Germany – Third Reich: A Certificate with the reasons for the award of the Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze to Obergefreiter Helmut Heimburge, 202nd Panzer Battalion, Army Troops, for services as a Photo Laboratory Assistant who served in Yugoslavia whilst his unit fought against the Partisans.
A scarce certificate with the reasons for the award of the Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze on the War Ribbon which was awarded to a Junior NCO who served as a Lorry Co-Driver & Photo Lab Assistant in a Panzer Battalion which saw combat against Partisans in Yugoslavia.
Recommendation for the Award of the Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze:
Name: Helmut Heimburge
Rank and Unit: Obergefreiter, Lorry Co-Driver & Photo Laboratory Assistant, 202nd Panzer Battalion.
Precise Citation, When, Where and How?
‘Obergefreiter Heimburge is employed as a lorry co-driver and performs the service of the Battalion Photo Laboratory Assistant. He has carried out this work for over a year in the best fulfilment of his duty and to my satisfaction. A particular difficulty with the carrying out of the work existed in that he, because of the power distribution in the location, can only work from 20.00 hours in the evening until the next morning, since at this time of day the current is switched off. It needed a particular energy if one considers that Heimburge must work without a break for months under such conditions and often achieving 4,000 prints in a week and more, has also copied with the enlargements.
Documents of the Battalion from various actions, where Local provincial groups had committed atrocities, are able to be forwarded to the superior department without delays through the complete work of this soldier. He, among the first, has deserved a decoration.’
Decoration awarded: The Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze on the War Ribbon.
Date of Award: 6th February 1944
No signature but issued on 20.2.1944 on behalf of von Leyser as General of the Infantry and General Officer Commanding XV (Mountain) Army Corps.
202nd Panzer Battalion served in Yugoslavia against the Partisans, it covered the area of Bosanski Novi, Pijedor and Banja Luka. There is no further information about Heimburge’s service during the course of the war, and therefore it is unknown which units he was with, or any further decorations earned. It is also unclear whether he survived the war