Owm. Banze Knight's Cross folder - Stug-Abt. 244

Knight' Cross certificate in presentation folder to later Leutnant Heinrich Banze serving with Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244.

Red presentation folder with typical sunken (gilt) national eagle. Golden bordering to the inside. "FRIEDA THIERSCH" maker marked. Size: 45cm x 36cm. While the top and bottom cover are separated, the show minor signs of use. The spring is seriously damaged. Cord damaged.

High quality four-page parchment certificate in good condition. Hand-written name HEINRICH BANZE in gold color. "Autopen" signature of Adolf Hitler. "FÜHRERHAUPTQUARTIER DEN 27. MAI 1942" issued. 

A very rare document to an assault gunner Knight's Cross recipient. Including a replica photograph and document copies.


Leutnant Karl Heinrich Banze was born on 24.7.1911. He has joined the Reichswehr in 1933 and was transferred to the Wehrmacht in 1935. Being promoted an Oberwachtmeister, he was sent to Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244 on 12.5.1941 which fought in Russia shortly after. Banze has destroyed 13 Russian tanks on a single day (15.5.1942) and was therefore awarded the Knight's Cross on 27.5.1942. On 25.5.1942, he was awarded the Honor Roll Clasp. 
Banze died in Russian prison-ship in February 1943.

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