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eMedals-Germany, Kriegsmarine. The Decorations & Documents of Frigate Captain Johannes Weise; A.H. Signed

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Germany, Kriegsmarine. The Decorations & Documents of Frigate Captain Johannes Weise; A.H. Signed

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Germany, Kriegsmarine. The Decorations & Documents of Frigate Captain Johannes Weise; A.H. Signed

A fine and thorough grouping of medals, awards, and decorations, with matching award documents, as well as numerous promotion and career documents belonging to Frigate Captain Johannes Weise, along with his long service medal bar and War Merit Cross First Class.

 

The War Merit Cross First Class in its case of issue by Deschler & Sohn; a Maltese cross in silvered tombak; the obverse with crossed swords between the arms of the cross and a circular raised border of oak leaves on the obverse with a raised mobile swastika in the center; the reverse with a broad vertical pinback, a barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch; measuring 48.37 mm x 47.32 mm; weighing 20.3 grams; in its original case of issue, constructed of heavy pressed paper, with a textured faux leather (leatherette) exterior; the exterior of the lid embossed with an outline of a War Merit Cross with Swords in silver; lined interior lid - marked “Deschler & Sohn, München” in black lettering; recessed medal bed; functional spring catch with stud release; fully intact interior fabric hinge cover; functional exterior metal hinge; measuring 68 mm x 68 mm.

 

The First and Second War German Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Long Service Medal Bar, consisting of 1) An Iron Cross 1914 Second Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1914 2. Klasse); a cross pattée of multi-piece construction with a blackened iron core (magnetic) within a ribbed border; on loop for suspension; the obverse with a raised central “W”, with the re-institution date “1914” in raised numbering on the lower arm, and the royal crown on the upper arm; the reverse with a central oak-leaf branch consisting of three oak leaves, with the original institution date “1813” in raised numbers on the lower arm, a raised Prussian crown on the upper arm, with “FW” in equally raised lettering directly below; measuring 43.75 mm x 43.76 mm. 2) A War Merit Cross Second Class; a maltese cross in bronzed tombak; on loop for suspension (unmarked); the reverse with a circular raised border of oak leaves bearing the institution date “1939” in raised numbering; measuring 48.74 mm x 48.46 mm. 3) A Hindenburg Cross; a cross pattée in bronzed metal; maker marked “G & S” on the reverse; measuring 37.80 mm x 37.60 mm. 4) A 25 Year Wehrmacht Long Service Cross; in gilt metal (magnetic); on loop for suspension; with its Hoheitszeichen attached to the ribbon; measuring 40.25 mm x 40.16 mm. 5) A 12 Year Wehrmacht Long Service Medal; in gilt metal (magnetic); on loop for suspension; with its Hoheitszeichen attached to the ribbon; dark blue wool backer; metal core; horizontal pinback; measuring 133 mm x 51 mm.



The documents include:

 

1) The promotion to Corvette Captain certificate states that Captain Lieutenant of the Navy Administration Johannes Weise, Administration Department Officer of the 1st Standing Ship Detachment of the Baltic Sea has been promoted to Corvette Captain, effective January 1, 1937. It is dated to Berlin on January 14, 1937 and signed in blue ink by A.H., as well as Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and a recipient of the Pour le Mérite.

 

2) The War Merit Cross 1st Class certificate is in the name of Frigate Captain Johannes Weise, and dated to Kiel on January 30, 1945. It is signed by proxy by a Captain Lieutenant, the name is illegible.

 

3) The Iron Cross 2nd Class certificate is in the name of Navy Paymaster Aspirant in Tsingtau (Qingdao, China). The decoration has been awarded on September 16, 1920, while the certificate is dated to Berlin on October 25, 1920, and is signed by proxy, the name is illegible. The same is true for the accompanying letter.

 

4) The 25 Years of Service in the Wehrmacht certificate is named to Captain Lieutenant of the Navy Administration Johannes Weise, Administration Department Officer in the 1st Standing Ship Detachment of the Baltic Sea. It is dated to Berlin on October 2, 1936 and signed by proxy by a Corvette Captain and 1st Adjutant of the Command of the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea, the name is illegible.

