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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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    I am sure some will of seen this announced on other forums but for those that don't know Ancestry in Germany have now added 2.4 million cards for those soldiers killed between 1939-1948 and although I am led to believe that those cards relating to late 1944 don't exist there may well be some for that period and 1945. So far the latest date I have been able to find a card file for is July 1944 but I have been told that there are some for later in 1944 and 1945. So far I have found card files for members in all 3 branches of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (including Concentration Camp guards) and Polizei. Some have just one side of a card while others might have 2 or 3 double sided cards of information. If you have a Wehrpass or Soldbuch to a man killed in action then the chances are that the card files will tell you little new except that in a lot of examples the card files tell you how he died (gun shot to lungs, head injury etc) and where he was originally buried. But if all you have is a memorial card or a grave photo then you will be able to gain a lot of information such as his basic training unit, his last unit, dogtag details and so on. See below for a couple of examples. It would seem that people are having an approx 75-80% success rate in finding who they are looking for. This is already shaping up to be an incredible resource and I have already been told by one German collector that he has been able to find his Grandfather's card and despite the Red Cross, Volksbund & WASt not telling him about any burial details in the past there on the back of the card was his original grave details showing that he had received a proper burial from his comrades, something that has brought peace of mind to his remaining son & daughter 76 years later. But as with all things Ancestry, after your trial period ends you will need to subscribe to the site to obtain access.
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    Konteradmiral Hans Mirow - EK 2. Klasse / Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 Looks like it, 90% certain
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    Lastly the Meritorious Service Medal(MSM):
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    Hello Justin, I agree this is super rare .I have the photo sharing this Mützenbander in wear!🙂🍻
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    I have been told yellow is for "flight over sea", if a plane was ditched in the sea, the yelow cap would be seen by a rescue plane/boat. The red side, is for tropical operations, and again, being seen against desert back drop from the air. It was designed to fit around the ear and neck microphones. Whether these were popular with aircrews or of any actual use, I have no idea. It does seem that the caps were worn earlier in the war, then discontinued. I don't have any idea where these caps were carried or stored.. I'm delighted to finally get to own, one of these rare caps.
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    Just busy, posting more on MCN as its not limited on picture size, it is a pain to resize everything is all. Yes I have not been active mostly due to Corona. Hope everyone is well!!!
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    General der Flieger Karl-Heinrich Bodenschatz with Finnish Order of Liberty 1st Class with Oak Leaves & Swords
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    thanks for posting these before and now images, it's great to see they are all still standing! Lou
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    Generalleutnant Iwan Heunert wearing the Order of Cross of Liberty (Finnland).
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    You are right, my bad. It is Generalarbeitsführer von Alten. Nicolas
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    A little late to the party, it is Gauarbeitsfuhrer Friedrich Kohler, AD GAU XVI Westfalen-Nord... G
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    Here's one of my favourites from the book......'looks messy (and "wrong") but in the period before 2 black stripes meant you were a top dog the guys at the top wore red helmets with white lettering....blah blah...you know all this anyway (and if you don't, buy the book! 🙂 ) This once-red lid has been over-painted black but the lettering part has been left exposed ...and the underlying red is evident all over the shop. What makes this one doubly special is that beneath the red paint there were once (black?) diamonds which can be seen under the top coats when the helmet is tipped in the light.....what I've never figured out is why black....as we all know they went from red to white (with 2 black bands). Most folk search out the perfect...the un-issued....I seem to be drawn to the messy ones!
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    James AL, This website might be of help: - http://coldwardecoded.blogspot.com/2013/07/hauptgefreiter-panzergrenadiertruppe.html Regards, Graham
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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