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Alexei2102
Posted: June 22, 2009 06:44 pm
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Gents, this is indeed one of the rarest birds around. Enjoy.

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Posted: June 24, 2009 12:00 am
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Did General Field Marshall Von Mannstein sign all Krim shield awards to foreigners especially soldiers ? Wow...Carpul Tunnel. When did he have time to conduct the war ?
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Posted: June 24, 2009 12:02 am
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I also noticed no serial number. Was this normal for German shield awards ?
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Posted: June 24, 2009 01:11 am
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Also, the spelling at that time was "Crimeii", not "Crimeei"
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Alexei2102
Posted: June 24, 2009 04:52 am
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Hi all,

Thank you for your feedback. Now, please allow me to notify you a few things:

1 - @RUC - Please find below 6 types of Krimschild citations (images are taken from Helmut Weitze's site and WAF forum, for this purpose only):

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As you can see, neither one of them has a serial number, and they are all signed by Manstein, although the recipients are very low ranking soldiers - the signature is a facsimile.

http://www.worldwar2.ro/forum/index.php?showtopic=1820&st=30
http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/sho...ead.php?t=71392

The topic is discussed even on WAF, on another award doc, and here, in the post made by Claudiu1988 - line (6).

2. Dragos - The spelling is correct. I have checked with some documents from the era, and it is consistent. As a further proof, please find below an excerpt from an article from "Colectionarul Roman" issue 3, written by our forum friend Dragos03.

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Posted: June 25, 2009 02:24 pm
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Alexei2102, Thank you for your input and research. It is always interesting to find German award documents to Romanians. Very few exist. I have two Romanian WW2 uniforms with Krimshields on them which I consider to be a very rare find. Photos of them were posted on this sitte 3 years ago.
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Posted: June 25, 2009 03:12 pm
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@RUC,

Thank you for your feedback. You are dead right about the scarce resources in regards to the German awards to Romanian soldiers (docs). I personally have seen in 5 years only 4 EK2 docs, and 1 Ostmedaille.

I have for myself the EK2 and the Ostmedaille (named to a Romanian Mountain Hunter Officer), and now the Krim schild. All that I need is the EK1, and the frontzugspanges.... The DKIG, Adler Order and RK are the rarest of the rare, and there are very very few chances of obtaining one.

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Posted: June 30, 2009 03:11 am
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QUOTE (REGAL UNIFORMA COLECTOR @ June 24, 2009 12:00 am)
Did General Field Marshall Von Mannstein sign all Krim shield awards to foreigners especially soldiers ? Wow...Carpul Tunnel. When did he have time to conduct the war ?

Take a closer look. The "signature" is not handwriting is just a stamp which even a soldier could handle it. So the general had time for battles. That not means that is a fake! It was a common practice for lower ranks. The handwriting signature on diplomas was for high ranks.
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Posted: July 03, 2009 05:25 am
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QUOTE (aviatiadasenzatia @ June 30, 2009 03:11 am)
QUOTE (REGAL UNIFORMA COLECTOR @ June 24, 2009 12:00 am)
Did General Field Marshall Von Mannstein sign all Krim shield awards to foreigners especially soldiers ? Wow...Carpul Tunnel. When did he have time to conduct the war ?

Take a closer look. The "signature" is not handwriting is just a stamp which even a soldier could handle it. So the general had time for battles. That not means that is a fake! It was a common practice for lower ranks. The handwriting signature on diplomas was for high ranks.

Exactly the point I wanted to prove myself.

Cheers,

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