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Bart V.

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Hi Stewy,

 

I don't think so. IR 196 was under command of the 68. ID. CG of the 68. ID was to that time (1939) Generalmajor Georg Braun. The only thing what didn't fit was the fact, that Braun was promoted to Generalmajor on the 1.12.1939 but your doc was from october, signed with the name and rank Generalmajor. :confused: Maybe the award document was given later than the award itself 

 

regards Walle

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It is possible that the citation is dated for the man's actions rather than the actual date he received the EK for it. A bit of admin catch-up after the fighting had finished with the citation back=dated.

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Award document from one of my favourite divisions. Signed by Paul Laux (Died in 1944, Oak Leaves).

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This one is an early war issue but bears an interesting signature in that it belongs to Friedrich Olbricht who was one of the leading conspirators in the July 1944 plot to kill Hitler.

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This is one that was issued to a soldier at Stalingrad, possibly one of those trapped in the pocket but eventually evacuated.

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This is a little different due to the issuing authority. EK's were only to be authorised at Divisional and above level but here is an early 1940 example authorised at the Regimental level. Only a handful of units were authorised to do this and only for a certain period of time, usually this unit, Inf.Rgt GD and paratroopers in the West in 1940 and on Crete in 1941.

Signed by Hans Kreysing

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This one was issued to a Signals NCO in Festung Brest in 1944.

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Another. The pic's only placed there, not glued down.Stewy

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Another few. Stewy

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EK II Spange citation to a Generalelutnant der Polizei & SS-Gruppenführer.

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An OKH issued variant to a member of a RAD Abteilung in 1945. 

Signed by Ernst Maisel.

Maisel was one of the two officers dispatched to offer Rommel the option of suicide after the July 20th bomb plot, and was the only other occupant of the car when Rommel took his life.

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4 hours ago, Kevin H said:

An OKH issued variant to a member of a RAD Abteilung in 1945. 

Signed by Ernst Maisel.

Maisel was one of the two officers dispatched to offer Rommel the option of suicide after the July 20th bomb plot, and was the only other occupant of the car when Rommel took his life.

You always think you have to find documents of fighting units to find some interesting signatures, you proved wrong. Was it usual for Rad units that EK2 (or other higher) had to go to the OKH? 

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13 minutes ago, Bart V. said:

You always think you have to find documents of fighting units to find some interesting signatures, you proved wrong. Was it usual for Rad units that EK2 (or other higher) had to go to the OKH? 

 

Not specifically no. OKH (and OKW) could sometimes issue EK's for soldiers in units that had been disbanded/destroyed or if the soldier had been transferred or if the soldier had been killed.

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On 17 September 2016 at 10:33 AM, Kevin H said:

This is one that was issued to a soldier at Stalingrad, possibly one of those trapped in the pocket but eventually evacuated.

 

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Kevin

Is that the signature of Friedrich Fromm?  If so, that is another nice signature associated with the 20 July Bomb Plot.

Regards Richard.

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