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    Hi all..that's my little room..i hope that my collection will grow strongly :)
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    This is my collection so far The first thing I bought was the ppsh-41, made in 1944. It is completely disabled since it's required by law. The magazine is hard to pull out and place back and and the front sight is off center. I payed about about $200-$300 for it if I remember correctly, I asked about it on another forum and I was told that it was a good and fair purchase. Any input from someone who knows would be nice The book (Norwegian volunteers in Waffen-SS) is not really a part of the collection but I though I'd show it of anyway. I picked up from a book store earlier this year. It's a great read and has a total of 540 pages with lots and lots of never seen before pictures from the eastern front, combat and training performed here and other places were Norwegian volunteers were present. The coins I got from my older brother as a gift for my birthday. They were locked away in a box until I bought these cheap "floating" displays on ebay. If I'm not mistaken the larger coins are from the Soviet Union and are 1 ruble each, however these weren't made until 1975 while celebrating the 30th anniversity of their victory againt Germany on the eastern front, so the coins aren't really from the WW2 era. The 2 smaller coins in the same display are 5 "reichspfennig" both made in 1940. They seem to have some sort of grey "oxidation" on the surface which makes it hard to see the details. I'm not sure if this is something I can remove and I'm too scared I might ruin the coin if I try something without really knowing what I'm doing The medal is just a black wound badge that I bought from greatmilitaria.com. It hasn't been owned or used so it's in perfect condition. I'm planning on getting both silver and gold wound badge sometime later I also have a large reprint of a SS propoganda poster next to my collection Any thoughs and tips will be greatly appreciated
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    Good afternoon, As an enthousiast of military history, I collect on a modest scale "paperwork" related to the Berlin Volkssturm and the final battle for that city (newspapers, propaganda leaflets, photos etc ...) but there is one major problem collecting this stuff: there isn't much to be found. Not living in Berlin or even in Germany doesn't help either ... As far as I know, there doesn't even exist an indeep study/work on the Berlin VS-organisation. All the "books" stay on a general level. Detailled information is very scarce ... For the hobby, I did some research and the result I would like to post here for "the benefit" of other Berlin VS-collectors (if there are others like me). Of course is every Information posted by forum members more then welcome. A while back, I was digging in some digital NARA documents and found to my great joy 5 Berlin NSDAP-Kreis PANKOW-WEIßENSEE documents (written between Februar 2nd and April 12th. This Kreis was the smallest in numbers of Ortsgruppen (22) but raised nevertheless 17 VS combat Companies. These were grouped into 5 Combat Bns. The 5 combat Bns that were drafted were: The NSDAP documents gave a good insight how complex the changes in the build-up of these VS-units were. I retraced for each of these 5 Bns the organisational and personnel changes. I kept the German text, Enjoy .... The complex organizational changes within those 5 VS-Kampf Bataillone explains why so many families of MIA and even surviving veterans, after the war, did not remember the exact unit they served in. Men were drafted in Company “X”, a sub-unit of Battalion “Y”. Then the Coy was renamed “Z” and perhaps transferred to Battalion “H”. Some days later a new Coy-commander was appointed, and knowing that the Companies were named after their commander, one understands easily the mix-up after the war. The most extreme example I found: February 2nd , Kompanie DRAACKE (3/811/2) active in Abschnitt A (Bärenfänger) February 12th, The Kompanie DRAACKE (3/811/2) with part of 3/803/6 is renamed 3/803/2. March 12th DRAACKE hands over command to BIESKE and takes over Coy 3/809/3 The name “Kompanie DRAACKE” was used for 3 different Companies with the same commander (in 2 different Battalions)! Regards, Peter
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    and this paper for the divisional badge. I've seen only two examples of this paper! The badge was probably done in Italy, before the division was trasnferred to the Prague area, where it was destroyed by the russian offensive!
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    It is an addiction, though unlike drink or drugs you can resell it after you have enjoyed it for years.....
