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  1. This was the highest Prussian military award (for other ranks), sometimes known as the "Pour le Mérite" for Unteroffiziere and Mannschaften. Awarded only to non-officer grades. Established in February 1864 for military valour and ceased at the end of World War I. The decoration was orginally all gold, but by mid 1916 gold was replaced by silver with a gold finish. Most originals found have a silver appearance with only slight traces of gold. Not to be confused with the Militär Ehrenzeichen I. Klasse, which was identical, but in silver. Recipients received a special pension at the end of thei
  2. I haven't touched the wooden grips so far.
  3. Latest addition is a Bayonet M.98/05 a.A. first type. Made by Alex Coppel, Solingen, this is a Bavarian issue dated 1911 and stamped on the back of the blade with crown O 11 (König Otto von Bayern, 1886-1916). The steel fireguard is a wartime modification (1915), the leather scabbard has been replaced by an all steel scabbard, the wooden grips are probably also a wartime replacement, almost perfect condition with just some shrinkage to wood. Crossguard is marked to the underside: B.2.A.F.7.152, being (Bavarian) 2. Fuss Artillerie, 7. Batterie, weapon no.152 The bayonet has some pitting and
  4. Fliegerhorstkommandantur A5/XI - Lübeck-Blankensee, Personalnummer 2101, Blutgruppe AB A larger airfield just southeast of Lübeck near the River Trave and just short of the coast, this airfield is where Stab and I. Gruppe of Kampfgeschwader 26 were stationed, and where Walter Neusüß was stationed at the beginning of the war in 1939. Zink with some corrosion spots and staining/corrosion to the rear. Blankensee today, Flughafen Lübeck, known for charter flights to European short range destinations, also London Nearby administration blocks now used a
  5. Original Press photo: Norway, 1940: Norwegians talking to our flyers Press photo with original attachments and various stamps: Pressekorrespondent, Lange, Atl. (Atlantic), fr. (frei) OKW In the background, Stuka and snow. Exact place and date not known, but certainly Winter April-May 1940, early phase of the Norway campaign.
  6. Rheinbote and Rheintochter (r), Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin Muzeum Wyrzutnia Rakiet - Rąbka Łeba, now Poland. Had not heard of these Wunderwaffen / weapons before. The costs of production would have probably been too high.
  7. German prisoners were forced to clear the minefields in the whole of western Europe after the war ended. None of the prisoners had been mine specialists and they were set to work with their bare hands. At least one in five did not survive this task.
  8. A dramtic photo stated as Ukraine, 1943, no further details known. The lightweight cotton drill tunic, normally a working garment, was favoured in hot climatic conditions for combat. As well as a pistol, he seems to be carrying an entrenching tool, an effective weapon in close combat.
  9. x Another addition to that private collection, Hessen, Reserve Offizier, Dragoner-Regiment 23 and 24
  10. Revolution and mutiny on 5. November 1918 in Kiel. These two officers were murdered by mutineers while defending the flag in Kiel. The revolution had broken out and together with the mutiny in Kiel and other ports was to cause the final collapse of Germany and the end of the Monarchy in the final days of the Great War. Mutiny and revolution in Kiel and Wilhelmshaven, November 1918 The gravestone of Bruno Heinemann is apparently in a private collection, it should have remained at the St. Jürgen-Friedhof in Stralsund, and remain pr
  11. https://tihlde.org/~ktsorens/flyvrak/axis-2.html This particular plane had a forced landing on the edge of the lake. You can check on the following link, a documentation of all wrecksites in Norway from WW2, German and Allied, many of the objects are still untouched.
  12. x Two identity discs for Füsilier Max Pohl, born 1891 - Address: Berlin, Müllerstrasse 134c Smaller disc is with full length original black/white/red cord (Reich), bears only the name, Füsilier and service number. The larger disc is with full length original black/white cord (Prussia), bears all details, originally with Ersatz-Bataillon as a recruit, thereafter with 8.Komp. (II.Btl.) These old discs were in use till around 1916, then a split disc was introduced. The man would have been originally recruited about 1911. He must certainly have served in WW1. Together wit
  13. My example had a different fuse end, which made it look so antiquated. Unfortunately I never made any photos before exchanging it.
