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  2. Wer braucht die Piefkes? Popular TV series during the 90s, based on the traditional rivalry Germans/Austrians - a family from Berlin holidaying in Austria. All good fun, until some start to eck on. A "Piefke" ist the traditional Austrian "Schimpfwort" for a German - being originally Gottfried Piefke, a Prussian military music director and composer of German military marches. All just good fun, with some renowned actors. and another short clip... with a lot of Austrian dialect!
  3. #57 Karl Hensler Ost

    Added Photo of Eckhardt's only decoration, which he gave me a couple of years ago with its original paper packet, here with replacement ribbon, Maker: Franz Jungwirth, Wien. Zinc with a bronze coating.
  4. Yes, you're right, must be doting. Here is an English text version of the same film. The machine was powered by six French manufactured Le Rhône rotary engines of 1000 hp each. The entire plane was made of canvas on a frame, and very vulnerable to air attack. On board one machine, which crashed into the sea, there were four Italians and 64 German troops, mostly wounded, and crew, one of these was the Zahlmeister Artur Busch, whose daughter lives in America, mentioned in this production. There were no survivors.
  5. Mystery of missing Me 323 Gigant finally solved

    Is this not the Messerschmitt Me 323 Fritz ?
  6. In the Summer of 1943 two Me 323 Giganten Transport Aircraft were shot down whilst returning from North Africa in the direction of Sardinia. One crashed on one of the small islands of the island group of la Maddalena, the other disappeared into the sea. They had been intercepted by a group of allied fighters and had only been escorted by one Italian fighter, which failed to prevent them being shot down, but managed to pursue and shoot down one of the assailants. 70 years (2003) later, the last wreck was discoverd at 25 metres depth by Aldo Ferrucci, a professional diver. A moving memorial ceremony later took place with some of the relatives of those lost. Representatives of the Italian Navy and of the Bundesluftwaffe were present. Eye witnesses also come to word. German and Italian text.
  7. Military Clocks

    Most antique clock dealers will be able to provide a suitable, fitting key.
  8. Time Left: 2 months and 26 days

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    Field grey wool rayon cap with dark green centre band and dark green piping.One very small nip to the crown.Insignia comprises a gilt washed stamped alloy eagle and swastika and alloy oakleaves wreath encompassing a stamped national tricolor cockade. Twisted silver/aluminum chin cord is secured in place by two small gilt washed metal buttons decorated with fouled navy anchors. Black vulcan fibre visor in good condition with all stitching intact. The interior of the cap is fully lined in light blue rayon with grey leather sweat shield and sweatband ribbon to the rear.Interior celluloid sweat diamond intact with all stitching present. Superb condition cap. V.G.C.


  9. Military Clocks

    Here is another clock we just got in, scare German brass ships clock made by Kieninger & Obergfell. Also used on U boats, featuring a closed front hinged water tight glass door. Clock dials with painted numbers and eagle and swastika with serial number N9322. Brass in good condition with no dents. Serial number to reverse. Locking/Winding key is unfortunately missing.
  10. Time Left: 2 months and 25 days

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    Scare German brass ships clock made by Kieninger & Obergfell. Also used on U boats, featuring a closed front hinged water tight glass door. Clock dials with painted numbers and eagle and swastika with serial number N9322. Brass in good condition with no dents. Serial number to reverse. Locking/Winding key is unfortunately missing.


  11. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a image of part of a Luftwaffe map, showing the camp circled with a note to bomber crews to avoid the area. The note reads " Achtung Deutsches Gefangeneniager in Oldham - Leeds, the cartographer confusing the Oldham place name of the village of Lees, with that of the city of Leeds.
  12. One of the next in the sequel would be: Das Flötenkonzert von Sanssouci (1930), with Otto Gebühr in the main role, Renate Müller, Hans Rehmann, Theo Lingen, and many others, part 1 and 2 of six parts - click on link, as cannot be embedded, lt. youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=912_KJ_aHs0&list=PLopP4fmBtDalwiaZymByg6AbxRpY5wGfO
  13. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here's a short video of POW prisoners at Glen Mill No2 Camp in 1939.
  14. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a photo of the mill and some sketches drawn by another Luftwaffe POW Feldwebel Theodor Vater, who sketch the area around the camp and inside. 1st a view of Glen Mill from behind the mill to the left is the Bank Top Mill. 2nd a view looking down the valley to the right towards the village of Lees, the mills were from left to right are the Athens Mill, the Leesbrook Mill, and the Egyptain Mill. 3rd & 4th of conditions in side the mill. 5th this sketch of POWs playing football was drawn on the back of a cigarette packet.
  15. Memories of a POW Camp

