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  1. 4 points
    Got this in the post today, as you can see it's a princess Mary tin, sadly no contents included . But looks nice displayed along side the death plaque.
  2. 4 points
    Yes that's right Fritz, the price of the bullet pencil is crazy. I did find the Christmas card, but marys photo was glued to the back of it., so have just left for now.
  3. 4 points
    Got this new item today, as you can see it's a ww1 death memorial plaque to Thomas Cram from Tillicoultry. i remember picking these up for around a £1 or less in the barras , pity those days are long gone.
  4. 4 points
    Here's a run down of his service record. HMS Vivid.II ( Shore Establisment ) Plymouth Naval Barracks and Training Unit ( Stokers and Engine Room Artificers School ). From 28th July 1911 to 1st January 1912 with the rank of Stoker 2nd Class. HMS Orion, attached to the Dreadnought Battleship as Stoker 1st Class after being promoted from 2nd January 1912 to 4th February 1913. HMS Vivid II back at shore base between postings or more training from 5th February 1913 to 3rd April 1913. HMS Egmont ( Base ship/ Depot ship ) attached from 4th April 1913 to 12th May 1913. HMS Medea a Marathon-Class Cruiser from 13th April 1913 to 26th October 1913 with rank of Stoker 1st Class. HMS Defence a Minotaur- Class Armoured Cruiser attached 27th October 1913 to 31st May 1916 with a rank of Acting Leading Stoker. Below are images of. HMS Orion and HMS Medea.
  5. 4 points
    Update. Stephen Edward Ackroyd Leading Stoker K/11721 based at Devonport, born 30th March 1888, son of Stephen and Mary Ellen Ackroyd of Brook lane Oldham. Occupation Piecer cotton mill, joined the Navy in 1911 aged 23, served on several ships from July 1911 to 1916. Married Alice Maud Dransfield on 15th May 1916 at St Marks Church Glodwick, sadly he was killed 16 days later at the Battle of Jutland his wife remained a widow for 22 years, she re-married in April 1938 to Charles Ross. Alice died in December 1954 aged 61.
  6. 3 points
    WW2 British North West Frontier Target Harmonisation Poster WW2 produced and used to practice coordinating the firing of members of a section to a specific targets.Very rare as few of these remain.Printed by J.Weiner Ltd London.From a War Office design and Crown Copyrighted.These details are to bottom left corner,printed on bottom right corner is 'North West Frontier Fig 3'. Fold lines throughout and some tears.Very rare.Size 60 inches x 24 inches.
  7. 3 points
    Finally found them Tommy, it's true you never know what you might find hidden away in the Bunker have just added them to the on-line shop so will post them here too. WW2 British Middle East Target Harmonisation Poster WW2 produced and used to practice coordinating the firing of members of a section to a specific targets.Very rare as few of these remain.Printed by J.Weiner Ltd London.From a War Office design and Crown Copyrighted.These details are to bottom left corner,printed on bottom right corner is 'Middle East Fig 3'. Fold lines throughout and some tears.Very rare.
  8. 3 points
    Looks good together Buster.
  9. 3 points
    Nice item, I got my example at a Hamburg fleamarket about 20 years ago for 10 DM. I've noticed the contents usually cost more than the box, there was a printed letter and a postcard with the portraits of Queen Mary and George V., as well as tobacco or cigarettes.
  10. 3 points
    Unissued Bavarian Bluse. Full length Hoheitsborte, shorten to just a strip on the front of the collar in 1917. Very early 1916 still using left over lion buttons.
  11. 3 points
    The "Landsturmschnitt" specifically relates to a Waffenrock designated for issue to the entire army in 1914. It has nothing to do with the description of a Bluse.
  12. 3 points
    Once again, an early dated Bluse with buttons left over from the previous pattern simplified Rock. As with my previously mentioned Bavarian Bluse, dated 1916 with lion buttons, stocks of the earlier buttons were used until supplies were exhausted. This is, more commonly seen on Bavarian jackets, so thanks for posting this.
