Auction 102

Lot 78:

HITLER CONGRATULATES STURMGESCHUTZ 191 'BUFFELBRIGADE'

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Rare special recognition given by Adolf Hitler to I./ Sturmgeschuetz Brigade 191, also known as the ‘Bueffelbrigade’ for shooting down an enemy airplane at Bulganak, Crimea, issued at Headquarters, August 1, 1944. The citation reads ‘I express my special esteem to the 1./Sturmgeschutzbrigade 191 for the shooting down of an enemy airplane at Bulganak on 28.2.1944.’ Lithographed signature of Adolf Hitler at the conclusion. File holes at left. On February 28, 1944, the name was changed from Sturmgeschuetzabteilung 191 to Sturmgeschuetz-Brigade 191, the unit was engaged in heavy defensive battles near Kerch, which was followed by participation in battles in the Crimea. The commander of the unit, Alfred Mueller, received the oak leaves for the Knight’s Cross. The route of retreat led them to Austria, where the brigade fought their last battles near the Mur. From there the remains were taken into British captivity.

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