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Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., [n.p.], Feb. 2, 1940, a certificate awarding the Iron Cross, Second Class to "Gefreiten" ("corporal") Alfred Friedrichs. The certificate is signed at the conclusion by Panzer general MAX VON HARTLIEB-WALSPORN (1883-1959), at the time commander of the 5th Panzer Division. His stamp bearing the division''s name appears at lower left. The award was most likely granted to Friedrichs as a result of his actions during the invasion of Poland the previous fall. It is believed that this certificate was originally printed on size A4 paper, but was later trimmed down to the present size, all this despite the availability of standardized 8vo. certificate forms. This document is pictured and described on page 262 of "Iron Cross Award Documents of World War II", by Brian Razkauskas. Shows a horizontal fold, with file holes at the left edge, else very good.

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April 17, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
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