The Awards of Hans Legde; Observer & Zähringer Lion Recipient
The Awards of Hans Legde; Observer & Zähringer Lion Recipient - Includes Wehrpass, 52 pages, in worn condition; Medal Bar; Iron Cross Second Class 1914 (silver frame, iron core), Order of the Zähringer Lion with Swords (Of extremely high quality production, in silver with gold swords, green glass, and fine centre enamel work, pleasing patina; extremely fine), mounted by Wilhelm Welhausen of Hanover; Prussian Observers Badge in silver with enameled centre, weighing 21.9 grams, excellent quality with crisp details and nice old patina, showing signs of period use and contact to enamel work, and in very fine condition; Iron Cross First Class 1914 (silver frame, iron core, marked KO below catch, flat) in case of issue, weak hinge; War Merit Cross Second Class 1939 & 1st October 1938 Medal. Footnote: Legde was born on the 23rd of August, 1895 in Protzen, in the region of Ruppin in Brandenburg. His father Paul Legde he identified as a Lord of the Manor, who died June 6th, 1932. His mother was Käthe, born Sellmer. His was a protestant family, he married on July 21st, 1929, and worked as a farmer. He attended the Friedrichs-Gymnasium in Frankfurt an der Oder, he received his graduation certificate in 1914 for agriculture. He also had a III. Class Drivers’ License. He began his military service on August 10th, 1914 with the 6th Reserve Cuirassiers Regiment. In August of 1915 he was posted to the 21st Dragoons Regiment as an Officer Cadet. In 1916 he attended a 3 month long training program at a field military school, and in 1917 was assigned to the 35th Reserve Infantry Regiment. In 1917 he received special training to serve as part of a Shock Troop unit. In June 1917 he was already enrolled as a cadet at the Army’s 5thFlying Park to receive Pilot training. By the following month he was assigned with the 2nd Reserve Flying Battalion. In September 1917 he was attending a Pilot Observer school in Schwerin. He ended the First War in the service of the 12th Reserve Flying Battalion. From November 17th, 1914 until February 1st, 1916 he was on the Eastern Front. From May 15th, 1917 until November 14th, 1918 he was on the Western Front. On April 12th, 1918 he was wounded in the arm in aerial combat. On October 3rd, 1914 he was promoted to Gefreiter, August 3rd, 1915 to Unteroffizier. On February 11th, 1916 he was made an Officer Cadet, and on June 3rd of the same year he earned the rank of Leutnant. On August 26th, 1939, he reported for duty at the air force command base Brandenburg. From October to December of 1944 he was with the 4th Reserve Flying Battalion; it is the last entry made for the Second War. His first mission was the May 10th, 1940 push for the Channel in the Invasion of France. His unit was engaged in Northern France until 1942. On July 13th, 1942 his unit was tasked with combatting the British Fleet in the Mediterranean, which is where he was engaged until the end of the year. On September 6th, 1916 he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. On July 27th, 1918 he was awarded the 2nd Class of the Order of the Zähringer Lion with Swords (clearly stated in Wehrpass). March 25th, 1918 he received the Observer’s Badge, and on July 1st, 1918 he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class. On September 20th, 1940 he was awarded the War Merit Cross with Swords. In June of 1939 he received the Anschluss Medal. He left the army on the 4th of September, 1944 with the rank of Major.