  13. 3 points
    Pte Harry Shackleton 61804, joined the Northumberland Fusiliers in Newcastle in 1916, he was Attached to the 9th Service Battalion but did not arrive in France till 1917. The Battalion was part of the 103rd Brigade of the 34th Division, Pte Shackleton was to see action in the Third Battles of Ypres during 1917. On September 25th the 9th Battalion absorbed the 21st Northumberland Hussars into their ranks and became known as the 9th Northumberland Hussars Battalion. During 1918 the Battalion was involved in defensive actions in the first Battles of the Somme 1918 German Offensive, all the enemy's attacks were successfully repulsed, earning special mention in F M. Lord Haig's official despatches for it's gallant defence. The Battalion then joined 183rd Brigade of 61st ( 2nd South Midlands ) Division on the La Bassee canal near Bethune were the Germans launched the Second Phase of their Offensive. After suffering heavy losses during the battles they were withdrawn from fighting and moved to the area west of Poperinge were it was reorganised while put to work digging a new defensive line. The Battalion later took part in the final advance in Picardy. Pte Shackleton survived the Great War Battles of 1917 and 1918 and was a member of the British Army Occupation Force in Germany. Medals image from other sources.
  14. 3 points
    Are there any German memorials in Berlin? No. All Soviet. Most German graves and memorials were destroyed or removed after 1945 Communist Thälmann Denkmal in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg Eberswalde Potsdam, Michendorfer Chaussee Potsdam, Bassinplatz Güterfelde, Brb. A Hero's grave, Zechlin Schwedt, Märkisch Oderland Cottbus Rathenow, Brandenburg Neuruppin, Brb. Wittstock, Brandenburg Volkspark Friedrichshain, Polish memorial Berlin-Wilhelmsruh, Soviet Memorial Sowjet Ehrenmal, Tiergarten, Berlin-West Ehrenmal Tiergarten (West), view from above, still with Panzer and Artillery Ehrenmal Treptower Park (East) Treptower Park (E.), enormous dimensions Berlin, Schönholzer Heide, Soviet Memorial Schönholzer Heide, another view Memorial in Seelow Ahrensfelde, south of Berlin Another reminder in the very centre of Berlin Russians in Berlin, 2015, celebrations for wars end with vodka and flags. Where else in the world would this be tolerated? Holocaust Denkmal, Berlin Mitte, preparations for building. Views of the completed Holocaust area.
  15. 3 points
    Important to remember the victims of the crimes against humanity. A very moving place to visit whilst in Berlin.
  16. 3 points
    Thank for doing that Leon, I will print a copy off to keep with it
  17. 3 points
    Here's a copy of his medal index card.
  18. 3 points
    Yes that's the Royal Arsenal Woolwich mark, below is a better image.
  19. 3 points
    Elsewhere... German war graves from both wars in Cuacos de Yuste in Spain desecrated and vandalised, and not for the first time.... "Keine Ehrung für Nazis..." The Guardia Civil is investigating. Source: RT.com Rheims, 40 German wargraves were destroyed and desecrated in the War Cemetery near Rheims, prior to the visit of Bundeskanzlerin Merkel, 2012. Symbolic picture. Source: news.ch Berlin-Neukölln, Lilienthalstraße Laon, France Guebwiller 2010, 95 crosses damaged. The words "race de putes" (Hurenrasse) was daubed on some of the graves. In Rostock-Dierkow, Satow and Strenz, gravestones were vandalised and covered in cement. Left wing groups left a message claiming that the graves serve right wing propaganda. Source: Schweriner Volkszeitung / Rostock, November 2018
  20. 3 points
    There are still a few collectibles around of Christmas themes, even if not the time of year. I got my Queen Mary Christmas Box about 20 years ago in a market in Hamburg - the other is a cigar case, a present to the 5. Army at Verdun from Crown Prince Wilhelm, Christmas 1916., the portrait has a slight chip to the corner. Another interesting souvenir, a Christmas Card and at the same time a menu and evening programm for the Deutscher Offizier Club in London pre-WW1.
