The Awards of Major-General Rolf Menneking; German Cross in Silver Winner
The Awards of Major-General Rolf Menneking; German Cross in Silver Winner - Grouping of awards, documents and photos, from the estate of Generalmajor Rolf Menneking , winner of the German Cross in Silver. Comprising: Iron Cross 1st Class 1914, iron core and silver frame (bottom marked “800”), flat; Iron Cross 2nd Class , 1914, magnetic center; Brunswick, War Merit Cross 2 Class. Bronze; WWI Wound Badge in Black, magnetic, in blackened iron; Hungary, Commemorative Medal in 1914-1918 with swords, silver plated on triangular ribbon; Turkey, Iron Crescent War Medal, in silvered tombac, excellent quality enamels (without chipping), originally was pin back award, but War time converted for a screw-back wear, with fastening device having Bulgarian hallmarks, and with nice old patina; Baltic Cross First Class, blackened tombac, with brass center; Baltic Cross Second Class, blackened tombac, with brass center; Cross of Honor for Combatants 1914-18, bronzed iron; Olympic commemorative medal 1936, silver plated tombac; Spanish Cross in Bronze (in bronze), eagles’ soldered, unmarked, excellent quality, and in slightly worn condition; German Cross in Silver, multi piece construction in nickel silver/Cupal, with blackened wreath and enameled swastika, with pin on reverse, an example with four hollow rivets, marked “20” under the pin (for CF Zimmermann, Pforzheim), textbook example by this maker, 63.00mm(w) x 62.72mm(h), weighs 44.2 grams, no chipping to enamels, hardly worn, in extremely fine condition; Clasp to Iron Cross First Class 1939 - In tombac, silvered, unmarked, slightly worn condition, with nice old patina; Clasp to Iron Cross Second Class 1939 - In tombac, silvered, unmarked, with ribbon; War Merit Cross 2 Class with Swords, in bronzed zinc; Wehrmacht Long Service Award, for 12 Years, in gilded iron (magnetic); Wehrmacht Long Service Award, for 25 Years, a high quality example in fire gilded iron (magnetic); his ribbon bar, with Eight awards, pin back; all the awards are contained within (post 1945 custom made) two display cases. Beside the awards, this lot includes: Promotion Document to a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (dated 1. February 1940), with facsimile signature of A. Hitler and original ink signature of Field Marshall Walther von Brauchitsch, contained within large cardboard folder, with imprinted eagle on the front; Engagement and wedding announcements, August and November of 1938, Berlin; His Military records, encompassing WWI and WWII service, promotions, dates; his Reisepass/passport, with photo, issued in 1951; Bulletin of the German Military Pioneers of December 1967, listing his (and other obituaries); his obituary, 25.October 1967; one WWI uniform photo of Majorgeneral, and two WWII uniform photos of him; few private photos, taken c. 1965; a hard covered booklet, with 18 pictures from the construction of the Scandinavian coastal fortification located in the former by Archives of General of the pioneers and fortresses with the General Staff of the Army oil paintings. With dedication to Generalmajor Menneking by J. Jobst in March 1944. Footnote: Major-General Rolf Menneking was born on 20.3.1899 in Berlin, and died on 25.10.1967 in Hildesheim. He enlisted on 9.11.1915 in Pioneer Battalion 27, achieving a rank of non-commissioned Leutnant on 24.1.1917; In 1919 he was placed on reserve (Pioneer Company 45, Baltikum); on 1.7.1922 he was Commissioned as an Officer, Leutnant; and on 1.4., attained rank of Oberleutnant on 1.4.1925; transferred to a position of Adjutant der Pionier-Schule München, in 1926; in early 1930’s served in various Pionier Battalions, and being promoted to Hauptmann/Captain on 1.2.1933; promoted to Major ion 1.10.1936; in 1939 served in the Stab des Generals der Pioniere und Festungen beim Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres (Command of the Army for Pioneers and Fortifications); promoted to Oberstleutnant on 1.2.1940, and Oberst on 1.7.1941; during 1941-1945, he served throughout in various positions, as a field Commander of various Pioneer units, and also as a Staff Officer in Pioneer Headquarters; on 24.12.1944 he was promoted to Generalmajor, and served until the end of the War, eventually becoming an American POW; he was dismissed from the camp in January of 1947.