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eMedals- Germany, Kriegsmarine. A Blockade Runner Badge Group to Mechanic Otto Ollech, KIA 1943

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Germany, Kriegsmarine. A Blockade Runner Badge Group to Mechanic Otto Ollech, KIA 1943

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Germany, Kriegsmarine. A Blockade Runner Badge Group to Mechanic Otto Ollech, KIA 1943

A fine collection belonging to Kriegsmarine Mechanic Otto Ollechm consisting of 1) A Cased Blockade Runner Badge Grouping with its certificate, 2) A Wehrpass, 3) A Soldbuch, 4) A note to Ollech’s father after Ollech’s death, 5) An Ancestry Passport, 6) A Pay envelope containing six official documents, and 7) Three photographs.

 

1) An early fine quality manufacture cased set of Blockade Runner badges, consisting of a large Blockade Runner Badge with its matching Blockade Runner miniature stick pin. The large badge is constructed of patinated and silvered tfeinzink, with a broad banjo style vertical pinback, a barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch; ; marked “Otto Placzek, Berlin” (Designer) and “Schwerin, Berlin” (Manufacturer) on the reverse; measuring 48.83 mm in diameter; weighing 31.1 grams. With its miniature stick pin; in patinated tombac; 43 mm long knurled needle style pin; unmarked; measuring 25.76 mm in diameter. Accompanied by its original case of issue; constructed of heavy pressed paper with a dark blue faux leather (leatherette) exterior; lined interior lid; with a slotted medal bed and a slot for the stick pin; functional spring catch with stud release; intact interior fabric hinge cover; functional exterior metal hinge; measuring 105 mm x 80 mm. The Blockade Runner Badge certificate is named to Mechanics Lance Corporal Ollech and is dated to July 10, 1943. It is signed by a Kapitän named Fritz Müller. Since Ollech was already dead at the time, the award was a posthumous one. It measures 148 mm x 209 mm.

 

2) The Wehrpaß is dated to July 29, 1940. It measures 106 mm x 148 mm.

 

3) The Soldbuch is dated to March 9, 1942. It contains a special certificate stating that Ollech and another soldier had orders to travel to Wilhelmshaven on March 24, 1943 to pick up filming equipment. It measures 104 mm x 144 mm.

 

4) The note to Ollech’s father is dated to September 23, 1943. It was sent as an accompanying letter with Ollech’s Wehrpaß for his father to keep after Ollech’s death. The sender is the army recruitment office of Oberhausen. It is signed by a Lieutenant Colonel named Müller.

 

5) The ancestry passport (Ahnenpaß) contains information about Ollech’s family dating back to his great-great-grandparents. Ollech also had two younger siblings, a brother, Helmut Heinrich, who died at age 3, and a sister, Erna, who at the time of his death was only 5 years old. It measures 131 mm x 201 mm.

 

6) The documents in the pay envelope are: a transcript of Ollech’s certificate of apprenticeship, stating that he learned to be a blacksmith from April 1937 to March 1940 and passed his exam on March 29, 1940. A certificate of good conduct by Ollech’s employer, master smith Philipp Bönning, dated to March 28, 1940. A police record for Ollech, dated to late November, 1940 that has no entries. Another police record, dated to September 11, 1941, that has no entries. A graduation certificate from vocational school in Karlshafen dated to March 29, 1940. A report card from the same school, dated to February 24, 1940.

 

7) The first photo is a studio portrait, showing Ollech in his Kriegsmarine uniform with his parents. The second picture is a large group photo of roughly a hundred boys in DJ uniforms (note the belt buckles). A note on the reverse dates the photo to 1936 (Ollech was aged 13) and identifies the group as Fähnlein 28/60. The third picture shows Ollech’s grave. It measures 210 mm x 146 mm.

 

Footnote: Otto Carl Ludwig Ollech was born on October 30, 1922 in Lauenförde (Lower Saxony). After he finished school and an apprenticeship to become a blacksmith he volunteered for service in the Kriegsmarine in 1940. On February 15, 1942 he was drafted. Ollech went through about a year of intensive training, including artillery and U-boat training. On February 1, 1943 he was promoted to Mechanikersgefreiter (Mechanics Lance Corporal) and began service on board the “Altair”, a fishing boat turned auxiliary war cruiser. It got the name DPK 14 and was used in coastal guarding. In October of 1943 it was renamed to VS 216. Ollech died on April 27, 1943 during an Allied bombing raid in Oberhausen, the city where he and his parents lived. There is no information on why he was there at the time.

 

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