    Here is a photo of Heinkel 111 ( 1H+GH of 1/KG26 based at Trondheim-Vaernes in 1940 it was shot down and ditched in Druridge Bay Northumberland on 15th August 1940. It's mechanic Gefr Alwin Machalett is on the left talking to his friend Uffz Erich Schmidt, who was captured after his He111 ( 1H+AH ) was shot down over southern England on 11th September 1940. Gefr Alwin Machalett with his crewmates Uffz Willi Zimmerman ( Pilot ), Oblt Rudolf Roch (Observer), Gefr Erwin Kulick ( Wireless Operator ), and Flgr Ernst Henrichsen ( rear gunner ), were all sent to the Glen Mill Camp and later shipped to a camp in Canada were they remained till the end of the war. The second photo shows Oblt Rudolf Roch and Uffz Willi Zimmerman being marched through Amble the other crew members were behind out of the photo.
  16. 1936 Film about the youth of Frederick The Great, the Father and Son Conflict. One of the series about the life and times of Frederick. English subtitles. Inspired by the state and watched over by Dr. Joseph Goebels, produced in the famous film studios of the Defa in Babelsberg near Potsdam. Filmseries made between 1920 and 1942.
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  18. Yes Paul, it's a very interesting book, there's a first book about Luftwaffe Losses over Yorkshire,
  19. Latest item for the Museum: A standard grey metal fitted Prussian Pickelhaube. This is dated 1916 in two places, and is probably an early 1916 production as there is also a unit mark: 7.D. 1916, the significance of which I do not know. Most grey metal helmets found nowadays do not have a unit mark. There is also a very faint Berlin maker's mark within. In the condition it arrived in, has dried through storage, the rear peak is almost completely detatched, just held in the middle by the rear spine - this will have to be properly sewn, but first the leather will have to be softened, including the natural pigskin liner, which would otherwise tear. The grey metal fittings have most of original finish. The right side of the helmet has suffered a massive blow, as if from a rifle butt or from a drop from a considerable height, the shell is not dented, but the lacquered finish has sprung off around this area. A spike will have to be found for the helmet and a chinstrap from suitable leather, copy fittings and cockades I have with some spares. Apart from this, the two leather wedges behind the plate are also missing, these will have to be made from a suitable leather, which should be no problem. The copy cockades were obtained in 1967 from Morrison in Leicester, who either manufactured these or distributed them, they were offered blanko with a copy chinstrap for one pound plus postage in those days. The cockades are of very thin ferous metal and black lacquered ready for painting. They will do till suitable replacements are found. I would assume that this helmet has been worn at the front, and at the time, spikes were removed from the helmet, subsequently getting lost, the helmet returning in this condition from the front. This helmet was offered for 400 Euros as it stands, might sound expensive for an incomplete piece, but they are becoming increasingly scarce.
  20. That's very interesting. The photo depicts Wiemer still as Unteroffizier, his uniform is also of the older pattern (with scalloped pocket flaps). As to personal papers, Soldbuch and Wehrpaß would give away too much information, but they still had their Erkennungsmarken, which were vital. Where did you discover this photo, also in the same book as mentioned before?
  21. Further Info, pilot Wiemer had no choice but to ditch his aircraft as both engines were out, he had spotted the trawler below and ditched as close as he could to it, this probably saved their lives as the conditions at the time were a south-east gale blowing with very heavy sea and squalls of snow. Had they not been picked up so quickly then it's likely they would have died. Subsequent searches of the crew revealed that they were not carrying personal papers. However, one notable exception was found in the pocket of a flying jacket. The find consisted of a Signals Table giving details of wireless frequencies, recognition signals and call signs of the entire KG26. In addition there were details of the call signs and radio frequencies used by aircraft of 1/(F)122, the unit which was carrying out reconnaissance for the Heinkels.
