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    I totally missed this thread, I agree if it's a rare item and the price is right then would possibly consider it. When I first started collecting my first German Cross in Gold had most of the enamel smashed out of it , I was always quite happy with it as it only cost me £20 and was named on the back to a German paratrooper.
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    For me it would depend on rarity of the item and price tag, common items I would pass up on.
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    Try comparing this to earlier medals with the portraits of George V. or Victoria(!) The crown looks a bit overdimensional on the sovereigns head. I don't think earlier designers would have been pleased about this. The price of 500 - 800 wouldn't appeal to me either. Modern militaria etc. looks rather "tacky" compared to vintage "stuff", lacking in taste and dignity. Even modern weapons do not fit in with the colourful tradtional ceremonial uniforms of the Guards, as they are used today (short black objects carried in place of a rifle, unfitting for the red tunics and bearskins, etc.). For ceremonial purposes they should use an older more traditional model, with its resp. bayonet. On the other hand, another army has a complete lack of tradition. However they do strangely combine the use of an old weapon for such ceremonial purposes with a strange modern uniform with American influence, the weapon being the K.98. There have been recent complaints in various ministries as to the origin of this weapon, and complaints that it has an unsavoury past associated with the Wehrmacht. The present Minister for Defence & C., Ursula von der Leyen, also known as "Flinten-Uschi", has now demanded formal investigation of all Bundeswehr locations about objects with a "dubious past or tradition", and that these be immediately removed from such locations and garrisons - a total "purge" and witchhunt is now taking place. Some of these units had their own little "museums" or displays honouring past feats of the Wehrmacht, this is to be banned and forbidden in future. Also many objects such as ships or barracks are to have name changes. Undesired are names like Rommel, Hindenburg, Mölders, etc, as it is stated, these, with their nationalsocialist associations are not in keeping with the democratic traditions of the Bundeswehr. A display of Wehrmacht helmets in a glass case had been the cause of this. All rather ridiculous really. A stretch between being a farce and extreme political correctness. I wouldn't give civilians and politicians a say in leading an army.
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    I am not sure but I personally would not buy anything de-nazified simply as it is not my taste. I buy complete items mainly, unless its things like aircraft wreckage etc. I think the way i look at these sorts of items is how you want your collection to be, for instance if you buy everything that is mint and not even with a tad bit of rust. I say don't bother with these sorts of things unless you like them, might as well save up for nicer more complete and more valuable ones. Although i have seen some de-nazified items fetch more than real ones! These items can be very nice for the historical side of things though. Most of the time these items are going to be authentic.
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    Nearly all the shoulder straps of the Old Army as of around 1910 - or earlier, as shown on these old colour plates by Moritz Ruhl of Leipzig. A few more new ones were introduced in the years following, otherwise a representative overview. All with their correct designation. Usefull information on a fascinating subject. These of course, are all other ranks' versions.
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    Some more uniforms from the reserve collection of the museum. An Attila for a Sergeant or Vizewachtmeister of the 5. Eskadron. This example is an issued piece from the depot of the IX. Armee-Korps, the white linnen linng is fully stamped, B.A.IX - H.R.15 - 5.E. - with size markings and dated 1914. The markings are much clearer than in the photos. The right arm has three chevrons for lance expertise. Further detail photos of issue stamps in lining. Together with this is a pair of officers breeces with silver braid, not matching the nco tunic. A further example is the scarce fur trimmed cape, known as a "Pelz", standard issue with black Persianer trim. The cuffs are laced with nco braid, no further rank badges were worn. The garment is lined in yellow, as per regulations. This was normally worn open, suspended from the left shoulder by the two long "Peitschen" attached to the collar, in Winter fully closed. Shoulder pieces and lance chevrons were worn. This example from the 2. Eskadron. A rare item, worn only with full parade dress.
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    Reichspräsident von Hindenburg returned the captured drums to the Colonel in Chief of the Gordon Highlanders, 1934
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    Is this Badge worth anything after being de-nazified opinions.
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    The items are probably ok. The Krim shield is a typical example how items were denazified after the 8th May 1945, and still worn for a short while. The Panzer badge has not been denazified, but simply damaged at some time. I would tend to take the trouble to get this restored by an expert. It may not be worth it financially speaking, but it does justice in the end. I finally got a Prussian military bugle properly restored (2004), twenty years after buying it. The restoration cost several times more than the purchase. A financial loss, you may say, but justice done.
