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    Here is a captured US M10 tank Destroyer.
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    Here is a nice picture I picked up today, shows a ME-109 with the underwing 20mm canon gondola or known as the Rustatz VI model. These canons (1 pair per plane) weighed 135 Kilos each and had 135-145 rounds of ammo each.
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    Probably, too bad I can't see the rest of the markings on the fuselage, might make it easier to identify.
  4. 4 points
    I don't even want to guess what they went for at auction!
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    Erkennungsmarke: Luftwaffen Flugplatzkommando 5. / XVII - Flugplatz Kommando, Betriebskompanie 5 - Luftgau XVII. (Ostmark / Austria) Blood group B. personnel number 285, Aluminium. Unresearched, would have been one of the former airfields in Austria. The Betriebskompanien were responsable for the servicing of aircraft and installations maintainance at the airfield.
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    The shoulder loops (Laschen) for the Bluse were authorized in 1917. These loops do appear on Blusen dated 1916. It is unknown how this would happen other than these loops would have been added to unissued tunics on hand in the Bekleidungsämter.
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    You don't often see them in photos, just certain types, such as Flugmeldedienst, also some of the badges of the Flakartillerie are frequently seen, esp. top right.
  8. 3 points
    Edda Göring (80), the only child of Hermann Göring, last known to be living in South Africa, died on 21. December 2018. Further details unknown. Edda with her mother were interned in May 1945 One of the few known photos in more recent years, given at a rare interview ..with a portrait of her mother To be continued
  9. 3 points
    Here are some vintage souvenirs of the Air Training Corps. The beret is the standard R.A.F. pattern as still worn today, some of the other items are obsolete. The badges were usually chromium plated and not particularly attractive, this example is an earlier one in white metal, of better quality. The beret has the standard black cotton lining and is minus the cellloid patch, which is usually the case with well worn examples. Berets were always freshened up by submerging them in a bucket of cold water and later letting them dry continually forming them into shape until dry, this was the least harmfull method of cleaning. The battledress jackets and trousers were always ironed under a damp cotton handkerchief, the trousers and jacket sleeves having a smart crease. Some profis used to coat the inner of the crease with a fast drying glue like UHU or Pattex and then iron from the outside, the crease always stayed perfect, this was officially frowned upon. The battledress jackets were of the woolly 1949 pattern and worn with a blue RAF shirt with detachable collar and a suitable black tie. The trousers were a plain pattern in matching material, however, no patch pockets and could also have been worn with the dress tunic, so were probably not specificly battledress type. These were worn with an RAF type tunic belt, which however had a chrome buckle, which was worn turned inward, so as not to be seen. Boots were of the old type of the early forties, all leather and with a toecap, usually worn with 13 studs and horseshoe irons, which made the required sound on the parade ground. These boots had always to be kept immaculate, with mirrorpolished caps, and had to be acquired privately. The battledress was worn with two shoulder flashes, AIR TRAINING CORPS embroidered on bluegrey, beneath which was the squadron designation, in this case 27F - F being one of the original founder squadrons from the late thirties and early forties. This Sqn. was stationed in Chingford, Essex (now greater London). No further equipment was provided. Some NCOs were permitted to wear a blue 37 pattern webbing belt, which they had to provide themselves. RAF pattern greatcoats could be worn with chrome ATC buttons, and had to be provided by the wearer himself, but were not worn in 27F Sqn Rank