Note: We are presenting in this posting an article by Christian Jürs.. Mr. Jürs has a large collection of original German military decoration documents and is currently preparing a heavily illustrated book on the subject. ADR
Wehrmacht and SS Orders and Decoration documents
by Christian Jürs
Called by the Germans ‘Verleihungs-urkunden’ or Presentation documents, when a member of the German military was presented with a decoration, he received a document attesting to this.
These documents were printed on paper and were usually 150×210 mm in size. The awardees name and unit were typed onto the paper (hand-lettered in some cases) and the document was signed by authorized personnel and most generally had the so-called ‘Dienstsiegel’ or unit stamp, on the lower left side.
It should be noted that original documents were always printed on paper which did not contain chemical whiteners and are non-reactive to an ultra-violet light (or black light). As paper whiteners were not used until 1951, any document purporting to be of an earlier date that reacts positively to the black light should be considered as not authentic.
We show here five sample original documents.
The first is a presentation paper for the second class (25) of the Panzerkampfabzeichen. It is 150×210 mm in size and is for a member of the Panzer Regiment ‘Großdeutschland.’
The second, upper left, is a presentation paper for the Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is 150×210 mm in size and is for a Captain in the Panzer-Division ‘Hermann Göring.’
The third, upper right, is a presentation paper for the Honor Roll clasp of the Kriegsmarine. It is 150×210 mm in size and is ink-signed by Grand Admiral Dönitz.
The fourth, lower left, is a presentation paper for the Fliegererinnernugsabzeichen or Pilots Commemoration badge. It is 150×210 mm in size and is signed by the head of the Luftwaffe Personnel Department.
The fifth, lower right, is a presentation paper for the Krimschild or Crimea Shield. It is 150×210 mm I size and has the stamped signature of Field Marshal von Manstein.