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  1. I have a few other cuff titles (which I inherited from my father), and have been able to identify them. However, I found this strip of cloth with the stuff he brought home from Germany after WWII and cannot identify it. Was hoping someone here could help. It's a think fabric. Rayon, maybe? It's woven, and about 3.5' long. I'm fairly certain it came from Dachau, as my father was put on duty there a few days after Germany surrendered, and I have a large amount of collar tabs, cuff bands, and other woven materials from there. I just can't find out what this piece would have been used for. I'm trying to categorize and identify everything I have. I don't think my computer is showing the actual color very well. The top is a deep pinkish red, and the bottom in actually a rather beige color with just a faint tinge of pink.
  2. Can you tell me what EK2 stands for? Thanks!
  3. Thanks Justin. I followed the link, and the last sentence in the description of this patch said, " The badge is in unissued condition and it has two dark histories that will appeal to every collector. " But the person who put up that page failed to mention what the "two dark histories" were, LOL.
  4. Obviously, this is a gas mask on what appears to be a sleeve patch, but I haven't found any luck online as to whom would have worn it. Any help is appreciated.
  5. I am having a REALLY difficult time trying to figure out what the correct forum for everything is. I know zilch about any of this stuff. As I said, I inherited a box of German (and apparently Bavarian and Bulgarian) medals and WWI and WWII stuff from my father. I have no idea what is what. You said you moved this to the correct forum. Are we in that correct forum right now, or is this response I'm typing where I originally typed it?
  6. Can someone please tell me what RZM means on the back of certain medals? I have a Hitler Youth belt buckle, and while it has markings on the back side, I don't see the "RZM" mark. Another website, selling one of the buckles, said it had the RZM mark. Can someone tell me what the markings on the back of this buckle mean? I was under the impression that the GES. GESCH. meant something like "patent pending." Not sure what the other marks mean, though.
  7. I have this ribbon in my collection that I can't identify. It was attached to the top of an iron cross from WWI, and obviously didn't belong there. The front of the ribbon has an iron cross at the top with the date 1914 at the bottom of the cross, and that cross has the imperial German crown. However, when I put the words on the ribbon into an online translator, it says, 50 year anniversary & Circle-war day military association Neckartenzlingen 15 Jul 1934. Apparently, Neckartenzlingen is a town in Germany. I have done online searches for "Circle-day war" and nothing comes up. Any suggestions?
  8. When you say "suspension ring" is that the lose ring that holds the ribbon, or the ring that is welded to the top of the medal? I have a magnifier and tried looking at the ring and didn't see anything but a lot of scratches and marks. Tomorrow I'm taking it to a friend of mine who is a jeweler and I'll have him look at it with his jeweler's loop. He looked at another medal I had and was able to see stamped letters which I couldn't see.
  9. Jim, I just did a web search on the Old Comrades Association to find out more about it, and nothing is really coming up except British Old Comrades Association. Any suggestions?
  10. I was reading another thread on this forum, with photos of this medal and I'm confused. The medals shown on that particular thread all had a silver helmet and rim. The medal I have is all the same color. I know this medal came back from Germany with my dad in 1946. Would some have been manufactured without the gold helmet and rim?
  11. Thank you, Jim. As I said in my opening post I had a strong feeling the ribbon was incorrect, and it was confirmed by Pierce. I have never heard of the Old Comrades. It that a veteran's organization?
  12. I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum. I'm having a difficult time trying to decide which forums to post my items in because I'm not familiar with the German terms or with the articles I have. I have this cigarette case with a swastika on it. There is some type of marking on the button that opens it. I've tried looking at it with a magnifying glass and can barely make out the letters ALPACC. There "might" be another A after the last C. Hard to tell. At the end of those series of letters there is a symbol of some sort with something inside it but I can't make it out. I think I may take it to a jeweler friend and see if he can see it. I don't know a thing about this, other than it returned to the States with my dad after WWII and has been in his possession (and now mine) since. Any help ia appreciated.
  13. I have this Fez and was told it was worn by Bosnians who fought for Germany during WWII. It's in fairly good condition. The band inside it has only light wear. Can anyone give me any further information on this?
  14. I have this flight helmet and I was curious because it had no ear "openings" for head phones. I tried finding out why and saw one site online which said the helmets without the headphone openings were for flight training or in use in aircraft in which no radio communications were installed. I was surprised by this. Didn't all aircraft in WWII have radio communications?