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Posts by SMV

    Hello Gentlemen,

    I am not trying to start controversy, but are you guys sure the Aermelband says KAMPFWAGEN? To me, it looks like it might say "KAMPFWACHE"
    Look carefully at the second post, foto close-up again.


    I could be wrong but it looks like a "CH" not a "GE."


    Still a great thread with some very nice fotos and documents!


    Best,


    Marcus

    Gentlemen,
    it was brought to my attention that some might believe this document to be from among a group of similar documents taken years ago in a burglary at one of the archives in Germany. I can assure you this is not the case. This document was brought back to the US by Major Robert G. Schaefer, who worked at the Nuernberg Trials in aiding the Defense Team for the IG Farben case. He (or someone else) has written his name very lightly at the top of the front page.


    Major Schaefer brought back many other documents and books from the era.


    Best Regards,


    Marcus

    I forgot to add that Himmler was the "Chef des Reichssicherheitsdienstes" a little known fact. These stamps are very rare and almost never seen on original documents.


    Also, it was the men from the Reichssicherheitsdienst, (RSD) under the leadership of Hans Rattenhuber and Peter Hoegel, that were ordered to execute Hermann Fegelein in the RK, April 1945, although it is not known who the actual killer(s) were. Rochus Misch says he knows who it was, but he will not disclose the name(s)


    The most informative book on the subject of the RSD is Peter Hoffmann's "Hitler's Personal Security; Protecting the Fuehrer 1921-1945" and there is a German edition! ;hump;


    Cheers,


    Marcus

    Servus Turtle, Ehanslik!


    That is a good question and it is unsually the first comment about the document. However, Herr Felbinger was no ordinary police nco.


    After serving with the Heer and then various police departments in Germany, Felbinger went to Kattowitz and then on to SS Police Regt. 6, fighting partisans in the "east." Then his career gets interesting, first serving with RFSS Pol.-Begleit-Batl. "Steiermark" which was Himmler's personal mot. escort/security unit, always traveling with Himmler. Felbinger was with "Steiermark" for 6 months and then transferred to the Reichssicherheitsdienst Dienstelle 1.


    The Reichssicherheitsdienst was the little known security unit that protected Hitler and other top ranking NS leaders, with Dienstelle 1 being Hitler's RSD bureau. See link for details:
    http://www.axishistory.com/abo…ichssicherheitsdienst-rsd


    So when Himmler signed this document, Felbinger was at the Reichskanzlei in Berlin, March 23, 1945, protecting Hitler at the Fuehrerbunker from advancing Russian Army.
    Himmler by the way, had just been replaced by Gen. Heinrici as CO. of the Home Army the day before, March 22, 1945.


    So this rather common "Recommendation for Appointment" document is a little more "special" than most.


    Thank you all for having a look and the comments! I hope you find it interesting.


    Gruess,


    Marcus

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    Servus Herr Barmbeker!


    That is very reassuring and actually what I expected, but I just wanted to pass it by some "experts" of the language and civic/military terminology here!


    Danke schoen!


    Marcus

    Hello gentlemen,


    I've had this "Recommendation for Appointment" document for several years and I've never had any reason to believe that it is a fake. However, after posting the document, judging from the response, perhaps I'm not noticing everything. I am not an expert in reading German so would you guys mind having a look to see if there is anything pointing to the document being a fake?
    Thank you for your help! I just cannot believe it is a fake because the paper is so old looking and Himmler's signature looks very good to me.

    Regards,


    Marcus

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    Hallo Tommy and Hartmut!


    First to Hartmut. The rank for the man's shoulder bar and his collar tab do match for the rank of:
    1) SS-Sturmscharfuehrer
    2) Sicherheitspolizei-Meister
    3) Gestapo-Kriminalpolizei - Kriminal Oberassistent

    Because the man has reached the highest NCO (Unteroffizer) rank, he was allowed to wear Officer's cords on his visor cap. The honor rank called "Unteroffizer mit Portepee" means he could wear offizer portepee on his NCO sword (degen) and offizer cap cords. But, only for this highest Unteroffizer rank was this allowed.


    Tommy, you are correct, usually one can only tell Sipo from SD proper by the sleeve raute. However, in this case, we may know the identity of this man.


    If my colleague's are correct, the man in the foto is Otto Krietemeyer, Gestapo Krim. Ober. Asst. at Hoennetal (Sanssouci) Arbeitseriehungslager.


    I am still not 100% certain about this, but there is a strong probability.
    See these scans of fellow collector's SB (Graham Hanson Collection)
    What do you gentlemen think? Is he the same man?


    Best,
    Marcus

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    Very interesting old book in good condition, nice find!


    Best,


    Marcus



    Thank you for the additional information!


    Best,


    Marcus