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Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.

Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.
Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.

Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award | Generalleutnant Karl Mauss | Grouping.

Knights Cross 'Übergrosse' Field Award to Generalleutnant Karl Mauss. The field award for sale together with various documentation. The 'Übergrosse' (wide-border) Iron cross 2nd Class with silver loop and Knights Cross ribbon along with ties. The 'Übergrosse' Iron Cross typically unmarked.

In addition to the 'Übergrosse' field award, the grouping consists of the following ephemera:

1-Iron Cross 2nd Class ‘Übergrosse’ (wide border) upgrade for field Knights Cross, awarded to Mauss in 1941.

2-A two page letter hand written by Mauss to his wife in March 1940.

3-Two visiting cards

4-Photograph of Mauss taken in 1949
 
5-various envelopes with letters sent to Mauss between 1946 and 1958

6-Two pre-printed 1958 Old-Comrades document with General Mauss heading. Mauss was head of the 7th Panzer Division Old Comrades association.

7-Copy of the Tradionsverband (Old Comrades Association) newsletter for the 7th Panzer division detailing the death and funeral of General Mauss in 1959 (sent to his wife).

8-A long hand written letter with a family connection. Does not seem directly relating to Mauss.

9-Postcard sent in the 1950s to Mauss.

10-Envelope for the Traditionsverband 7th Panzer Division.

11- Letter dated June 1958 in connection with Mauss.

 

Condition report: The Cross remaining in excellent condition, with 98% of the black painted finish to the iron centre. The wide silver border darkened with age. The Knights Cross ribbon showing some light use, and complete with its original elasticated end ties. Some of the documentation suffering from water damage.

Background to Dr. Karl Mauss' field issue Knights Cross: Mauss was awarded the Knights Cross on the 26th November 1941, while serving as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, Schützen-Regiment 69. The Knights Cross was awarded to Mauss on the Russian Front, not far from Moscow. At the time Mauss was awarded the Knights Cross, he held the rank of Oberleutant.

Background to Dr.Karl Mauss: Born in 1898, Mauss enlisted into the army at the outbreak of World War I. He was just 16. Mauss became the youngest serving soldier to be awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, and not long afterwards, was awarded the First Class. During World War II he fought first  in the Polish Campaign, and then on the Western Front. Afterwards he was moved to the Russian Front where he continued to fight from 1941 through to 1945. Mauss quickly moved up thr ranks from Oberleutnant through to Generalleutnant, being wounded in battle several times. He was critcally wounded in 1944 while acting as commander of the famous 7th Panzer Division, and was evacuated to a military hospital. At the end of the war he went into American captivity. He lived through to 1959, and became the head of the 7th Panzer Division Tradionsverband (Old Comrades association).

Notes: The so-called ‘Übergrosse’ (wide border) Iron Cross Second Class has dimensions comparable to a standard Knights Cross, measuring between 47 / 48mm in width and height. Due to this, examples were often used for the purposes of field awards to Knight Cross.

Provenance: The entire Mauss archive of material was sold via the Hamburg auction house, Hanseatisches Auctionshaus  Für Historica in the early part of the 1990s. Broken up as seperate lots at that time, the Mauss field issue Knights Cross along with various documentation has been in one collection since that time.


Price: SOLD

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