Awards (OL, Sw. & Diam.) personally bestowed by Hitler

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Post by Elwyn W » 25 Apr 2004 19:10

On behalf of Denis again.

After 13/04/44, location unknown
Heer ceremony
From left to right :
- Gen. d. Geb.Tr. Hans Kreysing (63. Schw.)
- Gen.Lt. Johannes Mayer (453. EL)


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Post by FANGIO » 03 May 2004 18:56

Pic from Corbis: who are these men being decorated?, date?, location?
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Post by John Toner » 04 May 2004 07:58

They look like Oskar Dinort and Walter Storp. If it is then the photo dates from July 1941

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Post by Denis » 04 May 2004 09:47

Hello friends,

Many thanks again to all of you for adding new elements to this thread !!
I have updated the list by taking into account the new additions. Please note that if the date is unknown, I have inserted the latest bestowal date for all the present recipients. I have sorted the data by date. New elements are clearly identified by a caption in bold.

29/06/41
(location and position of the 3 officers are not known)
KM ceremony
- Kaleu. Engelbert Endrass (14. EL)
- Kaleu. Henrich Liebe (OL) (13. EL)
- Kaleu. Herbert Schultze (OL) (15. EL)

NEW NEW NEW !!
After 14/07/41, location unknown (is seemingly very close of the previous ceremony)
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Obstlt. Oskar Dinort (21. EL)
- Major Walter Storp (22. EL)

NEW NEW NEW !!
After 16/01/42, location unknown
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Obst. Hans Jordan (59. EL)
- Obst. Karl Eibl (50. EL)
- Major Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn (49. EL)
- Rittm. Georg Freiherr von Boeselager (53. EL)
- Oblt. Karl-Heinz Noak (63. EL)

After 12/03/42, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Hans Philipp (8. Schwerter)
- Kurt Ubben (80. EL)
- Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann (81. EL)

2nd semester, 1942
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- undientified LW officer (should be a Schwerterträger)
- Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann (10. Schw.)
- Hptm. Helmut Lent (98. EL)
- Oblt. Heinrich Setz (102. EL)
- Oblt. Friedrich Geisshardt (101. EL)

26/09/42
- Rommel receives his Schwerter (Große Urkunde)

UPDATED UPDATED UPDATED !!
After 11/10/42, location unknown
WH-LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Obstlt. Walter Sigel (116. EL)
- Hptm. Johannes Kümmel (133. EL)

After 28/11/42, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Oblt. Alwin Boerst (149. EL)
- Lt. Josef Wurmheller (146. EL)

After 23/12/42, FHQ, Vinnitsa
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Oblt. Ekkehard Kylling Schmidt (150. EL)
- Hptm. Harald von Hirschfeld (164. EL)

After 08/01/43, location unknown
KM ceremony
From left to right :
- Kaleu. Friedrich Guggenberger (171. EL)
- Kaleu. Wolfgang Lüth (142. EL)
- Korv.Kapt. Karl-Friedrich Merten (147. EL)
- Kaleu. Werner Töniges (143. EL)

After 08/01/43, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Hptm. Bruno Dilley (174. EL)
- Major Ernst Kupfer (173. EL)

After 25/01/43, FHQ, Vinnitsa
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Oblt. d.R. Georg Michael (187. EL)
- Hptm. d.R. Konrad Hupfer (136. EL)

After 08/02/43, Wolfsschanze
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Hptm. Erwin Fischer (191. EL)
- Hptm. Hermann Hogeback (192. EL)

NEW NEW NEW !!
31/03/43, location unknown
WSS ceremony
- SS-Ogruf. Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (26. Schw.)

