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My turn. I have always been interested in History…My family also has a military Back ground. Four great uncles in ww1. My dad was a rezerbest .His oldest brother was in w11 and his other brother had over 30 years in army. Started out in ww2 then Korea and on.

Favourite studies were war of 1812 AND American civil war. Favourite Generals were

Isaac Brock and U.S Grant. Back around 1990 I went to Gun show with a friend. He collected German stuff. After that I was hooked. Back in those days collecting German

Medals here were hard. That stuff was frowned on. Only a few shows a year. No info

And no books. I really come from the wastelands when dealing with German medals.

Around 2000 the same guy introduced me to the computer. Old guys like me did not play with computers, my kids did. Anyways, it was a dream for me. I now could talk to other collectors and buy on line. A real dream. I learned to type and do photo essays.

A few years back I got into wound badges as the main study. Might go back to medal

Bars.Anyways…. Not bad for a old guy from the wastelands


info ISAAC Brock http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Brock#Early_life

U.s Grant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant

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The DDR did not use surplus Wehrmacht items. The DDR was founded on 3.October 1949 on order of the Soviets. The DDR Streitkräfte - Nationale Volksarmee  (no Wehrmacht) was raised in 1956 on order of t

And Kenny, why are my postings stuck at '47' ? I should be at least a Grossfeldmarshall mit swords diamonds and kitchen sink by now ?

Yeah greg i think i will start off with post ww2 helemets just as a starting point and spend more as i go along

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Too much slagging of the DDR on here. They are now faking the high end awards from the DDR as well as the parade swords. The easiest way to tell a real sword from a fake one is that the fakes have a coloured DDR emblem on the hilt and the real ones don't. The real swords were handed out before the parade and then had to handed in after the parade,so no one had a sword to themselves.When you look at the Jingling Johnnies as well these fetch a very high price as well as some of the state flags and other pieces. The low end stuff is crap,but then again has anyone seen the UN medals??

The guys on here are correct though,buy quality in whatever field you decide to collect. I've seen a lot of Graeme's stuff and British medals have always fascinated me,maybe because of my fathers and brothers medals,and the fact that with a bit of research you can get to the man behind the bits of tin. Most people when you tell them what you collect think you are nuts anyway,so don't care what they think of you as long as you enjoy it. 

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On 24/07/2008 at 10:50, Greg said:

I was under the impression the DDR was using surplus WWII Wehrmacht helmets through till the mid-50s when they got some Russian helmets and later went to their own style in the 60s or 70s. Support troops (engineer, fire brigade, etc) certainly were using Wehrmacht items or helmets made of WWII Wehrmacht machinery through the 50s.


The difference between a WWII Wehrmacht and late 1940s DDR helmet should be near next to nothing correct?

The DDR did not use surplus Wehrmacht items. The DDR was founded on 3.October 1949 on order of the Soviets. The DDR Streitkräfte -
Nationale Volksarmee  (no Wehrmacht) was raised in 1956 on order of the Soviets. It's predecessor had been the "Kasernierte Volkspolizei", which was under the direction of the Soviets and later under the Innenministerium der DDR.  They received completely new uniforms, based on the "recommendations" of Soviet Generals, which had a slight similarity to the uniforms of the Wehrmacht, in order to keep a certain tradition of appearance. The helmet used was based on the original design of 1944, which had never been introduced. The new helmets were manufactured only by V.E.B. Hüttenwerke in Thale/Harz.



NVA exercising at Bad Düben / Mulde


The last uniform changes were in 1985-87, an open collar with shirt and tie, usually a silvergrey shirt, for special occasions, white. The old dark green closed collar had been abolished around 1972/73. In the photo, soldiers of the Wachregiment Friedrich Engels.

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