In addition to the decorations, insignia and other personal effects belonging to Lieutenant Schmitt that were subsequently returned to Germany following his death, was his second model Luftwaffe dagger. At the bottom of the previous page is a photo showing a full frontal view of this item, complete with its original set of cloth brocade Luftwaffe dagger hangers and silver wire, a dress knot (portepee).
For reference, the dagger is fitted with an orange colored plastic handle, with twisted wire insert, as well as high quality nickel silver dagger and scabbard fittings. Moreover, this blade of this dagger bears engraved inscriptions on both sides, identifying both Lieutenant Schmitt by name, as well as the name of his hometown who presented this item to him to commemorate his winning of the German Cross in gold at the exceptionally young age of twenty (20).
Shown above is a photo of the facing side of the dagger’s blade. While I regret that the inferior quality of this photo does not do justice to the excellent condition and quality of this piece overall, it should nevertheless be sufficient to provide the viewer with a clear appreciation for the exceptional historic relevance of the dagger’s engraved presentation to Lieutenant Schmitt’s individual contribution to Germany’s war effort and morale.
Similarly, despite my camera’s inability to address the light reflection created by the two (2) raised ridges that are a standard part of the blade’s design, the inscription on the reverse side of this dagger is, nevertheless, still fully intact without pitting or damage of any kind. As such, while I apologize in advance for the poor photographic quality of these photos, the viewer should note that they do not even begin to do justice to this item’s overall quality, age or condition, which can still be reasonably classified as being "Excellent".
Incidentally, the unit designation "10.(Pz)/St G 1" engraved on the front side of the blade, which stands for the 10th Panzer Jaeger Staffel / "Kanonenvogel" , is of particular interest as a reference tool in helping to identify the approximate date on which this dagger was first presented to Lieutenant Schmitt by his hometown. In summary, it can be reasonably concluded that this probably occurred sometime between the dates of 20 July 1943 and 11 August 1943, when Lieutenant Schmitt first returned to service on the Eastern front following home leave. This supposition is supported by the following ancillary facts:
  1. Lieutenant Schmitt was awarded the German Cross in Gold in July 1943, at the young age of twenty (20), which would have invariably been an occasion of significance for the small town
    where he grew up.
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  1. Panzerjaeger-Staffel 10 was a specially formed tank hunter Stuka formation that only came into existence on 17 June 1943, and to which Lieutenant Schmitt was officially assigned on
    19 July 1943. As an aside, this unit was specially equipped with the Ju87G-1 "Kanonenvogel"
    (canon bird), which was made famous as an anti-tank weapon by Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel.
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