The Lt. General Gert von Massow Grouping
The Lt. General Gert von Massow Grouping: eMedals is pleased to offer a collection of items belonging to Generalleutnant Gerd von Massow - one of the leading ME-262 pilots of the war. Born: 13 Sep 1896 in Hadersleben, Nordschleswig Died: 29 Jun 1967 in Bad Pyrmont Promotions: Fähnrich (10 Aug 1914); Leutnant (04 Oct 1914); Oberleutnant (01 Apr 1925); Hauptmann (18 Jul 1930); Major (01 Apr 1935); Oberstleutnant (01 Apr 1937); Oberst (01 Oct 1939); Generalmajor (01 Apr 1943); Generalleutnant (20 Apr 1945) Career: Entered the Army as Platoon and Company Leader in the 7th Jäger-Battalion (10 Aug 1914-1919) Company-Leader in the Westphali Free-Jäger-Corps (1919-30 Sep 1919) Platoon-Leader in the 14th Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1919-30 Sep 1920) Platoon-Leader in the 18th Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1920-17 Jul 1930) Detached to the Staff of Group-Command 2 – secret Flying-Training in the USA (18 Jul 1930-31 Jul 1931) Advisor in the Department T 3, Foreign Armies and L In 1, Flying-Training, RLM (01 Feb 1931-31 Aug 1933) Advisor for Pilot-Training with the Command of Weapons-Schools (01 Sep 1933-31 Mar 1935) Transferred to Luftwaffe Service as Commander of Flying-Group Schleißheim, Fighter-School (01 Apr 1935-08 Jun 1936) Commodore of Fighter-Wing 2 ‘Richthofen’ (09 Jun 1936-07 Mar 1940) Fighter-Leader 3 (08 Mar 1940-05 Jun 1940) Inspector Of Fighters, OKL (06 Jun 1940-18 Dec 1940) Higher Commander of Fighter and Destroyer Schools (19 Dec 1940-30 Jul 1944) Commanding General of Flying Training (31 Jul 1944-08 May 1945) In US Captivity (08 May 1945-01 Mar 1947) Released (01 Mar 1947) Decorations & Awards: - 1914 EK I - 1914 EK II - Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippisches Kreuz für treue Dienste 1914 - Grossherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militär-Verdienstkreuz II. Klasse - Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Silber - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse Tunic is fabricated from an extremely fine grade, smooth to the touch, bluish-gray wool. The shoulders are adorned with shoulder boards in gold-coloured and silver bullion with a gilt aluminum pip in the centre, identifying the tunic as belonging to a Generalleutnant, both boards with reinforced white wool backers and held firmly in place by gilt aluminum buttons at one end and sewn in place at the opposite end, where they meet the sleeve seam. The full-length of the collar is trimmed in an angled gold-coloured bullion. The right breast exhibits a Luftwaffe eagle insignia, in gold-coloured bullion, interlaced with gold-coloured threading, that gives detail and definition to the wings and body of the eagle. Below the eagle are two loops, while the left breast houses two loops above a series of seven loops, with an additional seven loops below that, all in bluish-gray thread, designed to house various badges and ribbon bars. Both sides at the front are adorned with four gilt aluminum buttons, each of the eight buttons maker marked with the F.W. Assmann & Sohne, Ludenscheid stylized "A" on the reverse, in addition to two smaller gilt aluminum buttons fed through reinforced button holes and linked by a chain at the mid-section. The tunic has been designed with a tapered-fit in mind, as evidenced by nine vertical seams, two on the front and the other seven on the sides and rear, with the centre point of the tunic at the rear forming a downward-pointing chevron. The sleeves have been designed to be button-less, exhibiting an overlaying pleat instead. Inside, the body of the tunic is lined throughout in a bluish-gray rayon, with appropriately rayon lined pockets on both breasts, the left pocket housing a maker's label inscribed "SEIPOLD Konigsberg Herr Gen. Maj von Massow", the actual officer's name and rank in handwritten black ink, while the sleeves are lined in white rayon. There is an 85 mm long strap sewn to the collar, in order to give the wearer the option to hang the tunic from a hook. The tunic measures 430 mm across the shoulders x 570 mm in length, exhibiting light mothing in scattered places on the exterior and the undersides of the shoulder boards, fabricated from high-grade materials, displaying quality stitching, near extremely fine. Included is a personalized copy of the book "God is my Co-Pilot" written by Col. Robert L.Scott. In the inside cover, it is personally dedicated to von Massow "July 16th 1952 - To my friend and fellow fighter pilot Lt.General Gert Von Massow with best regards - Sincerely - Robert L. Scott" Accompanied by a hand drawn scetch of fighter plans in formation, 29 x 24.5mm.