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Old 16th February 2020, 18:28
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Helmut Wick feldpost letter

Here is another recent acquisition from Germany, which I thought members might be interested to see. It’s a Feldpost letter written by Major Helmut Wick to Major Hennig Strumpell on October 20th 1940.
The day before, he had been promoted to Major and Kommodore of JG27, a decision he was obviously not happy about. Wick took over command of I.Gruppe JG2 from Strumpell on September 9th 1940, who transferred to a fighter school. Ultimately Goering reversed the decision and promoted Wick to Kommodore of JG2 on the same day this letter was written.
I would be interested if any members know what the four letters followed by Paris represent on the reverse of the envelope, JG2 feldpost office maybe??
The rough English translation of the letter is as follows:

Honoured Herr Major(Strümpell).
For the congratulations and the kind lines I ask Major to express my most obedient thanks.
Unfortunately I was made Kommodore of Jg27 and Major.
Since I thought this solution was wrong, I took the opportunity yesterday to talk about it personally with the Reichsmarschall. Sperrle and Jeschonek were there. The Reichsmarschall still reserves the right to decide on this question, which generally concerns the entire hunting industry. I hope it falls soon.
In the hope that I may continue to retain the inheritance of Herr Major.
Entirely devoted Wick
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Old 17th February 2020, 14:39
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Re: Helmut Wick feldpost letter

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I would be interested if any members know what the four letters followed by Paris represent on the reverse of the envelope, JG2 feldpost office maybe??
Perhaps LG 5 or 2 b. Paris. Not sure at all even though it's not Sütterlin. LG, if it is LG, could be Luftgau (Air Sector) or Luftgeschwader (??? Not very likely). After LG is it really a figure 2 or 5? I don't know.

b. is bei = near.

Even today all letters in German sent for business or administrative purposes (not to good friends or family members) begin with "Sehr geehrter…" (Very Honoured…) or "Sehr geehrte…" if it's sent to a woman or to several pesons (in this case "geehrte" is plural). It is just the normal beginning of a letter and doesn't mean anything particular, like in English "Mister" or "Sir" (except if this Sir really was made a Sir by the king/queen) or "Dear Sir" to begin a letter. "Hochverehrter" (Highly Honoured) in this case is also a usual cliché at the time when writing to a superior officer etc. and I think it's still in use today, not only for military personnel. Our German members know this better than I do.

The word "Jägerei" doesn't mean the hunting industry but, quite informally and colloquially (it's a bit hard to translate right), "the fighter business" or "the fighter arm", perhaps "the fighter stuff" etc.

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Old 17th February 2020, 14:47
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Re: Helmut Wick feldpost letter

Hi Rof120
Many thanks for your reply, it was really interesting and thank you for the correction and explanations of German letter writing.
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Old 18th February 2020, 00:57
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hello together,

what about "L.G.P.A. Paris = Luftgaupostamt Paris"!?


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Old 18th February 2020, 03:38
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Thank you Ghostwriter
That makes perfect sense, very much appreciated
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Re: Helmut Wick feldpost letter

That is a fantastic letter with very interesting content.
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Old 18th February 2020, 09:32
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Thank you VtwinVince
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Re: Helmut Wick feldpost letter

Beg the question: why was Wick not happy about a promotion ?
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Re: Helmut Wick feldpost letter

Yes Jägerei literally translates as hunting but obviously here refers to the Jagdwaffe.
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Old 18th February 2020, 10:46
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Hi Snautzer
In answer to your query, he wanted to remain with 1.Gruppe JG2 and his promotion to Major and Kommodore of JG27 would have meant leaving.
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