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  1. Ian: Beautiful, beautiful and historic -- complete set. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoyed it greatly! Joe
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    Bernhard Rogge

    Wow! It is absolutely amazing the finds that appear from the most unlikely of places! Sally, you have a very desirable and historic copy of Schiff 16. The book's dedication and the addition of a Rogge additional signature are great. This is a fantastic example of Rogge's signature (in ball point pen?) for that time period. (for me, most signatures from the middle/late 1960s and beyond seem rushed and appear somewhat less "elegant" than earlier ones; not this one! He clearly took his time and provided a wonderful signature.) Given the fact he signed the Schiff 16 book, it would have been a nice touch if he added the traditional "Vizeadmiral a.D & Kommandant" too, but given who he was signing the book for...perhaps not needed! Sally, again, great find! Congratulations! Joe
  3. Kevin H: Thanks again! Much appreciated! Joe
  4. Fellow collectors and researchers: I am trying to piece together some information about a former crewman of HSK STIER. After getting rescued, I believe he was assigned in Nov 1942 to the Luftwaffe's 1st Flieger Ergänzung Gruppe (See). (Specifically: BV-138-B1 as a Flight Observer.) I essentially know nothing about the Luftwaffe. Can anybody provide me information about the 1st Flieger Ergänzung Gruppe (See) such as: where assigned, missions, aircraft...etc. etc... Then what does the factoid: "BV-138-B1" mean? Thanks so much in advance for any assistance. Joe
  5. Friends, Fellow Researchers and Collectors: I picked up this photo to add to my Minesweeper photos because it was so sharp, crisp and clear. However, when a friend deciphered the dedication on the back for me, my interest in the photo grew significantly. This portrait shows one of the 22,000 Germans who garrisioned the surrounded city of La Rochelle from September 1944 until after the German capitulation. In doing some cursory reading on the subject, it seems life in the surrounded city was not really that bad--- there wasn't a significant bombing offensive against the city and the Allies allowed for a continued electrical supply, fuel supply and even a controlled amount of supplies to continually flow into the city. It seems the Luftwaffe also arranged quite a few supply drops for the defending garrision of the "besieged" city. Drawing my own conclusions, it seems that life under "siege" in La Rochelle was relatively safe, and even afforded the defenders of the city an opportunity to take crisp, high quality photos, in clean uniforms and mail them home. Very interesting subject, I hope you find some interest in it as well. Joe
  6. Friends and Fellow Collectors and Researchers: As those who know me are aware, my photographic and document pursuits are quite a small niche-- specifically related only to Hilfskreuzer portraits, photographs, snapshots and other papers and documentation. However, during times when that area was relatively quite, I began to pick up Minesweeper portraits, if the price was right and the timing was convienient. So today, I decided to go through them in earnest and start cataloging them. I was pretty happy to realize that I've started off on a nice collection of Minesweeper portraits too! Most of the portraits are shared here for the benefit of the forum member's review, I hope maybe someone else finds as much interest and enjoyment from them as I do. Very Kind Regards, Joe
  7. @ Walle: I am a knucklehead....! I **NOW** see your documents are from two different crewmen. My attention to detail is still a bit fuzzy this morning as I shake off Saturday night's beers. In correction, I've seen your two documents, and three others-- for a total of five known Atlantis documents. Joe
  8. I must have clicked a wrong button or something, I tried to reply to the entire thread in a new reply, but everytime I click reply, the only option I have is to repy as a quote to Walle's post. Sorry I have no idea what I did. Kevin H: That Admiral Scheer on-board certificate and the homemade ribbon are both simply amazing! Thanks for posting. (The only other on board produced EK2 ribbons I have seen before were produced aboard Komet. These were thin, pliable strips of metal which were then painted to replicate ribbons.) That Tannenfels early document is stunning. Given all the history that ship was involved in, this early document is great to see. For the thread, I only have one contribution to add right now. This EK2 certificate was previously published and shown online by the former owner, I want to hold some items as unpublished in the hopes I can release a future reference work or on-line research page. Joe
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    Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Portraits

    Bart: Thanks for your comment. There are a few that are so clear, crisp and perfectly focused, where; in those photos, the badge details are amazing! I only scanned them at 600 and I really reduced the resolution to post them here, but you can still see the detail on the clear ones. Well, I am a bit biased....I think the Auxiliary Cruiser is the most beautiful and poignant badge design there is! Perhaps, the High Seas Fleet Badge is the **second** most beautiful badge... Thanks for the watermark info. PM to follow! Joe
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    Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Portraits

    Hmmmmmm, I just realized I probably should have watermarked them to preclude seeing them posted eslewhere... Joe
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    Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Portraits

    ...and the last for now! Hope you enjoy! Kind Regards, Joe
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    Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Portraits

    Some more for review. Joe
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    KM with Edelweiss emblem.

