This is a 4" x 6" B&W Original and Hand Signed Autographed Photo of and by Sgt. Rochus Misch, bodyguard & Last Witness to the German Chancellor during WW II with Joseph Graf aboard a Ju 52, as part of the Fuhrer Bodyguard, in Excellent Condition. This is NOT a reprint but an Original and Hand Signed Autographed Photo of Sgt.It was signed in 2006 at his home in South Berlin. (Also, includes a Bonus Post War Photo of Rochus Misch autographing photos like this one, which was taken when he signed the other photo).
This is a very unique and historic collection to have BOTH the autographed photo and a Post War Photo of him doing the actual autographing. This is an extremely rare photo pose of Misch that is in Misch's book but that rarely comes up in the market for sale and as such commands a premium.
This autographed photo was autographed by Misch around 2006 from his home in South Berlin (This photo is found in Misch's book, "Hitler's Last Witness", published by Frontline Books, London, England, on page 78-VIIII, bottom right of the page and listed as Photo #20 under the Illustrations section of Misch's book). The significance of this photo is that whenever the Fuhrer traveled by plane, he did so in a Ju 52 accompanied by a 2nd Ju 52 with his bodyguard regiment. The two Ju 52's would be escorted by German Fighters. Joseph Graf was a colleague of Misch's and also part of the Fuhrer Bodyguard. (The info about this photo is found in Misch's book on page 78-VIIII and 78-X in the Photo Section and beginning on page 63 in the text).Misch is said to be the "last witness" to the German Chancellor's life and the final days of the Third Reich. Misch was selected in 1941 to be the. Bodyguard and communications specialist and he personally traveled with the. Across the Reich to his different field headquarters and to Berlin.
Toward the end of the War, Misch spent the last 100 days of the Third Reich in the Bunker in Berlin with the. In the final days, even after most of the. Inner circle had fled the Bunker, Misch stayed behind until after the suicide of the. Before he attempted to break out of the Russian lines surrounding Berlin. After the War, Misch explained remaining at his post with the.As "a matter of duty" and never questioned his loyalty to the. He fondly called "The Boss". During the breakout, he was captured by the Russians and spent 9 years in a Russian POW Camp before going home. Post War, Misch served as a consultant to several movies such as The Bunker and. Though, he said the movies. Embellished the drama of the. Final days, stating that there was deafening silence as the end approached and not shouting matches as the films portray. Misch died at his home in Berlin in 2013 at the age of 96. The Post War Photo was taken in 2006 just after hand signing the other photo. This is a highly interesting and unique German and Third Reich Historical Collection that few people have or will have. This is the perfect Gift for the.
Collector or Military History Buff who already has everything and is very particular!!! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military".The seller is "noojin3" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.
(When the Fuhrer flew, the: Bodyguard would follow in a 2nd Ju 52).