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  1. It is hard to say. There have been a lot of these various papers on the market that are described as coming from the archive relating to the Graf Spee and I think the jury is out on whether they are original, fakes or copies of originals.
  2. Some interesting photos showing the PE rune. I have a Soldbuch to a Prinz Eugen Knights Cross & DKiG winner but unfortunately it doesn't have his photo in it.
  3. In that case, all good. And the KvK citation confirms that the unit was based in Nürnberg.
  4. Thank you. There is very little information available about these units which are ordnance depots. Feldzeugommando XIII was based in Nürnberg and from September 1943 to October 1944 it was commanded by Gottfried Riemhofer. The lack of a stamp from a static unit is strange and I can not compare the signature with anything as I don't have another example so I can't be 100% certain that this is a genuine example.
  5. I agree, it is a fake. Wrong stamp, poor attempt at Burgdorf's signature (too large a gap between Burg & dorf) and lastly that is a Luftwaffe variant of the citation not Heer.
  6. Richard Walther Darre Born: 14 Jul 1895 Died: 05 Sep 1953 Highest rank held: SS-Gruppenführer Chef Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt (RuSHA) Reichsministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (Reich Minister of Food and Agriculture) Reichsbauernführer Author: Das Bauerntum als Lebensquell der Nordischen Rasse (1927) & Neuadel aus Blut und Boden (1930)
  7. Martin Mutschmann Born: 09 Mar 1879 Died: 14 Feb 1947 - Executed in Moscow Gau-jägermeister Sachsen Reichsstatthalter Sachsen
  8. I don't think I've seen one without a stamp. While not common, definitely genuine examples of these award citations to the two sisters do crop up from time to time so might be best waiting and looking around for one with a stamp just to make sure.
  9. I can't say that I have and if this is coming from the same place as the Gneisenau citation then it's possibly best left alone.
  10. I recently saw this Narvikschild related Soldbuch. Unfortunately it was already sold by the time I saw it. He served in GJR-138.
  11. I'm afraid I've not been able to find anything about his awards either online or in my books. Have you attempted to check the personnel files at NARA to see if they have a copy of his?
  12. Oberst Kurt Wuthenow Born: 15 April 1889 Died: 02 January 1981 Highest rank reached: Generalmajor Kdr Wehrbezirks Hersfeld Kdr Inf.Ers.Rgt 15 Im Stab der Division z.b.V. 409 Kdr Infanterieregiments 114 Kmdt zum Lehrgang im Kriegsgefangenenwesen Kmdt des Oflag IV/D Kmdt des Kriegsgefangenenbezirks Norwegen Kmdt des Oflag VI/C
  13. Some nice images. Are the actual albums German or just the photos that were placed in the album by your great uncle? It looks like white writing has been rubbed out from under the photos and replaced with English descriptions.
  14. Generalmajor Paul Hoffmann Born: 02 Dec 1885 Died: 10 Oct 1979 OKH Op.Abt Kdr Inf.Rgt 333 mFb 717.Inf.Division Kdr 342.Inf.Division Kdr 382.Feldausb.Division Kdr 147.Res.Division Kdr d.Kgf.i.Wehrkreis IV Kdt Oflag IV D
  15. Oberstleutnant Heinrich Häfker Highest rank reached: Oberst Kdr Art.Rgt 5 Stoart Kdtr.d.Bef.Ostpreßen Arko Festung Königsberg
  16. Franz Xaver Schwarz Born: 27 Nov 1875 Died: 02 Dec 1947 - Died in US Internment Camp. Nazi Party Member (1922) - Party Number 6 Beer Hall Putsch National Treasurer of NSDAP Finances (and responsible for assigning membership numbers) SS Membership Number 38,500 - held rank of SS-Oberstgruppenführer Led a Volkssturm Battalion In September 1948, Schwarz was posthumously classified by the Munich de-Nazification court as a "major offender."
  17. Kapitänleutnant Spott Kommandant Schwimmende Flakbatterie Thetis
  18. Generalmajor Albrecht Baier Born: 28 Jul 1893 Died: 17 Jan 1953 Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Chef d.Gen.St.Mil.Befh.Posen Chef d.Gen.St. XXXIX.A.K. Chef d.Gen.St. Stellv. Gen.Kdo.XXI.A.K. Kdr 102.Inf.Division Kdr 342.Inf.Division m.F.b.230 Inf.Division Kdr 297.Inf.Division XXI.Mtn.Corps (m.st.F.b.) Kdr 297.Inf.Division DKiG: 31 Aug 1943
  19. General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Gottfried Vietinghoff-Scheel Born: 06 Dec 1887 Died: 23 May 1952 Highest rank reached: Generaloberst Kommandeur 5.Pz.Division Kommandeur XIII.Armeekorps Kommandeur XXXXVI.Panzerkorps Oberbefehlshaber 9.Armee Oberbefehlshaber 15.Armee Oberbefehlshaber 10.Armee Oberbefehlshaber Südwest Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe Kurland Oberbefehlshaber Südwest Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe C RK: 24 Jun 1940 EL: 16 Apr 1944 DKiG: 22 Apr 1942
  20. Generalmajor Erwin Mack Born: 15 Jul 1893 Died: 26 Aug 1942 - KIA Caucasus Kommandeur des Oberbaustabs 5 Kommandeur des Pionier-Regimentsstabs z.b.V. 413 Pionierführer der Panzergruppe 3 Pionierführer der 3.Panzer-Armee Kommandeur der 20.Schützen-Brigade Kommandeur der 23.Panzer-Division DKiG: 08 Dec 1942
  21. It's uncommon but not something I'd call desirable although some might like the link with Hitler's birthplace. The man's surname still exists there.
  22. Could it be linked to Norway in any way? They were still awarding their own EK's after the capitulation for the mine clearance operations? Or maybe the paperwork wasn't completed in time and they have been verified by a post war organisation in the same way some RK's were.
  23. I have posted a reply in the original thread to avoid duplication of effort.
  24. Goerings Grenadiers by Antonio Munoz covers all the LW Feld-Division histories with about 3 pages covering the period you seek and trying to uncover the confusion about what survived and where they were assigned. It would seem that the Russians were aware of the poor combat value of the division and planned their offensive to actually target it and the other weak units in the area. During the divisions retreat the Russians sliced through the retreating columns. An Army High Command report for 19th January 1944 stated that communications had been lost with 9.Feld-Division (L) (Mehner: Die Geheimen Tagesberichte Volume 9) with the division having been wiped out on the night of the 19th January north of Krasnoye Selo and Ropscha. Based on the narrative in that book it would seem that the majority of the survivors came from the rear area troops of the division with survivors eventually being assigned to various other units including 126.Inf.Division. The 9.Feld-Division (L) admin section was absorbed by the newly formed 20.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS while a number of truck supply units from the both 9.& 10. Luftwaffe Divisions were absorbed by 3.SS-Panzerkorps, 11.SS-Nordland Division and the SS Nederland Brigade ( NARA - T-311 Roll 72 which has a number of Heeregruppe Nord Ia entries for 14th March, 5th, 10th, 19th & 21st April.) But as for the combat effectiveness of the division, which was poor to begin with, it effectively ceased to exist after the third week of January 1944.
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