Auction 102

Lot 76:

ERICH VON DEM BACH-ZELEWSKI SIGNED AWARD

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(1899 – 1972) SS-Obergruppenfuhrer, General der Waffen-SS and chief of anti-partisan warfare. In 1944 he led the brutal suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. Signed award document granting the anti-partisan badge ‘Bandenkampfabzeichen’ in silver to SS-Oberscharfuhrer Raimund Augsberg of the SS-Jadgverband Mitte for 50 battle days, no place, 9. March 1945 signed in black ink as SS-Obergruppenfuhrer and General der Waffen-SS, printing is light, 6 x 8 inches, very good. The SS-Jagdverband Mitte was formed 10. November 1944 when SS-Jager-Bataillon 502 was redesignated. It took part in the Ardennes offensive as a part of Panzer-Brigade 150 wearing American uniforms and using American equipment. In February the unit was involved in heavy defensive fighting 60 miles northeast of Berlin. In April 1945 it was sent to Austria to fight in the Alpine Redoubt and it ended the war in Linz.

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