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Is this Willy Keitel's signature?

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    I think this is Keitel's signature, but not 100% sure. Any opinions? Sowieso nette urkunde, Ja?
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    Yes Does Appear that way! Scroll down to the Bottom,Hope this helps. German Cross

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    Is this tour document Odessa ?
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Is this tour document Odessa ?
    Is it mine? Yes, and I have the Silver Cross, too! Thanks, Justin, it DEFINITELY is Keitel's signature.

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    Knights Cross to the War Merit Cross holder Gottlob Berger is an excellent example of an officer whose career achievements earned him decorations and through hard work and courage to be sure, but also by pleasing the right people. He was born on July 16th, 1897 in Gerstetten, Wurttemberg and served in the Imperial Army during World War I. He became a highly decorated officer, and was wounded several times earning the rare Wound Badge in Gold. After the war he spent a short period as a teacher in his hometown while joining the Freikorps, and held the post of Director of the Regional Gymnastic Institute in Stuttgart. On August 1, 1938, he joined the SS and became Director of the SS Sports Office, and on December 1 of the same year, due to his experience and high recommendations from the Army, he was officially given the rank of SS Standartenfuhrer.
    The outbreak of war found him in this position, but on April 1st, 1940 Berger became Head of the Main SS Recruiting Office. This post had previously held by Heissmeyer, and Berger was involved in the administrative restructuring of the Office. It was really at this position that he excelled; On April 20th, 1940 he was promoted to SS Brigaderfuhrer. His career was aided by many pre-war connections, which allowed him to conduct many successful recruiting campaigns in the conquered Reich Territories. During the next two years he surpassed set standards and on July 1st, 1943 received the German Cross in Silver.


    Berger would eventually rise to Obergruppenfuhrer, and in this rank he was awarded the Knight Cross to the War Merit Cross with Swords on November 15th, 1944. T hat same year he briefly held the post of Commanding General in Slovakia, but with the beginning of the Slovakian uprising when he found himself relieved by General Hofle. From July 20th, 1944 until Germanysí surrender he was Head of Prisoners of War Camps.
    He was an intelligent and flexible Officer, though his personality and responsibility for several different offices are a controversial topic. He jealously protected those in Waffen-SS uniform, German or not, and did his duties with great dedication. He was a patriotic but politically opinionated, and his loyal subordination to Himmler is well documented. A tough individual, he was twice buried alive during air raids, and like most families in World War II Germany his suffered losses. In 1943 his oldest son was killed in action in the Charkov area while serving as an Officer in the Waffen SS and his son in law, Andreas Schmidt, was leader of the German Volksgruppe in Rumania and disappeared forever into the Soviet Union at the end of the war.
    Obergruppenfuhrer Berger was indicted for War Crimes at Nuremberg and spent time in Landsberg Prison. After his release he returned to his hometown of Gerstetten where he stayed for the remainder of his life. When he was laid to rest on January 11th, 1975 it was in front of family, friends, and several hundred Waffen SS soldiers to whom he had dedicated so much of life.


    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    So viele helder, so wenige kreuze!

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    Lovely Document, odessa1, Did not have much time to look earlier. Glad the link helped. Congrats

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    Quote by Justin View Post
    Lovely Document, odessa1, Did not have much time to look earlier. Glad the link helped. Congrats
    The document goes together nicely with the cloth German Cross.

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    OK I finally found it.

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    Just to confirm for you, this document is a poor fake as outlined in the other thread about it.

    Cheers, Ade.

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