German Generals and Heroes Cards

This category shows our selection of picture post cards of Third Reich generals and heroes. Many of the cards are drawings by W. Willrich, an accomplished combat artist. Many of the cards have a signature logo with a date. All cards guaranteed genuine.

1941 W. Willrich PPC Grossadmrial Raeder

Price: $45.00

1941 W. Willrich PPC featuring Grossadmrial Raeder. Raeder commanded the German navy through 1943 until he resigned. He was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and sentenced to life in prison.

W. Willrich Lieutenant Fulda, Knights Cross Winner

Price: $35.00

W. Willrich Paratrooper Lieutenant Fulda, Knights Cross Winner in the battle for Crete, color PPC. Card reads, "ein mit dem Ritterkreuz ausgezeichnneter Kretakampfer.

PPC General Eric Hoepner, Fieldpost Card

Price: $35.00

PPC of General Eric Hoepner, instrumental in the German's conducting a "war of extermination" against the Soviet Union. Card used as fieldpost and is censored with a censored mark. Some wear and a small close tear from fieldpost use. "Erich Kurt Richard Hoepner (14 September 1886 – 8 August 1944) was a German general during World War II. An early proponent of mechanisation and armoured warfare, he was a Wehrmacht army corps commander at the beginning of the war, leading his troops during the invasion of Poland and the Battle of France. Hoepner commanded the 4th Panzer Group on the Eastern Front during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Units under his command closely cooperated with the Einsatzgruppen and implemented the Commissar Order that directed Wehrmacht troops to summarily execute Red Army political commissars immediately upon capture. Hoepner's Panzer group, along with the 3rd Panzer Group, spearheaded the advance on Moscow in Operation Typhoon, the failed attempt to seize the Soviet capital. Dismissed from the Wehrmacht after the failure of the 1941 campaign, Hoepner restored his pension rights through a lawsuit. He was implicated in the failed 20 July plot against Adolf Hitler and executed in 1944." Credit Wikipedia.

W. Willirich General Meindl, Airborne Commander

Price: $35.00

1941 Major General Eugen Meindl, Airborne Commander, color picture postcard. "Born in 1892, Eugen Meindl enlisted in the army in 1912 and served during World War I. Meindl served with various artillery units in the Reichswehr, the post-war armed forces of the Weimar Republic, and subsequently in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany. In November 1938, Meindl was named commander of the 112th Mountain Artillery Regiment in Graz. Promoted to Oberst, he led the "Meindl Group" and made his very first parachute jump at Narvik. He transferred to the Luftwaffe in November 1940. During the airborne invasion of Crete, Meindl jumped near the Platanias Bridge, where he was shot in the chest and seriously wounded. In February 1942, Meindl, now a Generalmajor, became commander of the newly formed Luftwaffe Division Meindl in the Soviet Union. In September he took over the 13th Air Corps (later I Luftwaffe Field Corps). In 1943, he was promoted to commanding general of the 2nd Parachute Corps, which he led in the west on the invasion front and later at Cleves and in the Reichswald. His unit participated in the Battle of Nijmegen during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), but was halted on the Groesbeek Heights by dug-in American paratroopers, and thus unable to stop the Allies from taking the city and the strategically important bridges across the river Waal.[1] Meindl’s corps fought at Goch and in the Wesel bridgehead, where he was made commander on 5 March 1945. Meindl immediately advised High Command that the bridgehead ought to be evacuated, but was unable to secure Hitler's agreement to this until the evening of 9 March. In the intervening four days Meindl had already organized the evacuation of the bridgehead, and was therefore able to bring away the remains of seven divisions and two panzer units with most of their equipment; in his words,'all that would float came back again'. Meindl continued to command the 2nd Parachute Corps until its eventual surrender at Grossbrekendorf near Schleswig in early May.[2] He died in 1951." Credit Wikipedia.

1940 W. Willrich Color PPC von Rundstadt

Price: $65.00

1940 W. Willrich color PPC Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstadt. "Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt (12 December 1875 – 24 February 1953) was a German field marshal in the Heer (Army) of Nazi Germany during World War II. Born into a Prussian family with a long military tradition, Rundstedt entered the Prussian Army in 1892. During World War I, he served mainly as a staff officer. In the inter-war years, he continued his military career, reaching the rank of Colonel General (Generaloberst) before retiring in 1938. He was recalled at the beginning of World War II as commander of Army Group South in the invasion of Poland. He commanded Army Group A during the Battle of France, and requested the Halt Order during the Battle of Dunkirk. He was promoted to the rank of Field Marshal in 1940. In the invasion of the Soviet Union, he commanded Army Group South, responsible for the largest encirclement in history, the Battle of Kiev. He was relieved of command in December 1941 after authorizing the withdrawal from Rostov, but was recalled in 1942 and appointed Commander-in-Chief in the West. He was dismissed after the German defeat in Normandy in July 1944, but was again recalled as Commander-in-Chief in the West in September, holding this post until his final dismissal by Adolf Hitler in March 1945. Though aware of the various plots to depose Hitler, Rundstedt neither supported nor reported them. After the war, he was charged with war crimes, but did not face trial due to his age and poor health. He was released in 1949, and died in 1953."

