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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. Bavaria - Insignia

    Shoulder strap for a one-year volunteer with Königlich Bayerisches 1. Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz-Regent Luitpold for the coloured peacetime uniform. The button should be slightly smaller.
  2. Was given this beautifull old cap today by someone who thought it was an old Navy cap from his family. A member of that family had perished on a U-Boot during WW1. However, this cap turned out to be a military cap from Braunschweig, Duchy of Brunswick. I had never seen a cap before in this colour combination, and it is a very early example - before March 1897, as it has never had a Reichskokarde, just The Brunswick cockade, dark blue with a gold ring and a silver Landwehr Cross, denoting the status of the wearer. The cockade is also the officer version, as the ring is gilded and not lacquered. The old Brunswick uniforms before 1886 differed entirely from the Prussian. The Infantry had a blueblack tunic with concealed buttons and light blue collars and cuffs, the Tschako in Brunswick pattern was worn. With the blue band and crown piping, it also has an additional yellow piping to upper and lower edges of the band. This possibly denoting a Militärbeamter or official. Brunswick was a very small state and only had one infantry regiment, 92, Husaren-Regiment 17 and 2 batteries of Artillery later attached to Feldartillerie-Regiment 46 in Wolfenbüttel and Celle. The silver Landwehr Cross has the tiny inscription M.Gott.f.Fürst u.Vaterland above a wreath. There are two name entries within the liner, Jürges and Heuer, both attached to the family this came from. It came complete in a very old hat box, probably not belonging to the cap. There is also a makers mark in the lining August Hüsemeyer, Helmstedt. Cap has now had a light cleaning, first of all with a vacuum cleanter, then with steam, avoiding contact to leather parts. As a comparison, a re-enactment photo of the Brunswick Leib-Bataillon during the Napoleonic Wars. The traditional colours were adhered to till 1886. The Tschako bore the Brunswick "Todtenkopf" device. The traditional tunic after the Napoleonic Wars was known as a "Polrock", the cut being of Polish origin.
  3. Another new item for the WW1 exhibition in the Museum, a belt for foot soldiers of the Prussian Army. The buckle is fieldgrey steel, the leather tab is unusually rivetted instead of sewn, it is marked and dated C.Pose, Berlin 1914 - a remarkably early fieldgrey steel buckle. The prongs have possibly been repaired or replaced by an earlier brass example, probably done in a divisional workshop. The belt it came with, is a standard 45 mm leather, unblackened, but has a catch which has the dimensions of the old wider M.1847 model, which was still in use until about 1917. The leather is faintly stamped B.P.B.14 and a further stamp 1888 - this could well be Badisches Pionier-Bataillon 14. Baden troops wore the standard Prussian buckle.
  4. Thanks for the info and the link Fritz.  Will check this out.


    Best wishes


  5. Dornier Do 17

    http://canmore-pdf.rcahms.gov.uk/wp/00/WP003869.pdf Catalogue of the Luftwaffe Photographs in the National Monuments of Scotland As early as 1938-39 detailed aerial photographs were made by a civilian aircraft for Lufthansa, but were intended for military purposes. Details can be found under the above link. However, a civilian He 111 was used to take these photos. There is no mention of Dorniers. The East Coast of Scotland with Scapa Flow was of more interest to the Luftwaffe. Have not found any further mention of ventures to the Western Coast.
  6. New items for the Museum' s WW1 exhibition: Leutnant, Landwehr-Inspektion Altona, 1915 Major, Infanterie-Regiment Graf Bose (Thüringisches) No.31, Altona (Battalion Commander) Shoulder strap M.1915 for Field Artillery, 2. Kurhessisches Feld-Artillerie-Regt. 47, based in Fulda, XI.A.K.
  7. http://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/the-tank-museum-interviews-tiger-tank-veterans-tank-crews-who-fought-against-them.html
  8. Finally got the abridged regimental history scanned for the Netherlands Cavalry Museum in Amersfoort, which was requested of us. The history has some short detailed individual reports by some of the Husars. This example came from the estate of Hans Dose, the last known surviving member of the Regiment, donated by his family. He had received this in 1975 from Johanna Schröder. Scans are of excellent quality, enabling the full text to be read. This was probably published around 1931. Written by Rittmeister a.D. Jobst and Major a.D. von Trauwitz-Hellwig and printed by Girardet, Düsseldorf. Edges of cover now fragile.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Luftwaffe mounted medals

    Now added, original, matching ribbon bar (Feldspange). LW eagle is first pattern on Feldspange, 2nd pattern on medal set.
  12. 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
  13. Berlin

    The war that never seemed to end.... until the end came after 9. November 1989
  14. Berlin

    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.