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  1. I picked up a brodie helmet shell at a militaria shop for about 20 dollars and I quite frankly have no idea of it's origin. I assume WW2 based on the condition but the markings seem to be covered up by thick paint and basically unreadable. I'd like some help in determining its origin or where to look on the helmet itself for a heat stamp. There's also some sort of imperfection on the paint near the center of the helmet, maybe formerly a marking of some sort?
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  2. could the driver fire? perhaps a gun sight?
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  3. What is that thing on a Panzer 38t? on the hull just outside the driver there is a rod with a hole on top attached to the sloped surface. It can be pivoted to lie flat on the surface or point straight up. Can anyone tell me what this is?
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  4. Interesting, I do not know, but from looking at other pictures, it seems lined up with the vision slit for the driver. Perhaps a visual guide of sorts?
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  5. Reichskolonialamt - Kommando der Schutztruppe and Auswärtiges Amt - Kolonial-Abtheilung
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  6. Picked up a really nice condition ammo can. It was stripped already of any paint, and was quite dirty. I cleaned it up and repainted it, I would have preferred to hand paint it, but no one seems to have the paint in stock, only thing I have available is spray types. This will go into my cart and replace the wooden crate. These WW1 ammo cans are very similar to the WW2 version, with mainly the main carrying handle standing out as the main difference. It also has a maker stamp, shown in the pictures. These cans are really hard to find, at least where I am at.
    3 points
  7. Picked this up not long ago, a Suedwest Afrika Service medal, this one is for non-combatants. The bronze version was for combatants. The non-combatant medal was not awarded with any campaign bars, unlike the bronze version.
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  8. I was wondering if I got that right. Thanks Fritz. I have been looking for some nice ones for awhile now. There are so many fakes out there and reproductions.
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  9. These last ones are Zeltheringe
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  10. I finally found a couple of decent tent pegs or Zeltpflöcken. Typically 2 were issued with each kit. Now I just need some rope to put on them. These are the aluminum types and have some nice dates and markings on them. The markings are: S & C 39, GA 38, and looks like A W/O R 40.
    3 points
  11. Hi Andrew is the part in this picture?
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  12. Vize-Wachtmeister Friedrich Philipp Julius Heß, 2. Eskadron, Dragoner-Regiment Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr. 3 and Litthauisches Ulanen-Regiment 12, 5. Eskadron, 1884
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  13. Offizier-Stellvertreter Karl Heinrich Friedrich Lippe, Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon 10, Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon 14 and other units
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  14. Überzähliger Unteroffizier Paul Ludwig, Feldartillerie-Regiment 42
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  15. August Karl Wilhelm Ahlers, Füsilier-Regiment von Steinmetz (Westpreußisches) Nr. 37 and various other units
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  16. Vize-Feldwebel Franz Wenk, later Leutnant der Reserve, 1. M.G.K., Infanterie-Regiment 126
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  17. Musketier Heinrich Wilhelm König, Ersatz-Bataillon, Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment 84
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  18. Well thankyou for your help anyway, its nice that someone at least tried to help me. Thanks
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  19. Lauban, 30. March 1945 Lauban, March 1945 30. April 1945 20. March 1945
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  20. Unfortunately, I don't have any SS lists.
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  21. Thankyou sir, i find the website of the bundesarchiv very confusing. This may have been him because during the invasion of Poland and France he was a leutnant in the Cavalry. Could you also help me find a man named Friedrich-Carl Wuthe in the SS (very early member) he is also my great-grandfather and again i dont have much knowledge about him. It is believed that he died in Stalingrad.
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  22. Prussia, Infantry officer sword, old type, no scabbard, early to mid 19th century, as found. Restorable. The price was 14 Euros. A comparable example in good order
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  23. A further example as found, no scabbard, blade has rusted, Parierstück (hilt) has broken off, wire grip binding is totally missing. Can be restored. Mid to late 19th century.
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  24. This cap is of course, a post-war copy, ca. 1965-1970, of which there are two examples. WW1 period caps never had a "Salmi" inside.
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  25. Well I finally found a decent WW2 Tent pole carrier or Zeltzubehörbeutel. It has both leather straps and buttons. There is a faint stamping on the inside of the flap, but its hard to make out. Most of the ones sold here are the Swiss version being sold as German versions. I just need some nice tent pegs to go with it and a rope. The tent pegs can be hard to find in really good condition.
