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Here is a photo of the SS Ofhr Erich Gritzbach Dr Sc Pol

Born : 12 juillet 1896 at Forst,

Died : ??????

Joint Army : 1er août 1914,

Leutnant d. Res.

NSDAP (3473289) : 1er mai 1933.

SS (80174) : 25 septembre 1933.

Chef des Ministerbüros/Preussischen Staatsministerium u. Chef des Stabsamtes des Preussischen Ministerpräsidenten GÖRING (1933-mai 1945),

Presschef des Preussischen Staatsministeriums le 24 mars 1934.



Verwundeten Abzeichen in Schwarz,

Österreichische Tapferkeitsmedaille in Bronze, ???


Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern (1934),

Deutsches Olympia-Ehrenzeichen, (Klasse ?)

KVK-II ohne Schwerter,

KVK-I ohne Schwerter,

Dienstauszeichnung d. NSDAP in Bronze.

Apparently it's reserve officer :

Hauptmann der Reserve : 1942 (SS Diensterliste 1942),

Oberstleutnant d. Res : 1944 (SS Diensterliste 1944).

In the photo, it seems recognize badge pilot or observer of the Luftwaffe, but not sure.

Neck medal : Herzoglichische Sachsen-Ernesticher Hauseorden Komturkreuz mit Schwertern am Ring ?

Do you have any other info on this man, in order to complete his biography ?



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It seems to be the Saxe Ernestine commander cross with swords on ring (so awarded after 1934 and before 1935 when it was forbidden by German law)


That makes sense - one of those awards made by Carl Eduard of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha in 1935 to his SS friends.

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Thierry, about the observer, this rather seems to be the Gemeinsames Flugzeugführer- und Beobachterabzeichen in Gold mit Brillanten für Verdienste um die Luftwaffe, which he probably received as Ministerialdirektor and Chef des Stabsamtes des Preußischen Ministerpräsidenten Generalfeldmarschall Göring or, as of July 1940, Chef des Stabsamtes des Reichsmarschalls des Großdeutschen Reiches. He also received the Großoffizier of the Großer Imperialer Orden der Roten Pfeile from Franco on 26 December 1940: https://www.boe.es/datos/pdfs/BOE//1941/042/A00971-00974.pdf


Göring mit Mussolini, im Hintergrung Gritzbach.png


Here Gritzbach is wearing something Italian (neck and breast star).

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