  14. Corporal Frank Jackson, 2nd Batallion, Parachute Regiment, One of the few who got to the bridge. Badly wounded but survived. Further information arrived: 1 Platoon of A Company, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Taken prisoner 21st September, taken to Camp 11B, POW number 117254. (Photo and info: Brian Sheeran/facebook)
  15. This example arrived today, a few have turned up recently, otherwise rare to find.
  16. Has been seeni in photos where Hitler visited the Hamburger Hafen several times. The Aviso "Grille", also docked their frequently.
  17. Regiment der Gardes du Corps, dark blue backing for the service tunic (Waffenrock). Regimental colour: Ponceaurot (bright red) also for Kürassier-Regiment 4, same colours Garrison: Potsdam Kürassier-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus I. von Russland (Brandenburgisches) No.6. White backing for the white "Koller". Garrison: Brandenburg/Havel Monogram: Russian "N" with numeral 1. Regimental colour: Russischblau - "Russian Blue" Tsar Nikolaus I. (1825-1855) had been honorary commander-in-chief of the regiment. The monogram was kept as a perpetual tradition till the end of the monarchy a
  18. x Shoulder straps for the greatcoat (backing is grey) for other ranks and n.c.o. of "1. Garde Dragoner-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Grossbritannien und Irland" - Garrison: Berlin. Last Commander in Chief was George V., King of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India, and he wore the Regimental uniform whilst visiting his regiment in Berlin or during Royal Visits, the last of which was during the wedding of Vikoria Luise with Ernst August of Braunschweig in 1913. Regiment was originally raised in 1815 as Garde-Dragoner-Regiment. In 1860, a further regiment was raised. The o
  19. An officer Säbeltasche (sabretâche) for various Hussar regiments, this example being with a red cloth face and silver braid, which pattern was worn by Husaren-Regt. 1, 3, 13 and 14. This pattern had been unchanged since about 1850. The back and edges were of fine red maroquin leather, the face is of bright red cloth, three sides are edged in broad silver braid, with a thin outer line of silver Russia Braid (Plattschnur), the monogram FWR and crown also in a narrower silver braid. It is suspended on three patent leather hangers, each with a gilded double lion head buckle in fire-gilded bronze.
  20. Säbeltasche for an officer in Husaren-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus von Russland (1. Westfälisches) No.8, based in Paderborn. Säbeltasche, red saffian leather, Russian blue cloth face, silver braid, the three leather hangers are missing, the attachment rings remaining. Some old moth damage and repairs. Signs of age and service. This item belonged to Ernst Schöningh, Leutnant der Reserve, who later served in Husaren-Regiment 15 in Wandsbek. Under the flap is a visiting card: Ernst Schöningh, Leutnant der Reserve im Husaren-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus von Rußland (1.W
  21. Example of an other ranks' Säbeltasche M.1853 with gilt brass crowned monogram, probably private purchase, similar to official issue, no marks or stamps. As worn by regiments 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The remaining regiments wore a silver emblem.
  22. x Kolpak, red, and Fangschnur für a Busby, Husaren. To the underside of the Kolpak is an unclear stamp, '11', presumably Husaren-Regt. 11 in Krefeld Schärpe (barrel sash) for NCOs and other ranks, Husaren Fangschnur (cap lines) for Unteroffizier, Ulanen Fangschnur for other ranks, Ulanen Kartuschkasten, Kürassier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr. 1, medallion is a copy Kartuschkasten, Kürassier-Regimenter 3-5, 7 and 8, long version for pistol ammunition Leutnant, Dragoner-Regiment König Carl von Rumänien (Hann
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