Badges worn: Cadet: No special badge Cadet 1st Class: Star as specified Corporal: As per RAF two chevrons on each upper sleeve Sergeant: Three Chevrons on each upper sleeve Flight Sergeant: Three Chevrons on each sleeve, surmounted by a white metal kings crown Warrant Officer II: Lower sleeve large crown in a wreath Warrant Officer I: Officers uniform, each lower cuff had an embroidered Royal coat of arms, collar each side with a brass VR over a T - Volunteer Reserve, Training, cap as per Officers pattern, with badge as officers, but in gilt brass with a red velvet layer behind the crown (usually Queens crown) Some special badges were worn such as marksmanship badge or glider pilot badge. However, on going to Summer Camp (Leamington Spa) or other outward excursions, extra items of equipment were provided, standard was the RAF haversack with strap, which was all blue blancoed and with brass fittings, in this was kept the groundsheet, folded in regulation plattern and tucked in, entirely filling the haversack. For parades, whitened 1937 pattern gaiters and webbing belts were worn, the rifle with a white blancoed carrying strap. The standard rifle was the Number 4 Mk.1 (wartime dated), no bayonets were issued. For manoevers and on board an aircraft, a regulation bluegrey cotton overall was issued. This had buttondown ankles and cuffs, a buttoned flyfront and a turndown collar, worn over the battledress. Second picture shows the contemporary shoulder flashes - missing are only the Sqn. designation patches (27F, etc.). Two examples of the rank badge for "Cadet 1st Class", only one of these was worn on the upper left sleeve - here one mint example, the other used and slightly faded. An RAF tunic buckle in brass, these were worn as chrome plated - but not visibly. A standard RAF other ranks cap badge with kings crown, pre 1952 (WW2) An old photo showing the typical dress of the late 1960s period. In a way, it wasn't much different to going to school. Motto: Venture - Adventure
  10. 3 points
    A postwar RAF battledress blouse and early postwar airman's trousers as worn with No.1 Airmans Jacket - this combination was worn by many squadrons of the ATC in the late 60s and early 70s - it is the traditional old woolly serge, which has a nice quality to it. This example has been completely stripped of all insignia apart from the buttons, which are all correct - all buttons are dished plastic type, apart from those on the two breast pockets, which are standard RAF pattern and with a king's crown, as still worn in later years. There is some nasty moth damage to the left cuff facing, which is otherwise the most decorative and distinctive feature of the tunic. The rear has two concealed button holes for fastening to the trousers, but fits only onto the battledress, however, the other combination as mentioned was so worn by the ATC, together with a regulation RAF blue shirt with detachable collar and a suitable black tie. Maker's label dating from 1952. The beret was worn as shown in previous picture. A serge cloth tunic belt with a chromed buckle in reverse was worn as a trouser belt under the blouse. Toe-capped army boots with full leather studding were worn. Belts and gaiters were only worn on special occasions, and were whitened, the brass fittings highly polished. Missing on the tunic are the shoulder flashes AIR TRAINING CORPS, beneath which were worn a small 27F patch each side for the squadron designation. (moth damage to left cuff facing can be seen in photos, two larger, one smaller hole). On my list of "to does" for invisible mending. A pair of immediate postwar Airman's trousers dating from 1948, these have black plastic dished buttons instead of the earler brass ones, otherwise identical to wartime issue, some moth in certain places. The inner heel area of the trouser legs have been reinforced with leather to prolongue wear. Note high tapered waist and trouser back, typical of earlier period pieces and not as present day clothing. This set was purchased in Berlin around 2008. Maker's label dated 1948 and a WD Arrow stamp and 39 (?) Leather inserts/protectors to rear inner leading edges of trouser legs. Waist buttons for wear with braces.
