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    Its a "Sam Browne Belt" with a Chinese star. Here's what my references are https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-communist-china-chinese-army-512173653 Best Regards, JustinG
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    Here is a recent acquisition and one that has taken me 5 years to get hold of again after missing out on it the first time round. Wehrpass and citations to a sailor who served on the destroyer Z-1 Leberecht Maas and who is listed as being killed on 22nd February 1940. This would relate to Operation Wikinger when a fleet of German destroyers sailed on a sortie to attack British fishing boats in the North Sea on 19th February 1940. Unrelated, the Luftwaffe had decided to launch a previously postponed anti-shipping sweep over the North Sea on the same night and due to miscommunication and poor coordination between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, the destroyers were attacked by the Heinkel He-111 bombers. The Leberecht Maas was attacked twice and hit by 3 bombs which saw her break in two and sink with only 60 survivors. While the attack was underway and the rest of the ships went to the aid of the Leberect Maas one of the destroyers, Z-3 Max Schultz, exploded and sank believing to have sailed in to an unknown British minefield. She sank with no survivors. In all 578 sailors were killed by their own side and 2 destroyers lost. Although the entry for his death states 22nd February rather than the date of the 'action' this could mean that he survived the initial attack but died a couple of days later.
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    Bronze Bust of famous WW2 RAF Ace pilot Douglas Bader who fought in the battle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, credited with 22 enemy kills and other distinguished and heroic actions. This fine detailed bronze bust of RAF pilot ace Douglas Bader shows his calm yet focused facial expression while looking at the skies, wearing his leather flying jacket, cap and flying goggles, his radio and air mask hanging from his neck. This bronze bust sculpture is mounted on a solid marble base with the RAF insignia and symbols on all sides. Dimensions: Height: 27 cm (10.62 inches) Width: 15 cm (5.9 inches) Weight: 4 Kg (8.8 lbs)
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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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    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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    I'm afraid I cannot add anything more to this but agree with those already IDed.
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    Guys, as stated above. Rich
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    Unknown officer - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Königl. Bayer. Militär-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königlich Sächs. Albrechts-Orden??? - ???? - k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Bavarian Army Medal 1911 (possibly) - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 4. Kl. - Kaiserlich Türkische (Silberne???) Liakat-Medaille mit Schwertern - Kaiserlich Türkische Eisernen Halbmond - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Bulgarian Military Merit Order?? Can you send me the complete photo please?
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    I collect mainly WWII German Militaria. Badges, awards, blades, photos, etc.. A few WWI German items have found their way into my collection as well. Just received this photo, it is my first WWI German photo. I did some internet researching on WWI German uniforms and guessed they are Bavarians, then a WWI German collector took a look and agreed with me. Nothing going on in this photo, just a group pic. I do think that the soldat in the front row, first on the right end has a look about him and seems rather uninterested in the whole affair.
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    Unknown General - EK 2. Klasse - Ritterkreuz des Königlich Preuss. Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung - k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration - Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Ungar. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Kaiserlich Türkischer Eisernen Halbmond??? - Ostdmedaille TWM is possible, but with the Ost Medal added on to the end, this could also be a West Wall ribbon, added on. Note the slight split after the Hungarian Commemorative Medal, leaving the last two ribbons looking like they have been added after the bar was made.
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    The Air Force Cross(AFC) and case:
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    I went out and got these lovely examples. 🙂 Regards, JustinG
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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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    Reichssportführer & SA-Obergruppenführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten with Hungarian Order of Merit
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    You are right, my bad. It is Generalarbeitsführer von Alten. Nicolas
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    Bart, The first picture is in Munich, Bavaria. It is the Isartor old city gates.
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    I obtained these two awards at separate times from separate people. The Sailor carved their name on the back of the award. I have attempted to do research into who this person was but haven't been successful. "Kassube" An early Destroyer badge and Spanish Cross without swords. I was very happy to reunite these awards and return them both to a single collection. Zerstörerabzeichen and Spanienkreuz JustinG
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    A hand-bag alternative to the box......
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    Ian One of the missing signatures is indeed that of Alois Dierkes. Unteroffizier Alois Dierkes was a Bordfunker in the V.(Z)/Lehrgeschwader 1, the Zerstörer Gruppe of LG1. Regards Richard.
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    Hi Bart, I started with a 1919 Ford model T chassis, and with the help of frieds I was able to get some of the measurments from several ambulances in museums in the US. They were all built in the 1980s by a couple of farmers from Montana. The claim to have found the blue prints in the Montana State Library, but their replicas are not exactly like the ones in period photos. After photographing my ambulance from the same perspective as in period photos, I have been able to identify about three places where the replicas are off by about an inch, so I am working on a second to correct them. I collect WWI uniforms, equipment and weapons, and do displays of museums in ouir area. I have not been able to figure out how to upload photos directly to your site.