W. Willrich Color PPC Motorcycle Messenger

Price: $35.00

1940 W. Willrich color PPC of a motorcycle scout for a panzer unit.

W. Willrich Paratrooper Major Koch

Price: $35.00

W. Willrich PPC Major Walter Koch, paratrooper commander. "Walter Koch (10 September 1910 – 23 October 1943) was a commander of the Fallschirmjäger during World War II who died in mysterious circumstances after openly criticising Adolf Hitler. Koch, who was the recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his actions during the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael in May 1940, had publicly denounced the Führer's infamous Commando Order, which ordered that all captured enemy commandos were to be executed. Shortly afterwards the Oberstleutnant and commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5 died in Berlin from injuries allegedly resulting from a motor vehicle collision." Credit Wikipedia.

W. Willrich Color PPC Luftwaffe Squadron Commander Falct

Price: $35.00

W. Willrich color PPC of a Luftwaffe Squadron Commander Captain Falct. Card reads, "Hauptmann Fald, Staffeltapitain einer erfolgreichen Jagdstaffel."

W. Willrich Color PPC Luftwaffe Squadron Commander

Price: $35.00

1940 W. Willrich color PPC of a Luftwaffe squadron commander. Card translates to: Our Luftwaffe. Leader of a succsssful hunter (fighter) squadron.

W. Willrich Color PPC Luftwaffe Squadron Commander Schumacher

Price: $35.00

1940 W. Willrich color PPC Luftwaffe squadron commander Oberstlutnant Schumacher.

W. Willrich Color PPC Luftwaffe Squadron Commander Steinhoff

Price: $35.00

W. Willrich color PPC Luftwaffe squadron commander Oberleutnant Steinhoff.

W. Willrich PPC Regimental Commander

Price: $35.00

1941 W. Willrich color PPC Regimental Commander. Card Reads, Manner der Westfront.

W. Willrich Iron Cross Winner Eric Schmolzer

Price: $25.00

W. Willrich Iron Cross Winner Eric Schmolzer, Iron Cross Winner for his actions as part of a Mountain BattalionP. Card reads, "Ritterkreuztrager Oberwachmeister Schmolzer in einem Gebirgsjager-Battlion."

W. Willrich Scout Trooper Portrait in Snow Uniform

Price: $29.50

1940 W. Willrich Scout Trooper Portrait in Snow Uniform, color PPC. Small ink spot near margin.

W. Willrich Scout Leader With Grenade

Price: $35.00

1941 W. Willrich color PPC of a Scout Leader with a Luger and Grenades.

W. Willrich Tank Crewmember

Price: $35.00

1940 W. Willrich Tank Crewmember. Card reads, "Der Panzerfahrer ist das geispiel felbftlofer Pfichttreue." ...an example of a loyal soldier.

1941 W. Willrich Color PPC U-Boat Commander Scheptke

Price: $35.00

1941 W. Willrich Color PPC U-Boat Commander Joachim Scheptke. "Schepke (1912–1941) took command of U-3 in 1938, sailed on five combat patrols, and sank two ships. From January to April 1940 he commanded U-19, sinking another nine ships. After a brief spell serving in a staff position, Schepke took command of U-100 in which he sank another 25 ships. On 17 March 1941, while attacking Convoy HX 112 U-100 was forced to the surface by depth charges from HMS Walker and HMS Vanoc, detected on radar, and consequently rammed by Vanoc. Schepke and 37 crewmen were killed; only six were rescued." Note: card differs slightly on reverse, with a handstamp and "135" written in red pencil. Credit Wikipedia.

1940 W. Willrich Color PPC U-Boat Watch Commander

Price: $35.00

Early WWII W. Willrich color PPC showing drawing of a U-boat watch commander.

W. Willrich Feldwebel Valtiner, Knights Cross Winner

Price: $35.00

1942 W. Willrich Feldwebel Valtiner, Knights Cross Winner.

W. Willrich PPC Motorcycle Commander von Rochow

Price: $35.00

Early W. Willrich PPC of Major Hans von Rochow, Knights Cross of the Iron Cross recipint. "The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) was the highest amilitary award of the Third Reich during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme gallantry. 7,321 awards were made between 30 September 1939 and 17 June 1945.Presentations were made to members of the Wehrmacht—the Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy) and Luftwaffe (Air Force)—as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia). There were also 43 recipients in the military forces of allies of the Third Reich." Credit Wikipedia.

W. Wilrich Student Youth Leader in Romania

Price: $25.00

1940 W. Willrich drawing of a student youth leader from Romania. Used.