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  1. The oakleaf does belong to a knight's cross, whether it belonged to the wearer of the other example, cannot be ascertained, unless there is some documentation to go with it. As for the medallion and small locket, these are personal items, perhaps they had some connection with the wearer of the knight's cross. The locket contains a portrait of a soldier of Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Carl (4. Großherzoglich Hessisches) Nr.118, pre-1914 (yellow shoulder straps). If you know who the wearer of the knight's cross was, you could research further, perhaps he was enlisted in that regiment in 1914.
  2. Very nice, I bet that wasn't cheap. The trouble with the torn paper sweatbands is, that people have been pulling them down for years to see what is underneath, whether marked or stamped. This should be avoided, these are not easy to repair, and they gradually get worse until they finally fall to pieces and fall out, they usually break where the stitching is, and become completeley detached, and nobody bothers to properly repair or restore anything nowadays.
  3. The 1914 Bar is for the 1870 Iron Cross, the 1939 Bar is for the 1914 Iron Cross. Note the difference between the 1914 and the 1939 ribbons, latter is red/white/black. Sorry to hear about your father. 1870 Iron Cross with Bar 1914 and Jubilee oakleaf 1914 Iron Cross with Bar 1939 1939 Bar as worn (example: internet photo) Iron Cross 1939 on correct ribbons 2 examples of E.K.I 1914, first example has a maker's mark on the pin, S.W., Sy & Wagner, Silver second piece, alloy with silver content, has no maker' mark and a rather unusua
  4. As I see, the mark is KO, which quite standard and these were made on order of the Königliche Ordenskanzlei Berlin, the institution responsable for the administration of all awards of orders and decorations in Prussia. There was a vast range of marks on iron crosses, but many had no maker's mark. The iron cross was a Prussian decoration, and not "German". I see you also have the original cardboard outer package, which is even more valuable - such sets now rarely turn up. In the background you have a 1939 cross, over which is a 1914 ribbon, with a bar - this is worn with the 1914 cross, not
  5. This is a personalised inscription, rare to find, and even rarer with so much detail. The recipient has had this engraved: Hauptmann der Reserve Ernst Weichmann, Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 52, Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 208 - M.G.-Offizier beim Regiments-Stab 1914 Belgien, Sempst(?), Mecheln, Antwerpen, Yser, Langemarck 1915 Russland Bulgarien Jaroslav Rawa Rusla Pinsk 1917 Chémin des Dames 5.V.1917 - März 1920 1915 - 1920 Frankreich Verdun, Noyon-Roye Somme Orléans, Montoire, Cholet, Chateauroux in Französ. Gefangenschaft So, as can be seen, he was fi
  6. Belt buckle, often stated as "Strafbataillon", here with maker's mark (internet photos) There are not many photos of such personnel to be found
  7. Paris, occupation troops Paris, Place de la Concorde, Wachablösung Kommandantur, Hôtel Meurice Le Touquet, some remains of the coastal defences. Photo: La Voix du Nord An interesting history of Le Touquet as an important fighter base from Summer 1940 can be read under follwing link (French text), an aerodrome still existing, nearest railway station, Étaple. A very well detailed history, Göring visited there (stayed hôtel Royal Picardy), Galland, Theodor Osterkamp, were also based there: https://www.anciens-aerodromes.com/?p=2140
  8. Beriebskampfgruppen, Plebejer, Proletarier and bandits of the Partei The Kampfgruppen were actively involved in building the wall
  9. That's correct. The 13. August (1961) was the day the wall went up... Ulbricht: "Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzItcv0akA0
  10. These units are most likely Kasernierte Volkspolizei, these helmets were later worn by the DDR fire brigades, not by the NVA.
  11. Friedrich Wilhelm, Kurfürst von Brandenburg, 1620-1688, laid the foundations of a strong Brandenburg Friedrich I., König von Preußen, 1657-1713 Founder of the Prussian State, 1701 Friedrich Wilhelm I., 1688-1740 Friedrich II., 1712-1786 Friedrich Wilhelm II., 1744-1797 Friedrich Wilhelm III., 1797-1840 Friedrich Wilhelm IV., 1840-1861 Kaiser Wilhelm I., 1861-1888 Kaiser Friedrich, 1831-1888 Kaiser Wilhelm II., 1888-1918
  12. I got some scans sent by a colleague, when I get these sorted, I will post them.
  13. Heldengedenktag, 21. March 1943
  14. Triumph des Willens, the monumental film documentation by Leni Riefenstahl, Nürnberg, 4.-10. September 1934
  15. Various shades of dark green were used on Wehrmacht uniforms. The earlier uniforms had a collar, shoulder pieces and cap band of a much lighter greygreen, "resedagrün", which was just a few shades more than the surrounding fieldgrey background, this had been originally introduced in September 1915, and continued through the Weimar Republik after 1919 till after 1930. A new uniform for the Wehrmacht was introduced in 1935/36 with a dark green collar etc., the dark green varied from moosgrün to tannengrün. After 1940 the green collar was replaced by all fieldgrey untill the end of the war. I a
  16. They are dark green, but a much more subdued green, could be mistaken for mid charcoal, but this was based on the original Wehrmacht uniform, in the DDR there was no quality, hardly any wool, and the colour dyes were not as good as in the old days. The DDR had no access to raw materials outside of the East Block, so they had to either get from the big brother further east, and the DDR was last in the line, or to syntheticly manufacture for their own needs. Official term was "steingrau" for the collars, cap bands and edgings of collar patches etc.
  17. Some names were recently added to the North Irish Horse War Memorial, these soldiers had been previously missing.
  18. I have owned several of these uniforms, and I saw them every time I was in Berlin in the years between 1972 and 1975. The collar and the cap band are a subdued dark green. The caps remained unchanged till 3. October 1990. In NVA jargon the colour was officially "steingrau", but in fact a toned down green. Black was never a traditional colour on field grey uniforms. The uniforms of the NVA were based on the previous Wehrmacht uniforms, and a new uniform in 1956 was recommended by leading Soviet generals of the occupation forces, when the NVA was raised in that year. Comparison,
  19. Uniforms of this category never had a black collar, if anything, dark green. Here, an early example, as worn till around 1972.
  20. Uniforms were normally "abgerissen" with penal units, i.e., no collar Litzen and no shoulder pieces, as previously mentioned. What is a "blauer Schein", similiar to an "Extra-Wurst"?
  21. A7V Kampfwagen. From "Der Weltkrieg im Bild", compiled by Georg Soldan, 1928 and further photos: "Mephisto" and crew, 1918 Photo likely from Villers-Bretonneux, 1918 Erhardt E-V/4 Straßen-Panzerwagen
  22. Wilhelm Keitel, Generalfeldmarschall, 1882 - 1946 Alfred Jodl, Generaloberst, 1890 - 1946 Eduard Dietl, Generaloberst, 1890 - 1944 Ernst Udet, Generaloberst, 1896 -1941 Alexander Löhr, Generaloberst, 1885 - 1947 Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Generaloberst, 1895 - 1945 Hans Jeschonnek, Generalfeldmarschall, 1899 - 1943 Martin Fiebig, Generaloberst, 1899 - 1947
  23. I wonder where all the parts come from, I suppose some of them are ground-dug.
  24. Uniform and parts, Major der Reserve Bohnenberger, Husaren-Regiment 15 still in possession of his family. 2 Säbeltaschen, rather faded, in the centre, significance of this piece unknown, certainly not part of the official uniform or equipment, a private addition. Busby, the Feldzeichen is missing, the cap lines are not correctly attached! The chinscales should be to the front!
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