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STARK MILITARIA HAS OFFICIALLY ADDED THE THIRD REICH DEPOT TO OUR INVENTORY

Greetings loyal TRD friends and customers!

I am excited to announce that I recently sold the Third Reich Depot to my dear friend Eddie Stark, Stark Militaria, who is ready to take this amazing collection of German militaria and add it to his already phenomenal collection of World War II antiques. You can expect to see some changes over the next few weeks and please continue stopping by because we already have a lot to add to the inventory and we are bringing the website to the next level to provide a truly unique experience for shopping building your collection of World War II memorabilia.

Stay tuned and thank you for stopping by

STARK MILITARIA'S THIRD REICH DEPOT
I decided to begin with an incredible document grouping from the infamous SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Walter Krüger, commander of the 2.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Das Reich" and winner of the illustrious Knight's Cross...with Oakleaves and Swords! Krüger was without a doubt one of the most extraordinary command officers of the Waffen-SS. He was a superb combat leader and tactical mind remaining cool and calm in any crisis, as well as a superior administrator and training officer. Never a member of the NSDAP, evaluations throughout his career praised his skill, personality, bravery, integrity, and true concern for his troops. The collection includes everything you see in my photos below, plus a copy of all the research material I have for this legendary Commander of Hitler's Third Reich.

Please note: I cropped, cut, and condensed most of the documents to lessen the size of the file so it'll download quicker...and to inhibit those who might try to copy them for what ever reason. All of the documents included in this grouping are 100% complete with minimal damage including folds, stains, and small tears. Drop me an email if you have a serious interest in this grouping and want to see complete and unaltered scans of each document.

$5000.00 FIRM



SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Walter Krüger

Born: February 27th, 1890 in Strassbourg
Died: May 22, 1945 (committed suicide)
Iron Cross 2nd Class: June 13th, 1940
Iron Cross 1st Class: June 22nd, 1940
Knights Cross: December 14th, 1941
Oakleaves: September 5th, 1943
Swords: January 11th, 1945

Walter Krüger was a veteran of the 1st World War. He was wounded twice receiving wound badges as well as both classes of the Iron Cross. When the war came to a close Krüger worked as a bank clerk, served with various units including the Stahlhelm, became an estate administrator in Mark-Brandenburg, and eventually joined the Austrian SA in December of 1933. He transferred into the SS as an SS-Obersturmbannführer on April 30, 1935 when he became the first commander of the II./SS-Standarte 2 in Arolsen until May of 1937 when he fell ill. As soon as he recovered he moved onto the SS Junkerschule Bad Tölz where he served as an instructor from May to October 1937 when he took command of IV/Deutschland until November 1938 when he served as Regimentskommandeur of the Regiment z.b.V. Ellwangen. Krüger was assigned to the Polizei-Division as a Generalstabsoffizier from January 1940 to October 1940, after which he returned to the SS-Führungshauptamt as Inspekteur der Infanterie. In early 1940 Krüger was promoted to SS-Oberführer before officially becoming the first Ia of the newly operational SS-Polizei Division after the previous commander was killed. As Divisional commander Krüger won the Knight's Cross on December 13, 1941 for his leadership of the SS-Polizei during the battles around Leningrad. After a brief return to the SS-Führungshauptamt where he served as Inspector of Officer Training, Krüger was assigned to various positions including Inspector for Infantry and head of the Weapons Inspections Office in Berlin until mid August 1941 when he was reassigned and given command of the Polizei Division until December 15th of that same year. Krüger replaced the wounded Herbert Vahl as commander of "Das Reich" on March 18, 1943. He commanded the division during the difficult armor battles of Kursk in the summer and fall of that same year. Krüger won his Oakleaves on August 31, 1943 following the Battle of Kursk, then left command of the division in March 1944. He was formally placed in reserve on January 25, 1944, then served as the first Befehlshaber der Waffen-SS "Ostland" when he was promoted again to SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS on June 21, 1944. Krüger then took command of the Latvian VI. Waffen-Armee Korps der SS (lettische) which was composed of some of the best foreign Waffen-SS formations. Krüger was recommended for the Swords for his actions during the Kurland Battles, and personally received the award from Hitler himself on January 11, 1944. When troops surrendered in Kurdland on May 8, 1945, Krüger and a group of officers tried to escape to East Prussia before being captured on the Prussian/Lithuanian border by a Russian patrol. Krüger committed suicide by shooting himself on May 22, 1945 to avoid capture.
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