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Luftwaffe Honor Goblet


Luftwaffe Honor Goblet (Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe). The "Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe" was established on 27 February 1940 by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, the Reichs Minister of Aviation and Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe. It was officially known as the Ehrenpokal "für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg" (Honor Goblet "For Special Achievement in the Air War"). The award was given to flying personnel (pilots and aircrew) only. Recipients names were published in the periodical 'Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe' (Honor List of the German Air Force). German archives indicate that approximately 58,000 were given on paper, but only 13-15,000 goblets were actually awarded according to the records. The design of the goblot reflects that of the World War I goblet, the "Ehrenbecher für Sieger im Luftkampf". Superbly crafted by the firm of 'Joh. Wagner & Sohn' in Berlin which was the sole manufacturer ot this non-portable award. The goblet was awarded to aircrew members who had already been awarded the Iron Cross First Class but whose performance was not considered to merit the German Cross or Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. This goblet was awarded on 3 August 1942 to Unteroffizier 'Ernst Veith', he was a member within the '4./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77'. According to the 'Volksbund' Ernst was killed in action on 10 November 1942 approximately 20km north of Tuapseq (Southern Russia). According to German registrations he has been awarded with the German Cross in Gold on 2 August 1943, the cross was posthumously awarded. The goblet is made of silver-plated "Alpaka", also known as 'German Silver', the goblet is nicely maker marked by the company of 'Joh.Wagner & Sohn' from Berlin. Engraved on the goblet is the name and award date: 'Unteroffizier Ernst Veith, am 3.8.42'. There are two small dents at the bottom edge. The goblet has been cleaned once. A copy of a letter sent to his father informing him about the death of his son will be included with the goblet. Rare original piece of history!

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