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    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.
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    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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    Is this not the Messerschmitt Me 323 Fritz ?
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    Time Left: 2 months and 26 days

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    Field grey wool rayon cap with dark green centre band and dark green piping.One very small nip to the crown.Insignia comprises a gilt washed stamped alloy eagle and swastika and alloy oakleaves wreath encompassing a stamped national tricolor cockade. Twisted silver/aluminum chin cord is secured in place by two small gilt washed metal buttons decorated with fouled navy anchors. Black vulcan fibre visor in good condition with all stitching intact. The interior of the cap is fully lined in light blue rayon with grey leather sweat shield and sweatband ribbon to the rear.Interior celluloid sweat diamond intact with all stitching present. Superb condition cap. V.G.C.


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    Here is another clock we just got in, scare German brass ships clock made by Kieninger & Obergfell. Also used on U boats, featuring a closed front hinged water tight glass door. Clock dials with painted numbers and eagle and swastika with serial number N9322. Brass in good condition with no dents. Serial number to reverse. Locking/Winding key is unfortunately missing.
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    Time Left: 2 months and 25 days

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    Scare German brass ships clock made by Kieninger & Obergfell. Also used on U boats, featuring a closed front hinged water tight glass door. Clock dials with painted numbers and eagle and swastika with serial number N9322. Brass in good condition with no dents. Serial number to reverse. Locking/Winding key is unfortunately missing.


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    One of the next in the sequel would be: Das Flötenkonzert von Sanssouci (1930), with Otto Gebühr in the main role, Renate Müller, Hans Rehmann, Theo Lingen, and many others, part 1 and 2 of six parts - click on link, as cannot be embedded, lt. youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=912_KJ_aHs0&list=PLopP4fmBtDalwiaZymByg6AbxRpY5wGfO
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    1936 Film about the youth of Frederick The Great, the Father and Son Conflict. One of the series about the life and times of Frederick. English subtitles. Inspired by the state and watched over by Dr. Joseph Goebels, produced in the famous film studios of the Defa in Babelsberg near Potsdam. Filmseries made between 1920 and 1942.
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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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    Latest item for the Museum: A standard grey metal fitted Prussian Pickelhaube. This is dated 1916 in two places, and is probably an early 1916 production as there is also a unit mark: 7.D. 1916, the significance of which I do not know. Most grey metal helmets found nowadays do not have a unit mark. There is also a very faint Berlin maker's mark within. In the condition it arrived in, has dried through storage, the rear peak is almost completely detatched, just held in the middle by the rear spine - this will have to be properly sewn, but first the leather will have to be softened, including the natural pigskin liner, which would otherwise tear. The grey metal fittings have most of original finish. The right side of the helmet has suffered a massive blow, as if from a rifle butt or from a drop from a considerable height, the shell is not dented, but the lacquered finish has sprung off around this area. A spike will have to be found for the helmet and a chinstrap from suitable leather, copy fittings and cockades I have with some spares. Apart from this, the two leather wedges behind the plate are also missing, these will have to be made from a suitable leather, which should be no problem. The copy cockades were obtained in 1967 from Morrison in Leicester, who either manufactured these or distributed them, they were offered blanko with a copy chinstrap for one pound plus postage in those days. The cockades are of very thin ferous metal and black lacquered ready for painting. They will do till suitable replacements are found. I would assume that this helmet has been worn at the front, and at the time, spikes were removed from the helmet, subsequently getting lost, the helmet returning in this condition from the front. This helmet was offered for 400 Euros as it stands, might sound expensive for an incomplete piece, but they are becoming increasingly scarce.
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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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    Further Info, pilot Wiemer had no choice but to ditch his aircraft as both engines were out, he had spotted the trawler below and ditched as close as he could to it, this probably saved their lives as the conditions at the time were a south-east gale blowing with very heavy sea and squalls of snow. Had they not been picked up so quickly then it's likely they would have died. Subsequent searches of the crew revealed that they were not carrying personal papers. However, one notable exception was found in the pocket of a flying jacket. The find consisted of a Signals Table giving details of wireless frequencies, recognition signals and call signs of the entire KG26. In addition there were details of the call signs and radio frequencies used by aircraft of 1/(F)122, the unit which was carrying out reconnaissance for the Heinkels.
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    As I mentioned in my post of 9.4.2016, the official losses are stated as: Ofw. Fritz Wiemer (Pilot) Fw. Franz Schnee (Observer) Uffz. Alfred Dittrich (Radio Operator) Uffz. Willi Wolf (+) (Board Technician) That is very strange about the fifth person. Occcasionally, a fifth person would accompany the flight, this was usually either a war reporter / cameraman or someone like a Metereologe from the Reichsluftfahrtministerium. A further gunner flying with the crew sounds unusual, although Liesel Neusüß did mention that there was sometimes a fifth man on board. Will just take another look at the losses list. In fact, you are right, I only took the first four names for each group of a day's loss, further losses for that day (03.02.1940) are: Uffz. Karl-Ernst Thiede, verwundet Uffz. Walter Remischke, tot Lt. Luther v. Brüning, tot Fw. Herbert Panzlaff, tot Fw. Herbert Petersen, tot All listed under I./KG 26 (I. Gruppe)
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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.
