Luftschutz Dienstbuch for Truppführer Theodor Kasper
This interesting and unusual LS Service book is quite interesting for a few reasons. Firstly, nearly all of these are without pictures, and secondly his job for three years was to sounds the Air Raid Alarms and Sirens! Moreover, he was allowed to carry a weapon as well as take part in fighting!
Kasper was born on the 14.3.1886 into a catholic family in Reichenberg, his civilian trade was an Accountant. He swore an Oath of allegiance on the 8th of August 1941. Kasper was issued a full uniform for the Luftschutz including a Helmet. He was sent to the following unit:
As Hilfsauswerter and Truppführer (Group leader and Auxiliary Evaluator). He would spend from 30.9.1940 till 31.3.1943 in service. An interesting entry can be seen on page one under his photograph, stating he is allowed to carry a weapon and take part in the fighting.
What was the organisation?
The Luftschutzwarndienst, or Air Raid Warning Service, was a civilian organisation under the guidance of the Luftwaffe that was responsible for the timely warning of incoming enemy air raids and attacks on German cities, towns and installations. It functioned by taking reports from its members, from the Flugmeldedienst, and from the various related Polizei organisations, after which they processed the information so as to set in motion the sounding of air raid sirens prior to an attack. The organisation was also responsible for the sounding of the all clear siren once a raid or attack was over.
Interesting Radio News with the Air Raid warning!