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U-BOAT Award Document & Medal Grouping - U-386 - POW
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Very nice U-Boat grouping to Matrosenobergef. Heinz GIESELER.  HE served  m the U-386. It was sunk on 19 February 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 48.51N, 22.44W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey. 33 dead and 16 survivors.  Gieseler was one of the survivors who was taken captive. Comes with his Iron Cross Second Class award document with his EK2 medal, his U-Boat Badge, wool U-Boat Badge, one sleeve insignia and one photo.
$1100

 

US WWII 8th Air Force Air Gunner B-14 Uniform Grouping - KIA - 96th Bomb Group - MUNSTER Raid
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Named grouping to S/Sgt. Thomas J. KEEFE, Jr.  He served as a BALL TURRET GUNNER with the 413 Bomb Squadron, of the 96th Bomb Group.   At 1023 on January 4, 1944, Keefe was flying in B-17F #42-30518, Short Stride IV which collided with B-17F #42-5923, Skin and Bones. The collision occurred at 52⁰20’N 07⁰10’E at 25,000’. Both aircraft were from the 96th Bombardment Group (H), 413th Bombardment Squadron (H). B-17 #42-30518 crashed near Lingen, Germany and B-17 #42-5923 crashed near Gronau, Germany. The radio operator, T/Sgt. Lyall W. Taubert; right waist gunner, S/Sgt Gerald R. Waldron, Jr.; and tail gunner, S/Sgt. John Y. Young on B-17F #42-30518, Short Stride IV, survived the collision and became prisoners of war. The pilot, 1st Lt. James E. McLean; the copilot, 2nd Lt. Harold Ziotnick; the navigator, 2nd Lt. John R. Gray; the bombardier, 2nd Lt. John E. McGee; the top turret gunner, T/Sgt. Richard R. Winn; the ball turret gunner, S/Sgt. Thomas J. Keefe, Jr; and the left waist gunner, S/Sgt. David Miller, Jr. were all killed in action. All ten crewmembers of B-17F #42-5953, Skin and Bones, were killed.
The grouping comes with his fantastic condition B-14 Jacket, great BRITISH MADE 8th AF patch, DUC ribbon, British Made ribbon bars, VERY nice Air Gunner's Wings - scarce version without the "O" target behind the flying bullet, sterling pin back with clutch post seats - one of the best Air Gunner Wings you can find. Also comes with uniform pants, shirt, tie and belt. Family must have sewn the ruptured Duck insignia on as a memento since he was KIA in 1943.
$750
 
 
US WWII FIGHTER PILOT Uniform & AIR MEDAL Grouping - 357th Fighter Group - KIA ARNHEM - Market Garden!
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Very nice uniform IKE jacket, mint trousers (still with shop tag)  to 1st. Lt. James L. BLANCHARD III - O-464693.  Blanchard served with the 357 FG, 362 FS - "The Yoxford Boys." This was the FIRST P-51 Mustang unit in the 8th Air Force!
Blanchard was credited with one kill - comes with copy of his claim document.  He shot down an Me 109 on Sept 18, 1944 in the vicinity of NIJMEGEN, Holland during the second day of operation MARKET GARDEN!  He was killed the day and was classified as "Failed to Return" (FTR) while flying area support mission for 1st Airborne to Arnhem in P-51D 44-13741 'Buddy Boy.' He was shot down by enemy fighters. Later classified as Killed in Action (KIA) 19-Sep-44. Comes with copy of his Missing Air Crew Report -MACR 8794. Also in the pockets of his Ike are copies of two news paper articles, one about him destroying a Ju-52 on the ground, a second about him being reported missing. Also a copy of newspaper photo of him being awarded the Air Medal (Group comes with this Cased Air Medal).  The IKE is beautiful with a gorgeous BULLION 8th AF patch ($250 by itself), BULLION pilots WINGS, ribbon bars, 1st Lt bars.
$1350

