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    Hi All I finely got some new images, plus arranged things (lack of space) around, I have been collecting for a while now, and yes had some bad buys:-(, but now most of my items have came form fellow members on WHF (that are also members here:-), and collectors that I have gotten to know over the years:-). Just want to point out a few things, firstly as our good old (big brother) Customs don't allow these bad things called machine guns eve if they meet the deactivated requirements (our state of Western Australia does), so my M-40's are replica's, my camo patten helmet cover is post War but made out of original camo cloth, the water follow cover is field made out of a poncho, on my Pioneer soldier, all off my helmets are original, except the M-40 Snow camo, as this one came from Latvia many moons ago with post War paint job and a fake SD SS rune, but once I check the batch number (yes I know about that the batch numbers were really there for the sheets of metal that the helmets were made form so that the factory could trace back to were that metal sheet was made etc) and it came back as a SD SS shell. Another thing as I was just accused off putting this SS HBT together my self as it is originally a Heer HBT tunic, as I brought this from a good reliable collector a few years back I had to contact him to remind me of it's story as I have forgotten, he then reminded me this was a end of War put together by a SS soldier out on the field, as soldiers grab anything they could due to the dismantling of the German power and their War machine. So I hope you like my collection:-) Lou
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    Just a small citation set that I have had for a few years which contain possibly my favourite citation type, namely the one for la Medalla de la Campana issued to those who served in Spain as part of Condor Legion. During the war the man served as ground crew with JG-27 and was also awarded the Afrika cuff band. The signatures on the promotion citations are for two fighter aces: Wolfgang Lippert (29 Kills) and Gustav Rodel (98 Kills).
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    Interesting album with color photos from a unit of Flak and LW ground unit stationed in the Balkans area. The exact date is unknown, but the year is 1942.
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    Having a German Mom, I was brought up among my relatives in Germany (my dad was a U.S. Soldier) when we were posted overseas. My Opa was an interesting man. I learned that he had been a German soldier during both World Wars, although he rarely spoke of it. As a teenager, I learned - through my Mom - that the man I knew as my Opa was actually was my Mom's step-father. Makes sense as her maiden name was different. My biological maternal grandfather was with the German Luftwaffe and was killed in action in 1943. I've posted on him in this forum. My Opa, Benno Szogas, was a volunteer with the East Prussian cavalry in 1916 - he was 16 year old at the time. The only time I knew him to speak of that war was on one of their trips to the U.S. to visit us, when my father and I took him to the military museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. An indoor display depicted a First World War trench scene with an early crew-served machine gun. My Opa quietly said that his Lieutenant had been struck and killed by one of these weapons in the First War, and that it has torn his chest apart. He said that at that time it had been one of the most incredible things they had seen. As he walked among the rows of vintage tanks and vehicles, he would occasionally point his walking cane at particular Second World War tanks and comment that he had been in Poland when that one had come out, and that he had been in France when another particular model of tank had been placed in service. After the First World War, Benno Szogas studied and became an architect. When the Second World War started he became an Engineer Officer in the German army. A collector in another forum identified his insignia and stated that it indicated that he would have been a military buildings/facility inspector. On a trip to the U.S. Air and Space Museum, in Washington DC, my Opa once pointed his cane upward to a Second World War German V1 rocket "Buzz Bomb" suspended from the ceiling. He told me that he had been in France in 1944 when they occasionally saw one of these flying overhead. He said that at the time never knew what they were. Benno was captured by Soviet troops in 1945, as the war was winding down. During this period of captivity he was part of a large movement of German POWs who were force-marched westward to an installation in which captured Germans were screened and than placed into custody of the U.S.-Western Allies, or into Soviet hands. He smiled and told me that when nobody was watching he quickly stepped out of the line he was in into another and was fortunate enough to have ended up in American custody. I have a wooden walking stick which a fellow POW had carved for my Opa - it's in my home office. The only items of his military service which survived the war are three photographs, as well as his military ribbons (the very ones on his uniform in his 1945 portrait), and his walking stick. After the war he worked for the U.S. military helping develop facilities on the U.S. installations in Germany. The first phot is of him in 1916 with the East Prussian cavalry. The second portrait was taken in 1940, when he still had some weight to him. The third and last portrait was taken sometime in 1945, and it becomes obvious by how gaunt he is just what several years of war and shortages does to a man. His POW-carved walking stick is in my office.
