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19 Wartime SOE and FFI Forged French Postal Stamps A collection of 19 wartime forgeries of French postal stamps the 16 bearing the head of Mercury in a 30 centimes denomination having been printed in London for the use of SOE and the 3 bearing the head of Petain in a 1.50 franc denomination having been printed in 1944 by the FFI. All are in very good unissued condition. There were two British forgeries bearing the image of Mercury. The 25 centimes green Mercury of 1938-42 is PWE No. H.156. 10,000 copies of which were delivered to the French Section of SOE on 12 October 1942 and the 30 centimes scarlet Mercury 1938-42 which we have here. British Intelligence realized their problem was unsecured communications. Since reliable communications were vital for effective resistance, they couldn’t stop communicating. What they needed was a fool proof way to tell friend from foe. The British chose the 1939 French Mercury stamp, changing it just enough so that those in the know would recognize it immediately while those uninformed would not become suspicious. Namely, more prominent highlights appeared on the left cheekbone, on the neck, over and around the left eye socket, as well as features of the chin and ear lobe. A letter franked with a British-made stamp was to be regarded as official instructions while letters with authentic French stamps would be realized as German traps. If it worked, the underground would be able to communicate effectively. The plan was one of the most closely-guarded secrets of the war. Only a handful of people – and only those who absolutely needed to know – realized the stamps were being dropped by parachute along with weapons and supplies. Because the resistance could never be sure when the scheme was uncovered, correspondence was to be destroyed immediately. Mint French spy stamps are scarce. 10,000 copies of the 1 franc 50 centimes red-brown Petain bareheaded 1941-43 stamp were delivered to the French Section on the 21 October 1942. They are identified as fakes by the reduced number of horizontal perforations.
1908 Pattern Haversack, Third Issue A good example of what I believe to be third issue of the British 1908 Pattern Haversack. Overall condition is very good with the exception of two holes to the webbing on the lower right front side. This shows well in the images. Inside of the flap carries the manufacture’s stamp, M.W & S and the date, but sadly only the 191 is clear, the last digit being indistinct. It may be a 5,6,2 or 8. All stitching if firm and the Haversack has been green blancoed at some time.
1914 Dated 1 Squadron RNAS Webley Automatic Holster A very rare example of a 1914 dated Holster for the British Webley .455 Automatic Pistol. Used by the Royal Navy, RNAS and RFC during WW1, this piece is clearly marked to number 1 Squadron RNAS, a famous fighter squadron which saw distinguished service on the Western Front during the war. The Holster is in very good overall condition with the leather remaining soft and free from damage. Of note are the rivets joining the fold over single leather piece construction favoured to avoid rotting of the stitching. Belt fitting loops have not been repositioned, which appears often to be the case with these holsters this example remaining in the original factory configuration with the forward belt loop stamped ?.C. Galley 1914. A fine Holster marked to a famous squadron.
1918 Dated British Military Pocket Compass An intriguing Pocket Compass by the Francis Mfg. Co. Contained in what appears to be a handmade mahogany case the Compass and case are both in very good working condition with some paint loss to the centre of the dial. The underneath of the case carries the War Department Arrow and “FRANCIS. MFG. Co No 4367 1918”. Whilst clearly made for the British military, the use of the abbreviation “MFG” strikes me as being American. A well preserved an attractive artefact from the great war.
1929 Dated Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Officer\'s Cap An early example of a walking out dress Cap to an officer in the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Although a little dusty with age the Cap is in overall very good condition with some loss to the stitching holding the sweatband in place whilst the smooth Melton wool body and felt hat band are completely free from moth or other damage. The cap badge is that of this line Infantry Regiment and bears the well known moto, Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense. The chinstrap is held in place by two brass general service buttons. Inside, the top grease guard has now discoursed making the hat maker’s details difficult to read but turning back the sweatband reveals an inspector’s stamp, the name of the owner J.D Stoten and a 1929 date.