WAFFEN-SS MEDAL, SOLDBUCH & Document Grouping - SS-LEIBSTANDARTE - TOP!
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Amazing grouping to Rudolf HILDEBRANDT. Everything directly from his sister.  Comes with his original issue SS Soldbuch with SUPER uniform photo of him wearing LAH shoulder boards.  He was born in 1927 so he was 17 years old at the time the Soldbuch was issued!  He served in 7./ SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. Soldbuch has a great unit LSSAH stamp.  He was hospitalized in Jan. !945 for shrapnel wounds and (likely )frostbite. He was hospitalized again in April 1945 in Bad Tolz due to an accident.  There are also POW camp entries showing him in Rgt 17 "Brasack" (SS General Kurt Brasack).   Award entries include EK2 awarded April 7 1945, "Pz Sturmabzeichen" - probably incorrectly entered & should be Inf Sturmabzeichen - obviously it would be PanzerKAMPFabzeichen otherwise. This is also the medal that comes from the family, and his NAHKAMPFSPANGE in Bromze.  The last two both awarded on April 5, 1945.  All three awards have the appropriate LSSAH unit stamp. Also comes with his RAD Entlassungsschein, original military discharge document issued by US forces, 1952 Personalausweis, rare 1947 issue JUGEND-AMNESTIE document, hospital document related to his accident, and three nice late war photos - two in SS uniform.  ORIGINAL medals include - Black Wound Badge, Iron Cross Second Class (maker marked on ring), Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze (maker marked FLL), beautiful CLOSE COMBAT CLASP in Bronze (maker marked Peekhaus), Ostmedaille, RAD cap Badge and one coin.  I spoke personally with the man's widow. He is still alive but, sadly, suffering from severe dementia in a nursing home.
$2250 - sold

 

Luftwaffe KNIGHTS CROSS WINNER Award Document & Photo Grouping - STALINGRAD
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Original grouping to Posthumous STALINGRAD KNIGHTS CROSS WINNER Oberlt. Helmut SCHNATZ of Flak Regiment 25.  He was awarded the RK on Oct 17, 1942 for his service in STALINGRAD. He was KIA on Sept 19, 1942.  During the heavy defensive battles before Pescanka, he was credited with the destruction of 28 Russian tanks and 17 enemy guns. Comes with his original posthumous GROUND COMBAT BADGE Award Document awarded Sept 23, 1942 with original signature 15 Flak Division commander General Gerhard HOFFMANN - for action at STALINGRAD, original studio portrait of him onto which has been added the Knights Cross (this is the photo you see on the internet for him), photo of his grave, letters he wrote home from Stalingrad right up until a few days before his death, and more.  Rare grouping!
$950 - sold


Waffen-SS Cufftitle, Photo Award Document & SS Effects Grouping - SS-LAH & SS-Hitlerjugend - RARE!!
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Grouping that has been in my personal collection for many years.  All from the same man, SS-Kanonier Willi ROHWEDDER who served in the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and later was part of the experienced core of LAH troops used to for the 12 SS Panzer Division HITLERJUGEND.  I have images of other documents and photo albums of his that were sold many years ago that I could include for reference.  Comes with his Would Badge in Black award document with original signature of LAH commander,  Oberst-Gruppenführer SEPP DIETRICH !!  Also comes with a super original 9x13cm studio portrait of him in SS uniform with LAH boards as well as wearing a Krimchild, also a VERY nice large colorized portrait in SS uniform w/ LAH boards, original SS Belt & Belt Buckle (de-nazified), original 12th SS-HITLERJUGEND  Silver RING (835 stamped) he wore in the war, two very rare 12th SS-HITLERJUGEND Silver CUFFLINKS (both 835 stamped), his guaranteed original wartime ADOLF HITLER & ultra rare original wartime HITLERJUGEND cufftitles.  Both trimmed.  Rare opportunity.
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5500
 

Legion Condor + AFRIKAKORPS Document Grouping - POW Tunisia
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Very nice grouping to Josef ZINNECKER. Comes with his two nice formal Spanish Medal award documents (Cruz Roja Del Merito Militar and Medalla de la Campana) - would look amazing framed, large formal SPANISH CROSS in Silver medal award document, official document identifying the medals he was being awarded for Legion Condor service, Sudetenland Medal award document, Iron Cross Second Class award document (18./Luftnachrichten Rgt 200) with original signature XII Fliegerkorps commander General Josef Kammhuber -RK winner  -for DAK service, letter to his family stating that he was being awarded the EK2 for service in AFRICA, second letter to his family saying he was captured in TUNISIA by Allied forces and also awarded the EK2 medal.
$950

