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eMedals-An Extensive Collection of Career Documents of Senior-Lieutenant Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6th Mine Clearing Flotilla

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An Extensive Collection of Career Documents of Senior-Lieutenant Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6th Mine Clearing Flotilla

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An Extensive Collection of Career Documents of Senior-Lieutenant Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6th Mine Clearing Flotilla

This is an extensive and one-of-a-kind collection of career documents of Senior-Lieutenant Wilhelm Gerhard of the 6th Mine Clearing Flotilla. Encompassed here are a variety of significant documents that offer a large window into the military career of Gerhardt, including 1) A large promotional document enclosed in a folder, with a large eagle, wreath, and swastika embossed on the front page, promoting Oberfähnrich zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt, taking effect on March 1st, 1942, to Leutnant zur See. It is dated Berlin, March 4, 1942, and features a facsimile of Grand Admiral Erich Raeder. The document folder measures 306 mm x 258 mm, with the document within being slightly smaller. The document exhibits a horizontal fold in the center of the page, with very faint creasing along the edges. 2) An award document for the German Cross in Gold, presented in the name of the Führer, to Oberleutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt, in Berlin, on December 14, 1944, and signed in blue ink by the Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine, Karl Dönitz. It is watermarked with the Kriegsmarine seal on the bottom left of the page, and measures 352 mm x 245mm; and is  overall very well preserved. The document exhibits a horizontal fold in the center of the page, with very faint creasing along the edges. Also included is a letter from the Oberkommando of the Kriegsmarine, informing Wilhelm Gerhardt (living in Elversberg/Saar Hochstraße 10) that the enclosed is the above-mentioned award document for the German Cross in Gold. It is dated Berlin, December, 1944. It measures 209 mm x 148 mm; and is in mint condition. 3) An award document for an Iron Cross 1939 First Class, presented to Leutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6th Räumflottille. It is dated in Rome, on April 5, 1943, and features the signature of the Konteradmiral und Befehlshaber des Deutschen Marinekommandos Italien, Meendsen Bohlken in blue ink. It measures 200 mm x 139 mm, and is in extremely fine condition with a slight kick on the top right corner. 4) An award document for a Naval Front Clasp, presented to Leutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt. It is dated April 24, 1945, and features the signature of Konteradmiral und Befehlshaber des Deutschen Marinekommandos Italien, Meendsen Bohlken in blue ink. It measures 210 mm x 146 mm, and is in better than very fine condition with two hole-punch holes and lightly faded letters. 5) An award document for an Iron Cross 1939 Second Class, presented to Leutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt. It is dated in Marsa Matruh, on July 20, 1942, and features the signature of the Vizeadmiral und Befehlshaber des Deutschen marinekommandos Italien, Eberhard Weichold in blue ink. It measures 198 mm x 139 mm, with document exhibiting a horizontal fold in the center of the page. 6) An award document for a High Seas Fleet badge, presented to Leutnant zur See Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerhardt for participation on the Light Cruiser Emden. It is dated August 20, 1942, and features the signature of the Konteradmiral und Chef des Ausbildungsverbandes, Joachim Lietzmann in blue ink. It measures 204 mm x 141 mm; and is in mint condition. Also included is a picture postcard of the Kreuzer Emden at high seas, with the reverse left blank, and measuring 146 mm x 104 mm. In mint condition. 7) An award document for a Minesweeper badge, presented to Oberfähnrich zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 1st Minesweeping Flotilla. It is dated February 6, 1942, and features the signature of the Kapitaen zur See und Führer der 3. Sicherungs-Division, Hans Hartmann in black ink. It measures 198 mm x 138 mm, with some light creasing at the edges. 8) An award document for an “Afrika” cuff title, presented to Leutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt, dated in Rome on August 30, 1943, with a signature of the Konteradmiral und Befehlshaber des Deutschen Marinekommandos Italien, Meendsen Bohlken in black ink. It measures 207 mm x 146 mm, with document exhibiting a horizontal fold in the center of the page. 9) An award document for an Italian War Cross for Military Valor, in italian, with the reason for the for the award being translated into German, being the successful protection of Italian convoys on their journey to their destination. It is dated December 29, 1942 and features the signature of the Chief of General Staff in blue ink. The document measures 219 mm x 317 mm and is in extremely fine condition with folding creases and a minor rip. 10) An award document for a Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge in bronze. It was awarded on March 13, 1936. The document measures 74 mm x 106 mm, in mint condition. 11) A document in recognition of service to the German people, given out on occasion of the “5th “5th winter solstice of the Greater German Fight for Freedom” on December 24, 1943. It carries the facsimile of Gau Leader and Reich Governor Jakob Sprenger. The document measures 107 mm x 184 mm and is in extremely fine condition with some minor creasing on the bottom. 