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    RG 34 - Reinigungsgerät - Offical manual depicting cleaning accessories for K.98, consisting of pull-through chain, extractor tool, oil bottle and two brushes. The tin has twin compartments, one for the tools, the other is for grease and cleaning cloths. The metal container is of thin steel with a grey zinc finish, the hinged lids were held by spring clips, which were usually brass. The case is usally WaA stamped and with a dated makers name. An original example by Mundlos & Co., Magdeburg, 1938 with WaA stamp, complete except for the extractor tool.
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    Yes it's sad, time stands still for no man
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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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    I think the photo is most likely taken in the shop as it seems to have been taken at the same time as the external photo, probably when the shop first opened as the stock looks a bit sparse. Here are some pictures of his stall from 1967 when he was at the height of his fame.
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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.
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    Some old copies of "Der Wandsbeker", which was a successsor to the original "Wandsbecker Bote", originating from Matthias Claudius in the late 18th Century. These issues are from 1970, 1972 and 1973 Two appartently complete issues of "Wege zur Heimat", monthly edition of the "Wandsbeker Bote" dating from June 1936 and February 1939, in frail condition. These contain articles of local historical interest. As a comparison, recent editions of Wandsbek Informativ. In one of the brochures was a copy of an old print depicting the "Elbbrücken" in 1818, which were built by Napoleons troops during the occupation. This had been the first bridge of its kind over the River Elbe connecting the city of Hamburg with Harburg, Lower Saxony (Hannover), which had become a province of the French Kingdom of Westphalia under Jerome Napoleon. The bridge was used for many years until it finally collapsed. It was not rebuilt until an agreement between Hamburg and Prussia was signed in 1868. Prussia had taken over the former Kingdom of Hannover after 1866.
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    Hamburg, postwar photo, May 1948. A collection of historical bronze statues in a Hamburg backyard, which had been due for melting down for war metal, but saved by the end of the war. The original text of the photo states; "Hopefully, they will soon be turned into cooking utensils and other usefull items of daily life." See original text. More damage to historical substance and cultural heritage was done postwar than during the war itself. This trend seems to be recently on the uptake again. In the forground statues of Bismarck, King George of Saxony and Martin Luther can be seen. Hamburg, Denkmäler aus Metallsammlung Illus-dpd Vergangene Pracht Auf einem Hamburger Hinterhof stiess im Mai 1948 unser Bildberichter durch Zufall auf dieses Sammelsurium von Denkmälern, die während des Krieges hier zusammengetragen wurden, um - wie die Kirchenglocken - in Kanonen umgegossen zu werden. Das Kriegsende bewahrte sie vor diesem Schicksal. Hoffentlich verwandeln sie sich recht bald in Kochtöpfe und andere nützliche Dinge des täglichen Bedarfs. 25.5.48 [Herausgabedatum]
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    The enormous statue of Kaiser Wilhelm at the "Deutsches Eck" in Koblenz, where Rhein and Mosel meet. It was shot off it's pedestal by an approaching American tank in early 1945. Restored in the mid 1950s, reconstructed in 1993. The Kaiser Wilhelm memorial in Hamburg was moved several times. Originally as from 1903 at the Rathausmarkt, as in photo postcard depicted, later removed to the front of Hamburgs court of justice, again dumped in a far away corner of Plonten un Blomen, the city gardens, where it is less noticeable. The main group of statues and ornaments has long since been dissolved and either broken up or scattered in various places.
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    Regimental Standard of Husaren-Regiment 15, presently in the Brandenburg-Preußen Museum in Wustrau/Brandenburg. Together with the standard cloth, there is also the band with bars for the war of 1870/71. The Saekular-Bänder are in possession of the Museum in Wandsbek. The Standartenstock is said to be in possession of the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum in Rastatt, probably now in Potsdam, the Fahnenring with "Hus.R.15" appeared in an auction several years ago for 350 Euros, the Standartenspitze is apparently lost. https://www.google.de/search?q=heimatmuseum+wandsbek&client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwis0NqGuKLZAhWBKFAKHTiXD44Q_AUICygC&biw=1366&bih=654#imgdii=Ng6hIOBe8yKFUM:&imgrc=q9gpH_TIM4ZEiM: (Link to above site)
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    Original pre-WW1 photos from Fußartillerie-Regiment 11 in Thorn. In the first picture, the man on the far right is Gefreiter (or Obergefreiter? Large button) Albert Bohn, who served in this Regiment during the Great War. I was told, while he was taking part in a pre-war manoeuvre, he stood on a bridge during a pause to smoke a cigarette. His helmet fell over the bridge and was lost in the river (probably the Weichsel). His parents were obliged to buy him a new helmet. This was told to me by his son nearly 40 years ago.
