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SS Das Reich Panzer Punishment Notice KC Winner Signed
Here is something I have never seen the likes of before. This is signed by the regiment commander of SS Panzer Regiment 2 "Das Reich" Christian Tychsen who succeeded Heinz Lammerding as Division Commander of Das Reich. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oakleaves and was wounded nine times before finally being killed in the Normandy fighting in charge of the division. This document is in reference to the soldier SS Schutzen Gaston Blaise. The meat of the document is titled (Rough translation): "Punishment Decree". Below this it states "I punish them according to regulations.....14 days intensified arrest. Because they had to be arrested by an army patrol in a completely drunken state at the Bordeaux train station because of the risk extending to the reputation of the armed forces...Postscript: During the time they are serving their punishment from the begginning to the end of the day allow 1 hour break from hard labor". No doubt what really cheesed of the CO is that these SS guys were picked up by an army patrol extending embarrassment to their unit and the Army/Waffen SS rivalry probably came into play. This extraordinary document is on cheap issue paper so condition is not the best. It is mounted on a thicker paper but there is some light separation along old fold lines. Amazingly, behind this official document is a less official document. I had a hell of a time translating this because it seems to be two works in slang and limerick form. The first is something about Pissolin drinking from Cuxhaven to Vienna. After the third and fourth beers his kidneys are heavy and after the fifth something about releasing inner rage. Then something about manhood, withered geisers and hedonistic liquid ?! And on and on in what must be a really rotten little tune. The second work of art on this page is even more cryptic but probably just as silly. Obviously there is some connection to the bawdy works attached to the document regarding punishment for drunkenness but I can't really put my finger on it. Really amazing stuff, though, and probably good proof that by May 1944 everyone was losing their minds a bit.

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