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    The OSD is lovely, Graham. They don’t surface very often in such nice condition; there’s a tendency in encountering them in a somewhat worn condition, or the lugged badges (intended collars) purporting to be solely cap badges. The metal shoulder titles are a fine matching pair. Again, not titles you see every day and one type of four ‘patterns’ I believe to have been made - to date, that is. There’s not too much about WRC wise at the mo, so I’m saving the pennies for a January auction and not tempting myself by looking either...! I have to stay focused on certain items I desire, which is easier said than done, eh lol • Three 25D OSD cap badges with differing blade variations.
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    5. Miscellaneous documents This is a category where anything fits in that can't be listed under 1.- 4. Examples (own collection): - document including all the interesting data for the collector and intended for the employer of Rudolf KOELPING. KOELPING served in the Battalion 515 in the 4rd Company with the addendum I.G. - Infantry Gun - document signed by the Company Commander HERRMANN of 3/30/4 (= Gau 3 Berlin, Battalion 30, 4rd Company) and sent to VS-man Kurt LABENWOLF warning him that he should not miss (like before) the upcoming training of the company, scheduled on Sunday 15th of April 1945 .... the day before the Red Army launched the Berlin offensive - an other Feldpost card as presented above, but from the same man A. FRITSCH - partial screenshot of a document dated 24.4.1945 with the purpose to inform all the involved forces securing the Reichskanzlei that new ID-document regulations are introduced. One of the addressees is the "Komp. Führer Volksturmkomp. Reichskanzlei" As mentionned above, VS-men were supposed to be drafted in the Kreis where they lived. Here is an example of a VS-unit organised with the men that worked at the same location. An other example is the VS-battalion "WILHELMSPLATZ" that was filled up with members of the propaganda ministerium. take care Peter
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    3. The Soldbuch When the draftee was called up for service he recieved from his Company commander (so not a NSDAP-organism) his Soldbuch. When collecting these, you'll see in the most cases that the photo of the owner and the image of AH are taken out. Here an example from my collection. VS-man Ernst SCHLEY recieved his Soldbuch on March 1st 1945 from his Coy commander RADECKE, who commanded his company in the VS-battalion 3/909. I explained already how complex changes were in the organisation of these Bns. On the first page you can see 3/909/RADECKE. But at the time the Battalion stamp was put (page 2) we can see a stamp with 3/917. So this Coy changed for unknown reason from one Bn to an other ... Where lived Ernst SCHEY ? Peter
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    Hello friends, There is an other source to study the troops involved in the battle for Berlin: The Feldpost In the preparation of “Verteidigungsbereich Berlin”, there were FeldpostNrs attributed to each of the 9 Abschnittskommandeure. The German Red Cross "Vermisstenbildlisten" allowed to determine (roughly) what kind of unit was active in these Sectors because they list for many of the MIA the extra ID-letter to the Abschnittkommandeur FPNr. Only from other (rare) sources can some units be exactly identified. The “missing letters” (representing units) in the sequence have existed, but there are no MIA listed with those “Zusatzbuchstaben”. Examples of the extra letter: Going through the lists with missing of the Abschnitts Kommandeure, I managed to determine roughly what kind of unit (alarm = ad hoc put together, Polizei or Volkssturm) was "hidden" behind the "extra" letter ... As you can read FpNr 64821A was given to a sub-unit of Abschnitt Kommandeur B; in this case the Landes Schutzen Battalion 311 This Bn was reïnforced with VS-men and moved to the east (Köpenick in the sector of Abschnitt Kommandeur B) of Berlin where the unit did trenching work early in March 1945. Here an extreme rare Feldpost Card written on March 3rd 1945 by VS-man FRITSCH serving in this unit and using the FpNr 64821A. He talks about " hard work all day long". On this date the village of Köpenick was prepared for the expected battle. Take care, Peter
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    On the subject of 25th Dragoons I have recently acquired this OSD cap badge.
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    Bobmed out paperwork!
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    Guys, War duty for the young girl, probably bombed out judging by the loss of paperwork due to enemy action.
