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Bill T.

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  1. I know some dislike the collecting of "Death Cards", however alot can be learned from the right ones. A way to represent the sacrifice and acheivements of each soldier who died fighting. Please show us some of your more interesting Death Cards......ones with unique or well-known Locations, Unit ID's, High Awards, Personalities, or ANY that you personally find interesting. Any info added is always better too! Here is the Sterbebild of ERICH LINDNER of Panzer Regiment 35 An Unteroffizier Killed Northeast of Starkawa, Russia ? on August 4, 1944. He was only 20 years old. Any help on Starkawa's specific location would be appreciated.
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    Schlacht am Wolchow

    Nice Bart. Here are a couple pics I can add from the Wolchow front 1942. Like stated above, Mosquito nets were key.
  3. Here is a death card of a Gefreiter wearing the Croatian "Ante Pavelic Silver medal for Bravery". Issued to Croatians and foreign soldiers who fought alongside Croatians in battle and showed acts of bravery. This soldier was killed during the battle of Praha "Praga", an Eastern suburb of Warsaw, across the Vistula.
  4. I saw that the Soviet Section of this forum is lacking a bit, so.......This is my only Soviet related WWII grouping to get things moving here. Nothing spectacular, but worth a look! This Order of the Red Star was won by an Artillery Major, who fought at Lake Chasan in 1938! I have another doc from this group if anyone is interested, but its obviously in Russian! Here is his Info translated: Shabashev Piotr Konstantinovich Major of Artillery Technical Service in reserve. Year of birth: 1903 Place of birth: Kalag city, Voronej area. Member of Communist party since 1944. Undergraduate Russian In red army since January 1, 1920 – April 20, 1946 Place of service on the moment of the award: 16th army senior assistant of the commander of the 1st squad of the artillery supply department. Place of service now: Pension Lives: Leningrad, Sadovaya st. 58 apt. 1 Awards: Red Banner Lenin Red Star Medal for victory over Germany Citation: Name: Shabashev Piotr Konstantinovich Rank, duty and place of service Major of Artillery Technical Service, artillery supply department, 16th army, senior assistant of the commander of the 1st branch. Year and place of birth : 1903, Kalach city, Voronej area. Member of Communist party since 1944. Russian In red army since 1/1/1920 On commanding posts since 1/5/1929 Participated in fights on Lake Chasan in 1938. Was not wounded. Was awarded before with order of Lenin and Red Banner in red army in 1944 and 1945. Home address: Alexanrovsk city on Sahalin. Short description of personal deeds: In the interaction with the management of logistics army under extremely difficult conditions of transportation, he ensured timely delivery of ammunition to artillery in the rear head office of the warehouse. He worked selflessly, tirelessly and didn't spare his own strength. Deserves to be awarded with the order of red star. Signed by Lt.Colonel (his superior officer commander of the 1st branch) 31/08/1945 Signed by General-Major of artillery, Commander of the artillery of the 16th army "Pochitalin" 1/09/1945
  5. I've always found Portraits/photos with PAB's in wear to be interesting. Sometimes these photos dont fall into a specific category on the forums, so they are passed over. Please share what you've got! ALL variants of the PAB are welcome of course. Here are a few of mine to start:
  6. The Ludwig Cruwell - Gunther Angern KC ceremony photo is mine (2nd in). I don't know where you got a photo of it without watermark, but don't appreciate it posted without one. As a matter of fact I am trying to sell this photo, and it's things like this that draw people away from wanting to purchase it.
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    Visor Cap Portraits

    One of my Favorite photos of my collection, possibly. Totenkopf man on left. An SS StuG Cloth visored Crusher on right. Not sure if the visor is black or if it is covered in grey cloth?? Also note the metal eagle bent to fit the crushed style. If I could own only 1 piece of headgear for life, it would be that crusher.
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    Visor Cap Portraits

    Heres a cool one.....A Visor cap with odd insignia. Turns out, a fellow collector PM'ed me and said he believed he owned this cap, or these were made by a Dutch Tailor. The wreath insignia was directly sewn to the cap band. Pretty neat. Taken in Limbach, Germany.
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    Show us your Legion Condor Tank Badge photos

