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  1. Belt buckle, often stated as "Strafbataillon", here with maker's mark (internet photos) There are not many photos of such personnel to be found
  2. 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
  3. Beriebskampfgruppen, Plebejer, Proletarier and bandits of the Partei The Kampfgruppen were actively involved in building the wall
  4. 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
  5. These units are most likely Kasernierte Volkspolizei, these helmets were later worn by the DDR fire brigades, not by the NVA.
  6. 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, 1888+ Kaiser Wilhelm II., 1888-1918
  7. I got some scans sent by a colleague, when I get these sorted, I will post them.
  8. Heldengedenktag, 21. March 1943
  9. Triumph des Willens, the monumental film documentation by Leni Riefenstahl, Nürnberg, 4.-10. September 1934
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Some names were recently added to the North Irish Horse War Memorial, these soldiers had been previously missing.
  13. 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,
  14. Uniforms of this category never had a black collar, if anything, dark green. Here, an early example, as worn till around 1972.
  15. 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"?
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I wonder where all the parts come from, I suppose some of them are ground-dug.
  19. 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!
  20. Prisoners in Moskow, 1944
  21. 2. Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment 9, Demmin. Ulan in full marching dress, 1914 Named as Ulan Finck. The uniform was with white piping. The shoulder pieces with a red 9, yellow metal buttons and helmet fittings. A studio photo dating from 1910 (internet photos)
  22. x The officer corps of Husaren-Regiment Kaiser Franz Joseph von Österreich-Ungarn (Schleswig-Holsteinisches) Nr. 16 in Schleswig, 1908 (Photo: Österreichische Illustrierte Zeitung, Kaiser Festnummer 2. Dezember 1908)
  23. Ein Bildnis von 1965 der Herzogin Maria Margarethe zu Mecklenburg, geborene Prinzessin von Hohenzollern, gemalt von ihrem Ehemann Herzog Carl Gregor zu Mecklenburg. A 1965 portrait of Duchess Maria Margarethe of Mecklenburg, born Princess of Hohenzollern, painted by her husband Duke Carl Gregor of Mecklenburg. https://mecklenburg-strelitz.org/history/past-family/princess-maria-margarethe-of-hohenzollern/?fbclid=IwAR0FfCIqnbrih66BpITbRl9JJJRqj9ey6HR41OQvS-UoB7LTJwH03oYjcxY
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