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    Hello Friends I made a mistake. The man who signed here was not a Wehrmacht reïnforcement, but a Volkssturmmann (most likely a Gruppenführer) who was assigned to the position of Hauptfeldwebel. (so this is not a rank !) Each Volkssturm Kompanie had its Hauptfeldwebel (AKA know as der Spiess) this man was responsable for assisting the Coy Commander with organisation, discipline and administration. You can see an "a" and a "B" put before his signature, meaning "auf Befehl ". When the commander wasn't available the Hauptfeldwebel could sign documents and with adding the "a. + B." it was clear for the reader that it wasn't the Kompanieführer who had signed ... the "D" after Hfw.- means Hauptfeldwebel-Diensttuer (meaning that the man who held the position had not the right rank or qualifications but nevertheless was assigned to "do the job" ) I found another example in the literature where the Hauptfeldwebel, without given orders, dismissed his Volkssturm-men ... Take care, Peter
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    - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern und mit der Krone - EK 2. Klasse - Bavarian 50 Year Wedding Commemorative Medal - k.u.k. Österr.-Ungar. Militar-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration
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    Generaloberst Nikolaus von Falkenhorst with Finnish Order of Liberty, 2nd Class with Swords.
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    Hello friends, A while back when I was surfing on the WWW, searching for my field of interest items, I found an auction site where they just sold a Russian postcard written in Berlin when the battle was still going on. This Postcard was nothing special, just stamped by the unit post-office on April the 30th 1945. Finding this very interesting, I decided to hunt for a similar piece of Russian fieldpost. It would fit nicely in my collection I found out very fast that that kind of postcards (written in Berlin and in the very narrow timeframe between April 21st and May 2nd) are not available in big numbers. To correct my self; not available at all ! That explained perhaps the 200,- (sic!) euro's the auction postcard was sold for! But I didn't give up! On a philatelic site, a philatelist from the Ukraine (!) sold 1 postcard that could be the one (for me). I bought it and would like you tell it's story, or the story of the man that wrote it ... I managed to get it translated: " ... Dear friend! I have received all your letters and am very glad and thank you many times, the only letters that I recieved, are yours. I congratulate you, and your relatives, with May 1st - day. I am writing this postcard sitting in a cellar in Berlin, so we have taken it, you may congratulate us. Besides, I was awarded the "Red Star Order”. Enough now, I'll write more later. I embrace everybody and shake hands and wish you all the best with your exams. - Nikolay. ..." (Sgt BESPALOV – 52330) The Postcard held useful information for further research. - Written by Sgt Nikolay BESPALOV - Fieldpost Nr 52330 (1042 Rifle Regiment/295 Rifle Division) - Destination address: ODESSA - He writes he received (recently) the Order of the Red Star - “in BERLIN” is written in the letter - Stamp date: 27.4.1945 Nikolay Petrovich BESPALOV (born 1911, living in ODESSA) was a sergeant and a rifle squad commander in the 1042 Rifle Regiment / 295 Rifle Division. With his unit he participated in the Jassy-Kishinev operation (awarded a medal “For courage” for his exploits in the battle on 25.8.44), the 1945 Vistula-Oder campaign (March 3rd 1945 he was awarded a medal “For battle merits” and finally in the battle for BERLIN. For his valor in the battle for KUSTRIN, he was awarded the “Order of the Red Star” on April 1st 1945 (only 4 weeks before the postcard was stamped). On May 26th 1945 he was awarded an “Order of the Patriotic War” 2nd class for what appears to be his last day of combat. On October 20th 1945 BESPALOV was awarded the medal "For taking BERLIN ". Using the daily tactical situation reports by the 295 Rifle Division (and more specific those of the RR 1042) , I was able to retrace the route taken by Sgt Nikolay P. BESPALOV in the battle for BERLIN. I compiled the map below ... A smal detail... Sgt BESPALOV used a "liberated" postcard he found somewhere ... Take care,
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    Hello friends, Everything I posted here is a part of my collection. I know from research that many other propaganda leaflets do exist. Here you see a compilation of Russian Berlin-related paper I'm still looking for ... And of course, the other editions of the scarce Panzerbär ... In the mean time, until these looked for items pop up, there are other sweet things out there, like the ones below that found a place on my bookshelves ... Take care,
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    Early in 1945 the allieds dropped leaflets like this on Berlin and the rest of Germany .... Even the Russians tried to motivate their soldiers by handing out propaganda postcards like this one with the message " ... towards Berlin ! ...", dated February 15th 1945. Once on the Oder River, the Russians dropped leaflets like the one below on the opposite dug in German troops. This leaflet is dated february 17th 1945 and mentionnes for the first time " ... Schlacht um Berlin ..."