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    Ludendorff, Meine Kriegserinnerungen. Generaloberst Erich Ludendorff, War Memories. A very meticulous and detailed account of the War in all theatres from beginning to end. 628 pages and with 10 removable large format maps of various theatres and phases of the war. Written in exile in Sweden in the early postwar years. Published by Mittler & Sohn, Berlin 1919. Staining to cover and general aging.
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    Deutsche Heldensagen by Gustav Schalk, undated, published by Verlag Neufeld & Henius, Berlin, there is ink-written owner: Willy Rose, April 1933. I remember the version on my father's bookshelf from the earliest days, it was much nicer, had a blood red cover with a black figure of a knight and by a different publisher, better quality, and dated 1897, by Weidenfeld & Co., Berlin, if I remember rightly. It also had more colour plates, but the text is unaltered. To the Nibelungen illustration is a later colour plate from a newspaper article, identical to the one in my father's book. This illustration depicts Hagen von Tronje sinking the Gold hoard of the Nibelungen in the depths of the Rhine. German and Nordic mythology mixed with historical events from earliest times to the middle ages, full of war and intrigue, Courage, noble loyalty and betrayal. I was always fascinated by this book.
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    Kronprinz Wilhelm, Erinnerungen - Memoirs. Written during His years of exil in Holland on the Island of Wieringen. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachf., Stuttgart-Berlin, 1922
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    Generaloberst von Einem - Erinnerungen eines Soldaten. His autobiography starting from his native Province of Hannover, later serving with Kürassier-Regiment 4, whose uniform he always wore forthwith. Much detail of his experience as a military commander and as Minister of War during the Great War.
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    Generalfeldmarschall Paul v. Hindenburg - AUS MEINEM LEBEN, Erinnerungen - Hindenburgs autobiography and a history of the Great War from his perspective. Bibliografisches Institut, Leipzig, 1934.
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    Film had to be reinserted, as the first copyrights were expired.
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    Film now reinserted, original youtube posting had expired.
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    Kaiser Friedrich III. (1831-1888) von Professor Dr. J.W. Otto Richter, Verlagsbuchhandlung Alfred Schall, Berlin, 2nd Edition, undated, ca. 1889 Frontispiece with illustration of Kronprinz Friedrich in the uniform of Dragoner-Regiment 8, of which he was honorary chief. The Regiment wore his monogram on the shoulder straps after 1889. He only reigned for 90 days.
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    Der Deutsche a periodical published in 1919, regarding resentiments about the lost war, and the betrayal behind it. One of the first books in my father's bibliothek, which, I believe, he purchased in Dublin in the late 1920s. Poor condition, the quality of WW1 and postwar paper was very poor, and many publications of this period have simply disappeared. The author was Gregor Huch, worth further research. There is a note to the back, that the publication was to be temporarily ceased due to the rising costs of publication. Selbstverlag "Der Deutsche", Berlin NW23
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    DUDEN Rechtschreibung, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig und Wien, 1915 Standard work for orthography of the German language, valid for official rules in Germany, Austria,Switzerland. Brought out every year, re-edited with all actual changes, etc. Two more modern versions, 1980 and 1991, the latter is also valid for the former DDR after the reunification.
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    Ekkehard , Eine Geschichte aus dem zehnten (10.) Jahrhundert von Joseph Victor von Scheffel, illustrirt von Curt Liebich Stuttgart, Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1904. Fünfte Auflage. Foreword was written, Heidelberg, 1855 The Ekkehard Saga, with a background of Christian history in the early middle ages. With cover and frontispiece in illuminated manuscript with gold block and colouring, black and white illustrations throughout.
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    Germania's Sagenborn, Mären und Sagen für das Deutsche Haus, edited by Emil Engelmann, 2nd edition, published by Paul Neff Verlag, Stuttgart, 1897
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    There are still some prefabricated houses around the corner from me with old people still living in them, they are probably collectors items now
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    Troops were billeted at the buildings which were later used to house Polish refugees before becoming the Arthurs and Kenyon centre. The prefabricated housing estate at crete street built by the Glen Mill P.O.Ws I remember well. One of my Aunts and Uncles lived in one of these buildings when they first got married, What I remember most about them was how warm and cosy they were, sadly they were pulled down in the late 50s and replaced by the concrete jungles of the 1960s.
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    Heres a few more photos of Glen mills prisoners. Pic 1. P.o.ws reparing wire fence at camp. Pic 2. Working in the camps vegetable garden. Pic 3. Taking some of the sacks of vegetables harvested to the cookhouse. Pic 4. Prisoners at the camp Christmas Eve 1940. Pic 5. Camp stamp on P.O.W letter. ( Camp No 168, later change to 176 ) Pic 6. Map of P.O.W. camps in Britain at its peak in 1948. The first P.O.Ws in Britain were interned in two camps, ordinary soldiers were held in Glen Mill and officers interned at Grizedale Hall Lancashire. ( Camp No 1 ) in 1939. By 1948 the number of camps was to grow to 600. The camps further North housed the more ardent Nazis and members of the Waffen SS as well as Fallschirmjager and U-Boat crews.