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    Just wanted to show a couple pictures of some of the weapons and munitions in one corner of my museum room.
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    As mentioned, the soldier rests at the very large German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn but unfortunately he is one of the many soldiers in that cemetery who rest under a cross bearing the inscription 'Ein Deutscher Soldat'. One day I will get round to trying to translate the Feldpost as it must be a social treasure trove of what life was like for someone serving on a quiet front. Thanks go to Steve Mac on the British forum WW2talk for the effort and detail about the British actions. The photos of the cemetery were taken by myself when I visited last year.
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    german medalbar with EKI with the belgium Leopold II order one it
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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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    Thanks guys. Haven't been active for a while, but I have been adding some shields :-)
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    Just visited the tank again. My last visit was 26 years ago
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    Hello Antonio, Here, you have got the photo. Regards,
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    Here's one I did of a pre ww2 photo of Krupp factories.
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    ..and sticking with the "Health" theme...... Officially a lot of Doctors helmets were white (and continued to be so post war in Ireland) but black ones turn up. Doctors attached to Mobile Units or FAPs wore white helmets with black "DOCTOR". A lot of the senior staff in the "health services" were doctors but they might've worn senior (stripes or diamonds) MOH, A, CS, FAP etc marked helmets. I particularly like this chunky style of writing (front only). A nice untouched early one.......
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    Hello, Today i would like show you some medal about the spanish civil war and the spanish blue división. This medal, is a military merit, manufactured by Castells.
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    Hope you don't mind a couple of Ek2 singles. No access, "D", "KAG" Unmarked, "Z", "G" Godet, "We", "KM", "W" Regards Mark
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    more, its quite strange to see the enemy in blue not red.
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    Hi fellas, Made a nice early display (except for the y-straps which is late). Happy collecting! Regards, Jac
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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, Here I want to show you a book that I have recently written, about Orders and medals from Spain. In this book you can see medals about Morocco war, but there are Orders as for example, the Order or Military Merit, Naval Merit, Order of Maria Cristina, and others. In this book appear the documents awards and the biggest manufacturers with their history and cases. In addition there is a chapter about the cross of military merit that could be given in the spanish civil war (1936-1939) It is full in color.
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    Hi Gents, a few days agao we had the opportunity to get a grouping with this Fliegerschaftsabzeichen in it. It is cased and came with other badges an Paperwork from the Soldier. Enjoy the pictures. Best Trave-Militaria
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    I got this one a while back and decided to share a bit. Fischlein was a member of Polizei Schutzen Rgt 34 and saw his first action in the Bialystok area in May 1943 and was later directly involved in the clearing of the ghetto there in August 1943. The Jewish prisoners fought back for five days but were crushed. Almost everyone in the ghetto was transported to Treblinka with some going to Majdenak. I just finished two first hand accounts written by two survivors of Treblinka. They mentioned the trains from the Bialystok Ghetto and the wretched condition of the people, some of them wounded. Fischlein was later involved in the Warsaw Uprising, being attached to Kampfgruppe von dem Bach. His fate is unknown.
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    I`m just back from a trip following the BEF from Mons to the Marne and up to Ypres. I have been wanting to visit the site of the first VCs at Mons where Lt Dease and Pte Godley, 4 Royal Fusiliers held off the enemy with a machine gun on the railway bridge over the canal. It was touching to see wreaths from Godleys Grandson and Great Grandson under the bridge
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    Not an easy one to find. Made by Wurster, the only maker known to use Zinc for the Kuban shield.
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    A really great addition in having that pair, Graham. And, I especially like the single collar variation with the N - S pegs/rivets. Two more versions: A hallmarked pair dated for the period between July 1940 to July 1941, and a plain pair devoid of a maker mark, or stamp of any kind.
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    Oberstleutnant Josef Bischoff Pour le mérite am: 30 June 1918
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    Been awhile since I have added anything to the collection. I bought this pair of 'S' marked silver and gilt officers 22nd Dragoons collar badges recently. I have pictured them with the single I already have to show the different construction and positioning of the 'S'. Graham.
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    Onto Bastogne. Where we visited the 101st AB museum. Bastogne barracks [which had been the 101st HQ during the battle]. McAuliffe Square. The Bastogne war museum. The Mardasson memorial and the foxholes at Bois Jacques. I took loads of pics of tanks and other military vehicles at the Bastogne Barracks which I may put in another post.
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    Hello Gents, I will share my latest helmet in my collection. Left behind after the libiration of Kruishoutem ( Belgium, East-Flanders ) and now find on a ceiling after al these years in a Original chape!! The helmet is a Canadian G.S.W. 1941 and the liner a V.M.C. 1943, the flash is from the Britich 3de Division. For me, a sleeping beauty,and one of my best in collection so far. I will post more picks. Greetings, Rudi
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    Gaunt Made, probably the plated version, though with no S or P or hallmark to be certain. I assume post war they used the makers mark as they no longer needed to hide the maker and did not bother with the letter for plated or Silver plated. Interesting to see 3 different markings on this badge, hallmarked JRG & S, no maker with a P, and full maker marked with no letter or date. A lovely badge
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    A recent acquisition is this Wehrpass which came with some extras - 4Kg's of Feldpost! Judging by the amount of Feldpost he must of had a lot of spare time as the letters date from 1940 right up to the week before he was killed. They also include a letter after he was killed from his unit to his family informing them of his death, some condolence cards and even a letter dated 1958 from the priest in The Netherlands informing the family about his resting place in the German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn. For most of the war he didn't do too badly for himself in terms of service. While millions of German soldiers and airmen were serving at the front, be that in Russia, Africa or Italy he served in a Luftwaffe Landeschutzen unit in the Netherlands, primarily serving at the major airbase at Eindhoven. However, any hopes of having a totally quiet war came to a very sudden end when the Allies launched Operation Market Garden in September 1944 to capture the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and, of course, at Arnhem.
