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  1. How the war ended in Hamburg on 3rd May 1945 Hamburg was declared as a fortress (Festung), and was to be held at all costs. Generalmajor Alwin Wolz was made Kampfkommandant. Wolz was not too happy about defending Hamburg to the last, sought to save the city from total destruction with the loss of the entire population. This he had secretly discussed with Karl Kaufmann, who was Reichsstatthalter for Hamburg and member of the NSDAP. Kaufmann agreed that negotiations should be started with the approaching British forces. Albert Schäfer, the director of the Phoenix Rubberworks in Hamburg-Harbu
  2. RAF overseas cap Fine example of a 1937 dated RAF overseas cap for other ranks. Inside is also the broad arrow stamp. Has seen slight wear and in remarkable condition. The brass badge with King's crown has been frquently polished during service wear and shows quite some rubbing and slight patina. Complete with the small RAF brass buttons. Must certainly have seen some history. See also more recent post on RAF & Air Training Corps uniforms & Badges
  3. In the fomer City of Altona, now a part of Hamburg, is a memorial on the waterfront of the River Elbe commemorating the Austrian naval personnel of the k.und k. Kriegsmarine, who perished in the naval battle against the Danes off the Island of Helgoland in the War of 1864. The Austrian commander was Wilhelm von Tegetthoff. The memorial was errected using funds donated by the citizens of Hamburg. The memorial shows the Imperial Austrian crest with a dedication. Photo taken in Summer 2008. Memorial to Austrian soldiers and seamen, who died in the war hospitals in
  4. Passierschein, Soviet Zone, 1947 Passierschein in German and Russian, issued by the Soviet Stadtkommandant or Ortskommandantur in Chemnitz in December 1947 for crossing the Zone Border for a return home to Hamburg at the latest by 18.12.1947. In later years the function of this document was fulfilled by a Transit Visum. Liesel Neusüß was on a visit to Chemnitz (Saxony), which lay in the postwar Soviet Zone SBZ (Sowjetischische Besatzungszone). In the early postwar days you could travel around with the relevant papers into the Soviet Occupied Zone, entirely at your own risk. It was not unusual
  5. Wartime Advert for Daimler Benz Aerial Engines Featured in DIE WEHRMACHT Photographed several years ago from the remanis of a magazine DIE WEHRMACHT, dating from around early 1940, which survived the war and remained in possession of Neusüß family. This page shows an advertisement and full ´page feature for Daimler Benz aerial engines, in the background is an early Heinkel He 111.
  6. Ernst August Baxmann, Unteroffizier Ernst August Baxmann was an Unteroffizier, presumably in an Infantry Regiment. He has several decorations, including the Eastern Front Medal, Westwall Medal, Kriegsverdienstkreuz, etc. Ernst August Baxmann was the uncle of Hans-Erich Baxmann, who was married to Birgitt Baxmann, née Neusüß in second marriage. Very little is known about Uncle Erich, I believe he lived in the Elmshorn area (Holstein) He is wearing a standard army Feldbluse with an upgraded collar for NCOs, this being dark green and with long points. The shoulder straps seem to be white
  7. Police sidearms always had a black or brown scabbard. There were probably no longer manufactured ater 1940, as also less in every day use, mostly replaced by a service pistol.
  8. As far as I know, these weapons nearly always had a leather scabbard, this one being well pre-war, judging by the quality of the fittings. Solid hilt with no bayonet fitting as per the most of them. Chrom was never used, nickel-plating if anything.
  9. Here are some pictures I took a few years ago in Wandsbek (near Hamburg). They are from a private display within a home for the elderly. The home is called Domizil zum Husaren, and is situated on the Juthornstrasse between the former regimental barracks and the exercise grounds (Exerzierplatz). The selection is very small but certainly unique and is displayed in a large showcase in the floor below the reception on the ground floor. Anyone can visit at any time, just ask at the reception if you are ever visiting in Hamburg. The items have been several times on loan in various displays and exhib
  10. Polizei Seitengewehr - sidearm (Hirschfänger) A very good example of a 3rd Reich police sidearm made by F.W.Höller in Solingen, and with an issue mark: S.B.4344. this stands for Schützpolizei Berlin, weapon no. 4344. The leather covered scabbard is blackened, which is correct for the Schupo or Schutzpolizei, Gendarmerie were issued with brown leather equipment. The weapon is undated, but is certainly pre-war, as all fitings are in fine, heavy nickel silver. The blade has lost a little of the plating around the tip, the scabbard has had some slight damage, which is not too visible. Grips
  11. your mail hasn't arrived. I have also noticed that that interesting page in Norway - Flyvrak, with all the WWII crash sites is also for some reason not available. I contacted him, and he said, everything was ok frm his side. I wonder? http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/tverrdalen.html Maybe you could have more luck? Worth a try. Thanks for the tips.