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    Here's another manual I recently found printed in 1940, It belonged to Gunner J.R.White No 2057255 of 37th S/L Regiment Royal Artillery HQ Coy. Stationed at Quebec Barracks Bordon Hampshire, the booklet was reproduced from Small Arms Training Vol 1 1937 by permission H.M Stationery Office, there are a lot more pictures in it than the 1937 booklet. Here are a few of the pages I've scanned.
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    Joan Armatrading's theme song from the 1978 film 'The Wild Geese'. This is another of my favourite films, a great cast, Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Kruger, plus a host of other British actors.
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    The Theme Song to the film ''Kelly's Heroes'' Directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Clint Eastwood. The song is sung by The Mike Curb Congregation.
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    A not so well known march - Löwengeschwader - the March of Kampfgeschwader 26 In one of the photos, Walter Neusüß is depicted in an official press photo from around October 1939 (third photo from start of clip). Was very surprised when I saw this
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    further item - pictures and text description added.
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    Not something I know allot about Allan, but I think your employer should at least point you in the right direction and let you know where to buy the correct items. I would imagine with safety equipment it would be pretty important you get the correct items otherwise someone could be in big trouble if someone got injured.
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    Hi all, I am working in a steel manufacturing company. We work in very dangerous conditions and are always open to danger. I have just started working in this field. My employer has asked me to get the safety equipment like the safety shoes, hard caps, and even the dress. But I have no idea where to purchase them from. I have been searching for them in the nearby shops here and I got the safety shoes. Now I have to get the shirts. I was checking on the internet and found some safety shirts online. But before I purchase them, I would like to know if it is a good idea to buy the safety shirts online? Will they be of good quality? Does anyone have any experience? Thanks.
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    I thought PPE should be provided by your employers as they have a responsibility for your safety. Same would go for a full risk assessment which would then dictate what PPE should be worn.
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    Original title: Der Stolz der Dritten Kompanie - comedy film starring Heinz Rühmann as a recruit, Musketier Diestelbeck, of well above average intelligence. The film shows a satirical view of everyday life in a typical infantry regiment, pre-ww1 The regiment depicted is fictitious, a typical infantry regiment of the period, "Regiment Prinz Willibald" - the uniforms very accurate, Prussian style, but the helmet emblems have deliberately been replaced by a fantasy emblem, also the shoulder straps bear no unit designation. The film was banned after 1933, but some copies survived till today. Humourous and entertaining, the military at the time was probably not very flattered.
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    Veröffentlicht am 30.09.2016 Heidedragoner Uetzingen e.V. Berittenes Trompeterkorps Abschluß Proben Wochenende 2016 / Reitzentrum von Samson
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    Heidedragoner! Never heard of them before. They are situated somewhere in the Lüneburg Heath - and wear (copies) of the traditional uniform of 2. Hannoversches Dragoner-Regiment 16 - they have to be talented riders and musicians. Here playing some traditional marches, recorded just recently. Of couse, they should be wearing either helmets or peakless caps.
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    An original photo of two Prussian artillerists of a field artillery unit, ca. 1915/16. They are wearing the M.1910 fieldgrey uniforms with a greymetal fitted helmet and in full marching order. The shoulder straps have been removed from the tunics. They are equipped with a gas mask and a Kar 98a carbine as used by cavalry and field artillery. Place unknown. An original photo of two muscians from an infantry regiment. The field caps bear the Prussian cockade. They are wearing the bandmens wings in toned lace. To the left is a hornist, carrying a bugle over the right shoulder. The bugle was wrapped in red cloth in peacetime, fieldgrey in wartime. On his belt is a flute in its carrying case. The man on the right is a Tambour or Trommler (drummer). On the left is the belt attachment for the drum in the form of a Prussian eagle. They are both carrying walking sticks, which were fashionable at the time. Photo was probably taken between 1914 and 1916. Place unknown. Both cards have not been written and no inscription.
