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Knight Cross Group Hauptmann Walter von der Heiden

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Hi chaps,

 

I promised this forum the scoop on below, so here it is :thumbup:

 

With more than one year delay, am able to present to you this lovely group, belonging to Hauptmann Walter von der Heiden.

As my knowledge of German language is not 100% I'm still reading through the books which belonged to this group.

 

Hauptmann von der Heiden took command of the 150th Pioneer Battalion ( belonging to the 50th Infantry Division ) in October 1944.

More information on him and his action, which earned him the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross on 11-03-1945 can be found here :

 

http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Infanterie/H/Heiden-Walter-von-der.htm

and

http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/Infanteriedivisionen/50ID.htm

 

I'll start with the Zweitschrift of his Wehrpass, which was re-issued in May 1944.

Sadly without pictures, it still shows an abundance of information on his actions and awards.

Clearly a well decorated officer whom earned majority of his awards during the last couple of years of the war in Russia.

 

More pix to follow, so sit down and enjoy !

 

Mathijs

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Inside the WP I found his drivers license, also replacement issued in 1941

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I was lucky to obtain copies of the majority of his awards documents ( both wound badges, EK2 / EK1, CCCiB and KC ).

 

According to the WP, he was wounded on three different occasions, but only received the wound badge in silver.

As the last injury sustained was end of war, assume they never got round of awarding him the wound badge in gold.

 

Also though he received the Knights Cross in March 1945, he only received his KC on in April 1945.

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With the group also came a few stick-pins ...

 

The bow and arrow one representing the logo ( if word is used correctly ) for the 50th Infantry Division ( of which the 150th Pioneer Battalion was part of ).

Also a 1957 stick-pin, showing the KC, EK1, EK2 and SWB.

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Also this seemingly home-made GAB with his division mentioned came with it ....

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But the cherry on top of all this, was his 1957 Knights cross, with ( IMO ) wartime loop and modified ribbon !!!!

The KC itself is clearly an Otto Schickle ( unmarked ) in great condition - still, clearly a worn piece.

 

Sadly, there are no pictures in the group of Walter wearing either his wartime of 1957 Knights Cross.

 

Hauptmann Walter von der Heiden passed away on 28-03-1991 at the age of nearly 80 years old.

 

B.Regards

Mathijs

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An outstanding grouping Mathijs ! :thumbup: 

Historically a very important set of documents and as you state, the cherry on top.....a Schickle RK too !

Congratulations on your acquisition ! Did you get any of his other awrds ? i.e. EK I, EKII etc.................

Prost ! Steve.

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Fantastic set and well photographed as usual, thanks for sharing this lovely grouping with us Mathijs! :cool:

 

Regards,

Nick

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Thank guys - this one is proudly displayed in my glass cabinet ( home office ).

 

@ Steve, as far as I'm aware the KC is the only full award - perhaps there is more out there, but then I don't have it.

Nevertheless, I'm more than excited with the items I do have and feel privileged to own another piece of history.

 

Mathijs

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Mathijs,

 

Congratulations with such a great grouping.

 

As a paper fan I really like that Wehrpaß, never had a pass-photo in it - so not that sad at all.....

Three times wounded as shown in his Wehrpaß and wound badge in silver award document.

For being wounded three times you do not automatically receive the wound badge in gold, it also depends on how severe the wound(ing) is.

Your man only received the wound badge in black after his second wound, and on both occasions he stayed with the troops, only his third wound did earn him the wound badge in silver.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Mathijs

What a great Cross. I also really like the way you've taken the photos.

It's even more precious when you have the name of the owner, not to mention some of his paperwork! :thumbup:

Best
Pierce

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