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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Herbert Buechs

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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Herbert Buechs-From November 1943 Buechs was General Staff Officer of the Luftwaffe at the Chief of the Wehrmacht Command Staff (WFSt) and thus second adjutant to Colonel General Alfred Jodl. On July 20, 1944, he was present in the situation barracks in the Wolf's Lair in East Prussia. He survived the Stauffenberg assassination with minor injuries.  If you look at his fingerprints, you can see he has three deformed fingers on his right, unsure if this was his injury but could possibly be. He was honored with the Wound Badge on July 20, 1944. In May 1945 he was taken prisoner by the Americans, he was detained and finally released in 1948. He testified as a witness in the Nuremberg trials of the main war criminals. He was later listed in the Brown Book of the GDR because of his general staff function. After the Second World War, he first worked as a clerk and interpreter, later he became a department head in an engineering office that was active in the Middle East. In 1950 he studied at the University of Political Science in Munich. During the 1970’s he was Director General of the NATO Telecommunications Agency (NICSMA) in Brussels. 

Note: These are original vintage reprints of Prisoner of War Preliminary reports These are guaranteed as described. This paperwork would have been a prisoner “intake form”, with all of the individual’s personal details including the prisoner's name, fingerprints, place of birth, next of kin, date of capture, date of arrival, date of transfer, physical description, distinguishing marks, etc.

Copies of these would have been supplied to the different departments that needed access to this information. This is one of the vintage reprints that survived from the infamous Allied prisoner-of-war camp in the Palace Hotel of Mondorf-les-Bains, in Luxembourg, code named "Camp Ashcan". Each card is annotated "CCPWE #32", an abbreviation for the Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure #32. Operating from May to August 1945, it served as a processing station and interrogation center for the 86 most prominent surviving Nazi leaders prior to their trial in Nuremberg, including Hermann Göring and Karl Dönitz.