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    Collecting for many years now. Mainly Imperial German, old States, Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Württemberg, etc., orders, decorations, documents, militaria, Pickelhauben, tunics, accoutrements, weapons, etc., also 3rd Reich, same aspects.

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  1. Wer braucht die Piefkes? Popular TV series during the 90s, based on the traditional rivalry Germans/Austrians - a family from Berlin holidaying in Austria. All good fun, until some start to eck on. A "Piefke" ist the traditional Austrian "Schimpfwort" for a German - being originally Gottfried Piefke, a Prussian military music director and composer of German military marches. All just good fun, with some renowned actors. and another short clip... with a lot of Austrian dialect!
  2. #57 Karl Hensler Ost

    Added Photo of Eckhardt's only decoration, which he gave me a couple of years ago with its original paper packet, here with replacement ribbon, Maker: Franz Jungwirth, Wien. Zinc with a bronze coating.
  3. Yes, you're right, must be doting. Here is an English text version of the same film. The machine was powered by six French manufactured Le Rhône rotary engines of 1000 hp each. The entire plane was made of canvas on a frame, and very vulnerable to air attack. On board one machine, which crashed into the sea, there were four Italians and 64 German troops, mostly wounded, and crew, one of these was the Zahlmeister Artur Busch, whose daughter lives in America, mentioned in this production. There were no survivors.
  4. 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.
  5. Military Clocks

    Most antique clock dealers will be able to provide a suitable, fitting key.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. Further publications by Carell: Sie kommen! Die Invasion der Amerikaner und Briten in der Normandie 1944. 1960, jüngste Auflage 2004. Stalingrad. Sieg und Untergang der 6. Armee. 1992, jüngste Auflage 2003. als Hrsg.: Berlin Rom Tokio. Monatsschrift für die Vertiefung der kulturellen Beziehungen der Völker des weltpolitischen Dreiecks. Verlagsanstalt Ernst Steiniger, 1. Jg., 1939.
  13. Two more books by Carell. "Die Wüstenfüchse" (The Desert Foxes), the story of Rommel and the Afrikakorps, sourced from original documents and eye witnesses, who took part. Many original photos. "Die Gefangenen" (The Prisoners), the story of German prisoners of war in captivity on all fronts, during the war and the long captivity in most cases in Eastern Europe, the harsh treatment and the deaths that resulted from such. Many died also during mine-clearing accidents in the post war years. With many original photos.
  14. A trilogie of books by Paul Carell about Operation Barbarossa, a text volume and a photo volume. A sequel to this covers the first retreats till the final collapse, with the title Verbrannte Erde (Scorched Earth). Paul Carell, real name, Paul Schmidt was official SS-Kriegsberichtserstatter for the duration of the war. Author of many books about World War II, his books have been published in many languages and in several editions. Paul Carell lived near Hamburg and died in 1997. Very much recommended.
  15. I would say Italian, with a bluegrey backing, possibly Air Force, and with brocade definitely and officer. It has a crown, which could well be the Crown of Italy and of that (1930s-1940s) period, the cogwheel would be something to do with Military Engineering or Technical. That is just guessing.