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Gaston V.

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  1. Hi, Here's a few Vichy items i got over the years. Besides David Littlejohns Foreign Legions book (which is from the 70's!) that has a chapter on the French collaboration items, im not aware of any other good books. If anyone could add information, please do, i'd love to learn more and there doesn't seem to be much online regarding these items. First here's a badge with on top written: Stalag.IV.A. This was the first Vichy badge i added to my collection. After a lot of searching i recieved a reproduction poster from the 1970s with an image of the Stalag on it. This a prisoner of war camp, was particularly used for housing men (officers?) of occupied countries. After the defeat of France about two million french ended up in German camps, one of them being this one. However, i think that after the Vichy movement collaborated with the Germans, some french (Vichy members?) were released. This badge is probably a commemorative badge for those former Stalag IV prisoners. I should mention that the poster of the camp shows a sort of modelcamp, with a swimmngpool, tenniscourt, et cetera. It doesn seem to be the most exteme of the German wartime camps. Ill post the poster later. The badge self is quite rare.
  2. Here's a little overview of some of the variation's of the Austrian WW1 Commemorative medal. If anyone has or knows more, please post them. best regards, Gaston
  3. Hi guys, I've had this sleeve badge for a few years now and had forgotten about it untill i recently rediscovered it. At the time somebody told me these more luxuary variations were for officers. Has anybody seen more of these or can post more examples or any more information? It's quite hard to take a decent picture as the middle part is in silver. best regards, Gaston
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    Austrian Wound Medal

    Hi guys, Here's a topic i made while ago on another forum, thought it would be nice to post here as well. Everyone knows the German woundbadges, but the Austrian's had at the end of WWI their own woundmedals. This topic is about them. An introduction first: (taken/borrowed from HERE) The original drawing of the front and back design: Drawing of the ribbon variations:
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    Karl Truppen Kreuz

    Hi, Thought i'd post a topic about the Karl Truppen Kreuz. These little medals are not hard to find, but much fun to collect as quite some variations exist. First a bit background info (from Wikipedia): And here are some of the crosses i ran into over the years. I know one is on a wrong ribbon, but i got it together with an hungarian citation at a flee market near Vienna a few years ago and it looks as if they have been together for many years. best regards, Gaston
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    Tirolean Landesdenkmünze