  11. 3 points
    Franz Xaver Lachenmair * Buchloe i./Bayern, 8. August 1916 + Valencia de la Conception, Sevilla, Januar 2000 Kapitän Langsdorff was the commander of the Graf Spee. In December 1939 the Graf Spee entered the port of Montevideo in Uruguary after engaging an English battle squadron. It sought to carry out repairs and bury the dead on land. The serious damage could not be sufficiently repaired within the 72 hours granted by international law. Setting sail again would mean the total destruction of the ship and unnecessary loss of lives, as the English battle squadron lay waiting outside of international waters, There seemed no way out. Langsdorff ordered to set sail, and then dropped anchor in the Rio Plata Estuary, allowing all officers and crew to leave the ship. Shortly after that the ship was torn by a series of explosions and the wreck burned for several days. Langsdorff bade farewell to officers and crew and shot himself the same evening The officers and crew were detained in Argentina for the duration of the war. Franz Xaver Lachenmair from Buchloe in Bavaria had been a member of the crew and was a clerk with the rank of Oberbootsmannsmaat (senior sergeant) Before the war broke out and he made the acquaintance of Liesel Gottwald, Birgitt's mother. After the war, Lachenmair settled in Spain, where he became a successful businessman and amateur pilot, and married a Spanish woman having several children. For many years he stayed in correspondence with Kapitänleutnant Robert Höpfner, whose son now lives in France and passed on this information. Liesel Paulmann, who lived in Wandsbek had briefly known FXL before war broke out in 1939 and told me the story several years ago. She had got in contact with Höpfner jun. after listening to the early morning NDR Hamburger Hafenkonzert on the radio, in which Höpfner junior had told this short story. I then got the information from her. She had been previously married to Oberfeldwebel Walter Neusüß, formerly of Luftwaffe KG 26 and KG 4. Franz Xaver Lachenmair passed away in January 2000, his wife died ten years before him. The wreck of the "Graf Spee" burned for several days before finally settling in the mud of the estuary. The large bronze eagle from the bow of the ship was recovered in the year 2006 and is now in a museum in Montivideo. The graves of Kapt.Langsdorff and thirty six members of his crew can be seen in the city cemetery of Montivideo Funeral of Kapitän Langsdorff A recent photo of the graves at Montevideo The ship's eagle was salvaged several years ago, and is now in a Museum in Montivideo. There is also a memorial in the port.
  12. 3 points
    There have been a number of fieldgrey (iron) spike bases around lately, but difficult to get the spike. The leather could be carefully stitched where it is not noticeable, if there is no part of it missing, simply put the ends together and stich firmly, using a thimble and a suitable thread, it does not have to be particularly thick, a slightly thinnish thread should do. I have done quite a few repairs in my time, including stitching front and back peaks on, for these, a suitable shoemaker's thread would be best, never make any extra holes, using the originals, making sure it is an exact fit.
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    Here are the AN-6530 Goggles, one of the most widely used flight goggles during WW2 by US forces. You can see pilots from the Navy to the USAAF wearing these. The lenses could be removed and different shades added as needed, the last picture shows clear lenses in the original packaging and the box the goggles came in.
  14. 3 points
    Here is a original picture I just got, WW2 Luftwaffe. On the reverse is a note explaining what the details are, most likely for media release. The note is from 1942, Tunis saying basically these luftwaffe troops are securing the airfield. However, I think this is staged, as these are pretty high ranking troops to be guarding a airfield with no weapons other than grenades and pistols. The oberfeldwebel on the right, is wearing the Spanish Cross with swords, indicating he is veteran on the Spanish civil war. I think they are more likely just inspecting the perimeter or out taking pictures. A nice detailed photo regardless.
  15. 3 points
    I know what you mean, I have noticed the prices on the WW1 Adrian's going up steadily over the past few years. Just finding an all complete one with liner, chinstrap, plate and helmet comb intact is getting difficult. Not to mention one with a decent paint job left on it. I found one not long ago, WW1 type that had a mustard brown color to it, I used some soap and water and it came right off with about 75% of the Horizon Blue paint still left on the shell.
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    It reminds of the "Muskete" or "Wallbüchse" in earlier times. The Russians also used a similar weapon in WW2. Muskete / "Musketier", 30 year war period till barocque Arkebuse Wallbüchse - example
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    Anything with "SS" on it, immediately makes me suspicious. Today it seems that almost everything SS is fake, as most of it was destroyed after the war, or hidden away for fear of war crimes.
