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  1. WW2 British North West Frontier Target Harmonisation Poster WW2 produced and used to practice coordinating the firing of members of a section to a specific targets.Very rare as few of these remain.Printed by J.Weiner Ltd London.From a War Office design and Crown Copyrighted.These details are to bottom left corner,printed on bottom right corner is 'North West Frontier Fig 3'. Fold lines throughout and some tears.Very rare.Size 60 inches x 24 inches.
  2. Finally found them Tommy, it's true you never know what you might find hidden away in the Bunker have just added them to the on-line shop so will post them here too. WW2 British Middle East Target Harmonisation Poster WW2 produced and used to practice coordinating the firing of members of a section to a specific targets.Very rare as few of these remain.Printed by J.Weiner Ltd London.From a War Office design and Crown Copyrighted.These details are to bottom left corner,printed on bottom right corner is 'Middle East Fig 3'. Fold lines throughout and some tears.Very rare.
  3. This thread is getting political and as such according to the forum rules is now closed.
  4. I agree the Soviets were as bad as the Nazis, thankfully the democracies won. As for the Russians, their still up to their old tricks, thankfully not to the same extent as before, all innocent victims must be remembered.
  5. I've not be tempted by anything at the cinemas recently, they just don't make classics anymore, I strongly believe the best films were made in the 70's. Take just one year for example 1977 they made Cross of Iron, Star Wars, A bridge too far, The Spy who loved me, Airport 77, Close encounters of the third kind, MacArthur, Saturday Night fever, Smokey and the bandit, Capricorn One, Stroszek, Are you being served the movie, Sweeney the movie, Abba the movie, Zoltan the hound of Dracula, plus loads more. Maybe I'm just being nostalgic but I would not know what to pick if they were being shown today, all with great actors too, today we have nothing, but I do miss the hot dogs
  6. Thanks Fritz, I also have a couple of very old books about Napoleon, possibly from the Napoleonic period or just after, I will need to try to find them and photograph these too. In the meantime here is a nice medal we have in stock at the moment, very hard to find with the original ribbon. French St Helena Medal, first French campaign medal established in 1857 to honour surviving veterans of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815
  7. Here is a painting by Lecomte du Nouÿ This painting refers to an event that occurred at the beginning of Bonaparte's career, when he was still a young captain. He was in charge of conveying powder intended for soldiers of the Army of Italy, in the middle of the federalist insurrection of the South. On the 28th of July, 1793, he went down to Beaucaire to the house of M. Renaudet, a chemist, and in the evening he dined in an inn with four merchants who had come for the fair. It was after this meal that he wrote a dialogue entitled Le Souper de Beaucaire, in which he made a profession of republican faith, trying to convince his interlocutors of the necessity of the Revolution. The painting is like a luminist canvas highlighting the young officer facing his detractors. The light seems to emanate from him, he is already almost the god that he will become later and seems to really carry the truth in him. But this vision of the artist contrasts with the domestic decor of the inn: the fireplace, the table and the reliefs of the meal. The composition is inspired by works by Rembrandt such as The Pilgrims of Emmaus, the Louvre. It is especially interesting to consider the dates of the composition. Count Noüy began his painting at the end of the Second Empire in 1869. The events of 1870 and the fall of Napoleon III forced him to abandon it. It was not completed until 1894. Why so late? In fact, the beginnings of the Third Republic turned to the advantage of the royalists, and, without the clumsiness of the Count de Chambord, it is probable that the monarchy would have been restored. To paint a Napoleonic work in these circumstances was therefore very delicate, and it was only when the Republic was definitively established, and even after the episode of General Boulanger, that the painter completed his painting.The vindictive spirit, maintained by the memory lost provinces (Alsace and Lorraine), then raised a nationalist fever that revived the memory of the Empire, and many artists produced Napoleonic subjects. But the subject of Lecomte du Noüy was not trivial: the painter did not represent an event in the life of Napoleon, the First Consul or the victorious general in Italy and Egypt. It was indeed the young Bonaparte Jacobin, close to Augustin Robespierre, the brother of the Incorruptible, which Lecomte du Noüy put on the stage. The picture could therefore only appear in the strictly radical context of the last decade of the nineteenth century.
