Large Solbuch and award document grouping to Leutnant Wilhelm Schliephack, who served his entire career with Schützen-Regiment 11, later renamed into Panzergrenadier-Regiment 11, part of the 9. Panzer-Division on the Eastern Front, 1941-'44. Schliephack rose through the ranks, starting as an ordinary Schütze in April 1941, to the NCO ranks in 1942, and finally promoted to Leutnant in June 1943. He proved himself in combat, suffering three wounds, collecting 10 close combat days, and earning 6 combat awards: the Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze, the EKII, the Ostmedaille, Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, and finally the EKI and the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber following his last wound in May 1944 during the finaly days of the 9.Pz.Div. on the southern sector of the Eastern Front. The 9.PD would be sent to France for refitting, but was soon caught up in the fighting on the Western Front... Schliephack however would be spared from this, as he finished the war in hospitals and reserve units.
The grouping consists of:
- Soldbuch, first issue of April 1941. Interesting entries include his six awards, two pistols (a Walther PP and a 7.65 mm 'Unique' pistol), and on page 15 a great signature of Schliephack's Kompaniechef of 7./Pz.Gren.Rgt.11, Oberleutnant Fritz Jacoby, Knight's Cross winner. The Soldbuch has a nice portrait photo and is in used condition but still 100% complete.
- Large sized award document for the Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze, December 1941, hand signed by Generalleutnant Alfred Ritter von Hubicki, 9.PD commander, Knight's Cross winner.
- Award document for the Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse, July 1942, hand signed by Generalmajor Johannes Baessler, 9.PD commander, DKiG, killed in 1944.
- Confirmation of the awarding of the Ostmedaille, February 1943.
- Award document for the Eiserne Kreuz 1. Klasse, May 1944, hand signed by Oberst Rudolf Lang, preliminary 3.PD commander, Knight's Cross winner.
- Congratulatory letter on the EK1, hand signed letter by August Riechel, commander of Pz.Gren.Rgt.11, DKiG.
- Award document for the Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber, May 1944.
- Confirmation document for two Nahkampftage in 1943.
- Personal notebook of Schliephack, used on the Eastern Front, with various annotations of courses, botanical finds in Russia 1944, leave permits for his men, but also a great list of "Meine Nahkampftage", listing ten close combat days including fighting at Kursk in 1941 and the two last combat days confirmed in the other paper. The notebook ends with a list of his killed and wounded men.
- Verwundetenzettel, a wound tag attached to him after suffering his last wound on 14th of May 1944.
- Several letters by Pz.Gren.Rgt.11's Adjudant, Wilhelm von der Trenck, giving status updates on the regimental staff (also in France) while Schliephack was in hospital, 1944.
- Preliminary POW discharge document and medical documents of the Reservelazarett Valduna, where he was treated for tbc in the lungs at the end of the war.
- Three extra photos and a newspaper clipping on the death of one of his men.
Excellent grouping to a combat officer in one of the better known Panzer divisions, including many high profile signatures and extra research potential.
9.Pz.Div. Officer Soldbuch grouping
- Product Code: DY003