14 December 2012

Legion Condor Award Ceremony in Hamburg

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Date: Wednesday, 31 May 1939
Place: Hamburg, Germany
Photographer: Unknown

On the 31st May, 1939, there was an award ceremony for Legion Condor veterans, where they received the Spanienkreuz (Spanish Cross) campaign medal for their service in the Spanish Civil War. In this picture of the event we can see the recipients of Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Brillanten (from left to right): Oberleutnant Otto Bertram, Oberleutnant Joachim Schlichting, Hauptmann Harro Harder, Hauptmann Werner Mölders, Hauptmann Wolfgang Schellmann, Oberleutnant Walter Oesau, unknown, Major Martin Harlinghausen and Major Karl-Heinz Wolf. Of these, three would serve later in Jagdgeschwader 2 (JG 2) 'Richthofen', two as Geschwaderkommodoren (Schellmann and Oesau) and one as Gruppenkommandeur (Bertram). In total, there are 27 recipients of Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Brillanten and, apart from the name already submitted above, they were as follow: Oberleutnant Wilhelm Balthasar, Leutnant Peter Boddem, Oberleutnant Kart Eberhardt, Oberleutnant Wilhelm Ensslen, Leutnant Paul Fehlhaber, Oberleutnant Adolf Galland, Leutnant Oskar Henrici, Oberleutnant Max Graf Hoyos, Oberleutnant Hans-Detlef von Kessel, Hauptmann Günther Lützow, Oberstleutnant Karl Mehnert, Hauptmann Rudolf Freiherr von Moreau, Hauptmann Wolfgang Neudörffer, Generalmajor Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Leutnant Heinz Runze, Oberleutnant Reinhard Seiler, General der Flieger Hugo Sperrle, Oberleutnant Bernhard Stärcke, and General der Flieger Helmut Volkmann. There's one more recipient (no.28), Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma, but his verleihung is still debated, whether he received Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Brillanten or Spanienkreuz in gold mit schwertern.


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