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Ritter Kreuz, Hauptmann Herbert Steinkopf


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Hi Gordon,

Herbert Steinkopf was awarded the RK on 15. May 1944 while Chef of the 3./GR 467. As far as I can tell from the not so good picture the maker was Klein & Quenzer. Going by the award date and the established time lines for the use of the PKZ code on Knights Crosses (which was around beginning of 1944, despite the introduction of the code in mid-late 1942) I venture to say that the cross is marked "800" on the reverse and "65" and "800" on the loop. The award date of spring 1944 would also be ok for a K&Q.

If you have time, take some better pictures of the obverse and reverse, just to make sure!

Dietrich

PS: Thanks for the nice article for my magazine! It will be in the next issue.

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