Germany – Third Reich: An Army Group South War Merit Cross 2nd Class, Tank Assault Badge in Silver and attack on Rostov Black Wound Badge award and document group to Obergefreiter Armin Neukamp, 4th Battalion, 2nd Panzer Regiment, 16th Panzer Division who saw service during Operation Barbarossa as part of the attacks on Kiev, Nikolayev, Uman and Zhitomir.
War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, early bronze striking with full length of ribbon
Black Wound Badge, some wear to high points
Tank Assault Badge in Silver, with ball fitting and needle pin, maker marked for Assman.
The War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords issued in the field on 13th August 1941 as a Gefreiter, 4th Battalion, Panzer Regiment 2. Signed by von Hube as Generalmajor and Commander of 16th Panzer Division.
von Hube was awarded the Knights Cross on 1.8.1941 as Generalmajor and Commander of 16th Panzer Division; 62nd Oak leaves on 16.1.1942 as Generalmajor and Commander of 16th Panzer Division; 22nd Swords on 21.12.1942 as General of Panzer Troops and Commander of XIV Panzer Corps; 13th Diamonds on 20.4.1944 as General of Panzer Troops and Commander of 1st Panzer Army. von Hube was killed when the plane which had transported him to the Berghof to receive his Diamonds in person from Adolf Hitler crashed on take-off from Salzburg on 21st April 1944.
The Tank Assault Badge in Silver awarded in the field on 28th October 1941 as Obergefreiter, 4th Battalion, Panzer-Regiment 2. Signed by von Hube as Generalmajor and Commander of 16th Panzer Division.
The Wound Badge in Black issued at War Hospital 4/612 on 4th December 1941 for a wound received on 25th November 1941 as Obergefreiter, 4th Battalion, Panzer Regiment 2. Signed by a Staff Doctor.
Condition: War Merit Cross 2nd Class document with a tear along the signature line, all documents folded, some wear to the high points of the Black Wound Badge otherwise Good Very Fine
Armin Neukamp may have seen service in the campaign to capture Yugoslavia that took place in April 1941 and was the first action for the Division. The Division then went on to serve in Russia from the outset of the campaign. As part of Army Group South it advanced across the Ukraine via Dubno, Zhitomir, Uman and Nikolajev, it was during the fighting across these areas that Neukamp was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with swords.
Continuing to fight in the Kiev area and most likely during the encirclement battle to the east of Kiev that resulted in 600,000 Red Army prisoners, Neukamp would have taken part in a number of Tank Assaults that led to the award of the Tank Assault Badge in Silver on 28th October 1941.
After the successful conclusion of these operations, Neukamp then was involved in the advance along the Sea of Azov and towards Rostov, he was wounded on 25th November 1941 and was to receive the Wound Badge in Black on 2nd December 1941.
It is unknown what happened to Neukamp after this date, possibly his wound left him unable to serve on the front line and as a result he wouldn’t see any further front line service during the war.