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  26. I just a NSKK dagger to complete my uniform display (just need the leather hanger). There were over 200 makers of these daggers, which is interesting because the SA and NSKK daggers are identical, except for the scabbard which was anodized black for NSKK members. After the RZM logo started to be used, the number of makers dropped to around 62, however some still used their stamps along with the RZM. This dagger is an early one, made by C. Gustav Neeff - Solingen. It also has an SA Gruppe stamp on the reverse cross guard for Westfalen (Wf). So this started off as a SA dagger then the wearer either joined the NSKK or the dagger had a blackened scabbard added at some point. Either way a decent example. It has all 4 of the screw on the scabbard with some wear marks. The blade has some sharpening marks and the motto "Alles fur Deutschland" is clearly visible, but hard to get a nice image of.
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  27. On telephoning recently with his daughter, I learned that Eckhardt passed away last May at the age of 101. His daughter lives in France and was staying with her parents at the time. R.I.P. Eckhardt
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  28. Column, border stones and a stone bank recently rediscovered in the Hammer Straße. Matthias Claudius is reported to have frequently sat on the stone bank. These have been reinstalled and can be seen in the lower part of the Hammer Straße.
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  29. Just acquired these nice items A pair of collar patches for a greatcoat, Luftwaffe signals. The wings are missing. These were originally for a Feldwebel who had been promoted to Oberfeldwebel. There are clear marks of a three and four pin configuration. These still to be replaced. A first model Luftwaffe breast eagle for NCOs and other ranks, private purchase variation, with nice quality embroidery features. Unusual. As worn on the four pocket tunic.
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  30. From an article discovered on facebook Emerson Crawford Herdman A NORTH IRISH HORSE OFFICER IDENTIFIED Some time ago I acquired this photograph of a North Irish Horse officer, taken by the Lafayette studios in Belfast. There was no name on the photo, but it gave a number of clues – he was a captain, and there was an old label on the back from a picture-framer in Strabane, County Tyrone. That made sense, because the picture came with some other material from Strabane. After further research I believe I have identified him. He was Emerson Crawford Herdman, senior partner in Herdmans Ltd, which operated the flax spinning mill at Sion Mills, near Strabane. The clincher was the second image, a sketch of Herdman in the Larne Times from September 1911 – clearly the same man, right down to the monocle. Herdman was born on 2 January 1869, son of John Herdman and Mary Elizabeth Marion Herdman (nee Gosselin). Commissioned in the 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, he became a lieutenant in September 1889, resigning his commission five years later. On 17 July 1903 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry, transferring to the newly-formed North Irish Horse five years later. He was promoted to captain on 21 April 1913. Herdman also commanded the 1st Tyrone Battalion of the Ulster Volunteer Force. He embarked for France with A Squadron of the North Irish Horse on 17 August 1914. During the retreat from Mons the squadron was split, with two troops under Herdman acting as escort to the commander-in-chief General French. A letter written home by North Irish Horseman William Morton refers to Herdman's experiences at this time: "... the other two troops ... [had] some exciting experiences in the retreat. I believe they were nearly captured at St. Quentin by holding a position too long, but Captain Herdman, with two other officers and Sergeant-Major Burns, outwitted the enemy and got clear in the nick of time. They retreated about 20 miles, but the enemy was again on their track. I heard they nearly lost their transport by a horse giving up, but succeeded in gaining a bridge in time just before it was blown up by the Engineers." Herdman was promoted to the rank of major in February 1915. He returned home on leave three months later, later joining the reserve regiment at Antrim where he took command of B Squadron. In May 1917 a medical board found him unfit for general service but fit for garrison duty abroad or home service, due to defective vision. He saw no further overseas service. On 25 January 1919 he was demobilized and on 16 November the following year relinquished his commission. From 1920 to 1922 Herdman served as Lord Lieutenant of Donegal. He was elected as a member of the Senate of Northern Ireland in 1923 and served until his death on 10 February 1949.
