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An Outstanding Posthumous Kriegsmarine Knight's Cross Grouping  Kriegsmarine KC Document & Awards - Kriegsmarine Knight’s Cross Formal Document, Awards, Wehrpass & Documents Group, awarded to Kapitän zur See Karl Weniger, a posthumous recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939; FORMAL AWARD DOCUMENT: Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 Formal Document, a textbook example on genuine parchment, hand lettered and illuminated and signed by Adolf Hitler. It is in overall extremely fine condition with no tears or damages at all; the document still rests in its formal presentation case, hand made by Frieda Thiersch and marked inside on the bottom cover. Front of the red leather folder is covered with a superbly executed golden embossed Reichs eagle. The leather folder is also in very fine condition, with no damages, with only minor signs wear and age. There were relatively small number of Knight's Crosses awarded to members of the Kriegsmarine early enough in the War to have been presented with the formal document, hence such Formal Document groupings to Kriegsmarine seldom appear on the open market. Only 318 KC awarded to Kriegsmarine, while Army recipients numbered nearly 4785 ! AWARDS: Group of five, mounted as worn by the recipient: Hindenburg Cross with Swords; Olympic Medal 1936, magnetic, silvered; Kriegsmarine 18 Years Long Service Cross, magnetic, silvered; Kriegsmarine 4 Years Long Service Cross, magnetic, silvered; Bulgaria, Military Merit Cross, Knight with Crown; these in generally very fine condition; Minesweeper War Badge, in tombac, maker RSS; Iron Cross 2nd. Class, marked 106 on ring, no ribbon; and a related ribbon bar. WEHRPASS: with photo of Karl Weniger, full of entries, awards entered on page 23 (includes EK1, EK2, other awards, but not KC); Wehrpass is in very fine condition.  AWARD DOCUMENTS: Award Document for Iron Cross 1st Class 1939, dated 21. May 1940; Award Document for Iron Cross 2nd. Class 1939, dated 17. September 1939; Award Document for Commemorative Medal 1. October 1939; Award Document for Memel Commemorative Medal; Award Document for Long Service Award 4th Class, dated 2. October 1936; Award Document for Olympic Medal 1936; Award Document for Minesweeper War Badge; Award Document for Bulgarian Military Merit Cross (dated 1936), together with German “Permission to Wear Bulgarian award” document; Denmark, two Award Documents for Order of Danebrog, Knight, dated 26. July 1939 (one in Danish language, another in French language); all award documents in generally very good to fine condition. OTHER DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS: Promotion Document 1; (Translation): In the name of the Reich by virtue of the authority of the President of the Reich I appoint the Oberleutnant zur See (Naval First Lieutenant) Karl Weniger, Commander of the 1st  Minensuchhalbflottille, to Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant Commander) with a rank of seniority by 1.11.30 –2–. I put forth this certificate in the expectation that the appointed, abiding by the Reichsverfassung (Imperial Constitution) and the laws, diligently fulfills his duties for the good of the Reich and justifies the trust which has been demonstrated to him through this nomination.  At the same time I secure him the special protection of the Reich. Berlin, the 1st of November 1930. The Defence Minister Certificate of Employment for Lieutenant Commander Karl Weniger. Promotion Document 2; (Translation): In the name of the Reich I appoint the Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant Commander) Karl Weniger, Lehrer (Instructor) and Kompanieführer (Company Commander) for the Sperrschule, to Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain) with a rank of seniority by the 1st of March 1936 –4–. I put forth this certificate in the expectation that the appointed, abiding by his oath of office, diligently fulfills his duties for the good of the Reich and justifies the trust which has been demonstrated to him through this nomination.  At the same time I secure him my special protection. Berlin, the 26th of February 1936. With ORIGINAL signature of The Führer and Reichskanzler (Reich Chancellor) Promotion Document 3, in fine quality folder; (Translation): In the name of the German people I appoint the Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain) Karl Weniger, effective from the 1st of November 1939, to the Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain). I put forth this certificate in the expectation that the appointed, being true to his oath of office, diligently fulfills his official duties and justifies the trust which has been demonstrated to him through this nomination.  At the same time I assure him of my special protection. Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters), the 28th of November 1939. The Führer (facsimile signature) Promotion Document 4, in fine quality folder; (Translation): In the name of the German people I appoint the Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain) Karl Weniger, effective from the 1st of September 1941, to the Kapitän zur See (Sea Captain). I put forth this certificate in the expectation that the appointed, being true to his oath of office, diligently fulfills his official duties and justifies the trust which has been demonstrated to him through this nomination.  At the same time I assure him of my special protection. Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters), the 16th of August 1941. The Führer (facsimile signature) A letter from Danzig, dated 1st June 1939; Translation: Arthur Greiser, Oberleutnant zur See (Naval First Lieutenant) d.R. Danzig, the 1st June 1939. To the Chief of the 1st Minensuch-Flottille Corvette Captain Weniger, Pillau Highly honored Captain! I received the enlistment letter from the 21st of May, Euer Hochwohlgeboren (German form of address meaning “Your High Well Being”), and will be in touch with Euer Hochwohlgeboren on the afternoon of the 10th of June in Pillau.  