Germany - Third Reich: The outstanding Invasion of France 1940, Russian Front 1941 to 1944 19th Panzer Division man’s Iron Cross 1st Class and Close Combat Clasp in Bronze group of seven medal award certificates and one rare to survive battlefield promotion certificate to Leutnant Hermann Seiler, HQ III Battalion, 73rd Infantry Regiment, 19th Infantry Division, later 6th Company 73rd Rifle Regiment, 19th Panzer Division, and 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment, 19th Panzer Division. Seiler who came from Hannover, took part in the invasio

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Germany - Third Reich: The outstanding Invasion of France 1940, Russian Front 1941 to 1944 19th Panzer Division man’s Iron Cross 1st Class and Close Combat Clasp in Bronze group of seven medal award certificates and one rare to survive battlefield promotion certificate to Leutnant Hermann Seiler, HQ III Battalion, 73rd Infantry Regiment, 19th Infantry Division, later 6th Company 73rd Rifle Regiment, 19th Panzer Division, and 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment, 19th Panzer Division. Seiler who came from Hannover, took part in the invasion of Poland in 1939, and as a Gefreiten with the Staff of the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Infantry Regiment, was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class for the invasion of France and the Low Countries in June 1940. Having taken part in Operation Barbarossa and the invasion of Russia, he was the recipient of a rare to survive promotion document to the rank of Unteroffizier for his ‘proven outstanding bravery in front of the enemy’ on the 5th to 6th July 1941 during the fighting near Dzisna at the Duna in the Ukraine. Having served through the Russian Winter of 1941 to 1942, as an Unteroffizier with the 6th Company, 73rd Rifle Regiment in the 19th Panzer Division Seiler was awarded the Tank Battle Badge in Bronze on 3rd January 1942, and then wounded in action for the first time on 1st February 1942. Having then distinguished himself again, and been awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class on 15th March 1942, later as an Oberfähnrich - a form of senior NCO and Officer Aspirant - with the 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment, 19th Panzer Division, he was wounded in action on two further occasions whilst still out on the Eastern Front in operations in Lithuania / eastern Poland on 8th August 1944 and 13th September 1944 and evacuated for treatment. Having been promoted to Leutnant with the 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment, he was ultimately awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Bronze, awarded for 15 days close combat, the award being made to him on 30th November 1944. Seiler appears to have survived the war and returned to live in Hannover.

Comprising in order of award:

1) Iron Cross 1939 2nd Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Gefreiten Hermann, Seiler, Stab III./I.R.73’, issued at Paris, dated 17th June 1940, and signed in ink ‘von Knibelsdorff’, for Otto von Knobelsdorff, Generalmajor and General Officer Commanding the 19th Infantry Division, who went on to be promoted to Generalleutnant and commander of the 19th Panzer Division, who was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 17th September 1941, the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross on 12th November 1943, and the Swords to the Knight’s Cross on 21st September 1944 when General of Panzer Troops.

2) Very Rare variant of a Battlefield Promotion in the Field to Unteroffizier Award Document issued to: ‘Obergefreiten Seiler 6./Schutz.Rgt.73 zum Unteroffizier’, dated 9th July 1941, and issued on the grounds of his proven outstanding bravery in front of the enemy on ‘5./6.7.1941’. Signed in ink ‘Menkel’, for the Oberst and Regimental Commander, Konrad Menkel, CO of the 73rd Rifle Regiment, and receipt of the German Cross in Gold on 22nd November 1941.

3) Tank Battle Badge in Bronze Award Certificate, issued to: ’Unteroffizier Hermann Seiler 6./Schutz.Rgt.73’ issued in the field on 3rd January 1942, signed in ink by the Oberst and Acting GOC 19th Panzer Division, Gustav Richard Ernst Schmidt, a future Generalleutnant, and recipient of the Knight’s Cross on 4th September 1940, the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross on 6th March 1943, and the German Cross in Gold on 23rd April 1942. He committed suicide on 7th August 1943.

