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    I have had this in my collection for some time, it is a WW1 German Military pass book, for a Pioneer soldier. I didn't have great luck translating the writing as I am a bit rusty on german script. Maybe one of our other members can help with that portion.
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    Not much to show so far, fieldgrey cockade arrived today: An Austrian M.95 Steyr bayonet as already featured under bayonets. An officer's Portépée with monogram FJ, worn till December 1916, very fine quality gold wire woven and embroidered, strap with white saffian leather underlay, heavy item compared to the sword it was attached to. An Austrian belt buckle, looks a little new, originality uncertain. A Kappenrose, hollow brass with cut-out monogram IFJ for Franz Joseph I, rear with double prongs A Kappenrose, fieldgrey with cut-out monogram K for Karl, as from December 1916, rear with two retaining loops
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    I did a battlefield tour in 2015, very reasonable prices. just have to shop around and plan accordingly. Our package included a driver picking us up at our hotel, then taking us all around the Messines, Ypres area, all the museums, cemeteries, you name it. Below are just some examples of what you can find. I went to a barn (first photo) where a local farmer had several tables set up to where you can purchase whatever you want, only thing to remember is some of this stuff amy still be live. However you are allowed to walk in some of the fields (the guide usually coordinates this beforehand) and pick up the shrapnel balls, spent casing, etc. We saw rows of artillery shells lining the roads by the farms, the guide told us the Belgian Army EOD collects them once a month and destroys them. It is amazing how much ordnance is still there!
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    Thanks Fritz, I was hoping to hear from you on this. I appreciate you taking the time to translate this book. The last entry is only a few days before the war ended, wonder if he made it or not...
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    Yet another M1917, this one marked "ZB 80", no liner or chinstrap, but it does have 3 holes drilled through on each side, similar to the British version used for tank crews.
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    Another M1917, this one has been neglected as it has some obvious rust and pitting. It is marked "ZC 182"
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    Some additional examples. Hessen steel M15, Hessen nickel M95, Hessen brass M95, Bavarian steel (black paint only seen on some Bavarian buckles), Prussian brass M95 buckle with early baked-on feldgrau enamel, Prussian steel M15 (wire spool) buckle, Reich's steel M15 buckle for naval and colonial troops. The program somewhat jumbled the order of the photos.
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    Officers cap insignia, aluminium eagle, hand-embroidered cockade and oakwreath still in original cellophane wrapper Tunic insignia for a Leutnant of Infantry for field uniform, toned aluminium thread, the shoulder pieces still in original cello wrapper, the collar patches slightly missmatched Collar patches, infanterie, various periods M.35 - these still stitched together, M.38 and M.40 - these examples are mounted on a darkgreen backing, usually they were stitched directly onto the (fieldgrey) collar Shoulder straps, infanterie: Feldwebel, Füsilier-Regt. 27, early pattern for field uniform, no piping, pointed form, significance of yellow loop not known Oberfeldwebel, Infanterie--Regt.69, early pattern, white piping, stitch in type Stabsfeldwebel M.35 Oberfeldwebel, Infanterie-Regt. 9, Potsdam, M.35, probably midwar Other ranks, Infanterie, M.35 and M.40, early to midwar production Rank badges, chevrons Oberschütze, Oberkanonier, etc. Gefreiter Obergefreiter Stabsgefreiter (not illustrated) Oberstabsgefreiter Insignia, Gebirgstruppe, etc., introduced May 1939 Top row: Edelweiss for peaked cap, for Bergmütze and oakleaves for Jäger (Bergmütze) For right upper tunic sleeve, variations Tätigkeitsabzeichen - trade badges, see extra article on this Army marksmanship lanyard - Schützenschnur, lowest grade - Stufe I, 2nd. Form Kavallerie See under earlier topic Major, Infanterie. Stitch-in type, removed from a uniform, hardly worn. (new on 31.5.2019)
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