WWII CASED GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD INSCRIBED TO KAPITANLEUTNANT PAUL JUST OF U-546.

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WWII CASED GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD INSCRIBED TO KAPITANLEUTNANT PAUL JUST OF U-546. 

inv# 02-16015

A very fine example of a WWII period German Cross in gold by the firm of Deschler und Sohn of Munchen. The Cross has a beautifully enameled black Party symbol surrounded by a gold wreath & 8 pointed multi-rayed star. The reverse shows 4 rivet construction w/ a “1” clearly stamped on the outside of the wide pin. The reverse is hand inscribed, “P. JUST”. Paul Just joined the Kreigsmarine in 1936 & was part of the Olympia Crew. He attended officer training school from 1936 to 1938 & then was attached to the Luftwaffe as a flight crew observer in coastal command until early in 1941. After attending U-Boat Commander Training School, Just served aboard the U-6 & U-151, both school boats. In June of 1943, he assumed his first active duty combat command, the U-546. U-546 was lost on its 3rd combat patrol northwest of the Azores. 33 Officers & men survived & 26 were lost after being depth charged by US destroyers. Kapitanleutnant Just received the 1st & 2nd Class Iron Crosses, as well as this German Cross in gold while in command of U-546. The German Cross is held in its original, unmarked presentation case.

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