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    3 main cores : Douglas
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    One of my older frames, now no longer laid out as such. But some interesting wings for you to see I hope. Regards jon
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    An early (c.1902-1908) Imperial Yeomanry slouch hat ORs pattern.
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    Hello, Kentucky6 : thanks. KevinH : Thank you for your remarks and the link. With years, I have a chance to have been able to gather some documents relative to this particular decoration Here is the continuation of the group Claus : Here are the diplomas of the decorations which are numbered from 6 to 9, in the order : EK2 with signature autographs of von Gottberg Tapferkeitsauszeichnung Ostvölker 2. Kl. Silber mit X with stamp signature of von Gottberg Bandenkampfabzeichen Bronze with stamp signature of von Gottberg Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen Silber with FP nr 56 204 (Rgts. Stab Pol. Schtz. Rgt. 31) with signature of Major Vogt
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    Hi Guy's, Just finished my latest project, getting a bit better at it but still a long way to go. Lou Here is a background on this modified Spitfire that had a short run. The Spitfire Vb floatplane W3760 With the German invasion of Norway in April 1940 the RAF took an interest in the concept of using floatplane fighters in areas where airfields were not immediately available. To this end a Spitfire Mk I R6722 was taken in hand at the Woolston factory to be modified and mounted on Blackburn Roc floats. Tank tests were carried out at Farnborough, using a 1/7 scale model, it was found that the concept was basically sound, although the vertical tail surfaces would need to be enlarged to counterbalance the side area of the floats. The end of the Battle of Norway and the need for as many Spitfires as possible meant that R6772 was converted back to an ordinary fighter without being flown With the entry of Japan into the war the concept was revived in early 1942. A Spitfire V W3760 was fitted with a pair of floats 25 ft. 7 in (7.8 m) long, mounted on cantilever legs. This aircraft was powered by a Merlin 45 driving a four-bladed propeller of 11 ft. 3 in (3.43 m) diameter (3.4 m). A Vokes filter was fitted to the carburetor air intake and under the tail an extra fin extension was added. Other changes included external-lifting points forward of and behind the cockpit and a spin-recovery parachute with a rudder balance-horn guard. Jeffrey Quill first flew the Spitfire floatplane on 12 October 1942. Soon afterwards the Vokes filter was replaced by an Aero-Vee filter, similar to that on later Merlin 61 series aircraft, which was extended to prevent water entry, and full Mk VB armament was installed. Two more VBs EP751 and EP754 were converted by Folland and all three floatplanes were transported to Egypt, arriving in October 1943. At the time it was thought that the floatplanes could operate from concealed bases in the Dodecanese Islands, disrupting supply lines to German outposts in the area which relied on resupply by transport aircraft. This scheme came to naught when a large number of German troops, backed by the Luftwaffe, took over the British held islands of Kos and Leros. No other role could be found for the floatplane Spitfires, which languished in Egypt, operating from the Great Bitter Lake. Specifications for the VB based floatplane included a maximum speed of 324 mph (521 km/h) at 19,500 ft. (521 km/h at 5,943 m), a maximum rate of climb of 2,450 ft./min at 15,500 ft. (12.45 m/s at 4,724 m) and an estimated service ceiling of 33,400 ft. (10,180 m) In the spring of 1944, with the prospect of use in the Pacific Theatre, a Spitfire IX MJ892 was converted to a floatplane. This used the same components as the earlier Mk VB conversions. Jeffrey Quill wrote: "The Spitfire IX on floats was faster than the standard Hurricane. Its handling on the water was extremely good and its only unusual feature was a tendency to "tramp" from side to side on the floats, or to "waddle" a bit when at high speed in the plane." Soon after testing started the idea of using floatplane fighters was dropped and MJ982 was converted back to a landplane. Five aircraft were converted: Mk I - R6722 F Mk Vb - W3760 Mk V - EP751 and EP754 Mk IXb - MJ892 Original image of the floatplane.
