42nd Contemporary History Auction

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Hptm. L. - German Cross in Gold grouping

Hptm. L. - German Cross in Gold grouping

LOT 52-0002
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
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LOT 52-0002
EAN 2000000554174
LOT 52-0002
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000554174
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT 52-0002
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000554174
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Hptm. L. - German Cross in Gold grouping


Description

Extensive German Cross in Gold grouping to Hauptmann Oskar L. serving as a company commander with Gebirgs-Pionier-Bataillon 85. 

The award comes directly from his family and was never on the market.  What makes this grouping really special is that this grouping came together with the German Cross in gold grouping of Hauptmann H. which is also available in this catalog!

Hauptmann H. and Hauptmann L. were both decorated with the German Cross. Hauptmann H.’s son and Hauptmann L.’s daughter got married which is the reason both groupings came from the same family!

Hauptmann L. Was seriously wounded five times! He only survived as his metal glasses case, as well as his German Cross, has stopped the bullet. Hauptmann L. died in the 1970s from a heart attack. 

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Documents:

Certificate to German Cross in Gold. Small type. Issued on 24.3.1943. Signed by Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel (Knight's Cross winner). 

Certificate to German Cross in Gold. Field made. Issued on 24.3.1943. Signed by an Oberstabsarzt.

Certificate to 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. Issued on 14.4.1941. Signed by Generalleutnant Karl-Adolf Hollidt (Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves winner).

Certificate to 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Issued on 15.6.1940. Signed by General der Artillerie Curt Haase (Knight's Cross winner).

Certificate to General Assault Badge. Issued on 19.9.1942. Signed by an Oberst and Deputy Commander of the 1. Panzerdivision. 

Certificates to East Medal, Wound Badge in Silver and Gold, Sudetenland Medal, and Bulgarian Order of Bravery 4th Class, 2nd Grade.

Awards:

German Cross in Gold. Made by C.F. Zimmermann. "20" maker marked on the back of the pin. Because of its weight and construction, collectors call it a "light" Zimmermann. No damage to the enamel. Multi-piece construction. Damaged by a gunshot on the rim. Weight: 45.5 gr.

Including a handwritten note by Hauptmann L., stating "German Cross in Gold, awarded on 24.3.1943, presented by Oberst Meyer near Smolensk (Russia), damaged by a gunshot on 5.7.1943 near Orel (Russia)". He also wrote the same information about the damage on the back of the German Cross.

1939 Iron Cross 1st Class on screw-back. "L/54" maker marked. Three-part construction. Iron core. Original black paint. "EK 1" written on the back. With the matching LDO case of issue. "E.K. 1 - Schraube - L/54" marked to the bottom. It opens and closes correctly. 

1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. No maker's mark. Three-part construction. Iron core. Original black paint. With the original case of issue. The case opens and closes correctly. 

1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. "26" maker marked. Three-part construction. Iron core. Original black paint. Slightly bent due to the gunshot from 5.7.1943. With the LDO case of issue. 

Wound Badge in Silver. A "heavy" tombak badge. Fine silver finish. "verw Abz" written on the back. With the dark red case of issue. "Hauptmünzamt Wien" maker marked to the bottom. Furthermore three Wound Badges in Silver. Including one 1st pattern. 

Bulgarian Order of Bravery 4th Class, 2nd Grade. With the original ribbon and green case of issue. 

3-place medal bar with 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class (non-magnetic core), Heer Long Service Award for 4 years, and Sudetenland Medal.

Two General Assault Badges. Made from zinc. Semi-hollow construction. "Sturm Abz" written on the back of a badge. 

East Medal on the original ribbon. "108" maker marked to the ring. With the matching bag of issue. "Arno Wallpach, Salzburg" maker marked to the bag. Additionally, four ribbons for the East Medal.

1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Three-part construction. Iron core. Original black paint. Including two original ribbons. 

Sudetenland Medal with "Prager Burg" clasp on its original ribbon.

Four ribbon bars and one Heer Long Service Award medal bar (the medal is missing).

Eight paper slips with information regarding the awards (awarded on, awarded by, location, etc.). Written by himself!

Insignia:

Heer Pionier shoulder boards for a Hauptmann. Rank pips in place. Slip-on type. A matching pair.

Heer Gebirgsjäger officer's Edelweiss (sleeve badge). Hand-embroidered.

Edged Weapons:

Heer officer's dagger with hangers. "Christianswerk Solingen" maker marked to the blade. It has some rust stains. An orange handle, which is slightly loose. Silvered metal fittings. No dents to the scabbard. One of the scabbard bands is broken. With the matching dagger hangers. Both snap clips work perfectly. Signs of wear.

Heer pararade bayonet K98. It comes with a nice clean blade. "TIGER Solingen" maker marked. Black bakelite grip plates. No chipping. Original black painted steel scabbard. No dents. Including the matching portepee and leather frog. The felt backing of the frog has worn off. Length bayonet: 40 cm.

Heer officer's sabre. The blade is in nice condition. Made by Paul Weyersberg, Solingen. Maker marked. Brass hilt fittings. The langet shows the initials of Oskar L. "OL" (engraved). Black celluloid grip with wire wrapping. No damage. Attached officer's portepee. Original black painted steel scabbard. No dents. Including the original cloth bag. Length sabre: 91 cm.

Miscellaneous:

Wehrmacht service glasses with the case. Damaged by a gunshot on 03.09.1939 near Osjakow, Poland.

Two Soviet Russian Red Star cap badges. Enameled.

WWI patriotic ring. Made from brass. "1914" dated. Inside diameter: 18.23 mm.

Two unknown badges and a wooden case.


Condition
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