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  1. Hi, all! My name is Grant and I'm new to the forum thing. This is my first post, so please go easy on me if my forum etiquette is not perfect or I posted in the wrong place, but I am sure I will learn as I go along. I've been collecting for a while and finally decided to join a forum. I will likely use this account to gain the insight of others who may have more experience than me. I recently picked up a WWII German Deutsche Wehrmacht armband, the late war printed yellow one. There's some stitching missing but the main thing I'm concerned about is the printing (mainly the font of the text). I've seen the issue stamp faked before as well. I know there were many made and many variations throughout the war. Do you all think it's legit or fake? I will post pictures. Thanks in advance for any insight provided! res
  2. Hey, everyone! Just picked up this armband, trying to get more opinions on it. I've gotten a few that are positive, but I could use as much insight as possible as I can't find many references to these. It's an SS-Sonderkommando armband stamped for the SS with what appears to be a legit stamp, marked to Berlin. Stitching and black light look good. There's visible staining all throughout and the ink appears good to me. I'll post a few pictures. Help would be much appreciated as SS stuff can be hard to authenticate. Thanks in advance for any help!
  3. Hello, some Named Ribbon Bars for sale 1. GeneralMajor Paul Goerbig-- $450.00 (Comes with Research) 2. GeneralLeutnant Theo Helmut Lieb-- $550.00 (Picture) (Biography) 3. Rear Admiral Wilhelm Tackenberg-- $240.00 (Comes with Research) (Rank List) 4. GeneralMajor Otto Korfas-- $350.00 (Comes with Research) (Rank List) 5. Corvette Captain Paul Wilhelm Friedrich Carl Wiehr-- $120.00 (Picture) 6. Vice Admiral Wilhelm Meendsen-Bohlken-- $120.00 Send me a PM for pictures I ship worldwide I accept PayPal, Postal Money Order or Bank Cashiers Check Only Offers Welcome 1. GeneralMajor Paul Goerbig (Comes with Research) http://gmic.co.uk/topic/55149-ribbon...comment-506931 2. GeneralLeutnant Theo Helmut Lieb (Picture) (Biography) http://gmic.co.uk/topic/23177-two-ww...comment-219968 These two above were in Rick Lundstroms collection 3. Rear Admiral Wilhelm Tackenberg (Comes with Research) (Rank List) http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...kenberg&page=3 4. GeneralMajor Otto Korfas (Comes with Research) (Rank List) 5. Corvette Captain Paul Wilhelm Friedrich Carl Wiehr (Picture) 6. Vice Admiral Wilhelm Meendsen-Bohlken
  4. Hi: I have 2 pistols for presenting German Mauser's. Experimental Prototypes. They are similar in size to the 1911 COLT. Caliber 9 mm Parabellum (9x19 mm or 9 mm Luger). One such gun is documented in the book edition 2008 Mauser Pistolen. The other is completely unpublished and never documented in any book (in fact nobody knows how is the mechanical system). I leave my blog so they can view photos. Greetings juangomez http://experimentalpistolsmauser-nickl.blogspot.com.ar/2011/10/experimental-pistols-mauser-nickl-in-9.html
  5. Hi, I was hoping that someone might be able to identify this for me, please? It appears to be German, and I'm guessing some kind of artillery gun-sight. I've had a brief look on Google but can't yet find any image that match this. Any help is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the quality of the photos!
  6. I received this item yesterday. It's a 1940s vintage USAAF summer flight suit, size 36. It is one of several items in a collection that I'm considering purchasing. I am not up on the value of these items and was wondering if anyone has any idea of it's value. The other items in this collection(which I may be posting about later) include an Eisenhower Jacket, Field coat, shirts and a pair of pants, and a bomber jacket. All of these items are authentic USAAF garments from the 1940s.
  7. Hi, I acquired these 3 WWII military badges a while back, and I thought that all three were authentic. Someone recently told me that all of these pieces that are authentic have raised lettering on the back, instead of engraved. And also that the pin back should only open about half way instead of flipping all the way back. My large Nav pin does have these characteristics. The gunner pin opens all the way, and also has engraved "sterling" on the back. My small nav pin only opens half way, but the sterling mark is also engraved. Can anyone help me figure this out? Thanks! From top to bottom: Photos 1&2 = Small Nav Photos 3&4 = Large Nav Photos 5&6 = Gunner
  8. As its m number suggests, this type of cap was introduced in 1915 and it was used up to the 1940 when Belgium was defeated by the Germans. The example I recently picked up is for an officer and dated to the inter war period. My understanding is that he was a junior officer with the III (3rd) division -Arabic numerals are for regiments, Roman numerals for divisions- and was with the Engineers, being black and red. If it was a collar patch is would be black with red piping, but in this case the black tassel with red piping to the cap means the same, though I am still working on this subject.
