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    2 Bars for the WW2 Campaign Stars, which I got quite some time ago. They were very cheap and without any particular description.  These are of an inferior bronze, which either darkens quickly or has been artificially patinated. Around the script should be a pebbled background. Quite definitely copies. I will be on the lookout for originals, the Battle of Britain bar is difficult to find and would be expensive.

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  2. First sword:
    The scabbard tip to the bottom seems to be missing, the top fitting seems to be missing a part as well. I would say 18th Century, a presumably, infantry officer's sword (Degen) of one of the German states, unfortunate that the hilt is missing, the original hilt would look something like this style but even older:

    Die Zietenhusaren - Rathenow - Geschichte und Geschichten - IOD aA

    or:

    Fricker Historische Waffen: Blankwaffen wie Schwert, Degen, Säbel, Dolch  sowie Richtschwert und Rapier - antike, alte

    The second sword, a sabre, is Prussian, it has a guard emblem on the hilt, which has lost most of it's enamel, it is of the type of a Garde-Füsilier officer sabre (Füsilier batallions of the guards regiments).
    The damascus blade has the marks of W.K & Cie., Solingen, the scabbard was worn with two rings up till 1910, thereafter one ring was regulation. Ring and ring band are of brass, which is typical of the fusilier officer's sabres.

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  3. Topic should be under "Edged Weapons", the lance was the most important cavalry weapon.

    Not "Imperial", this was the most important weapon for the cavalry after 1888, a Prussian Stahlrohrlanze Modell 1888, after 1891 it became standard for the entire cavalry. Before that date wooden lances were used and were only used by the lancer (Ulanen-) regiments, thereafter became standard for all cavalry, which then all had the same tactical role. Important are the stamps on the lance head to determine it's origin.  The stamp 15.U.3.101 is here of significance, and is also the individual number of the weapon

    Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment 15, 3. Eskadron, weapon number 101.

    Another stamp show a crown and W over 06, the W is the Prussian mark, the 06 is 1906. These same stamps will also normally be found on the other weapons. The tip of the lance looks as though it has been ground down to make it blunt. The grip was bound with brown leather and attached was a brown  leather carrying strap to fit around the wrist or lower arm. The base of the lance has a fitting, which fits into the leather shoe attached to the right stirrup.
    There were two types of penant, the one shown in your photos is for the ranks of Unteroffizier, Sergeant and Vizewachtmeister. Officers did not carry a lance. The other type of penant was for other ranks and was simply in the national colours, white over black.

    Lances were used by the cavarly  - Reichswehr - till 1927, then officially abolished.

    Lances can still be found, but expensive and not everyone can accomodate these due to the length. Our local museum has an original lance, this hangs from the ceiling in the small room where it is displayed, see photo, this example has an other ranks' penant.
    The penant usually had stamps, makers mark, date and unit, very often these are rather faded or worn out.
    Every German state had it's own lance flags.

    Approx value: Lances today cost around 1.000 Euros, depending on condition, a rare or interesting unit may make it even more interesting and expensive, an NCO lance flag costs at least 550 - 750 Euros, according to condition.

    Die deutsche Stahlrohrlanze: Amazon.de: Wanner, Gerhard: Bücher

    This publication dedicated entirely to the M.1888 lance published in 2005, 40 pages and costs around 15,80 Euros

    1. Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr. 17 - Wikiwand

    Mecklenburg, Dragoner-Regiment 17 with lances

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    Lance penant for NCOs, faded

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  4. An older K98 bayonet, has lost most of it's original blueing, patinated, has wooden grips, which look original to the bayonet, scabbard hook is the older type with "ornamentation". The grip screws have been turned or replaced, these have lost all original blueing and have been cleaned, re-worked or partly replaced, the bolt ends are too long and do not fit flush and neatly, I suspect, replaced at some time. Scabbard throat has been replaced, differs to the original, the serial numbers match, but apparently strange, and one number has been stamped on the entry of the scabbard plate, never seen this before, the scabbard throat plate has been ground down on one side, not original to the scabbard. The webbing frog looks period, not sure whether factory made or a field made piece. A further examination or research on this piece would be interesting. Where did it come from? Compare with other standard K.98 bayonets.