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    I think it is the same bar- I count 9 ribbons, as above. However, he was a holder of the Italian Order of the Crown, Grand Officer Class.
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    Generalmajor Ernst Biehler - EK 2. Klasse - Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ostmedaille - Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Dienstauszeichnung 4. Klasse - Anschluss Medal - Sudetenland Medal
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    I too feel I have pushed the boat out a bit this year. I am planning on raining in my spending, at least until after Christmas. Graham.
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    Good morning, When collecting or researching Berlin VS-paper, there are IMHO 5 categories of documents that are to be found (when you're Lucky). 1. The drafting document 2. The dismissal from the Volkssturm 3. The VS-Soldbuch 4. Official publications intended for the Volkssturm 5. Miscellaneous documents (service correspondence, Feldpost ...) PS: Categories 1., 2. and 3. could be put together and named "basic (ID-)papers" if you like. 1. The drafting document The Volkssturm wasn't like the regular troops drafted by the Wehrmacht administration. The NSDAP was responsible for the organisation of this new kind of armed force. If we consider Groß-Berlin; the city was like any other governed by a civil structure/administration. To keep that feasible the City was devided into 20 Verwaltungsbezirke. After 1920 , there were 3 changes: - 4. Prenzlauer Tor became Prenzlauer Berg - 5. Friedrichshain became Horst Wessel - 6. Hallesches Tor bacame Kreuzberg The German society , i.e. in our case Berlin, had a second layer of political control and administration organised by the NSDAP. Groß-Berlin represented the NSDAP Gau Nr. 3. To administer this Gau, 10 NSDAP-Kreise were created, each one by coupling 2 civil Verwaltungsbezirke and using the double name. The 10 NSDAP-Kreise were: Each NSDAP-Kreis was further organised into Ortsgruppen This list of Ortsgruppen (excuse me for typos) becomes interesting in relation to the drafting document. The Ortsgruppen were responsible for the initial drafting and handing out the drafting document. This paper proved that the man was listed as a VS-man, but wasn't called up for duty yet. Below 2 examples (own collection) The left has a stamp "Ortsgr. Botanischer Garten", but no Kreis. Checking the list above, this Ortsgruppe was a part of Kreis Steglitz-Tempelhof The right has an unclear Ortsgruppe stamp, but in this case the Kreis Charlottenburg-Spandau is evident Rem: The Kreis/Ortsgruppe where the subject lived, was responsible for the "paperwork". Mr Hofmann lived in Halensee and should have been administred by Kreis II, Zehlendorf-Wilmersdorf ... , so not everything went by the book as we'll see again later on ... Peter
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    The story goes on ... The documents I went through, were those of "Verteidigungsbereich Berlin - Abschnitt Kommandeur A" (AKA Kampfgruppe BÄRENFÄNGER) The units that took up positions early in February 1945 in this sector are listed. With a 1939 map I recreated the line-up of the troops (hardly worth that name) Of course in the days and weeks that followed, more troops moved into the lines. I made a list of those. 1. The staff with many unknown officers ... 2. The troops listed but unclear what sub-sector they went to ... 3. The troops active in sub-sector "I" 4. The troops in sub-sector "II" and "III" Of course there were more Abschnitts Kommandeure. Berlin had A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and Z as the map below shows. In the documents there were troops listed that were attributed to neighbour sectors of Abschnitt Kommandeur A. These were: Regards, Peter
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    Also got these 25th Dragoons cast, Indian made shoulder titles. Graham.