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  31. Hello Again, I feel somewhat more ignorant than usual putting this one out there. I feel sure that all of you living there will know what it is instantly, but I am just an American unfamiliar with all the various coats of arms used "over there". However, we can't all know everything, can we? Which, of course, is the reasons for forums like this one! So here it is: It looks like the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Coat of Arms but there are no words and the Center contains a leaf (maple?). The reverse has Four Tabs or Flanges that at this point are bent all the way down onto the back of the metal ring, but which I assume were meant to act as a device to secure the object to something. The Piece is 6 cm in diameter and a magnet DOES stick to it. Please let me know if these photos are sufficient or if you'd like me to send more. I'll be happy to do so. Once again, my many thanks! Joanie
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  32. Prinz Hubertus, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Prinz Friedrich, 1934
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  33. Lost and found - in Eastern Poland, a mediaeval knight's sword
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  34. Transferred from main article U-Boot UC22 - above at the top of the tower, Max Haller Max Haller in full dress uniform Max Haller on board SMS Preußen, 1. October 1914 Cap band, Max Haller Max Haller with his decorations, 1918 (Photos: Familienbesitz Haller via Astrid Louven)* Iron Cross 1. class Turkish Gallipoli Star U-Boot Kriegsabzeichen, 1918 *lt. jüdischem Museum (Berlin) waren die Auszeichnungen von Max Haller: 1. Eiserner Halbmond (osmanische Kriegsmedaille, auch genannt "Gallipoli Star"),2. Ottomanische Liyakat-Medaille mit rot-grünem Ripsband,3. Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse,4. + 5. Ansteckabzeichen der Deutschen Kaiserlichen Kriegsmarine U-Boot-Flotte (normal und Miniatur),6. Ordensspange mit dem Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse und der österreichischen Ehren-Denkmünze für Tapferkeit, an schwarz-weißen und rot-weißen Ripsbändern (Quelle: Astrid Louven)
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  35. Unteroffizier, 3. Schlesisches Dragoner-Regiment 15, pre-war photo taken presumably in the garrson of Hagenau, wearing the peacetime coloured uniform, helmet with cover and regimental number, facings colour, pink, buttons and braid, silver. Postcard sent from Elsenborn-Übungsplatz, 13.7.1911 to an address in Cöln-Klettenberg
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  36. Kraftfahrer Georg Lehle, Königl. Preußisches Kraftfahr-Bataillon, Berlin-Lankwitz, Kraftfahr-Ersatz-Abteilung 1, 1917 Soldbuch und Militärpaß (Bundesstaat Württemberg) Kraftwagen-Park, Bukarest Entlassungsschein, Bezirkskommando Offenburg, 17.2.1919 Bezirks-Kommando Ehingen, Versorgungsansprüche abgewiesen, da unter 10%, 3.7.1919
    2 points
  37. Garde-Füsilier-Regiment, Richard Rustenbach, 1888 and later battle records of Garde-Füsilier-Regiment
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  38. Just ordered this medal, in silver, is identical to the bronze version The medal as arrived, is not silver-plated, seems to be Neusilber (nickelsilver)
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  39. I only have the 1939 list. Have found only the following: Leutnant Mücke, 1.Kp. Kolonne 3, Kraftfahr-Abteilung 8, based in Lüben (previously Sprottau) - since Januar 1938 Dr. Mücke-Neiß, (Militärbeamte) Zentralabteilung, Allgemeines Heeresamt ( A H A ), since August 1935 You will have to search for further changes from 1939-45, you may find something in internet or an archive. There were also further lists published after 1939, but these were on the secrets lists and most of them were destroyed. Otherwise you can check the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, who have an internet presence, but you will have to give full details of what you are looking for. The first mentioned Leutnant Mücke may have advanced in later years to Oberst/Obersleutnant if he survived, may also have changed to Cavalry, which is not far apart from Transport.
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  40. Still no word from Heraldry Society. Will keep you posted. Joanie
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  41. Certainly will...have already sent them the e-mail with photos. -JG
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  42. I have to say it again - All of you gents are WONDERFUL! I'll try the Society, but I hope that you all will continue searching it out if you would be so kind. If I get an answer through them, I'll post it here soonest! Joanie
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  43. Still not 100% sure but I would say Canadian. The Stag is prevalent in a lot of French and Canadian crests, the Lion in British Crests. Look at the crown, it has a Fleur above it, not a cross as is common with British Crowns. I also think the centre item is a star and not a maple leaf. It having attachment points only on top is a puzzle though, was it made to affix to a sash or belt? Atop a hat? To a sporran or something leather? I'm not too sure yet. I do not think it is military though, but again that is a guess.
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  44. Um... Raf... the Russian royal coat of arms has a double headed eagle in it, this does not. So unless it is a minor coat, it is not Russian. I'm leaning towards British Empire as the Lion is correct, however as Kenny states the other animal is a stag and not a Unicorn so it is not the royal family. I had a very quick look at Candian coats but saw nothing. The crown atop denotes a royal coat. If you identify the crown you can identify what monarch it belongs to. I have a reference guide of crowns from an old Armorer issue but will have to reference it later. It is not very complicated, not well stamped so could be for something smaller, a city, unit, etc... we'll keep looking.
    2 points
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