  9. A friend of mine owns this and will sell it to me if I offer him enough money and we can agree a price on it, though never having seen another for sale I have no real idea what to offer him. It's a mark one star with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry decal on it.
  10. I recently acquired a Luftwaffe mug and would like to know if it's real or not. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. http://postimg.org/image/6h1o1ehe7/ http://postimg.org/image/cs6vhtimn/ http://postimg.org/image/lr1j8lcwf/ http://postimg.org/image/gd2r11n67/
  11. Arrived today, bought from ebay. It looked a bit bright white in the sellers pics and it did concern me that it might be iffy but in the hand it is quite dirty with signs of age so I have no doubts it is all correct, circa WWII or perhaps a little after. It was originally listed with some other items with make offers which I did but I was refused by the seller. It was relisted and did not sell but after a third listing I got it for a very good price. To be honest, if it had not looked so bright in the sellers pics I would have paid his original asking price for it as I have never seen another for sale for this Division. I took pictures with two different digital cameras as one of them did the same as the sellers pics and made the white look to clean and bright to have age, whilst the newer DSLR captured the true colours much better. What makes it extra good apart from the bargain price is that my Dad served with the division pre and during WWII in their div signals unit. It needs ironing as it has some folds in it though I have now hung it so perhaps they will drop out over time.
  12. A recent acquisition, an officers SD named to Eaton form Aylesbury. The cap came with a very poor condition staff officers red band and metal badge, though both have obviously been resewn so they might not belong with the cap, however there were signs they had been together fro some time. The cap is in very good condition with only a few moth holes and the crown was lined with brown paper, there is no makers mark under the paper but the paper size label is of the circular form which I think is typical of WWI examples, as is the very narrow chinstrap with a riveted diamond shaped slide. It has GS buttons, kings crown and green skiver under the peak which is typical for WWI or interwars SD caps, though this feature continued in use much later on forage/dress caps. Some pix are the sellers, others are mine after the red band fell off. It also came with a set of six officers black cloth bath stars on a red backing which I think makes them for Infantry though the seller thought they were Staff officer. The seller thought the officer had served in WWI as a staff officer and then in WWII in the Home Guard.
  13. This cap is named to Dudley Edwin Thornton, who was originally with 2/5th Welch serving at home until he was transferred as a Colonel to Africa. He was a big collector of Welsh medals and the below is from when they were being auctioned after hs death Colonel Dudley Edwin Thornton, CBE, ERD The collection of medals to the 41st and 69th Regiments of Foot (The Welch Regiment) formed by the late colonel Dudley Thornton, CBE Dudley Thornton died on 22 April 2009, just a week before his 90th birthday. Born in Surrey on 1 May 1919, he was brought up and educated in Bristol before embarking on a military career. He joined the Supplementary Reserve and was commissioned into the Welch Regiment as a Second Lieutenant just before the outbreak of World War II. After serving in the anti-invasion forces on the south coast, he was sent to East Africa in 1943 to join the 18th (Nyasaland) battalion of the King's African Rifles, and from there took part in the Burma campaign until the end of the War. Coming from a musical family helped his language skills and he learnt Chinyanja - and he played the flute which he always carried in his kitbag. After the War he served with the Welch overseas, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Cyprus and Libya, before becoming the last Commanding Officer of the regimental depot in Cardiff and then Deputy Commander of the Welsh Brigade at Cwrt-y-Gollen, near Crickhowell. He was awarded the CBE for his special contribution to the army of Malawi. He greatly enjoyed being back with soldiers he had fought with 20 years earlier, and commanded the army between 1965 and 1967. Colonial rule had just ended, Dr Hastings Banda was the country's first president and it was a time of change and instability. He was absorbed in this challenge. His interest in military history was also put to good use in designing many of the emblems for the new republic. He went on to other overseas postings in Europe and the Far East before retiring in 1974 to live in Burton Lazars, Leicestershire, with his wife Joan. Throughout his life he had a strong interest in military history and assembled a small collection of medals, badges and other militaria. He never really parted company with his regiment as almost immediately on retiring from the regular army he became a trustee and chairman of the Welch Regiment Museum in Cardiff Castle and remained deeply involved with it right up to the time of his death. London Gazette entries for D E Thornton SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 27 FEBRUARY, 1945 The undermentioned 2nd Lts. (War Subs. Lts.), from Supp. Res. of Offrs. to be Lts., 28th Feb. J 945. with seniority as stated: — Welch R. Dudley Edwin THORNTON (72799), ist Nov. 1941. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 2 JULY, 1946 INFANTRY. The undermentioned Lts to be Capts. 1st July, 1946.— (War Subs Maj.)' D: E. THORNTON (72799). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 AUGUST, 1946 Welch R. Lt. (War Subs. Capt.) D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Capt., ist July 1946. (Substituted for the notifn. in Gazette ((Supplement) dated 2nd July 1946.) SUPPLEMENT TO The London Gazette OF FRIDAY, 22nd MAY, 1953 Welch. Capt. D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Maj., 1st May 1953. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 DECEMBER, 1953 The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to confer the award of the Army Emergency Reserve Decoration upon the following officers:— Welch. Capt. D. E. THORNTON (72799) (now Maj., Reg. Commn.). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14TH DECEMBER 1962 WELSH BRIGADE, WELCH REGIMENT, REGULAR ARMY Maj D. E. THORNTON, ERD (72799) to be Lt-Col 15th Sept 1962. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14TH SEPTEMBER 1965 WELSH BRIGADE Welch Regiment REGULAR ARMY Lt-CoL D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Supernumerary to Establishment, 15th Sept 1965. FRIDAY, 3RD DECEMBER 1965 The undermentioned Lt.-Cols. to be Cols, on the dates shown: D. E. THORNTON, E.R.D. (72799), from Welch, 15th Sept. 1965. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, STH NOVEMBER 1974 Col. D. E. THORNTON, C.B.E., E.R.D. (72799) late INF. retires on retired pay, 25th Jul. 1974. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 10th JUNE ,1967 C.B.E. To be, Ordinary Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: Colonel Dudley Edwin THORNTON, E.R.D. •(72799), late Infantry, Commander, Malawi Army. I have included a photo of him with his CBE.
  14. One of two recent arrivals, both for officers of the Welch regiment who served during WWII and beyond. This one was stated by the seller to have belonged to Captain R. A. A. Evans whose captaincy was gazetted August 30th 1940, though I could not find it. The seller also had his OSD cap from when Evans was transferred to the Royal Artillery which I did not get. This cap has a bronzed OSD cap badge on blades with the C spelling of Welch which is correct for WWII and also has the bronzed regimental OSD buttons of POW feathers with motto. It can be seen in the hand that this cap had another badge on it at some stage and perhaps the officer when he transferred to the RA added that badge to this cap until he got himself the other RA cap and then maybe replaced the Welch badge back onto it. This is a supposition on my part and perhaps the seller was mistaken about this cap and it has been pimped, though the regimental OSD buttons are hard to find and appear to have always been on it. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 AUGUST, 1940 TERRITORIAL ARMY. ROYAL ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Offrs. are transf'd. from the following Infantry units, retaining their rank and seniority 1st Aug. 1940:— Welch R. Capts.:— R. A. A. Evans (62083). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 27 JUNE, 1947 The undermentioned Capts. to be Lt.-Cols., 1st May 1947: —….(War Subs. Maj.) R. A. A. EVANS (62083)….. The London Gazette of TUESDAY, the 25th of MAY, 1948 War Office, 28th May, 1948. The KING has been graciously' pleased to confer " The Efficiency Decoration " upon the following officers of the Territorial Army: — ROYAL ARTILLERY. ……..Lt.-Col. R. A. A. EVANS (62083). ………. SUPPLEMENT. TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 NOVEMBER, 1950 TERRITORIAL ARMY RESERVE OF OFFICERS. ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Lt.-Cols. from Active List, to be Lt.-Cols.:—- R. A. A. EVANS, T.D. (62083), 20th June 1950, retaining his present seniority. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 13 APRIL, 1951 War Office, 3rd April, 1951. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the award of the "1st Clasp" to the Territorial Efficiency Decoration upon the following officers: —). R.A. Lt.-Col. R. A. A. EVANS, T.D. (62083). ……..
  15. Jerry B

    Womens Land Army

    Pin back enamel badge worn on the hat and the jumper.
  16. I don't know if this is the right place to post this, so let me know if it's not. I am trying to identify the embroidered closth (photo attached) from my grandfather's military effects. He was on the USS Guadalcanal during his time in WWII, but we are not sure what exactly this is. It is a piece that has been cut from something, but we'd like to know a little more if we can find it out. Whatever it is, he made sure to get it back here and hold on to it. So we are a little curious if anyone has any insights. Thank you for any input.