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    Yes, it's a scene from the 2011 film Isoroku Yamamoto C-in-C of the Combined Fleet, depicting the decisive American naval aviation attack on three of Nagumo's aircraft carriers that were central to the Japanese attack plan Akagi, Kaga and Soryuu during the fateful Battle of Midway 4th of June 1942
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    The last bayonet with a ground-down sawback by Fichtel & Sachs has a Bavarian crowned "L" mark over the 16, nice to have, being a Bavarian issue. The new bayonet frog looks good, getting hard to find now, and I paid over the mark last year whilst getting one for our local museum. Do you also have some bayonet knots to go with these? These knots were in the colours of the company/batallion within the regiment, and were always worn, even till 1918. The same colour system was used till the end in 1945. Today, there are no bayonets, swords or knots.
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    It could be a wartime shell, or early post-war. The liner is the correct type, just looks very fresh, the neck shield is certainly older, but if WW2 period, hard to say, well preserved, if. The 55 size stamp could also be period. I would almost tend to think with the dark blue finish, it could be wartime. Also with the "square dip" behind the peak, I tend to think the shell is a period production. I believe the volunteer fire brigades wore no decals.
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    In 1909, the US adopted a automatic weapon based upon a design made by the Hotchkiss Company, which became known as the M1909 Benet-Mercie Machine Rifle. This weapon was cambered in the standard 30-06 caliber and fired 400 rounds per minute. The cartridges were fed into the weapon by the use of rigid metal strips holding 30 rounds. The weapon weighed 30 pounds and was consider light enough to be man-portable. Upon the entry into WW1, this weapon and the M1904 Maxim gun were the only machine guns available to troops upon arrival in France, that was until weapons were issued from the Allies. The box below was used for this weapon, which held 300 rounds on 10 strips. The interior dividers were missing, so I replaced them with new wood. Last few images of the weapon are from internet sources.
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    Here is an example of the Kugel mounted on a stick grenade.
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    Here is the infamous sawback bayonet, which was reported in the press being used by the Germans to commit atrocities in Belgium. Responding to the pressure from this the Germans began to remove the sawbacks from the blades. In fact these bayonets were used by sapper units and others as needed.
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    Here is a WW1 US flashlight or Beacon Light. It was designed to be used in a handheld manner or be hung from the tunic buttons with the use of the leather strap on the reverse of the light. This light has the original battery inside, but is no longer functional. It is similar in design to other European types in use at the time. An interesting piece, one that is often overlooked from most uniform displays.
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    Just like Trier, another of my favorites.
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    It's cost me at least 30% of my turnover per year. They were told to exclude collectors items in the consultation but ignored it, and basically banned everything apart from kitchen knifes which is the main cause of knife crime. You can apply for a licence which I did, but involves getting an architect draw up plans of where the edged weapons are to be displayed, keeping details of the buyer's name and address to give to the police and the final straw was the small print, saying if for any reason you are refused the licence the fee will not be returned and at almost £1000 this was a gamble I did not want to take. So after six years of this law being in force, has knife crime gone down in Scotland? No it has gone up, it has made no difference at all, apart from punishing law abiding collectors. Can you still buy the criminals favorite weapon of choice the steak knife, yes easily at any supermarket for about £3 Crazy !!!
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    Hi Fernando, I have moved your stein into it's own topic for you, very nice stein indeed. If you need any more information just let us know .