Vietnam 101st AIRBORNE GENERAL's Photo Album Grouping - TOP!
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Amazing two photo album grouping which belonged to Major general Willard PEARSON, commander of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne.  He led  the first 101st AB unit  into Vietnam in 1965!  Fantastic early content. One album is a field made, hand carved album with beautiful painted 101st AB insignia and engraved plaque dedicated to Pearson.  The two albums contain hundreds of amazing photos, almost all with detailed captions!  You can fund MUCH info about Pearson on the interenet. below are a few links to videos of him in the field, books, detailed info, etc.  The content is outstanding. Several color photos, as well. Original signed and dedicated photo of PM of S. Vietnam made out to Pearson. Super images of Pearson in unfiorm in the field, 101st insignia, 101st troops in full kit in the field, helicopters with insignias, other identified officers, shells exploding in the field, troops in foxholes, patrols in the bush, medal ward ceremonies officiated by Pearson, captured enemy weapons including an MG 34,  Pearson leading named operations in the field - HAWTHORNE, SEWARD, PICKETT and more, Pearson being awarded medals by S. Vietnam Prime minister, photos of General Westmoreland, aircraft, photos of Martha Raye visiting the unit, service dogs, wounded loaded on to Hueys, troops on search and destroy missions, more. Historically important material.
$2500 - sold
 
US WWII PURPLE HEART Certificate KIA Grouping - B-24 Air Crew - 90th Bomb Group "Jolly Rogers" - "LITTLE EVA" - Historically Important
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Grouping to Sgt. James B. HILTON who was KIA on Dec 1, 1942.  The aircraft, part of the 321st Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group based at Iron Range was returning with four other B-24s from a bombing raid on a Japanese troop convoy about 80 km north of Buna, Papua New Guinea. "Little Eva" lost touch with the other aircraft and returned to the base on its own. A severe thunderstorm disabled the radio, causing the flight to lose its way and run out of fuel. Lieutenant Norman Crosson, the pilot, gave orders to bail out. Most of the crew members parachuted to safety, however one was killed when his parachute snagged on the aircraft and another who did not jump was killed when the plane crashed at about 2:45am near the Burriejella waterhole. Their Plane was B-24 41-23762 "Little Eva." Comes with his formal official PH certificate, personal letter from Secretary of War Henry Stinson (original SIgnature), letters regarding his death form commanding officers, diplomas, copy of headstone application (showing he served with 90th Bomb Group). Details of the crash and the discovery of the crash site is detailed in the book: Savage Wilderness: The Epic Search For The Crew of Little Eva. Also details in: The Search That Never Was: The Untold Truth About The 1948-49 Search For Americal Personnel Missing In Action In The South Pacific.  I have made copies for the buyer of the group. GROUPING ALSO COMES WITH ORIGINAL COPY OF THE BOOK LITTLE EVA: THE ULTIMATE WWII SURVIVOR STORY.
$750


Waffen-SS Photo Album, WEHRPASS & Documents - 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division "Reichsführer-SS" - RARE!
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Amazing grouping to man who served in SS Artillerie Rgt 16 of 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS! A rare unit to find material from since it was formed so late in the war. Contains appx 100 photos including many photos where the man can clearly be seen - matching his other ID photos in the grouping. great photos of him waring Reichsfuhrer SS cufftitles!! great SS came uniforms in wear, combat, MANY RARE photos form the unit’s time fighting in Northern ITALY after May 1944! Also photos from his time with the unit after its transfer to HUNGARY in Feb 1945. Also comes with his original WEHRPASS, Military discharge (matching units with Wehrpass), and other documents! Rare grouping!
 $2700