4) Iron Cross 1939 1st Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Hermann Seiler 6./S.R.73’ issued in the field on 15th March 1942, also signed in ink by Gustav Richard Ernst Schmidt, when a Generalmajor and GOC the 19th Panzer Division.

5) Wound Badge in Black Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Uffz. Seiler 6./Schtz.Rgt.73’ issued in the field on 27th April 1942, and signed in ink ‘Volker’ for Heinrich Volker, the Hauptmann and Battalion Commander, who was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 19th January 1943, and the German Cross in Gold on 17th March 1944.

6) Eastern Front Winter War Medal Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Uffz. Hermann Seiler’ on 20th August 1942, signed by the Major and Commander of the 73rd Panzer Grenadier Replacement and Training Battalion.

7) Wound Badge in Silver Award Certificate, issued to: ‘O.Fahnrich Hermann Seiler 3./Pz.Gren.Rgt.73’ for three wounds received on 1.2.42, 8.8.44, and 13.9.44, issued at Hannover on 14th October 1944, and signed by the Oberfeldarzt and Chief Doctor of the Reserve Hospital II Hannover.

8) Close Combat Clasp in Bronze Award Certificate to: ‘Leutnant Hermann Seiler, 3./Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 74, dated 30th November 1944, signed in ink ‘Kossmann’ for Karl-Richard Kossmann, as Oberst and Commanding Officer of the regiment, a future Generalmajor, and recipient of the Knight’s Cross on 23rd March 1945, and the German Cross in Gold on 14th April 1942. This document is a most unusual and scarce A4 size variant of the award certificate for the Close Combat Clasp, and Seiler’s name and post-war address in Hannover is stamped in red on the reverse of the certificate.

Hermann Seiler came from Hannover, and saw service during the Second World War with the German Army, he took part in the invasion of Poland in 1939, and as a Gefreiten with the Staff of the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Infantry Regiment, as part of the 19th Infantry Division during the invasion of the Low Countries and France in 1940, was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, issued to him at Paris on 17th June 1940.

Seiler was promoted to Obergefreiten and then as part of the 6th Company, 73rd Rifle Regiment, in the 19th Panzer Division, took part in Operation Barbarossa and the invasion of Russia. It was during the fighting near Dzisna at the Duna in the Ukraine that Seiler displayed ‘proven outstanding bravery in front of the enemy on’ on 5th to 6th July 1941, for which he received a battlefield promotion to Unteroffizier on 9th July 1941. It was whilst still serving as an Unteroffizier with the 6th Company, 73rd Rifle Regiment in the 19th Panzer Division that Seiler was awarded the Tank Battle Badge in Bronze on 3rd January 1942, when enduring the first Russian Winter, for which he would then be awarded the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 20th August 1942, having in the meantime been wounded in action for the first time on 1st February 1942, his Wound Badge in Black being awarded to him on 27th April 1942.

Seiler had however in the meantime also distinguished himself again, and been awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class on 15th March 1942, when still also serving as an Unteroffizier with the 6th Company, 73rd Rifle Regiment. At the time of his award of the Eastern Front Winter War Medal on 20th August 1942, he was then serving with the 73rd Panzer Grenadier Replacement and Training Battalion.

Seiler was serving as an Oberfähnrich - a form of senior NCO and Officer Aspirant, when he was wounded in action on two further occasions whilst still out on the Eastern Front on 8th August 1944 and 13th September 1944, and then evacuated for treatment in hospital at the Reserve Hospital II at Hannover. At the time of his second and third wound he was serving with the 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment, 19th Panzer Division, and present in action in what is now Lithuania / eastern Poland. Seiler had been promoted to Leutnant with the 3rd Company, 74th Panzergrenadier Regiment when he was awarded his final decoration, the Close Combat Clasp in Bronze, awarded for 15 days close combat, the award being made to him on 30th November 1944, and this certificate gives an indication that he went on to survive the war and return to Hannover.

The group is most complete, and its rareness arrises as a result of it containing a very rare and fine variant of a promotion certificate for the promotion of an individual for outstanding bravery in front of the enemy.