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    Cloth isn’t my forte, at all. However, I would be inclined to agree with Jerry’s thoughts. These two 11th Armd Div patches belonged to a 24L Trooper (first intake of conscripts in late December 1940 through to disbandment in early August 1944) that landed in Normandy and upon the 24L disbandment, he was attached to an armoured replacement group within the 21st Army Group. Both of these patches are of British manufacture, the felt example being probably the most identifiable for the 1944/1945 wartime period concerned - it’s the one I have seen the most in 23H/24L family groups. *Note mine are dirty, worn and slightly discoloured.
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    Hi Bart, The 24th Lancers would appear to be a genuine Gaunt manufactured other ranks cap badge on lugs; albeit worn on the pennons and crown from I would suspect over zealous polishing by the soldier. I have two very, very worn examples in a 24L group from excessive polishing. €30 is roughly £26, so around the reasonable price range if you don’t mind a little ‘period’ wear. I have seen these badges recently range in price from a few pounds on eBay and the website dealers selling them from £30 to £55. Regarding this very badge beimg hard to find: not in my experience and I see them more frequently than not. However, bear in mind the 24L only existed from mid December 1940 to early August 1944, when it was disbanded in France after seeing some harsh engagements on the front. Best, Marcus
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    A recent addition to the collection is this cast white-metal, Italian theatre made arm badge. These very badges are purported to have been plated in silver, although what remains of the finish I can’t positively identify. Such could easily be ‘faked’ I guess, but another genuine example known to exist matches my example. The example with the original red backing is a UK factory die-stamped example for comparison.
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    Personally, I believe you’d be best suited with a British issue and made pattern, yes. That said: I don’t know for certain, hence, I will seek the opinion of a collector of such div patches today for you. Best, Marcud
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    Hi Bart, The Bull should face forward on both arms. So my top patten example (one of a pair) was worn on the right arm and the bottom (again a single of a pair) example on the left arm. Best, Marcus
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    At the earliest, liberation of the nederlands autumn 1944, or early post war
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    My friend Pierce, could you please put the WAF source when you add the pics from my KC today thread? Thanks!!
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    Guys, As stated above. Fresh today! The last pic is not him perhaps a brother or such like? Rich
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    It is a collecting area that doesn't seem to get the attention of many other areas but it can be a cheaper area to collect and sometimes well known or infamous places do crop up. While most PoW Camp guards ony have their main unit listed in the Soldbuch or Wehrpass such as a Landesschuetzen-Btl, other examples will actually have the camp noted. It isn't a main area of collecting for me but I do have some examples. Here is an example of a Soldbuch to an older serviceman who had previously served in World War 1 and who was assigned to a Marine Landesschuetzen Kompanie and was sent to be a guard at Marlag-Milag Nord which was the main PoW Camp for Royal Navy & Merchant Navy sailors who were captured (approx 5,000) and located near Bremen. The liberation of the camp is on Youtube. This Wehrpass is to another older soldier who was assigned to Stalag 343. After the Germans occupied Lithuania in 1941 Stalag 343 was used to hold, and kill, Russian PoW's. To begin with it was located near Alytus in Lithuania before a camp near Bobruisk was renamed Stalag 343. Thousands of Russian prisoners died at the camp in Lithuania due to starvation and disease, and in the nearby forest of Vidzgiris over 60,000 Jews were murdered. This is one that I have posted before in a thread of its own, being a Wehrpass & Soldbuch set: A Wehrpass to a soldier who was transferred to the Luftwaffe and assigned to a Luftwaffe Landesschuetzen Kompanie. This unit was used to guard Stalag-Luft III and this soldier was guarding the camp during the period of arguably the the most well known escape from the PoW Camp system, The Great Escape on 24th March 1944. If anyone has other examples of PoW Camp guards please feel free to share, it would be interesting to see one from Oflag IVC - Colditz.
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    Looks like it and a serious wound as well - entered the hospital system on 16th November 1942 and came out in May 1944. Would of thought he would of received the Silver Wound Badge at least. I'm not home until the middle of next week so don't have access to my files so don't know where in the Stalingrad region Inf.Rgt 212 were in early November but it should be easy to find out.
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    Guys, As stated above. Rich
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    No idea, cant work days...chief welsh druid....cognitive warfare department
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    Generalmajor (posth.) Karl Göbel - EK 2. Klasse - Ostmedaille - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer (is there swords on this ribbon?) - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 4. Klasse And what about on his right pocket? This looks like the Slovak Bravery Medal.
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    Does this need updating in view of the recent history? Rich
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    Generalleutnant Dr. Ing. Wilhelm Meise with Bulgarian Order of St. Alexander with Swords
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    Generalleutnant Wilhelm Mittermaier with Italian Order of the Crown
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    Showing a nice flak.
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    This is the only example of a Truppenausweis I have in my collection. The man is question served initially within the Kreigsmarine, before Luftwaffe service as a Bordfunker primarily with Kampfgeschwader 100, Lehrgeschwader 1 and finally Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke". He would be awarded the EK 1 and Fronflug-Spange fur Kampfflieger in Gold. Regards Richard.
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    Guys, Got these three books from one of the salesmen of my wifes business. It would appear that at various points in history that the family were involved with the military, the first as a Cavalry man, then as an Engineer (Pionier) and lastly his father was in the Luftwaffe, sadly his brother in law flogged all the rest of the WW2 medals and SB etc. The WW1 book is most interesting as it has a list of all the fallen soldiers from the unit and list of battles and detailed orbat throughout with unit atts and dets etc. Rich
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    Guys, As stated above. If I had to pick one the DRL in gold, nice burnished highliights.
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    This post will not be much use in the future without the pic so I hope Minijar does not mind me adding it here. Jerry. Do you think they are numerals on the collar ? I can't make out the uniform. I notice it has no breast pockets.
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