  8. Here is my bust of Napoleon, it's quite large at 13 and half inches high. I've had it for years and just noticed when I photographed it there, that it is signed to the reverse Lecomte 82. On further research this is the artist. It's amazing what you can find out with a little research I was totally unaware of all of this. Late 19th Century French signed bronze bust study of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Bronze bust study depicting the Emperor in his role as Commander General of the French armies ,shown wearing his bicorne hat with decoration and a high-collared military coat. The study inscribed and signed to the rear "Lecomte 82" (1882) and mounted on a green Verde antico marble base with a moulded edge. Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ (10 June 1842 in Paris – 19 February 1923 in Paris) was an Orientalist French painter and sculptor. He was strongly influenced by the works and teachings of Charles Gleyre and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Lecomte du Nouÿ found inspiration for his art through extensive travels to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Italy. The thematic content of Lecomte du Nouÿ’s work was mainly figural, but also spanned over a vast range of imagery throughout his career, including classical, historical and religious.Lecomte du Nouÿ is known for remaining faithful to his detailed, realistic style throughout the extent of his career, despite the onset of the Impressionist, Fauvist and Constructivist artistic movements during his lifetime. His work is said to have contributed significantly to the establishment of an iconic repertoire representing the Orient in the nineteenth century. A Parisian street was named after him in 1932. Jean-Jules-Antoine was born on 10 June 1842 in Paris. Originally of a Piedmontese origin, his family had been settled in France since the fourteenth century and by the time of his birth had reached the status of nobility. Lecomte du Nouÿ showed a strong attachment to visual art from a young age and was reported to have painted portraits of his father and uncle by the age of 6. In 1861, at 19 years of age, the artistic talents of young Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ prompted him to become a pupil at the atelier of Swiss artist, Charles Gleyre. Under Gleyre’s guidance Jean-Jules-Antoine learned the significance of individualistic style and gained the foundations of creative visual presentation. Later, Lecomte du Nouy further perfected his knowledge of the artistic form under the mentorship of Jean-Léon Gérôme, who was a renowned painter of the Academicism movement. It was at this time that Jean-Jules-Antoine learned the precision required to depict la belle nature—a style of illustration that aims to create the most beautiful representations of the natural form. This later became one of the main techniques employed in Lecomte du Nouÿ’s signature artwork. In 1865, Jean-Jules-Antoine accompanied fellow artist, Félix Auguste Clément, on his travels to Cairo, Egypt. It was after this voyage that the young Lecompte du Nouy sought to portray the opulence of the Orient. In later years, Jean continued his travels, visiting countries like Italy and Greece. Lecompte du Nouy found inspiration in all social, historical and literary facets of foreign culture. The Orientalist style is largely characterized by its content, but also by its subdued realism and precision allotted towards depicting the human form. The latter is a prominent characteristic of the 19th century methods upheld by the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Jean-Jules-Antoine was a prominent figure within the sphere of academic art and thereby would adhere to a rule-based artistic style of well-developed skill and formal composition. The artistic composition of Lecomte du Nouy’s paintings was often complemented by the use of half-light, which added certain dramatic and melancholic qualities to his work. To this day some, like Professor Alan Braddock, consider Jean-Jules-Antoine to have been decidedly modern for his time, because his work directly and indirectly broached some of the key issues of his day, albeit from a decidedly conservative perspective: colonialism, international trade, gender, religion, and history. Jean-Jules-Antoine spent most of the later years of his life in Romania. There he painted primarily the royal family and their subjects. However, he returned to Paris right before the onset of his death, which occurred on 19 February 1923.
  9. Now you mention it, the spike does seem to have a different patina to it, than the rest of the helmet.
  10. Fifteen years ago! yes that was the last time I went to the cinema too, and it was also to see Down Fall, it does seem like yesterday.
  11. RIP Bruno Ganz 22 March 1941 – 16 February 2019 Bruno Ganz was a Swiss actor whose career in German-language film and television productions lasted for more than fifty years. He was known for his collaborations with the directors Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wim Wenders, earning widespread recognition with his roles as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend(1977), Jonathan Harker in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Damiel the Angel in Wings of Desire (1987). Ganz received international acclaim for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated film Downfall (2004), a scene from which became a popular internet meme. He also had roles in several English-language films, including The Boys from Brazil (1978), Strapless (1989), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Reader (2008), Unknown (2011) and Remember (2015). On stage, Ganz portrayed Dr. Heinrich Faust in Peter Stein's staging of Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two in 2000. From 1996 until his death in 2019, Ganz held the Republic of Austria's Iffland-Ring, which passes from actor to actor — each bequeathing the ring to the next holder, judging that actor to be the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre". Ganz was also honored with the Order of Merit of Germany and was made a knight of the French Légion d'honneur.
