A Black Grade Wound Badge Document to the 1st Waffen-SS
A Black Grade Wound Badge Document to the 1st Waffen-SS; Wound Badge Certificate to 1st Waffen-SS “Adolf Hitler”: in slightly worn condition. Foonote: SS-Rottenfuhrer Hans-Peter Milbitz of the SS Armoured Artillery Regiment of the 1st Division “LSSAH” is awarded the Black Wound Badge for his wound suffered on the 7th of January, 1944. Signed by Regiment Commander Obersturmbannfuhrer Gustav Mertsch. His unit was equipped with the Wespe and Hummel heavy self-propelled artillery guns and were active in Normandy at the time Milbitz was wounded. Mertsch won the German Cross in Gold in September 1943 and would go on to be the artillery commander of XIII SS-Armeekorps and finished the war commanding a Kampfgruppe in Czechoslovakia.