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  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol
  • Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol

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Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol

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Germany, Heer. A Superb Knight's Cross & Oakleaves Document Group to the Defender of Tarnopol

This is a superb grouping of Wehrmacht career documents belonging to Generalmajor Egon Von Neindorff, including a promotional document signed by Adolf Hitler and Blomberg, two service summary reports, several  award documents of prestigious awards, a photo album of von Neindorff’s service during the First and Second War, his obituary (died in battle during the occupation of Tarnopol), as well as a modern book with detailed accounts of the Battle of Tarnopol during 1944.

1) A promotional document appointing Major Egon von Neindorff of the Infantry Regiment 102, in the name of the Reich, as of October 1, 1936, to Oberstleutnant. The document was issued in berlin, on October 2, 1936, and is signed by Adolf Hitler and Ministry of War, Chief Commander, and Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg in black ink. The document measures 297 mm x 209 mm, and is in mint condition, with light traces of rust from a corroding paper clip on the top left corner.

2) A posthumous award document for the Oak Leaves of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939, that was awarded on April 17, 1944, to Generalmajor von Neindorff - Kommandant des festen Platzes Tarnopol (two days following his death - with only 95 Oak Leaves awarded posthumously during the Second War). The document was issued at the Headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Army on April 27, 1944, and is signed by the Generalleutnant of the Supreme Command of the Army, Wilhelm Burgdorf in black ink. It also bears the national seal of the Generalkommando in the lower left corner. The document measures 208 mm x 146 mm, with a single horizontal fold, and is in mint condition.

3) An award document for a 25-Year Wehrmacht Service Medal, presented to Oberstleutnant Egon von Neindorff of the 2nd Infantry Regiment 102. The document was issued in Berlin on October 2, 1936, and is signed on behalf of Ministry of War, Chief Commander, and Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg in black ink. It also bears the national seal of the Infantry Regiment 102 in the lower left corner.The document measures 294 mm x 209 mm, and is in mint condition.

4) An award document for a Clasp to the Iron Cross 1939 Second Class, presented to Generalmajor von Neindorff of the 137th Infantry Division. The document was issued at the Forward Command post on October 24, 1943, and is signed by the General of the Infantry and Kommandierender General, Hans Gollnick in black ink. It also bears the national seal of the Generalkommando in the lower left corner. The document measures 200 mm x 140 mm, with a single horizontal fold, and is in mint condition.

5) An award document for a War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern), presented to Oberst Egon von Neindorff. The document was issued at the Headquarters of the Army (Heer) on April 20, 1942, and is signed by the General of the Infantry, Bodewin Keitel in light blue (possibly faded) ink. It also bears the seal of the Supreme High Command of the German Army. The document measures 208 mm x 148 mm, with a single horizontal fold, and is in mint condition.

6) An award document for a War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern), presented to Oberst Egon von Neindorff. The document was issued at the Divisional Staff Quarters on October 16, 1940, and is signed by Generalmajor and Kommandeur of the 164th Infantry Division, Josef Foltmann in black ink. It also bears the national seal of the 164th Infantry Division. The document measures 199 mm x 141 mm, with a single horizontal fold, and is in mint condition.

7) An award document for a Silver Grade Wound Badge, presented to Generalmajor Egon von Neindorff, Kommandeur of the 36th Infantry Division, for his three wounds sustained on January 20, 1944, as well as two injuries sustained during the First War. The document was issued at the Reserve Field Hospital Bad-Kösen on February 17, 1944. It features the signature of the Stabsarzt/Head Doctor in dark blue ink, as well as a national seal. It is also numbered 21935. The document measures 199 mm x 140 mm, with a single horizontal fold, and is in mint condition.

8) A period photograph portrait of Generalmajor Egon von Neindorff in his service uniform, mounted on cardstock, and labeled “Generalleutnant Egon von Neindorff, Eichenlaubträger, Kommandant von Tarnopol, gefallen 15.4.1944” (General Lieutenant von Neindorff, wearer of the Oakleaves, COmmander of Tarnopol, killed in action 15.4.1944), measuring 205 mm x 147 mm; with remnants of collector’s mounting on the reverse.

