LOT OF ELEVEN (11) ITEMS PERTAINING TO GERMAN WORLD WAR II LUFTWAFFE
STUKA PILOT AND GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD WINNER LIEUTENANT HEINZ SCHMITT
Moreover, 10th Panzer Jaeger Staffel was disbanded in November 1943, with its personnel and equipment being absorbed into the newly formed Schlachtgeschwader 1 (Battlegroup 1). Given the date certainty of these documented actions, in concert with Lieutenant Schmitt's be awarded the German Cross in Gold on
19 July 1943, as well as his subsequent death on 26 September 1943, it can only be reasonably assumed that the dagger in question must have been presented to Lieutenant Schmitt by his home town sometime during the sixty (60) day period beginning on 20 July 1943 and ending on 20 September 1943.
This hypothesis is further supported by the inscription that appears engraved into the reverse side of the dagger’s blade, which reads "Ehrengeschent aus Ihrer Heimat - Sindlingen" (Honor Gift from Your Homeland), and is then followed by the town name Sindlingen. Given the short lived history of 10th Panzer Jager Staffel, the period 20 July 1943 to 20 September 1943 must logically be the time frame during which this dagger was presented.
Unrelated to any question of the dagger’s presentation date, the previous photos each serve to confirm the excellent condition of the dagger’s silver brocade dress knot (portepee), which, while exhibiting a definite patina consistent with its age, is still fully intact and not frayed or cut in any way. Incidentally, the maker’s name and trademark that appears on the reverse side of the dagger’s blade at the hilt, is P.D.LUNESCHLOSS - Soligen", who was also simultaneously authorized to manufacture items for NSDAP under RZM registration number M7/14. Incidentally, the town of Soligen is less than 100 miles from Lieutenant Schmitt's home town of Sindlingen.