    Absolutely. GMSA. That was my first thought too. Joe
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    Blockade Breaker award in wear.

    Gordon: great additions to the thread. Martin: I've always been crazed for that Petersen photo since Don first showed it to me. It is so darn sharp and crisp. Then the war badges in wear are my three favorites...all on one uniform! That is one amazing photo! Joe
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    Blockade Breaker award in wear.

    Here is a merchant officer who was awarded the Blockadebrecher. Interesting subject! Joe
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    Blockade Breaker award in wear.

    Bart: Many Merchant Marine qualified for the badge. For instance, when the blockade breaker IRENE (ex-ATLANTIS prize, the former SILVAPLANA) was sunk, 49 of the total complement of 76 crewmen were merchant sailors. Merchant sailors and others serving on the ships were authorized to be awarded the badge if all of the qualifying factors were met. Joe
  17. Martin: Don did send me copies of all the photos he took of Rogge's badge and some posed shots at his home. Please let me know if you need copies. (I didn't forget about the BB photos, just haven't gotten to it yet.) Joe
  18. Hi Martin: Don Frailey took that photo of Rogge's badge at Rogge's house in 1972. There are several different views in the series Don took that day. Joe
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    Hilfskreuzer award in wear.

    Martin: I'll have to make you a huge upcoming trade offer as I have the other photos of this Dittmann set and a few others of Dittmann aboard Silvaplana and safely back at the French port. I am crazed to get the entire set back together again! Just a small factoid: Rogge later mentioned in his post-cruise operational analysis that he was surprised and a bit disappointed when Dittmann was not awarded the EK1 by the local port authorities after bringing such a valuable Prize Ship as the Silvaplana safely to port. Of course, Rogge rectified that once all of the crew was back together and they had their award ceremony. Joe
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    Waterloo Medal. Finally got one

    Oh man, I've always wanted one. Haven't yet decided to take the plunge. Great acquisition! That is awesome. Joe
  21. Nothing new to report, so far just a bunch of dead ends or generalized concepts. Wow, this is really an obscure path...hopefully I can turn over at least one clue. Joe
  22. Hello Fellow Researchers and Collectors: I have found the 29 June 1942 SKL Kriegstagbuch notes that all commanders were warned via radiogram to be wary and cautious. This warning was because SKL had confirmed beyond a doubt that a former crewman from Atlantis captured on a prize was broadcasting from an Allied broadcast site. The man was encouraging German sailors to hinder their ship or their missions. For several weeks, I have been searching libraries for any reference to the Allied propaganda programs and have come up virtually blank. There is some stuff on the internet about the Allied propaganda program, but most of it relates to Allied activities after 29 June 1942. I did find a book called the "Black Game." Inside the writer says: The program had..."a number of German prisoners of war who had been carefully screened and were delighted to be able to make their own contributions to the downfall of the Third Reich..." Then he says: "Frank Lynder could recall at least ten petty officer from the Kriegsmarine..." This mostly implies within the book that these were aimed at U Boat men. If anyone has any leads or any pointers as to where I can go from this point and try and uncover who the Atlantis man was. I can't imagine he was ever sent to a POW camp after his work as he would have probably experienced the same treatment as Johannes Kunze and Werner Dreschler if he was found out! Any assistance in helping to solve this big mystery would be greatly appreciated! Joe
  23. Lado: Thank you very much for the identification. Much appreciated. Joe
  24. Good day Fellow Researchers and Collectors: I post this photo in the hopes someone will be able to identify the RKT who is speaking graveside at OLt.z.S Klocke's burial on 27 August 1943. I've really reduced the size and resolution, if a larger photo of his face is required, please just say the word! Thanks for any assistance! Joe