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  2. Good to see another MKII and an unusual one at that. I like it.
  3. 'don't see too many of these...Chief Fire Officer (Industrial ARP....1-5 major appliances or Hose Parties....and Deputy of course). 'nice underlying over-painted shield-shaped transfer with a single "F"........ The markings changed as the responsibility (Appliances / Hose Parties) grew...but you all know that anyway...... 🙂
  4. Richard Auld

    Helmut Weitze update

    This guy knows his stuff and helped me out with my GPB when I needed direction: http://pages.interlog.com/~sjl/GPB/25fuess.html Your emedals looks much brighter made by Duemer with parts from Fuess but then while the H and I are almost there the dash is not right? If there was colaberation it may have been recorded somewhere? Like I say the chap that has the above site knows his stuff perhaps he can at least confirm or deny the centre of the cross? That might be a start? For $22,27 its a bargain, then I seen the extra 5 LOL. Rich
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  6. When he was killed he was the Colonel-in-Chief of Artillerie-Regiment 12, having been recalled back in to service on the eve of the war. Even though he had been set up by Hitler and his cronies Fritsch still remained loyal to Hitler and remained an anti-Semite to his dying day. He used to have a memorial on the spot he was killed in Warsaw but it was destroyed during the 1944 Uprising.
  7. J`ame

    Helmut Weitze update

    Some higher force must be amusing itself messing with my head ....a 3rd Class German Order is now for sale at emedals.
  8. Looking a bit run down in places.
  9. His memorial! I am sadly not a photographer! Rich
  10. Richard Auld

    Helmut Weitze update

    I have given up on very rare and now enjoy what ever I can find that is not fake. Now and then I get the odd bit of rare stuff but not often and that I am afraid is the reallity of our hobby, there is less and less to discover. Of course we have different styles I like to find it at source not at dealers but then I am lucky that I can do that and I apreciate not everyone can. I expect though soon there will be a lot on the market as earlier generations start to sell up you can see this starting to happen on WAF on the sales board, perhaps that is an area you could explore, there will definatley be bargains to be had there in the next few years. Assuming of course the site does not implode as the server fails?
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  12. J`ame

    Helmut Weitze update

    Richard, it took me a while to climb out of the clouds and land on my feet.I never buy blind,learned my lesson back in the 1970's on knee jerk purchases.Sorry for the early enthusiasm,I am still a giddy kid at times. I have to admit I enjoyed the high when he first posted it.Collecting militaria has become such a mine field these days.My want list is down to the very rare and very faked.
  13. Richard Auld

    Helmut Weitze update

    Well I don't know who your friends are but I have had a good long look at the pictures too and it was awarded in 1942. That is still early days in the war and all high status awards were manufactured to the highest standard. So the highest award bestowed by the Third Riech in this case seems to lack the quality and detail one would expect. In particular the uneven finish of the arms at the bottom. The gold does not seem to have weathered well to say it is on Bronze, normally it seems to last better. The centre looks to be based on a Fuess GPB but with only the rim available to see it is hard to say, just lacking what one would expect?? Museum quality filler? Perhaps. Glad you have applied the safety catch! Perhaps it is ok but it would need some very reliable provenance. I expect this is not pocket money either!! Rich
  14. Kev, That is what is generally understood round these parts. The family had a conection to Achterberg which no longer exists but once stood in the centre North of the Tp Ub Platz Bergen. I shall do a picture of his memorial here and I know an old oil painting still exists within the Camp. I expect the conection with Celle is that he may have been an Honourary Col or such like to the local Arty units? Rich
  15. Richard Auld

    kantine cups

    Well, I will never say no to more stuff at the right price.
  16. J`ame

    kantine cups

    Are any of them left handed? 😉 I have always liked table service,not exactly space savers but who cares more stuff.
  17. J`ame

    Helmut Weitze update

    Friends I did my due diligence over the week(I am exhausted 🙃 ) ,even considered flying to Germany and have a hands on look.....however, decided not to pop on this.After talking to a couple of long time friends who have more knowledge than I of this medal,also talked to a couple of museum curators.Coupled with his latest update,my suspicions rose. He has posted too much rare stuff in recent weeks and could not find any source of information about any major collection being sold.....all has made me feel quezzy.The search continues.
  18. That is an interesting piece of paper which I have never seen before. It was strange for someone with such a high rank commanding an artillery regiment and due to his high rank and the way he had been treated prior to the war in the well known 'Blomberg-Fritsch Affair' there were rumours at the time that he deliberately got himself killed, something that could well be true.
  19. Hello everybody, I have finished a new book. Maybe it's of interest for someone. This time it is not a book specifically about a particular weapon, but an overview of the SMG developments from the beginnings to 1945. The titel created by the publisher "from 1939" is unfortunately a bit misleading, because earlier SMGa are also included. The reader will find submachine guns like the Erma SMGs, MK 36 II, MP 42 SS, Volkssturm MPs, Hellriegel, Villar Perosa, OVP, Berettas, TZ-45, Suomi M/31, ZK 383, PPD, UD M 42, Mors 39 , Orita, Austen etc. Hardcover with 128 pages and numerous photos. Attention: Language is GERMAN only !!! The book is now available directly from me at eMail: GGBuch @ web.de And I can sign it if you like 😉 The prices inclusive shipping are: Germany: 22,00 Euro Europe (EU): 26,00 Euro Rest of the World: 32.00 $US With best wishes Michael
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  21. Richard Auld

    Helmut Weitze update

    I just popped across to look, I think the key thing to take away from his site is that in 6 months it is yours with no return possible. Six months may seem a long time but look at the Champagne Sticker incident and it only takes some one to say it is wrong and that doubt is enough. I wish you luck. Really. Rich
  22. Richard Auld

    3 albums today

  23. Guys, Small group today with the order to inform the troops of the the death in action of their commanding officer in Poland. We have a memorial for him at the entrance to the training area. Rich
  24. Richard Auld

    Helmut Weitze update

    I keep getting banned for my 'forthrightness' on WAF but it is easy to get back on. If you must have it then you must, what are your terms of reference then? I assume there is a fairly limited online and hard text refference available about this item, how does it measure up in you experience, compaired to accepted original items, has it got any provenance? Rich
  25. Richard Auld

    3 albums today

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  26. J`ame

    Helmut Weitze update

    Richard thank you I hear your words,did not know that about Mr Weitze......big sigh. I am not going into this stupidly that is why I have not popped on it by now.Frankly,with the sum that is going to most likely being asked,I will require an escrow or such he would be willing to agree to. I do not collect for the money,when my name is called my son gets what he wants and there are a few close long time collector friends who will get to buy some select items and the rest of the collection is being donated to a Military museum here in the States. I do appreciate your watching out for a fellow collector and applaud your forthrightness!
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