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Here is a nice WW1 German Gas Mask and carrying tin. The mask is leather which replaced rubber in the summer of 1917. 

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Here is a nice WW1 M1909 German ammunition pouch used with the 98 Mauser rifle. These pouches held the rifle ammunition on stripper clips and could be pulled out when needed to reload. This one is dated 1916, there is also a stamp inside the pouch compartment. Although these are the pouches most are familiar with, due to wartime shortages, it was not uncommon to use older or captured ammunition pouches as well. 

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Here is another German ammunition pouch, this one dated 1917. There are no apparent ink stamps inside the pouch on this one. These pouches were designed to be worn with the standard issue belt which went through the two loops on the rear of the pouch. The "D" rings could be used to attach the the horsehair packs, bread bag straps, suspenders, etc. 

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This is a M1909 standard issue belt for German troops in WW1. This belt allows for the addition of a belt buckle to be added, which was dependent on the state in Germany where the troops were from. This particular belt is stamped with "I.R. 11" which I believe is for Infantry Regiment number 11. Also it is dated 1915. 

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Here is a WW1 M1915 German belt buckle, for Prussian troops. This is the buckle that would go with the belt listed above. These are later period types as early war ones were brass colored. I got this from a vendor some time ago, in which the buckles were still in the paper wraps. As stated before there were many types of buckles for the various German states and for various organizations. This type is for enlisted men and NCO's. 

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I've got an almost identical buckle, with all paintwork, no leather tab ever fitted, never worn, this I purchased in the late 60s in a Militaria shop in North London (Muswell Hill), most likely long gone - they were also specialists for AMERICANA, civil war, etc.

You can also see the two cartridge pouches I posted, slightly missmatched, different makers, one has been slightly blackened as per regulations from Sept.1914, introduced as from Jan. 1916, but hardly upheld, the blackening is only visible in traces rendering the brown just a shade darker, the natural brown was still predominant till the end of the war. They also have the early brass fittings.

I also have a similar belt (same tone of brown), maker's mark from Stockach/Württemberg, 1917, stamped to XII. Saxon Army Corps.

However, there is a topics column esp. for uniforms, belts and buckles on the forum, why not transfer to there? See front page.

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Here is a Pre-WW1 German manual that I got awhile back, it is from 1906. The manual is drill guide for infantry use. It has illustrations of formations, bugle calls, etc. I am sure this was used in the early stages of the war when both sides felt it would be over in a few weeks, however once realism set it, the pomp and circumstance became a little irrelevant. Interesting thing is that all sides thought more of less along the same lines in this manner. 

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What are the last pages here?  They are in Dutch or Flemish und undersigned with Léo XIII. (Pope) - Printed in Courtrai/Kortrijk, Belgium.

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Don't know Fritz, it came with the book. Just a two sided paper. Maybe a souvenir? Or memento from a religious event? 

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Probably collected in occupied Belgium by the owner of the other book.

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