  17. Another recent addition, WWII RA officers forage cap with a stunning gilt officers badge on it. Condition is pretty good and as far as I can ascertain the maker only made military items during the war years. In 1840 Morris Angel, the founder of the Company, opened a second-hand clothing shop in the Seven Dials area of London (near Covent Garden) providing a service for those who wanted good quality clothes at reasonable cost. When an actor asked if he could rent a suit rather than buy it, the hire business took off. The company remains a family enterprise with the 6th generation of the Angels family working in the company. Morris and his son Daniel moved to premises on Shaftesbury Avenue. Daniel opened a bespoke department in this new respectable environment. The quality and style of the clothes was high, and soon theatrical managers were seeking his services for their West End shows. As the film industry was beginning, Angels began a relationship with the film industry that lasts to this day, making the costumes for the film Maid of the Mountains (1913). Our Shaftesbury Avenue location ensured that we dressed every show of distinction in the West End, including musicals Showboat, The Girl Friend, The Co-optimists, The Year of Grace, No, No Nanette, and plays such as Journey's End, and The Truth Game. Angels quality is unsurpassed In the late 1920s, after Madame Tussauds was destroyed by fire, Angels re-dressed all the waxworks and provided uniforms and livery for the staff. From 1940 to 1945, Angels provided dress uniforms for the Free French Army and for ENSA, the army entertainment troupe. Angels won their first Best Costume Design Academy Award for Hamlet (1948) with Laurence Olivier. In 1989, a fire broke out at the Shaftesbury Avenue store, but Angels continued to provide costumes as the premises were restored. Angels acquired Bermans in 1992, moving the professional hire for film, TV and theatre to Camden. This allowed the original 119 Shaftesbury Avenue to be opened as Angels Fancy Dress; giving over almost one acre of storage space to public fancy dress hire. A small part of our warehouse. Angels The Costumiers moved the Film and TV Stock to a 160,000 sq.ft. purpose-built facility in Hendon in 2002. The building provides an incredible working environment, encompassing costume rental, line-up, costume making facilities, preparation areas and a suite of 15 designer offices and over 8 miles of costume rail in one room. Angels supplied costumes and uniforms to all five films nominated for the 2008 Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design and four out of the five films nominated for Film Costume Design BAFTAs. Across The Universe, Atonement, Elizabeth The Golden Age*, La Vie En Rose** and Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. It looks to have a little bit of moth damage and the chinstrap is also damaged, but the gilt officers badge looks to be a real beauty.
  18. I would like to share a seldom encountered cap, as it seems to me that the Forage versions turn up more often. It's a British General Officer's service dress cap dating to mid/late war period, with its correct Kings crown badge and gilt side buttons. Unfortunately it is not named, but is in a fantastic condition and is a great example of a floppy styled cap.
  19. 1940 dated British army jack knife, broad arrow, date and maker marked, Harrison Bros and Howson Sheffield. Early version as they stop using the copper loop as the war went on and switched to an iron loop.
  20. Two recent pickups, officers caps for the Shropshire Yeomanry and the South Staffordshire regiments.
  21. Arrived today, early war with textured paint over the original flat khaki green, only on the outside which is correct for the early war period. Helmet is maker and size marked, dated 1940 on both shell and liner. Shell maker is Joseph Sankey & Sons and the liner is by Teddy Toy Company. Also has the owners army number and named painted under the brim, for a member of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Rare to see one named to a combat unit.
  22. A pre 1941 version of the RN clasp knive, with the copper attachment loop. It is named to its former owner who was probably a Petty Officer on the HMS wild swan when she was attacked and sunk by German Ju 88 bombers on the 17th June 1942. He was rescued but died of his wounds the following day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Wild_Swan_(D62) ALLEN, WILLIAM GEORGE Rank: Petty Officer Service No: P/JX 129528 Date of Death: 18/06/1942 Age: 31 Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Wild Swan Panel Reference Panel 62, Column 2. Memorial PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Additional Information:Son of Henry John and Elizabeth Allen, of St. Helen's, Isle of Wight. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2490882/ALLEN,%20WILLIAM%20GEORGE http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1942-06JUN.htm
  23. Always nice to see cap badges where they belong, on their original caps. My 3 FS caps for the 3 main Welch regiments, no offence to the Welsh Guards, but they were only formed during WWI and the others have much longer histories than that. They are, left to right, Royal Welch Fusiliers -officers coloured FS cap-, the Welch Regiment -OR's FS cap- and the South Wales Borderers -OR's coloured FS cap.
  24. Posting a link to this group photo taken sometime in late 1939 to before the end of 1940. The two officers both went on to have illustrious careers with the army, with one winning the DSO and the other being mentioned in dispatches twice. http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/5437-ramc-group-including-bill-anderson-dso-airlanding-and-commando-medic/#entry26066
  25. Hi guys, Recently acquired this WWII Japanese flag. I was told by someone that there are multiple slogans on it, two of which are "May God prosper your arms" and "Long live Imperial Japanese Army", but he said there were others that he was unsure of. I just wanted to see what you guys thought of this flag, and if anyone can help with any more translations I'd GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks!