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Interesting "Dienststelle" Stamp

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Sun, February 12, 2012 03:09PM

One of my current projects is reproducing stamps for wartime Wehrmacht travel documents. This service stamp was used to certify two typed notations on the reverse of a Kriegsurlaubsschein. While one would expect a stamp of a military unit or Kommandantur, or perhaps a generic type Feldpost number stamp, this stamp reads simply "Dienststelle"- duty station. I am not sure why there is no other information on this stamp, perhaps it was for security reasons, but in any case this is certainly the most generic service seal I have ever seen, and could theoretically have been used for almost any purpose. If I had not seen this myself I would have never believed that it was real and used during the period. I have copied it exactly.

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More new Soldbuch stamps: Rank stamps

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, November 14, 2011 07:16PM

I have finished some new and different rank stamps, precisely copied from original Nazi-era paperwork.

The "Rechnungsfuehrer" rank stamp is a typical stamp found in a Wehrmacht Soldbuch. The Rechnungsfuehrer was an administrative NCO who acted as a paymaster and could have signed to authorize many kinds of entries concerning issue and pay. The other two stamps are more unusual and were for special kinds of units. The "Major u. Kp.-Chef" stamp would be for a Major in charge of a Kompanie, this was an unusual situation and in this case was for a Genesendenkompanie (convalescent company). The "Hauptm. u. Dienstst. Leiter" could be used for virtually any kind of unit but was intended to be used for duty stations that did not have typical military organization structures, as in this case, for a Heeresentlassungstelle (Army discharge station).

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Hospital stamps for the Soldbuch

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, November 07, 2011 09:47PM

A number of people have asked me to make German Red Cross (DRK) stamps for reproducing Soldbuch entries related to wounds and hospitalizations. While I am happy to take on any rubber stamp project, the fact is that the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz was and is a civil organization and these stamps are, generally speaking, not really appropriate for the majority of Wehrmacht paperwork. This is particularly the case with wound and hospitalization entries in the Soldbuch. German soldiers, both those wounded in action and those hospitalized with other medical issues, were generally treated in military hospitals staffed with military personnel. The stamps that were used in these hospitals followed the typical format of of any Wehrmacht Dienststelle: they used line stamps and round Dienststempel stamps that bore the designation of the unit (in this case a hospital), either the full designation or in some cases the Feldpost number. Stamp Sheet #1 has a number of hospital stamps copied from original paperwork, including hospital designation stamps and rank stamps for military doctors and hospital staff. Here is a picture of some other hospital stamps I have copied, these for Kriegslazarett 1/251, pictured with a page from the original Soldbuch from which they were copied- a document from a soldier wounded by a bullet in 1943. I even carefully copied the variant eagle design used for this particular stamp. Small variations like this add realism to reproduction paperwork and help create the illusion of a document stamped at different places over a period of years.

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Stamp Sheet #3: Feldpost

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Tue, September 06, 2011 10:16PM

I've finished a sheet of stamps for military mail, "Feldpost." The sheet includes civilian and military postal cancellations, a military censor stamp, unit stamps for mail and more. I will update the site with the complete information soon.

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Soldbuch rubber stamp sheet

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, May 16, 2011 09:38PM

Finally got a page up about the rubber stamp sheet I have been selling. I'm really pleased with all the positive feedback I have been getting from this project. I am hard at work on a second sheet of stamps now.

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Unit stamps for a Landessch├╝tzen unit

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Tue, November 16, 2010 03:05PM
Here are 3 reproduction rubber stamps I recently created for a Landessch├╝tzen unit. The first two are the typical unit stamps used in identity documents and other paperwork, these were copied from examples in an original Soldbuch. The last stamp is a Feldpost stamp that could have been used on outgoing mail. This unit was never stationed outside of Germany and so was never assigned a Feldpost number.

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Stamps for personal kit items

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Wed, October 27, 2010 04:22PM
Here are some stamps I have made up for marking reenactment gear and personal equipment. The large "Heerseigentum" stamp was copied from a marking originally stamped on the back of a mirror that hung in a Heer barracks room. Similar stamps were used to stamp all kinds of barracks furniture as well as various articles of Army property. The "Wehrmacht-Packung 1943" and "Wehrmacht Heer" stamps are essentially fantasy designs inspired by the various types of property markings found on personal kit items from rations to razor blades. I find that stamps like these when used sparingly can add realism to reproduction packaging of various kinds.

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