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  1. 4 points
    Just picked this one up., 1914 Star issued to John Gookey 7274 1 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He arrived in France on 13th August 1914. He was killed in action attacking High Wood on the Somme with 3rd Brigade (2 Welsh Brigade) on 8 September 1916 when the battalion suffered 28% casualties including 68 killed . Reading the war diary, the British artillery fell short causing casualties amongst our own. The attack went in at 6pm on 8 Sept and by 4am on 9th the brigade withdrew to their starting point. John is buried at Delville Wood CWGC cemetery at Longueval.
  2. 4 points
    This time something from the Luftwaffe ... This is the soldbuch of Feldwebel Eltfeld. He was trained as a Bordfunker and was initially posted to some LDK 64 (apparently Luftdienstkommando). I think they had the task to be themself flying aims or to drag something which would be the aim so that others - maybe flak - could train to aim at things in the air. Maybe his ability to sit in planes which would drag something through the air got him transferred to Schleppgruppe 2 in 1943. This unit was mainly equipped with HE-111 and GO-242 gliders and was used to transport supplies. Probably it was not even so easy for them to get a Frontflugspange because unless the glider would go on a no-return supply mission those HE-GO teams could probably not go too near to the front as they must have been very vulnerable. Anyway, he eventually got one and even an EK2 and was then by the end of 1944 transferred to a normal Transportgeschwader. The picture of the planes I too from luftarchiv.de - I hope it is ok to use it.
  3. 3 points
    You have articulated the problems with WAF precisely. It's no wonder new collectors are dwindling with this kind of forum out there. If you try to point out fakes or bad business practices by a certain circle of dealers they try to threaten you with suspension or bully you into leaving. If you keep on being critical of certain dealers you are expelled. My complaints about a promised refund for a fake, that never happened, got the whole thread removed. That dealer is apparently a forum sponsor. Even though I carefully follow the forum posting rules one moderator in particular is particularly nasty, launching personal attacks against me. I only stay because I still get information from honest collectors on the forum about fakes. But it is a headache. Unless you are extremely careful and know what is going on you will either get frustrated yourself and leave or unexpectedly get kicked out for making ordinary common sense statements.
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  5. 2 points
    Not posted for a while for thought I`d post a photo of my most prized TR items Jim
  6. 2 points
    Pr. Centenarmedaille Pr. Rettungsmedaille am Bande Span. Orden f. Verdienste z. See Pr. RAO4 Pr. RAO4, Krone z. Griech. Erlöser-O. Ritterkreuz, gold Pr. Johanniter-O., Ernennung zum Ehrenritter Hamburg Hanseatic Cross Pr. Eisernes Kreuz 1914 I. Kl. Brem Hanseatic Cross Pr. Dienstauszeichnungskreuz XXV
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    Yes, tickled me too. I shall have to resist using them and breaking them due to drunkenness....
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  9. 2 points
    The new pair of brass 25D shoulder titles, which is the third distinct variation of a type in three overall patterns - so five ‘versions’ in total, thus far!
  10. 2 points
    That it has Graham, along with this Indian made badge below, I attained another pair of 25D shoulder titles, too.
  11. 2 points
    It's been a good month for 25th Dragoons. Here are a pair of Officers Indian made collar badges. Graham.
  12. 2 points
    Justin, A very interesting piece. Here is von Lehsten's WW2 career summary. Kind regards Pierce
  13. 2 points
    Justin, those insignias are really nice and rare, congratulations
  14. 2 points
    I recently picked up this one to an early entrant to France & Flanders with 4/Middlesex Regiment. Wounded in the hip 13th October 1914 and spent the rest of the war as a POW
  15. 2 points
    And, another badge to strike off the ‘wants’ list, too, this time a 25th Dragoons ORs. This particular one I call the ‘segment’ type badge and it has a maker marked slider, too. Not a ‘rare’ badge, but finding one not already sold has taken me a long time! * Incidentally, only today an exact example of this ‘segment’ badge sold for £110 🤕 at a well-known auction site, then with the additional fees on top of that...! I paid £50 with free postage five days ago, which is I think a fair price and around the mark, in my opinion. Sometimes you just have to be patient, search and wait. Then, when something a little more special comes along, then perhaps you can push the boat out. Each to their own, I guess!
  16. 2 points
    As requested Marcus.
  17. 2 points
    My other military collectible is a trench knife I found almost 40 years ago while cleaning out my grand fathers garage. I don't know anything about the history of the knife, just something he picked up while operating a small freight company in San Francisco in the early 1900's.
