WWII German Oil Painting of Artillery Officer
This is an original WWII German oil painting on heavy cardboard. The officer depicted in the painting is an Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant), according to the collar insignia and single pip located on each shoulder board. He served in an artillery unit, as evident by the red piping on the uniform’s placket, shoulder boards, collar, and insignia backing. The Oberleutnant received the following awards during the war: Eisernes Kreuz II 1939 (Iron Cross 2nd Class), Kriegsverdienstkreuz II (War Merit Cross 2nd Class, with swords), Ostmedaille for participating in the Russian front during the winter of 1941/42, Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 4 years service medal, as well as the Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen for fortifying the West Wall/Siegfried Line, most likely awarded in 1944 during the second production run of the award. With this information, it can be discerned that the portrait was most likely painted sometime after 1944. The dimensions are 11" x 15".