Oblong quarto (11 x 8").  leaves. Original string bound decorative cloth. A 2 3/8 X 3 1/2" b/w photograph of the artist (dressed in full Nazi uniform) pasted on inside of front cover. Unique collection of 35 original drawings, and watercolors by Wolfy Böllner, a young German soldier serving in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. The following 28 leafs are left blank. This album is composed of 30 watercolors, 4 pen & ink drawings, and 1 drawing in pencil. Each artwork is handsigned by the artist, and 15 pieces of a smaller size are pasted directly to the album's leaves. This unique albums opens with a view of a Polish village, and the ruins of Cracow. Two domestic interior scenes in Romania and Bulgaria (where Wolfy Böllner was quartered before Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union). However, most of the artwork depicts German soldiers, and battle scenes on the Eastern Front. A striking watercolor reproduces German tanks, and Stuka dive-bombers forcing their way into Russia. Other watercolors depict the surrender of a column of Red Army soldiers; Russian prisonners being interrogated by two German officers; a street of Kiev after the battle; German tanks passing by burning Soviet villages; Dornier Do 17 bombers flying above the front lines, and ready to drop their lethal load behind enemy lines, etc. Most of the artwork is dated, and runs from 1939 to 1942. Moderate rubbing along edges of album. Two undated watercolors depicting ships in an harbor are partly chipped, creased, and stained along edges. The 33 other pieces are in very good condition. Captions in German. Album in overall good- to good, interior in good+ to very good, two plates in fair to good- condition, the rest in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: WWII Watercolor album by a soldier of the ...
Publication Date: 1942
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: Unique unpublished manuscript.
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