    Here I can contribute Is a LCTB / Spanienkampfer holder's field grave at Duderhof, Leningrad, 1941. He was Hauptmann Hans Joachim von Falckenberg, commander of 7./Pz Rgt. 1. Here is his grave until it could be moved to a more proper burial site. The Grave photo is mine (currently for sale, unfortunately) The 2 others are from a friend/collector LuckyStrike23's beautiful collection
  10. Hi Eric, nice POW photo of Rasp, interned at a British POW camp Here is a photo from my collection of him w/ 3rd GJ Div in 1943.
  11. Friedrich Materna General der Infanterie Units Kommanded: 45th Infanterie Division XX ArmeeKorps AWARDS Eisernes Kreuz 2. and 1. Klasse Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (15 Dec 1942) Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (5 Aug 1940)
  12. Next is a rare one.....to a Valentin Consdorf who started in a Grenadier Regiment, and died while a Forestry-Anwarter! He died in July of 1944. His family wrote a nice message on the card..... P/S - check out the Forestry uniform!
  13. Awesome guys! Eric, that is really cool that he offered Klaus his Walther back. Incredible. He must have been shocked after all of those years. Really a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed! Loved the Max Busch story as well. Joe, you have some very nice KM Sterbebilds as well. I Like the Anton Bergbauer one... Here is one from Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland He was KIA in Novemeber 1943 when the Division was in the Krivoi Rog area. Josef Hertel was only 19 years old.
  14. Wow, you were very lucky to be able to reunite these portraits. I recently had the same luck too Bryant. Love it when that happens! Beautiful portraits
  15. Oh wow, okay. I read the action report, but didnt find much info on the survivors themselves. Very interesting. I really wish you got the chance to speak to the last survivor, that would have been great. I wonder if a US Navy man had the opportunity to pocket the disc, without it ever being recorded? Makes me even more curious as to how the disc ended up in the States. In my opinion, this is why alot of us collect.....to help preserve history...even down to the personal level. Love it!
  16. While Im here, I will share this grouping to: Oberleutnant Werner Haringer of StuG Abt 203 He was killed in the Rzhev salient.......specifcally the 2nd Rzhev-Sychevka Offensive Operation (Operation Mars) on November 30, 1942. Operation Mars was to be planned concurrent with Operation Jupiter, which was to attack along the Moscow-Vyazma highway. Werner died in a Field Hospital in Sytschewka, where his body is still presumed to be.
  17. WOW Eric!! What an awesome find, both times. I think it must be Fate that brought the death card to you. And like you, I do believe that it is almost gauranteed to be his death card. The date of his death matches the date of the sinking of U-67 as well. A perfect match. Truly an awesome find for you. Another possible scenario with the dogtag would be that one of his komrades snapped half of it off Benedikt's body for proof of death, and had it with him when he was rescued? Number of possibilities, but an interesting grouping indeed. Thanks alot for sharing this group. Makes you wonder if these 2 items were ever together after the war, or is this the first time they have been united??
  18. Siegfried Freyer - Received KC 23/7/42 - 4./Pz. Rgt. 24 Still Living (95 years old)
  19. Absolutely beautiful Kevin! A real stunner. Congrats and thanks for showing it to us
  20. A card to Josef Reeb of Panzer Regiment 8. He was part of Rommels Afrika Korps and died in the battle of Tobruk in Libya. He was wounded on May 2, 1942 and died 22 days later in Cyrenaica.
  21. Hi Richard, Very nice LSSAH card. Volksbund shows that Georg went missing on December 1, 1943 while in the region of Shitomir (Zhitomir). Probably a member of the 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH, as they and the entire 48th Panzer Korps launched a large, fresh attack in the Zhitomir area starting on November 30th! The JG77 card is also very interesting. Especially with shot of gravesite. Thanks for sharing and sorry it took so long to reply.
  22. Hi Bart, Not as large as I'd like it to be! haha Nice photos Mike! Here are some new Panzer III Auf J's being transported to the front
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    Show us your EK2 awarded photo's

    Here is a photo showing how some units held the EK's & KVK's while being presented to the recipients Note the display platter of both EKs and KVKs
  24. Panzer named Spichern (spicheren) Not sure if the skull is a unit emblem, or just for effect!? # 2. Panzer III Ausf N w/ 75mm short-barrel
  25. SdkfZ 251/10 Schützenpanzerwagen w/ Pak 36 anti-tank gun This one is being repaired/transported