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  1. Another nice Italian theatre example. I can't say I've read much on the fighting in Italy although I recently finished reading Italy's Sorrow by James Holland.
  2. A very nice and well used Soldbuch.
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    Gottlieb

    I'm not sure he was ever banned, I just thought he was laying low until the dust settled after his disgraceful grave digging programme. Just like Pawel Novak, he is one that will seemingly never truely disappear. And some people will never learn when it comes to him.
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    50's film stuff

    Do these old films still get shown regularly on German tv like The Great Escape or Dambusters are on UK tv?
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    Stewy

    That's good to know. Hopefully they will do something.
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    V 1 Buzz Bomb x3

    I have my doubts as to what the writing is describing. The writing says it is the same V-1 and yet to take a photo of it in level flight and then to be in position when it impacted, probably, miles later the cameraman must of been a very fast runner and good at judging where it would fall when it hasn't even tipped over into it's final dive - not to mention a lucky one to be that close to an impact with nothing shielding them from the blast. If these were processed in the war I'd say that they were mass produced and either sold as propaganda postcards to the German public in the last months of the War or sold to the Allied troops by Belgian civilians.
  7. This Soldbuch started out as just a run of the mill Sicherungs-Btl type Soldbuch with no awards. But in the hands of someone, not only did the Soldbuch have an Anti-Partisan-Badge added, with a vefy well done stamp and signature, but a faked citation was also made to go with it with a faked signature of Odilo Globocnik. Please note that the two dealers shown in the images were not involved in this swindle as far as we know. AWARDS PAGE - BEFORE AWARDS PAGE - AFTER
  8. It has been a while since this thread was updated so here is my latest item. Wehrpass and Flugbouch to a Fliegerschutzen in 7./KG-3 who was killed on the very first day of the 1940 Western Campaign on what was his very first operational flight. He was flying in a Dornier-17 when it was shot down by French fighters on 10th May. He and one other crewman were killed while two others, including the pilot, baled out and were captured. The memorial card is signed by Knights Cross winner Ernst-Wilhelm Ihrig.
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    Cottage industry

    Unfortunately it is the great divide that separates the collectors who wish to preserve history and the more unethical sellers who couldn't care less.
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    Cottage industry

    I do have the images saved in my file to update the fake section on this forum so I'll get round to it in the next few days.
  11. I think magazines like this are a very underrated collecting theme. So many different types of magazines produced but all with one underlying aim and that was to brainwash and hammer home the core themes of the regime.
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    Cottage industry

    If it wasn't for the previous images (that were stored by one of our members here) you could be easily fooled by the entry in the Soldbuch, although you'd might want to question why does a holder of the APB have no other awards. But that stamp is very well done and signatures are now being well practised. There does seem to be a whole load of fake citations coming out of Germany, mainly for SS & GD but also a few others, whereby you have to be really careful before taking the plunge. So far ink seems to be a little give away on the citation signatures but that'll change eventually as the fakers evolve.
  13. Once a year (or sometimes twice) I head to Prague and while this tends to be just a convenient meeting up point before a few of us head elsewhere for a few days (Poland, Germany or Austria), at least one day is spent seeking out spots with relevance to WW-2. Some of these spots are well known and fairly easy to find (the Anthropoid related crypt or Gestapo HQ for example) while others are off the tourist trails and probably rarely visited. One location that fits the latter description of being rarely visited is the Kobylisy shooting range, or execution grounds to use its other name. The Metro station at Kobylisy is actually the closest one to the spot where Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated so people who use that station leave it and head there but if they headed in a different direction the execution ground is just a 15-20 minute walk away, and very easy to find. Originally the shooting ranges date back to the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire being set up in 1889 and after the fall of that empire they were subsequently used by the Czechoslovakian Army before the war. In bygone years it used to be located outside the city but now it is within the city limits and is now hidden away and overlooked by Soviet built apartment blocks. The Germans decided to use the shooting ranges as an execution ground and as such over 550 people were murdered there - the youngest name found on the memorial plates was just 15 and the last execution took place on 7th May 1945. According to some literature, there used to be a stables on the ground and this would be where those awaiting their turn were kept before being marched out to be shot. The stables is no longer there but the location still resembles a shooting range with one end open and high banks on the other three sides to stop the bullets and ricochets. At the far end of the range is a black & white memorial mosaic which represents bodies. You can see that area in the distance in the image above and below. On one of the ranges a tree now grows but on the other there is a memorial statue and a large cross. Facing the statue is a long memorial panel listing the names of those who were executed on the grounds. Among the many names listed are such people as Alois Elias who was the Czechoslovakian Prime Minister and was the only European Premier executed in this way in WW-2. Another name is Lt-Colonel Josef Masin who was one of the 'Three Kings' resistance group. Also listed is Bishop Gorazd and the Church officials who took responsibility for hiding the SOE agents in the crypt of the Cathedral in Prague (see my previous thread from 2017 - Operation Anthropoid - Prague ) and who were executed on 4th September 1942. On one occasion five members of one family were executed and again, these are linked to the death of Heydrich. As I am sure you know, one of the reprisals for Heydrich's killing was the total destruction of the village of Lidice. The Germans didn't just wipe the village out in terms of destroying the buildings but they also made every effort to kill all the occupants. Those not present at the village when it was destroyed were hunted down and one family that had been arrested before the destruction of Lidice were executed at Kobylisy and in total 26 people from Lidice who hadn't been there on the day were located and executed at the shooting range. As mentioned, it is a site that is tucked out of the way but one that is fairly easy to find with just a minimum of prior planning and I would say that it is worth going to see.
  14. It is a collecting area that doesn't seem to get the attention of many other areas but it can be a cheaper area to collect and sometimes well known or infamous places do crop up. While most PoW Camp guards ony have their main unit listed in the Soldbuch or Wehrpass such as a Landesschuetzen-Btl, other examples will actually have the camp noted. It isn't a main area of collecting for me but I do have some examples. Here is an example of a Soldbuch to an older serviceman who had previously served in World War 1 and who was assigned to a Marine Landesschuetzen Kompanie and was sent to be a guard at Marlag-Milag Nord which was the main PoW Camp for Royal Navy & Merchant Navy sailors who were captured (approx 5,000) and located near Bremen. The liberation of the camp is on Youtube. This Wehrpass is to another older soldier who was assigned to Stalag 343. After the Germans occupied Lithuania in 1941 Stalag 343 was used to hold, and kill, Russian PoW's. To begin with it was located near Alytus in Lithuania before a camp near Bobruisk was renamed Stalag 343. Thousands of Russian prisoners died at the camp in Lithuania due to starvation and disease, and in the nearby forest of Vidzgiris over 60,000 Jews were murdered. This is one that I have posted before in a thread of its own, being a Wehrpass & Soldbuch set: A Wehrpass to a soldier who was transferred to the Luftwaffe and assigned to a Luftwaffe Landesschuetzen Kompanie. This unit was used to guard Stalag-Luft III and this soldier was guarding the camp during the period of arguably the the most well known escape from the PoW Camp system, The Great Escape on 24th March 1944. If anyone has other examples of PoW Camp guards please feel free to share, it would be interesting to see one from Oflag IVC - Colditz.
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    Stalingrad wounded?

