A Kriegsmarine Group for Service on Sonderkomando
A Kriegsmarine Group for Service on Sonderkomando - Iron Cross First Class; silver frame, magnetic core,unmarked; blockade runners badge; zinc, marked otto placzek, berlin, well worn; minesweepers badge in zinc, unmarked, worn; silver grade wound badge in zinc, marked 107, worn; black grade wound badge marked l/14; all awards are worn but fine. Documents include: One Pay Book in Worn Condition, Iron Cross 2nd Class Document, Iron Cross 1st Class Document, Wound Badge in Black Document, Processing Tag from a Field Hospital. Footnote: Otto Forster was born on December 22nd, 1921 in Frankfurt am Main. His civilian career was at a die casting firm. He stood at 174 cm tall, thin build with blond hair and grey eyes. These personal details were verified on the 6th of august 1944. He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on April 19th, 1942, the same day he received the Wound Badge in Black. He was awarded the Minesweeper’s Badge on November 7th, 1942. On June 9th, 1944 he was awarded the Blockade Runner’s Badge. On October 27th, 1944 he was awarded the 1st Class Iron Cross, and April 29th, 1945 he was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver for a shrapnel wound to the leg. His unit was stationed in Italy, and he was fitted with all necessary tropical gear. Two times in November 1944, he was admitted to a field hospital. Though it is not clearly stated, this appears to be a replacement soldbuch, as records of his pay begin in 1944, and his service began years earlier. Also his rank on the first page is Bootsmann, the last rank he held, rather than Matrose, an enlisted rank. Though there are no dates attached, there is a long list of ships upon which he served, the last one being identified as a Sonderkomando special purpose ship. His first Iron Cross was signed by a commander of the North Sea Fleet in 1942. His 2nd Class Iron Cross was signed by the Commander of the German Fleet in Italy in 1944.