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From the Bernd von Arnim to Dietls HQ

While ferrying a Gebirgsjäger unit to Narvik the Destroyer Bernd von Arnim was involved in a running fight with the soon to be sunk "Gloworm". Dr Büchler was bringing a man who had just lost an arm when Captain Rechel turned into a wave that swept over the bridge of the destroyer. The wounded man and another were swept overboard and lost at sea, Dr Büchler suffered severe concussion and a skull fracture. This led to the award of a wound badge, maybe the only one actually awarded on the voyage to Narvik.

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Unloaded in Narvik because of his wounds Dr. Büchler was not on th Von Arnim when it was sunk, after a very short recovery period he was detached to Dietls HQ and took over the first aid station at Bjornfjell.

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Above is a very unúsual red cross Ausweiss, made out for Dr.Büchler from the 3rd Mountain Army.
Below are two Narvik Shields, the unworn one is one of the 5 Dr.Büchler recieved, the worn one from the Paul Massucci collection is one of 3 recieved from another destroyer man, both are original issue items and are zink.

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The award doc has the remark added in pencil "MAr. Laz. W´haven" where it was to be forwarded to him.
the paper is so thin, and the print so hard the design is o the other side as well.

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As this is a replacemant the first four awards were all entered at the same time, the stamp and signature are from Rösing from the 3rd U-Boot Flottile in La Rochelle.

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Dr Büchler hardly ever wore his awards, mainly only the EK and KVK ribbons, these are the only photos where he is seen wearing the shield.

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