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    Welcome to the Forum - - would you care to place your information on a new topic - as this article is stictly only about Mecklenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment 17? Your Text: Wer treu gedient hat seine Zeit dem ein voller Krug geweiht... (?) Stolz zu Roß die Kavallerie, auf dem Posten Spät und Früh Ein Kühler Trunk , vom Liebchen rein Schmeckt uns nochmal so fein Es lebe hoch das Regiment, das Majestät die Perle nennt Über Hecken und Bäumen dem Feind kein Pardon So reitet im Sturm die 4. Eskadron Zum Andenken a. m. Dienstzeit (an meine Dienstzeit) 1. [or 4. perhaps] Garde Reg. Potsdam 1905-08 I have corrected some of the wording, which I have underlined and in bold print.. The Regiment here is 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment (4. Escadron of the Regiment, cavalry regiments each had a total of five Escadrons) For Names lists , best to check the regiment histories. There have been no reprints. Many of these were published by Verlag G. Stalling & Co., Oldenburg. These histories were written individually. There are the older books published up to 1914, the newer histories were, as I mentioned often published by Stalling-Verlag, these usually list casualties of the Great War squadron by squadron. Another site to view is: http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/2014/vl_3.garde-ulanen-regiment-im-1.weltkrieg.html Above is for 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment (Potsdam). They also have other regiments, not sure if 1.G.U.R. is included. Further online research and the regimental history would be recommended. For losses, 1870/71: http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/verlustlisten/vl1870-114.html N.B.: 1. and 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regimenter formed a combined cavalry brigade - 2. Garde-Kavallerie-Brigade, which meant that they mostly operated together. They served in the West until about November 1914, and were then transferred to the Eastern Front. Often personel, who had served pre-war, when called up, were drafted to a different regiment, whether this is the same "Thielke", it would be hard to say, but possible. The Lithophane of "the young man" at the base of the mug is of Kaiser Wilhelm II., a younger portrait. How the object came to America, is hard to say. It could have been found by an American soldier at the end of WW2 and brought back as a souvenir. However, since the postwar years, there is an enormous militaria trade worldwide, and dealers travel to militaria fairs also to USA and throughout Europe, there are also international auctions with many bidders and visitors from overseas. - If Thielke served 1905-08 in 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, it is very likely that on mobilisation in August 1914 he was sent to a different regiment, could be the same man, but you would have to research further. Judging by the fact that on serving 1905-08, he would have been born around 1897. Try and get some genealogy information to see if it is the same man. Perhaps lancing a question to the Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt in Potsdam, may give some information, although many of their records were destroyed in February 1945. Records up till 1867 are said to be complete, but from 1868-1945, it is a matter of luck.
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    Volksgerichtshof: The trials after the 20. July 1944 were filmed for propaganda purposes. However, on viewing the films, it was decided not to show them, and Göbbels ordered all copies to be destroyed. However, one example did survive, and this is shown here.
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    This is a side cap for a Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK) or the National Socialist Motor Corps. This organization was formed in 1931 and was originally part of the SA, however in 1934 they were made a separate organization under the NSDAP. The NSKK was mainly a training organization, which instructed members on maintenance and operations of motorized vehicles. When the war started in 1939, this organization was used as a transportation service for military units, some units worked for Org. Todt and the Luftwaffe as well. This Feldmutze, side cap is colored black and has the NSKK eagle on the wearers left, the background color signified the location of the troops battalion or unit. In this case the German region of Franken, which is north west of Bayern. The front of the cap has 2 small buttons, silver colored with the NSKK emblem. Inside the cap is a RZM tag, that reads: Feldmutze, Reich Zeug Meisterei (National Equipment Quartermaster) der NSDAP, and has a serial number: M295383, the tag is faded and needs the use of a good light and magnifying lens. The size is about a 58. I will be posting the accompanying uniform soon.