  21. 3 points
    The ww2 medals have no connection, I just dont have another case for them yet, will wait till l have more stars before buying another, the items are only laying in the case as its laying flat. Yea I have sen the plaques with hols in, seen o ne with a hanging chain when searching for one, I am also going to get the princess Mary Christmas tin to put in the case.
  22. 3 points
    Do the WW2 medals have any connection to this? And how did you mount them? I am always very apprehensive about pinning or glueing things, some people have even holed the death plaques earlier. The place named above is in the Arras sector.
  23. 3 points
    Here's two interesting Brodie Helmets I spotted up for sale online both made by Briggs Motor Bodies of Birmingham. First one has the letters U.X.B. painted on the front of the helmet made in 1941 with a BMB liner of the same date a nice looking helmet. Second is a Alvis car factory fire guard helmet made in 1940 with a Vero liner dated 1940, during WW2 they produced Aircraft Engines as a sub contractor of Rolls-Royce Ltd and other Aircraft Equipment. They also produced the AC1, AC2, and AC3D Armoured Car, the AC2 was subsequently used as a basis for the 39M Csaba Armoured Car they produced a total of 61 for the Royal Hungarian Army and 16 for the Royal Air Force.
  24. 2 points
    An early peaked cap for officers of Dragoner-Regiment 4 or 8, purchased many years ago in Berlin. Cap is not in the best condition, band has been crushed at some stage, inside is an erased stamp of a theatre costume company, shows some abuse in this role. Early small leather peak has been re-attached at some stage, Reichskokarde is probably a later replacement, should be flatter. Interesting to note, the inside of the peak has a red finish. Dragoner-Regiment von Bredow (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 4* based in Lüben Dragoner-Regiment König Friedrich III. (2. Schlesisches) Nr.8 based in Kreuzburg, Bernstadt and Namslau *Lothar von Richthofen joined this regiment in 1914 as a war volunteer
  25. 2 points
    Here is a very good example of a 1915-dated M.15 Bluse, almost identical to my example, which has been fitted with the older style fieldgrey buttons, these being in brown painted iron, replacing the same pattern previous tomback buttons. I assume these are all original fitted to the tunic, they are very correctly fitted as shown in the photo. My own example (B.A.IX.1916) had no exteral buttons, and these I replaced with the type shown here. The tunic depicted had Gardelitzen on the collar, which were removed after 1918 and a stamp of K.B.A.G. Note the typical resedagrün collar, the Bavarian issues had a fieldgrey non-contrasting collar. Interesting to note, there are no shoulder loops on this example, or removed? These tunics are priced well in excess of 2.500 or 3.000 Euros nowadays, and seldom without moth damage. Last photo shows the 18mm M.1915 buttons fitted to hip pockets and shoulders, brown lacquered (tomback colour).
  26. 2 points
    Awarded 1850 by the provisional government to former soldiers of the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the uprising in 1848/49 against Danish rule. It was cast from the iron from the wreck of the Danish warship "Christian VIII.", destroyed in shallow waters off Eckernförde. The uprising failed, although actively supported by Austria, Prussia and the German states. Blackened cast iron with some slight age corrosion with a length of older unworn ribbon. A simple decoration with a historic significance, offered today at around 160-200 Euros.
  27. 2 points
    Here's 3 documents of Herrn Wilhelm Wille of Wittenwater born in 1895, a Agricultural worker I think the area is lower saxony.? Document one is from the military registration office, it's notification he's been put on reserve status to Landwehr 1. Document two is a wehrpas/note asking for records they need at the registration office, ( from the labour office ). Document three is from the denazification committee of the main district of Uelzen. It's a written decision/procedure by the committee to release Wilhelm Wille of the category v status, signed by the registrator 21 jan 1949. My question is who had to go through this procedure, was it only party members and the military, and how long did it take to denazify a person.?