Luftwaffe Officer 3x Photo Album. Diary & Award Document Grouping - Nice!
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Huge grouping to Oberlt. Technical inspector Willi Krumnow (Technischen Oberinspektor der Luftwaffe).  Diary/photo album of 3. (Pr.) Nachr. Abt. Potsdam-Nedlitz, Comes with three photo albums containing 460 photos, very well captioned - some pages read like a diary. Original photos of GOERING, SPERRLE, Knights Cross Winners, knocked Russian T-34 tanks, conferring with high ranking foreign officers in the field, many very nice portrait photos from his Reichswehr and WWII service, aircraft, Flak cannons, and more. Also comes with a nice grouping of his award documents including:  Crusade Against Communism doc with 'Bug" Clasp, Ostmedaille with original signature Abt. commander, Iron Cross Second Class with original sig. General LOEHR (RK+Oakleaves), KVK2 with orig. signature Gen Dr. Eugen Weissmann, Sudetenland Medal, promotion documents with high ranking officer signatures, and more.
$950
 
Waffen-SS Photo Album & Document Grouping - 9. SS Panzer Division "HOHENSTAUFEN" - NORMANDY, HOLLAND - TOP RARE!

Amazing grouping to a man who served in the SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen.  Album contains 173 photos, all from his SS Service. He was an original cadre member of Hohenstaufen - one of the most desirable and sought after units to find material from! Almost every photo is captioned on the reverse side with dates and locations. You can see the man's face easily throughout. The album perfectly chronicles the history of SS-Hohenstaufen from formation in France in 1943 through Einsatz in Tarnapol in 1944, return to Normandy June 1944 after D-Day, fighting in Normandy (Caen, Argentan, Epernay, etc.), retreat out of the Falaise Pocket through Belgium and into Holland (Arnhem), fighting in Hungary in 1945 right up until war's end with photos of him in POW camp! Fantastic content showing SS camo in wear, fighting in Normandy, super photo of a JAGDPANTHER in action (!!), top photo of a knocked  out PANTHER  in EPERNAY in July 1944, SS troops taking shelter under vehicles from American JABOs, Also comes with a LARGE folder of original documents including a few cover and photo page of his Soldbuch (photo stamped Hohenstaufen), many orders and documents related to his being called up to the SS, SS-Hohenstaufen documents including proportions, origin propaganda leaflets, SS Fuhrerschein, SS Feldpost, Nord and Hohenstaufen cufftitles (reproductions, I think) and much more. So many super rare photos! It looks like the man was a Waffenmeister which, I presume,  enabled him to have the opportunity to store his camera and film throughout all their movements.
4200 Euro - sold
 
 
KNIGHTS CROSS Winner Photo Album - Karl HOEHLE - 22 Inf Division + Cdr. III./Gren Rgt 378 - KRETA, AFRIKA

Photo album of RK winner Major Karl HOEHLE who won the Knights Cross on March 11, 1945 (!) and the German Cross in Gold on June 11, 1942.  He was serving as commander III./Gren Rgt 378 of the 169 Inf Division at the time he was awarded the RK. He previously served in the 22 Infantry Division during the France, Balkan, Greece Campaigns including KRETA and AFRIKAKORPS!  The album contains 166 photos (plus more personal photos from before and after the war).  also comes with a typed summary of service he did in 1963.  Contains nice photos from his time on KRETA as well as in NORTH AFRIKA! contains five super studio portraits of him from recruit to Leutnant in 1940. Good photos from the France Campaign of 1940 - KO French tanks, motorcycles, vehicle columns, troops in destroyed French towns, parade in Reims, then photos from the Balkans, Panzer III with 9 Panzer Division emblem, then Metaxis line battles in Greece, then Kreta and finally Tunis in north Afrika. He then states that the rest of his photos were destroyed in a bombing raid in Lepzig. Then postwar reunion photos, Bundeswehr maneuvers and portrait of him wearing his medals.
750 Euro - $850

 
LUFTWAFFE FELD DIVISION Photo & AWARD DOCUMENT Grouping - Jaeger Regiment 9 (L) - KUBAN, KRIM
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Very nice grouping to Feldwebem Guenther IKEN who served in Jaeger Rgt 9  (L) of the 5. Luftwaffe Feld Division (L). Scarce meterial.  It fought in the KRIM, KUBAN, BLACK SEA, and ODESSA.  Comes with his original award documents for the KUBANSCHILD awarded Oct 1, 1944, IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS awarded July 1943 with original signature Div Kdr Oberst Hans-Bruno Schulze-Heyn, WOUND BADGE in BLACK awarded May 1943, original promotion document to Feldwebel, a Bierzeitungen and more.  Also comes with 75 nice photos - tropical uniforms in wear, STURMGESCHUTZ III in the field, many photos of Soviet AIRPLANES, Fieseler STORCH airplane in the field, and more.
$735  reduced to $500 - below our cost!
 
