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    Naval Battle of Malaya

    Originally the carrier Illustrious was going to accompany task force Z but it ran aground before the force was assembled. No. 453 squadron RAAF was available for close air cover however were not kept in contact and were only called by repulse an hour into the attack.The reasons for this are not known but usually attributed to the fact that no capital ship had ever been lost to an attack from the air before so it was thought that they were to a certain extent invulnerable to fatal damage from air attack. As well as the belief that Japanese planes could not operate effectively so far away from land, many RN officials at the time were in a wre of the quality of Japanese torpedo bombers. The PoW was also fitted with the most advance anti-air systems at the time with the High Angle Control System which provided long range radar assisted AA fire. The HACS had been used to great effect earlier in August and September 1941. This lead to the belief that PoW was self sufficient against aircraft however due to the heat of Malaya this system was not fully functioning.
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  4. More photos of the Petersburger Straße Petersburger Straße 28, was built around 1904, four very high floors with attic flats added after the reunification View from the top balcony of the 4th floor in northerly direction towards Landsberger Allee and Prenzlauer Berg. February 2000 View in southerly direction towards Bersarinplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee View North-East towards the crossing at the Kochhannstraße. Note the tramlines in the centre of the road.
  5. Fritz

    Naval Battle of Malaya

    Very good stories. With the lack of an aircraft carrier escort, the two vessels obviously had no chance against overwelming numbers of attacking aircraft. Why did they send them without support?
  6. Fritz, slight correction, The broach technically is for the "Weiblicher Arbeitsdienst" or old "Frauenarbeitsdienst" but is most recognized as the "Arbeitsdienst fur die weibliche Jugend " or RADwJ for short. There were several makers including Assman, Gustav Brehmmer, and Deumer. The cloth cap insignia " Mutzenabzeichen " was produced by Gunther & Windthrath GmbH Wuppertal and there are six known makers of this type, to note the sleeve shield or "Dienstellenabzeichen" was probably manufactured by Gunther & Windthrath ( G&W ) as well. I look forward to conversations in the future. Gwar
  7. An old photo of the British WW1 items I had. The steel helmet was all complete, and with 1916 War Office stamp. Uniform and all web equipment in photo, side pack (haversack) and complete water bottle, as well as the trousers and puttees. Never had the boots. Both the soft field cap with white cotton lining, dated 1922, the other stiffened cap with a black oilcloth liner. There are also a few French items of WW1 - a Képi for a captain of the 14. Regt. d'Hussards, silver trim. An artillery steel helmet.
  8. CluelessTommy

    Naval Battle of Malaya

    77 years ago today the King George V class Battleship HMS Prince of Wales was sunk in the South China sea along side the Battlecruiser HMS Repulse. HMS Prince of Wales had only a short service from being completed in march 1941 to being sunk on the 10th of December 1941, however undertook many Different roles: Pursuit of the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen, North Sea, May 1941 Transport for churchill, Atlantic, August 1941 Convoy escort, Mediterranean, September 1941 Interception of Japanese forces near malaya, South China Sea, December 1941 HMS Repulse Had been in service since August 1916 and had taken part in: Second battle of Heligoland Bight, North sea, November 1917 Special service squadrons round the world cruise, International, 1923-24 Shipping escort during spanish civil war, International, 1936-39 Norwegian campaign, North/norwegian sea, April-June 1940 Troop convoy escort, Atlantic ocean, August-October 1941 On the morning of December 10th the Repulse and Prince of wales were looking for Japanese forces related to the landings at Kuantan. 05:15 -They spotted objects on the horizon, thinking these to be japanese troop ships moved towards them, these later turned out to be trawlers. 10:00 -Another british ship the Tenedos reported being under attack from Japanese aircraft. 11:13-HMS Repulse was attacked by bombers suffering only one minor hit. 11:40 -17 enemy bombers attacked both ships, 8 torpedos were launched at the PoW evasive action was taken and all but one avoided. It hit the the point where the propeller shaft exited the ship. The turbine was got turning again but as the ship gained speed the water tight gasket failed flooding the rear port side of the ship and causing her to list 11°. 12:20-26 more torpedo bombers attacked the two ships hitting the PoW another 3 times and the Repulse who had dodged 19 torpedos up until this point 4 times in quick succession. Her crew began to abandon ship 12:33-HMS Repulse capsized and sank with the loss of 508 of 967 crew. 12:41-The PoW was still under attack with one bomb going through the deck and hitting the makeshift hospital below. HMS Express pulled alongside the sinking ship and began to take the crew. 327 men were lost. 13:30-Both ships had sunk. The survivors were rescued by HMS Express and HMAS Vampire Here is a quote from Henry Leach, son of Captain Leach of the PoW. It shows how both Captain Leach and Captain Tennant understood the dangers of the mission they were undertaking: https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/princecrew/leach.html Here is the story of the sinking of the Prince of Wales told by R V Ward a survivor of the events that day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/79/a4217979.shtml
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  10. A better image of the silver and black wound badges of 1918 The silver badge is made of Zinc (Kriegsmetall), the black version is of Iron.
  11. 2 Shillings and 6 Pence, issue by British Military Authorities, undated wartime issue, probably 1945 Allied Military Authorities, series 1944, issue for Austria (former Ostmark) 2 Schillinge and 5 Schillinge, valid only for Austria, which had been separated from the rest of the Reich after the Allied occupation. N.B.: A reunification with the rest of Germany is still officially prohibited by Allied Law! Collected in Austria by a member of the 8th Army, Sergeant Carter from Chingford/Essex, who had served in North Africa and Italy, and was decorated with the Military Medal and the French Medaille Militaire. Some of the other notes are also from his estate.
  12. Deutsches Reich, 3rd Reich: 20 Reichsmark, issue 16. June 1939 20 Reichsmark, undated earlier issue by Hauptverwaltung der Reichskreditkassen
  13. Deutsches Reich, Kaiserreich: 100 Mark, 1908 20 Mark, 1914
  14. Deutsches Reich, Weimar Republik, Inflation year 1922 issue 1 Thousand, 5 Thousand and 10 Thousand Mark notes. 1920, Banknote for 100 Mark
  15. Fritz