  28. 2 points
    Here is a very good general explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denazification Entnazifierung was more of a trial to determine how involved a person was, and whether he was "fit" for future office, the individual length is difficult to say. The method was generally very unpopular in Germany and Austria, and was soon dropped due to the Cold War. A consequent implementation of the process would have meant that there were no more qualified persons to fill important positions in the future, the idea was futile as such. There were over 8 million members of the NSDAP, due to which led to a freeze of new entries in the early 40s. Military persons were generally barred from membership by the Wehrmacht, the tradition being also previously that soldiers were not permitted to vote, or to take part in any political activities, this applied to all ranks, officers and men, it was a simple military principle.
  29. 2 points
    There is also an English language version.
  30. 2 points
    The Soviet Story, a history of Communism in the 20th Century.
  31. 2 points
    I can make out a W , but not the A.
  32. 2 points
    Nice set buster, is the back of the plaque stamped WA or blank ?
  33. 2 points
    I quite agree, the best films have been made and gone, there is nothing much more to come, you can forget Kino today.
  34. 2 points
    I've not be tempted by anything at the cinemas recently, they just don't make classics anymore, I strongly believe the best films were made in the 70's. Take just one year for example 1977 they made Cross of Iron, Star Wars, A bridge too far, The Spy who loved me, Airport 77, Close encounters of the third kind, MacArthur, Saturday Night fever, Smokey and the bandit, Capricorn One, Stroszek, Are you being served the movie, Sweeney the movie, Abba the movie, Zoltan the hound of Dracula, plus loads more. Maybe I'm just being nostalgic but I would not know what to pick if they were being shown today, all with great actors too, today we have nothing, but I do miss the hot dogs
  35. 2 points
    HMS Defence was a Minotaur-Class Armoured Cruiser built for the Royal Navy, she was launched in 1907 and commissioned in 1909. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when the WW1 began, and participated in the pursuit of the German Battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light Cruiser SMS Breslau. The ship transferred to the Grand Fleet in Jan 1915, Defence was sunk on the 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. She was escorting the main body of the Grand Fleet. The ship was fired upon by one German Battlecruiser and four Dreadnoughts as she attempted to engage a disabled German Light Cruiser. She was stuck by two salvoes that detonated her rear magazine, the fire from that explosion spread to her secondary magazines which exploded in turn she sank with all hands approx. 900 men. The wreck of HMS Defence was discovered in 1984, by Clive Cussier and a NUMA Survey of the North Sea and the English Channel and found to by largly intact dispite the violence of her sinking. Defence along with the other Jutland wrecks were declared a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act of 1986. Below are some pictures of HMS Defence.
  36. 2 points
    Super sound. There may a few still around
  37. 2 points
    Here's a video song of the sinking of the Bismarck .
  38. 2 points
    This is the earlier pattern coat with dark green collar before uniform changes in 1973 and 1985. The later greatcoats had a collar in the same material as the basic cloth of the coat. The tunic also had a closed collar at that time. The NVA existed till midnight 2. October 1990, when the flag was lowered for the last time
  39. 2 points
    That's really worth holding on to. Souvenirs of Napoleon have been very much produced till recently, often for tourists and cheap quality. The older, the better, and being bronze and 19th century, even if late, is a good keepsake. The name Lecomte also sounds familiar, encountered during earlier visits to French museums. Very collectable.
  40. 2 points
    Fritz, Yes they are all mine except for one.. Arbeitsgau XXIX.. And yes Niedersachsen-Ost is still prevalent today as stated.. G
  41. 2 points
    A bronze commemorative medal, Napoleon I, Roi et Empereur. Pewter with a toned bronze finish, Artists signature, Andrieu F. Reverse blank. A simple souvenir of Napoleon, Volkskunst, Northern France, undated, oil colours on a seashell Both items purchased by my father in the late 1960s / early 1970s.
