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Germany - Third Reich: Fall of France Advance on Dunkirk Iron Cross 2nd Class, Russian Front operations near Moscow casualty Iron Cross 1st Class and Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze group awarded to Unteroffizier Walter Jehne, Headquarters of the 2nd Bat

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Germany - Third Reich: Fall of France Advance on Dunkirk Iron Cross 2nd Class, Russian Front operations near Moscow casualty Iron Cross 1st Class and Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze group awarded to Unteroffizier Walter Jehne, Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion, 53rd Infantry Regiment (Motorised), 14th Infantry Division, who may well have seen service in Poland in 1939, but then went on to take part in the campaign in France and the Low Countries in 1940, when his regiment advanced through the Netherlands and Belgium and went on to Dunkirk, with Jehne being awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 2nd June 1940. Subsequently taking part in the invasion of Russia, his regiment was involved in the advance towards Moscow, and with the onset of the first Russian winter, Jehne was wounded in action on 11th December 1941. Having been awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze on 1st May 1942, he ultimately gained the Iron Cross 1st Class on 29th July 1942.

Comprising in order of award:

1) Iron Cross 2nd Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Gefreiten Jehne, Stab II./J.R.53’, dated 2nd June 1940, signed in ink: ‘Weyer’ for Peter Weyer, Generalleutnant and GOC 14th Infantry Division.

2) Wound Badge in Black Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Uffz. Jehne, Stab II./I.R. (mot) 53’, dated 15th March 1942, for a wound received on 11th December 1941, signed in ink ‘Küchens’ as Hauptmann and Battalion Commanding Officer, recipient of the German Cross in Gold on 14th February 1942.

3) Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Walter Jehne, Stab II. / I.R. (mot) 53’, dated 1st May 1942, signed in pencil ‘von Luchner’ as Oberstleutnant and CO.

4) Iron Cross 1st Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Jehne, Stab II. / J.R. (mot) 53’, dated 29th July 1942, signed in pencil ‘Wosch’ for Heinrich Wosch, Generalmajor later Generalleutnant and GOC 14th Infantry Division, recipient of the German Cross in Gold on 19th January 1942.

5) Eastern Front Winter War Medal Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Jehne, Stab II./Inf.Rgt. /mot/53’, dated 4th August 1942, sign in ink for correctness by an Oberleutnant on behalf of the CO of the regiment.

Walter Jehne saw service initially as a Gefreiten with the Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion, 53rd Infantry Regiment (Motorised), 14th Infantry Division, having possibly seen service in Poland in 1939, he certainly took part in the campaign in France and the Low Countries in 1940, when his regiment advanced through the Netherlands and Belgium and went on to Dunkirk, with Jehne being awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 2nd June 1940.

Jehne was then promoted to Unteroffizier and went on to see service on the Russian Front, being wounded in action on 11th December 1941, his Wound Badge in Black being awarded on 15th March 1942, he had served through the first Russian winter and as such was subsequently awarded the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 4th August 1942. In the meantime, Jehne who battalion fought in central Russia in operations around Moscow and Rshev, had also been awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze on 1st May 1942, and the Iron Cross 1st Class on 29th July 1942. The award certificate for the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze is scarce.