9) The news booklet with the obituary of Generalmajor Egon von Neindorff on the cover page. It reads “Wearer of the Knight’s Cross with oakleaves and the highest decorations of both World Wars, died on April 15, 1944, as the leader of the occupation of tarnopol. In the face of a foe ten times numerically superior, he inspired his men to fight on heroically. He is an example of German martial spirit. The Hero of Tarnopol will always represent soldierly duty. We are unspeakably proud that he was one of ours.” The remaining 15 pages of the booklet contain several death notices and news of the front lines. It measures 230 mm x 155 mm, in mint condition.

10) The summary report of Generalmajor Egon Helmut Friedrich von Neindorff. It states that he was born on September 12, 1892 in Koblenz on the Rhein. He was evangelic, and married to Maria von Neindorff (born Hofmann, in Bad-Kösen bei Naumburg am Saale on Naumburgerstraße 1), and had two children, Henning (born October, 23, 1919), and Egon (September 1, 1923). The reverse lists his complete rank advancement, starting with Fähnrich on September 29,1911, to Generalmajor on December 1, 1942. It also lists his awards, as well as areas where he saw active service, being the Battle of France, the Battle of Crete, the Battle of Greece, and the Occupational Group of France. It is signed by the Major and Adjutant of the 189th Reserve Division, Graf Wedel. It measures 301 mm x 211 mm, and is in well-used condition. It is accompanied with a newer, mint copy.

11) A superb photo album of Egon von Neindorff, constructed of a dark green patterned faux leather cover, with 49 black cardstock pages, and with vellum inserts between the pages.. The photo album with over 100 photographs from his service during the First and Second War. It depicts various photographs of him in his service uniform during the First War, and with his wife and first child. It is chronological, and also depicts Egon rising through the ranks to his final rank of Generalmajor. There are several photographs of him with other high ranking Wehrmacht staff, as well as of him on the front with his soldiers. Several photographs also show life on the front, and the carnage of war in Russia. The photo album ends with a photograph of him cut out of a newspaper and a photograph of his grave. It measures 299 mm x 215 mm, and is in extremely fine condition, with some loose photographs.

12) Modern softcover book “Fester Platz Tarnopol 1944” in German, with detailed accounts of the Battle of Tarnopol, including strategic planning, soldier’s accounts, as well as pieces taken from high-ranking staff’s diaries. With 161 pages, and measuring 205 mm x 130 mm.


Footnote: Neindorff was born on September 12th, 1892 in Koblenz. On March 22nd, 1911, he joined the Imperial German 12th Light Infantry Battalion. He served with this unit in the First War, where he distinguished himself as a column and company leader. After his transition into the Reichswehr, he was a Company Leader and Battalion Commander within the 102nd Infantry regiment. At the beginning of the Second War, he was an Oberst in command of the 456th Infantry Regiment. During the invasion of France, he commanded the 433rd Infantry Regiment. After being wounded, he was re-assigned as Brigade Commander in Crete, taking over command of the 189th Reserve Division with the rank of Generalmajor in September 1942. Until December 1943, he held command of Infantry Divisions 356, 189, 216, 137, and 6. On January 1944, he took over command of the 36th Infantry Division, which was encircled in Tarnopol. Neindorff succeed in establishing a Kampfgruppe within a few days, which was able to defend Tarnopol for three months. On multiple occasions his success was praised in the Wehrmacht report. On April 13th, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross 1939, and on the 17th (two days after his death in battle), he was awarded the 457th Oakleaves. Neindorf was posthumously promoted to Generalleutnant. Tarnopol was designated a “Fortified Position”, which according to direct orders from the Führer was to be defended to the last man. This policy lead to the death of over 4000 of the city’s defenders. Only 55 German troops survived, and Red Army artillery left the city in ruins.

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