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    Further material added, 9.6.17 On page 15 is the signature of Freiherr Ô Byrn, Oberst und Regimentskommandeur, this name is listed in the 1906 Saxon Rangliste (Page 27) as a General Lieutenant à la Suite des Grenadier-Regiments 101. Note under Wikipedia: Friedrich Eduard Georg Baron O’Byrn (* 10. August 1864 in Dresden; † 1. Juli 1942 ebenda) war ein sächsischer Offizier, zuletzt Generalmajor, sowie Kabinettschef.[1] Die Barone von O’Byrn entstammen dem irischen Adel. Im Kurfürstentum bzw. Königreich Sachsen unterhielten sie seit 1747 gute Beziehungen und übten verschiedenen Staatsämter aus. Durch ihre erfolgreichen Dienste erwarben sie sich ein hohes Ansehen. Familiär verzweigten sie sich unter anderem mit den Familien Karl von Amira und Bernhard von Lindenau. Die Mutter Georgs von O’Byrn, Johanna Maria O`Byrn war die Schwester von Heinrich von Treitschke.[2] O’Byrn trat 1884 als Offizieranwärter in das Grenadier-Regiment „Kaiser Wilhelm, König von Preußen“ (2. Königlich Sächsisches) Nr. 101 der Sächsischen Armee ein. Im weiteren Verlauf seiner Militärkarriere war er als Major (seit 21. September 1907) Flügeladjutant von König Friedrich August III. sowie Militärgouverneur der Prinzen Friedrich Christian und Ernst Heinrich.[3] Nach Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs verblieb er bis 1921 im Dienst und wurde dann als Generalmajor verabschiedet. Für seine Verdienste erhielt O’Byrn u. a. den Hausorden der Rautenkrone. 1899 heiratete O’Byrn in Dresden Maximilie Marie Gabriele (1874–1954), eine Tochter des sächsischen Kriegsministers Paul von der Planitz. Er verstarb am 1. Juli 1942 in Dresden und wurde auf dem Alten Katholischen Friedhof beigesetzt. Der Dresdner Bildhauer Georg Wrba schuf eine Bronzebüste für sein Grabmal.[4] O’Byrns Grabstätte steht unter Denkmalschutz. Eintragungen im Sächsischen Adelsbuch: Bescheid des königlich-sächsischen Ministeriums des Innern, Dresden, 21. April 1904: Aufnahme der Familie O’Byrn in das sächsische Adelsbuch. Bescheid des königlich-sächsischen Ministeriums des Innern, Dresden, 12. August 1904: Aufnahme der Familie O’Byrn in das sächsische Adelsbuch. Bescheinigung über die Trauung von Friedrich Konstantin Wenzeslaus O’Byrn und Laura Klara von Ziegesar, Dresden, 18. Oktober 1902. Bescheinigung über die Taufen von Friedrich August, Alfred Karl und Johann Nepomuk O’Byrn, Dresden, 15. April 1847. Bescheinigung über die Trauung Johann Nepomuk und Johanna Maria O’Byrn, Dresden, 4. Oktober 1895. Taufschein Friedrich Eduard Georg O’Byrn, 29. September 1900. Taufzeugnis Johann Jakob O’Byrn, Dresden, 28. September 1875. Trauschein Friedrich Eduard Georg O’Byrn und Maximiliane von der Planitz, Dresden, 18. Oktober 1902. Beglaubigte Abschrift aus dem Adelsbuch für das Königreich Sachsen, Dresden, 11. August 1904. Bescheid des königlich-sächsischen Ministeriums des Innern, Dresden, 8. Juli 1905: Aufnahme der Familie O’Byrn in das sächsische Adelsbuch. Sterbeurkunde Johanna Maria O’Byrn, Dresden, 14. März 1913.
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    Further photos of pages from Saxon Military Pass 1872 added Grave of Georg Baron O`Byrn at the Old Catholic Cemetery in Dresden (under conservation)
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    Some more new items acquired today for the museum: Kriegsdenkmünze 1870/71 for the war against France. Awarded to all combattants who took part. The edge of the medal is impressed with the inscription: AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZE, being of captured cannon metal. Kaiser Wilhelm (I) Gedächtnismedaille, 1897. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal, awarded to all in service of the state at the time, on the initiative of Kaiser Wilhelm II., in memory of his Grandfather. Goldbronze. Kreuz für Kriegshilfsdienste, 1916. Awarded for wartime services, military and non-military. Grey war metal (zink). All on their original ribbons, some with traces of storage. The two latter decorations are absolutely mint and probably never awarded and only stored for all these years. Three iconic pieces of historical significance.
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    Another attempt, July 2016. They don't know how to wear the uniform correctly. Gerade sitzen! Wrong sidearms, a fantasy construction.
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    This was a rehearsal in May 2017
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    Further items added.
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    Here's another recent find I've added to this group a 1st Infantry shoulder title.