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    With the badge backings, the 1st Northants Yeo. would have a two inch circular cornflower blue backing.
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    The 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. • The slidered badge to the right is suggested to have been manufactured within the period c. 1947-1956. However, I am unable to confirm such notions and this is a very widely faked/reproduced badge. The lugged badge is a collar pattern, although these are known to have been worn on the beret during WW2.
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    I am certainly no expert in this field Jon. Here is a link to my post on the BBF. http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7971 I was more reasured they were correct as I had sveral PM's at the time trying to buy them. Graham.
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    Another 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry cap badge. This time on lugs. Graham.
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    In 1939 the Northamptonshire Yeomanry was divided into the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry [TA] and the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry [TA]. This is the badge of the '2nd'. The original owner has helpfully written A Troop C Squadron 2nd Northants Regt on the back. B and C Squadrons were based at Kettering. Graham.
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    Belonged to Mike Dillon A sqn
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    Hi Martin .... W&L had 3 main cores and 2 different frames and a few frosting variations . Douglas
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    First decent docs I've had in a while The award doc for the Imperial U-Boat Badge, only instituted in early 1918 so just issued for a period of little over 9 months, is infinitely rarer than the 3rd Reich equivalent. The recipient of the awards is shown in uniform on the large photo and on the small pass photo the signature on the back of which is the same name as on the docs. The trade badge worn in the photo ( signaller) matches the rank on the docs also. The EK2 doc is signed by Karl Schuster, a U-Boat captain who went on to become an Admiral in WW2 and was awarded the German Cross in Gold. More importantly the U-Boat Badge doc is signed by Walter Forstmann, the second highest scoring U-Boat ace of all time with 146 ships representing 384,300 tons sunk. SIgnificantly more than the highest scoring Kriegsmarine ace Kretschmer (47 ships , 273,043 tons ). Forstmann was awarded the Pour le Merite.
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    Worn on the blue cloth Home Service spiked helmet. The Bedfordshire Regt Officer's H/P. 1881 to 1900 when the blue enamel was changed to black velvet. Graham.
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    Here you can see the three russian planes claimed shot down by his unit.
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    This is the only one I have.
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    Marinelazarett Swinemunde cap tally. Cheers, Larry
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    Stammdivision der NordSee cap tally. Cheers, Larry
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    Crikey, mate! They just keep coming..! That's one focused and dedicated collection - a real pleasure to view. Best, Marcus
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    Another well researched piece to a lucky survivor. Lexikon shows a number of situation map close-ups for 93.ID for that period. The two here show the situation on 1st March & April 1945.
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    A map of April 15th 1945. It shows his position: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Atlas_of_the_World_Battle_Fronts_in_Semimonthly_Phases_to_August_15_1945#/media/File:1945-04-15GerWW2BattlefrontAtlas.jpg
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    Page 1 of the pilots license and a few pages from the Wehrpaß. In total he had 153 combat missions, the Spange in Gold is not mentioned (110 missions), however I bought this as an EK II holder. When it arrived pages 37-52 were stuck together on the edges....a bonus when I found the EK I entry!
