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  1. Any idea of when these BeVo cuffs reached the LAH? All the publications write "1943", but that does not do it for me (as usual...). Was it by the very end of 1942 or after Kharkov / pre-Kursk ? Cheers, Markus
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    EKII collection

    Very dedicated. Good luck with the rest of them...!
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    Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 plaque

    Yes, very nice. I image he had it hanging in his office/home after the war. Nice find!
  4. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Theodor "Teddy" Wisch Kommandeur 1. SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte" Knight's Cross with Oakleaves and Swords and German Cross in Gold This is a more global photo of my share of the group. The Wisch biography incl. lots of previously unpublished photos, documents in high resolution and veteran accounts, was just published this year through Schiffer Publishing. Markus
  5. Just to follow up on my own thread... I learned yesterday, that Menne himself had always stated that he had received the Golden CCC with Danmark during some Battalions Treffen after the war. After more than 40 confirmed (I had heard 48 days once) close combat days before the invasion, Karl Menne was awarded the CCC in Silver. This was still during his time with the Leibstandarte. He had also received the EK1 with the LSSAH and once more (!!!) with "Danmark". So 2 x the EK1, (strange things happen....) With "Danmark" he led the Recon Platoon and was frequently out in the boonies 1944/45, so it is very well possible he did in fact get the CCC in Gold. Karl Menne was a very modest person I was told and no "talker" claiming to have awards he never got. We shall never really know for sure I guess. Markus
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    Ostpreussen collectibles

    Nice quality items and beautifully displayed/photographed!
  7. Hi Adam, I totally understand your point regarding the provenance of these kind of items. Always a sensible issue. Yes, I did in fact get two photo Affadavits, though I did not go through lengths to have them confirmed by a notary public. Out of discretion I would like to refrain from postingthe paperwork and names however. Markus
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    Die Kriegsmarine

    Excellent collection I have actually had the pleasure to see personally along with my wife when we were in Spain some years ago! Thanks for the hospitality again Eduardo. Saludos, Markus
  9. SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Panzer-Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Josef "Sepp" Dietrich Knight's Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds I wish I had the cross, but I fear it is forever lost.... This is one of the few neck ribbons (converted EK 2 ribbon) Sepp Dietrich wore his high decorations with. This precise example can frequently be spotted on photos from the first Russian campaign in 1941. During that hot summer Dietrich frequently wore the collar of his tunic open letting the cross just dangle down...(see photo 1) The ribbon is not closed on the back of the neck, as with 95% of all KC ribbons, but oddly rather on one end of the ribbon. This allowed Dietrich to easily open and close his tunic's collar without having to take the whole cross off. There are photos that show Dietrich during the same year with the same tunic not wearing his Knight's Cross (see photo 2). This confirms that the ribbon was completely removable and not attached to the tunic in any way. This ribbon was found on the estate of a U.S. Army Captain in Massachusetts in 2005 along with several other of Sepp Dietrich's liberated items. Read the full detailed story in the current issue of "DER FREIWILLIGE" magazine available with MUNIN Verlag, Germany. (kontakt@munin-verlag.de) Markus
  10. I have heard and read in the past (e.g. in the book about "Kindler"), that Karl Menne (SS-Pz. Gren. Rgt. 2 "LSSAH") was still awarded the CCC in Gold serving with Pz.Gren.Rgt. 24 "Danmark" towards the end of the war. I have never come across any firm evidence though. Can anyone help? Thanks and regards, Markus
  11. I didn't have too much time this weekend to read around the division history, but from what I understand the unit was still engaged in defensive and fierce fighting south of Staraja Russa....
  12. I'll try to find out something for your with the help of the unit history. At least about where the unit was and what it did at the particular time. You know I have my weak-spot for the 30. Infanterie-Division and especially the I.R. 6 / G.R. 6 I was in Riga for 1 days in April of this year and sensed all the history there. The next time I'll travel there, I'll drive out to Kurland which I was told is a one hour drive. That's where my Grandfather fought with the Stab of G.R. 6 in the end.... Reverting. Markus