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  2. Swastika Good Luck Charm

    Yes the symbol was used by the famous German Gladiator Valetinus who had the swastika good luck symbol on his shied in AD 175. And I believe many German soldiers carried one in the trenches in WW1 as a good luck charm.
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  4. German Cavalry, Film 1939

    Excercise. Artillery Battery takes up position
  5. Swastika Good Luck Charm

    Buckle fitting found in the Oseberg Schiff, near Oslo Fjord, 1907 The symbol was used by many ancient cultures, Scandinavians, Romans, Greeks, even earlier in Asia. Now banned in several European countries.
  6. German Cavalry, Film 1939

    Militär-Reitschule, Potsdam
  7. Here's an interesting item that was found by someone with a metal detector in County Durham. It is a die stamped copper alloy good luck charm 20mm x 22mm c1930 ?.
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  9. I had to google to see exactly what an "Anne Frank Costume" is, never heard of it before and found following article under The Daily Telegraph, it must have been typical clothing of the period (or worn only by Anne Frank?), now given a brand name (I think nowadays everything seems to be getting a bit out of hand, the media is much responsable for widespead hysteria): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/17/anne-frank-outfit-removed-halloween-costume-website-provoking/ Anne Frank outfit removed from Halloween costume website after provoking outcry
  10. Yes I agree Cato, and an Anne Frank costume is pretty sick, to say the least
  11. Government proposal to prevent sale of Nazi items

    My Girlfriend was looking at an Anne Frank costume on a website of some type for Halloween and I said "that's to much surely, I disapprove, its insensitive she was just a wee girl", but apparently owning a Knights Cross is weird and she freaked, double standards much? Some people have no historical context in our generation, none at all.
  12. Military Clocks

    The first clock is by "Junghans", who I believe, are still in business today. Shame that it has been defaced.
  13. Military Clocks

    A traditional ship's clock, not antique, purchased over 40 years ago at Optik Schröder, Dammtorstraße, Hamburg, complete with key for winding. It also has the "Glasen", bell sounds at each hour and half hour, which can be adjusted to auto or "off". Casing is in brass. Such nautical pieces were quite popular in the 70s locally. The clock is of the make of Hermle, probably little known today. Cost probably as much as a historical piece, at the time about DM 160,00 -which was a lot of money in those days.
  14. Some new entries to the Museum. Prussia: Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung II.KLasse, (clasp / Schnalle ) blackened iron on woven silk, awarded 1842 - 1913. It was replaced in 1913 by a small gilt or copper coloured bronze medal on a blue ribbon. Prussia: Kartuschkasten for cavalry officers, including Husaren-Regiment 15 also worn by Field Artillery and Train. As worn on the officers bandelier.
  15. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders glengarry Gengarry courtesy of Buster The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders wore a a dark blue glengarry with red and white dice and a red toorie. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until amalgamation into the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006. The regiment was created under the Childers Reforms in 1881, as the Princess Louise's (Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders), by the amalgamation of the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, amended the following year to reverse the order of the “Argyll” and “Sutherland” sub-titles. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to fifteen battalions during the First World War(1914–1918) and nine during the Second World War (1939–1945). The 1st Battalion served in the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967. As part of the restructuring of the British Army's infantry in 2006, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated with the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) into the seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland. Following a further round of defence cuts announced in July 2012 the 5th Battalion was reduced to a single public duties company called Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Their cap badge consisted of a white metal badge with a circlet inscribed ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND. Within the circlet, voided, the cypher "L" of the late Princess Louise, interlaced and reversed. On the left of the cypher is a boar's head and on the right a cat-a-mountain (wild cat). Above the cypher and overlaying the top of the circlet is the Princess's coronet (a Royal Ducal coronet), all within a wreath of thistles. Below is Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Campbell Mitchell (17 November 1925 – 20 July 1996) he was a British Army officer and politician. He became famous in July 1967 when he led the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the British reoccupation of the Crater district of Aden. At that time, Aden was a British colony and the Crater district had been taken over by nationalist insurgents. Mitchell became widely known as “Mad Mitch”. His reoccupation of the Crater became known as "the Last Battle of the British Empire". The event marked the end of an era in British history and made Mitchell famous.
  16. German Kriegsmarine Ship's Clock Here is a Type W246 used on surface ships and U-Boats.8 day movement.Bakelite mounting with opening glass door face.In working order and the key is present.The eagle and swastika marking has been erased beneath the winding mechanism on the clock face. Maker J.UNGHANS.
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    Type W246 used on surface ships and U-Boats. 8 day movement. Bakelite mounting with opening glass door face. In working order, key is present. The eagle and swastika marking has been erased beneath the winding mechanism on the clock face. Maker J.UNGHANS.