 
 
USAAF Medal, Squadron Patch, DIARY & Document Grouping - CATERPILLAR CLUB - Top!

Super grouping to S/Sgt. Herbert N. ABBOTT who flew the 825th Bomb squadron, 484th Bomb group. Was part of the James CHAFIN crew.   Comes with his Purple Heart & Air Medals in original cases, original discharge, his silk escape and evasion map, large framed portrait photo, official wartime transcript of his combat missions, original discharge, original wartime photo of his B-24 in flight (8x10in), ORIGINAL WARTIME DISNEY Italian made Squadron Patch (824th) - very RARE example, impossible to find, super Italian made Ribbon Bar, Italian made Purple Heart Ribbon, Air crew wings, extra patches and rank chevrons. Comes with his ORIGINAL WARTIME Caterpillar Club certificate (not post war reissue).   Also comes with his DIARY - which is incredible! Starts with his trip "over the pond," following with very detailed entries about all of his missions including Oct 14, 1944 when, on mission to Blechhammer Germany, they had to bail out due to two engines catching on fire. Very detailed account of this and event... and rest of his missions!  Super group.
$2250
 

PANZER Award Document & Panzer Badge Grouping - PANZER LEHR REGIMENT 901 - NORMANDY!!
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Rare grouping to Erwin GRUETERICH who served in 7,/Panzer Grenadier Lehr Rgt 901. Comes with hisPanzer Assault Badge in Bronze award document with original signature Rgt Cdr. and later division cdr. Paul Freiherr von HAUSER (RK+EL),awarded JULY 7, 1944 - The division was fighting around ST LO, NORMANDY at this time, Iron Cross Second Class awarded JULY 8, 1944 with original signature division cdr. Fritz BAYERLEIN (RK+swords!) also for actions around ST LO, NORMANDY. Also comes with his original PANZER ASSAULT BADGE IN BRONZE on which he has scratched his initials on reverse, and his Wehrmachts Driver’s License issued July 20, 1944 (with photo) from PANZER GREN. LEHR RGT 901. Super grouping for the Normandy related collector.
$1500
 
 
WEHRPASS - Inf Rgt 217, Inf Rgt 688, Grenadier Regiment 1049 - NORMANDY D-DAY - ST. MALO !!
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Wehrpass to man who served in Inf Rgt 217, IR 688 and, from July 1944 onwards, grenadier Rgt 1049.  Awarded the Black Wound Badge in Nov 1943,  Campaign entries for the POLAND Campaign including attack on Lemberg then France Campaign 1940, with Inf Rgt 688 he was stationed in Brittany unit the outbreak of the Campaign against Russia at which time he was sent to the Eastern Front.  In 1944 he was transferred to Gren Rgt 1049 which was part of the 77 Inf Division stationed in NORMANDY at the time of D-DAY!  He was with the unit throughout the Normandy Campaign initially facing the US 4th ID on UTAH BEACH until it was destroyed in ST MALO in September, 1944. Qualifications on the MG 34, Mortars and PAK 40.
$350
 
 
WEHRPASS - Inf Rgt 322, Reiterabt, 285, Ost Batl 633 - ANTI-PARTISAN + BRITTANY + BREST
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Original Wehrpass to man who served in  Inf Rgt 322, Reiterabt, 285, and Ost Batl 633. Last promotion was to OBERWACHTMEISTER, Awards include Ostmedaille and Iron Cross Second Class and the OSTVOLK Medaille 2. Klasse in Silver. Saw action in the Poland Campaign 1939, France Campaign 1940 and then BANDENKAMPF actions in the East in 1942 with Reiter Abt. 285. He then fought the ALLIES in BRITTANY with Ost Batl 633 (Festungs Gren Rgt 852) of the 343 Inf Div. until the unit's destruction in BREST in September 1944.
$285
 