UPDATED UPDATED UPDATED !!
After 17/05/43, location unknown
WH-WSS ceremony
From left to right :
- unidentified
- Obst. Karl Löwrick (247. EL)
- Obst. Franz Griesbach (242. EL)
- Hptm. Waldemar von Gazen (182. EL)
- Hptm. Erich Bärenfänger (243. EL)
- SS-Stubaf. August Dieckmann (233. EL)
- Oblt. d.R. Wilhelm Niggemeyer (241. EL)
- Ofw. Ernst Kruse (245. EL)

After 04/07/43, location unknown
KM ceremony
From left to right :
- Freg.Kapt. Gerhard von Kamptz (225. EL)
- Kaleu. Siegfried Wuppermann (226. EL)
- Kaleu. Otto von Bülow (234. EL)
- Kaleu. Georg Lassen (208. EL)
- Kaleu. Werner Henke (257. EL)

After 02/08/43, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Major Werner Streib ?? (197. EL)
- Major Gustav Rödel (255. EL)
- Major Hans-Joachim Herrmann ?? (269. EL)
- Hptm. Heinrich Ehrler (265. EL)
- Hptm. Werner Schroer (268. EL)
- Oblt. Joachim Kirschner (267. EL)

28/08/43, FHQ
WH Ceremony
From left to right :
- Gen. d. Inf. Hans von Obstfelder (251. EL)
- Gen. d. Inf. Paul Laux (237. EL)
- Gen.Lt. Gustav Hoene (238. EL)
- Major Bruno Kahl (270. EL)
- Major Karl Langesee (211. EL)

After 04/09/43, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Hptm. Hartmann Grasser (288. EL)
- Hptm. Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (290. EL)
- Oblt. Günther Rall (134. EL)
- Oblt. Walter Nowotny (293. EL)

After 07/09/43, location unknown
WSS ceremony
From left to right :
- SS-Staf. Heinz Harmel (296. EL)
- SS-Ostubaf. Otto Baum (277. EL)

15/10/43
- Wolfgang Lüth receives his Brillanten Große Urkunde

After 03/10/43, location unknown
WH Ceremony
From left to right :
- Oblt. Bodo Spranz (2182. RK + 308. EL)
- Gen. d. Pz.Tr. Joachim Lemelsen (294. EL)

NEW NEW NEW !!
Late October 1943, location unknown
WSS ceremony
- SS-Gruf. Walter Krüger (286. EL)
- SS-Ostubaf. Sylvester Stadler (303. EL)

December 1943, location unknown
KM ceremony
From left to right :
- Korv.Kapt. Friedrich Kemnade (249. EL)
- Kaleu. Carl Emmermann (256. EL)

After 10/12/43, location unknown
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Gen.Major Hasso von Manteuffel (332. EL)
- Obstlt. Ernst Wellmann (342. EL)
- Obstlt. Willi Langkeit (348. EL)
- Obstlt. Karl Baacke (352. EL)

20/01/44, Wolfsschanze
14 LW officers receive their Schwerter (Große Urkunden) (sorted by alphabetical order)
- Heinrich Bär
- Werner Baumbach
- Alfred Druschel
- Adolf Galland
- Gordon Gollob
- Hermann Graf
- Joachim Helbig
- Herbert Ihlefeld
- Helmut Lent
- Günther Lützow
- Walter Nowotny
- Walter Oesau
- Dietrich Peltz
- Wolf-Dieter Wilcke

02/02/44, Rastenburg
WSS ceremony
- SS-Ustuf. Michäel Wittmann (380. EL)

13/02/44, Rastenburg
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Gen. d. Inf. Kurt von der Chevallerie (357. EL)
- Gen.Lt. Hans Gollnick (282. EL)
- Gen. d. Inf. Friedrich Wiese (372. EL)
- Gen.Lt. Hans Schlemmer (369. EL)

13/02/44, Rastenburg ??
WH Ceremony
- Major Erich Bärenfänger (45. Schw.)

