ADOLF HITLER SIGNED DOCUMENT FROM "FÜHRERHAUPTQUARTIER"
Very, very rare document from Adolf Hitler Head Quarter hand signed by Hitler himself and countersigned by Wilhem Keitel (1882 - 1946).
The document consist of 4 pages, 3 filled; it was written in the "Führerhauptquartier" on Feb. 28, 1942.
In this document Hitler promotes nineteen generals, an unusually large number, including ten Knight's Cross recipients. The promotions includes:
- Otto Fretter-Pico, Lieutenant General (Knight's Cross, 1942);
- Philipp Kleffel, Infantry General (Knight's Cross, 1942);
- Maximillian de Angelis, Artillery General, (Knight's Cross, 1942, with Oak Leaves, 1943);
- Siegfried Thomaschki, Major General (Knight's Cross, 1942, with Oak Leaves, 1943);
- Richard Muller, Lieutenant General and here promoted to Major General (Knight's Cross,1943);
- Werner Forst, Lieutenant General and here promoted to Major General (Knight's Cross, 1943);
- Heinrich Eberbach, Major General (Knight's Cross, 1943, with oak leaves 1944);
- Wilhelm Wetzel, Infantry General, (Knight's Cross, 1942);
- Kurt von der Chevallierie, Infantry General, (Knight's Cross, 1941, with oak leaves 1943);
- Ernst-Eberhard Hell, Artillery General, (Knight's Cross, 1943, with oak leaves 1942).
A wonderful, rare, and in perfect condition, piece of history, considering that promotion documents of Generals are excessively rare to see. Most of the names on this document are famous and high decorated German Generals that played very important roles during the war.
ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Führer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached.
WILHELM KEITEL (1882 - 1946) was a German field marshal and war criminal who held office as chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), the high command of Nazi Germany's Armed Forces, during the Second World War. In that capacity, Keitel signed a number of criminal orders and directives that led to numerous war crimes.
After the war, Keitel was indicted by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg as one of the "major war criminals". He was found guilty on all counts of the indictment: crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, criminal conspiracy, and war crimes. He was sentenced to death and executed by hanging in 1946.