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    Die Feldgrauen Reiter - die berittenen und bespannten Truppen in Reichswehr und Wehrmacht by Klaus Christian Richter, 1994 German text with black and white photos, original sketches and diagrams. A good detailed chronic. A list of all the Reiter-Regimenter of the Reichswehr, their commanders and their traditional Regiments of the old army. There is also a list of all the Reiter and Kavallierie Regiments of the Wehrmacht. Not covered are the SS-Kavallerie units and the Reiter-SS. The lance was retained until 1927, when it was finally abolished General der Kavallerie von Poseck, a well respected inspector of the cavalry from 1922-1926 was for maintaining the lance Reiten in Quadrille - Reichswehr Reiter in the uniforms of the old regiments - Here 1. Eskadron, Reiter-Regiment 13 (Ulanen-Regiment 13) Former Königsulanen, Hannover 1934 and Regimentsappell former 7.Dragoner in Militsch/Schles., 1930, resp. 8. (Preußisches) Reiter-Regiment Unternehmen Barbarossa, Russia, 22. July 1941 Well ahead of the infantry - Reiterspähtrupps of the Aufklärungs-Abteilungen (reconn.) der Infanterie-Reiterzüge Wartime conditions. Where vehicles became unusable, the horse was brought into action Oberstleutnant Müller, leader of 9./Reiter-Regt.32 with his youngest recruit, Russia, 1944 Above -Kavallerie-Regt.5 and Reiter-Regt.41 formed the 4th Kav.-Brigade. The last ride of 2./R.R.41 on 12.May 1945 in Austria Below - Austria, June 1945. Lt. von Korff and the Unteroffizier-Korps of 2./Kav.-Regt.5 in English internment, one of the last photos of German Cavalry.
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    Anyone here have good knowledge of Jackboots? Here is a pair I recently acquired, the are a matched pair, well oiled and supple. Inside the boots is a maker stamp of Hoffman Kleve, which was a boot maker company located in Kleve Germany, which is close to the Dutch border. Now I have not been able to find out much, but the boot factory was making boots during WW1 and WW2. The factory itself no longer exists, however there is a memorial for it (see below). Most of the city itself was destroyed during WW2, after the war important employers in the area were associated with the West German "Economic Miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder), and included the XOX Bisquitfabrik (XOX Biscuit Factory) GmbH and the Van den Berg'schen Margerinewerke (margarine plant), that manufactured biscuits and margarine. Another important employer was the Elefanten-Kinderschuhfabrik (Elefant Children's Shoes Factory) which used to be the Hoffman Shoe Company. So, with these boots the question is what era are they from, from what I understand WW2 boots are seamed at the rear, which these are but they also have a horizontal seam about half up the boot length, which does not look like the WW2 style, could it be pre-ww2? They are about 14 inches tall, reminiscent of the M1886 boots. They are very well made and quite heavy. They look black on the outside, but they are a nice rich brown on the interior, I imagine the exterior has darkened with age and who ever has oiled it.
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    Great examples of fire related helmets, good information.
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    J = Jnfanterie = Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 61, 2.Kompagnie the 88 is the Stammrollen-Nummer (enlistment no. within the unit) there were not that many Jäger-Bataillons - they were grouped together during the war to form a regiment, but otherwise they were traditionally a Battalion. Peacetime Formations were: Garde-Jäger-Bataillon (Potsdam) Garde-Schützen-Bataillon (Berlin) Prussian Jäger-Bataillons Nr. 1-6, 8-11 Westfälisches Jäger-Bataillon 7 (Schaumburg-Lippe) Saxon Jäger-Bataillons 12, 13 Mecklenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon 14 Bavaria: 1. u. 2. Jäger-Bataillon
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    Below is some more WW2 era German Currency.
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    Below are some wartime German currency from WW2.
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    Below are some of the depression era German Notes after WW1. As the economy collapsed, the money became more and more worthless, even after printing astronomical values on them. These notes are from 1922.
