A Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords and Diamonds from the estate of General Hellmuth Volkmann
International Military History from 1919 | A89r | Live auction | 900 Lots
DescriptionA duplicate cross in gilt silver, made with exquisite craftsmanship, extremely finely grained cross arms, meticulously reworked and polished details, the medallion likewise with a finely grained background and a row of 15 set rhinestones. The back with the mark of fineness "835" and bellied attachment pin on a horizontal hinge. Evident signs of wear.
With just 28 such medals awarded, one of the rarest decorations of the Third Reich.
Hellmuth Volkmann (1889 - 1940), enlisted in the Württemberg army in 1907, appointed Leutnant in 1908, trained as a military pilot at Mulhouse Aviation School in Alsace in 1914, became Oberleutnant in 1915. Joined the Reichswehr. An Oberst in the Ministry of the Reichswehr as of 1934, before joining the Luftwaffe in the Reich Ministry of Aviation. A high-ranking aviation commander III in Dresden from 1935. Rose to Generalmajor in the Reich Ministry of Aviation in 1936 and commander of the Legion Condor in Spain in 1937, succeeding Generalleutnant Hugo Sperrle. Promoted to Generalleutnant in 1938. On his return, he reported to the commander in chief of the Luftwaffe as an officer for special duty. In 1939, General der Flieger and commander of the Luftkriegsakademie in Berlin-Gatow, subsequently moving back to the army. Commander of the 94th Infantry Division in the Battle of France when war broke out. He was seriously injured in a car accident on 4 August 40 and taken to Berlin-Gatow military hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on 21 August 40.
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