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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. Not forgetting DDR-Bürgerrechtlerin Vera Lengsfeld, who spoke at the Alexanderplatz during the Montags-Demonstrationen in November 1989 A brief reappearance with comments on present day happenings.
  2. Have heard of this film, but have not watched it yet. It is of course banned in Western Europe and the EU, but our Russian friends have posted this, but has English sub-titles and an overspoken, rather monotonous Russian text. Still worth watching. This was a popular film in it's time, and like anything worthwhile, not free, or just banned.
  3. It was a double posting - I had difficulty posting part 1 - here, just the link for part 1. There is also a part 3.
  4. Perhaps it went to the Technik Museum Sinsheim. This is a Spanish made example repainted in colours of Kampfgeschwader 4 - winter Eastern Front
  5. Grenztruppen der DDR / Nationale Volksarmee The Grenztruppen were an integrate part of the NVA, the remainder being: Landstreitkräfte Seestreitkräfte Luftstreitkräfte und Luftverteidigung Zivilverteidigung "Betriebskampfgruppen" were the reserve of the NVA, this was a soviet style of organisation After the founding of the NVA in 1956, shortly after the West German Bundeswehr, which also had a special Police Force, the "Bundesgrenzschutz" to police the borders, it was decided to raise a body known as the Grentruppen der DDR, which was first filled partly by members of the Kasernierte Volkspolizei and specially trained recruits of the NVA. The Grenztruppen were all hand-picked reliable communists, with close standing to party and Staatssicherheit was firm. Their uniform was as the NVA but had a light green distinction colour on the capband and on other uniform details, as well as a cuffband with the inscription of their branch, as shown below. Although the uniforms were intended to reflect a traditional German style, as recommended by Soviet generals, they definitely had a Soviet look about them. Also the style of manufacture and construction on closer inspection reveals a typical Soviet style of manufacture and structure. Cuffband worn on the left sleeve by all ranks Samples of uniform material The Grenztruppen also had their sea and waterway patrols Grenzbrigade Küste - the buckle should however be gold coloured Armband worn by civilian helpers (internet photos)
  6. I haven't seen an example like this before, but I assume it is original. Probably produced after outbreak of war in 1914, with the portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm II. and Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, portraits very worn down. I would not recommend this for daily use, as the portraits will not improve in time.
  7. Judging by the pictures, they look ok. The 2nd class has lost it's bronze finish as it has been polished by someone. Maybe some of the other viewers can identify the maker of the first class example? There is no need to cover over the swastikas! This homepage is outside of German jurisdiction. x Reverse with 43 on pin, example without swords by Deschler, München, "1". There are variations of the style of pin 3 examples of 2nd class, tombak bronze, the remaining 2 are of zink, last example on right made by Franz Jungwirth, Wien, with original envelope, and still has most of the bronze finish over the zink.
  8. Part 1 found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7uSjRbPbQMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7uSjRbPbQM
  9. Following information from an internet page, there is quite a variety of makers: CD – Carl Dillenius, auch mit Silberstempel- / – Fr, FR, Fr im Rahmen – Gebrüder Friedländer, Berlin/– G – J. Godet & Sohn, Berlin oder Glaser & Sohn, Dresden/ – K.M.S.T., K.M.St., KMST, K.M., KM, auch mit Silberstempel – Königliche Münze Stuttgart/ – KO – Klein & Quenzer, Oberstein auch mit Silberstempel/– S-W, S&W – Sy & Wagner, Berlin auch mit Silberstempel/– we, We – J.H. Werner/– WS, W.S., W&S, WuS, JW, J.W., J.W.S. – alle Joh.Wagner & Sohn, Berlin/– D – Wilhelm Deumer, Lüdenscheid (möglich auch Deschler, München) /– K, K im Rahmen- W. Kluge & Co./ – N – C.E. Neuhaus & Söhne, Berlin/– R – E. Rosenthal & Sohn/ – S – Heinrich Schneider, Leipzig, auch Schaper oder Scharfenberg möglich/– WILM – H.J. Wilm, Berlin auch mit Silberstempel/– Z – H. Zehn, Berlin/– E:W, E.W – Emil Wiechmann/– LW – Luis Werner/– R.Sch. – Richard Schulze, Friedrichshagen/– LV (mit und ohne Zahl)-Lieferungsverband für Eiserne Kreuze/– H – F. Hoffstätter, Bonn/– M – B.H. Mayer, Pforzheim/– MM – Meyle & Mayer, Pforzheim /Hersteller im 3.Reich kennzeichneten mit der LDO-Nummer z.B. L/10,…,L/52 u.ä. Further possibilities: A –(wird auch dem Hersteller F.A. Assmann zugeordnet aber nicht belegt) keine 1.Klasse/ – B – (möglicherweise Hersteller Bury & Leonhard, Hanau)/– HB –keine 1.Klasse/– H.B.G.- keine 2.Klasse, möglich dass HB und H.B.G. ein Hersteller ist/– HTB – keine 2.Klasse (langer Querstrich des T)/– K.A.G. – 1.und 2.Klasse/– KP –keine 1.Klasse/– +(M)+auch mit Silberstempel,keine 1.Klasse/– MEH –auch mit Silberstempel,keine 1.Klasse/– V –keine 1. Klasse/– Wappen mit 3 Kreisen –Silberstempel, keine 2.Klasse/– Y –Silver stamp
  10. Not a very clear strike, which does occur occasionally. I would say it is meant to be a "W", which would be Johann Wagner & Sohn, Hofjuwelier in Berlin, stated by some sources as Wilm. The "imperial" iron cross was not imperial, but "Royal". The German Empire did not have decorations as such, just the individual states, the Iron Cross being a Prussian decoration dating from 1813, which however could be awarded to recipients from other states. The WW2 iron cross you posted, should be under the section "Third Reich Medals and Badges".
  11. Wolfskinder - wolfs' children as they were known In the final months of the war and the early postwar years , tens of thousands of German children as orphans or lost in the retreat from the former German provinces in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states took to the woods and remote areas. Some did not even remember their names, parents or identity. Many wandered through East Prussia, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia begging locals for food and accomodation, finally ending up in Soviet children's homes and were given a new identity and a new language, many also did not survive their ordeal. Most of these children were on German Red Cross lists, but to no avail.
  12. The mark is clearly a '4' - which is the manufacturer's code for Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid. Known marks are from 1 - 130, and further numbering as from L/11, as quoted in other posts on this topic. This information is available in most qualified reference works on the subject. It is advisable to get some good books on the subject. examples: 1 = Descher & Sohn, München 2 = C.E. Juncker, Berlin SW68 3 = Wilhelm Deumer, Lüdenscheid etc.
  13. x Improved photos of Württemberg fieldgrey buckle, which shows some wear, but still much of original finish and some minor corrosion. The reverse looks better than the front! It is marked JD 47 under the roller bar.
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