Germany - Third Reich: Rare group of four awards document to a Russian Front “Großdeutschland” Panzer Fusilier Regiment man and recipient of the Wound Badge in Silver and Iron Cross 2nd Class, awarded to Gefreiten Walter Müller, 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, “Großdeutschland” Panzer Fusilier Regiment, “Großdeutschland” Panzergrenadier Division, who passed through recruit training for the elite “Großdeutschland” at Neurippin in 1941, and then saw service out on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1941 to 1942 as an Obergrenadier with the 1st Ba

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Germany - Third Reich: Rare group of four awards document to a Russian Front “Großdeutschland” Panzer Fusilier Regiment man and recipient of the Wound Badge in Silver and Iron Cross 2nd Class, awarded to Gefreiten Walter Müller, 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, “Großdeutschland” Panzer Fusilier Regiment, “Großdeutschland” Panzergrenadier Division, who passed through recruit training for the elite “Großdeutschland” at Neurippin in 1941, and then saw service out on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1941 to 1942 as an Obergrenadier with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland”. Present during 1943 at Berlin where he performed Guard Mounting at the Under den Linden Memorial in February of that year when with the Guard Battalion “Großdeutschland”, he returned to the front, and fought with the 3rd Battalion, Panzer-Fusiliar-Regiment “Großdeutschland”, as a part of the 4th Panzer Division, being severely wounded in action on 16th August 1944 near Kursenai in Lithuania. Initially awarded the Wound Badge in Black on 19th September 1944 whilst undergoing treatment at Reserve Hospital 3/581, complications or the the seriousness of his wound let to his being awarded the Wound Badge in Silver on 11th November 1944 and the subsequent accompanying Iron Cross 2nd Class on 20th December 1944, all awards coming through the Reserve Hospital 3/581, his Iron Cross award certificate being most unusual in that it has his unit details as well as the german for ‘at the time War Hospital 3/581’. The group is supported by a fine selection of original photographs of his time spent on service with "Großdeutschland”.

Comprising in order of award:

1) Eastern Front Winter War Medal Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Ogren. Walter Müller’ on 24th October 1942. Signed in ink ‘Gehrke’ for Kurt Gehrke, the Oberstleutnant and Battalion Commander of I./Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland”, a recipient of the Knight’s Cross on 8th February 1943, the German Cross in Gold on 1st April 1942, and killed in action on 24th October 1944.

2) Wound Badge in Black Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Grenadier Walter Müller, 3./Pz.Füs.Regt.Groß=Deutschland’ on 19th September 1944 for a wound received on 16th August 1944. Signed in ink by the Oberstabsarzt and Chief Doctor of Reserve Hospital 3/581.

3) Wound Badge in Silver Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Gefreiten Walter Müller, 3./Pz.Füs.Regt.Großdeutschland’ on 11th November 1944 for a wound received on 16th August 1944. His original wound was presumably deemed serious enough for an upgrade from the Wound Badge in Black to the Silver award. Signed in ink by the Oberstabsarzt and Chief Doctor of Reserve Hospital 3/581.

4) Iron Cross 1939 2nd Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Gefr. Walter Müller, 3./Pz.Füs.Regt. “Großdeutschland” z.Zt. Kriegslazarett 3/581’. Awarded to him on 20th December 1944 whilst under treatment at the Reserve Hospital 3/581, and signed in ink ‘Reinhardt’ for Georg-Hans Reinhardt, the Generaloberst and Commander in Chief of Army Group Centre, and recipient of the Knight’s Cross on 27th October 1939, the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross on 17th February 1942 and the Swords to the Knight’s Cross on 26th May 1944.

Together with 18 original photographs relating to the recipient, some annotated on the reverse, one having been taken from his soldbuch, unit stamp of 3/Guard Bn Grossdeutschland, and on the reverse a small handwritten greeting to his brother-in-law, no date but post 1942 and shown wearing the ribbon of the Winter War Medal. Another shows him walking down a Berlin street in uniform with no decorations but wearing the Großdeutschland cuff title. Another shows him wearing his cap with the ‘GD’ cypher on the shoulder straps. One shows him with the ‘GD’ cypher, the ribbon of the Winter War Medal and in the rank of Gefreiter, taken most probably in 1944. One shows him in recruit training at Neurippin in 1941, the unit being almost certainly the Replacement Battalion for Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland which was stationed at Neurippin at the time. Three photos show him on a trip aboard a steamer on the Spree-Havel in Berlin in 1943, along with other members of the “Großdeutschland”, and another shows him departing from barracks for guard duty in Berlin in 1943. Ten of the photos, numbered I to X, depict Guard Mounting at the Under den Linden Memorial in February 1943. The series depicts marching to, being in front of the Memorial and marching back.

Walter Müller first underwent recruit training at Neurippin in 1941, when almost certainly in the Replacement Battalion for Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland which was stationed at Neurippin at the time. The “Großdeutschland” Infantry Regiment was originally formed on 12th June 1939 from the Guard Battalion Berlin. It went on to become an elite unit of the German Army.

Müller went on to see service out on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1941 to 1942 as an Obergrenadier with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland”, and was awarded the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 24th October 1942. Having then returned to Germany for service with the Guard Battalion “Großdeutschland”, he was present in Berlin during 1943 and is known to have performed Guard Mounting at the Under den Linden Memorial in February of that year.

Having then returned to the Eastern Front for service as a Gefreiten with the 3rd Battalion, Panzer-Fusiliar-Regiment “Großdeutschland”, as a part of the 4th Panzer Division, he was severely wounded in action on 16th August 1944 near Kursenai in Lithuania, his wound being deemed serious enough to merit his upgrade from the award of the Wound Badge in Black made to him on 19th September 1944 to the Wound Badge in Silver made to him on 11th November 1944, both of which were issued to him whilst undergoing treatment at the Reserve Hospital 3/581. His award of the Wound Badge in Silver automatically brought about the award of his Iron Cross 2nd Class, awarded to him on 20th December 1944 whilst under treatment at the Reserve Hospital 3/581, and then award certificate for this last award is most unusual in that it has his unit details as well as the german for ‘at the time War Hospital 3/581’. He did not appear to see any further active service due to his wound. A rare set of documents to a member of the “Großdeutschland” Regiment.