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S015358 EIGHT PIECE AWARD/PROMOTION DOCUMENT GROUP. (Zuerkennen und Beförderung Urkunden Gruppe)

BACKGROUND: The bestowal of all awards during the Third Reich 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 the award. Although the Statutes of Titles, Orders and Decorations held the ultimate decision in all matters of awards the Wehrmacht, (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. The command structure of the SS was a multi-tiered organization with the basic regimental sized units being subordinate to a District headquarters which in turn were subordinate to a Main District headquarters, all under the ultimate command of the SS-Reichsführung, (SS High Command). Promotions within the SS would be instigated by the individual’s unit and required the official authorization of approval from both the units District and Main District headquarters. This grouping consists of four award and four promotional documents all issued to the same individual serving with the 3RD SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf". Of Note: The origins of the 3RD SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" can be traced back to the formation of the SS-Wachverbände, (SS-Guard Units) in March 1933 which was re-designated, SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units), on March 29TH 1936. In October 1939 personnel from the SS-Totenkopfverbände were recruited to compose the cadre of the newly forming SS-Totenkopf-Division which was upgraded and re-designated, SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Totenkopf" on November 9TH 1942, and 3RD SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" on October 22ND 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Chronologically the documents start with a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 3/4", mid-weight white paper, "Besitzzeugnis", (Possession Certificate), with black printed script and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Oberkanonier" serving with, "3. Batterie Flak-Abteilung SS-T. Division", (3RD Battery Anti-Aircraft Regiment SS-Totenkopf Division), was awarded a, "Heeres-Flak-Abzeichen", (Army Anti-Aircraft Badge), on, "23. Januar 1942". The award was rendered at the, "hauptquartier O.K.H.", (Headquarters High Command of the Army), and has the authorizing signature of, "General der Artillerie beim Oberbefehlshaber des heeres", Fritz Brand with the, "Oberkommando des heeres" inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal fold crease. The next document is a roughly, 7 3/4" x 5 1/2", mid-weight white paper document with black printed script and the likeness of an Iron Cross and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Sturmmann", serving with, "Flak. Abt./SS-T.Div.", was awarded an Iron Cross 2ND class on, "8. April 1942". The award was rendered, "Im Felde", and has the authorizing signature of, "Generalmajor und Kommandeur der 123. Infanterie Division", Erwin Rauch with the, divisional inkstamp. Of Note: Rauch had been awarded a Knight’s Cross of the Iron cross on December 22ND 1941 and a German Cross in Gold on February 21ST 1944. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal fold crease. The next document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", light-weight white paper, "Besitzzeugnis", (Possession Certificate), with black printed script and handwritten particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Sturmmann", serving with, "Flak. Abtlg. SS=T.=Div.", was awarded an Infantry Assault Badge in bronze on, "9. 5. 1942". The award was rendered at, "Rgt.Gef.Std.", (Regimental Command Post), and has the authorizing signature of an, "Oberstlt. U. Rgt.=Kdr.", with the, regimental inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal fold crease. The next document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", light-weight white paper, "Besitzzeugnis", (Possession Certificate), with black printed script and inkstamped and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Rottenführer", serving with, "1./SS-Flak-Abteilung 3", was awarded a Demjansk Campaign shield on, "31. 12. 1943". The award was rendered at, "K. Gef.St.", (Corps Command Post), and has the, inkstamped, facsimile, authorizing signature of, "General der Infanterie", Walter Graf v. Brockdorf-Ahlefeldt and the additional authorizing signature of an, "Oberleutnant", with the, army corps inkstamp. Of Note: Graf v. Brockdorf-Ahlefeldt had been awarded a Knight’s Cross of the Iron cross on July 15TH 1941 and the Oak-Leaves to the Knight’s Cross on June 23RD 1942. The document is in overall good condition with minor age yellowing, a couple of light wrinkles and central, horizontal and vertical fold creases resulting in tears. The next document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", light-weight white paper, promotional document with black printed script and typed particulars. The script indicates that an, "SS-Unterscharführer", was promoted to "SS=Junker d. Res.", (Potential Officer of the Reserves), on, "29. Feb. 1944". The document was prepared at the, "SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig", and has the authorizing signature of a, "SS-Sturmbannführer u. Lehrgruppenkommandeur", (Training Group Commander), with the school’s inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and light to moderate central, horizontal and vertical fold creases. The next document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", light-weight white paper, promotional document with black printed script and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Junker d. Res", was promoted to "SS=Standartenjunker d. Res.", on, "1. Mai 1944". The document was prepared on, "5. Mai 1944", at the, "SS-u. Waffen=Junkerschule Braunschweig {Posen=Treskau}", and has the authorizing signature of, "Der Kommandeur Der SS-u. Waffen=Junkerschule Braunschweig", "SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS", with the school’s inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal fold crease. The next document is a roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", light-weight white paper, promotional document with black printed script and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Standartenjunker d. Res", was promoted to "SS=Standartenoberjunker d. Res.", on, "21.Juni 1944". The document was prepared at the, "SS-Führungshauptamt", (Leadership head office), in Berlin and has the authorizing signature of, "Der Kommandeur Der SS-u. Waffen=Junkerschule Braunschweig", "SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS", Werner Dörffler-Schuband with the school’s inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal and vertical fold creases. The final document is a roughly, 11 5/8" x 8 1/4", light-weight white paper, promotional document with the black printed letter head, "Der Reichsführer-SS", (National Leader of the SS), an embossed SS seal and typed particulars. The script indicates that a, "SS-Standartenoberjunker der Reserve der Waffen-SS", was promoted to, "SS-Untersturmführer der Reserve der Waffen-SS", on, "1. Oktober 1944". The document has the authorizing signature of a, "SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS" with the "Der Reichsführer-SS", inkstamp. The document is in overall very good condition with minor age yellowing and a faint, central, horizontal and vertical fold creases. Also included is a roughly, 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" black and white photograph of the individual wearing a field blouse. The visible uniform details include, shoulder board, rank collar tab, an Army Anti-Aircraft Badge, an Iron Cross 2ND class ribbon, a Demjansk Campaign shield and an army style sleeve eagle. The reverse of the photo has handwritten script which includes the date, "6. 12. 44". Nice document grouping.

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