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    Freiherr von Pappritz Copies of original photos lent to me nearly 40 years ago. A little old lady who had permission to leave the DDR and settle in the west, told me her story. She was originally born in Wien and she married Freiherr von Pappritz and settled in Dresden. She brought with her, her own personal silver service and some elegant Rococo furniture with royal blue upholstery, which survived through world war 2, the turmoils of the DDR and were brought to the west. They had seen better years. She kindly lent me these photos of her first husband, and explained only, this was Freiherr von Pappritz and he fell in the Great War. Many years later she married an artist, also since deceased, so she settled alone in the West, taking her few most cherished belongings. Unfortunately unable to find out about more, at the time I didn't manage to get his Christian name for some reason. Some later research was also fruitless, even the Ranglisten did not show this said person. Only some handwriting on the rear of some of the photos mentioned the place Wurzen i/Sa., The first uniform photo depicts a Wachtmeister of the Saxon Artillery, he is also wearing the "Kaiserpreis " for artillery, on right upper arm, the cuff has an extra row of gold Tresse indicating a full Wachtmeister. The uniform of the Saxon artillery was dark green with red facings and Swedish cuffs, gold buttons. In Wurzen was stationed Feldartillerie-Regiment 78. The Feldwebel rank probably indicated that he was a Portépée Fähnrich. The number on the shoulder strap is partially visible when magnified. The next photo shows him with two horses, and wearing the fieldgrey officer Litewka Two further photos depict him wearing an officer's peacetime uniform, one with a medal row and Iron Cross 1st Class. The shoulder pieces are of the type worn by a Militärbeamter with an equivalent rank of Oberleutnant. In the last photo he is wearing a greatcoat, which is not the usual officer lightgrey greatcoat and has no shoulder pieces. On the tunic collar there are rank stars similar to Austrian officers, the cap also has no Reichskokarde. Have been wanting to solve the mystery Frhr.v.Pappritz for years now, no progress made, nothing found, only a General v.Pappritz, Prussian, not Saxon, not the same person..
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    is the right type of spike. However, most guards helmets have a screw top fitting for the parade plume, not sure about 1.G.R., as for parade they wore the Grenadier Cap.
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    Heinrich Hoffmann portrayed many of the holders of the Knights Cross in colour, an interesting series, here, Joachim Peiper, 1915 - 1976 of the Leibstandarte. Several pictures were made of each person, and widely published. N.B.: The black shirt was not official, but Italian captured stocks, which were found to be very practical for front conditions. Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz, 1893 - 1968 More portraits, most by Heinr. Hoffmann - all of soldiers of the Waffen-SS and all Ritterkreuzträger except Himmler. A few of the more familiar ones recognised. Top row, third from Left, Jochen Peiper, last Sepp Dietrich in sheepskins Second row, middle, Leon Degrelle, last looks like Herbert Gille (1) Bottom, 2x Otto Skorzeny, Heinrich Himmler, second from last, Herbert Gille (2)
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    Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse, Silver. For 20 years service in the Landwehr: Introduced by König Ludwig II., 1876. Suppressed 1918. Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse, 1876-1913, 1st type (Schnalle) Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse, copper bronze, 1913-1921 Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse, Neusilber, 1913-1921 (on replaced modern ribbon) Dienstauszeichnung, 3. Klasse, 1876 - 1913 Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung, 2. Klasse, 1876 - 1913
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    The "Falaise" made the crossings between Saint Malo and Southampton in the early 60s The famous painting by Frank Wootton Falaise, the aftermath The predecessor of the SS "Falaise" was, I believe, used in the Dunkirk evacuations and survived the war. The "Falaise", togehter with the "Brittany" were used in the postwar years as passenger ferries between Southampton and Saint Malo, travelled frequently in this during the early 60s. In the lounge was a large copy of the original painting of the "Falaise Gap" by Frank Wooton, now in possession of the Imperial War Museum. I still have vivid memories of the port of St. Malo, the "Falaise", the picture in the lounge and the general holiday atmosphere of the crossing and of the Bretagne. More info on this nostalgic passage under "Les Bateaux de Saint Malo" http://www.bateaux-de-saint-malo.com/en/fiche Falaise.htm
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    New photos from Museum. The Schabracke (Saddle cloth) has been lightly cleaned, stains partially removed. A Prussian lance pennant for NCOs, different to other ranks'. A Prussian lance pennant for other ranks, not sure if this is an original or a very old copy, very exact, but has no issue stamp or date. Note also form of lance tip.
