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  1. 4 points
    That looks like a WW1 type (rimless and with leather chinstrap), these are very valuable nowadays, esp. in such good condition.
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    I would say Italian, with a bluegrey backing, possibly Air Force, and with brocade definitely and officer. It has a crown, which could well be the Crown of Italy and of that (1930s-1940s) period, the cogwheel would be something to do with Military Engineering or Technical. That is just guessing.
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    http://www.chrisfarlowe.co.uk/cfmain.html I see Chris Farlowe has a website. His last tour was in 2016, in the past years, most of his tours have been to German cities. I'm sure he's still in to Militaria, one way or the other. In the more recent photos, I would hardly recognise him nowadays.
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    Thanks for posting your two helmets Jacqui, very nice examples
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    Thank you so much Leon i appreciate that , now i have all the info to keep, somehow i could never bear to part with these two gems , and they were both luck on finding as i was not looking for them in the first place, i just thought hey that's nice and bought them for my shelf , again thank you
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    Another i have had in my collection for many years is this with the steel rim and second pattern liner, i would say unissued , not sure if it was for the Americans or New Zealand troops, but the main printed label is not easily read .it still maintains the crown label , the white doggy bone looking mark was on there when i got it,maybe a clumsy decorator ? lol.
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    Wow thanks for that Leon i will note that down, ,id did take a photo of the stamp ,but i have not loaded it on computer yet, i couldn't find the lead for the camera, the others i just shared straight to face book, but again thanks it is good to have the info. By the way, there is a name in it under the first layer , it reads C. Prince, but i darn't keep lifting it up and disturbing it as i do not want to damage the lining after it has survived over 100 years, the delicate part is where it is riveted to the steel, i would hate it to part from the main helmet ! that reminds me, i have another Brodie which is marked on the liner Something London, it is a second patter liner and rimmed steel helmet, and is totally unissued and complete, i will photo that one and post it too. after checking the stamping marks if any.
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    Yes i have had this a very long time now, the guy must have looked after this well Fritz .
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    I have one which is marked B S 2 the B is over the top of the S and 2 to the right of it, i picked it up many years ago from a steam rally for silly pocket money ! still got £2.00 change from a tenner !
  10. 3 points
    I found this at a family homestead and I am trying to ID it. An help is appreciated.
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    I don't think this would have been in every Wehrpaß, haven't seen this sort of entry before. But as a special stamp for this was made, it was considered very important, and due to the situation at the time, even more so. This meant that the person had been instructed in this matter and had fully understood what was meant, and this was binding, with due consequences as appropriate.
  12. 2 points
    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.
  13. 2 points
    Most antique clock dealers will be able to provide a suitable, fitting key.
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    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.
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    Here's a short video of POW prisoners at Glen Mill No2 Camp in 1939.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Yes Paul, it's a very interesting book, there's a first book about Luftwaffe Losses over Yorkshire,
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    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?
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    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.
  21. 2 points
    Yes it's sad, time stands still for no man
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    Anyone able to identify this belt and buckle. Came in a mixed lot. Maybe Italian/Spanish civil war but not sure. Many thanks Ross
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    You beat me to it Fritz, I was just about to post the exact same. The crown does look Italian which was only used until 1946 although usually Italian officer buckles carried an eagle. I have checked all my books and can find nothing similar. I would also agree it is something to do with engineering because of the cog wheel. This one is a mystery maybe an Italian collector will be able to confirm?
  24. 2 points
    Here is an old photo of Königsberg, Schloßhof mit "Blutgericht", which I found. None of this exists any more, completely destroyed in July 1945, and ruins blown up and completely removed in 1950. The end of nearly 1000 years of history. A further postcard depicts the historic "Blutgericht".
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    Hi Ross, my computer monitor has just packed in, typing this on an ancient laptop so won't be able to help at the moment as it keeps losing contact with the internet. Hopefully some of the others can help in the meantime, should have a new monitor on Wednesday and can check it out for you then. PS we have an Italian officers brockade belt and buckle on our website you could maybe compare with, I can't even post an image of it as this thing keeps cutting out, good old windows xp
  26. 2 points
    We're always glad to help if we can, and thanks for posting your photo's they're always helpful.
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    That's two nice helmets you have there, The helmet is an American M1917 made for the American Expeditionary Force, but very few made it to the Western Front before the Armistice. The stamp mark on the helmet looks like ZC 3 which is thought to belong to the Columbian Enameling and Stamping Co. The Liner maker is R.H.Long 1917 and the other liner stamp mark could be an Army inspection stamp mark I've seen them before on liners.