  12. General Oberst Heinz Guderian of the Panzerwaffe 1888-1954
  13. Time Left: 1 month and 15 hours

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    looking to buy an original text book example of a world war two British paratroopers beret, dated 1944 or before.



  14. I'll try to find them Tommy when I get a spare moment
  15. Nice stamps guys, I see you have the Heydrich stamp Fritz, this has always been one of my favourite Third Reich stamps, issued by the Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia the Czech part of the former Czechoslovakia. The stamp was issued on the 28th May 1943 to mark the first anniversary of the attack on Reinhard Heydrich. The stamp features Heydrich's Death mask and the currency on the stamp is not actually in Marks and Pfennigs but in the Protectorate's own currency the Koruna or Crown. Interesting to note on the stamps that Hitler did not appear on any stamps until 1937 whilst Hindenburg was on the stamps until 1941 and was still valid up to 1945. Here's a close up of the Heydrich stamp.
  16. Time Left: 26 days and 17 hours

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    Type W246 used on surface ships and U-Boats. 8 day movement. Bakelite mounting with opening glass door face. In working order, key is present. The eagle and swastika marking has been erased beneath the winding mechanism on the clock face. Maker J.UNGHANS.


  17. It looks like the doppelgänger conspiracy has just been disproved. New Scientist 22 January 2019 By Rowan Hooper Exclusive: DNA solves Rudolf Hess doppelgänger conspiracy theory Adolf Hitler's deputy flew to Scotland in 1941 and was imprisoned for the rest of his life. But was the man in Spandau really Rudolf Hess? Now a DNA test has revealed the truth It is one of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of the second world war. In May 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess, flew solo from Germany to Scotland in an apparent attempt to broker a peace deal between Britain and Germany. Hess’s plan failed, and he was arrested in the UK. He was eventually tried at the military tribunals in Nuremberg and incarcerated in Spandau prison in Berlin, where he died in 1987. But from the start, there were doubts over whether the prisoner designated “Spandau #7” really was Hess. The wartime president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the leading subscribers to the theory that the man in Spandau was an imposter, an idea perpetuated by a British doctor who worked at Spandau, W. Hugh Thomas. The UK government commissioned four investigations into the claims, but the “doppelgänger conspiracy” has persisted for 70 years. Had the real Rudolf Hess escaped justice and settled abroad? When the German government cremated Hess’s remains in 2011, it was thought the last chance to pursue DNA analysis of the body had been lost. Now the mystery has finally been solved by a piece of DNA detective work by a retired military doctor from the US Army and forensic scientists from Austria. They conclude that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 was indeed the Nazi criminal Rudolf Hess. The front and back of the blood sample, labelled “Spandau #7 PATHOLOGY SVC HEIDELBERG MEDDAC 1139” Hess has continued to generate historical interest. He was one of Hitler’s close friends and a leading Nazi politician, and then there’s the extraordinary manner of his attempted peace deal with the UK. After his death, his grave in the town of Wunsiedel became a Neo-Nazi rallying site, which in 2011 led the German authorities to exhume and cremate Hess’s body, scatter the ashes at sea, and destroy the grave. But not all of Hess’s DNA had been destroyed. During his incarceration in Spandau, Hess was monitored and cared for as was any other prisoner. Spandau was run by officials from the UK, France, the United States and the Soviet Union, who rotated duties each month. In 1982, a blood sample was taken from Hess by a US army doctor, Phillip Pittman, as part of a routine health check. A pathologist, Rick Wahl, mounted some of the blood on a microscope slide to perform a cell count. The slide was labelled “Spandau #7” and hermetically sealed, and kept by Wahl for teaching purposes at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. In the mid-1990s, another US military doctor, Sherman McCall, was resident at the army hospital when he heard about the blood sample. “I first became aware of the existence of the Hess blood smear from a chance remark during my pathology residency at Walter Reed,” McCall told New Scientist. “I only became aware of the historical controversy a few years later.” McCall, who is trained in molecular pathology, immediately realised the slide’s potential for solving the Hess controversy. “Making it happen,” he says, “was another matter entirely.” McCall contacted Jan Cemper-Kiesslich, a molecular biologist in the DNA Unit at the department of legal medicine, University of Salzburg, Austria, and told him about the slide and the dried blood. Working under standard forensic DNA protocols, Cemper-Kiesslich’s team extracted DNA from the dried blood. Now they had to find a living male relative of Rudolf Hess to make a comparison. They got in touch with David Irving, a discredited British historian who