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    Hello there, I recently got this pretty dedication to Oberwachtmeister Jean Heinrich Möller. It was signed by later Oberstleutnant Eberhard Heinrici, who was Ia of the 69.Infanterie-Division from September 1943-November 1944 Heinrici was promoted to Generalmajor in the Bundeswehr on 04.11.1964. Enclosed is a picture of the barracks of Hofgeismar. Best Regards, Nicolas
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    Hello This is a French "Croix de Juillet", related to the 1830 revolution (3 days in late July 1830, leading to a Regime change --> Louis Philippe becoming King of the French, instead of the previous King of France) Attributed slightly less than 2000 times I believe, so fairly rare. Too bad it is missing the centers Jm
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    15. KOMPANIE Kompanie: 1.5.1943-1943 - SS-Panzer- Grenadier-Regiment 1 1943-01.1944 - 15. (Kradschützen-) Kompanie/ SS-Panzer- Grenadier-Regiment 25 01.1944-05.1945 - 15. (Aufklärungs-) Kompanie/ SS-Panzer- Grenadier-Regiment 25 Kompaniechef: 1943-01.1944 SS-Ostuf. Dr. Heinz Ritzert 01.1944-04.1944 Hptm. Edgar Baedeckerl 04.1944-08.06.1944 SS-Hstuf. Horst von Büttner ✝ 08.06.1944-1944 SS-Ustuf. Alfred Fehling 1944-04.1945 SS-Ustuf. Wunderlich ✝ SS-Ustuf. Reinhold Fuss - Stellv. Kpfhr. SS-Oscha. Schermuksniess - Adjutant Züge I. Zug 1943-1944 SS-Ustuf. Reinhold Fuss - Zugführer SS-Uscha. Emil Waldvogel ✝ S.D.G. 1. Gruppe 1943-1944? SS-Uscha. Flixeder – Grfhr. SS-Gren. Alfred Heltzel – MG Schütze 1 SS-Gren. Schmidt SS-Gren. Wittich ✝ SS-Gren. Werner Zimmermann – MG Schütze SS-Gren. Karl Willer 2. Gruppe 1943-1944? SS-Rttf. Papajewski – Grfhr. SS-Rttf. Geyer SS-Strm. Josef Becker SS-Gren. Helmut Müller ? 3. Gruppe SS-Rtff. Dietrich Feege – Grfhr. 4. Gruppe Ohne Gruppe SS-Gren. Hans Derkogner SS-Gren. Wolfgang Ziermann SS-Gren. Zach II. Zug 1943-08.06.1944 SS-Ustuf. Alfred Fehling - Zugführer SS-Strm. Josef Hoffmann – MG Schütze 1. Gruppe 2. Gruppe 3. Gruppe 4. Gruppe III. Zug 1943-04.07. 1944 SS-Hscha. Wilhelm Boigk - ✝ Zugführer SS-Uscha. Paul Koslowski – Adjutant? SS-Gren. Günther Hamel MG-Schütze 1 – Melder 1. Gruppe 1. Schwimwagen SS-Uscha. Christian Wachter - ✝ Grfhr. SS-Gren. Günther Lachmann - Fahrer SS-Obergren. Karl Heinz Marckert (Scharfschütze) SS-Gren. Th. Merz ? 2. Schwimwagen SS-Gren. Werner Kärgel – Fahrer SS-Obergren. Günter Strelow – MG-Schütze 1 SS-Obergren. Georg Hermann – MG-Schütze 2 † 3. Schwimwagen SS-Gren. Konrad Langner – Fahrer SS-Gren. Günther Weiss – MG-Schütze 1 SS-Gren. Förster – MG-Schütze 2 4. Schwimwagen SS-Gren. Heinz Gurk - Fahrer SS-Gren. Ernst Molter (Granatwerfer) SS-Gren. Reihard Strintz (voltigeur?) 2. Gruppe SS-Uscha. Schmitt SS-Gren. Nahm ? SS-Gren. K.H. Kajersky ? 3. Gruppe SS-Uscha. Kurz SS-Gren. Otto Funk MG-Schütze 1/2 SS-Gren. Klaus Schuh ✝ MG-Schütze 1/2 4. Gruppe Ohne Gruppe SS-Gren. Jochen Leykauff SS-Gren. Günther Hamel MG-Schütze 1 SS-Gren. Sepp Bund ✝ IV. Zug ? 1943-1944 SS-Oscha. Hans Heinisch SS-Ustuf. Paul Exner SS-Uscha. Wick – Grfhr. ? SS-Uscha. Siegfried Bleich SS-Uscha. Paul Koslowski ? 1. Gruppe 2. Gruppe 3. Gruppe 4. Gruppe SS-Uscha. Hollweg SS-Uscha. Neustadt – adjutant 15/25, Stabscharführer SS-? Karl Willer - Melder Namen der Kompanie (ohne Gruppe, Zug): SS-Oscha. Sander SS-Oscha. Förster ? SS-Uscha. Peter Hederich SS-Rottf. Horst Kuschel ✝ 1. Schreiber SS-Obergren. Franz Pinsker ✝ dezertér SS-Obergren. Manfred Saß ✝ Kradmelder SS-Gren. Fred Legel SS-Gren. Anton Segert SS-Gren. Heinz Limbrock SS-Gren. F. Tobanisch SS-Gren. Alfred Hazel
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    General der Infanterie Philipp Karl Christian Freiherr von Canstein Pour le Mérite am: 07.06.1864 Oak Leaves am: 20.09.1866
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    Generalleutnant Kurt Himer - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Herzogl. Sachsen-Meinningisches Ehrenkreuz für Verdienst im Kriege - k.u.k. Österr-Ungar. Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinenrung an den 13. März 1938??? - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern And what about around his neck? Maybe the Hungarian Order of Merit with Swords