  28. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum Jacqiblue, What you have is a Brodie Helmet type A ( "Helmet Steel Mark 1") and also referred as " Brodie Steel Helmet War Office Pattern". The Liner was stamped with a Red Patent Stamp which read "Brodies Steel Helmet Registration N0 65199 War Office Pattern Patent No 11803/16. The BS = W. Beardmore & Co Ltd of Glasgow and the No 2 is batch number of steel used.
  29. 2 points
    Stalingrad battle against T34 tank in the snow scene.
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    Hitlers Befehl über die Vernichtung von Kommandotrupps und Fallschirmspringern ["Kommandobefehl"] Geheime Kommandosache Vom 18. Oktober 1942 Der Führer F.H.Qu., den 18. 10. 1942 Nr. 003830/42 g.Kdos.OKW/WFSt. 12 Ausfertigungen 12. Ausfertigung 1.) Schon seit längerer Zeit bedienen sich unsere Gegner in ihrer Kriegführung Methoden, die ausserhalb der internationalen Abmachungen von Genf stehen. Besonders brutal und hinterhältig benehmen sich die Angehörigen der sogenannten Kommandos, die sich selbst, wie feststeht, teilweise sogar aus Kreisen von in den Feindländern freigelassenen kriminellen Verbrechern rekrutieren. Aus erbeuteten Befehlen geht hervor, dass sie beauftragt sind, nicht nur Gefangene zu fesseln, sondern auch wehrlose Gefangene kurzerhand zu töten im Moment, in dem sie glauben, dass diese bei der weiteren Verfolgung ihrer Zwecke als Gefangene einen Ballast darstellen oder sonst ein Hindernis sein könnten. Es sind endlich Befehle gefunden worden, in denen grundsätzlich die Tötung der Gefangenen verlangt worden ist. 2.) Aus diesem Anlass wurde in einem Zusatz zum Wehrmachtbericht vom 7. 10. 1942 bereits angekündigt, dass in Zukunft Deutschland gegenüber - Seite 2 - diesen Sabotagetrupps der Briten und ihren Helfershelfern zum gleichen Verfahren greifen wird, das heisst: dass sie durch die deutschen Truppen, wo immer sie auch auftreten, rücksichtslos im Kampf niedergemacht werden. 3.) Ich befehle daher: Von jetzt ab sind alle bei sogenannten Kommandounternehmungen in Europa oder in Afrika von deutschen Truppen gestellten Gegner, auch wenn es sich äusserlich um Soldaten in Uniform oder Zerstörungstrupps mit und ohne Waffe handelt, im Kampf oder auf der Flucht bis auf den letzten Mann niederzumachen. Es ist dabei ganz gleich, ob sie zu ihren Aktionen durch Schiffe oder Flugzeuge angelandet werden oder mittels Fallschirmen abspringen. Selbst wenn diese Subjekte bei ihrer Auffindung scheinbar Anstalten machen sollten, sich gefangen zu geben, ist ihnen grundsätzlich jeder Pardon zu verweigern. Hierüber ist in jedem Einzelfall zur Bekanntgabe im Wehrmachtsbericht eine eingehende Meldung an das OKW zu erstatten. 4.) Gelangen einzelne Angehörige derartiger Kommandos als Agenten, Saboteure usw. auf einem anderen Weg, - z.B. durch die Polizei in den von uns besetzten Ländern - der Wehrmacht in die Hände, so sind sie unverzüglich dem SD - Seite 3 - zu übergeben. Jede Verwahrung unter militärischer Obhut, z.B. in Kriegsgefangenenlagern usw. ist, wenn auch nur vorübergehend gedacht, strengstens verboten. 5.) Diese Anordnung gilt nicht für die Behandlung derjenigen feindlichen Soldaten, die im Rahmen normaler Kampfhandlungen (Grossangriffe, Grosslandungsoperationen, Grossluftlandeunternehmen) im offenen Kampf gefangengenommen werden oder sich ergeben. Ebensowenig gilt diese Anordnung gegenüber den nach Kämpfen auf See in unsere Hand gefallenen oder nach Kämpfen in der Luft durch Fallschirmabsprung ihr Leben zu retten versuchenden feindlichen Soldaten. 6.) Ich werde für die Nichtdurchführung dieses Befehls alle Kommandeure und Offiziere kriegsgerichtlich verantwortlich machen, die entweder ihre Pflicht der Belehrung der Truppe über diesen Befehl versäumt haben oder die in der Durchführung entgegen diesem Befehl handeln. Adolf Hitler - Seite 4 - Verteiler: O.K.H. / Genst.d.H. 1. Ausfertigung O.K.M. / Skl. 2. " Ob.d.L. / Lw.Fü.St. 3. " W.B. Norwegen 4. " W.B. Südost 5. " Ob. West 6. " Geb.A.O.K. 20 7. " Ob. Süd 8. " Pz.Armee Afrika 9. " Rf.SS u. Chef d.Dtsch.Polizei 10. " OKW/WFSt. ' 11. - 12. "
  32. 2 points
    Hard to say whether that photo was taken in the new shop or the old basement in the Camden Passage. Must have been an early photo. In the uniform photo the field cap did not match the dress tunic.
