Certificate and autographed picture!Accurate to the last pixel aged reproduction of a Iron Cross 2nd Class award certificate for a super-star commando of Waffen-SS - Otto Skorzeny. Before he got assigned to special operations unit, he was a junior officer making sure the vehicles of 2nd SS Division "Das Reich" are moving. He earned his Iron Cross on the Eastern Front for recovering a vehicle under enemy fire.The autographed 4x6 photo comes optionally in color or black & white.
History of Skorzeny's face-scar (source: wikipedia.org)
He was a noted fencer as a university student in Vienna. The scars on Otto Skorzeny's face resulted from the ritual known as the "Mensur", a fencing match considered a rite of passage for German Students that were members of University fraternal organisations. ("Verbindungen", also "Burschenschaften" or "Corps"). He engaged in thirteen personal combats. The tenth resulted in a wound that left a dramatic scar - known in academic fencing as a Schmiss (German for "gash") - on his cheek.
Before ww2 the vast majority of German Students belonged to such organisations, which were banned by the allies after the war until 1956. Often the facial scars inflicted during the Mensur were considered badges of honor. Walther Schellenberg had a similar scar.
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