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  2. Hi, Nicely displayed but having shots of the inside and perhaps any marks, stamps embossed details on the mask would be most helpful. With this one shot it makes it incredibly hard for anyone to be able to give you a qualified guess. Best regards, JustinG
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  4. May I ask please... carried out many hours of research, but struggling to be sure whether this mask is post war or not? Appreciate feedback and advice
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  6. JustinG

    War time era town name plate

    I envy you and your proximity to come across some very unusual items. Don't see too many German pieces here in Alaska. ­čÖé Best Regards, JustinG
  7. Richard Auld

    War time era town name plate

    I just used a bit of comecial paint stripper , pertol and water. I did have a bit of a flap as I noticed bits of the letters disappear but it seems it had been repiared by touching them up with paint, should be visible that the H is taller at the first picture. Bit of fun and it was for free!
  8. Great topic with great photos shared. Very interesting to see. Best Regards, JustinG
  9. JustinG

    War time era town name plate

    Nice..Are you using acetone or what kind of cleaning agent? Best Regards, JustinG
  10. After further research it turns out that my uncle was a member of the SS Cavalry Regiment 18 of the 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer which was a Waffen-SS cavalry Division during World War II. Per Wikipedia It was formed in 1942 from a cadre of the SS Cavalry Brigade which was involved in anti partisan operations behind the front line and was responsible for the extermination of tens of thousands of the civilian population. About 40% of the division were Danube Swabian from Siebenb├╝rgen (Transylvania) and Banat (Serbia). The Training and Replacement Battalion of the 8th SS Cavalry Division was involved in suppressing the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.In March 1944, it was named after Florian Geyer (1490ÔÇô1525), the Franconian nobleman who led the Black Company during the German Peasants' War, while veterans from the division formed the core of the 22nd SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Maria Theresia, following the latter's creation on 29 April 1944. The Division was destroyed during the fighting in the Siege of Budapest in early 1945. The newly created division was soon sent back to the Eastern Front and fought in the Rzhev and Orel sectors in central Russia until the spring of 1943. The division was then moved to the area around Bobruisk, on internal security and anti partisan duties until September 1943. In September the division was moved again to the Southern front and took part in the German retreat to the Dnieper river. The division was then sent to Croatia but many new recruits were Shwoveh drawn form Hungary in March 1944. In April 1944, they returned to Hungary and took part in the fighting in Transylvania after the Romanian front collapsed.[2]The Division was trapped in the Siege of Budapest with the IX SS Mountain Corps when the Russians and Romanians surrounded the city in December 1944. The 8th SS Cavalry Division was then involved in the fierce fighting to hold the city often engaged in hand-to-hand combat and fighting house to house. The Division was destroyed in the fighting for Budapest and by the end of the siege of the 30,000 men of the SS Corps only about 800 survived to reach the German lines.
  11. Richard Auld

    War time era town name plate

    Now looking a bit better!
  12. Richard Auld

    SS Service Card Information

    Bei Sceilig vermist? Difficult with these Russian names where the Germans may have written them phoneticley themselves? FP Nr..Feldpoststempel 1939-45: {Feldpoststempel 1939-1945} 26357 Verwender: Postamt | Verwendung als: Aufgabestempel, Tagesstempel 1.9.1939-1.1.1940 Feldpostamt 212, 27.11.1945 nicht verwendet, wurde Fp.Nr. 40622 Typ: K1 (Einkreis Rundstempel) / Form: Kreisstempel Schriftart: nicht angegeben Verwendungszeit: 1.9.1939 bis 21.5.1945
  13. After my Uncle Andrew was reported missing on 13 September 1944 he was captured by the Soviets and spent several years as a German POW working in Stalin's GULAG in a Siberian salt mine. My grandparents when they lived in New York sponsored his immigration to the USA in 1949. He spent the rest of his life working as a mason and passed on at the ripe old age of 81 in Lafayette Indiana in 2007. I met him on numerous occasions and remember when I was a student at the Army Language School in Monterey CA 1970-71 he spoke fluent Russian (I guess he learned to survive in Siberia). Here's a photo he sent to my Grandparents as a momento. On the first card I think the Nr 26357 may be the Feldpostnummer (FPN) of the unit from which he went missing.
  14. From my German pal, similar markings but mine are a bit bigger, they from an old barn here in the area of Lueneburg. The farmaers are renound for recyling stuff post war. 'Inklusive Abdeckung f├╝r die Radmutter,Panzer IV.Ist nur eine von verschiedenen Modellen,Gruss Frank'
  15. Justin, these are used post cards I will post the reverse for the sake of completeness. Rich
  16. Justin, it is a local firm here in Hannover hense the Niedersachen horse in the circle. I think back then they used international language commercially like Germany instead of Deutschland. Grounded in 1871 now part of a large German concern with international bases all over. I am happy it is local just from when exactly I am not sure.
  17. I'm looking for help in interpreting this service card of my uncle Andreas Gerber who was an Ethnic German from Apatin Hungary and I think served as a Rottenfuehrer (Squad Leader) in the 18th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Regiment Horst Wessel and is listed as having gone missing on 13 September 1944 near some location I can't yet decipher. The 18th SS Division consisted primarily of Ethnic Germans from Hungary.
  18. Post Your new rare addition!­čÖé­čŹ╗
  19. JustinG

    Collection of JustinG

    My Pillowcase collection. Best Regards, JustinG
  20. A lovely button hole version of the NSDAP Membership pin. Well, I only have one in my collection but I'll add. M1/105 Hermann Aurich (Dresden) the maker.
  21. Nice patina on this helmet. On a child, what is the size of this lid? Any stamped marks on the inside brim?
  22. Nope, I don't believe these are German. Continental Elastic being spelled in the English (Elastic vs. Elastik) leads me to believe these are US. Here is a website for the company. It is still in business. https://www.continental-tires.com/specialty/material-handling/solid-tires Best Regards, JustinG
  23. JustinG

    Luftwaffe Skull Cap.

    Learning something all the time. Nice pick up. Regards, JustinG
  24. I think the maker 'M' is B.H.Mayer from Pforzheim and 'we' is J.H.Werner from Berlin.
  25. Nice set of photo postcards. Very interesting stories behind each of these units. Medusa saw service for over 40 years. Nassau and Stuttgart both saw action in Jutland, Nassau rammed a british destroyer during the engagement and was very lucky to escape several unsuccessful British Torpedo attacks during that engagement. Very interesting and lovely photos.
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