11./Panzer-Regiment Großdeutschland Group
This has never been in a collection! This has passed from WH Gefreiter Wilhelm Leigib (the Veteran) to his daughter and her husband (Leigib pass away in 2017, they have owned it for 2 years), and now us. The veteran’s son-in-law tell us: “He was a radio operator for a Tiger Mk I in the 11th Panzer division from 1943 until the bitter end.”. The Großdeutschland Division was an elite combat unit of the German Army.
Included in this grouping is:
- page 22 of W. Leigib’s Soldbuch listing all of his awards and corresponding dates including the Grade II Panzer Assault Badge in Silver dated April 20th 1945 (20.4.45)
- The Panzer Assault Badge in Silver Award Document dating March 31st 1944 (31.3.44)
- The 2nd Class Iron Cross Award Document dated July 3rd 1944 (3.6.44) and signed by Generalleutnant Hasso von Manteuffel
- The Black Wound Badge Award Document dated November 3rd 1944 (3.11.44)
All of the dates on the award documents correspond perfectly with the soldbuch entries.
Along with the documents are the appropriate awards:
- The Panzer Assault Badge in Silver (Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber) is by A.S. - Adolf Scholze of Grünwald a. N.. It is die struck, zinc based and has been silver washed. It retains approximately 40% of its silver. It has a well working pin hinge and catch assembly. A nice piece
- The Iron Cross 2nd Class is by “24” (Wide Frame). It is clearly marked to the ring and features nice patina. It retains 98% of its painted finish. The ribbon measures 3 ¾ inches long.
- The Black Wound Badge is steel based and looks great holding 98% of its black paint work. The pin, hinge and catch continue to work well.
- The Grade II Panzer Assault Badge in Silver is by JFS - Josef Feix Söhne of Gablonz. The catch is gone.
This is an awesome grouping. We asked to get a photo of the veteran from the son-in-law and are waiting to hear back from him. If we do get it we will share it with the new owner. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity don’t pass it up!
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