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Grouping to Knight's Cross recipient Hauptmann W. - Pz.Gren.Rgt.35

Grouping to Knight's Cross recipient Hauptmann W. - Pz.Gren.Rgt.35

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
LOT K-7011
EAN 2000000532547
LOT K-7011
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000532547
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT K-7011
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000532547
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Grouping to Knight's Cross recipient Hauptmann W. - Pz.Gren.Rgt.35


Description

Important grouping to Hauptmann Martin W., born on 29.10.1914. The grouping came directly of his son in November 2020 and was never available on the market before. More evidence on the provenience will be given to the buyer.

Hauptmann W. was awarded the Knight's Cross on 5.2.1945 as commander of I./Pz.Gren.Rgt.35 which was attached to the 25.Panzergrenadier-Division.

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Personal four-pocket field tunic to Hauptman W. which is exactly the same show on period time portrait photos of W. which are part of this grouping. A fine privately tailored example with 100% period time attached insignia.
Breast eagle and infantry officer's collar tabs are attached by hand. Hauptmann Infantry shoulder boards. W. was promoted a Hauptmann in January 1945!

Four loops for a 6cm long ribbon bar in place. However, pinned a large two-place ribbon bar above it which is also shown on the portrait photos. 
Two pair of loops for his Iron Cross 1st Class and the Wound Badge in black. The loops for the Infantry Assault Badge are missing. 

Two foldable catches underneath the collar to attach his Knight's Cross!
Room for dagger hangers to go through the lower pocket.

No moth damage. Signs of use.
A scarce Knight's Cross winner's tunic proven by original photos! Extremely rare!
Medium size. Condition 2.

 

1939 Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. A nicely worn example made by Klein & Quenzer. Including the original neck ribbon which shows to small hole were W. has attached the ribbon to two foldable catches underneath his collar.

Magnetic iron center. Nice original paint. "800" marked to the reverse of the upper cross arm as well as "65" maker marked and "800" silver stamped to the ring. Good condition 2. The ribbon is about 17cm long.
An extra piece of original ribbon. Length: 21cm

1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class with ribbon. Excellent condition. Unmarked but most probably a Wächtler & Lange made piece. Including the original wrapping paper. An additional 94cm (!) long ribbon!

1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. A nicely worn "26" maker marked example. Iron core.
Case for a 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. Apart from the missing inlay, opening and closing correctly.

Infantry Assault Badge in bronze. Zinc. Unmarked. Including the original wrapping paper.

Wound Badge in black. Unmarked.
SA Sport's Badge in bronze. Missing catch.

Early tombak Westwall Medal with original ribbon. Inside its "Mortisch Hausch" maker marked bag with a note "1.Kp." (1st Company). 

Personal compass in an original leather bag. Busch maker marked. Working condition. Personal leather medical bag. Maker marked.
Well worn "wiesengrün" color Panzergrenadier shoulder boards for a Hauptmann serving with Grenadier-Regiment 35. This would be his late war 1945 shoulder boards he had worn when being awarded the Knight's Cross in February 1945! Slip-on pattern. Signs of wear and age.

Seven original portrait photos including six showing W. wearing his Knight's Cross as well as his Hauptmann uniform. It is exactly the same tunic we can offer you inside this lot. Of course, it is also exactly the same Knight's Cross, Iron Cross, Infantry Assault Badge and Wound Badge which is included in his grouping!

Three additional period time photos. Every photo shows W. in a group of comrades.

A Heer service manual as well as a booklet on uniforms. 
Two postwar magazines with stories about a court case on a murder that happened in April 1945. The murderer was W's. adjutant. A picture of W. is shown inside one magazine who was a summoned witness.

Documents & certificates

- 1940 dated Leutant promotion document
- 1942 dated "Auszug" confirming his rank of an "Oberleutnant der Res."

- scarce 1.5.1945 (!) dated "Dienstleitungszeugnis" signed by the regiment commander of Pz.Gren.Rgt.35 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipient Oberstleutnant Karl Pröll. The statement praises W's. excellent service and character as a Knight's Cross recipient and batallion commander. 

- a list with addresses of members of Inf.Rgt.35 / Pz.Gren.Rgt.35
- July 1945 dated "Korpsgruppe von Stockhausen" document of discharge
- July 1945 dated POW document of discharge
- 1962 dated WaSt document confirming ranks and units
- 1961 dated Bundesarchiv document confirming ranks and units
- postwar form confirming award dates as a Knight's Cross winner of 25.Pz.Gren.Division

Pre 1945 national flag. 120cm x 400cm. Signs of age and patina. 
Personal field leather boots. Soft leather. Sole length: 31cm.


Condition
2
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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