This is a fascinating mini group for someone who began WW I as an enlisted man, and finished it as an Offizier-Stellvertreter. The set consists of his enlisted man’s militärpaß and his Offizier-Stellvertreter’s Kriegs=Stammrollen=Auszug (War Master Rolls Excerpt/Extract). Essentially, an Offizier-Stellvertreter is an acting officer who has not received a commission (patent), but is “acting” with an officer’s command-authority and status. It gives the man a higher ranking than any NCO, but not quite as high as a commissioned leutnant or Leutnant der Reserve. The militärpaß, of course, is an enlisted man/NCO’s service record. The booklet contains all of a soldier’s “who, what, and where.” It will list the units in which he has served, any specialized training received, any decorations awarded, and so on. The Kriegs=Stammrollen=Auszug was a document containing most of the same information, but in a different format.
The militärpaß shows that he was an Oldenburg native, born in 1892. He entered the army in October 1912. He was posted to Jäger-Bataillon Fürst Bismarck (Pommersches) Nr 2 in Kompagnie Nr 1. He won both the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and Oldenburg’s equivalent, the Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class. He received both of these decorations in 1914, which was quite an accomplishment, as the requirements to receive them were much stricter that early in WW I.
His progress through the war and the various units to which he was attached are all revealed. This set can provide hours of interesting research.