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Nice detailed photo of SS soldiers getting presented awards. A mixture of officers and NCO's, with a good amount of badges such as the infantry assault, Iron Cross 1st class and wound badges. They have the "Der Fuhrer" cuff title on the sleeves. 

Der Führer was first formed in September 1938 after Germany's annexation of Austria during an NSDAP Rally in Nurnberg and authorised to wear their new title. Later they were to become the "2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" but ratained the right to wear the "Der Führer" cuff title. In October 1943 they underwent yet another name change, that of the 4th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment "Der Führer"

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Here is an interesting sight, Der Spiess (easily identified by the 2 rows of tresse on his cuffs) motivating a troop. Looks like an inspection of sorts, they are holding towels and they are wearing low quarter shoes. I guess he is not happy with some of the results!

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Photo from France in 1940, German troops watching over captured soldiers. The three German in the foreground all the the Blitz patch on their arms indicating they were involved with signals. Good view of German field gear as well as that of the French troops. 

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Nice photo of Germans gathering captured US weapons. The soldier on the left has 6 M1 Garand semi-auto rifles and at least one M-1923 ammunition belt that held the rounds for the rifles. The soldier on the right has a M1 on his right shoulder and on his left, another ammo belt as well as two Thompson sub-machine guns. The left one is the M1A1 model and the right side is the M1928A1 model, both fired the .45 caliber pistol round. 

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The first Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross recipient) in Tunisia: Stabsfeldwebel Ewald Mrusek received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 19 january 1943 for heroism while serving as a Zugführer (Platoon Leader) in 2.Kompanie / Feld-Bataillon "Tunis 1" / Infanterie-Regiment "Tunis" (part of 5. Panzerarmee), in the winter 1942/43 in Tunis. Mrusek received the  medal after he defended an important elevated position in the Tunisian forward area with only nine men and, thanks to them, a strategically important section of land could be reclaimed from the Allied forces. The Ritterkreuz award ceremony would be held a month later, on.17 February 1943, in Tunisia, North Africa. This pictures was taken on that date. Mrusek himself was born on 26 December 1911 in Beuthen/Silesia, Germany, and died on 24 March 1981 in Bremen, Germany. His other medals and decorations: Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre; Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse und I.Klasse; Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber; Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz; and Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42

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 SS-Obersturmbannführer Vinzenz “Zenz” Kaiser. He was a battle hardened veteran of the Eastern front in the "Das Reich" Division. During the fighting in Kharkov, he personally destroyed 4 enemy tanks with hand held weapons. Wounded numerous times, in 1944, after recovered he was posted to the SS Panzergrenadier school and made Commander of the SS Panzergrenadier Lehr Regiment. In March 1944 this unit was sent to Hungary and was integrated into the 16th SS-Panzergrenadierdivision “Reichsführer". After the successful capture of Budapest he returned to the school and was awarded the Close Combat badge in gold for his 50th confirmed day in close combat. He went on to fight numerous battles, eventually being recommended for the oak leaves to the Knights cross, however this was never completed as the war ended. He fought on the western front in 1940, as well as the Italian and Russian fronts. There is some controversy about his death as his body was never found, but it seems he was killed by American troops around Nurnberg while on a recon mission.

He was awarded the Knights Cross, Iron Cross 1st and second class, Gold Close Combat Clasp, wound badge in silver, infantry assault badge, 4 tank destruction badges.

 


 

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