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Major Heinrich Höfer - case & ribbon to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Major Heinrich Höfer - case & ribbon to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

LOT 50-1017
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
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LOT 50-1017
EAN 2000000512754
LOT 50-1017
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
EAN 2000000512754
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
LOT 50-1017
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000512754
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


Description

Black case of issue to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Major im Generalstab Heinrich "Heinz" Höfer (1911-1996).

The case opens and closes correctly. Magnetic hinge. The push-button is made from brass and iron. Black velvet inlay. White silk lining (partially padded). The lining between top and bottom is partly torn. A debossed line runs around the outside of the top. Size case: 14.8x7.8x2.5 cm.

Including a 21.5cm long original neck ribbon. Signs of use and stains. 

Major Höfer served as commanding officer with II./Kampfgeschwader 55. He continued his military service with the German Bundeswehr from 15.12.1955 until 30.09.1971. His last military rank was Oberst im Generalstab.

- Luftwaffe Honor Goblet on 3. November 1941

- German Cross in Gold on 16. July 1942

- Knight's Cross on 3. September 1943

- Oak Leaves on 18. November 1944

Please note all items of Major Höfer in our 40. Contemporary Auction.  


Condition
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Historical information

NAME

Knights Cross of the Order of the Iron Cross

DATE OF INSTITUTION

1. September 1939 as the third and new grade of the re-instituted Order of the Iron Cross

AWARD CRITERIA

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy and for outstanding merit in troop leadership. The awarding required the previous awarding of the two lower grades. The Knights Cross was solely awarded by the Führer upon the proposal of the soldiers unit and issued by the Heerespersonalamt. The Knights Crosses were stored at the Ordenskanzlei in Berlin, to be sent to the awardee after approval. There were no Knights Crosses stored at any level of the Wehrmacht before the end of April 1945.

MANUFACTURERS

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was produced by seven manufacturers, not including variations amongst the individual companies. The Knights Crosses can be found either unmarked (early Juncker and 3/4 Ring), with a silver content mark, with an LDO number (L/12 and L/52), and later on with the company’s Präsidialkanzlei number (2, 20, 65, and 4). Private sales were forbidden after October 1941.

AWARD NUMBERS

Accurate numbers are not known but the closest estimation is around 7,200, and most likely another couple of hundred on stock at the Präsidialkanzlei.

AWARD DOCUMENTS

The awardee received a preliminary document in A5 format and issued in the name of the Führer by the responsible personnel offices of the three branches of the Wehrmacht. The formal document (Große Mappe) was issued later and only until date of late 1942 / early 1943 due to the huge backlog.

WEARING METHOD

The Knights Cross was worn around the neck on a wider red white and black ribbon which came within the black award case of the Knights Cross.

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