A Scarce award of The Order of Zvonimir Medal in Silver and its original recommendation to Oberjager Rudolf Manigk, 12th Company, 724th Jager Regiment, 104th Jager Division, who would have seen service in the various anti-partisan operations in the Former Yugoslavia, this award being for an action at Gradina during the fifth partisan offensive
A Scarce award of The Order of Zvonimir Medal in Silver with its original recommendation for the award.
Order of Zvonimir in Silver on War Ribbon. A good example of this circular silver medal with fixed hollow crown suspension.
Recommendation for the Award of The Order of Zvonimir Medal in Silver:
Name: Rudolf Manigk,
Rank and Unit: Oberjager, Section Commander
Precise Citation, When Where and How:
‘Oberjager Manigk has distinguished himself on 20.5.1943 near Gradina/1433 in the battles with Partisans through particular readiness for action and courage. With the task, establish contact with the Company to its right, 1st Company, which should have been in position on hill 1433, he was fired on by heavy and light machineguns during the afternoon hours from this hill which was still strongly occupied by Partisans. Manigk, although at a disadvantage, immediately took up the battle with the Partisans and under the action of his light machinegun got rid of the enemy without any casualties despite his section crossing an exposed stony slope and was able to further carry out the task’
Date of Award: 11.12.1943
The 104th Jager Division created from the 704th Infantry Division, spent the entirety of the war on occupation duties in the Balkans, in what was usually fierce combat with the local partisan groups.
During May 1943 the 104th Jager Division took part in the fifth enemy offensive was a joint Axis attack that took place between 15th May – 16th June 1943 in an attempt to eradicate the Yugoslav Partisan Force that was near the Sutjeska River in South-Eastern Bosnia.
Elements of the Division went on to take part in the massacres on Cefalonia that took place in September 1943, after the Italians had surrendered. Approximately 5,000 members of the Italian 33rd Infantry Division ‘Acqui’ were massacred or otherwise drowned during their surrender.