  12. Re.: New topic under uniforms with a typing error Hallo Kenny, Have just posted a new topic under uniforms, etc. title: Kampfgeschwader General Wever 4 cuffband Unfortunately I leap before I look, and the result is the title has a typing error - Kampfgeschwader should be Kampf with pf - the f is missing. That's always the problem when you type something hastily and then add it in without thouroghly checkng. I would never make a journalsit or editor at this rate. I can usually correct the texts anytime later, but not the overhead title unfortunatly. I wonder if you could rectify thi
  13. Unfortuantely I can't view the pictures on my screen, they are just completely black (just like "Paint it Black" - Farlowe). But next opportunity. Nobody here nowadays seems to remember Farlowe any more, but they are mostly a Younger Publikum. Maybe some of the "oldies" might remember him. I don't know what he does nowadays. I think it is a shame wearing historical uniforms, it doesn't improve them over the years. When I first started collecting, almost everything those days was near to immaculate condition, no moth, not like nowadays. I am for the preservation of historical items. People in t
  14. I saw him many years ago during a visit to London, he was directly on his way into Camden Passage, so obviously he must have been still interested in something. That was sometime in the mid to late 1990s. He didn't see me though as I was too far off. He has maybe a sight similarity with Udo Lindenberg, except that Chris mever met Erich Honnecker (you remember?). Lindenberg gave Honnecker his leather jacket, as a gesture of goodwill and maybe to embarass him. Can't remember what Honnecker gave Lindenberger - but he was receptive in his own socialistic way - "Vorwärts immer! Rückwärts nimmer!
  15. A Prussian Pickelhaube This helmet was purchased in early 1970 from a London dealer, Chris Farlowe, who ran a militaria shop, Call to Arms in London borough of Islington, opposite Camden Passage at the time. Farlowe was otherwise known as a rock band leader in those days. He often appeared at concerts throughout Germany, at the same time, purchasing stock for his business. The shop closed sometime in the 1980s. I think I paid around 17 pounds for this item.. The helmet is of the older type of Prussian infantry model, but has convex chinscales, which were not regulation for the infan
  16. Helmet from Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 39 The second pickelhaube I ever bought in an antique shop in London in 1969, at the time in a sorry state and since restored. When purchased, the spike was missing from its base, the Prussian cockade was missing, the chinstrap very worn, one tear, the leather completely dried out, the leather liner also. I later managed to get an original spike, which was thoroughly oxidised and needed a good restoration, and also an good Prussian cockade with all original finish. The peak rim was loose and distorted, as was the rear spine, both moderately put back t
  17. Württemberg Officer Helmet, 1914/15 A not quite typical example of a Württemberg infantry officers helmet from early war period. This helmet I purchased in London, Portobello Market around 1971 from a collector/dealer, and came from his own collection. This would have been a private purchase nco or maybe oneyear volunteer type, and is of officer quality throughout. It would originally have been with other ranks cockades and a patent leather chinstrap with finely gilded fittings. The Chinscales are a wartime addition, being of Ersatz material, the scales are gilded iron with a black
  18. The Medaille Militaire as well as the Légion d'Honneur were both originally awarded in the reign of Napoléon I. There have been severeral renewals since, the last real version had the portait of the "Marianne" symbol of the Republic and the date 1870 of the Third Republic. In the postwar period, the new present day decoration (fourth Republic) has no date whatsoever. It is interesting to note, the Légion d'Honneur, awarded in several classes, originally had the portrait of Napoleon I., which was discontinued after 1815, when the Bourbon Monarchy was restored. Under Napoléon III. (Second Empire
  19. Have had a small collection of the most common Austrian awarards for many years, which I started in the mid 1960s, and sadly neglected, as I have so many interests, amongst others the said medal of 1873. Allways wanted to improve on this section of collecting, but never really got off the ground. Have just found following description of the medal under Wikipedia and translated this as follows: The War Medal was instituted by Kaiser Franz Joseph I. on 2. December 1873 and was awarded to all military persons of the k. und k. (kaiserliche und königliche) Streitkräfte, who took pa
  20. More photos added: - Another picture. Langenlebarn, Summer 1944 Liesel Neusüß with daughter Birgitt, aged 2 ½ years. Taken on a nice sunny day out, probably in the gardens of a restaurant. Photo may have been taken by the husband, Oberfeldwebel Walter Neusüß. The family hobby was photography and taking good family snapshots. Neusüß developed many of the films himself and as I was told, had his own private stock of photopaper for the value of 1000 RM, An incredible sum. Unfortunately, everything had to be left behind in April 1945. An album (duplicate) and a quantity of personal photos
  21. The card is very similar to the one you have shown, but with the 1915 badge, I would say, most certainly from the same printing source. Rather difficult at the moment with new photos, my camera probably wouldn't be good enough and there is no fitting on my old computer anyway. Would have to be done over an outside source, at the same time, costly and complicated. Will try to eventually get one posted some time.
  22. Further pictures added: - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was commander in chief of the regiment from 1898 till it's dissolution in 1918/19. - Emil Weyerbusch, Rittmeister of the Reserve and factory owner in Elberfeld. Oil painting in a museum in Krefeld. - Uniform colour scheme of the regiment from a publication before 1899, as the shoulder straps still have no monogramm and the busby still has the old line scroll without the battle honours.
  23. I had the three normal versions for 1914, 15 and 16. Parted company with these many years ago. Managed to find in the past few years the 1914 and 15 versions again, but still not the triangular 1916 version. I also have a wartime postcard depicting a 1915 version and this is gold embossed on the card with a logo, "This proves I'm a worker, who can never be dubbed a shirker..." etc. Card must be quite rare these days.
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