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Old 03-22-2017, 09:57 AM   #91
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Here are 2 pix of Sprenger around 1939 (I believe the Gauleiter collar tabs in the picture were used prior to '39). The ribbon bar in the 2nd portrait seems to correspond to the medals on the medal bar in the 1st portrait. The last award appears to be a Prussian LS award (??).

So the awards he is wearing in the portraits are: 14 EK2, Bavarian Silver or Gold Bravery medal (can't tell color from portrait), Bvn Miltary Merit Cross with Swds, HC with swords, and Prussian LS award (??).

Going back to the double row ribbon bar, what we are seeing here is that Sprenger "chose" to drop his 2 bravery awards from Bavaria and instead chose to wear the Oldenberg Cross (Blue and red ribbon) which he did not wear in any of his other portraits.

Again my postings are not meant to question the insignia or the uniform just the ribbon bar.

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Old 03-22-2017, 10:13 AM   #92
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No question , the ribbon bar on on the tunic is a reproduction.
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Could it be the Africa-story is from this book?
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Sorry, cannot upload picture of the book, but if You google Gauleiter and AfrikakorpsYou will find it. Title is: "The Life and Death of the AfrikaKorps" by Ronald Lewin and it speaks on pages 78/79 about "The Gauleiter of Mannheim" who worked as a spy in Afrika. Maybe someone is better than me to uploade the two pages here as an attachement. Mannheim could belong to Sprengers Gau. But I doubt the whole story - even though it is written as a biography. In the book it says he was captured by the British. Nothing written about his later whereabout. Sprenger in fact commited suicide in Germany at the end of the war. Cannot imagine a Gauleiter working parttime as a spy behind the lines...
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This is the link:

https://books.google.de/books?id=s67...akorps&f=false
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