- Soldbuch and award document to Obergefreiter Johann Simon. First issue Soldbuch opened in August 1939. Simon fought as a Panzerjäger with Infanterie-Regiment 246, part of the 88. Infanterie-Division. He spent some time in a Lazarett in Tours (France) in 1941 and earned the Ostmedaille and later the Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse on the Eastern Front in 1942. From April to October 1944 he was in hospital again, with malaria. After his release, he joined Panzerjäger-Abteilung 246, resurrected in November 1944 to fight with the 246. Volksgrenadier-Division on the Western Front. After short battles in the Aachen area it participated in the Ardennes offensive. It attacked towards Rocherath and saw heavy fighting against the Americans in the area of Elsenborn - Bütgenbach. Simon must have been captured by the Allies in the Ardennes, as the last entries are his weapons issued on November 15th.
- The award document of the Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse is included and has a fantastic motivation on the backside. His Bataillonskommandeur confirmed that his EK2 was awarded for pushing back Russian tanks from very close distance. Notice the award document is signed not by the commander of the 88.ID but by Generalmajor Karl Eibl, winner of the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwerter. The EK2 citations with "Verleihungsbegründigung" are very rare and sought after!
- Soldbuch is a 100% complete with lots of entries. Award document was folded once, never punched. Also included is a death announcement of a Fallschirmjäger Rudolf Simon, likely his brother.
Ardennes Soldbuch 246.VGD, EK2 citation with motivation
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