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  1. 5 points
    Recently there was a discussion here about groups being split. The seller of this little group also wanted to do this when he sold it on the WAF which I thought is a bit of a shame so I bought it. As it turns out it was a very fortunate decision for me and it is now one of my favorite groups. There were his soldbuch and over 100 fotos which show his entire career. Over time I was able to get also three of his award documents and also a copy of his flugbuch. This soldier was one of the quiet guys who just did his duty without a big show. He was "only" a recon plane pilot but I am sure the info he brought back from his flights was very valuable. He had more than 900 training flights behind him when he had his first Feindflug over the Eastern front. But then it went quickly and in his flugbuch appear many famous names like Cholm or Weliki Luki where he took pictures. Occasionally they also flew a few bombing runs in their JU-88. After 130 feindflüge he finally changed to JU-188. He fared well with the JU-88 but it was with the JU-188 when he was first shot down by Russian fighters. He managed to bail out without the slightest scratch. He flew on and occasionally he was also involved in high altitude test flights with a JU-188 with GM1 or test flights with the JU-188 D2. All this ended in 1945 after more than 200 frontflights. By then he had the clasp for 200 flights and also the DKiG. What then came is perhaps quite special. His unit (1. Fernaufklärungsgruppe 100) changed to a new plane - the AR-234. He was by then a really experienced pilot with over 1000 flights but even to him it must have been a callenge to handle the new plane. After just 7 training flights on AR-234 he had is first operational flight in AR-234 T5+EH April 17 1945. He took photos of Nürnberg. What happened then is a bit unclear. Apparently on April 22 he was show down or crashed in another AR-234. He survived the war but when he woke up in hospital he was apparently already a POW. I hope you like it as much as I do!
  2. 4 points
    Thanks all for the replies. He was too late for Cholm as he arrived at the front only beginning of 1942 and was over Cholm only after the siege. Attached two urkunden. Ratisbons also sold at least the one for the Ehrenpokal once so I guess the group must once have been very complete. I have none of the more exoctic documents, only the earlier ones. Very fortunately there is also a lot of info available on the pilot on the internet, e.g. here: http://www.ghostbombers.com/recon/234/F100/1F100_6.html
  3. 3 points
    This is my Helmet Collection,a mixture but mainly Aussie Combat and Home Front. Others include,German,British,New Zealand,South African,United States and theres even a Period Childs MkII. If you want any closeups of any of them i would be more than happy to oblige,(I love showing them off) Mick
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    Hi, It has been awhile so, I was feeling creative. Best Regards, JustinG
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    Nice little early nineteen thirties NSDAP lantern. These where promotional items you could buy to raise funds for the NSDAP. The panels are made of celluloid and unfortunately they have shrunk and have become very brittle with age. All the purple colour ones need replacing, as they don't fit properly now.
  6. 2 points
    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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    From my collection.Its not militaria,but it is connected to WW2 history.At 05:30 July 16,1945 these rocks were formed.The most common name is Trinitite.But AKA Alamogordo glass and atomsite.These I traded for when I was a mere kid in the mid 1960's.We lived in New Mexico and like most young lads I liked to drag home all kinds of what my mother referred to as "crap".Our neighbor had a bucket of the stuff he collected before it was shut off.I showed such interest in the stuff he gave me a handful of it.I still have 3 pieces of it traded the rest off over the years.Link provided for more info on it. the photo shows a top and base of 2 specimens. https://www.lanl.gov/museum/news/newsletter/2018/04/trinitite.php
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    Guys, I hope I get long enough to corupt him to the ways of the dark side! The last pic it fell down a bit but he was OK! Rich
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    Generaladmiral Otto Schniewind - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Grossherzogl. Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz 2. Klasse - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung III. Klasse - Memelmedaille - Ehrenzeichen des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes 1. Stufe
  10. 2 points
    Collar badges are wrong for the coldstreams, also I think they have the buttons in pairs. Medal is a QSA as you surmise and the uniform is correct for the Edwardian period Collars are grenades, RE or RA or perhaps less likely one of the Fusilier regiments, though for most of the fusiliers you would be able to see a device on the ball. Hard to add more detail as the features needed are not clear enough to say.
  11. 2 points
    Vizeadmiral der Bundeswehr Prof. Friedrich Ruge - Ritterkreuz ----------------------------------------------- - Spange zum EK 1. Klasse - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Kriegsmarine Close Combat Clasp - Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer ---------------------------------------------- - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse - Olympia-Ehrenzeichen 2. Klasse - Italian Republican Order of Merit, Grand Officer Class
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    Here's a nice pair....Group Warden (not London) and a Senior Fire officer from the Optical Equipment specialists of Barr and Stroud. I've adopted Jerrys piggy-back style of presentation even though they have nowt in common! Sorry about the "watermark" but too many pics end up elsewhere and I'm getting tired of it.
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    Take care Have a great X-mass and a happy Newyear
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    Hi all, I've just realised what an idiot I've been. I noticed that Drechsel was a Württemberger, so his WW1 awards were recorded on their weekly military publication. He had received the following awards by the end of WW1:- 00.00.00 – Kronen Orden 4 Klasse 00.00.14 – Eisernes Kreuz 2 Klasse 03.02.15 – Militär-Verdienst-Orden, Ritterkreuz (Württemberg) 20.04.15 – Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse 19.07.15 – Militär-Verdienst-Kreuz 3 Klasse mit Kriegsdekoration 30.12.15 – Ehrenkreuz 3 Klasse Fürstlich Hohenzollern Hausorden mit Schwertern 20.02.17 – Friedrichs-Orden, Ritterkreuz 1 Klasse mit Schwertern (Württemburg) 13.04.17 – Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern, Ritterkreuz mit Schwertern 12.01.18 – Ritterkreuz 1 Klasse des Albrechts-Orden mit Schwertern (Saxony) 08.11.18 – Militär-Verdienst-Orden 4 Klasse mit Schwertern (Bavaria) Best Regards, Matt.
  15. 2 points
    Here is the Tiger now, fenced off. I do believe it's to be moved to Saumur Tank Museum for a restoration project (?).
  16. 2 points
    And finally very close to the end. He is already wearing his 200 clasp. A few months later the war would be over.
  17. 2 points
    Hello Jerry , The newspaper article can be found at https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000104/19411202/039/0003 Capt. Llewellyn is buried in All Saints Church Penyfai Glamorgan.Don't know where thee Iraq reference came from. regards Mike
  18. 2 points
    You are right! It is difficult to understand, but there was already a photo of this place, all names - meet! We have checked - it is that place!
  19. 2 points
    SAS Officers Silver & Guilt Cap badge, only worn for a few years in the 1950's.
  20. 2 points
    Just picked up an example of the issue certificate for the badge, this one to a member of the MFP. Needless to say, much, much harder to find than the actual badge.
  21. 1 point
    A couple of December, 2018, purchases that arrived this year in 2019. 26th Hussars (UK, Gaunt manufacture) other ranks badge, being the middle, unmarked slider badge and having the tail feathers ‘blank’ area void - both unmarked badges share the same slider type. However, due to the slightly bent sliders they look different from the obverse picture. What makes this a significant badge is that very few examples would seem to portray this apparent attention to detail - factory done or otherwise is not exactly known and one can only speculate. In my opinion, it was done in the factory on the UK examples that exhibit this; although, I have no evidence to necessarily support this thought. And, a north - south lugged 23rd Hussars officers badge, which is a fairly scarce example either plated or in silver - with the longer lugs it’s considered to have been worn in the service dress peaked cap; that is, opposed to a beret or field service cap. The east - west officers’ examples are encountered far more often to the 23H.
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