This is an interesting group of decorations, documents and photographs. The man to whom it belonged was Vizefeldwebel Heinrich Taenzer. Vizefeldwebel Taenzer served in Prussian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 68. The group includes the following:
*1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Award Document. The document was issued in Hannover on 17 March 1922. It measures 6 1/4″ x 8.” It boasts a generalleutnant’s auto-pen signature. He was the commander of the 6. Division. It also bears the division’s unit stamp. [I am not sure if its date almost 3 ½ years after the war’s end indicates a “catching-up” on the award document’s issuance, or it was a replacement. I would bet on the first option]. The Iron Cross is an issued, “KO” hallmarked example. Most of the black paint has been worn off on its obverse.
*Two photographs of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 68 members from before or early during WW I. The men wear prewar blue uniforms. On the other hand, the men wearing pickelhauben are wearing canvas covers on them sporting the number “68.” No indication is given which of the 30+ men might be Taenzer. The second photograph shows a number of NCO’s sitting around a table. Again, no indication is given which man could be Taenzer.
*Taenzer’s Reise=Pass (Travel Pass), dated 1922. His photograph appears in the passbook.
*Taenzer’s Ausweis (identification book), dated 1934. Again, Taenzer’s photograph appears in the booklet. It also contains personal information, such as his birth date, city of residence, etc.
*Hindenburg Cross for Combatants and the Award Document. The decoration is in very fine condition and has an original ribbon attached. The document, which measures 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4,” was issued on 22 January 1935 in his native city of Minden.
*Versicherungskarte (Insurance Card). This is Taenzer’s insurance card for the years 1920, 1921 and 1922, showing payments made by his employers, Westfäl. Evgl. Blödenanstalt. Wittekindshof b. Bad Oeynhausen. Roughly translated, it was the Westphalian Evangelical Organization for the Mentally Disabled, part of the Lutheran charitable organization named Wittekindshof, located in Bad Oeynhausen. [The Wittekindshof today provides vocational training and opportunities for social workers].
*An Ausmusterungsschein (Withdrawal slip), dated 1944, which shows Taenzer at the age of 55. The document excuses him from service in the Wehrmacht. It states “Ist völlig untauglich zum Dienst in der Wehrmacht. Er scheidet aus dem Wehrpflichtverhältniz aus.”(Is totally unfit to serve in the armed forces. He is separated from compulsory military service). It includes several official stamps for Minden, his native city.
This is a fine group for a young man who served his country during WW I. Two award documents and the corresponding decorations are included. The photographs and post WW I documents help flesh out the group.