Pre-1945 German awards and other identity documents
Panzer and Panzer-Grenadier units
One promotion and three award documents to SS-Unterscharführer, and later SS-Untersturmführer Joachim Radeke of 14th company, SS-Regiment "Deutschland". The citations are for the SA sports badge (March 1937), the infantry assault badge in bronze signed by his then regimental commander Heinz Harmel (July 1942), and the iron cross first class signed by a Generalmajor and commander of the 303rd infantry division (January 1943). The promotion document gives notification of his promotion from SS-Standardartenoberjunker to SS-Untersturmführer (November 1944).
Kriegsstammrolle and various papers of SS-Unterscharführer Alois Hanisch who served as a gunner, signaller and tank hunter with 1. Batterie/SS-Artillerie-Regiment 3 in Germany, on the Western Front and on the Eastern Front from November 1939 to June 1944. Awarded the EK II, Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, Ostmedaille, Sturmabzeichen, Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber, Demjanskschild.
EK II award to SS-Panzer-Grenadier Gerhard Wagner who served with Stab/SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Ausbildungs- u. Ersatz-Bataillon 16, part of 9./SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstauffen". The citation is dated 2 October 1944 and signed by Walther Harzer, commander of "Hohenstauffen" at the time. The award was almost certainly given for Wagner's involvement in the fighting in the Arnheim area during Operation Market-Garden.
Gebirgsjäger - Mountain troops
Kriegsstammrolle of SS-Sturmmann Franz Grefer who served as a gunner with 9. SS-Infanterie-Regiment (mot) and 3./SS-Artillerie-Regiment "Nord" in the north of Norway and Finnland from November 1940 to the end of May 1942.
Four award documents to Gefreiter, and later Oberjäger Karl Bächtle of 12th company, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13, 4. Gebirgs-Division. The citations are for the iron cross second class, infantry assault badge, close-combat clasp in bronze and wound badge in black.
Fallschirmtruppe - airborne units
Award documents for the wound badge in black and Luftwaffe ground combat badge and a list of days in combat to Fallschirm-Oberfeldwebel Walter Moeck. The wound badge award and combat list relate to dates in September 1944 when Moeck was fighting in France as part of 9./Fallschirm-Jäger-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 3 (9./Kampfgruppe 3 (Major Kratzert)). The ground combat badge was awarded to Moeck while a member Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 58 and was signed by divisional commander and Generalmajor Barenthin on 5 May 1945. The unit stamp on the ground combat badge document is for the Fallschirmjäger-Ausbildungs- und Ersatz-Division.
Various single award documents:
- EK I dated 26 April 1944 to Unteroffizier Heinrich Schweizer of 2./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 302 (2. Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 11)
- EK II dated 5 January 1945 to Feldwebel Wilhelm Schmedlevin of 16./Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 6
- EK II dated 16 March 1945 to Fallschirm-Wachtmeister Waldemar Jassel of III./Fallschirm-Artillerie-Regiment 6
- Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz dated 15 September 1944 to Fallschirm-Obergefreiter Alfred Lopatta of 13./Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 10
- EK II dated 25 March 1945 to Fallschirm-Oberjäger Rudolf Bania of III./Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 16
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