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  1. Just got this in today Prussian Jager Zu Pferde O/R Lobster Tail Spiked Helmet, lovely blued steel lobster tail Prussian helmet with all original parts. Brass cockades with all paint remaining and brown chinstrap and liner in excellent condition. Liner has some wear to drawstring holes. Spike and fittings all complete. Dated stamp 1916 to inside base of helmet along with maker stamp 'C.E.JUNKER'. The underside of neck guard is size stamped '58'.Inside of visor has some of the original green paint remaining. The Prussian Imperial Eagle plate has pewter finish. Excellent example and rare in this
    3 points
  2. x Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 1, Berlin Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 2, Berlin Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 3, Charlottenburg. 2 examples Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 3, Berlin. Moth damage and repair Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 4, Berlin. 2 examples Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 1, Berlin. Fieldgrey 1914 Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 3, Charlottenburg. Fieldgrey, Sept.1915
    3 points
  3. x Infanterie-Regiment 185, early 1915. Aufgestellt in Bapaume am 21.5.1915 von Kompanien des IV. Armee-Korps Infanterie-Regiment 187, Sept. 1915. Aufgestellt am 23.5.1915 in Laôn vom IX. Armee-Korps und IX. Reserve-Korps Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande ((2. Westfälisches) Nr. 15, early 1915. Has a grey cotton loop to rear! Kulmer Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 141, Graudenz/Straßburg i./Ostpr. 1. Oberelsässisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 167, Cassel/Mühlhausen i./Th. Einjährig-Freiwilliger Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 8 or 8. Bayerisches Infanterie-
    3 points
  4. 4. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr.72 (Torgau/Eilenburg). Monogram F for König Ferdinand von Bulgarien (since 1912). Fieldgrey, Sept.1915 Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich I. (4. Ostpreußisches) Nr. 5, Danzig Major, Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wihelm IV. (1.Pommersches) Nr.2, Stettin Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich der Große (Ostpreußisches) Nr.4, Rastenburg. Ca. 1916, Leutnant Leib-Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm III. (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr.8, Frankfurt/O. Leutnant Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm II. (1. Sc
    3 points
  5. Here is a newly acquired Übungs-Stielhandgranate 24, or training model 24 stick grenade. It came with a charge similar (although not as powerful) to the live grenades, so it operated the same way and was more or less the same weight. It has "Ub" stamped on the wood handle as well as "42 brb", and "41 brb" on the head. Brb stood for Richard Rinker GmbH, Menden, Kreis Iserlohn, which made the majority of the training grenades. The holes in the head were to help vent gas pressure from the charge and the head was more re-enforced than the regular M24 models. The head has been repainted at some poi
    3 points
  6. Attached is a video showing a replica A7V tank, including the inside and many details about the tank, only 1 original tank survives, and its in Australia. Quite interesting, especially the size of the crew. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Weapons+From+WW1&&view=detail&mid=29EF6843AF83ED46267229EF6843AF83ED462672&&FORM=VDRVRV
    3 points
  7. Here is an Austro-Hungarian Standschutze Hellriegel submachine gun, which was tested late in 1915. It has a 160 round magazine, similar to the luger snail drum type. There is not much information on the weapon or why it was not advanced past the prototype level. Possibly the water jacket was not ideal as air cooled versions were better suited for these type of weapons, and the drum magazine may have caused feed issues with the flexible feed belt. Still an interesting concept.
    3 points
  8. Image of children playing with a US Browning machine gun, which entered service late in the war. Stateside shows and public displays were vital in war bond drives. Note the crate the child is sitting on, a US ration crate marked "Hunt Brothers" dated 1918. Second image is of a French FT-17 tank for the war bond effort as well.
    3 points
  9. Although not clear or crisp, a rare image of US soldiers getting issues boots. Pictures of supply and issue of equipment are not easy to find.
    3 points
  10. British worker at Mills Bombs factory, 1916.
    3 points
  11. I am going to try some weak paint stripper, but the black was probably painted in the 50's, so it's not that new. It has a Dutch liner in it too, which is tiny, so It would nice to get hold of a bigger, more appropriate dated liner for it, but they seem hard to find and costly..
    2 points
  12. I have a Mk 4 Turtle helmet which is marked Ro co FK 4 1945, the 4 is above the 1945. Looks to be in original paint, but no liner. One thing that is different to all the others is that it has the screw type fitting on the top, not the lift the dot stud. The screw looks original, it's the same colour and the wear marks fit it exactly, but i've not heard of any Mk 4's with screw liner. Either they did make some for the earlier liners, or someone has drilled it out to fit an earlier liner, but quite a long time ago.. I know some people have fitted the screw to pretend their helmet was ww2, when i
    2 points
  13. Designed, planned and built by the Horten brothers in 1944/45. The aircraft was not operational by the end of the war. In a first test a prototype successfully flew a few rounds but crashed, killing the pilot. A project much favoured and encouraged by Göring, it could have prolonged the war. Further uncompleted examples fell into the hands of the Americans and Russians after the occupation and were shipped back for examination. About 70 years later the Americans built their "Tarnkappenbomber". The Horten had the advantage of not being detected on a radar screen, a top speed of around 1.000 km/
    2 points
  14. x 5. Westfälisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 53, Köln Königs-Infanterie-Regiment (6. Lothringisches) Nr. 145, Metz, fieldgrey, Sept. 1915 Füsilier-Regiment von Gersdorff (Kurhessisches) Nr. 80, Wiesbaden/Homburg 2. Nassauisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 88, Mainz/Hanau (König Konstantin von Griechenland) Oldenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 91, Oldenburg Braunschweigisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 92, Braunschweig, fieldgrey, Sept. 1915 Anhaltinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 93, Dessau/Zerbst, fieldgrey, Sept. 1915 Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog von
    2 points
  15. Grenadier-Regiment Prinz Carl von Preussen (2.Brandenburgisches) No.12, Frankfurt/O. Early 1915 Infanterie-Regiment Graf Tauentzien von Wittenberg (3.Brandenburgisches) No.20, Wittenberg, Sept.1915 Infanterie-Regiment Markgraf Karl (7.Brandenburgisches) No.60, Weißenburg Infanterie-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Friedrich-Karl von Preussen (8.Brandenburgisches) No.64 (Prenzlau, I.u.II.Btl. / III. Bataillon, Angermünde) Infanterie-Regiment von Stülpnagel (5.Brandenburgisches) No.48, Cüstrin Infanterie-Regiment von Alvensleben (6.Brandenburgisches) No.52, Cottbus/Crossen
    2 points
  16. Nice example, Juncker was always a quality maker, even for the simple other ranks' items. The finish is fieldgrey as from 1915, this was a zink finish over iron, as with all headdress from 1915 onwards. Someone has polished the finish off from the spike. Note also the extra large cockades which should be on all metal helmets.
    2 points
  17. Time Left: 2 months and 24 days