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  5. Berlin - Potsdamer Platz in just over one century

    Potsdamer Platz um 1900. Foto: Imago/Leemage

    1900

    Dichter Verkehr auf dem Potsdamer Platz um 1920. Foto: Imago/Arkivi

    Dense traffic aroung 1920

    Potsdamer Platz, Columbushaus, um 1935. Foto: Imago/Arkivi

    1935, Columbushaus

    Fliegeraufnahme vom Potsdamer Platz, Ende der 1930er-Jahre. Foto: Imago/Arkivi

    Aerial view of the 1930s

    Zerstörte Gebäude am Potsdamer Platz nach der Schlacht um Berlin, 1. Mai 1945. Foto: Imago/ITAR-TASS

    Potsdamer Platz, 1. May 1945, damage after the battle

    Westdeutsche Polizisten schauen an der Berliner Mauer am Potsdamer Platz hinüber zu ihren ostdeutschen Kollegen, Aufnahme vom September 1961. Foto: Imago/Sabine Gudath

    Potsdamer Platz, September 1961

    Berliner Mauer, Pfützen, leere Wiesen und die Schienen der M-Bahn. Der Potsdamer Platz in West-Berlin in den 1980er-Jahren. Foto: Imago/Imagebroker

    Potsdamer Platz in the 1980s

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    Potsdamer Platz in November 1989 after the borders were opened.

    Roger Waters spektakuläres Open-Air-Konzert "The Wall" am Potsdamer Platz, 21. Juli 1990. Foto: Imago/BRIGANI-ART

    Open Air Concert, Potsdamer Platz, 21. July 1990

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    April 1997, a loss of all values, measures and proportions and tradition, simply madness rules in present day Berlin

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    Red carpet in front of the Berlinale Palast, Potsdamer Platz

    Luftbild vom Potsdamer Platz, Aufnahme vom Sommer 2020. Foto: Imago/Westend61

    Aerial view, Summer 2020, simply grotesque

  6. BSW is the maker's mark of Gebrüder Schneider in Wien (Vienna). Someone has scratched his name onto the back of the badge, "Beutin", this is sometimes seen on Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine badges. They should have got them engraved, but probably did not have the opportunity at the time, so scratched in.

    Name Beutin found in the telephone book, total of 84 entries, private and companies.

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  7. Nice collection. The Richthofen postcard is a WW1 period card (postumus), but later signed in 1940 by Luftwaffe scholars in Schweidnitz as a souvenir of their course, 20.12.1940 till 25.1.1941. A rare photo and postcard which I haven't seen before. They all have the rank of Gefreiter to Obergefreiter. "Zum Andenken and die Fluganwärterzeit..."
    Names:
    Kannenberger ?
    Rettenmaier
    Maik
    Jordan
    Saemann
    Zank ?
    Kubart ?
    Laumann ?

    Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen with presumably original signature.
    General von Linsingen, later Generaloberst, resigned on 9. November 1918.
    Generaloberst von Seekt, 1928.
    General von Beseler, 1916, Artillery General
    Several Austrian Generals of WW1 period and before:
    Erzherzog Prinz Joseph
    Moritz Ritter von Auffenberg, k.u.k. Kriegsminister
    Generaloberst Conrad von Hötzendorff, Artillery General
    coloured impression dated 1916 and signed, von Auersperg?

    Leni Riefenstahl, 1902-2003, famous filmer and film director, "Triumph des Willens" and many more films, one of Hitler's favourites.
    Films:
    Das Blaue Licht
    Reichsparteitagstrilogie
    Sieg des Glaubens
    Tag der Freiheit
    Unsere Wehrmacht
    Olympische Sommerspiele, 1936
    Invasion of Poland, 1939
    Tiefland, 1944 (finished in 1954)
    Photoreportagen in the 1960s about The Nuba in Sudan and Impressionen unter Wasser (Underwater Photography), etc.
     

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