18/02/44, Rastenburg ??
WH-WSS ceremony
From left to right :
- SS-Hpstuf. Léon Dégrelle (2474. RK)
- SS-Gruf. Herbert Otto Gille (47. Schw.)
- Gen.Lt. Theobald Lieb (400. EL)

After 24/03/44, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Major Kurt Bühligen (413. EL)
- Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs (430. EL)
- Major Bernhard Jope (431. EL)
- Major Hansgeorg Bätcher (434. EL)

After 13/04/44, location unknown
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Gen. d. Geb.Tr. Hans Kreysing (63. Schw.)
- Gen.Lt. Johannes Mayer (453. EL)

NEW NEW NEW !!
April, May, 1944, location unknown
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- unidentified WH general receiving the Schwerter
- Gen. d. Pz.Tr. Hermann Breith (48. Schw.)
- Obslt. d.R. Dr. med. dent. Franz Bäke (49. Schw.)
- Gen. d. Pz.Tr. Walther K. Nehring (383. EL)
- Gen. d. Pz.Tr. Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin (439. EL)
- Gen.Major Hans Källner (392. EL)
- then 4-5 other EL recipients who remain unidentified for the moment

05/05/44, Obersalzberg
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- unidentified (LW)
- unidentified (LW)
- unidentified (LW)
- unidentified (LW)
- unidentified (LW)
- Major Wilhelm Herget (451. EL)
- Major Martin Möbus (463. EL)
- Major Erich Rudorffer (447. EL)
- Hptm. Alfred Grislawski (446. EL)
- Hptm. d.R. Emil Lang (448. EL)
- Lt. Günther Schack (460. EL)
- Lt. Otto Kittel (449. EL)
- Lt. Anton Hafner (452. EL)

After 14/05/44, location unknown :
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- Obstlt. Kilian Weimer (478. EL)
- Obstlt. Max Sachsenheimer (472. EL)
- Major Wilhelm Drewes (458. EL)
- Hptm. d.R. Walter Elflein (347. EL)
- Ofw. d.R. Martin Hrustak (473. EL)

25/05/44, Obersalzberg
WH ceremony
as far as I can see on the photo, at least 9 Heer officers (several generals). This photo is displayed on "on the Field of Honor" (volume 2 - see entry for von Brese) . From left to right :
- unidentified
- unidentified
- Obst. Franz Griesbach (53. Schwertern : cannot be Oakleaves since he has already been listed in the "after 17/05/43" ceremony)
- Gen.Lt. Georg-Wilhelm Postel (57. Schwerter) to be confirmed
- Gen.Lt. Friedrich Schulz (428. EL)
- Obst. Ernst-Günther Baade (402. EL)
- Obst. Herbert Schwender (442. EL)
- Major Heinz von Brese-Winiary (441. EL)
- Hptm. d.R. Heinrich Hogrebe (454. EL)

After 09/06/44, Obersalzberg
WH ceremony
From left to right :
- unidentified (WH) (should be at least a Gen.Major, or upper rank)
- Gen.Major Gottfried Weber (490. EL)
- Gen.Major Wolf Hagemann (484. EL)
- Obstlt. Ernst Wilhelm Hoffmann (494. EL)
- Obstlt. Fritz Müller (477. EL)
- Hptm. Bernhard Flachs (381. EL)
- Hptm. Theodor von Lücken (469. EL)
- Hptm. d.R. Konrad Zeller (495. EL)
- Ofw. Hans Strippel (485. EL)

After 24/06/44, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- unidentified (to be confirmed) : there is seemingly a sleeve which can be seen near Hartmann's one : see luft_EL_1.jpg
in the related thread posted by Freiherr)
- Lt. Erich Hartmann (420. EL) : might it be possible that Hartmann was there to be awarded the Schwerter ? This owul d be the only possiblity coming to my mind to explain why he is before Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer. If so, the date would be included between 02/07/44 (Hartmann's Schwerter) and 30/07/44 (Schnaufer's ones).
- Hptm. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (507. EL)
- Major Horst Kaubisch (505. EL)
- Hptm. Eduard Skrzipek (509. EL)
- Lt. Adolf Glunz (508. EL)

