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    A couple of photos I picked up of a not often seen unit, the Grenz-Polizei which existed from 1933-1941. First a single study. Note the Allgemeine-SS pattern shoulder straps worn on both sides, and SD style right side blank collar tab.
  2. Another fine piece I had the pleasure of owning.
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    1870 Godet EK1

    No, traded it some years back to a German collector
  4. 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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    Raubvogel Class

    Named after birds of prey, the class included Albatross, Falke, Greif, Kondor, Möwe and Seeadler
  6. The MKP Gorget was one of the smallest, and did not feature a chain. The reason for this is that it was not normally worn on the centre of the chest, but by a horizontal pin fitting which was passed through loops sewn to the wearers tunic just below the breast eagle.
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    Torpedoboot Albatross

    In pre war black livery
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    S-Boot Begleitschiff Tanga
  9. Admiral Hipper as built, straight bow, no funnel cap and open admiral's bridge.
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    One of the larger Vorpostenboote.
  11. Always quite liked these Austrian Medals, very high quality striking in my experience, but this is the first one I have had with an award document. Quite an elaborate document for such a diminutive little medal.
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    Croix de Guerre - Portugal

    Not one of the countries listed for this section, but as there is nowhere else to put it, it does kind of fit with the other CdGs in this area. One of the less commonly encountered Croix de Guerre for one of the smaller contingents in the Allied forces.
  13. Wonder if anyone can see what is special about this one.
  14. Somewhat analogous to the Silver War Badge which discharged soldiers could wear in civilian dress to prove they had "done their bit" and weren't shirkers, these badges were for civilians serving the war effort. Male civilians were often abused and harried for not being in uniform and considered shirkers or cowards and harangued in the street. Of course many were in essential war work and were not permitted to enlist even if they had wanted to. In 1914, the Admiralty introduced this badge which could be worn in the label buttonhole to prove the wearer was involved in essential war work and "doing his bit".
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    Military Police

    Unofficial badge believed only to have been worn by a single detachment of the MFP (at Shorncliffe). One piece, stamped gilding metal with lugs.
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    Military Police

    Absolutely NOT a fantasy, though the bi-metal type with white metal scrolls never existed. Listed as a Forage Cap badge in KIipling & King and confirmed by Lt/Col Jeremy Green who is now the Director of the Royal Military Police Museum as believed having been worn briefly and unofficially by the MFP Detachment at Shorncliffe prior to 1904.
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    MMP Trio

    First WW1 set I've had for some time. P-1969 L/Cpl Harry Ball. Served with Royal Garrison Artillery and then Military Mounted Police. Medals are named to MMP.
  18. First decent paperwork set I've had for ages. Grouping is to Feldwebel Wilhelm Städing from 9 Kompanie (III Bataillon) Infanterie Regiment 65. The bulk of the awards were for actions in the Crimea, primarily the assault on Sevastopol. This unit was part of 22 Infanterie Division, which began life as 22 Luftlande Division, predominantly a Glider borne force which saw action in the campaign in the West. By the time the entered Russia, they were basically employed as regular Infantry.
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    Extremely rare Krim Shield

    Yes, its KM. That makes it scarce, but something else makes it rare - the maker. It's by Maedicke. Maedicke shields typically have four tabs on the edge. Scarce enough in its own right especially in good condition. This one however, is an early striking with four prongs on the reverse rather than tabs on the edge. According to one of the leading Shield experts, only a handful are known in collections..
  20. Actually Kevin,a friend had at first wondered if the set was complete - in an Infantry DIvision with the EK and no Infantry Assault Badge. Its interesting that during one of the most intense period of action for the unit during the attack on Sevastopol, he got the KVK, not an EK. Of course when you look at the structure of the Infantry Regiment of the time, its clear that there were Feldwebel ranks in charge of things like Gerätunteroffizier, Troß, etc So my guess is that he was a Transport Sgt or Quartermaster Sgt. His EK was awarded while the Regt was moving West, having been ordered to reinforce German forces on Crete. Don't know if it was involved in any actions then, so maybe a case of an award for earlier actions taking time to be processed.
  21. Ky favourite, the Krim Shield. I've seen other Krim Docs to this unit using the same version of the document. There were of course many variants.