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Germany - Third Reich: An extremely rare Russian Front February 1942 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords with surviving citation group of award documents to Unteroffizier Max Mory, 8th Machine Gun Company, 246th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, who had originally completed basic training with the Freising based 15th Company, Reserve Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment from 25th October 1937 to 22nd December 1937, and was then mobilised on the outbreak of the war. Serving as the rations NCO of the Company since September 1940, his batt

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Germany - Third Reich: An extremely rare Russian Front February 1942 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords with surviving citation group of award documents to Unteroffizier Max Mory, 8th Machine Gun Company, 246th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, who had originally completed basic training with the Freising based 15th Company, Reserve Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment from 25th October 1937 to 22nd December 1937, and was then mobilised on the outbreak of the war. Serving as the rations NCO of the Company since September 1940, his battalion arrived on the Eastern Front at the beginning of 1942, and it for his work with the prudent care of the administration of the rations since September 1940, and specifically for his work in this role during the first period of attacks that his battalion participated in after its arrival at the front from 1st to 4th February 1942, that led to his award of the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, made to him on 20th April 1942. Having serving during the first Russian winter of 1941 to 1942, he was awarded the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 1st August 1942, and was also awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver on 15th May 1943, having also been involved in combat in the front line.

Comprising in order of award:

1) War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Uffz. Max Mory, 8./I.R.246’, dated 20th April 1942, signed in ink by an Oberst on behalf of the GOC of the 88th Infantry Division. The reverse of the certificate has the extremely rare original typed citation for the award, this signed in ink by Mory’s acting Company Commander.

2) Eastern Front Winter War Medal Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Max Mory, 8./Gren.Rgt.246’, dated 1st August 1942, signed in ink by a Hauptmann and Commanding Officer.

3) Infantry Assault Badge in Silver Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Max Mory, 8./Gren.Rgt.246’, dated 15th May 1943, and signed in pencil by an Oberstleutnant and Commanding Officer.

Together with the following:

4) Armed Forces Completion of Service Certificate issued to Max Mory at Freising, dated 22nd December 1937, issued on completion of his first period of military service as a Scütze with the 15th Company, Reserve Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment.

Max Mory was born on 7th March 1915 in Munich, Bavaria, and completed his compulsory period of military service with two months basic training as a Scütze with the Freising based 15th Company, Reserve Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment from 25th October 1937 to 22nd December 1937. With the outbreak of the Second World War he was mobilised, and then saw service in a non-combat role as an Unteroffizier with the 8th Machine Gun Company, 246th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division.

His regiment saw service during the campaign in France in 1940, and was then garrisoned in north-west France, till recalled to Germany in February 1941. It then saw service on the Eastern Front in central Russia from the beginning of 1942, with Mory serving as a rations NCO for the company, a position he had held since September 1940. It was partly for his continued work in this post, as well as during the first period of attacks that his battalion participated in after its arrival at the front from 1st to 4th February 1942, that led to his award of the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, made to him on 20th April 1942.

The citation for his award, which in an extremely rare form is typed onto the reverse of his award certificate, reads as follows: ‘Unteroffizier Mory held the post of the rations NCO of the Company since September 1940. The rations of the Company was always ensured through his drive and his prudent action. In particular he has also guaranteed the rations of his Company through prudent organisation in the first attack days of the Battalion from 1st to 4th February 1942 under the most difficult circumstances with very heavy snowstorms and without almost any method of transport and thereby rendered a great service to the strike power of the Company.’

Having serving during the first Russian winter of 1941 to 1942, he was awarded the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 1st August 1942, and was also awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver on 15th May 1943, having also been involved in combat in the front line. It is unknown if he survived the war.