Only with difficulty have I been able to obtain the requested leave of absence from my superior authority.  It was communicated to me that the approval of the holiday is tied to many pre-conditions.  For this reason, I have asked the President of the Senate to write directly to Euer Hochwohlgeboren. By permitting myself to express my dutiful gratitude to Euer Hochwohlgeboren for the hitherto proven goodwill, and with the highest respect, I have the honor of being your most obedient... (signed) A letter from Senate of the Free City of Danzig Translation: The President of the Senate of the Free City of Danzig Danizg, June 1st 1939. To the Command of the 1st Minensuch-Flottille, Pillau. The Naval First Lieutenant Arthur Greiser of the Senate of Danzig has requested a leave of absence between June 10th and July 12th 1939 in order to allegedly serve a military exercise with the 1st Minensuch-Flottille.  Assuming that the information provided by Greiser is true and will not need to come under investigation, I hereby inform you that I authorize this leave of absence as an exception, though I am compelled to bind the following conditions to this authorization: 1)      I expect that Europe's political map will not be altered in these four weeks. 2)      I expect above all that the furloughed employee of the Senate will become so sharpened in these four weeks, that he returns purified in body and soul, with newfound abilities in a military Scharfblick (sharp eye) and armed in the black arts of the political journey. 3)      I ask the Chief of the fleet and the Commander of the boat, which granted homeless shelter during the time of his exercise, to send daily radio-telegraphic communication to the Senate regarding the degree of the Schlagseite (list) and physical fluctuations of the furloughed employee.   4)      President of the Senate of the Free City of Danzig, (signed) Award Document to Thea Weniger Mother’s cross Third Class; (presumably his wife). A newspaper article/Obituary (Loose Translation): Headline: “Fallen in fulfillment of his duties to the Führer” Ritterkreuzträger (Holder of the Knight's Cross) and Kapitän zur See (Sea Captain) Karl Weniger, a RWGer In proud sadness Hannover looks upon the recently fallen Sea Captain Karl Weniger, whose birthplace is situated in the neighbouring town of Dassel by the Solling Mountains.  By the age of two, Weniger moved with his family to Hanover for his Father to be employed as Pfarrer (clergyman) in the local Markuskirche.  A descendent of an old Lower Saxon lineage, Weniger counted officers, lawyers and clergymen from Hannover and Oldenburg among his ancestors.  He was educated at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gymnasium (Secondary School), and had the honor of being the eighth former student of the school to be decorated with the Ritterkreuz.  Yet the most important factor in his development was a repeated holiday in the wetlands of the Lower Weser (a river in North-western Germany).  It was there he developed a love for the sea, constantly drawing pictures of ships.  Appropriately thereafter he enlisted in the marines in 1917 and served during WWI on the liners “Nassau” and “Posen,” and participated in a Finland expedition.  The unfortunate outcome of the war prompted his career as Sea Officer to come to an end.  After a short interval in the Ehrhardt Brigade and studies at a technical school, Weniger was then able to join the marines once again.  For some time he served on the “Ziethen,” and later as Adjutant on an old training sailboat.  It was there that he developed his passion for sailing, and indeed became known as one of the best sailors of the Marine Yacht Club.  He also organized the Olympiasegeln in Kiel in 1936. Shortly after this, Weniger became involved in the development of a weapon called the Sperrwaffe,  “where soon” as his official obituary praises, “his special abilities for the work involved with this weapon emerged.”  In the development of this weapon category, from its smallest beginnings to its current status, Weniger was very involved both as practitioner and theorist.  During the war he worked as Commander of a Minentuchflottille and distinguished himself as such with the conquest of Hela.  After the occupation of the French channel, the development of the Sperrwaffen fell to Weniger.  As the Commander of a security division and Sea Captain, Weniger enjoyed tremendous success.  61 enemy planes and 8 S-Boots were shot down by soldiers under him.  And so he died in the fulfillment of his duties to the Führer.  Although his command post was on land, Weniger participated of his free will in a particularly dangerous combat operation, through which he found his death as a hero.  For his sacrificial readiness for action and his merits, was he awarded the Ritterkreuz posthumously.  Captain Weniger, known in the marines as “Minus,” was a beloved comrade and the ideal German officer.  The outstanding mastery of his special weapons, which was to him an art in personnel management, granted him a peaceful security.  All difficulties were surmounted with his joyful, easygoing and humorous manner.  In his heart he was first and foremost a soldier, but “a tiny little bit” he once wrote, “is man also only a man, who has a longing for his family (he left behind five children) and would often like to make sure everything is alright just for a few hours, to spank his boys if it's needed, to love his girls when they've earned it.  But these are cravings, and out of place in the war.  First we must win, and then we will live.” Captain Weniger had a special ability to harmoniously combine comradeship and a claim to leadership.  In brotherly commitment to his people he gave up his life.  True to the words Weniger wrote after his younger brother died in the West as first Officer: “I can't think of a more beautiful death.”
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