L006380 WALTER KOCH "Fallschirmjäger" PLACARD.

WW2 German Fallschirmjäger Officer Hand-written placard. 42cm x 27cm. Unique one-of-a-kind cardboard greeting card from Fallschirmjäger Knight's Cross holder and Battalion Commander of the I. Battalion of the Fallschirmjäger Sturm Regiment Major Walter Koch. Koch was a famous leader of German paratroopers who led the successful assault on the fortress of Eben Emael in Belgium at the start of the French campaign in 1940. Koch was later wounded in Africa, evacuated to Germany to convalesce, and subsequently died in an automobile accident in 1944. This hand-written placard from Koch was written in his own hand in ink as a hasty birthday greeting to Fallschirmjäger Oberstleutnant (later General) Gustav Wilke, then commander of the Luftlande Geschwader, on March 6, 1941. This was obviously done in haste on available scrap material due to ongoing combat operations in Russia at that time and the non-stop operational tempo of the German paratroops going on. A truly unique period document with the autograph of one of the most famous Fallschirmjäger commanders of the war! In modern archival frame with UV-protective museum non-glare glass.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $418.00

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