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    Hello Mark, Thanks for your words. Yes, it is a nice medal with a very interesting history and types. In my book, I show others types and photos of soldiers with this medals. To get this medal the soldier must be injured while he was doing an action in combat. If he was not doing a''relevant`` action in combat and failed injured, I have receibed only this badge. In this photo the soldier has got this medals and two badge. Maybe because one time was injured in action and the other was injured in combat but without special action. Regards,
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    To accompany the Dinky Spitfire, for the 1969 "Battle of Britain" movie, here is the German "Stuka". This is also in pristine condition. How much fun I had as a child playing with the "Spitty & Stuka"
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    I have to thank Kev for this as I had lost it for 12 years........I bought a Truppenausweis 25 years ago for little money and was thinking of selling it at one time. I moved house in 2005 and never saw it again until recently......Kev was talking about a SS Pz. Soldbuch which used to be mine 20 years ago and I had photocopies of it still somewhere.....anyway.....didn't find the photocopies but I did find a folder with a few documents in and this Truppenausweis!!! Relieved to have found it after all this time. Anyone who knows me well will know that I collect Cavalry units, in particular 1 Kavallerie Brigade/Division, later 24 Panzer Division. At the time I was not aware what units this guy belonged to, but came across his name in charge of Veterinär Kompanie 40, 1 Kavallerie Brigade/Division.....of course I thought I must have sold it as couldn't find it anywhere.....you can imagine how pleased I was when I found it!!! Veterinär Dr Hans-Joachim Just was a member of I Abteilung, Kavallerie Regiment 17 on 13.1.1939 when this Truppenausweis was issued. It is signed by Oberstleutnant Rudolf Freiherr von Waldenfels as Abteilung Kommandeur, he would finish the war as a Generalleutnant and Eichenaubträger. Confirmation of officers from the Rangliste of 1.1.1939 with Just highlighted. Confirmation as Kompanie Chef, Veterinär Kompanie 40 from 1940. A few years ago I bought an Archive of photos and manuscripts for Kavallerie Ersatz Abteilung 8, Aufklärungs Abteilung 18, Reiter Regiment 21 and Kavallerie Regiment Nord/5 "Feldmarschall von Mackensen". And to my disbelief I found a photo of him in a group and confirmation from officer lists. Here are the names of those in the photo: Kavallerie Regiment 5 "Feldmarschall von Mackensen" in Dad, Hungary 23.2.1945. 1. Rittmeister Joachim Epping 2. ? 3. Generalleutnant Rudolf Holste EL (Kdr. 4 Kavallerie Division) 4. Major Wilhelm Graf von der Schulenburg 5. Stabsveterinär Dr. Hans Joachim Just 6. Oberstleutnant i.G. Max Schwerdtfeger 7. Leutnant Eckhardt Brandes 8. Oberzahlmeister Karl Uske 9. Leutnant Clemens Prinz von Croy Incidentally the other group that was in the folder was also an Officer with Kavallerie Regiment Nord, later Kavallerie Regiment 5 "Feldmarschall von Mackensen".....he is also listed and need to check if there is a photo of him! /Ian
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    Hi guys! Here are pictures of my S&L 935 cross with brass core, hope you like it. Best Regards Martin
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    Class Z was a reserve classification meaning he was demobbed from the army at that date but was liable to be recalled. From the great war forum; Class Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. There were fears that Germany would not accept the terms of any peace treaty, and therefore the British Government decided it would be wise to be able to quickly recall trained men in the eventuality of the resumption of hostilities. Soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve "for the duration", were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.
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    Here are mine! Hope to see yours soon. First one is the Karpathenkorps insigna. It is a WWI insigna worn by all who served more then two months at th Karpaten during the periode from august 1916 to july 1917. Worn nearly every where, on headgear, uniforms and medal bars. Second is the 122 th WH infantery division. Worn on uniforms ans soft headgear. This one is a dug up. Next is the Braunschweiger traditionsabzeichen No.17th infantery regiment and the 13th cavalry regiment. A rear view Here is a pic next to one on a schirmmütze And a Schwedter Adler on a Schirmmütze.
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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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    Thank you very much for your expertise.
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    In this section we have had an assortment of threads from the ID's of the well known to late war units. One that we haven't had is a thread showing the ID's of those men who served in the more obscure units of the Wehrmacht, those men & units that do not get a mention in books and unit histories but who still served. So if you have one to such a person, be they in a shelf stacking unit or a puddle pirate, let's see what obscurities are out there This example is for a man who served in an example of an obscure unit. No power diving in a Stuka or polishing the 15" gun barrels of the Tirpitz for this serving soldier. He served in a railway kitchen unit, Eisenbahnkuchenwagen-Abt 2, serving up slop in a railway carriage. No awards for him, not even a KvK II Kl for being generous with his ladle.
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    A few new additions, 1950's officers silver & gilt cap badge
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    I use folders and sleeves from collection specialists Arrowfile, a UK based company.