A uniform worn by Generalmajor Bernhard Klosterkemper
International Military History from 1919 | A89r | Live auction | 900 Lots
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DescriptionTailor-made issue in fine, field-grey cloth with a dark green collar and gold buttons, the dark green silk lining with a vent for the sidearm. Minimal moth damage. Gold-embroidered breast eagle (made of cellon) on a dark green background, red collar patches with gold, "Larisch" pattern embroidery (again cellon) and orders loops. The right inside pocket bears the label of a Paris tailor and the somewhat faded name inscription "Klosterkemper". The shoulder boards enclosed separately. The breeches in stone grey gabardine with lacing on the legs, red piping with broad red stripes on the side seams on both sides. Includes a photocopy of the letter from an American GI who seized the uniform in the Ruhr Pocket.
Bernhard Klosterkemper (1897 - 1962) joined IR 789 as Fahnenjunker in 1916, becoming Leutnant in 1919, Oberleutnant in 1920 and Hauptmann in the General Staff of the army in 1933. He was appointed commander of the III/IR 272 during the French campaign in 1939 and commander of the II/IR 271 "Feldherrnhalle" in 1941. In 1942, he was promoted to Oberst in the General Staff of the XXIII Army Corps and, in January 1944, to commander of Gren.-Regt. 920. In June 1944, he was briefly commander of the 91st ID, before being sent to the Normandy front until September 1944 as commander of Division Task Force 243, receiving the Knight's Cross on 4 July 1944 in honour of his leadership. On 1 December 1944, he was promoted to Generalmajor and commander of the 180th ID, which fell in the Ruhr Pocket.
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