Small citation and photo grouping to Matrosengefreiter Horst Ratzinger. He served on board of the captured Italian torpedo boat TA-29, formerly known as 'Eridano', based in northern Italy (Genova, La Spezia) in 1944-'45. The grouping consists of:
- Award document for the Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U.-Boots-Jagd und Sicherungsverbände, September 1943 while serving with the 7. Sicherungs-Division in Italy, hand signed by Kapitän zur See Dr. Karl Diederichs, DKiG winner.
- Award document for the Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen while serving aboard the TA-29 in Italy, August 1944, great layout, hand signed by Konteradmiral Leo Kreisch, DKiG winner.
- Very large (20x30 cm) hand painted color portrait of Ratzinger, with water damage in the top left part.
- Four private portraits of Ratzinger, including his (early postwar?) wedding portrait and a portrait taken in the harbor of La Spezia, which shows his unusual combination of minesweeper and destroyer badge in wear.
- Three large postwar photo prints, these include a view of the TA-29.
Both award documents have minor paper/glue remains on the backside corners; on the front side this is only visible in the bottom right corner of the minesweeper citation. Both are folded once, not punched.
Kriegsmarine Citations Italian torpedo boat TA-29
- Product Code: DD1032