 

5) The War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords certificate is named to Frigate Captain of Navy Administration Johannes Weise. It is dated to Kiel on September 1, 1942 and signed by the Commanding Admiral of the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea, Admiral Günther Guse, a recipient of the German Cross in Silver.

 

6) The promotion to Frigate Captain certificate is named to Corvette Captain of the Navy Administration Johannes Weise, effective April 1, 1940. It is dated to the Führer Headquarters on April 6, 1940 and carries a facsimile of A.H. It is signed in blue ink by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, a recipient of the Knight’s Cross.

 

7) The promotion to Navy Senior Paymaster certificate is named to Navy Paymaster Weise of the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea. It also states that he gains the rank of Senior Lieutenant of the Navy. It is dated to May 30, 1920 and signed in black ink by the first Reich President of the Weimar Republic, Friedrich Ebert, as well as Reich Defense Minister Otto Geßler and a third by proxy signature that is illegible.

 

8) The promotion to Navy Paymaster certificate is named to Navy Paymaster Aspirant Weise of the Command of the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea. It also states that he gains the rank of Lieutenant of the Navy. It is dated to January 30, 1920 and signed in black ink by Friedrich Ebert and first Reich Defense Minister of the Weimar Republic, Gustav Noske.

 

9) The promotion to Captain Lieutenant of the Navy Administration certificate is named to Navy Staff Paymaster Johannes Weise, effective March 1, 1935. It is dated to Berlin on August 6, 1935 and signed in blue ink by Grand Admiral Raeder.

 

10) The Hindenburg Cross certificate is named to Navy Staff Paymaster Johannes Weise of the 2nd Minesweeper Half Flotilla. The document is dated to Kiel on January 23, 1935 and signed in blue ink by Vice Admiral and Fleet Chief Richard Foerster.

 

11) The promotion to Navy Staff Paymaster certificate is named to acting Navy Staff Paymaster Johannes Weise, effective March 1935. It is dated to February 26, 1935 and signed in blue ink by Reich Defense Minister Werner von Blomberg. It comes with the official order, also dated to February 26, 1935 and signed by von Blomberg.

 

12) The appointment to Navy Staff Paymaster certificate is named to Navy Senior Paymaster Weise on December 20, 1933 and addressed to the Chief of the 1st Half Flotilla. The certificate explicitly states that the appointment shall not be revealed by an order or press release. It is dated to December 28, 1933.

 

Footnote: Apart from this collection there is nothing known about the life of Johannes Weise. On January 30, 1920 he was serving in the Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic, being promoted to Navy Paymaster in the rank of Lieutenant, deployed to the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea at Kiel. Four months later, on May 30, 1920, he was promoted to Navy Senior Paymaster. On September 16, 1920 Weise was awarded the Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class. The document reveals that he was formerly a Navy Paymaster Aspirant in Tsingtau (Qingdao, China). There is a large gap between 1920 and 1933. On December 28, 1933 he was secretly promoted to Navy Staff Paymaster, possibly in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Weise then served as an acting Navy Staff Paymaster. On January 23, 1935 he was awarded the Hindenburg Cross, serving in the 2nd Minesweeper Half Flotilla, and just about a month later, on February 26, his acting status was ended when he became a full Navy Staff Paymaster. Not long after, on August 6, Weise’s promotion to Captain Lieutenant of the Navy Administration followed. On October 2, 1936 he was awarded the Wehrmacht Long Service Award 1st Class for 25 years of service. Weise was stationed at the 1st Standing Ship Detachment of the Baltic Sea at the time, serving as an Administrative Department Officer (Abteilungsverwaltungsoffizier). He was promoted to Corvette Captain serving in the same capacity on January 14, 1937. Early in the war Weise received his final promotion to Frigate Captain of the Navy Administration, on April 6, 1940. On September 1, 1942 he was awwarded the War Merit Cross with Swords 2nd Class, and 1st Class on January 30, 1945, both times as part of the Command of the Navy Station of the Baltic Sea.

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