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eMedals-A First War German Bravery Group for a 1917 Trench Attack

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A First War German Bravery Group for a 1917 Trench Attack

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A First War German Bravery Group for a 1917 Trench Attack

Awarded to Musk. Fittschen IR 465: small Bravery Medal, for ribbon wear, 38mm, in silver plated iron, engraved to (Musk. Fittschen 3. Komp. Inf. Rgt. 465 fr Tapferkeit vor Rouex vom 5.-7. 6, 1917), with nice quality corresponding award document, dated 4.10.17 signed by Generalmajor; Large Bravery Award (non portable) of the 238th. Infantry Division, 50mm, in silver plated iron, un-named as issued, with corresponding award document, dated 24.12.1918,signed by Generalmajor; WWI Iron Cross 2nd. Cl. and Wound Badge black grade, both magnetic; Hindenburg Cross w/Swords (with corresponding award document); East Medal, with corresponding award document, dated 30.5.1942; 1939 Wound Badge Black Grade, with corresponding award document, dated 29.10.1942 (Schtz. Rudolf Fitschen, Inf.E.Batl. 489); War Merit Cross 2Nd. Cl. w/Swords, with corresponding award document, dated 30.1.1944 (Stabsgefreiten Nachsch.Komp. (mot) 626;    Foonote: Rudolf Fitchen Double War Vet Awards and Documents: one 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class without Document, One First War Wound Badge in Black without Document, One Medal for Bravery at Rouex with Ornate Document, One Large Non Portable Division Medal with Document, One 1935 First War Veterans Cross with Documents, 1942 Eastern Front Medal with Document, 1942 Wound Badge in Black with Document, One 1944 War Merit Cross with Swords with Document.Awarded to Musk. Fittschen IR 465: small Bravery Medal, for ribbon wear, 38mm, in silver plated iron, engraved to (Musk. Fittschen 3. Komp. Inf. Rgt. 465 fr Tapferkeit vor Rouex vom 5.-7. 6, 1917), with nice quality corresponding award document, dated 4.10.17, signed by Generalmajor; Large Bravery Award (non portable) of the 238th. Infantry Division, 50mm, in silver plated iron, un-named as issued, with corresponding award document, dated 24.12.1918,signed by Generalmajor; WWI Iron Cross 2nd. Cl. and Wound Badge black grade, both magnetic; Hindenburg Cross w/Swords (with corresponding award document); East Medal, with corresponding award document, dated 30.5.1942; 1939 Wound Badge Black Grade, with corresponding award document, dated 29.10.1942 (Schtz. Rudolf Fitschen, Inf.E.Batl. 489); War Merit Cross 2Nd. Cl. w/Swords, with corresponding award document, dated 30.1.1944 (Stabsgefreiten Nachsch.Komp. (mot) 626; grouping comes with a research file of his WWI citation for his 238 ID Bravery Medal, and is as follows:On the attack of the left flank, Musk. Prelle of the 12th Company gave the following account: After we had climbed over the sandbags, we worked our way past continuous grenade volleys, as we had been trained to do at the Lockstedter camp. Onwards through the trenches, there was non-stop machine gun fire. Soon Tommy responded with grenades and gave us a lot to deal with. I, as the lead thrower, threw over 100 grenades that night. After one hour I was completely alone, our Troop being blown to bit. As I turned back for fresh supplies, I came upon Gefr. Feige. The two of us went on and identified an English machine gun nest, and threw our grenades at it with a Hurrah. Tommy retreated and we fired upon them. At this time, I, with clear conscious, took out the first of them. Then we looked through the trench and found the machine gun, along with several dead and wounded. We had also suffered losses; my friend Kleber had both his legs smashed, and his life fizzled out in my arms. Gefr. Mueller of 12th Company suffered a punctured lung, and later died in a field hospital. Musk. Schuette was lightly wounded. I cannot praise the conduct of Gefr. Feige highly enough. Ufz. Buchtmann was an exemplary leader.  
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