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H097862 TWO AWARD DOCUMENTS. (Zwei Urkunden)

BACKGROUND: The bestowal of all awards during the Third Reich era was regulated by the Statutes of Titles, Orders and Decorations which was originally revised on January 30TH 1934, with numerous additional revisions as new awards and decorations were introduced. The regulations prescribed the criteria for bestowal and the specific form of wearing all conferred decorations and awards. Regulations of July 1ST 1937 dictated that the sole, legal, authority for bestowal of all decorations and awards lay with Adolf Hitler and the Reichs Chancellery. Although the Statutes of Titles, Orders and Decorations held the ultimate decision in all matters of awards the OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), was given control over the bestowal regulations of all military awards as long as they conformed to the appropriate statute. When bestowed the awards were usually accompanied by a "Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis", (Preliminary Possession Certificate), followed by the official award presentation document. Depending on the specific award, bestowal authorization could be initiated by the commander of a divisional or smaller unit and the appropriate award information was entered into the recipients Soldbuch, (Pay Book), and his permanent Wehrstammbuch, (Military Service Book), which remained in the possession of the issuing recruitment authority. This example consists of two award documents issued to the same individual.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Chronologically the first document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", (21cm x 15cm), light weight paper, "Besitzzeugnis", (Possession Certificate), with black printed Gothic script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that a, "Gefreiten", serving with, "2./Pi.Btl. 72", (2ND Company, 72ND Combat Engineer Battalion), was awarded an non-specified, Infantry Assault Badge on, "20. 9. 1942". The document was rendered at the, "Div.-Gef. Stand", (Divisional Command Post), and has the authorizing signature of, "Generalleutnant und Kommandeur der 72. Jnf. Division", Phillip Müller-Gebhard, with the divisional inkstamp. Of Note: A WWI veteran Generalleutnant Müller-Gebhard was awarded a Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on September 3RD 1942, just seventeen days before he authorized this document, and a German Cross in Gold on February 10TH 1944. The document is in overall good condition with light age yellowing, a few small wrinkles and a central, horizontal, fold crease. The next document is a roughly, 7 7/8" x 5 1/2", (20cm x 14cm),mid-weight paper, "Besitzzeugnis", (Possession Certificate), with black printed Gothic script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that a, "Gefreiten." serving with, "Genesenden-Kp./Pi. Ers. Btl. 33", (Convalescence Company, 33RD Combat Engineer Replacement Battalion), was wounded on, "11. Juni 1942.", and was awarded a Black Wound Badge on "22. 10. 1942" at "Mainz-Kastel". The document has the authorizing signature of a "Major und Btl.-Führer", with the unit’s inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with light age yellowing and a central, horizontal, fold crease. Both documents have dual, punched holes to the left side edge, for inclusion in a binder.

 GRADE***1/2                            PRICE $168.00

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