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    Prussian Jager Zu Pferde O/R Lobster Tail Spiked Helmet, lovely blued steel lobster tail Prussian helmet with all original parts. Brass cockades with all paint remaining and brown chinstrap and liner in excellent condition. Liner has some wear to drawstring holes. Spike and fittings all complete. Dated stamp 1916 to inside base of helmet along with maker stamp 'C.E.JUNKER'. The underside of neck guard is size stamped '58'.Inside of visor has some of the original green paint remaining. The Prussian Imperial Eagle plate has pewter finish. Excellent example and rare in this condition.

    £1,650

    - GB

    2 points
  18. A nice full cart load of German Helmets going to the USA as souvenirs. The helmet, bayonet, Iron Cross and belt buckle were perhaps the most sought after items. I would love to be able to dig through a pile like that!
    2 points
  19. Whilst on the subject of vintage glass - a glass lid from a jar, known as a Weckglas or Weckgläser (pl.) - used to be in the kitchens of all German households, at least till a few years ago. This particular example is not only old, it looks like any other lid, but it has the maker's details and where it came from. The maker is certainly no longer existant, and the place it came from is also no longer existant! Rillenglas from Penzig / Schlesien. The centre has a logo AG and GmbH. Penzig was renamed in 1945 as Piensk, and is now in Poland, 13km north of Görlitz. Made before 1945!
    2 points
  20. Sometimes tea is used to stain or dye lighter fabrics to simulate age. Its possible with your ribbon as the staining looks uniform. As Fritz said, I would look for a replacement ribbon.
    2 points
  21. Thank you Fritz! My first thought on the ribbon was smoke damage or aging but the gold/yellow colouring is very consistent, even on the folded parts of the ribbon that would not have been exposed. I have no idea why someone would dye it, but I haven't been able to find anything else that matches what I have.
    2 points
  22. The Iron Cross is ok, apparently real silver (and iron). The maker KO has been described already on several posts on this theme, see there. The ribbon appears to be excellently woven, could be older, hard to tell from a photo, however, it should be black and white, unless this has aged and turned a golden brown colour or has been dyed(!) by someone. I would keep the ribbon, but try to get a correct replacement. Get the ribbon checked by someone who knows.
    2 points
  23. Hi all! I am new to this forum and wanted to to get an opinion on this WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class that I picked up a few years ago from a Canadian seller. I checked it with a magnet and the core is magnetic, and the border appears to have some tarnish/patina to it. The ring appears to be marked K.O, but the ribbon that it came with is black/gold which I have never seen before. I'm not sure if this is just an unrelated ribbon that was matched with the medal, or if there is any significance to it, or a sign that it is fake? I have since learned my lesson about buying German items on a
    2 points
  24. Museum in France, La Targette, 1914-18, displays and objects, very much changed since my visit in 1967
    1 point
  25. Below are some WW2 Era German Bottles, feel free to add comments, pictures, etc.
    1 point
  26. This example was made in China, I have since heard, of current production.
    1 point
  27. Here are two word document files, from the diary of Wilhelm Dölken, part 1 and 2, these appear on a separate topic under the history forum - the rest was unfortunately never published after 1933. The second part covers the period up till around 9. September from his personal experiences, double click to open files: Husar.Wilhelm Dölken.docx Husar.Wilhelm Dölken (2).docx A further file is from the personal records of Husar Hans Neumann, 4. Eskadron, Belgium, from 1. August 1914: Husar.Hans Neumann 4 Esk. Hus.15 Belgien.docx For further information, the regi
    1 point
  28. Fritz, Thanks again for getting the pages of the 15ths history relating to Nery. Everything I have found on this is from the English standpoint, and has given few details on the German side. The German advance to Nery and its escape is quite remarkable, in that most of them rode 75 km in 50 hours and fought a battle - without sleep. I now have all but two of the regimental histories. Do you perhaps have any letters or diaries in your collection that would cover the time period 30.8 - 3.9?
