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Soldbuch of Oberschütze Willi Beese, Landesschützen-Bataillon 739

Willi Beese, a retired administrative official, was drafted into the German Army in September 1944 at the age of 59. He was issued a captured gas mask, a French rifle and bayonet, and was assigned to a Landesschützen unit performing security duties in Germany such as guarding POWs. His discharge document states that he suffered from senility and was to be assigned no duty.