25/06/44, Obersalzberg
WSS ceremony
- SS-Ostuf. Michäel Wittmann (71. Schwerter)

After 25/07/44, location unknown
LW ceremony
From left to right :
- Major Herbert Lamprecht (532. EL)
- Hptm. Wilhelm Batz (526. EL)
- Hptm. Heinz Strüning (528. EL)
Note that the photo doesn't allow to see if more soldiers attended to this specific ceremony

28/08/44, FHQ
WSS ceremony
From left to right :
- SS-Ogruf. Felix Steiner (86. Schw.)
- SS-Stubaf. Léon Dégrelle (EL + NKSiG)


The following ones comes from single photos wher only one soldier is seen receiving the award. Due to lack of information and until a new larger photo can be found, we can only suppose that the following soldiers received their respective award without any fellow counterparts. They are sorted by alphabetical order.

- Gen.Major Fritz Bayerlein (258. EL)
- SS-Stubaf. Georg Bochmann (246. EL)
- Gen. d. Inf. Walter Graf v. Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt (103. EL)
- SS-Ogruf. Theodor Eicke (88. EL)
- SS-Ogruf. Paul Hausser (261. EL)
- SS-Ostuf. Bruno Hinz (559. EL)
- Obstlt. Ludwig Kirschner (135. EL)
- Obst. Hartwig v. Ludwiger (163. EL)
- Obst. Kurt-Jürgen Frhr. v. Lützow (37. EL)
- Oblt. Hans-Joachim Marseille (97. EL)
- SS-Hpstuf. Erwin Meiedress (310. EL)
- Gen.Obst. Walter Model (74. EL)
- SS-Stubaf. Joachim Peiper (377. EL)
- Gen.Major Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke (145. EL)
- Major Otto-Ernst Remer (325. EL)
- Gen.Major Theodor Scherer (92. EL)
- Gen. d. Geb.Tr. Ferdinand Schörner (398. EL)
- Obst. Rainer Stahel (169. EL)
- Obst. Helmuth Thumm (166. EL)
- SS-Stubaf. Christian Tychsen (353. EL)
- SS-Ostubaf. Karl Ullrich (480. EL)

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Post by Daniel L » 04 May 2004 13:24

I made the thread a "sticky".

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Post by FANGIO » 04 May 2004 15:21

Thanks John for identifying Dinort and Storp.
Could the location be the HQ of Hitler in Eastern Prussia (can't remember the exact name)?
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Post by Liri » 04 May 2004 17:11

Michael Wittmann and Hitler
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Post by FANGIO » 04 May 2004 18:35

Sorry if this is not the rigth thread to post this pic but I think it's interesting.
Not an officer or nco, not even a man, but here's Hitler decorating Hanna Reitsch with the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Göring is there too. Who are the other LW officers?
Pic from Corbis:
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Post by John Toner » 05 May 2004 07:31

These pictures have appeared on the form over tha past few months.

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Post by John Toner » 05 May 2004 07:36

This is what I intended to attach - sorry

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Post by John Toner » 05 May 2004 07:40

Fischer and Hogeback with Hitler

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Post by Elwyn W » 06 May 2004 04:27

Luftwaffe general immediately to the right of Hanna Reitsch looks like Karl Heinrich Bodenschatz.

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Post by Denis » 06 May 2004 06:54

Hi
Thanks John and Liri for posting these pics.
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As far as I remember, the first LW officer on the Reitsch picture is Oberst i.G. von Bulow, the Luftwaffe Adjutant of AH.
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Post by FANGIO » 11 May 2004 18:46

Luftwaffe ceremony:
Hitler, Werner Baumbach and ???
Date? location?
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Post by FANGIO » 11 May 2004 19:06

Two more:
First pic: Rudel, Hitler and ???
Second pic: Hitler and Galland. Is 2nd from left (after Hitler) GFM Milch?
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