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    It's been a while so I thought I'd post another. A light Kreuzer with RKF merge.
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    Hi all I refresh this old thread with, IMO, an interesting group I was able to reunitate partialy : at the begining, they were two stuffs of a Lw Leutnant, bought together in eastern Berlin in 1990. Inside the pocket, the name of the owner : Lt Ernst Peek, dated of october 42. Few years later, I was able to get few informations about him, by the Deusche Dienstelle of Berlin : he was a transport pilot during a big part of the war, and participated to most of the big german air operations, especialy invasion of Crete. I was happy to know all that ! And several years passed then, without novelty... ... Until september 2018, when a german auction catalog offer me the surprise to see many awards documents of this pilot ! I bought them of course. Here are they, offering a special dimension to the whole. Unfortunatly, few documents are missing, in particulary the pilot license...
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    After nearly five years I found a signed copy of his book
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    Please note the surname is spelt "von Hadeln" The second last medal could be the Hesse Bravery or Merit Medal. The last medal is the Waldeck Merit Cross 3rd Class but it is hard to make out the swords. However, it must be awarded with swords as there is nothing from Waldeck listed in the 1914 RL. Also, he was in possession of the following: 1897 Prussian Centenary Medal Reuss (junior line) Honour Cross 2nd Class with Crown (1914 RL) Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, Knight's Cross (1914 RL- does not state the actual "class" of award, but likely 5th Class) Romanian Order of the Crown, Officer Cross (1914 RL) Russian Order of St. Stanislaw 2nd Class (1914 RL)
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    Yes, R, for rescue, being white for an rescue party foreman. The two small black horizontal bars are unusual, but there was a lot of different markings when it comes to home front helmets. They could have been just perculiar to that one area. Helmet is most likely dated 38/39.
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    Thanks Pierce!😁 Cheers, Nick
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    Generalleutnant a.D. Theodor Groppe with the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.
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    General der Flieger Helmuth Wilberg - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königl. Preuss. Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern - Königl. Preuss. Kronen-Orden 4. Klasse - Königl. Preuss. Dienstauszeichnungskreuz - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Grossherozoglich Mecklenburgi-Schwerinsches Militär-Verdienstkreuz 2. Klasse - Mecklenburg-Strelitz Militär-Verdienstkreuz 2. Klasse - k.u.k. Österr.-Ungar. Militar-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Kgl. Bulgar. Tapferkeitsorden 4. Kl. 2. Stufe The other badge could be the Prussian Commemorative Badge for Pilots.
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    Sorry, but it is difficult to be accurate with this small photo, but I do think he had the Ostmedaille.
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    Show us your Luftwaffe Flying Units Documents The only formal DKiG citation I have is this example that was awarded to Heinz Frister who was a Bordfunker in 4./StG 77. He was also awarded the Ehrenpokal on 9th November 1942 although unfortunately this DKiG example is the only citation of Frister's that I own. I have no idea who Frister's pilot was unfortunately. Ther eis an Adolf Weiß who was a pilot with 4./StG 77 who was awarded the Knights Cross on 29th February 1944 but I don't know if this was a case of a Knights Cross taking longer to award then a DKiG for members of the same crew or is totally unrelated. The Göring signature is the usual auto-pen variety while the hand signed signature in the bottom right corner belongs to Bruno Loerzer (RK & Pour le mérite) The small stain in the corner was on the citation when I obtained it and is possibly some sort of residue from having been kept in a frame considering how straight it is.
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    so 21 more bits of paper, could take a while with 1 at a time! Intersetingly some of the Polish docs are in dual or German only but they have had to produce a translated copy despite that, welcome to Germany. Like I said I have a similar pile of paper after getting my dual nationality!
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    Generalleutnant August Wittmann  - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Königl. Bayer. Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit Schwertern und Krone - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Olympia-Erinnerungsmedaille - Bavarian Wedding Medal???
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    Guys, An 'old boiler'! Rich
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    Kev, can't find anything about her on the net but she uses both her married name a maden name as a double barrel surname post war. I like the telegram, the welfare bloke if they had them back there must have thrown a track with the prospect of a'wife of' visiting a field hospital, Iexpect they made him send the telegram or perhaps sent it for him. I am sure he did write that he would like her by his side but never dreamed she would try to get there! Rich
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    Hello Graham I recently acquired this variety. identicle, but different design. Regards Anthony
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    An outstanding and rare selection, Graham. The Vic Beds officers enamel H/P is in wonderful condition. And, as we've discussed, some of these plates aren't even in the dedicated museums. Best, Marcus
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    Hello all This thread seems to have a long sleep... Here is a little addition : eagle of a Flak FB with unusual little "zigzag" seam.
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    Anybody knows his name? Taken after the award ceremony. Identified: Max Stotz and Dietrich Hrabak (Photo credits to Fotobethge)