A 1943 Knight's Cross Group to Jürgen von Nottbeck; 32nd Infty
A 1943 Knight's Cross Group to Jürgen von Nottbeck; 32nd Division; A Fine and Rare Zimmermann Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 Grouping to Hauptmann (later Major) Jürgen von Nottbeck, 32nd Infantry Division, comprising: Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939, iron core and silver frame, marked “800” and “20” on reverse of the cross, 48.77mmx 54.7mm, worn condition, with fine old patina, with short ribbon and straps as worn, in very fine condition; German Cross in gold, 68.5 grams, unmarked, pin repaired/replaced, enamel chipping, in well worn condition; Honor Roll Clasp of the Army, in fire gilded tombac, with four prongs on reverse, on original ribbon as worn, in very fine condition; two Iron Crosses First Class (screw back, marked L 54; and pin pack, unmarked); Wound Badge Silver Grade, in zinc; Two East Front Medals, zinc; Soldbuch; Promotion later to a Major, June 1945 (already in US captivity); German Cross in gold list of recipients, with his name listed. This group was purchased directly from his daughter in 2004 by D. Niemann (copy of purchase slip enclosed). SOLDBUCH: 24 pages, in used/worn condition, with uniform photo with KC and his awards, full of entries: Born in Berlin on April 20, 1917, he attended Military Academy. He was in possession of a special personal pistol for which he had special clearance. Hospitalized for illness in February, 1944. May 1st, 1945 promoted to Major. He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on October 1, 1939. He received the Iron Cross 1st Class and the Infantry Assault Badge in 1941. He also received the Wound Badge in Black for being wounded by rifle fire in August of 1941. He received the Sudetenland Medal and the Eastern Front Medal, as well as the Demjansk Shield. On March 27, 1944 he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. On October 30, 1944 he received the Army Honor Clasp. January 21, he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. April 1st 1943 performance review reads: Active Officer with War Academy Training. Very clever, adaptable, keen and constantly ready regiments adjutant. Proven tactician and very effective in critical and difficult situations. Has a firm grasp of all branches of tactical leadership and logistics. Has a clear idea of the tenets of National Socialism, and is effective in conveying them to his troops. Physically and mentally well equipped. Strengths: keen learner, decisive, enjoys a great degree of trust among the Officer Korps. Apt to be a Battalion Commander, also fit to be senior Adjutant and general staff training. Suggested promotion to Regiment Adjutant. Fluent in Russian and Estonian (received education in Estonia.) Footnote: The 32nd Infantry Division was based in Koeslin, in Wehrkreis II. It was manned mostly by Prussians and Pomeranians. It was deployed in the northern pincer of the Invasion of Poland. It was also present for the Western Campaign. It was held in reserve on the Atlantic coast for the Invasion of Britain, but was moved to the east when operation Sea Lion was aborted. They fought with distinction with the II. Army Korps on the Eastern Front and was encircled at Demjansk. During that time they were re-supplied by air. The division was cited for its orderly conduct during their retreat through the Baltic States. It took part in desperate battles in the Kurland Pocket in the winter of 1944/45. It surrendered to the Red Army on May 8, 1945. Grouping comes with a large file, correspondence, research, copy of purchase slip from his daughter, and authenticity guarantee by D. Niemann.