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    Some spares arrived this week, destined for the museum. The large button is one of a pair worn as collar buttons for a Sergeant, Vizewachtmeister or Wachtmeister as rank buttons. One of these was missing on one of the uniforms in the museums collection. This will be remedied next week. A further pair of shoulder buttons for those missing on an officer's interims-attila. The shoulder straps with their respective monograms are also missing, these will prove more difficult to find. The shoulder buttons will be attached next week. A further pair of shoulder buttons for other ranks of a 4th squadron or company, as worn on the fieldgrey uniforms. These have a rim and a pebbled surface and are destined for my own collection. Very rare to find. They are made of Neusilber. Work has now been carried out on two uniforms: Tunic (Attila) for a Sergeant or Vizewachtmeister, the left collar button has now been attached. Interesting to note is the higher grade of lance fencing stripe of silver braid on the right upper arm. Interims-Attila for an officer. After some slight alteration to the shoulders, the shoulder buttons now stitched on. The area below the buttons had to be reinforced with cloth squares. Now just the officers shoulder pieces with their mongrams are missing. This is the only officers uniform in the museum.
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    Came across this Falklands War Medal for sale at a local Auction the other day, first one I've seen, this medal was awarded to a crew member of H.M.S. Intrepid and had a guide price of £500 to £800. Here's a couple of photo's for anyone who hasn't seen one
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    Excellent Colin, yes it does look like an F
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    Looks like an early made helmet by T. Firth & Sons of Sheffield 1916 -1918 who also used a letter "F" mark, the 588 being the batch number.
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    Thanks Colin, it does have stamps but from memory they were very faint, I'll double check when I'm back in the shop on Tuesday.
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    The helmet looks like the 1916 variant, has it got any maker stamp marks, I must admit I've never seen the Brodie carrying case before an excellent find Kenny.
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    Same with this badge although not as bad, would you buy it or not, opinions.
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    ...who made this pic of my room??!!
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    and what do you think his wife thinks of that wall?
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    do you think he justs sits in this room and stares-ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh like homer simpson
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    sorry for the late reply been a while . and no not yet . will get off play soon though !
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    Stalingrad is an amazing movie, also band of brothers well its sort of a movie
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    Cross of Iron is on sale at Play.com, 53%, now under a fiver! http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3305548/Cro...on/Product.html
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    as kenney said earlier the Battle of Britain should be in here! i mean nearly all the aircraft where genuine! the only fake land vehicle was the German tank in the beginning!
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    Generally think no such thing as a bad war film though some better than others. Noteable exception would be Combat Zone allegedly a cult vietnam war film. Never seen such a dire film. Must have had a budget of no more than £50 and obviously set in a European wood. Crap story line too wasted 8 quid on it a couple of years ago and still bitter I did.
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    Kenny, if you scroll up you will see my original post on this thread was commenting on the cheap prices of war film DVDs at the moment! Seems to have taken a life from there!
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    This is the one I saw before the film, In 1988, Das Boot aired in six episodes each 50 minutes long. These episodes had additional cutback scenes summarising past episodes. This version was first broadcast on BBC in October 1984 in German with English subtitles.
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    Thats correct Graeme.Depending what time they would show it they also edited it quite heavily.I saw it with at least 20 mins missing
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    Christ, i cant vote theres too many good films to just pick one,
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    Kenny, could we not vote more than once if we want to nominate more than one film? Mind you why not just leave it to one choice?
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    It's amazing that Cross of Iron was so good being made by a group of people who had not been involved in war films. Or maybe that's why - no preconceptions. This could be a hotly debated thread!
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    The story made it through syndicate onto CNN as well: http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/1...poly/index.html However, another website discounts it: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/m/monopoly-game.htm I go with the more fiction than fact. Maps made of silk did exist, as did maps that only would show when wet or urinated upon. I have NEVER seen a WWII silk monopoly game board. If so many airmen did use them the secret would have been outed by them in memoirs and chatter after the war despite the secrecy thing. further, telling the airmen beforehand that secret maps would be shipped to them is a massive breach of security that the Germans certainly would have found out through informants or interrogation. If the germans found out it also would be a breach of international red cross law and piss off both germany and the red cross and risk having all shipments stopped. Wall Street Journal has it and suggests in comments that a false agency that was not the Red Cross did it: http://blogs.wsj.com/informedreader/2007/1...ith-real-money/ Real money in the packs seems too obvious and having a map of regional safehouses denotes the red cross would know what packages would go to what camps, which seems a bit difficult to ensure. Chindits in China hid maps inside the leather lining of their flight jackets. However I think the monopoly concept goes a bit far.