1930s Condor Legion Used Flying Goggles Although closely resembling WW11 Luftwaffe flying goggles these are in fact a pair of scarce Spanish made Mira Goggles used extensively by the Condor Region and indeed by Russian aircrew fighting on opposite sides during the Spanish Civil War. Easily identified by the chain hinge joining the two lenses the frames are unpainted and cushioned by a single rubber face piece with the name “Mira” raised in the moulding. Overall condition is very good but with some dryness and cracking at the nose area. The strap, which clearly follows that of the Luftwaffe Goggles, retains a good degree of elasticity and the lenses and frames are without damage. For further reading refer to “Vintage Flying Helmets” by Mick Prodger, page 332.
1930\'s French Foreign Legion Sleeve Chevrons Rank chevrons and Ecusson of Caporal (Corporal). 3e Companie du 4e Regiment Etranger d’Infantry (3rd Company, 4th Regiment of Legion Infantry) dating from the 1930s. Diamond shaped sleeve patch in khaki cotton with rank insignia in green and the number 3, the reverse with 4 attachment hooks on a wool backing. Very good condition with two moth holes to the backing and small fragments of paper perhaps from display This actual chevron is pictured in Joe Lyndhurst’s book Military Collectibles page 128.
1935 Pattern Breast Eagle For The Panzer Wrap A very good example of what I believe to be the 1935 pattern eagle for the Panzer uniform, the Panzer Wrap. For wear by NCOs and enlisted men the eagle is machine woven in a heavy weave and set on a black rayon backing. Overall condition is very good and although not trimmed for wear as you would expect, stitch holes are evident around the borders of the rayon, suggesting this was taken of a uniform. On the back are two old adhesive strips, no doubt intended to hold the piece in place for stitching and also the remains of a paper label.
1938 Commemorative Sudetenland Medal A circular bronze tombak medal on a loop for suspension from its period original ribbon. The obverse with two raised male figures, the one on the right bearing the German flag in his left hand, with his right hand placed around the shoulders of the figure on the left, with broken chains around his right arm (symbolic of the liberation of the Sudeten German from Czechoslovak oppression. The reverse with the date “1. Oktober 1938” (One People, One Country, One Leader. Very good condition with some marking to the reverse and wear to the ribbon
1939 Dated NSFK Non Portable Award for Gliding A very good die struck non-portable NSFK award, measuring 99mm x 74mm in the form of a horizontal oval with Icarus encompassed by a raised border with Gothic script. Above Icarus sits the NSFK banner. Translation of the script reveals this award to be to Fliegerkorps Group 10 West Falen, for a Glider completion in 1939. Overall condition is very good with some tarnishing but with no damage or wear to the raised detail. An impressive and rather rare NSFK award
1940 Dated Heer Belt Buckle and Tab Now becoming increasingly difficult to find with the leather tab, this example is by Noelle & Hueck and double dated 1940. The buckle is steel with a smooth field and is in very good service used condition with most of the paint worn away from the smooth surface. There is good definition to the stampings which show little wear. Maker’s initials and date feature on the reverse The tab is also in very good condition, again with the maker’s stamp and 1940 date. All stitching is firm and intact and the leather supple.
1940 Dated RAF Pattern 25 Pistol Holster A very good example of the RAF Patt. '25 Holster, pistol, without the wooden base plug, and with a sleeve sewn on the rear to hold a cleaning rod. This particular Holster was intended to be used with a Pistol, revolver, No. 2, Mk. I. and has only two vertical hooks to attach it to the belt. This, together with the external cleaning rod sleeve, distinguishes it from the otherwise identical Patt. '37 model. (Credit Khaki Web) Overall condition is very good with no damage and with no signs of having been used. The internal Air Ministry stampings remain clear and show a 1939 contract date with the desirable manufacturing date of 1940
1941 Dated British Aertex Shirt. An excellent and perhaps unissued example of a 1941 dated Pullover Aetex Shirt for wear in tropical and warm climates. Completely free from damage or stains the Shirt has a four button opening, two pleated patch pockets and removable epaulettes. All original rubber buttons are in place. The Shirt measures 42” at the chest, it has a shoulder to cuff length of 22” with the length at the front 30”. Collar is about 14” but of course intended to be worn open.