  18. The German Pickelhaube

    Thanks Paul, that's fair enough but it would make a very long title, instead I have just changed it to The German Pickelhaube
  19. 1/6th scale knight in armour

    Hi Mick, both these figures are discontinued, but if I come across a second hand one will let you know
  20. I’m looking to buy 1/6th scale knights in armour could anybody suggest a place/ shop that sells them.I also looking for a 1/6th scale French cuirassier ,they seem hard to come by.I have two sets of cuirassiers armour front and back plates and a spare back plate I’m willing to part x or swap.thanks for looking Mick Taylor.
  21. The German Pickelhaube

    N.B.: refering to main title - these helmets are not "Imperial" - there was no such thing as "Imperial German Army" (no Kaiserlich deutsche Armee). The helmets are from the armies of various states, mainly Prussia, which did not have an Emperor, but a King, a correct equivalent would be Royal Prussian, Royal Saxon, Royal Bavarian, etc. "Imperial" applied only to the Navy and the Overseas Colonies - Kaiserliche Marine, etc. Also, the official title of the head of the Prussian state as from 1871 (and before) was König von Preußen - "Deutscher Kaiser" (and not Kaiser von Deutschland) was only a secondary and honorary title.
  22. Leather skull patch

    First of all, the skull above is the club badge of St.Pauli F.C., don't know how well known they are abroad, but locally rather controversial, play mainly in smaller leagues (football was never really my thing). Secondly, the person depicted, more a reconstruction, is said to be Klaus Störtebeker. There is reference to him in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, along with a skull discovered more than 100 years ago at Hamburg-Grasbrook, near the port. Nikolaus Storzenbecher, or Klaus Störtebeker known as Germany's most famous pirate (c. 1360 in Wismar – 20 October 1401 {1400} in Hamburg), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers (German: Vitalienbrüder). The Victual Brothers (Latin "victualia") were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions. After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves "Likedeelers" (literally: equal sharers). According to legend, in 1401, a Hamburgian fleet led by Simon of Utrecht caught up with Störtebeker's force near Heligoland. According to some stories, Störtebeker's ship had been disabled by a traitor who cast molten lead into the links of the chain which controlled the ship's rudder. Störtebeker and his crew were captured and brought to Hamburg, where they were tried for piracy. Legend says that Störtebeker offered a chain of gold long enough to enclose the whole of Hamburg in exchange for his life and freedom. However, Störtebeker and all of his 73 companions were sentenced to death and were beheaded on the Grasbrook. The most famous legend of Störtebeker relates to the execution itself. Störtebeker is said to have asked the mayor of Hamburg to release as many of his companions as he could walk past after being beheaded. Following the granting of this request and the subsequent beheading, Störtebeker's body arose and walked past eleven of his men before the executioner tripped him with an outstretched foot. Nevertheless, the eleven men were executed along with the others. The senate of Hamburg asked the executioner if he was not tired after all this, but he replied he could easily execute the whole of the senate as well. For this, he himself was sentenced to death and executed by the youngest member of the senate. More under Wikipedia. The St.Pauli skull and bones is said to be associated with Klaus Störtebeker, who has become a legend locally. Here's an interesting link under "Typisch Hamburch" with some info and pictures of Störtebeker (German text): http://typisch-hamburch.de/klaus-stoertebeker-hamburgs-beruehmter-seeraeuber/
  23. Leather skull patch

    who is this Paul?
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  25. Leather skull patch

    Well done Colin, that's the one thing we did not think of, submarines.. not too surprising really as the skull and crossbones has always been used as a submarine symbol, Alex was not too far out with his pirate suggestion. That must be a scarce patch. Royal navy · HMS Safari crew members with their Jolly Roger The personnel of the British submarine HMS Utmost showing off their Jolly Roger in February 1942. The markings on the flag indicate the boat's achievements: nine ships torpedoed (including one warship), eight 'cloak and dagger' operations, one target destroyed by gunfire, and one at-sea rescue The submarine Onyx returning from the Falklands war. Royal Navy submarines hadn’t flown the Jolly Roger since WWII. The dagger on the flag indicates the Onyx was involved with clandestine ops, most probably in support of special forces personnel, SAS or SBS. The origins of the Jolly Roger and the British submarine service came about at the beginning of the 1st World War when the British Admiral Beresford stated that all submariners were pirates and if caught should be hung. He probably only meant the German UBoats, nevertheless his remarks were not missed by British submariners. The Jolly Roger was quickly adopted as the symbol of a successful patrol.
  26. Leather skull patch

    This post is going back a bit but I did finally identify what the patch was, it was British Royal Navy ie= Churchill's pirates submarine or trawler section.
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