  18. 2 points
    1 Kolonialabzeichen 2 Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie
  19. 2 points
    Here are some others I have purchased. Thanks for checking out. I am very happy to add these to my collection. Best Regards JustinG
  20. 2 points
    Here are some more I just picked up. I am very happy to add these to my collection. :)
  21. 2 points
    Couple more, there is all manner of paperwork and a nice Parade jacket too, I will post it up if anyone has any interest here.
  22. 2 points
    Hi dign, I would suggest this is likely a commemorative token/badge (probably once adorning a red, white and blue ribbon - colours applicable to both countries) relating to the first non-stop ‘solo’ flight across the Atlantic Ocean by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 - from the USA to France as depicted by the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower. There would have been literally dozens of such similar mementos produced on both sides of the Atlantic recognising this solo achievement. Best, Marcus PS Lindbergh, was as I emphasise the ‘solo’ transatlantic flight pioneer, but not the first aviator to fly across the Atlantic. There had been a previous non-stop fixed-wing flight by the British in 1919, and a multiple stop flight by the Americans just prior to that, too.
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    Vizeadmiral Joachim Lietzmann 1st row: - 1914 EK II - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Kgl. Preuss. Rettungsmedaille am Bande - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Spanish Order of Naval Merit, Grand Cross - Spanish Military Merit Order 2nd row: - Kommandeurkreuz des Königl. Bulgarischer Militär-Verdienstorden , mit Schwertern - Kommandeurkreuz des Königl. Schwedischen Vasa-Orden - Kommandeurkreuz des Kgl. Ungar. Verdienstordens - Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure - Offizierskreuz des Königl. Orden der Krone von Italien - Danish Order of Dannebrog, Knight's Cross - Königl. Ungarische Weltkriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern
  24. 1 point
    Generalmajor Anton Heidenreich - EK 2. Klasse - Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938 - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 - ??? - ??? Is he wearing the Bayer. Pilot´s Badge on his left pocket? Yes.
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    Generalmajor Anton Heidenreich wearing the Bulgarian Military Merit Order.
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    Generalarzt d.R. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Zeiß with Turkish War Medal, Slovak Victory Cross and Bulgarian Order of Merit.
  27. 1 point
    A famed ship in her own right. S.M.S Emden. A collage of different pieces
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    This Bedfs & Herts Regt OSD cap badge is maker marked J&Co. Jennens & Co were bought by JR Gaunts in 1924. Jennens had been a prestigious maker, in fact Gaunts marked some badges 'late Jennens' for some time. This badge is of excellent quality and would have been made between 1919 and 1924. The badge came with a single collar badge which is unmarked but of good quality. Graham.
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    A Firmin maker marked 22 Dragoons that has been plated. Graham.
  30. 1 point
    Guys, Got this yesterday. Nothing fancy but ok. Rich
  31. 1 point
    Order of the White Elephant of Siam & Bulgarian Bravery Order.
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    Hello! Luftwaffe General Luftzeugmeister "GL" This Branch have been Established in 1941.Photo of this Branch are Very Rare? Post Your Items and Photos. Cheers,KM-Norway.
  33. 1 point
    Greetings, I wanted to share with the forum one of my favorite and interesting pieces. Now, these plaques are nothing too unusual and this is a 2nd place plaque to boot. Detlev/Detlef von Lehsten was born in Hamburg 14 August 1917. He joined Kriegsmarine in Oktober 1937. Oberleutnant zS 01.04.42 #190. Last Rank Kapitänleutnant zS on 01.03.45 to date with seniority 18.02.45. He was a watch officer on U 584 October 1942 to June 1943. Designated commander of the U-996 while it was under construction at Blohm & Voss-- it was badly damaged during the Hamburg Fire Storm air raid of 25 July 1943--possibly the greatest peril he survived during the war. I love that this piece was awarded the day before the start of hostilities. One of my favorites. Thanks for letting me share this with you. Regards, JustinG
  34. 1 point
    Here are some others SMS Rheinland SMS Pommern SMS Westfalen SMS Markgraf Thanks for looking. JustinG
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    Generalleutnant z.V. Kurt Agricola - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königl. Sächs. Militar St. Heinrichs-Orden - Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königl. Sächs. Verdienstorden - Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königl. Sächs. Albrechts-Orden - Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königl. Sächs. Albrechts-Orden - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse
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    General der Artillerie Hermann Ritter von Speck - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königl. Bayer. Militar-Max-Josef-Orden - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern und mit der Krone - Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Königl. Bayer. Prinz-Regent Luitpold-Medaille - ??? The last ribbon might be for the Sudetenland (I think he had this) or the other alternative is the Chilean Order of Merit.
  37. 1 point
    Hi Guys new to forum. Marlow, Hans is right. There are so many reputable dealers out there to get really quality items. regards Detlef
  38. 1 point
    This was my first purchase of 2018, a 27th Lancers officers single collar, the ‘plain backed’ type, with three lugs and devoid of a central peg to the elephants head overlay. Thats another ‘want’ off the list. Below, is a picture of the ‘pegged’ family; the last pic just showing the detail and the bright, highlight polished finish.
  39. 1 point
    Yes, here are the few I can confirm: -Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class -Prussian Red Eagle Order 4th Class -Prussian Long Service Decoration -Prussian Centenary Medal 1897 -Bavarian Military Merit Cross 2nd Class -Honour Cross with Swords 1934 -Turkish Order of Osmanieh 4th Class
  40. 1 point
    Hello, new member here, wanted to say hi and show a couple of items I've had a long time that my grandfather picked up over the years in his business. The most interesting is a Japanese life boat binnacle taken in battle, given to my dad by my grandfather about 60 years ago. It has a hand written presentation attached from the captain and crew of the submarine to their admiral with names, date, location... roughly 10 years ago while I was looking up the subs name on google I found a book on submarine warfare that had a page dedicated to the events around the battle and retrieval of my compass binnacle.
  41. 1 point
    He does not appear in the Hildebrand & Lohmann series but here is his extract from the 1930 Navy Honour Rank List- detailing his WW1 career and post-war promotions.
  42. 1 point
    Worn as a collar badge and also on the field service cap and slouch hat by the 2nd [Hertfordshire] Volunteer battalion The Bedfordshire Regt. Berkhamsted School cadet corps were affiliated to the 2nd VB so also wore this badge. It continued in use after 1908 as the Berkhamsted School OTC cap badge.
  43. 1 point
    My first, well, first WRC purchase of the year. 25th Dragoons officers silver plate and gilt cap badge.
  44. 1 point
    Notes on sealing and finishing: Ensuring a complete seal around the join where the backboard is attached can be very tricky, especially with this thinner laminate which does not cut very accurately with a knife. I'm sure there are various methods people could use, although I prefer using board off-cuts or an interior frame made from foam board to keep the adhesive surface open for the backboard. Slinging up this frame seals it to the sides as it runs along. Believe me, however, this takes a lot of practice to get right. Secondly, the protective film on the acrylic is only taken off the rear of the glazing when the backboard is in place (i.e. it is reapllied after the laminate sealing). The front surface is not taken off until the frame is ready for the display. This is to protect it from dust and stratches, as hard-coated acrylic would add considerably to the cost. The joints for all the sides must be cut extremely accurately. Otherwise there will be gaps around the frame. Grey board is somewhat forgiving, but only somewhat. A very sharp and thin blade is needed. The book cloth is added with the protective film on the glazing. This enables it to be pressed into the corners to the front with the bone folder, and the excess on the glazing to be trimmed and taken off without damaging the glazing. Finally, there are lots of variations that can be made, such as a table top box, etc. I may add a thread on how these are produced at a later date. Joel
  45. 1 point
    HIgh Seas Fleet badge art. I hope you like.
  46. 1 point
    Hats, Jungle, 1945 pattern, Tan (also came in green). 1954 dated, with WD marking O for 1955, in mint unissued condition, apart from a fold in the brim from storage. These were used a lot during the Malaya emergency, often with a coloured band on them to identify different units and the allies from the enemy, with a few such examples on the IWM site.
  47. 1 point
    Ian, this is such a great grouping you've posted as Michael already said with all those ships sunk in 1945, in those end years after the Enigma was cracked the U-boats were more hunted than they were the hunters, which they were early in the war. Getting so much kills in 1945 is impressive! Thanks for sharing and showing our Forum!
  48. 1 point
    Wow, this group is extraordinary. I am not so much interested in u-boats normally but all those sunk ships in 1945 (!) caught my eye. I thought that U-968 must have been one of the new designs to make that possible but it seems it was just a normal type VIIC with an aggressive commander and surely also a good bit of luck. I can only recommend spending a few minutes and reading the stroy of the boat in the internet - it is impressive. No surprise you are happy with that group!!! By the way, we were recently talking about the habit of the KM to replace soldbuch pictures. Do you know of an official reason for that?
  49. 1 point
    Hello! This is a new from a paper grouping!
  50. 1 point
    I have been a member at WAF for many years and while most members there are very helpful, others don't want to know you (human nature I guess). Remember it's a US based forum. A lot of members personally know each other, meet at shows and visit each other's homes and see each other's collections. Some sub forums there are a little bit elitist, especially threads that the well heeled visit and contribute to. I have made several contributions to these threads and quite often I am ignored. I still visit WAF often, especially Estand but I am selective on what threads I visit and contribute to. Cheers, Larry
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