1941 Dated Helmet Crash Royal Armoured Corps) A good example of the British HCRAC (Helmet Crash Royal Armoured Corps) Made of compressed paper and painted black the shell has a circular fibre plate added to the crown for extra protection. These were made from 1940 until early 1943 and was standard issue to tank crews. It was replaced by the Mk1 HSRAC (Mk1, Helmet, Steel, Royal Armoured Corps) in 1942. Overall condition is very good but the rubber padding inside the leather covered bump pad has now hardened and the removable side flaps are not present. The leather sweatband carries the original size label and a WD inspectors stamp dates the helmet to 1941 (P)
1941 Dated Indian Army Intelligence Corps Field Service Cap A scarce example of a 1941 dated Indian Army Intelligence Corps Field Service Cap in a good size 7 1/8. Constructed in a heavy wool cotton material the cap carries the Intelligence Corps badge on the left side with side flaps secured by two general service buttons. Inside, the cap is lined in cotton and carries the manufacture’s stamps with date and size. Overall condition is very good with a small amount of reinforcement to the stitching on the lower right edge. The British Indian Army Intelligence agency was set up in 1941 as part of the erstwhile British Indian Army to generate field intelligence for the army. A very good cap to a little known unit.
1942 Dated Luftwaffe Mess Hall Serving Platter An impressive Luftwaffe serving Platter by Felda Rhon, Stadtlengsfeld, dated 1942 and displaying a clear Luftwaffe property mark. Overall condition is very good with no chips or cracks and with a nice smooth glaze. Measuring 424 x 275 mm, the platter makes an ideal diorama display piece
1943 Dated battledress Blouse - Kings Royal Rifle Corps The last from the superb collection of Battledress I have listed is this 1943 dated Battledress blouse to a sergeant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). The blouse is Canadian made with all the insignia originally applied. To each sleeve there are sergeant stripes in the special red/black pattern specific to the KRRC along with Formation Signs for the 24th Infantry Brigade. The signs are an identical non-facing pair, this being the correct method of wear for the 24th Infantry Brigade during WWII as the formation's symbol is heraldic (in the same manner as 43rd Division's Wyvern). The blouse presents a peculiarity as the KRRC is not listed in the standard order of battle for the 24th Infantry Brigade. However, this apparent irregularity is probably explained by the fact that during the Italian campaign the KRRC was an independent unit which on occasion was part of the 6th Armoured Division amongst others, as was the 24th Infantry Brigade. I believe that at sometime during the campaign elements of the KRRC were no doubt detached from their motorised infantry role for the 6th Armoured Division and "lent" as a stopgap infantry reinforcement to the 24th Infantry Brigade within the same division. Such temporary attachments occurred often during the Italian Campaign and this is especially true for the 24th Infantry Brigade which suffered high casualties there. The blouse has been modified by having the collar opened and faced, a tolerated alteration for senior NCOs in the latter stages of the war. It is in general very good good condition but with white paint staining located throughout the blouse, these show well in the photos. Rather than having been later used as work jacket the paint is perhaps the result of inadvertent contact with a freshly painted surface. Despite the paint damage the blouse displays well and as an original wartime infantry badged battledress it is a rare item.
1943 Pattern Heer Breast eagle An unissued example of the 1943 version of the BeVo style Breast Eagle produced entirely in rayon, the eagle machine embroidered with pronounced detailing. Cut from a roll the outer edges of the green rayon backing have not been finished with pinking shears and have frayed slightly. Overall condition is very good.
1944 Dated British Military Snow Shoes A nicely matched 1944 dated pair of British military Snow Shoes in overall very good condition without damage but with some staining to the canvas shoe platforms. Adjustable webbing harness allows for one size to fit all boots. Despite a long hard search I could only find one picture of these in use, in this case during a mountain exercise by Australian troops.
