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  1. Post-War but with a definite flair and tradition, not seen everyday. The large Bavarian badge with the crown must have been for monarchy sympathisers - of which there were quite a few in good ol Bayern just a few years back, now gradually forgotten by the new generations, who know nothing about the old Bavarian monarchy. The political parties of the later postwar years have made sure that the monarchy has not been restored and have secured their well-paid posts in the republican system. The Hamburg, Berlin badges and the W.German eagle are a bit out of place, the remaining badges are more fr
  2. Perhaps you can carefully re-attach? This is the medal associated, script on reverse "1. Oktober 1938" :
  3. Lovely cap. Originally a walking out dress cap, fieldgrey, remarkable condition - as you can see cockades in style do not match, on the band (original) is an other ranks' cockade, original to cap! Cockade above is the Reichskokarde (in principal correct), but here, an officer version - and this is not period, but is an aluminium cockade from Third Reich period. This has been added by a collector to replace the missing cockade. Not unusual, because, as from 9. November 1918, abdication of the Kaiser - the Reichskokarde was (often) removed from headdress! Some did not follow the revolution and k
  4. This was the bar to the medal of 1. Oktober 1938 - Sudetenland Medal for all those who took part in the operation. The Prager Spange was awarded additionally to those who took part in the later occupation of the rest of Czechoslowakia and Prague. About half of the medals existing have the Prague bar. In your photo it looks as though the bar has come adrift from it's ribbon base and lost it's fixing splints? I have posted examples of these in my articles in the Third Reich medal section, see there. The area was then known as the Reichsprotektorat with administration in Prague, castle.
  5. Yes, all quite correct. A nice historic medal, and known to be cast in bronze from captured French cannon - also with correct original ribbon. Many of these look as thought the ball fitting at the top has been repaired or re-soldered at some stage, they were probably originally soldered with tin (Zinn) N.B.: For the campaign 1814 and 1815.
  6. Could you show exactly where you mean? I tried counting posts till 7 and 8 from beginning of this article, but could not find anything missing. I notice on page 2 of article that some of the pictures have gone, just the captions remaining, perhaps I can re-find these, otherwise I'll delete the captions.
  7. "Der eine sagt Hott, der andere sagt Hü" - - Das Sprichwort bezieht sich auf die Sprache der Fuhrmänner: Diese setzten bestimmte Kommandos ein, um ihren Zugtieren anzusagen, in welche Richtung sie ziehen sollen und wann sie losgehen und anhalten sollen. Wenn der Fuhrmann "hü" ruft, sollen die Tiere nach links und bei "hott" nach rechts laufen. With an actual application:
  8. These photos were sent just now from Holland. Some of these are from the Album of Leutnant von Sydow. These are to appear in a new book to be published in 2022 by a Herr B. Many thanks to H.K.
  9. These plaques are quite well known and were widespread. Made of cast iron, blackened. I had a similar example many years ago, but with different wording, I paid about 30 shillings for it in 1968! However, items like this are now very much in demand and a lot more expensive. I haven't seen many recently, so I could not give an estimate of value. I assume the case is original to the plaque - the ribbon states Zur Vermählung - gewidmet von der Stadt Bludenz - a wedding gift from the City of Bludenz Bludenz is in Austria - Vorarlberg, after 13. March 1938 it became part of Greater Germa
  10. It could also be from an aircraft, vehicle, artillery or equipment of some sort. Script could even be early post-war?
  11. A large single monogram (crown was extra, missing) Friedrich Wilhelm IV. from an officer's epaulette for Grenadier-Regiment 2 (not shoulder piece as on right) An unworn pair of shoulder pieces, Prussia, fieldgrey, for a Leutnant, no numbers as yet attached, Train-Bataillon (blue) Example state cockade as worn on cap band (Reichs- cockade always above) A Prussian officer cap cockade A helmet plate (private purchase type, see rear attachment fitting of star) for a Tschapka of either 1. or 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, both were in Potsdam 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, example
  12. The cut-out examples were not original issue, but could be purchased at own cost. Further "luxury" examples were after 1919. The silver screwback example looks familiar, I have an identical example, which has a 800 silver hallmark, and is of course, after 1919, as the use of silver was not possible in wartime years due to shortages. Maker and date of production not known, certainly pre 1939. The gold cut-out example could well be wartime production after March 1918, but private purchase. Below is an 800 silver example.
  13. We would greatly appreciate if you could send a scan of the Gustloff, you could also post it on this page, from where we can copy it. Our museum deals with the history of the city of Wandsbek, now a suburb of Hamburg and it's surrounds, and also Husaren-Regiment 15, which was stationed in Wandsbek from 1871-1919.
  14. From the regimental history: Das Husaren-Regiment Nr. 15 im Weltkriege 1914-18 by E. v. Trauwitz-Hellwig, Wandsbek, 1931, p. 50-56 Further literature may be recommended, in somewhat more detail in p.77-79 as mentioned in above texts
  15. Action at Néry on p. 136 by H.W.Faerber (1991) * "Demnach konnte - wie schon 1870 - die Versorgung mit dem ungestümen Tempo der kämpfenden Truppe nicht mithalten. Doch der stürmische Vormarsch barg auch andere Gefahren, die den Krieg für die Husaren beinahe vorzeitig beendet hätten. So stellte die 4. Kavallerie-Division - und damit auch das Regiment der Wandsbeker Husaren - am 1. September 1914 bei Néry an der Oise einen britischen Verband zum Gefecht und ritt dabei eine der letzten Kavallerieattacken. Allerdings mit sehr fragwürdigem Verlauf! Wie sich später herausstellte, handelte es
  16. The cap is not an officer's, but for NCOs and enlisted men, and with the coloured band it would be Artillery.
  17. No way of determining if original or not? Even with corrosion holes. I don't see any chance there.
  18. At present I do not have any possibility of scanning. I will see if I can get hold of someone who might be able to do this. Otherwise I will have to type in the text myself. It is briefly mentioned in the regimental history of the regiment., which was published in 1931. A further book about the regiment was published in 1991 by H.W. Faerber. In the book by H.W.Faerber there is very little mention of the action at Néry on p.136.* See also my other posts under Historical Museum in Wandsbek and Mecklenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment 17.
  19. The two Sudan medals look very interesting, have not seen these before. Could you show the papers?
  20. Heeres-Einteilung, 1939 - Wehrkreise - Armee-Korps Wehrkreise, 1944
  21. Aus dem Zweiten Burenkrieg Geschenk von Königin Victoria – 121 Jahre alte Schokolade entdeckt Mit Schokolade wollte Königin Victoria vor 121 Jahren die Moral der britischen Truppen verbessern. Nun wurde in England eine nahezu komplette Tafel entdeckt. A bar of chocolate which the British Queen Victoria sent to her troops over 120 years ago, was found untouched in it's original tin. The chocolate belonged to the English aristocrat, Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfield, who fought in the Second Boer War, and was found in his helmet box in the house of his family, the 500 year old
  22. 1979, Moskau, Moskau! By Dschingis Khan
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