KNIGHT CROSS WINNER COMBAT TUNIC
Here's for sale a great piece of history, belonged to the Knight Cross winner Fedor Apelt.
Tunic is a gabardine officer combat uniform, with the rank of Major.
It is a private tailoring tunic, worn, with well visible traces of usage typical of a combat tunic; the general patina is wonderful. Uniform is complete in all its parts.
Insigna (collar tabs and bullion breast eagle) is hand applied to the tunic with the proper period cotton thread. On the left sleeve is hand sewn, through 4 holes, a zinc Krim shield.
On both the shoulder straps, with the white piping indicating the Infantry, there are the shadows of 3 cyphers that were, at some point, removed; on the left breast pocket there are 7 loops for combat awards and one ribbon bar or clasp, and on the right pocket there are two loops for the German Cross in Gold.
Tunic is fully lined with the typical grey rayon and ribbed rayon for the sleeves. Some tears are visibible in the armpits areas due to heavy usage. A cotton tag with the name and the unit of the owner is hand sewn under the internal pocket. Writing says: "Major Fedor Apelt III./Infanterie-Rgt. 32". This tunic was used during the Russian offensive, between 1941 and 1942, before Apelt was appointed as commander of 102 Infantry Regiment.
A real worn infantry combat uniform belonged to a Knight Cross winner.
A real piece of history.
Below Fedor Apelt informations about his life, military career and military awards:
Date of the Knight's Cross award: 02.08.1944.
Unit: Commander of the 102nd Grenadier Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.
Date of birth: 14.10.1904. Place of birth: Rohnau, Saxony, Germany.
Date of death: 04.15.1988.
Place of death: Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
On 04/01/1922 he joined the Army in the 15th Company (Battalion A) of the 10th Löbau Infantry Regiment of Saxony.
On 09.25.1922 he was assigned to the 8th Machine Gun Company of the 10th Saxon Infantry Regiment.
On 01.05.1924 he was promoted to Oberschütze.
On 12/01/1924 he carried out artillery and infantry training in the II Battalion of the 4th Artillery Regiment.
On 04/01/1925 he was promoted to Gefreiter.
On 27.06.1925 he carried out a machine gun course at Altengrabow.
On 10/01/1926 he reached the rank of Unteroffizier.
On 01.10.1928 he ascends to Unterfeldwebel.
On 10/01/1929 he promoted Feldwebel and returned to the 8th Machine Gun Company.
On 07.01.1934 he was appointed Leutnant.
On 10/01/1934 he became an officer of the 8th Machine Gun Company of the Infantry Regiment of Königsbrück, Altenburg.
On 20.01.1935 he promoted Oberleutnant.
On 02/11/1935 he was assigned to the I. Battalion of the Königsbrück Infantry Regiment, being in command of the 4th Machine Gun Company.
On 10/15/1935 he was in command of the 4th Company of the 53rd Infantry Regiment of Wissenfels.
On 16.03.1936 he was promoted to Hauptmann.
On 02.10.1936 he was awarded the 3rd Class Wehrmacht Long Service Medal.
On 05/27/1940 he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class. Participate in the Campaign of France.
On 06.08.1940 he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st class.
On 11/15/1940 he was appointed commander of the III Battalion of the 32nd Infantry Regiment.
On 02/17/1941, he carried out a training course for Battalion commanders in II. Battalion of the 211st Infantry Regiment in Königsbrück.
On 03/15/1941 he was promoted to Major. His unit fights in Operation Barbarossa fighting in the Battle of Uman and Kiev.
On 20.10.1941 he was awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in silver.
On 03.12.1942 he was awarded the German Cross in gold.
On 04.04.1942, he provisionally assumed command of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, being commander of the III Battalion.
On 07.08.1942 he was awarded the Winter Medal on the Eastern Front 1941-42.
On 29.09.1942 after being wounded, he was awarded the Wounded Badge in black.
On 10.26.1942 he was appointed commander of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, which on 10.31.1942 was renamed the 102nd Grenadier Regiment, that same day Apelt was promoted to Oberstleutnant.
On 12.30.1942 he was awarded the Crimean Shield, after participating in the siege of Sevastopol. Later his unit was transferred to the Leningrad sector, participating in the siege of the city.
On 10.06.1943 he reached the rank of Oberst.
On 02.11.1943, the 102nd Grenadier Regiment (without the II Battalion) was assigned to the Newel sector. Oberst Apelt took over the western sector of the 122nd Infantry Division located in Pogrebischtsche.
On 12/19/1943 Apelt repulsed seven enemy attacks in his sector with a balance of 7 Soviet armor destroyed.
On 14.01.1944 the division moved to the Novgorod area, joining the II Battalion and the 1st Luftwaffe Marching Division. Apelt received some reinforcements consisting of various battalions and tank destroyer units to defend the Ostrow-Nawolok-Ssyrkowo line, repulsing the Soviet attacks on January 17 and 18, 1944. However, on 19.01.1944 at 8 km. west of Novgorod, the Soviet encirclement was closed, leaving Apelt encircled. Showing his personal courage and his outstanding leadership at the head of his troops, he managed to escape with his men from the siege. For these achievements both Apelt and the three battalion commanders: Friedrich Issermann, Georg Kinder and Helmuth Mayer were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Iron Cross on 02.08.1944.
On 08.17.1944 he is wounded in an action carried out near Laudona (for which he is named in the Wehrmacht War Diary), being taken to the hospital in Ergly, passing to a replacement unit. The 27.09.1944 is quoted in the Wehrmacht War Diary.
On 10.29.1944 he went to the OKH Reserve, having lost an arm and was not fit for active duty.
On 23.01.1945 he was awarded the Wounded Badge in silver.
He died on 15.04.1988 in Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Other decorations earned: 2nd Class Wehrmacht Long Service Medal, 4th Class Wehrmacht Long Service Medal, 2nd Class War Merit Cross with Swords.