1945 Dated Khaki Beret to an Officer in the Reconnaissance Corps. A scarce 1945 dated Khaki Beret to an officer in the Reconnaissance Corps. The Beret has an officer's unmarked silver Reconnaissance Corps badge affixed to it and I have absolutely no doubt this is original to the Beret. There is however somthing of an anomaly given the date of this Beret. In 1942 the Khaki Beret was introduced for wear by Motorised Infantry and the Reconnaissance Corps. However, in 1944 the Reconnaissance Corps switched to the Black Beret as in that year it became part of the Royal Armoured Corps. I can only assume that this officer was one of the early recruits to the Reconnaissance Corps and deliberately chose to continue wearing a Khaki Beret, despite the changeover, in order to mark him out as one of the "originals". It is well known that in a similar fashion Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Mayne did exactly this by continuing to wear the Beige Beret when the SAS officially switched to the Maroon Beret in 1944. Similarly, this may all that was available at the time. Made by Beret Industries Ltd in 1945 it has a light khaki lining, the colour of lining used instead of black on some issue Berets in 1945 and 1946 only. Overall condition is good with several minor moth nips and shows service wear, this suggesting active service in the last few months of the war since the Reconnaissance Corps was disbanded in 1946. It has also been personalised by the original owner by having been altered at the back in order to make it a better fit. A good service worn beret to a very sought after unit.
1986 British GS6 Helmet - Named to WALES! Certainly not scarce but a nice example of a 1986 dated British GS Mk6 Helmet. What makes it interesting of course is the name Wales written in marker on the camouflage cover. There is absolutely no provenance to suggest this was in fact Harry’s Helmet but the name was there when it was found at an antiques fair. My own feeling is that the blood group shown rules out the possibility as I believe Harry is A - , but I may be wrong. Prince Harry was deployed in Afghanistan during the winter of 2007 – 2008, the Mk6 was not replaced until 2009 Overall condition is very good with no damage and with both the helmet and cover retaining their labels. The Mk 6 is often mistakenly thought to be made out of Kevlar when in fact it is constructed of "Ballistic Nylon" - nylon fibre. An interesting curious.
19th Century North American Indian Leather Pouch A 19th century North American Indian Leather Pouch decorated with Trade Beads of red, green, white and blue and with leather tassels at the base and each side. The pouch is arranged for wear with a thong of twisted leather. Overall condition is very good with just three or four small holes in the buckskin. Trade Beads were prized by the North American Indians who traded for them for animal skins etc., with the American settlers.
2 Luftwaffe Flak Stickpins Two nicely detailed Luftwaffe Flak War Badge Stickpins, both in very good undamaged condition. Worn perhaps when civilian clothing was permitted
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2nd Pattern Turkistan Volunteers Arm Shield Although more frequently encountered than the 1st pattern Turkistan volunteers arm badge this 2nd Pattern Arm Shield to the same volunteers is still something of a rarity. BeVo construction on a green rayon background the Shield is unissued and in very good condition
3 Volume Set of Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe by Angolia & Schlicht. A complete three volume set of Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe by Angolia & Schlicht. Long out of print these books are in my view still the ultimate reference work on the subject for both collector and dealer. Profusely illustrated with high quality glossy paper and hard covers, they embrace every aspect of the Luftwaffe from Aircrew to Fallshirmjager and ground troops Representing a much better buy as set, each volume is in very good condition with light bumps to the corners. Volume 1. 1996 edition with 587 pages. Volume 2. 1st edition, 1997, 487 Pages. This is the most sought after volume which includes the Fallschirmjager. Volume 3. 1st Edition 1998, 592 pages.
4 POW Letters Including one Unissued from Stalag Luft 3 A collection of four WW11 Prisoner of war letters comprising: One unused but pre stamped Stalag Luft 3 German Postkarte in very good condition. Two used and completed German Postkarte sent by Private C Rattray 2758020 ( POW number 16776) of the Black Watch from Stalag 20B at Marienburg in Germany. Dated June 1944 with both German and British censor stamps. Completed in pencil and quite difficult to read but both in good condition. One British POW Letter Card, unused and in excellent condition still with it’s original paper wrapping sleeve which once held eight letter cards.
