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    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.
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    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.
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    Looks good together Buster.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    A crew from the 16th/5th Lancers, 6th Armoured Division, cleaning the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa in Tunisia, May 1943 Ted Dearberg /Imperial War Museum photo Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) plotters at work at Coastal Artillery Headquarters in Dover, December 1942 Photograph: Ted Dearberg/IWM/PA A 5.5-inch gun crew from 75th (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Italy, September 1943 Photograph: IWM/PA Women producing bullets and cannon shells in an underground munitions factory on the Wirral, Merseyside, 1945 Photograph: Ted Dearberg/IWM/PA Land Army members sawing larch poles for use as pit props at the Women’s Timber Corps training camp at Culford, Suffolk, 1943 Photograph: IWM/PA Girl guides and sea rangers selling savings stamps An Auxiliary Territorial Service spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post, December 1942 A civil defence warden inspects bomb-damaged buildings in Holborn, London 'ATS girls’ operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night A district messenger boy walking past a bombsite in London A battery of 3.7in anti-aircraft guns firing at night. All photographs: Ted Dearberg/Imperial War Museum St Paul’s Cathedral, London, sits amid destroyed buildings Celebrations at Waddington to mark Lancaster R5868 (S-Sugar) reaching 100 missions while serving with 467 squadron in May 1944 Wellington GR Mk XIII of 221 squadron flies over the Aegean in March 1945 Kittyhawk IIIs of the 112 squadron preparing to take off at a desert airstrip in Tunisia in April 1943 Hurricane Mk IIDs, known as ‘flying tin openers’ preparing for takeoff from Gabes, Tunisia, in April 1943 Avro Lancasters of the 44 (Rhodesia) squadron in September 1942 Allied commanders from left, General Omar Bradley, Admiral Bertram Ramsey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D Eisenhower, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, and Lieutenant-General Walter Bedell Smith. These men were responsible for the success of Operation 'Overlord' Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal (Royal Air Force), Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke (British Army), Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (Royal Navy) , Gardens, 10, Downing Street, May 1945 Probably a black and white photo later hand coloured, none the less, dramatic Berlin, 12. July 1945. Marschall Schukow received the Order of the Bath from Montgomery. On the right are NKWD officials. (Schukow hatte das Gemüt eines Schlachterhundes) Some of these photos may have already been posted in previous articles.
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    A Tornister of a type known as a "Dachs" (badger), was worn only by soldiers of the Jäger Bataillons - I have only heard of this mentioned in undetailed text descriptions and in one line drawing till present (drawing was by David Nash if I remember correctly), this is the first real image I have seen so far, and is in possession of the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum, Rastatt. Extremely rare. The pack is coverered in calves fur (Kalbsfell), as per the normal version till 1916.
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    I forgot to put this text in lol. I picked this up at an antique fair yesterday, there ain't a lot of age to it, but I have been after one for a while,
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    A 1915 dated brown leather belt with a single prong iron roller buckle of uncertain origin, possibly German, Austrian or Russian, of a type favoured by officers in preference to the the leather field belt with patent buckle, which tended to snap open. Frequently seen in period photos. Two drinking cups from the Somme, taken by a Military Medal holder of the Royal Marine Artillery from Chingford/Essex, from the region between Albert - Pommera. One 1917 dated grey enamelled iron example with printed makers initials E.L.S.17 A further earlier example in aluminium made by Wilh. Berg, Magdeburg and regimental markings R.67 M.G.K. 12. I being Infanterie-Regt. 67, Maschinengewehr-Kompanie (12.) grade I (regiment based in Magdeburg). Each with a quarter of a litre capacity, they were usually hung loose next to the water bottle. A stick grenade (Stielhandgranate) 5 1/2 Sek. made by Lachmann & Co., Berlin. Restored and repainted condition, the "label" an obvious addition by a previous owner, some slight underlying rust, end of wooden handle has parts missing and been sealed with waxed brown paper and a simulated string pull.
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    Inside Montgomery's caravan, Holland, October 1944
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    It may take a bit of set up time however it allows practise and testing of a vital skill that otherwise would only be possible on a live fire exercise, so the training value far out weighs the hassle of setting it up.
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    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.
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    Offical insignia was metal, these differed on the 1915 models from those of the later 1926 model worn in WW2, both types prevailed. Take a look under Adrian Insignia under google pictures, or under Wikipedia, you will find a big selection and information. A picture of a standard French Adrian, horizon blue, of WW1 for infantry and some other troops, and of a grouping of different types, some with later added badges, the badge should always be the same material and colour of the helmet for campaign use. Officers sometimes had a more elaborate type of chinstrap, plaited leather.
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    This opera I have always liked, especially this early version with the leading voice, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, recorded, Berlin, December 1944. Not to be compared with any recent recordings. Once had this on LP, purhased second-hand in London in the early 70s, sold in East Berlin, Boxhagener Platz (Boxi-Platz), 2001
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    The older Berliners have almost all disappeared, and you won't see them on the street, most of those left are probably in a Heim.
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    Unbelieveable, but the Wehrmacht has entered present-day Berlin - here is a film to prove it!
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    Yes I can imagine, must have brought back a few memories for the older Berliners.
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    very possibly, wouldn't normally be allowed under any circumstances.
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    Excellent, looks like behind the scenes footage from the film Valkyrie
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    A further statue stands in the Litzowstraße near Wandsbek Markt
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    Just a couple of years ago, a bronze statue was stolen from the Tonndorfer Cemetery in Wandsbek. The statue had stood for many years opposite the chapel near the cemetery gates. It had greatly enhanced the scene, where older people could sit on the nearby benches and observe the statue. This statue was known as "Die Psyche" and was around 100 years old It now seems to have become common practice, and public monuments are no longer safe, especially when they are of bronze. Luckily, the statue was later recovered, but in a dismantled condition, the feet had been sawn-off. It is hoped that it can be restored, but the future of this object of art is still uncertain, as to where it will be in the future. There have been quite a number of such statues stolen in Hamburg and Wandsbek. Others have never been recovered. A further statue by Otto Stichling, also over 100 years old and known as "Das Junge Weib", the young woman, was stolen from it's pedestal behind the "Restaurant Eichtal" in Wandsbek's Eichtalpark in 2010, and has never been recovered.
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    The statue stolen several years ago never turned and has now been replaced by a new one, which is of inferior quality and smaller
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