Generalleutnant Walter von Hippel (1897-1972) – a group of certificates and documents
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DescriptionPreliminary possession document for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, issued on 6 August 1940, signed by Generalleutnant Kastner (document damaged and cropped, dimensions 14 x 20 cm). Document for the Civil Defence Decoration 2nd Class, issued on 15 June 1944 as Generalmajor for his aerial defence achievements. Coloured decorative certificate on obtaining his "Hamburg citizenship" on 12 April 1944, a double page in cardboard. An aviator dagger M 35, referred to as a "Borddolch", in the heavy version produced by Eickhorn of Solingen: nickel-plated blade with the manufacturer's logo, nickel-silver quillons and pommel with sun wheels, the grip covered in blue leather, no wire winding, (knocked) blue leather-covered scabbard with nickel-silver fittings and chain hanger, sword knot. Appliquéd coat of arms "H" and crown for the noble East Prussian von Hippel family, overall length approx. 53.5 cm. Several photographs, small-format portraits and some of him shooting at the military training area. Also includes many other documents, certificates, daily orders and information on the highly decorated officer. In varying states of preservation, viewing is recommended. Walter von Hippel was born in Oppeln, Silesia, on 27 May 1897. After serving as a front-line officer in World War I, he was transferred to the Reichswehr. He commanded a flak regiment at the beginning of World War II. As commander of Flak Regiment 102, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in July 1940. By the end of the war, he had been promoted to Generalleutnant and commander of the 27th Flak Division. Von Hippel was arrested in a British prisoner of war camp until 1948. He died in Hamburg in November 1972.
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