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    According to Soldiers Died on Find My Past he was KIA. Tony First name(s) Albert Last name Latham Service number 60341 Rank Private Regiment Royal Welsh Fusiliers Battalion 10th Battalion. Birth place Berrynarbor, Devon Residence - Enlistment place Swansea Death year 1917 Death day 26 Death month 9 Cause of death Killed in action Death place France & Flanders Theatre of war Western European Theatre Supplementary Notes - Category Military, armed forces & conflict Subcategory First World War Collections from Great Britain
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    Wonderful pieces Graham, absolutely outstanding Jim
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    Probably not up to date, but for now. I am surprised we don't have this up here already. HBH --- Harrison Bros & Howson Ltd -- Sheffield,England - 1938 – 1940JSS --- John Sankey & Sons Ltd -- Bilston,England - 1938 – 1941WD --- William Dobson & Son -- Birmingham,England - 1938 – 1940BMB --- Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd -- Dagenham,England - 1939 – 1945Ro & Co --- Rubery Owen & Co -- Darleston,England - 1939 – 1943Cs --- Clydesdale Stamping Co Ltd -- Dudley,England - 1939 – 1940F & L --- Fisher & Ludlow Ltd -- Birmingham,England - 1939 – 1942EC& Co --- E Camelinat& Co -- Birmingham,England - 1939 – 1944 SC --- Steel Ceilings -- Hayes,England - 1939 – 1940 EB --- Eveson Brothers -- Worcester,England - 1939 – 1943AMC --- Austin Motor Co -- Cowley,England - 1941 CL/C --- Canadian MotorLamp Company -- Windsor,Ontario,Canada - 1940 – 1943AG/C --- Aluminium Goods Ltd -- Toronto, Ontario.Canada - 1942GSW --- General Steel Wares -- Toronto,OntarioCanada - 1940 – 1942CS --- Commonwealth Steel Co Ltd -- Newcastle,Australia - 1940 -- ?? --- John Heine & Son Ltd -- Sydney,Australia - ?nPz --- New Zealand Pressings -- Auckland,New Zealand - 1941 -- ?Hardleys --- Hardleys Suitcases Ltd ? -- New Zealand - Civilian No Mark (3 holes in rear brim) --- Transvaal Steel Pressing Syndicate Ltd -- South Africa - 1940 – 1945LINERSBH&G --- Barrow Hepburn & Gale -- London,England - 1938 – 1939BMB --- Briggs Motor Bodies -- Dagenham,England - 1939 -- 1945 CCL --- Charles Collett Ltd -- London,England - 1940 – 1945JCS & W --- J Compton Sons & Webb Ltd -- London,England - 1938 – 1943SNL --- S E Norris Ltd -- Llford,England - 1940TTC --- Teddy Toy Company Ltd -- Dagenham,England - 1939 – 1941Vero --- E W Vero & Co -- London, England - 1938 – 1944Helmets Ltd --- Helmets Weathampstead,England -- 1937 – 1943FFL --- Fisher Foils Ltd -- ? - 1942 – 1945F & L --- Fisher & Ludlow -- ? - 1939G & S --- Gimson & Slater -- ? - 1943LWL --- Lane & Whittaker Ltd -- ?- 1940N Ltd --- S E Norris Ltd -- Llford,England - 1940A G & Co --- A Garstin & Co Ltd -- ? - ?S --- Scully Manufacturing Co -- ? - ?H & S --- Unknown--FA --- Unknown -- 1941W Ltd --- Unknown -- 1941LPC --- Unknown -- 1941ASC --- Unknown -- 1941J & AJB --- Unknown -- 1941 CG & Co --- Unknown-- 1941W & LC --- Unknown--M & C --- Unknown -- 1939E & R --- Unknown -- 1941PTB --- Unknown--C G & S --- Unknown -- 1941W & L C --- Unknown -- 1941EA --- Unknown -- 1941Dunlop --- Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd -- Sydney,Australia (Aust & NZ) - 1940-- 1945 AIFAXX --- ? -- Australia - 1942 LP Ltd --- ? -- Australia - 1942 Jager-Rand --- Jager-Rand -- South Africa - 1940—1942VMC --- Viceroy Manufacturing Co -- Canada - 1940 -- 1945
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    In 1900 a 4th VB was raised in Huntingdonshire. In 1908 the 3rd VB and the 4th VB were amalgamated to form The 5th Battn The Bedfs Regt. It is not clear [to me] who wore this Vic crown w/m o/r's helmet plate. The 1st [Herts] VB went through several changes of uniform. From Grey to Scarlet to blue to Khaki. So it is possible they wore this generic plate after 1897. The 2nd [Herts] VB remained in grey upto 1908 so I doubt it was worn by them. 4th VB briefly ? or maybe it was a Militia item. The voiding is poor around the Hart. Note the 3rd VB is not voided around the hart. None of the one I have seen are.
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    The 1st Bedfordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps became the 3rd VB The Bedfordshire Regt in 1887.