    Friedrich II., King of Prussia

    Friedrich II., "die Tafelrunde von Sans Souci", painting by Adolph von Menzel, 1850. This painting was in the Nationalgalerie in Berlin until early 1945, then evacuated. To the centre, Friedrich in conversation with Graf Algarotti, between them General von Still, far right Lordmarschall Georg Keith, right of the King, Marquis d'Argens, Graf Algarotti, Feldmarschall James Keith, Graf Rothenburg and La Mettrie, far right, Voltaire. The painting is thought to have been destroyed, when the great Flakbunker in Berlin-Friedrichshain, in which priceless treasures and works of art were stored for safety was set on fire by drunken Russian soldiers after the fall of Berlin. Das Bild zeigt die Tafelrunde König Friedrichs des Großen im Marmorsaaal des Schlosses Sanssouci Friedrich II. hinten in der Mitte, wendet sich links Voltaire zu, der auf dem zweiten Stuhl links vom König sitzt und über den Tisch hinweg ein Gespräch mit dem Grafen Algarotti führt. Zwischen den beiden sitzt General von Stille, ganz links Lordmarschall Georg Keith, rechts vom König Marquis d`Argens, Graf Algarotti, Feldmarschall James Keith, Graf Rothenburg und La Mettrie, führende Köpfen der Berliner Akademie.
  16. An Imperial Russian banknote over 500 Rubel, 1912 issue. Reverse with portrait of Peter the Great.
  17. x Great Britain, 10 Shilling note, last issue before 1971 Hong Kong, Crown Colony, Elizabeth II., 1 HK Dollar. France, 10 Franc note, late 1960s - early 1970s. With portrait of Voltaire. France, 50 centimes, local currency, Région Provencale, possibly war or emergency issue, valid till 31.12.1922, from my father.
  18. Two exercise books from the posession of J. St.C. Clarke An old postcard from the possession of J. St.C. Clarke. Antrim Castle was the headquarters of the North Irish Horse Two pocket diaries of 1935 and 1945. Latter from the posession of J.St.C.Clarke, the other from his sister in law.
  19. Fritz

    Kaiserliche Marine, 1871-1919

    An old example of an Imperial Naval flag, ca. 100x60 cm, not period. Bottom section of Liek has been removed at some time. A boatsman's whistle, not period, probably a personal souvenir. From the estate of Günter W., 1926-2018, formerly of Linienschiff" Schleswig-Holstein" and Marine-Panzerabwehrabteilung.
  20. France, Coins from 1792 till 1957 2 Sous 1793, Year 4 of the Revolution, Louis XVI. (still King), damaged and aged. 5 Centimes, Republic, year, 8 (1796) 5 Francs 1849, 2nd Republic, Silver 10 Centimes, 1855 and 1856, Napoléon III., Empereur, copper 2 copper 10 centimes pieces, copper, 3rd Republic 1902 and a further example with solder remains, date illegible, 5 centimes 1914, copper, 2 centimes 1897 1 Franc 1940, 3rd Republic, brass 3 examples of 2 Franc pieces, État Francais (Vichy), 1943, aluminium 4th Republic, 20 Francs, 1951 and 1952 (anciens francs), brass 10 Francs 1952, brass (anciens francs), 1 Franc 1957, aluminium DDR Banknotes have become very collectable, this was the last series of the mid eighties
  21. xx Great Britain, Penny pieces, copper, from 1897 till 1927: Victoria Edward VII. George V., also some WW1 dates, 1916, 1917, 1918 All circulated and with wear. Were still in use till "Decimalisation" and the "New Pence" in 1971. Two very old copper pennies, one is dated 1807, George IV., the other date unclear, possibly George III. Six Pence, 1945, George VI., nickel, brilliant, uncirculated condition.
  22. xx DDR coins, averse and reverse: Mark and Pfennige: From the 1960s and early 1970s 2 Mark, 50 Pfennige, 20 Pfennige, 10 Pfennige (Groschen), 5 Pfennige and 1 Pfennig pieces. All are of Aluminium with the exception of the 20 Pf. pieces. DDR Coins, averse and reverse: 10 Mark piece, Buchenwald Commemoration 1972, 5 Mark Commemoration 20 Years DDR, 1969 5 Mark, Brandenburger Tor, 1971, Silver, 1 Mark piece 1971, 20 Pfennige, 10 Pfennige, 5 Pfennige and 1 Pfennig. All aluminium, Buchenwald is nickel, 25 Year commemoration is copper bronze..
  23. An old postcard of the Alexanderplatz. The fountain in the centre was sometimes inoficially known as "die Nuttenbrosche". The card is from the mid 70s.
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  25. CluelessTommy

    Match box cap badges

    After some research I believe this to be from Anstie cigarette packets from 1915, there were 85 different ‘cards’ in the set of which I have 29. Thanks for the help and suggestions, Jack
  26. That's a fair amount of information, I only know the WW1 and WW2 standard webbing, I also know the Victorian whitened buff leather slightly, but that's it.
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