  33. 2 points
    As the badge has a number on the back and a laurel wreath around the Swastika, I think this would be unlikely a native product, almost more of industrial manufacture, and also considering it has a pin fixture to the reverse.
  34. 2 points
    I remember the shop from the early 70s. Just before that he had a (larger) stall in the underground basement of the Antiques Centre in Camden Passage just across the road. He used to have a good stock in the old days and I got quite a few items from him. The last time I remember being there was around late August 1977, I think he must have closed some time after that, I was in London the following Summer, but don't recollect visiting, I think the shop was gone by then. The photo looks very ancient, where did you find that?
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    Hi Dave, welcome to the forum, I believe the badge you have is not military, the swastika was used as a good luck symbol by many countries before Hitler used it for the Nazi Party. It looks Indian to me, in fact if you are in the US it could actually be Red Indian, the native Americans used the swastika frequently before it was adopted by Hitler. Here is an example of Navajo Indian jewelry featuring the swastika.
  37. 2 points
    Thanks for that again, this little pass is getting even more interesting.
  38. 2 points
    That's very interesting and informative indeed, so this would be stamped on all the wehrpass that where issued, but worded as each branch of service as appropriate?
  39. 2 points
    Just discovered this other page plus another two stuck together separate from these, here is the visablle page , looks like there is nothing on the stuck pages , under light it's only ink. Here's the page I missed
  40. 2 points
    Here is a more dramtic scene of the explosion and the biggest evacuation in postwar years in Frankfurt, a WW2 blockbuster, 1,8 Tonnes (1.400 Kg. TNT), was found....
  41. 2 points
    That is often the case with the photo, still, the Wehrpaß has more info, whereas the other is just the paybook and with clothing issue, etc. The Wehrpaß was issued after "Musterung", often before call up, and whether called up or not, always had to be kept at the ready or on demand.
  42. 2 points
    Why would a Wehrpass go for less than a Soldbuch? Every man had both documents, the Wehrpass also contains more detailed information than the Soldbuch.
  43. 2 points
    It is rather dark Kenny, I have actually put it up for sale today As it's not really my thing, I am more into guns, bayonets, & medals.
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    Afternoon. I wonder if anyone has any info they can share about this drum. I’m afraid I know absolutely nothing about such things. Much appreciated. Susan
  45. 2 points
    The cap badge in the picture looks very much like Royal Engineers?
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    Hi Susan, welcome to the forum, yes the drum is a general service drum, probably WW1 period. The red, black and white is correct but it looks like it may have been touched up in places. Most likely used by a drummer boy as the Regimental drums tended to be the bigger style rather than the snare drum type. I have attached a picture of a similar one. The General service badge was worn by the following units Volunteer training units General List General service corps Labour corps Military Provost staff corps
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    I would hazard an uneducated guess and say this was a standard British Infantry drum. It has the Royal coat of arms and otherwise no particular regimental designation, I don't know if the colouring black, white and red has any significance or if this is original to the drum, possibly repainted, as the white looks a little new. The sides and emblem seem to be made of brass, with traces of gilt, which has dulled over the years, so the item is presumably pre-war or much oder, but has the King's crown, as used 1902-1952. The emblem seems to be attached by screws, originality of which may be questionable. Cetainly interesting and unusual. Perhaps somebody else in the forum knows more?
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    Yes I've seen a few zombie films but not over keen on them, the last films I bought were "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," District 9," V for Vendetta," " Prometheus," plus " The Martian," and " Valerian," all good entertaining films. I do like the post apocalyptic world type films.
  49. 2 points
    Never come across one of these before, just commenting. Also very highly priced, which would be a hindrance.
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    Photo received from the old studio today. Depicted is a policeman with 2 boys, one wearing a sidecap. The picture is marked on the reverse: August 1943, Schwabenried, Gau Bayreuth, Oberfranken. Not supposed to disclose the name of those depicted. Pictures were never collected.