  42. 2 points
    Others. South Eastern - HQ in Edinburgh = No 3 Fire Force. Eastern - HQ in Dundee = No 4 Fire Force. North Eastern - HQ in Aberdeen = No 5 Fire Force. Northern - HQ in Inverness = No 6 Fire Force. Khaki/Green Helmet Rank Markings. Senior Company Officer- 1 Narrow Red Band over 1 Broad Red Band. Company Officer - 1 Broad Red Band. Section Officer - 2 Narrow Red Bands. Leading Fireman - 1 Narrow Red Band. White Helmet Rank Marking. Chief Regional Fire Officer - 1 Broad Red Round Band and Broad Red Bar inscribed Chief Regional Fire Officer. Fire Force Commander - 1 Broad Red Circular Band and Broad Red Bar inscribed Fire Force Commander. Assistant Fire Force Officer - 1 Broad Red Band. Divisional Officer - 2 Narrow Red Bands. Column Officer - 1 Narrow Red Band. Each Fire Area had a Fire Force with a Fire Force Commander and an Assistant Fire Force Commander. A Division comprised of 100 pumps with a Divisional Officer ( 1 per Division ). A Column comprised of 50 pumps with a Column Officer ( 2 per Division ) and a Senior Company Officer ( were necessary ). A Company comprised of 10 pumps with a Company Officer ( 10 per Division ). A Section comprised of 5 pumps with a Section Leader ( 20 per Division ). And a Leading Fireman ( 1 per pump ).
  43. 2 points
    That's a coincidence! May be cured of the cinema for good.
  44. 2 points
    This is how the decoration should look. Reverse with the matriculation number, this would be an earlier, 19th Century piece, with a replacement ribbon and ring. The ring was usually an open double construction of silver wire. Always worn on a pentagonal ribbon by Russian recipients, the previous picture has the remains of a bow, which was an additional distinction, representing the 3rd class. The bottom is marked to the 4th class, the central medallion bears the cypher SG for Sankt Georg, undoubtedly silver. See also my posts under Imperial Russian Decorations.
  45. 2 points
    This is very similar to the example I have, just the proportions differ, on my example the skirting is longer, possibly as for field artillery, or so-called "Landwehr-Schnitt"? These are photos taken about 20 years ago. The shoulder pieces do not belong to the tunic, F.A.R.63. The field cap has a maker mark from Augsburg, undated, ca. 1915, here without Reichskokarde, which were removed after 9.November 1918, since rectified. Otherwise all original buttons, no shoulder loops, and no trace of a former "Aschinger"-Borte.
  46. 2 points
    Here is a page from the Plymouth Naval Memorial 1916 of some of those killed at the Battle of Jutland one name jumps out for me on that list. It is that of Leading Stoker Stephen Edward Ackroyd age 28 who lived opposite my Grandfather and would have known the family as it was a small hamlet were everybody knew everybody.
  47. 2 points
    Nice looking jacket.The only thing i have left of my NVA collection is my helmet with taindrop pattern cover. The main problem you have with NVA stuff is that a lot of the stuff,uniforms etc were put together AFTER the wall came down,so it is worth doing a bit of research before you leap in.NVA swords are the most faked thing but very easy to spot,if you know your stuff. David F
  48. 2 points
    You should get one of the east german ushankas to go with your coat then you'll look like one of the guards from the berlin wall lol please tell me your dog is a german shepherd too then that'll look cool
  49. 2 points
    I had the NVA "rain drop" pattern winter padded combat jacket back in the late 80s/early 90s. It was certainly the warmest jacket I ever had. A couple of my friends were so impressed they bought one too. Cheap as chips back then. No we didn't wear them together to create a WP invasion!
  50. 2 points
    Hi Leon, Personally I like NVA items but they are cheap common items on the surplus market these days, people don't really 'collect' NVA much. Early NVA items were WWII German surplus or used the same equipment to make new items, so up till the mid 50s/early 60s NVA gear was very similar to WWII Wehrmacht in items like helmets. By the 1950s the NVA was issued their own items that were more unique, rain pattern camo was begun in the 60s and the field grey dress uniform for regular use. The trench coats are often picked up 'thinking' they are Wehrmacht, but really nothing of the sort, though they can pass as them on the slide with correct accessories. The coat is not worth much though, surplus sellers have them at prices ranging from £20 - £100 depending on how much they want to rip someone off but I would say £30-50 for the coat.
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