    Hi, Just came by some old pictures on my computer and think this medal was not posted before. Although the citation is from 1940, the medal fits in this forumsection. best regards, Gaston
  7. Hi, Here are some of my german and Dutch cultural brooches. As far as i know all are from before 1945 and related to the third reich (except the female belt buckle on top, that im not sure off but it came with a group of other original items). If anyone has some brooches, please post them in this topic. Best regards, Gaston
  8. Here's an interesting plaque with the image of Dutch General Winkelman, who was commander of all dutch forces during the german invasion on 10 - 15 May 1940. These plaques were issued directly after the bombing of Rotterdam and the dutch capitulation, hence it says: "he took a wise decision", as he surrendered instead of keep on fighting and let the germans destroy even more dutch cities similar as they did to Rotterdam. The story is (i have no idea if true or not) that these of soft war metal made plaques, were made directly after the capitulation in the second half of May 1940 and that they were made among other things from Dutch M95 bullets. For sure other cheapish warmetals were used as well, as the plaques are really soft and can easily be bent (!). Another variation of this plaque exists by the way, but its a bit harder to find. best regards, Gaston
  9. Stahlhelmbund - Reichsfrontsoldatentag 1929 postcard and badge:
  10. Hi guys, Here's two pins i just got in and am extremely happy with as had been searching them for a long time. Hope you like them as much as i do. best regards, Gaston
  11. Hi guys, After several years of searching i anaged to get the Romanian Motherhood medals complete. These medals are so much rarer to find as one would expect and defiantely much rarer than their russian counterparts. Notice the number of blue stripes on the ribbons, indicating the class. Gloria Materna = Motherhood glory When comparing them to the Russian motherhood awards the similarity is pretty obvious:
  12. Not sure if this is the right place to post (there is no political section?) , but here are some of my favorite things together:
  13. Hi, Here's a medal thats probably well know to most collectors: the Lusitania souvenir medal, made as a replica after karl Goetz famous Lusitania medal, and sold in England. I could type an explanaition, but the original leaflet inside the box explains it probably better:
  14. Hi, Here's a Serbian commemorative cross for the Balkan War of 1913. Some background info found online: And a little card i once stumbled upon: best regards, Gaston
  15. I thought it would be nice to post on the forum some of the passes and/or membership badges that are in the collection. First one is a female Arbeitsdienstzeugnis and brooch:
  16. One of the nicest (and probably one of the most known) Russian awards, is the Order of the Patriotic War. A little background i learned from a fellow collector named Auke: The order was instituted on 20 May 1942 and came in two classes: first and second. The first being in gold, the second in silver. The awards were pretty massively awarded with a total of 344.000 first class orders and a little over a million silver ones (1.028.000). In 1985 it was decided that every living participant of the Second World War recieved the medal. This resulted in a second model design that differed a bit from the original: now a one piece construction was handed out instead of the original two piece construction from 1942. These 1985 variations were awarded 2.054.000 times in the first class and 5.408.000 times in the second class. If im not mistaken the 1985 second class medal is made of silver. (First class?) The quality of these awards really surprised me and is very good for russian awards. I had not expected this and have to say that in hand they are really beauytiful. The 1st Class award shown under here was produced by the Tallinn Jewelry Factory and the 2nd Class by the Mstyora Jewelry Factory Best regards, Gaston
  17. Hi, The theme "Deine Hand dem Handwerk" brought forward quite a few interesting badges. Here are a few of mine and some paperwork. If you have any other badges please post them here, i think they are very collectible and also somewhat underestimated. Best regards, Gaston Badges, first a very high quality enameled badge, later came a cheaper paper variation, this paper badge is much harder to find nowadays. A quite large brochure and postcard, both are very hard to find:
  18. Here's two different sizes of the Reichsbund der Kinderreichen memberbadge:
  19. Hi, Here is my little collection of Yser related items. I very much like this medal and later cross and even found a grave plate in the same design. A little background on these medals, found online:
  20. One of the Versailles Treaty definitions in 1919 was that the Rhineland would be occupied by allied troops for at least 15 years. This was one of the things that especially the French desired, as during the 1870 war and Great War the German armies could quite fast reached France. The reason for a demilitarised Rhineland was, that it would form a buffer between France and Germany in case of any future conflicts. Also France could pressure Germany to be obedient to the treaty's rules. Thus the occupation of the Rhineland occured in 1920, and this is one of the (many) reasons a certain Hitler would be mad at the Versailles Treaty for in many years to come. When Germany couldn't pay the yearly amount of money for damage caused by World War I (another point from the Versailles Treaty), the French occupied also the important industrial Ruhr-area (This also lays in the Rhineland area). The French then placed on purpose a lot of their coloured African colonial troops in the Rhineland, to defy the German population. Many German women were intrigued by these coloured men they had never seen before...you can imagine what would happen nine months later... A result of this all was a commemorative medal designed by famous medal designer Karl Goetz. Whitht he above in mind it is obvious what it depicts: the German dissatisfaction with the events happening at the time! There is a lot more symbolism to the medal when examened it a bit further. So here we go Some facts of the medal and it's design first: - Designer: Karl Goetz - Weight : 61,1 grams - Diameter: 57 mm - Material: Bronze - Other versions: Yes, two other versions exist (see further down this topic) - Maker: Bayerishes Munzamt - Why made: Anti French propaganda The front of the medal: Famous designer Karl Goetz is among medal collectors well known for his satirical designs, often in relation with at the time actual events taking place. this medal is no exception. On the obverse of the medal we see (through the eyes of a German perspective): - A French colonial and coloured soldier. This was for showing the German people that these soldiers would try to offence (sexually) the domestic population. Also it would mean that the French occupation would bring uncivilised people that would only cause problems to the German people. Thus trying to point out the french occupation was a very bad thing happening. - The words "Wacht Am Rhein", this is of course sarcasm and is a reaction to the French "protective actions" in the Rhine area. - 1920 : The year the Versailles Treaty started and the Rhine land occupation began - Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. Of course the French slogan of the French revolution. Here again sarcastically pointed out to show that the French were forcing the German's and NOT bringing this slogan in reality. - On the helmet is also an aiming point, the meaning is pretty obvious
  21. Hi guys, Here's my Reichsparteitag badges collection:
  22. Hi, I showed this plaque a few times in the past, but thought i'd be nice to show here as well: This is a commemorative non portable medal of the Poland campaign of September 1939 that started the Second World War. The inscription "Naer Oostland willen wij Rijden" is a direct referral to the knights of the German Order, that already in the middle ages went eastwards to expand German culture and grounds. In 1924 Adolf Hitler refered to these events in his Mein kampf book and spoke of an eastcolonisation, as well as later as the Lebensraum im Osten politics. When in 1934 Paul von Hindenburg died, his body was put in the Tannenberg monument (in todays Olsztynek in Poland), this was seen as a national socialist victory and the German people spoke of this happening as if it was a German funeral of an emperor. His victory in WWI in the Tannenberg battle was seen asan important revenge for the defeat of the Knights of the German Order that occured in the year 1410 in the area that would later become Poland and Lithuania. This very short piece of backgroundinformation should be kept in mind, when looking at this small commemorative plaque (through German eyes). The obverse of the plaque shows a scenery of the liberation of the German area that became Poland after WWI with the Treaty of Versaills in 1919. Depicted is a Knight of the German Order from Germanys illustrious past (around 1410), this Knight symbolizes here Hitlers nazi-germany in 1939. The knight stamps on the in 1939 already ended Polish Corridor (installed as one of the outcomes of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, that was seen as a huge humiliation for a lot of Germans), and liberates the isolised Free State of Danzig (symbolised by the city weapon of Danzig). The German eagle on the right is flying eastwards, to where the German future in 1939 was thought to lay, as well as a better time and space to expand, for a German national socialist future. The reverse of the plaque shows a rising swastika and a few branches of oak and oak leaves, these symbolise strenght. The acorns symbolise a new and powerfull start for Germany and the third reich. In the open area on the lower side of the reverse could the name of a recipient be engraved. I have never seen a plaque with a name on it to this date though. The plaques were handed out unnamed i think. Hope you like. best regards, Gaston
  23. Here's an interesting book and small display... I just discovered it has some pages on the Coburg march, but haven't read (or translated) them yet... best regards, Gaston
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    Norwegian Labour Service

    Here's a Norwegian labour service badge and patch. (AT = Arbeids Tjenesten = Arbeitdsdienst = Labour Service) best regards, Gaston