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  1. The Episode with Afghanistan, 1832 Das Trauerspiel von Afghanistan by Theodor Fontane Der Schnee leis stäubend vom Himmel fällt, Ein Reiter vor Dschellalabad hält, „Wer da!“ – „„Ein britischer Reitersmann, Bringe Botschaft aus Afghanistan.““ 5 Afghanistan! er sprach es so matt; Es umdrängt den Reiter die halbe Stadt, Sir Robert Sale, der Commandant, Hebt ihn vom Rosse mit eigener Hand. Sie führen in’s steinerne Wachthaus ihn, 10 Sie setzen ihn nieder an den Kamin, Wie wärmt ihn das Feuer, wie labt ihn das Licht, Er athmet hoch auf
  2. Chémin des Dames, March-April 1918 Eastern Front
  3. Just arrived yesterday, took ages with the post... Grip ring for a 2. pattern Luftwaffe dagger, iron, hard to find, as a replacement for a somewhat corroded piece. Kaiserliche Marine, officer uniform button, 25mm, marked "Feuervergoldet" Bavaria, a matching (left and right) pair of shoulder buttons, 17mm for the fieldgrey uniform, (hollow backed) tombak bronze, other ranks' issue Other ranks' cap cockades, Baden and Bavaria for the private purchase peaked or peakless cap
  4. Complete list of Husaren - Regiments of the Prussian Army added
  5. To Brexit or not to Brexit - Europe holds it's breath... What would the Scots say, who are as a majority voted against Brexit? In this exhibition (Ostpreußisches Landesmuseum Lüneburg) it can be seen that many Scots emigrated due to the situation in the British Isles - partly religious motivation, partly political (particularly the failed Jacobite Rebellion). Photo shows a Münzdeckelhumpen, the engraving on the lid reveals that a Scot, John Simpson (1695-1774) was Bürgermeister of Memel in his day and one of the wealthiest men in the town, his grandson Archibald MacLean (1772-1860) beqeathed
  6. First early attempts to protect against gas attack, Sächsisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 106, the 'R' is barely visible above the number Landsturm. Unusual that they have been issued with the latest fieldgrey uniforms, they have unusual footwear and wear the traditional Tschako of the Landsturm, here with field covers. They also have the proper cartridge pouches and other equipment and are carrying the Gew.88. The leader is here a Vize-Feldwebel with officer's sidearm and the regulation brown shoes and leather gaiters for officers. He is also wearing the spiked helmet rather
  7. "Einschlagmappe", folders such as this, a bit larger than Din-A4 for a quantity of documents, groups of papers, etc. larger sizes are also available, made bei Leitz or Falken, I'm sure they are obtainable in the UK, etc.
  8. Without cutting up a repro tunic, you could make a collar out of fieldgrey or darkgreen cloth, some repro traders offer rolls of cloth by the meter or less. The gasmask does look a little unreal, there are still plenty of masks around.
  9. The gold finish looks too nice to be wholesome, the iron backing plate has a gun-blued finish, it would be more a colourless dark irongrey tone, and the rust just does not look convincing, all just perfect. Usually most badges were of zink, the finish just does not last on these, as seen on many Bronze class examples still surviving. The Gold claps were often awarded personally by Hitler, this was a special privelege to the recipient, as it was a seldom awarded decoration and highly regarded. Here is one photo of Himmler with recipients of the Nahkampfspange in Gold
  10. "Im Namen des Führers tritt das Hohe Gericht zusammen und verkündet folgendes Urteil..." Dr. Roland Freisler, vom Rechtsanwalt zum Blutrichter Ein von Dr. Freisler abgelehnter Gnadengesuch für den Verurteilten Walerjan Wrobel, 1943
  11. Das in Bielefeld stationierte 3. Bataillon des Infanterieregiments 18 wurde am 25. August 1939 zur Sicherung des Westwalls in die Saarpfalz verlegt; Stadtarchiv Bielefeld, Bestand 300,11/Kriegschronik der Stadt, Nr. 1: Kriegschronik 1939-1940, Teil 1 Bielefeld: Am Klosterplatz sammelten sich Kompanien eines Landesschützenbataillons; Stadtarchiv Bielefeld, Bestand 400,4/Fotoalben, Nr. 77: Fotoalbum des Hauptmanns Wilhelm Kurzhahn über das Landesschützen-Bataillon XXIV/VI, 1939-1943 Der gebürtige Bielefelder Fritz Dingerdissen fiel als Panzerkommandant am 1. September 1939 im
  12. Schloß Monbijou, built 1703 by Eosander von Göthe and extended by two additional wings by Knobelsdorff in 1740. Situated near to the Oranienburger Straße and facing the Museumsinsel. This was from 1877 till 1945 the Hohenzollern-Museum in Berlin. It was badly damaged by the end of the war, and the ruins were demolished and cleared away on order of the SED Magistrat in 1959. All that remains today is the Monbijou Park. In the background to the right is the Sophienkirche. The Gateway around 1890 A photo from 1940 The Prussian Crown Juwels, 1939 Interior
  13. Spitfire - on the ring is a stamp, as very often, here - KO - about half of the marked originals have this stamp, others have no stamp, there is a large range of manufacturers each with their initials stamped, crosses of certain manfacturers will cost more, Godet, Wilm, Wagner, etc., all quality marks. KO is probably from the Berliner Münze, a direct order from the Crown. The ribbon is also original, which is an important detail when buying a decoration. One source states KO as Klein & Quenzer, Idar-Oberstein, who also later produced 1939 crosses, other souces state KO as (contract manuf
  14. Leather marching boots would not last long without nails
  15. From the Museum's archive - estate of Herbert Wehrend from Bad Oldesloe, born 1. July 1913 Served with 2.Batterie, Artillerie-Regiment 48 in Schwerin. 1.11.1959 - 1.10.1936 His papers for SA-Wehrkampfabzeichen complete with a small card as Besitz-Zeugnis and the slide cover made of brown waxcloth, best condition. With Ausweis-Uniform-Photo in S.A. uniform
  16. You should have bought the Mauser K.98 at the time, good ones have become very expensive, as for space, simply place it upright in the corner, leaning against the wall, for instance, standing, it doesn't take up too much space.
  17. Originally black and white photos, they have been recently colourised by someone, but well done. I see the photos have since disappeared, but I hope they have at least been seen by a few people. 28.11.20
  18. The Battle of the Lys. Three British prisoners captured in Armentieres, 9-18 April 1918. (IWM photo)
  19. A Mark V Male tank, No 09038, loaded with wooden bridging material and a ‘Crib’, a special contrivance for crossing trenches, stranded in a trench in the Hindenburg Line at Belley Wood near Cologne Farm, in the Bellicourt section of the Hindenburg Defences, Aisne, Picardie on October 4th. 1918. Same tank ended up in Russia, but was captured by the Bolschewiks from the Whites. Paschendael. A British dressing station behind the lines. Battle of Broodseinde. Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps dressing prisoners' wounds, near Wieltje, November 1917. (IWM photo) Private Ceci
  20. Fahnjunker-Unteroffizier Carl Eduard von Vahl. Fahnenträger des I. Bataillons des IR 42. Gefallen am 5. Oktober 1914 in Beuvraignes. Im ewigen Gedenken. (Gedenkstein in Stralsund)
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