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Lt. Isachsen Knight's Cross winner grouping - Africa & Crete

Lt. Isachsen Knight's Cross winner grouping - Africa & Crete

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
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LOT K-7955
EAN 2000000597300
LOT K-7955
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000597300
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT K-7955
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000597300
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Lt. Isachsen Knight's Cross winner grouping - Africa & Crete


Description

An excellent certificate grouping to Leutnant Herbert Isachsen, who served as a bomber pilot with the Lehrgeschwader 1. He flew 328 sorties, shot down two aircraft, and destroyed several trains, as well as 28 aircraft on the ground. Furthermore, he also hit the battleship "Queen Elizabeth" with an 1800 kg bomb while it was docked in Alexandria. Lt. Isachsen was involved in the campaigns in Africa and Greece (Crete). From 9.1.1943 in captivity as a prisoner of war in Canada and England.  

Certificate to Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge. Issued on 11.6.1937. Signed by Robert von Greim, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords winner. Promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in 1945. A4-format.

Certificate to Luftwaffe Long Service Award 4th Class. Issued on 21.8.1937. Signed by an Oberst. Two holes.

Certificate to Austria Anschluss Medal. Issued on 28.8.1939. Facsimile Meissner. A4-format. 

Certificate to Memel Medal. Issued on 26.10.1939. Facsimile Meissner. A4-format. 

Certificate to Sudetenland Medal. Issued on 2.10.1939. Facsimile by an Oberst.

Certificate to Luftwaffe Honor Goblet. Issued on 6.10.1940. Hand-signed by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. 

Certificate to Squadron Clasp for Bomber Pilots "Kampfflieger" in Silver. Issued on 19.5.1941. Signed by Generalmajor and Fliegerführer Afrika Stefan Fröhlich, Knight's Cross winner.

Certificate to Squadron Clasp for Bomber Pilots in Gold. Issued on 28.8.1941. Signed by a Major.

Certificate to Squadron Clasp for Bomber Pilots in Gold with Pendant. Issued on 5.12.1942. Signed by a Major.

Certificate to German-Italian Campaign Medal. Field made. Issued on 27.12.1943. Signed by Major Heinz Ott? At that time he was already a prisoner of war in Canada (Camp 132).

Certificate to German Cross in Gold. Issued on 4.8.1942. Facsimile Hermann Göring and General der Flieger Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf.

Certificate to 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. Issued on 12.6.1940. Signed by General der Flieger Albert Kesselring, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds winner. Promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in 1940.

Rare certificate to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Issued on 3.9.1943. Signed by Oberst Dr. Gottlieb Wolff, Knight's Cross winner. Two holes. At that time he was already a prisoner of war in Canada (Camp 132).

Promotion document. Promoted to Leutnant on 3.9.1943. "Berlin 9.11.1944" dated. At that time he already was a prisoner of war in Canada (Camp 132).

Luftwaffe recruitment document. "10.5.1935" dated. 

Three imperial documents (pre-1900). Probably from a family member.

Furthermore some postwar certificates, identity cards, documents, and photos. Including interesting information about his military career. 

An almost complete certificate grouping of a Knight's Cross winner. Unfortunately, some of the documents show significant signs of age. Please see the pictures. 


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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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