Having seen the threads of Alistair's superb collection of Allied Paybooks, including many with a link to the fighting at Arnhem, here is one from my collection but this is the flip side of the coin as it is a German Soldbuch and relates to Operation Market Garden as the soldier fought with Kampfgruppe Knaust against John Frost's men at the bridge. For those that are unaware of the Soldbuch, when a male registered for military service he was issued a different small book called a Wehrpass, but when he was actually called up into service the Wehrpass was handed in to his unit and he was issued the Soldbuch which he was to carry in his top pocket at all times including in battle, while the Wehrpass stayed at the Company HQ. In it the record of his service was to be kept including promotions, units, weapon & clothing issues, awards, hospital stays, leave taken and so on. As you will see, if captured they could provide a wealth of information to the opposition. This soldier was born in February 1913 in Stettin and his Soldbuch was issued in August 1939 (page 2). Having undergone training he spent the first few years of the war with artillery units (page 4 Section C), including Artillery Rgt 175 of 75 Infantry Division on the Eastern Front. We can also see on page 5 that his father passed away on 29th December 1941. As can be seen from page 8a he was issued a number of rifles during his time including one in late August 1944 in the run up to Op Market Garden.