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  • A 1942 War Merit Cross Award Document to SS-Untersturmführer Keck KIA
  • A 1942 War Merit Cross Award Document to SS-Untersturmführer Keck KIA
  • A 1942 War Merit Cross Award Document to SS-Untersturmführer Keck KIA

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A 1942 War Merit Cross Award Document to SS-Untersturmführer Keck KIA

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A 1942 War Merit Cross Award Document to SS-Untersturmführer Keck KIA

Award document measuring 14.7 x 20.9 cm, to SS-Untersturmführer Arthur Keck, signed by Erich von Manstein, Date of item: January 9, 1942. Condition: very good, some signs of aging. An award certificate for SS-Untersturmführer Arthur Keck, stating that he received the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords. The document is dated to January 9, 1942, Army Headquarters (A.H.Qu. = Armeehauptquartier). A handwritten note states that Keck was killed in an accident on the Crimean peninsula and buried there. Keck was part of the Einsatzgruppe D, which in turn was part of the 11th Army. In 1941/42, they besieged the city of Sevastopol and eventually conquered the Crimean peninsula. Einsatzgruppen (“task forces”) were paramilitary SS death squads, responsible for mass killings of Jews and civilians in occupied territories during the war. The 11th Army was led by General der Infanterie and Supreme Commander Erich von Manstein (1887–1973) who signed this document. It shows a strong signature in pencil. Manstein was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. He eventually made it to the rank of General Field Marshall. However, he was highly critical of Hitler’s way of leading the war efforts, so in early 1944 he was dismissed from his command.
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