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    Here is a recent acquisition and one that has taken me 5 years to get hold of again after missing out on it the first time round. Wehrpass and citations to a sailor who served on the destroyer Z-1 Leberecht Maas and who is listed as being killed on 22nd February 1940. This would relate to Operation Wikinger when a fleet of German destroyers sailed on a sortie to attack British fishing boats in the North Sea on 19th February 1940. Unrelated, the Luftwaffe had decided to launch a previously postponed anti-shipping sweep over the North Sea on the same night and due to miscommunication and poor coordination between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, the destroyers were attacked by the Heinkel He-111 bombers. The Leberecht Maas was attacked twice and hit by 3 bombs which saw her break in two and sink with only 60 survivors. While the attack was underway and the rest of the ships went to the aid of the Leberect Maas one of the destroyers, Z-3 Max Schultz, exploded and sank believing to have sailed in to an unknown British minefield. She sank with no survivors. In all 578 sailors were killed by their own side and 2 destroyers lost. Although the entry for his death states 22nd February rather than the date of the 'action' this could mean that he survived the initial attack but died a couple of days later.
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    Bronze Bust of famous WW2 RAF Ace pilot Douglas Bader who fought in the battle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, credited with 22 enemy kills and other distinguished and heroic actions. This fine detailed bronze bust of RAF pilot ace Douglas Bader shows his calm yet focused facial expression while looking at the skies, wearing his leather flying jacket, cap and flying goggles, his radio and air mask hanging from his neck. This bronze bust sculpture is mounted on a solid marble base with the RAF insignia and symbols on all sides. Dimensions: Height: 27 cm (10.62 inches) Width: 15 cm (5.9 inches) Weight: 4 Kg (8.8 lbs)
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    I collect mainly WWII German Militaria. Badges, awards, blades, photos, etc.. A few WWI German items have found their way into my collection as well. Just received this photo, it is my first WWI German photo. I did some internet researching on WWI German uniforms and guessed they are Bavarians, then a WWI German collector took a look and agreed with me. Nothing going on in this photo, just a group pic. I do think that the soldat in the front row, first on the right end has a look about him and seems rather uninterested in the whole affair.
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    Unknown officer - EK 2. Klasse - Bavarian Military Merit Medal - Bavarian Military Merit Cross, 3rd Class with Crown & Swords (though the swords are missing!) - Olympia-Ehrenzeichen 2. Klasse - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 2. Kl. - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 4. Kl. - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille - Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern
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    Unknown General - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königlich Preuss. Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung - k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Kaiserlich Türkischer Eisernen Halbmond??? - Ostdmedaille TWM is possible, but with the Ost Medal added on to the end, this could also be a West Wall ribbon, added on. Note the slight split after the Hungarian Commemorative Medal, leaving the last two ribbons looking like they have been added after the bar was made.
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    Unknown officer - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königlich Sächs. Albrechts-Orden - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Kl. - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Kl. - k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Ritterkreuz des Königlich Bulgarischer Militär-Verdienstorden - Kaiserlich Türkischer Medschidié-Orden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern
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    Yes, possibly Lubeck HH. It is hard to make out the detail.
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    Unknown officer- I see 4 ribbons. - Italian Order of SS. Maurice & Lazarus - Grossoffizierkreuz des Königlich Italienische Order of Colonial Star (maybe?) - Unknown - Erinnerungsmedaille für den deutsch-italienischen Feldzug in Afrika (possibly)
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    Thank you again, Pierce! By the way, Veiel was awarded with the Orden of Military Merit, Grand Cross (Bulgaria) on 15.08.1941.
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    General der Panzertruppe Rudolf Veiel - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königlich Württemeng. Militar-Verdienstorden - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938 - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange "Prager Burg" - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern Here is a colour photo of him, showing a foreign award in wear (possibly Bulgarian Military Merit Order?)
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    I am not sure if Crown Orders with Swords were awarded during WW1. You would need to check that first. I think solid proof that this is his bar in the first place would be a good place to start.
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    Unknown General - EK 2. Klasse - Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern - Königl. Bayer. Militär-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange "Prager Burg" - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 4. Klasse
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    I am sorry the paper is clipped but it is in various sizes, bit before din A4? I will post the CVs later as they are on longer paper if that makes sense, I should get an A3 Scanner! Rich
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    Unknown General - EK 2. Klasse - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Königl. Preuss. Kronen-Orden 4. Klasse - Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippisches Kreuz für treue Diesnte - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Österr. Kriegserinnerunsmedaille mit Schwertern - Ungar. Kriegserinnerunsmedaille
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    UPDATE General der Infanterie Baptist Kniess Photographic evidence of the Bavarian Golden Jubilee Wedding Medal.
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    Generalleutnant Dr.phil. Hans Speidel 1) First row: - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königl. Württembg. Militär-Verdienstorden - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 4. Klasse - Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen 2) Second row: - Königl. Italien. Heiligen Mauricius-und Lazarus-Orden (Commander Class possibly?) - Königl. Romän. Orden des Stern or Orden der Krone - Königl. Romän. Orden des Stern or Orden der Krone - Königl. Bulgar. Militär-Verdienstorden (Class?) - Slowakisches Tapferkeitsmedaille??? (this is a good possibility) - Ungar. Kriegserinnerunsmedaille mit Schwertern
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    General der Infanterie Baptist Kniess - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Königl. Bayer. Militär-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern und mit der Krone - Grossherzoglich Hessische Tapferkeitsmedaille - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938 - Jubiläumsmedaille der bayerischen Armee (1911) - Bavarian Wedding Medal (likely)
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    It is becoming quite an industry over here at the moment, the tragedy is the damage to some original if not fancy docs! Rich
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    Seeing the post above about Merenti, for those who collect paperwork, their previous auction and the next one due to begin in September is awash with fakes. The same goes for Loesch. They seem to be getting paperwork from the same dubious source but unfortunately they either don't have anyone to go through it all and weed it all out or they just don't care.
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    https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/first-world-war-service-medals My 1914 Star (Mons Star) with bar - for service in France or Belgium between 5 August & 22 November 1914 My 1914-15 Star - for service in any theatre of WW1 against the Central European Powers during 1914 and 1915
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    Looks like something out of doctor who. Very nice and collectable, and rare.
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    A hand-bag alternative to the box......
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    Father and son, both UBoot Kommandant Oblt.z.See Heinz von Hennig 17.03.1922 Crew of 1940 2.WO / 1.WO - U-421 CO. U-2361 POW Camp 18 Featherstone Park, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England. POW.NO. B.105627 His father was Heinrich (Heinz) Georg Julius von Hennig a Konteradmiral and a well-known chess player. He was one of the namesake of the Shara-Hennig gambits. Rank of Konteradmiral.....but not a flashy career in the Kriegsmarine. Vorstand der Stationsbücherei der Marinestation der Ostsee / Board of Library Station Naval Station of the Baltic Sea. During world war I, he was a Kapitänleutnant and the CO of the UBoat SM U-18. Konteradmiral Heinrich von Hennig 10.05.1883 - 29.11.1947 POW Camp 2226/III British POW Camp 2226/III located in Zedelgem near Brugge and Ostend in Belgium POW.NO. A.829892 Number of prisoners reported in Camp 2226/III Zedelgem in the summer of 1945, varying assignments between 10,000 and 15,000 prisoners. The hygienic conditions, the diet records and medical care were inadequate. In the winter of 1945/46 threatened by hunger edema and frostbite mass extinctions, extra rations for the most malnourished prisoners (called "Gandhi") were introduced. There is no reliable data for the prisoners who died in the camp. POW post found on Ebay

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