Germany - Third Reich: An interesting Russian Front Mountain Troops Leningrad Front 29th August 1942 Mine Explosion Casualty Iron Cross 2nd Class and Wound Badge in Silver together with a December 1943 German Sports Badge for the Disabled in Silve...

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Germany - Third Reich: An interesting Russian Front Mountain Troops Leningrad Front 29th August 1942 Mine Explosion Casualty Iron Cross 2nd Class and Wound Badge in Silver together with a December 1943 German Sports Badge for the Disabled in Silver with a Gold Wreath set of documents to Jäger Arnold Gaube, 5th Headquarters Company, 100th Gebirgsjäger Regiment, 5th Mountain Division, a Romanian and naturalised German since July 1941, who was present with his regiment out on the Leningrad Front for only 19 days before he was severely wounded in action on 29th August 1942, which caused his lower left leg to be amputated in hospital at Mainz. Awarded the Wound Badge in Silver on 25th November 1942, and an automatic award of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, made to him whilst undergoing recovery at Breslau on 23rd February 1943, he however refused to let his disability get the batter of him, and was awarded the relatively scarce German Sports Badge for the Disabled in Silver with a Gold Wreath, awarded to him at Berlin on 20th December 1943. He survived the war, and was still alive of of September 1981 in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Comprising in order of award:

1) Wound Badge in Silver Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Arnold Gaube, Jäger, 1.Geb.Jg.Reg.100’, dated Mainz, 25th November 1942, and awarded for one serious wound on 29th August 1942, signed in ink by an Oberstarzt and CO of the Medical Detachment at Mainz.

2) Iron Cross 2nd Class Award Certificate, issued to: ‘Jäger Arnold Gaube, 5.Stabskp.Geb.Jg.Rgt.100’, issued at Breslau on 23rd February 1943, facsimile signature of ‘Koch-Erpach’ as General of Cavalry and C-in-C Wehrkreis VIII.

3) German Sports Badge for the Disabled in Silver with a Gold Wreath, Certificate No,Y5065, issued to: ‘Arnold Gaube’, dated Berlin 20th December 1943. Complete with pass-photo in civilian dress. This is a relatively scarce award document.

Together with the following original documents:

4) Wehrpass, issued to Arnold Gaube, with pass-photo in civilian dress, confirming all of recipient’s service.

5) German Ministry of the Interior Naturalisation Certificate issued for the whole Gaube family at Bautzen on 6th July 1941, the family having originally come from Radautz in Bukovina.

6) Immigration Pass issued to Arnold Gaube at Bautzen on 6th July 1941. Serial No.370122.

7) A short letter from his company commander of his former company - complimentary of him and asking for confirmation off his the hospital he is in on his being awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Also wishing him a speedy recovery from his wounding. Dated 24th November 1942.

8) Arnold Gaube’s Certificate of Residence, as issued at St Veit in Austria on 12th March 1946.

9) Arnold Gaube’s Curriculum Vitae, covering his life up to the end of 1954, issued at Stuttgart-Büsnau on 9th January 1955.

10) An employment questionnaire with details of how and where Gaube was employed from January 1936 to 22nd April 1955, issued at Stuttgart-Vaihingen on 10th September 1981.

Arnold Josef Gaube was born on 25th October 1920 in Radautz in Bukovina, Romania, the son of Josef Gaube and his wife Marie, nee Hasenkopf, he was the eldest of four children, and from April 1936 worked for his father, a master tailor, as a trainee tailor in Radautz, but then became along with his entire family, a naturalised German citizen at Bautzen on 6th July 1941. With the exception of his time in the German Army, he worked in jobs relating to clothing throughout his career, and was latterly employed as a porter at a hosiery factory in Stuttgart-Vaihingen in 1981

During the Second World War, Gaube saw service from 8th March 1942 in Germany initially as a Jäger with the 95th Gebirgsjäger Field Replacement Battalion in the 5th Mountain Division, before moving to the Eastern Front, for service as a Jäger with the 5th Headquarters Company, 100th Gebirgsjäger Regiment, 5th Mountain Division from 10th August 1942.

Seeing active service on the Leningrad front, only 19 days later on 29th August 1942 he was badly wounded by a mine explosion which caused his lower left leg to be amputated, he having been treated via the Medical Detachment at Mainz, where he was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver on 25th November 1942, and then having received this award, automatically became entitled to the award of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, made to him whilst undergoing recovery at Breslau on 23rd February 1943.

Gaube was however clearly undefeated, and turned his disability through his achievement in sport, so much so that he was awarded the relatively scarce German Sports Badge for the Disabled in Silver with a Gold Wreath, awarded to him at Berlin on 20th December 1943.

Post-war, Gaube settled initially at St Veit in Austria, where a Certificate of Residence was issued to him on 12th March 1946, and as of January 1955 was living in Stuttgart-Büsnau, and as of September 1981 in Stuttgart-Vaihingen