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    Impressions of Bahnhof Friedrichstraße including the "Tränenpalast" (last picture in colour) as I knew it in the old days. A further illustration of a memorial plaque under the bridge recording an incident during the final days of the war, which states that "....two young German soldiers were hanged by inhuman SS-Bandits..." This was of course entirely DDR-propaganda, in reality, no one was interested in the fate of two German soldiers, who otherwise for the SED were merely "members of the Faschist Wehrmacht" and "Hitleristen". This plaque was stolen several years after the re-unification, later replaced and this again also disappeared and has since been forgotten.
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    Hi James, First of all, it's all good news! Just as a point of interest, I would like to mention that German DIN 14940 helmets, with and without combs, were exported to several European countries including Sweden, Denmark, Northern Italy (i.e. South Tyrol), Netherlands, Spain and Finland. It is also worth mentioning that the aluminium comb was in common use, in Germany, during the 1950's. It started to disappear during the 1960's and, by around 1970, only Berlin were still using the comb and continued doing so until 1997 when DIN 14940 was replaced by a new standard that required non-metallic shells. The continued use of the comb in Berlin was a legacy of the 'cold war', the theory being that it would distinguish firefighters from combatants in the event of hostilities. Starting from the top, the badge on the black DIN standard helmet tells me this was used in the Netherlands, late 60's, early '70's. Next one down is an early French brass helmet and all correct. The aluminium helmet is Swedish, manufactured by Brissman, and bears a standard pattern Swedish decal. These helmets were first produced around 1945/46 but I don't know when production ceased. I believe these helmets are sought after and quite scarce but I have no idea of current value. Brissman still manufacture this style of helmet but with a fibreglass shell. They do have a web site which is worth a look. Finally, the black helmet at the bottom is a standard Italian pattern from the 1970's. Finally, I would like to mention a German web site that is useful for identifying fire helmets from around the world. The web site address is: - www.derfeuerwehrhelm.de However, beware as there are some howlers on there! e.g. a comment to the effect that German DIN 14940 helmets have been in use since the 1930's which is impossible as the draft standard was issued in 1956 and approved in 1962. There is a German helmet with a plastic shell, also described as a DIN 14940 example. Again, this is incorrect as DIN 14940 stipulated a choice of steel or aluminium only for helmet shells. Regards, David.
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    Thanks Kenny and David. I have posted my other queries as a new post - What is this helmet, on Wednesday. Thanks again for your help.
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    The war that never seemed to end.... until the end came after 9. November 1989
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    Hi Kenny, Yes, as soon as I have a suitable opportunity, and a nice dry day for taking photographs, I will add them to the posting.
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    Thanks James, I had a look, but I think David is the best man for fire helmets, I'm sure he will be along soon
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    Award document Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Militärverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse dated 24.12.1915 for Sergeant Severin. The regiment had been on the Eastern Front since mid November 1914. I tried to purchase this document just recently, but someone else was quicker. I managed to persuade the dealer to send me a copy, one of which will also be made for the Museum. Rare document to a rare recipient/unit.
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    Regimental history, 1903 edition from the estate of Gefreiter Rosenberger, presented to him by Wachtmeister Warnstedt, 1909, with dedication and a photo pasted into the inside cover. With further dedication by Regimentsadjutant Oberleutnant von Hofmann and regimental stamp. Also the later personal name and address stamp of Rosenberger with his address at Behnkenkammer 10 in Wandsbek.
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    Now added, original, matching ribbon bar (Feldspange). LW eagle is first pattern on Feldspange, 2nd pattern on medal set.
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    Award document for Mecklenburg-Schwerin Militärverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse to recipient Vizefeldwebel der Landwehr Friedrich Paetow in Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 74 dated Schwerin, 24. August 1916 The document has a facsimile signature of Friedrich Franz (IV.) and a counter signature of Freiherr v. Heintze* *Oberstleutnant Frhr.v.Heintze, Flügeladjutant des Großherzogs von Mecklenburg-Schwerin S.747, "Das erlebnisreiche Leben eines Wilhelminers", Oldenbourg Verlag
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    Hi. I purchased a few helmets as a lot and knew they looked a wee bit fiddled with, also the fact the stories the guy spun kept changing as the deal progressed, but still the helmets themselves are a great example of times and shapes. I have a duel question for each. What are they and do the insignia match? Or is it another example similar to the German Fireman helmet with the English Hampshire Fire Services sticker on it. Also, here is my collection. You may interested in the ww1 German sentry plate and helmet. ww1 RN Pith Helmet with original tin and medals. 1930's inter war RAAF or RAF pith helmet aluminium liner, ww2 Australian officer cap, and hidden is a Swiss army ski cap from the 20's. The German paratrooper is a replica.
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    Welcome to the forum James you have a fine collection of hats and helmets there, I'm sure someone on the forum will be able to help you.
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    That is very significant David, it's amazing sometimes how little information is actually known about certain aspects of collecting. I find this all the time when researching items. With things like Iron crosses pretty much every variant and maker is known.Whereas something unusual and obscure such as a Third Reich Feuerwehr overseas cap, very little is known and how to detect it from an early post war cap is very difficult. I'm actually researching one now so will try to post some pictures later on in the week. You should post some pictures of your helmets David, Quist is one of my favorite makers.
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    The station in the picture before last is Hamburg-Dammtor. Then you got the train from Berlin-Friedrichstraße presumably to Flughafen Tegel? The bronze at Dammtor station is relatively new. I've seen it only a few times, but not been there so often lately. I used to work right opposite. I also worked near the Friedrichstraße in Berlin, I knew it from DDR times.
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    Friedrichstraße Bahnhof at the rear off , got the train back from there last week to the flughaffen. The bronze depicts those children who lived and those who perished.
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    I agree Scott, the classic films of the 60's and 70's had allot to do with people getting interested in military history. Pity they just don't seem capable of making these type of films anymore, maybe we just don't have the same quality of actors these days. The Wild Geese and Cross of Iron are both British made films, with Cross of Iron being an Anglo / German co-production.
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    Watched many war movies they are what they are produced for the purpose of entertainment. Many may be inaccurate in part but if it gets people interested in past events can only be a good thing. As for the death penalty in the USA it is only in certain states that it is used.