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Catalog Number 2013.66.83
Object Name Letter
Accession number 2013.66
Description Typed transcription of 1917 letter from Freiherr Marschalk awarding Sabersky the Iron Cross 1. Class, a 1917 account by Graf von Schweinitz of Sabersky's noteworthy performance as leader of the Sanitary Company 3, and a congratulatory letter from F. von Papen
Date: April 20, 1917 / October 18, 1917 / April 25, 1915 [probably supposed to be typed 1917 since the letter congratulates Sabersky on Iron Cross I. Class]
Three typed copies of each letter
Document in German

[First page:]
General Command
Section. II. A Nr. 5319
K.H. Qu. 20 April 1917

Registered Mail
In the name of his Majesty the Kaiser and King / I award / Rittmeister Sabersky / the Iron Cross I. Class for special display before the enemy as leader of the Sanitary Company 3 of the Garde-Reserve-Korps.
Signed Freiherr Marschalk
To the / Army Gas School / Berlin

[Second page:]
Division St. Qu. 18 October 1917
Recommended list / for the Awarding of the Iron Cross I. Class
Service grade: Rittmeister
Name: Sabersky
Troop unit: Sanitary Company 3 Garde-Reserve-Korps
Rittmeister Sabersky has led the Sanitary Company 3 since 2 January 1915. By every presented opportunity he strove in exemplary fashion for the rescue and care of the wounded of the division. Above all, during the fighting on the Somme he proved himself brilliantly. Without regard for the enemy fire he was almost daily in the front lines of the fighting troops, in order through the deployment of his own person to add authority to his commands. With unshakeable courage he coordinated the collection of the wounded even in the heaviest enemy fire. Many wounded of the division have his exemplary, rapid and farseeing decision power to thank for their lives. North of the Somme the deployment of the Sanitary Company 3 was especially joyfully greeted from all troops of the Division, after they, in the first days of combat, were at first assigned to a Sanitary Company of another division. Uninhibited recognition and sincere thankfulness of the troops and leaders were visible signs for the brilliant organization and the excellent care of the wounded, which Rittmeister Sabersky applied.
Rittmeister Sabersky is in poscession of the Iron Cross II. Class. He is considered in high mass to be worthy of the bestowal of the Iron Cross I. Class.
Signed Graf von Schweinitz

[Third page:]
Hauptman F. von Papen
In General Staff 4. Garde Inf. Div.
25 April 1915 [probably 1917, seems to be a typing mistake]

Dear Herr Sabersky!
It a great joy to me and all the officers of the Staff to be able to give our hearty congratulations for the Iron Cross I. You know yourself the reason for the delay. All the more happy, that it was still possible for us, to supply the courageous leader of the Sanitary Company 267 with this permanent remembrance on the thankfulness of the Division for the help achieved in many dark hours, and I hope, that you have as fond of memories of the 4. Garde Infanterie Division. In the new heavy combat, I think about Thispral often.

With hearty greeting
Your sincere loyal
Signed F. von Papen

From the service of German officer Fritz Sabersky who served as leader of the Sanitary Company 3 (Sanitätskompagnie 3 Garde-Reserve-Korps) from 1915 to 1916 and after March 1917 as an instructor at the Royal Prussian Army Gas School in Berlin (Königlich Preußische Heeres-Gasschule).
Date April 20, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Sabersky, Fritz
Subjects German
World War I
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