 
AFRIKACORPS PANZER SOLDBUCH & WEHRPASS - Panzer Regiment 8 - TOBRUK + NORMANDY!   NICE!
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Wehrpass & Soldbuch  to Feldwebel  in Panzer Regiment 8.  Awarded the General Assault Badge,  Afrika Campaign medal, EK2, KVK2. Long list campaign entries including France Campaign and AFRIKA - Good entries of TOBRUK!   Soldbuch  entry for pay given for clothing allowance "In Afrika - 16.3.1942." Also entry that he arrived in Afrika on May 5, 1941. No photo; never had one. SB issued Jan 1942.  He escaped the destruction of the DAK in Africa. Then served in Res. Panzer Abt 7 and Gen. Kdo. LVIII Panzer Korps starting in June 1944. he was with the unit during "Operation Margarete" (occupation of Hungary).  Then he saw action in FRANCE , NORMANDY and the  ARDENNES and all  battles in West until the capitulation!!  On April 8, 1944* it transferred to Toulouse, France, and on April 15 was converted to an active panzer corps. The Corps moved to the Le Mans area on July 20, 1944, and took part in defensive operations against U.S. forces in the Alencon and Argentan areas southwest of Paris. Between August and September it gradually withdrew to the Barr area southwest of Strasbourg and participated in counterattacks in the Luneville and Mousson areas. During November 1944 the Corps transferred to the Munstereifel and Kyllburg areas to prepare for the Ardennes offensive, and on December 12 it advanced west from Waxweiler through Luxembourg to the Laroche area on the Ourthe River northwest of Bastogne. During the Ardennes offensive the LVIII. Fanzerkorps was given the code name of Gruppe Decker
$950

 
PANZER SOLDBUCH + WEHRPASS & Photo Group - Panzer Abt.  NORWEGEN
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Nice grouping to a Panzer soldier who served in Reserve Panzer Rgt 7 and then Panzer Abt. NORWEGEN.  Comes with his original issue SOLDBUCH with nice Panzer uniform photo and all pages. Wehrpass is also complete. Campaigns include occupation in France and then transfer to Norway with panzer Abt Norwegen not long after D-Day.  Also comes with about 10 nice Panzer studio portraits of the man, Wehrmacht driving license showing he can drive fully tracked vehicles, and, what is very interesting is the original POW card he would have work over uniform button stamped "HQ Allied Land Forces Norway."  Great for the Norwegian collector!
$725

 
SOLDBUCH & Award Document Group Inf Rgt 196 + Panzerfaust Document
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Soldbuch, EK2 Award Document and Infnatry Assault Badge Award Document to Kurt BLAUL who served in Inf Rgt 196 of the 68 Infantry Division.  All awards entered into Soldbuch including the Ostmedaille.  What I really like is the document issued in 1944 which has a soldier holding a Panzerfaust - uncommon!  And first time I have seen this document. It is a thank you to soldiers from commander of a Heeresgruppe for his service on the East German border.
275 Euro - $360
 
 
1936 Olympic Game Participant Photo Album + Cufftitle - TOP!
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133 photos of August GROSS, a participant (A gymnast, I believe) in the 1936 Olympics who stayed at the international students village. Comes with an ORIGINAL "Internationales Sportstudentenlager" Cufftitle on cover! - very rare!  Super photos of these cufftitles in wear!!  Also comes with his OFFICIAL OLYMPIC AUSWEIS with photo and details identifying him as an active participant in the games!  Also a letter to the man regarding his participation, Very well captioned. Filled with excellent photos of the Olympics grounds, facilities, personnel, etc. Great photos of the atheletes "Die Mannschaft" in formal Army looking uniform, athletes training, Swedish team  Women exercising (he liked these), high officials, good photos of foreign teams, and more.  One of the best Olympic albums I have offered with rare documents and insignia - and only one a of a few to an actual athlete in the games!!
1100 Euro - $1560