausb. u. Ers. Btl. 3 (SS Panzer Grenadier Training and replacement Battalion 3), which was a component of the 20th Panzer Grenadier regiment, which in turn was a component of the 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen.
Nine days after he was inducted, on september 17th 1944, the Allies launched the Airborne Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in the Netherlands. The elite Allied paratroop units were virtually destroyed by the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions, which were resting and refitting in the Arnhem area. In how far Anton van der Mond played a part in this action one can only guess. He was untrained at this time (or did he had previous experience from other army unites?) and there is no mention of a weapon.
The Hohenstaufen Division took later part in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent to Hungary in February 1945. It ended the war fighting in Austria on the Southern sector of the Eastern Front. Anton van der Mond was around for the battles with the British and Americans, especially the 84th US infantry division. In the history of the 84th infantry division is mentioned the tough fighting with the Hohenstaufen panzer grenadiers, so he definitely must have had hard fighting experiences.
There are also entries from August to December 1945 in the soldbuch, obviously from after the war ended, where Anton van der Mond was hospitalized after being wounded, seeing how long he was hospitalised he must’ve been injured pretty bad.
The signature on page 23 is from SS Ustuf. Hans-Wilhelm Schaumlöffel
Complete with all pages and in good condition, very hard to find and an amazing late war timedocument of great historical value!!!