    Looks like it and a serious wound as well - entered the hospital system on 16th November 1942 and came out in May 1944. Would of thought he would of received the Silver Wound Badge at least. I'm not home until the middle of next week so don't have access to my files so don't know where in the Stalingrad region Inf.Rgt 212 were in early November but it should be easy to find out.
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    Bit iffy?

    I think it is probably ok but to be 100% you would need to see more entries as there might be stamps that can confirm or contradict entries.
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    Soldbuch Photos

    Jump in - you know you want to! : )
  18. I've tried sending this via PM but I'm getting the notification that you can not receive messages: If you are still looking for Kriegsmarine Sanitats related SB there is one listed here. The asking price is €139 I believe but as this is the second time the seller has listed it, it might be worth making any offer. It also comes with some extra pieces of paperwork: https://www.militaria321.com/auktionsdetails.cfm?auctionID=6942222 Best Regards KEViN
  19. Very nice little set to a long serving soldier who fought in Africa as a paratrooper. Originally joined the infantry in 1936, he served with various infantry regiments from 1936 to 1941 earning the Wound Badge in Black for injuries received on 14th June 1940. He then transferred over to the Luftwaffe and joined the paratroopers. After the relevant training he was awarded the Fallschirmschutzenabzeichen and eventually joined 2./FJR-5 in February 1942 which was earmarked for the invasion of Malta before shipping over to North Africa. I could go in to the history of the unit while he served with it but this link does that much better than I could... FJR-5 He died on 5th December 1942, having been badly injured on 30th November in Tunisia. On the day he was injured I/FJR-5 attacked a large force of British paratroopers under John Frost at Depienne with 2.Kompanie being one of those used to attack frontally. This was the first time ever that British paratroopers fought against their German counterparts - Red Devils v Green Devils. Also included with the Wehrpass is a photo showing the man in full Fallschirmjager equipment, a Death Card showing his Para Badge, a postcard showing a paratrooper leaping from an aircraft and addressed to a Josephine Kuchler, and some sort of A4 Heldentod piece of paper which has a nice portrait photo of him wearing all his awards/ribbons (same image as seen on the Death Card but much clearer.) This last item has a few rips including one hard to see in the image but circled in yellow. *The red lines are obviously not on the actual items, it is just a crude form of watermark. Gone to auction Asking price includes payment fees and shipping. Payment via Paypal or Bank Transfer
  20. Volksbund is far from complete, I seem to recall that somewhere in the region of only half of lost German troops have been entered so far although how true that is I don't know. Plus any serviceman that had his body returned and buried privately by the family (which could explain aircrew who fell over home territory, or the occupied West for example) isn't entered either.
  21. Here is another one - a Soldbuch to a middle aged soldier who served in a unit called Stab Major Schu (Schrott- und Altstoff-Erfassung). This unit's task was to tour around occupied Europe and basically collect scrap.
  22. I can't say I have seen such a letter either. The soldier isn't mentioned in the Volksbund Database.
  23. Not exactly books you'd find hard to put down!
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