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eMedals-A Group of Kriegsmarine Award Documents to W. Striewski; Destroyer Paul Jacobi

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A Group of Kriegsmarine Award Documents to W. Striewski; Destroyer Paul Jacobi

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A Group of Kriegsmarine Award Documents to W. Striewski; Destroyer Paul Jacobi

Award document for Commemorative Medal 1. October 1938 (1. December 1939), as Mechanikersmatt, serving abroad Destroyer “Paul Jacobi”, with original signature in ink by an Admiral; Award document for Commemorative Iron Cross 2nd Class (16. April 1940), as Mechanikersmatt, serving abroad Destroyer “Paul Jacobi”, with original signature in ink by an Admiral Wilhelm Marschall; Award document for War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (Waffenwart Willy Striewski), dated 30. Jqnuary 1944, signed by Admiral Hubert Schmundt; documents are not folded, in very fine condition. Footnote: German destroyer Z5 Paul Jacobi participated in the early stages of the Norwegian Campaign by transporting troops to the Trondheim area in early April 1940 and was transferred to France later that year where she made several attacks on British shipping. Paul Jacobi spent most of 1941 under repair and returned to France in early 1942 to successfully escort two German battleships and a heavy cruiser home through the English Channel (the Channel Dash). The following month, the ship helped to escort another German battleship to northern Norway and returned in May to begin another lengthy refit. Footnote: Admiral Marschall, flying his flag in battleship Gneisenau, led the German naval force which intercepted and sank the British auxiliary cruiser Rawalpindi on 23 November 1939, while on patrol off Faroe Islands. On 8 June 1940, during the latter part of the Norwegian Campaign, Marschall and part of his force (flagship Gneisenau, and her sister-ship Scharnhorst) fell in with British aircraft carrier Glorious and two destroyers (Acasta and Ardent) about 280 miles west of Harstad, Norway. In a two-hour action, Glorious and her accompanying destroyers were all sunk, in exchange for damage to Scharnhorst (struck by one of Acasta's torpedoes). Although the battle was a German victory, Marschall had engaged Glorious despite orders to avoid action. Marschall's differences with the High Command on this subject, and the severe damage to Scharnhorst during the engagement, ensured that Marschall was replaced as Flottenchef by Admiral Günther Lütjens. Marschall led the inspection of naval education for two years beginning in the summer 1940.
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