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    SS-Polizei Division 57er Medal Grouping

    This is a 1957er medal grouping of a career policeman, Gunter Ortmann, who started out as a Schutzpolizei Leutnant before the war and served with the 4th W-SS Polizei Division on the Russian Front. He rose to the rank of W-SS Major in the Police Division by 1945 and continued service in the West German Police after 1948 rising to the rank of Polizei-Direktor. The kicker is that he was also a Gold Medal winner in the 1936 Olympics and the 1938 World Games.

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    #2
    Very interesting, thanks for posting !
    Area of collecting interest - Polizei Photographs.

    http://www.militaria-archive.com/

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      #3
      interesting stuff may you let us know in wich sports discipline he won gold medal?

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        #4
        Ortmann was a very interesting individual. His Olympic Gold Medal was in the first-time game of Football held in the Olympic Games and was in the same discipline in the World Games. He participated in the initial invasion of France and the Ost. with the Pol. Division. He is mentioned in the three volume set of books on the history of the W-SS Polizei Div. "In Good Faith" for his tenacity in holding his assigned positions. He was awarded the Gold Wound Badge which marked the end of his athletic career due to wounds as well as being awarded the Honor Roll Clasp, one of only 4,556 awarded for individual bravery to the Herr & W-SS. His postwar career lead from a British POW camp to being in charge of Police Athletics development. No doubt his Olympic Gold helped him ease into his postwar Police career as a former "Provisional" SS-Officer.

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          #5
          Originally posted by SCHUPO View Post
          Ortmann was a very interesting individual. His Olympic Gold Medal was in the first-time game of Football held in the Olympic Games and was in the same discipline in the World Games.
          A great grouping! Do allow me a small correction: It was field handball.

          https://www.olympedia.org/athletes/32103
          https://www.rheinische-geschichte.lv...dfff2.54808748

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            #6
            Yes, my bad it was Handball instead of Football. We USA folks get these European ball games mixed up at times when our fingers can type faster than our brains can keep up..

            Thanks for the correction. ⛹

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              #7
              After talking about Ortmann I should highlight his de-Nazified 1957 (57er) style awards that he was authorized to wear. These are all early 57er awards manufactured in the early 1960s by Steinhauer & Luck (S&L) for private purchase and authorized for wear by veterans after 1957. There were several manufacturers of these awards but these are all S&L.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SCHUPO View Post
                Ortmann was a very interesting individual. His Olympic Gold Medal was in the first-time game of Football held in the Olympic Games and was in the same discipline in the World Games. He participated in the initial invasion of France and the Ost. with the Pol. Division. He is mentioned in the three volume set of books on the history of the W-SS Polizei Div. "In Good Faith" for his tenacity in holding his assigned positions. He was awarded the Gold Wound Badge which marked the end of his athletic career due to wounds as well as being awarded the Honor Roll Clasp, one of only 4,556 awarded for individual bravery to the Herr & W-SS. His postwar career lead from a British POW camp to being in charge of Police Athletics development. No doubt his Olympic Gold helped him ease into his postwar Police career as a former "Provisional" SS-Officer.
                thank you for detail informations,very interesting individual

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                  #9
                  Thanks for sharing this. I always find the polizei post war careers interesting. Men that didn’t remain pounding the beat went on to such varied wartime roles.
                  Some honourable, some not.

                  I collect photos of beer drinkers in the Third Reich.

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