12) A commemorative document from the 6th Ship Core Detachment in the Netherlands, in memory of the training period. The document remains unsigned. It measures 249 mm x 301 mm and is in mint condition. 13) A copy of a blank officer’s exam for navigation, with a case scenario at the top and several numbered questions. It measures 208 mm x 280 mm and is in mint condition. 14) A collection of papers from the Inspection of the Educational Office of the Navy on occasion of Gerhardt’s enlistment to become a navy officer. 9 pages, dated january 18, 1938 - October 10, 1939, in Kiel. The pages measure 212 mm x 301 mm and are in extremely fine condition. 15) An envelope to Gerhardt, addressed to an Egyptian P.O.W. camp. It is dated August 4, 1947. The sender is Annemarie Gerhardt, most likely his mother. The letter is missing. 16) The news sheets heet of Crew 39 A, March 1945 issue, with 4 pages. Page 2 mentions the German Cross in Gold award to Gerhardt. The sheet was sent by field mail on March 27, 1945 to Senior Lieutenant Gerhardt in Kiel. The pages measure 209 mm x 295 mm and are in extremely fine condition with folding creases and minor fraying. 17) A post war copy of the Chronicle of the 6th Minesweeper Flotilla (Räumbootflottille) from 1941 to 1945 by Lothar Talberger. Ca. It features 70 pages with several copies of photos. It measures 207 mm x 293 mm, and is in near mint condition. 18) Two identical letters, dated eight days apart (30.7.42 and 8.8.1942) addressed to Leutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt in regard, informing Gerhardt that he is being awarded the Italian Campaign medal. Both documents are in ink by the Leutnant zur See Adjutant. The documents measure 208 mm x 149 mm and exhibit a horizontal fold in the center of the page. 19) An award document for a silver grade wound badge, presented to Oberleutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6. Räumschiff Flotilla for his three injuries sustained on October 9, 1944. It is dated October 12, 1944 and features the signature of Konteradmiral und Befehlshaber des Deutschen Marinekommandos Italien, Meendsen Bohlken in black ink. It measures 209 mm x 148 mm, with two hole-punch holes on the left side of the document. 20) An award document for a black grade wound badge, presented to Oberleutnant zur See Wilhelm Gerhardt of the 6. Räumschiff Flotilla for his single injury sustained on November 5, 1942. It is dated November 22, 1942, and features an illegible signature (and illegible rank). It measures 199 mm x 139 mm and exhibits a horizontal and vertical fold. 21) An award document for a Westwall badge, presented to the Arbeitsmann Willi Gerhardt of the RAD. - Abteilung 1/145 (SIX) Hagenbach I. It is dated August 1, 1940 and features the facsimile of the Staatsminister und Chef der Presidents Kanzlei des Führers und Reichskanzlers Otto Meissner. It measures 209 mm x 147 mm, and is in mint condition. 22) A commemorative certificate for honourary service in the Westmark. Within it, Gerhardt is thanked for participating in the fight for securing the German Lebensraum. It is dated November 26, 1938 in Neustadt an der Weinstraße and features the facsimile of Gau Leader and Reich Commissioner Josef Bürckel. There is some writing on the top of the reverse, with the only decipherable part being “Heil Hitler”. It measures 209 mm x 299 mm and is in fine condition with a horizontal fold in the center with some creasing and fraying, as well as a minor rip at the top. 23) A very personal letter by Kapitän zur See Hans Schüler. Schüler congratulates Gerhardt on receiving the German Cross in Gold. He hopes that they can meet again soon. Schüler signed in pencil with just his first name.The letter is sent from the Supreme Command of the Kriegsmarine and dated December 15, 1944 in Berlin. It measures 210 mm x 149 mm and is in near mint condition with some age spots. 24) Twelve photographs currently collector mounted on black cardstock, being a portrait of Gerhardt in uniform, a photo of a minesweeper boat, four small pictures of high ranking officers - one showing Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler, two pictures of a convoy of ships, a photograph of a high ranking navy officer, a large photo of men working with a  sea min, a picture of a naval gun being loaded, a photo of a gathering of navy soldiers - dated January 31, 1940 and might show Gerhardt’s graduation or ceremonial pledge. The photographs measures between 59 mm x 76 mm and 131 mm x 180 mm, and are in mint/near mint condition. Overall, this is an exemplary collection of documents of a highly decorated Lieutenant who served in the 6th Mine Clearing Flotilla in the Mediterranean sea.

Footnote. Wilhelm Gerhardt was born in 1919 in Elversberg, Saarland, in south-west Germany, and served  as the Oberleutnant zur See (Senior Lieutenant) on the R14 of the 6th Minesweeper Flotilla. Wilhelm Gerhardt was a member of the marine HJ, as well as the RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst/National Labour Service) prior to joining the Kriegsmarine. Once in the Kriegsmarine, he saw action in the Mediterranean Sea, receiving the Italian War Cross for Military Valor, and the ‘Afrika’ cuff title. Gerhardt received the Iron Cross 1939 Second and First Class, as well as the black and silver grade wound badge for his four injuries. He was also awarded the German Cross in gold on December 14, 1944. Although the exact fate of him is unknown, the documents here show that Gerhardt was a Prisoner of War in Egypt in 1947.

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