    1 point
  29. Memorial to those from Schwerin, who fell 1870/71 One is from D.R.17. As far as I remember, this memorial was in Schwerin Cathedral
    1 point
  30. I would say the tunic has been tried on and worn for some reason or another by various people over a longer period, and probably dry cleaned a few times, that is why the edge of the collar is threadbare and slightly whitened. What people nowadays do not realise, tunics were always worn with a white collar liner, whether stiffened or soft, that was obligatory in those days. I have heard enough stories from the film branch and costume hire businesses. Costumes are used about 10 times and dry cleaned after each use, after about 10 usages, they are simply discarded, this I heard from someone in
    1 point
  31. Well at least the moths have not gotten to it yet. But I understand the fading, perhaps improper storage?
    1 point
  32. Just been watching a local news item, about the Atlantic Convoy Merchantmen of WW2. Who risked their lives to take vital surpplies to Russia, who not only had to fight off U-Boats - the Luftwaffe- and the elements. I find that after all this time that the survivers are still seeking recognition from the British Govenment for a Medal of their own. I don't know about you guys but I think this is a National Scandal. Only the Russians have seen fit to award these brave men medals for the sacrifices they made for the war effort.
    1 point
  33. Mailand/Milano, 27. April 1945 - the tragic end of a diva Claretta Petacci, photo from 1940 Photo from 1944 and her Duce in better times Mussolini, Clara Petacci and two others were shot here, on the outskirts of the city of Mailand, 28. April 1945 Attacked and mutilated by an angry mob The end, 29. April 1944, a petrol station at Piazzale Loreto in Mailand
    1 point
  34. Canadian Royal Highlander cleaning his rifle, 1916. Source, Canadian Archives
    1 point
  35. Image of a German MG34 gunner, an Obergefreiter. Early war photo, as the scope is the MGZ34 model. The MGZ40 is more often encountered today. Note the mess kits in the background along with the optic box.
    1 point
  36. Bremen, 25. April 1945. Troops are said to be K.O.S.B. Torgau/Elbe, 25. April 1945 Bremen, 26. April 1945
    1 point
  37. Fotos taken after a terror attack on the car of Polizei Generalleutnant Hans Albin Rauter near Apeldoorn in Holland on 6. March 1945. The driver and an adjutant died in the attack, Rauter had several wounds, but survived. Source: https://www.zwiadowcahistorii.pl/holandia-depozyt-broni-partyzantow-znalezli-poszukiwacze-z-polski/?fbclid=IwAR31Xj55uNb6NR1x1rad4xrV2CGQQlSdW1s5374mdCBWgBqkaDnhEWSpzeU
    1 point
  38. What are your thoughts on this black wound badge ?
    1 point
  39. German MG08's with crews, most likely the Eastern Front. The gun on the left, is not mounted on the sled, however it uses an expedient mount, an example of which is in the second picture. Image source, internet.
    1 point
  40. I stand corrected on the rivets! Appreciate all your input. ~Han
    1 point
  41. Hello Hannah, could you post an image if you get the chance? The US forces used these helmets for some time, and it is not uncommon to see repairs or parts swapped out as needed. Most of the US forces in WW1 used the British made helmets until production could meet the demand in the US. Also the US forces did not immediately leave after the war, they had occupational duties. Additionally some of these helmets made there way to US possessions such as the Philippines, and some even underwent conversion to the M1917A1 Kelly helmets.
    1 point
  42. Most likely Fritz, as most of these surviving examples are dug.
    1 point
  43. First helmet shell is a German M.1916 or M.1917 helmet, depending on what liner was in side. Would leave this as it is - no alerations! And store away from rust sources. The first examples were produced in Thale/Harz and introduced as a trial in small numbers on the Verdun Front in February 1916. Look out for a makers mark inside of shell brim. Example: ET64 would stand for the maker, Eisenhüttenwerk Thale and 64 for the shell size. There were various other makers in WW1. Unfortunate that the liner is missing, but this is the case in many examples after 100 odd years. The Pickelhaube chinstr
    1 point
  44. Now for the square box,,,,Iam talking about the box that the number 107 is in
    1 point

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