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Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)

The Krim Shield was struck in sheet metal and treated with a bronzed wash. The shield has a slightly concave shape with a hollow backside. The top of the shield shows the typical Wehrmacht eagle with spread wings, that is clutching a wreath of laurel leaves in its claws. In the centre of this wreath is a mobile swastika placed. The wreath is flanked by the dates 1941 and 1942, with left of the wreath 1941 and right 1942. Underneath the eagle comes the shield design with a rounded point at the bottom. The image on the shield is a scale map of the Russian mainland with underneath the Crimean Peninsula. The six most important places are showed as dots and the main rivers as slits in the landscape. In the middle of the peninsula stands the text ‘KRIM’. Because there were multiple producers of this shield, the colour can range from a dark chocolate brown colour to a fine pale bronze. At the backside is a supporting plate mounted with 3 or 4 pins and between these two parts is a piece of cloth placed. The colour of this piece of cloth depends on, in which Army branch the recipient served. This could be Wehrmacht or Kriegsmarine. This piece of cloth is shield shaped and is significant larger, so it could be sewed to the left sleeve of the uniform. The supporting plate with the pins was covered with a piece of red brown coloured paper or a piece of cloth. This was to protect the uniform from the pins. The number of pins can be different by producer, just as how detailed the shield is. This can range from a fine detailed shield to a very poor one. It was for the recipient also possible to buy a (9mm) stickpin of this award. This stickpin could be worn on the civilian tunic.

The Krim Shield was awarded in name of Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein and with the shield came a standard award document. The awarding was also noted in the Soldbuch. The shield was permanently worn on the left sleeve of the uniform and because of this there were multiple examples given to the recipient. It was also possible for the recipient to buy later new shields, this could in the official controlled LDO outlets. When the recipient owned multiple campaign shields, these could be worn underneath each other with 5mm space between them.

The criteria for receiving this shield were:

- That the recipient had served 3 months in the Crimea and for Kriegsmarine personnel was this 3 months in the waters that surround the peninsula.
- That the recipient had taken part in at least one major assault.
- That the recipient became wounded in the battle for the Crimea.

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert (Gren.Reg.437)* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

Grid List
Bar, Otto* April 7th, 1916
† June 24th, 1942

Barkhorn, Gerhard* March 20th, 1919
† January 11th, 1983

Bartels, Hans-Werner* January 28th, 1910
† December 2nd, 1991

Bartels, Herbert* August 15th, 1917
† July 1st, 2009

Bauer, Viktor* September 19th, 1915
† December 13th, 1969

Baumgartner, Max* July 2nd, 1916
† December 20th, 1944
Plot: 12 Grave: 46

Becker, Aloysius "Alois"* October 16th, 1918
† September 27th, 1944
Plot: G Grave: 17

Behnke, Heinz* October 1st, 1919
† February 17th, 2002

Berghofer, Leonhard* November 5th, 1911

Bernhard, Alfred* March 29th, 1919
† May 3rd, 1987

Bertram, Ludwig* January 8th, 1917
† June 30th, 2006

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert (Gren.Reg.437)* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

Bieler, Bruno* June 18th, 1888
† March 22nd, 1966

Biermann, Fritz* January 5th, 1916
† March 30th, 1945

Blumenroth, Willi* July 19th, 1919
† June 17th, 1942

Blümke, Friedrich* February 18th, 1898
† September 14th, 1944

Bock, Wilhelm (Aufklärungs-Abteilung 22)* March 9th, 1917
† July 13th, 1943

Boehringer, Gustav* July 7th, 1892
† February 20th, 1945

Boer, de, Johannes "Johann"* September 5th, 1897
† March 14th, 1986

Bonnke, Friedrich* February 4th, 1915
† December 9th, 2001

Born, Willi* July 16th, 1913
† January 28th, 1944

Botsch, Walter* February 27th, 1897
† January 7th, 1969

Bruns, Diedrich* March 17th, 1897
† October 29th, 1988

Bubendey, Hermann* December 5th, 1914
† January 28th, 2005

Buchner, Hermann* October 30th, 1919
† December 1st, 2005

Bugislaus, Georg Andreas* June 24th, 1911
† June 17th, 1944

Busse, Theodor* December 15th, 1887
† October 21st, 1986

Bünau, von, Rudolf (WH-General der Infanterie)* August 19th, 1890
† January 14th, 1962

Bärenfänger, Erich* January 12th, 1915
† May 1st, 1945