  22. As I mentioned in my post of 9.4.2016, the official losses are stated as: Ofw. Fritz Wiemer (Pilot) Fw. Franz Schnee (Observer) Uffz. Alfred Dittrich (Radio Operator) Uffz. Willi Wolf (+) (Board Technician) That is very strange about the fifth person. Occcasionally, a fifth person would accompany the flight, this was usually either a war reporter / cameraman or someone like a Metereologe from the Reichsluftfahrtministerium. A further gunner flying with the crew sounds unusual, although Liesel Neusüß did mention that there was sometimes a fifth man on board. Will just take another look at the losses list. In fact, you are right, I only took the first four names for each group of a day's loss, further losses for that day (03.02.1940) are: Uffz. Karl-Ernst Thiede, verwundet Uffz. Walter Remischke, tot Lt. Luther v. Brüning, tot Fw. Herbert Panzlaff, tot Fw. Herbert Petersen, tot All listed under I./KG 26 (I. Gruppe)
  23. Re- Shooting down of Heinkel III 1H+GK 5th member of crew was Uffz Karl-Ernst Thiede (Gunner). The aircraft was in the vicinity of merchant shipping off the Tyne and was shot down by Sgt Frank Carey (L1726) and Sgt Ottewell (L1849) of Yellow Section, A Flight, 43 Squadron, Acklington. Eyewitness report by the Skipper of the Swansea trawler Harlech Castle (SA42) that rescued the grew of Heinkel 1H+GK, skippered by Thomas Trendall states that the 5th grew member (Thiede) seemed to be dead in the water as the trawler went alongside and his body disappeared before it could be retrieved. However, it seems that he did not die from injuries. His comrades claimed that Thiede was not wounded but his buoyancy aid had been punctured and thus it seems likely that he had drowned before help arrived. Of the rest, The skipper treated their wounds as best he could, one had a broken leg. Another looked as though he wouldn't last very long ( Wolf ) he died before they reached Grimsby, All of them except the pilot could speak English. Story from the book ( Broken Eagles 2 Luftwaffe Losses Over Northumberland & Durham 1939-1945 by Author Bill Norman.
  24. RG 34 - Reinigungsgerät - Offical manual depicting cleaning accessories for K.98, consisting of pull-through chain, extractor tool, oil bottle and two brushes. The tin has twin compartments, one for the tools, the other is for grease and cleaning cloths. The metal container is of thin steel with a grey zinc finish, the hinged lids were held by spring clips, which were usually brass. The case is usally WaA stamped and with a dated makers name. An original example by Mundlos & Co., Magdeburg, 1938 with WaA stamp, complete except for the extractor tool.
  25. Chris Farlowe Tribute

    Yes it's sad, time stands still for no man
  26. Further publications by Carell: Sie kommen! Die Invasion der Amerikaner und Briten in der Normandie 1944. 1960, jüngste Auflage 2004. Stalingrad. Sieg und Untergang der 6. Armee. 1992, jüngste Auflage 2003. als Hrsg.: Berlin Rom Tokio. Monatsschrift für die Vertiefung der kulturellen Beziehungen der Völker des weltpolitischen Dreiecks. Verlagsanstalt Ernst Steiniger, 1. Jg., 1939.
  27. Two more books by Carell. "Die Wüstenfüchse" (The Desert Foxes), the story of Rommel and the Afrikakorps, sourced from original documents and eye witnesses, who took part. Many original photos. "Die Gefangenen" (The Prisoners), the story of German prisoners of war in captivity on all fronts, during the war and the long captivity in most cases in Eastern Europe, the harsh treatment and the deaths that resulted from such. Many died also during mine-clearing accidents in the post war years. With many original photos.
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