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    The 1st [Herts] VB amalgamated with the 2nd [Herts] VB in 1908. The new Battalion in the Territorial Force was initially called the Hertfordshire Battalion. But in 1909 was redesignated the Hertfordshire Regiment.
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    The Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteers , 2nd Admin Battalion became the 1st Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880. They later became the 1st [Hertfordshire] Volunteer Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment in 1887. This helmet plate was worn in silver plate or white metal by officers and with a bronzed or blackened star by o/r's. 1879 to 1897.
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    Very nice portrait showing Fernschreib-Laufbahn patch. I am collecting photos of KM career-trade badges. I do not have a Fernschreiber photo yet. Here is an update on my KM patches collection. The search goes on. Cheers, Larry
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    Although full dress for Infantry was dropped in 1914, it was worn on occasion after that date, such as Coronations. This is an Officer's H/P to The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. It has been converted from V/C to K/C and the title scroll is brass that has been silver plated. Graham.
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    The Bedfordshire Regt Officer's H/P. Now with Kings crown. 1902 to 1914. Graham
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    General der Flieger Bernhard Kühl - EK II. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königl. Preuss. Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung III. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange "Prager Burg" - Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes - Ehrenzeichen für deutsche Volkspflege I.Stufe
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    Excellent group!!! It is nice to see another group to SS Pol.Schtz.Rgt. 31. This is all I have at the moment as I cut and pasted three pages to one for a thread some years ago. Two actions are the same as yours with one additional: 1) 24.5. - 30.6.43 "Unternehmen Cottbus" Bandenbekämpfung um Lepel / I./Pol. Schtz. Rgt. 31 2) 22.7. - 7.8.43 "Unternehmen Hermann" Bandenkämpfung westl. Minsk / I./Pol. Schtz. Rgt. 31 3) 2.9. - 10.9.43 Bandenkampf im Nali Bockawald / I./Pol.Schtz.Rgt. 31 - Unternehmen gegen die Brigade Tschekalow ( Chkalov Brigade in Naliboki Forest ) Operation Cottbus was an anti-partisan operation during the occupation of Belarus starting May 1943 for 6 weeks. Numerous villages were depopulated and burned as part of the operation. The officially communicated result of the operation was that about 9,800 people had been killed. Operation Hermann was an anti-partisan operation which purpose was to, as much as possible, reduce the number of partisans in the area between somewhat east of Lida and west of Minsk during second half of July 1943, to early August 1943. Operation Hermann took place after the mass murders of most of the Jews in the area, but it must have had a terrible effect on those who had fled to the forests. Naliboki forest (see the film Defiance with Daniel Craig!) was completely burned down by the Germans in August/September 1943, as part of a massive anti-partisan action code-named Operation Hermann. The remaining inhabitants were taken to Germany for forced labour. /Ian
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    Ministerialdirigent Dr. Karl Bömer He was also Reichsamtsleiter der NSDAP. Bömer died on 22.08.1942.
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    Recently I took a 4 day break to visit some places in Germany & also Prague which is where I flew in to and out of. On the last day I went for a walk around that beautiful city to take in some of the WW-2 related sites such as those relating to Reinhard Heydrich and Operation Anthropoid. The first image is taken from Google Earth to show the lay out of the city in relation to some of the spots I visited. Unfortunately I didn't find out the location of the Gestapo HQ until after I got home and frustratingly at one point I was less than 200m from it when I took a coffee break! (As I missed it, it isn't shown on the image here and likewise for the 'Adolf Hitler' SS Kaserne which was across the river and just too far for me to get to in the time I had.)
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    Generaloberst Hans-Valentin Hube wearing the Military Order of Savoy (Italy).
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    Royal Artillery Territorial
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    Royal Artillery Victorian Officers Gilt busby plume holder
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    A period guide to the different colours used on FS caps, though not all were covered at the time due to the wartime restrictions.
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    This group had a certain spot a my heart. This small convolut depicts perfectly the sad truth of all the young sacrifices that were made. A young and beautiful, smiling youngster, instantly grabbed out of his life at the end of the war.. It sadly had to go to make room for my specialization which is expensive enough. Thanks for showing it again and keeping it safe.