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Baton of the Heer
After 1940, Fieldmarshals received the Marschallstab, made entirely by hand, with gold and silver. They were produced by the firm HJWilms (Berlin) and were about 48 to 51 cm and between 3.2 and 3.8 cm in diameter. The aluminum center tube was covered with a thin cloth of bright red velvet. The tube was covered with 4 rows of 5 eagles and 5 iron crosses alternatively, horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The eagles were gold metal (31, X2, 3 cm), made after the Wehrmacht "Adler" model (Eagle of the German Armed Forces), with the swastika within a wreath of oak leaves. The iron crosses were made of silver and measured 1.6 X1, 6cm, with a black enamel interior. Both ends of the pole bodies were composed of gold and silver metal, shaped capitals adorned with oak leaf motifs and ribbons in relief. At the top of the cane there was a gold metal eagle, and in the bottom, an iron cross in silver and black. The superior side included the inscription, in letters molded and glued Gothic "Der Fuehrer Dem Generalfeldmarschall (surname)", while in the bottom of the cane it read "Zum Freiheitskampf Grossdeutschen des Volkes" ("In the struggle for freedom of the people of Greater German Reich" and the date of granting of the promotion to Fieldmarshal. This baton was limited to special events or state ceremonies.

They were also given the Interimstab, a daily service baton. Measured 78.5 cm, with a diameter at the top of 2 cm and 1.1 cm at the bottom. The upper metal was silver, conical, with ornaments of varied type. Near the base of the capital included a strip for the registration of Gothic letters with the name of the carrier. On the sides of the conical part is inlaid symbols like the iron cross in silver, and 2 types of eagle in gold (with a crown of oak leaves and without crown). The tube was lacquered black wood of 62cm in length, to the other end and to gragona, suspended from a 55cm cord, hung silver abochada of the capital. Both the dragon and his umbilical cord were composed of three interlocking white, black and red.

Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg
His baton is present at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian).

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Generalfeldmarschall Maximllian Freiherr von Weichs
The award ceremony was on February 1st, 1943

 

His baton is present at the National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning/Columbus (Georgia, USA)

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Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel
The award ceremony was on June 22nd, 1942.

The current whereabouts of Rommel's baton are very disputed. While some say it's in the hands of his son Manfred, others sources claim it's within the archives of a Russian Museum.

 

The last photo comes from the Patriotic War Museum, in Moscow. 

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Generalfeldmarshall Gerd von Rundstedt
The award ceremony was on July 19th, 1940.

The baton is held at Rastatt Museum (Germany)

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Generalfeldmarshall Wilhelm Keitel
The award ceremony was on July 19th, 1940.

 

Sold some years ago and now held by a private collector. 

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Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model
The award ceremony was on March 1st, 1944.

 

Unknown location; possibly private collector. 

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Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein
The award ceremony was on July 1st, 1942.

The baton is currently on the hands of the family.

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Baton of the Luftwaffe
Same as the KM description, but with the following differences:
- The color of the velvet-lined pipe is blue-gray
- At the top is an eagle Lftwaffe
- At the bottom, a balcanik cross.

Generalfeldmarschall Albert Kesselring
The award ceremony took place on July 19th, 1940

His baton was recently sold to an american collector.

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Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring
The award ceremony took place on February 4th, 1938.

 

Hermann Göring's GFM baton (or first type issue) was awarded to him on February 1938. This was the first Air Force baton given to a Feldmarschall. While of similar construction to the Blomberg baton (with light blue velvet shaft covering), it incorporated the Air Force balkenkreuz symbols. Additionally, the endcaps were inlaid with many small diamonds.

 

It's currently displayed at National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning/Columbus (Georgia, USA). 

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By a decree on 19 July 1940, Hitler promoted Göring to the rank of Reichsmarschall des Grossdeutschen Reiches (Reich Marshal of the Greater German Reich), a special rank which made him senior to all other army and Luftwaffe field marshals. This also came with a unique baton model, given only to him. 

 

It's currently displayed at West Point Museum, USA. 

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By a decree on 19 July 1940, Hitler promoted Göring to the rank of Reichsmarschall des Grossdeutschen Reiches (Reich Marshal of the Greater German Reich), a special rank which made him senior to all other army and Luftwaffe field marshals. This also came with a unique baton model, given only to him. 

 

It's currently displayed at West Point Museum, USA. 

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Sepp45:

 

Hello! Thank you very much for starting this topic, excellent research my friend. The images of the batons are fantastic, can not stop looking. :thumbsup:

 

Best regards,

John

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Hello,

 

 

Fantastic research Sepp45! I am wondering if just the Fieldmarshals received a baton?? not the other lower general ranks???

 

 

Cordial Greetings,

 

 

Humberto

 

Hi Humberto

 

Just the Generalfeldmarshall's receive these batons.

 

Berst

Pierce

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My only item that would have belonged to such a high rank, a pair of shoulder strap batons, the first pattern from the TR period.  These were passed as original's by the site of the same name as this thread.

 

 

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Generalfeldmarshall Erwin Rommel

The award ceremony was on June 22nd, 1942.

The current whereabouts of Rommel's baton are very disputed. While some say it's in the hands of his son Manfred, others sources claim it's within the archives of a Russian Museum.

 

The last photo comes from the Patriotic War Museum, in Moscow. 

 

Good quality photo of Rommel being presented with the baton by Hitler. 

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