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    Just received from "our correspondent in Holland", a photo of "Jonkheer" Juan Maria Teixeira de Mattos, the Dutch officer who volunteered to stay on with the regiment after the outbreak of war in 1914. He is wearing the classical officers light grey greatcoat (or Pâletot?) The collar would be in the regimental facings, dark blue with a yellow underside piped in white. The photo is said to have been taken at the time of the Battle of Tannenberg, Autumn 1914, there is also a collection of articles about him and the Battle, which were written around 1964, the 50th anniversary. I assume they are probably written in Dutch, which is not so advantageous for the Museum in Wandsbek. Photo and documents were discovered in the Museum in Amersfoort/NL, probably stored away. "Jonkheer" is the Dutch word for a young nobleman, similar to the German word, Junker. Photos of various members badges for the various Associations of former Soldiers of Husaren-Regiment 15. The last association was dissolved in 1986, so some of the badges are older and some fairly recent, an interesting comparison. Note the badges in form of a rosette as originally worn on the husars tunics, one is a plain rosette with an engraving H.R.15, the later version was a design using the rosette and a superimposed miniature monogram as worn on the shoulder pieces. Another is an earlier ornate enamel version, the clasp with a ribbon probably had a "regimental" gilt cross, which were popular in the early 1920s. After 1935 many of these associations were obliged to join the Stahlhelm Organisation, which was later incorporated into the SA. It is interesting to note that the regimental bulletin, "Bundesnachricht" ceased as of around 1935. Original copies from between 1934 and 1935 begin to change their written content, with less interesting reports from the battles of WW1.
  46. 1 point
    Most important reference work on the history of the regiment by Major von Trauwitz-Hellwig. First illustration shows the commander of the regiment and the squadron chiefs. Upper right corner is Rittmeister Carlo von Hanstein. Published in Wandsbek in 1931. The cover is in the regimental colours and with the crowned monogram. This can be seen as a standard work on the regiment for WW1. This example in possession of the Museum and a difficult publication to find nowadays.
  47. 1 point
    Some more photos of museum exhibits: Sword frog for attachment to saddle. Not sure if officer or other ranks' version, probably private purchase, with a later repair / replacement retainer strap. Reservistenkrug - Bierkrug or Humpen - so called Bier-Stein for a reservist of the 5. Eskadron from 1906-1909, names of reservists on two sides, much regimental decor with cavalry and horse scenes depicting the uniform, extremely rare to find to this regiment. A parade plume for officers - white with a black root, "Reiherfeder" with a silver coloured Manschette or Tulle (sleeve or nozzle), old repair to base? Valued today at around 1500 Euros! This was normally stored in a specially made cardboard tube with lids to both ends, a so-called Transportbehälter.
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    Yes, there are just some items you can never replace, once you have parted with them. I hope to keep items like this as long as possible. The above item was purchased in the early 1980s at an Arms Fair in London. You just don't find quality like this anymore. Luckily these items have all stayed in their original condition. When I think of the items I saw in East Berlin a few years back, completely decayed and shrunken.
  49. 1 point
    Henschel & Sohn of Kassel was a well known Manufacturer of heavy industrial and railroad equipment, especially locomotives and large dock cranes. Because of the size and weight of the Tiger 1 and Tiger 2 tanks, Henschel was considered to be the ideal Manufacturer having all the facilities needed to produce such a heavy vehicle, Henschel also had a fine engineering staff and a complete vehicle test facility they also produced Panthers along side the Tiger 1 production due to heavy demand for Panthers, but were the sole Manufacturer of the Tiger 1 & Tiger 2 ( King Tiger ). Here are some photo's taken inside the Henschel factory. Pic.1 the production line pic 2 attaching the turret pic 3 near ready condition pic 4 completed and parked in courtyard at side of offices. pic 5 & 6 being loaded onto special railcar at Henschel plant. pic 7 & 8 posters.
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    i have some old german bank notes and other small cards notgelds i believe, going to have a look at them for stamps.


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