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    A lovely award and document. Great research done as well. Thanks for sharing that information. I was unaware of the honors bestowed afterwords with regards to the pensions and commissions. As Pierce said, I can also see why this item would be a favorite. Best Regards, JustinG
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    Remembering A/Sgt Paul Boll 170 Baden Infantry Regiment who was awarded this Golden Military Service Cross on 9th October 1918 for actions I think, during the second phase of the German Spring offensive in April 1918, Operation Georgette. This is the NCO and other ranks equivalent of the Blue Max which was awarded to officers only. During the National Socialist period,the soldiers who received this medal were awarded lifelong pensions and given honorary commissions in the Landwehr during WW2.Nice to have a photo of Boll wearing his award and a 1958 letter from the holders old comrades association.One of my favourite pieces awarded to a very brave man
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    This pleasing bullion example was made to adorn the officers coloured field sevice cap - note the backing colour opposed to the ‘beret black’ version and bullion NCO arm badge adaptions.
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    An OSD on blades maker marked by the manufacturer Firmin - see J.R. Gaunt examples above.
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    More likely to be BMB (Briggs Motor Bodies) 43 and as it has textured interior that fits with it being a later helmet. BMB were were one of the more prolific makers especially mid war on.
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    Oberst Rolf Maempel with Hungarian Order of Merit, Officer Cross with Swords
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    Graham, I have to admire you and Marcus for continuing to find new badges to add to this thread.
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    A pair of 22nd Dragoons o/r's shoulder titles. Graham.
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    Major Leo Leonhardy Pour le Mérite am: 02.10.1918
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    Hi, some photos from his albums and his awards
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    Oberstleutnant Josef Bischoff Pour le mérite am: 30 June 1918
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    Hi little more information this man is Thubten Choekyi Nyima, 9th Panchen Lama(1883–1937),A religion leader in China / Tibet . But i still can not found the medal does someone have any idea for what it can be given ? Thank you
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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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    An observation balloon (Type Ae 800) just off the ground and a group of Luftschifftruppen posing:
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    At 17 years old I joined the U.S. Army Reserve (I was a high school junior at the time). Right out of high school I went through Jump School at Fort Benning. I received my Parachutist Badge in 1981. When my Mom sent a photograph of me to my Oma in Germany, my Oma was confused and asked my Mom where she had found this additional photo of her father. Mom had to inform her that this photo was of her grandson (me). I'm told that I look a lot like Alfonse.
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    I use folders and sleeves from collection specialists Arrowfile, a UK based company.
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    The J dot R dot Gaunt dot London maker mark comes in two versions, one is good and one is fake, it depends on the length of the script, 15mm is fake, 11mm is good. This looks to be the fake version, another thing to look for is sweat holes in the reverse of bi metal badges, like these on these two badges which is nearly only ever seen on original badges.