has denied the Holocaust took place. Irving provided the phone number of Hess’s son, Wolf Rüdiger Hess. “In the event, this number was disconnected,” says McCall. “Unbeknownst to us, he had recently died.” Rudolf Hess photographed inside Spandau Prison Tracking down living Hess relatives took yet more time. “The family is very private,” says McCall. “The name is also rather common in Germany, so finding them was difficult.” But in the end, they managed it, and obtained DNA samples from a living male relative. The forensic DNA analysis centred on the Y chromosome, which is inherited only down the male line, and on a range of genetic markers across other parts of the genome. The male relative and another member of the Hess family have seen and approved of the publication of the DNA results, but do not want to take part in any further discussion of the findings. “It is already a matter of public record that Hess’s wife, Ilse, did not believe this story,” says McCall – she didn’t believe Spandau #7 was an imposter. When she met the British governor of Spandau on a visit, she joked: “How is the doppelgänger today?” Statistical analysis of the results suggests a 99.99 per cent likelihood that the blood sample on the slide comes from a close family member of the living relative of Hess, “strongly supporting the hypothesis”, Cemper-Kiesslich’s team report, “that prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ indeed was Rudolf Hess, the Deputy Führer of the Third Reich”. Citing the privacy of the Hess family, Cemper-Kiesslich declined to comment on their response to the results. We don’t know how the Hess family feels about the closure of the final chapter on the story of their infamous relative. “The conspiracy theory claiming that prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ was an impostor is extremely unlikely and therefore disproved,” the scientists write. In the paper, published in Forensic Science International Genetics, the authors go on to note: “Due to the lucky event of the presence of a biological trace sample originating from prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ the authors got the unique chance to shed new light on one of the most persistent historical memes of World War II history.” An assessment of the Hess DNA results is made more difficult by the ethical issues concerning his relatives, says Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester, UK, who led the forensic examination of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III. The paper omits DNA details of Hess’s relative to prevent him being identified, but on the face of it, she says, it appears that the scientists have disproved the conspiracy theory. “They’ve got a perfect match with the Y chromosome and a living male Hess relative,” King says. “If this person was a doppelgänger, you wouldn’t get that match, so from that point of view it’s a good sign.” And Walther Parson, a forensic molecular biologist at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, says: “The manuscript underwent review by two anonymous reviewers. I have no reason to assume that the data and science are not sound. I know the scientists are great.”
  18. What I meant was the photo is actually from the film, it's not a period photo but a still from the movie, if you look in these screen shots you can see the same barbed wire posts, the Germans wearing gas masks, also in the last photo you can see what look like tank traps,although I think just posts for the barbed wire at the top of the photo, same ones but from a slightly different angle.
  19. Just found the answer, it's from the film War Horse, very realistic though, and why there are no blood and guts from a bombardment or clutching of throats from a gas attack.
  20. Time Left: 14 days and 19 hours

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    A boxed example of the very rare Silver Spanish Cross without swords attributed to Rudolf Wachtler & Lange complete with LDO box. This rare award without swords was awarded to non combatants and is much rarer than the version with swords. Only 327 were awarded. V.G.C.


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  21. Yes this is a scarce badge made in enamel with very few known to exist, unfortunately the one in the auction is a fake with the usual tell tale coffin type pin, I believe these fakes were made in Florida, here is an original.
  22. Hi Buster, these are postwar busts but still nice items as long as you did not pay too much for it.
  23. Slaughter House 5 is a very good film, I used to have it on Betamax back in the 1980's, it's on my to do list, to pick it back up again on DVD. It was written by Kurt Vonnegut who was actually captured during the Battle of the Bulge and taken to Dresden where he survived the bombing. These events were all true and based on Vonnegut's own life. The above clips from memory are most of the WW2 scenes in the film, with the story involving time travel, which I think was more to do with his post traumatic stress. It is a very good, if not strange film. Here is a better quality clip of the march into Dresden.
  24. That's a mad photo, and as you say the gasmasks don't seem to work, must have been terrifying for them.
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