LOT OF ELEVEN (11) ITEMS PERTAINING TO GERMAN WORLD WAR II LUFTWAFFE
STUKA PILOT AND GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD WINNER LIEUTENANT HEINZ SCHMITT
|As a preliminary step in providing the reader with a detailed description of the physical characteristics of each lot piece, it may be equally helpful for context purposes to first identify a number of points of historical interest regarding the military record of Lieutenant Schmitt while serving as an important member of Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel's Tank Hunter Stuka Group in Russia.|
ABOVE is a greatly reduced photo of
the full page statement issued by Lt.
Schmitt's parents on 29 October 1943
after learning about the death of their
son in Russia on 26 September 1943.
Actually, this item is 11 3/4 inches long
by 8 1/4 inches wide and is printed on
recycled brown rag paper.
|Item #1: PUBLIC STATEMENT ISSUED BY LIEUTENANT SCHMITTíS PARENTS|
Perhaps no effort on our firm's part could perform the task of summarizing the various accomplishments of Lt.
Schmitt either more efficiently, or completely, than item # 1 of this lot, which is the actual press release issued
to the public by his parents on 29 October 1943, following their receipt of preliminary notice from the government informing them if their sonís death from aerial combat wounds suffered in Russia on 26 September 1943.
|Incidentally, at the time of his sonís death, Lieutenant Schmitt's father, Major Johann Schmitt was similarly serving in Russia as a combat officer for the Luftwaffe.Despite that significant limitation, Major Schmitt and his wife were able to draft and issue a press release on behalf of their family summarizing their son's heroic service to Germany during his brief twenty (20) years of life. For visual reference purposes, a photo of this complete original document has been provided on the next page of this website for review.|