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General Fritz von Rappard Jacket and Pants, Named
Listing # 8009
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $12,150.00
Starting bid: $5,995.00
# of bids: 27
Closes: Auction is closed
Started: 10/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
Ended: 10/28/2017 1:05:20 PM

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Outstanding tailor-made piped 'old style' dress tunic with trousers for (at the time--July 1939) Oberstleutnant Fritz-Georg von Rappard. The tunic is made of a very smooth napped wool trikot in the early grey green color with dark green collar. The hand embroidered Generals' gold bullion collar tabs are of the highest quality embroidery on bright red wool and are machine-sewn to the collar. The eagle is also a magnificent example of fine hand embroidery in gilt bullion. The Generalleutnant-rank shoulder boards are constructed of metal bullion cording on a bright red underlay and each has one pip in silver. The tunic collar and front seams are piped in matching bright red wool. The tunic's buttons are fire gilt. There are loops for a long medal/ribbon bar and 3 badges on and below the left breast pocket. The tunic is lined with artificial silk and retains its Berlin tailor's label and the name label in the inner pocket. There is an interior belt for better fit. The trousers are medium grey or blue grey as worn with for dress and tailored by the same Berlin firm: Averbeck & Bröskamp. Along the side seams are the wide bright red wool General's stripes and bright red piping in between.  The trousers are also named to Oberstleutnant von Rappard and were made July 1939. As with the tunic, they are of the finest quality.  The tunic shows some loss of nap that is more obvious in the photographs than in real-life, mostly around the upper back just below the collar and around the shoulders. Otherwise the tunic and trousers are in excellent condition.  Assumably, von Rappard wore a more modern style of uniform later, as there are no loops for the German Cross in Gold on this tunic, but he was awarded the DK in 1944, after the piped dress tunics had been retired. 

Fritz-Georg von Rappard was a Fahnenjuncker in the Imperial German Army in early 1911 and was in the Westphalia Jäger Battalion Nr. 7 in Bückeburg. He was commissioned a Leutnant 23. October 1912. He served in Jäger units for the entire Great War, being promoted to Oberleutnant and Company Leader in 1916, then Battalion Adjutant, and finally to the staff of the German Jäger Divison. He received the Iron Cross I. and II. Class as well as the Wound Badge in black. In 1939 he was promoted to Oberst while on the staff of the Infantry Regiment 18 in Bielefeld. In early 1940 he was named commander of the Infantry Regiment 277 of the 83. Infantry Division and lead them in the Western Campaign.  He received the Spangen to the Iron Cross I. and II. Class. January 1942 he and the division were sent to Russia to participate in the defense of Welikie-Luki. Promoted to Generalmajor, he was assigned the leadership of the 7. Infantry Division. 1. May  1943 he was promoted to Generalleutnant. Fir his courage and the force of his leadership, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 1. June 1944. On 20. October 1944 he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, then on 24. February 1945 he was awarded the Oakleaves. After the capitulation he was interned by the Russians. Due to supposed involvement in the shooting of partisans, he was declared a war criminal, and, along with other members of his former regiments, was sentenced to death. on 29. January 1946 he was publically hanged by the neck until dead. It was shortly thereafter suggested that the actual reason for the hangings was political, as one member of each rank above the enlisted ranks were selected to be executed. 

 Please note: the Knights Cross and the Oakleaves and ribbon are not included.

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