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This collection is made up of a vast variety of materials pertaining to Homer William Schweppe’s experiences during World War II. Schweppe compiled various items during his initial military service in the United States, such as his Seattle Port Officer I.D. badge and his uniform patches. There are also items from his time at Camp Ritchie, including his glossary of “Nazi Deutsch” terms and a book on the Order of Battle of the German Army, to which he contributed. Schweppe also included items he collected while overseas, such as a German Map of the D-Day Invasion area, a welcome pamphlet from Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, the signatures of both Hitler and Himmler, Russian Identification cards, and multiple military medals. He also kept a collection of German letters and other paraphernalia related to the German P.O.W.s at Camp Ritchie following the war’s conclusion. There is some uncertainty of what Schweppe did specifically once he went to Europe, but his collection certainly gives an indication to where he was.

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Collection Size

1 cubic foot

Publication Date

March 2018


World War II, U.S. Army, Camp Ritchie, MD, D-Day Landing, Europe, England, Germany, Russia, German P.O.W.s, Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmer, War Souvenirs


European History | History | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-220: Homer W. Schweppe Papers