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    Vizeadmiral Leopold Bürkner First row: - Eisernes Kreuz (1914) 2. Klasse (hidden) - Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) 2. Klasse mit Schwertern (most likely) - Herzoglich Anhaltisches Friedrich-Kreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange "Prager Burg" - Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes - Slovak Victory Cross Second row: - Bulgarian Military Merit Order - Offizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien - Königlich Spanisch-Marrokanischen Mehdauia-Ordens - ??? - ??? - ??? - Hungarian Merit Order, Commander Cross (probably) - ??? (black ribbon?) - Spanish Naval Merit Order (probably) The 3 unknown in a row could be Spanish related, but hard to tell. I am unsure of any class of the above.
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    This badge is often referred to as the Silver Wound Badge but its correct name is The Silver War Badge. It was created in 1916 and was issued to soldiers who had served in the military but had been honourably discharged - most often because they had been wounded but illness also quailified. It was worn on civilian clothing and its main purpose was to allow those in civilian dress to avoid being branded a "shirker" for not being in uniform. It could be obvious with those who had been maimed, lost an arm, leg etc, but many had no visible signs of their injuries or illness and were harrassed in the streets - usually by women, accusing them of cowardice. Wearing this badge made it obvious that the individual had "done his bit". The badge was issued with an elaborate certificate. Here is one being worn, and the certificate which accompanied the badge.
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    Generalleutnant Friedrich von Arnauld de la Periére  - Iron Cross 2nd Class - Hesse Bravery Medal - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Oldenburg House and Merit Order of Duke Peter Frederick Louis, Knight 2nd Class - Medaille zur Erinenrung an den 1. Oktober 1938
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    This is showcasing my shield collection. Narvik,(both versions) Cholm, Demjansk, Krim, Kuban with Kreta and Afrika Cuff titles. Thanks for looking
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    Generalleutnant Kurt Dittmar - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Lübeckisches Hanseatenkreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Memel Medal
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    Generalleutnant Richard Stenzel with Croatian Order of King Zvonimir.
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    Kai Winkler wrote: "Hello, is still somebody interested in this thread ? I get a lot of photos from Oberst Rolf Maempel direct from his family. Here is a nice portrait and his medals from his funeral".
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    First Row: Last ribbon is the Slovak Victory Cross. Again, I cannot comment on the class of award, but perhaps look up the grades and appropriate rank. I would guess he was awarded this in late 1939. Second row: 4th ribbon- I agree- Spanish Commemorative Medal 5th ribbon- Erinnerungsmedaille für die Verteidigung der Slowakei is a possibility and could link in with the Victory Cross. I think you need to try and ascertain his role with the Slovaks in this period. I don't think it is the Spanish Merit Order in Red as I can see coloured edges on this ribbon which this Spanish ribbon does not have.
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    Oberst Ludwig Streil - EK 2. Klasse - Königl. Bayer. Goldene Militar-Verdienstmedaille - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit Schwertern und mit der Krone - Königl. Bayer. Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Bayern Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Österreichische Tapferkeitsmedaille - Tiroler Landesdenkmünze 1914-1918
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    He may not have mounted them on this ribbon bar. We'll never know for sure unless a colour photo of the bar appears. Bulgarian might be Commander grade, but as I say, I cannot guess the grades. The 5th ribbon might have a coloured edge, which would rule out the Spanish Military merit Order in Red. 4th could be Spanish Commemorative Medal. It might be worth trying to find out his role in the Spanish Civil War. It could help with these particular queries.
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    Here's one from the book (still available, tho' over half sold now...hint hint). This has to be one of the most rare ones....DC's were Scottish.....there were only 5 Districts and 7 job holders...so possibly/probably just one of 7. But rarity is an interesting thing....if you have a Fire Chiefs lid from a small factory ARP Fire team it's even rarer...there was only ONE chief and only ONE factory by that name...so what may appear to be "just a Factory helmet" could be a totally one-off....and they don't have to be "Chiefs"......a company (with badged / company-marked lids) with a small Industrial ARP team may have just 2 Messengers......(but their helmets would be pretty dull)..... ....that's made you think hasn't it?
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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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    Please note the surname is spelt "von Hadeln" The second last medal could be the Hesse Bravery or Merit Medal. The last medal is the Waldeck Merit Cross 3rd Class but it is hard to make out the swords. However, it must be awarded with swords as there is nothing from Waldeck listed in the 1914 RL. Also, he was in possession of the following: 1897 Prussian Centenary Medal Reuss (junior line) Honour Cross 2nd Class with Crown (1914 RL) Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, Knight's Cross (1914 RL- does not state the actual "class" of award, but likely 5th Class) Romanian Order of the Crown, Officer Cross (1914 RL) Russian Order of St. Stanislaw 2nd Class (1914 RL)
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    This one's on Ebay as we speak...so this is all probably too late.....but as Mr Lid says, it could simply be a local arrangement where a particular region / team did their own thing. Bars were used to identify some ranks during AND after the war.....but not usually on helmets. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a post-war re-used wartime Rescue Officers helmet
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    5 years is a long time, glad you got it! Best Rich
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    This guy came to a Lazarett on 26.11.1942 and it clearly sais that he left the Lazarett in a Lazarett Zug (hospital train) on 19.12.1942. A week later he arrived in Bromberg. I attach a part of the Stalingrad unit loss list where FP-No. 36134 of Lazarett 772 should be but it is not there. So like Kevin says Lazarett 772 must have been somewhere else (and the story with the Lazarett Zug supports that fact anyway). I tend to agree with Kevin that this soldier was probably outside of Stalingrad when the Russians attacked. But to be fair - he could still have been in Stalingrad but it must have been before 26.11.1942.
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    All non metal helmets in the Mk2 shape would not have been used by the military, but used on the home front. Due to shortages of helmets in 1940 shops & departmental stores that sold steel helmets to the public were only aloud to have no more than ten in store. So a market for non metal helmets sprung up,bakelite, compressed fibre, & leather. They of course had no ballistic properties, but were at least some protection. The helmet being sold I have not seen before, but that's not to say anything is wrong with it, but being sold by MT, just make sure you know what you are buying.
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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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    Here's a Mk2 No.2 B of the home guard with textured khaki green paint inside & out & with a decal of the Rifle brigade over it's colours. Due to the textured paint date/maker name not readable but is most likely dated 1941 which is also the date of the liner. Maker name of the liner is FFL, which is in the usual place plus on the side of the liner too.