90th. Pz-Gren-Division Traditions Badge. Sardinia Shield Very rare to find an original example as I have here of the “Sardinia Shield” Traditions Badge worn by members of the 90th Panzergrenadier Division which was formed in 1943 on Sardinia. The 90th Panzer Grenadier Division was formed in Sardinia (an island in the Mediterranean) in June 1943. The semi-official cap badge was awarded to members of the 90th Panzer Grenadier Division who fought against allied tank advances. The division was transferred to Sicily in the autumn of 1943 and was deployed to all the major campaigns of Italy, including Cassino, Anzio, and the Battle of the Po River, until it was destroyed at Bologna in April 1945. Approximately 29mm in length the badge is in very good condition, free of damage and with the good clear definition to the features, typical of an original piece
A Beautifully Penned Collection of 68 Orginal Photographs to one German Soldier A quite exceptional collection of 68 original photographs all mounted with corners on card and charting the service history of one Rolf Specht from his enlistment in December 1940 through to March 1941 while undergoing training with a signals regiment. Possibly intended to be added to an album what makes the pages outstanding is the beautifully penned details added by Specht, clearly an accomplished Calligrapher, who has meticulously added the names of his colleagues along with locations and dates. Most photographs measure 63mm x 50mm, the first page with a signed photo card of Specht alongside a machine embroidered breast eagle in silver wire of the type worn on the waffenrock. Initial research shows that Specht was born in Bielefeld on 19/7/20 and killed in Clervaux Luxembourg on 15/1/45.He is buried at the Recogne German war cemetery a few miles north of Bastogne which contains the graves of 6,807 German soldiers who died during the Second World War. An interesting and truly beautiful collection.
A Bronze Grade Driver’s Proficiency Badge A Bronze Grade Driver’s Proficiency Badge A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze. Magnetic metal with metal support plate Measuring 40 mm in diameter the badge is in very good unissued condition.
A collection of 8 Lagergeld (Camp Money) notes A collection of 8 Lagergeld (Camp Money) notes in three different denominations comprising: 3, 10 Reichspfennig notes in unused condition, 2 with consecutive numbers 2, 10 Reichspfennig notes in good used condition 1, 1 Reichsmark note in poor condition in two halves and period repaired with parcel tape. 1, 2 Reichsmark note in good used condition 1, 5 Reichsmark note in good, well used condition. The Geneva Convention ruled that officer PoW's did not have to work, but other ranks were required to if asked. Those who did work were paid not with official German currency but in prison Lagergeld. Prisoners were paid at a rate, determined by their level of skill and agreement between government or private employer and Army Corps Commands. The lowest paid were farm workers, from 16 to 35 Pfennigs a day. Small industries paid 30 to 50 Pfennigs a day, while those in heavy industry received from 75 Pfennigs to 1 Mark a day. For the highly skilled and professional PoW the rate was between 2 and 3 marks a day Many PoW's in Germany were pleased to escape the boredom of life behind barbed wire in the parent camp and welcomed the change of scenery and the money they earned at the working camps. The money often supplemented their food rations until food parcels arrived. Although some prisoners complained about working in heavy industry, where cruelty was sometimes inflicted on them, those working on the land and on farms often ate at the same table as their employer and slept in his house and became part of the family. They were often better fed than many city dwelling Germans. Working prisoners did not receive their pay in official currency, as it was feared that if they could accumulate large sums of money through working, they could bribe guards to help them escape and then pay their way through Germany - to freedom. Instead, prisoners were paid in Lagergeld (camp money). This was paper money (often specially printed for individual camps) which could only be used to purchase goods at the camp store or credited to a prison bank account. Large industrial companies in Germany hired British and Allied PoWs from the regional Army Corps Commands to work in steel factories, quarries and coalmines. Smaller employers hired them as stevedores, garbage collectors, foresters and in small groups as farm hands. Prisoners usually lived near the place of their employment.
A Collection of British Khaki Drill Uniform Items A collection of British Khaki Drill uniform items, comprising: Wolseley Pattern Solar Helmet Bush Jacket / Shirt Shorts. The cork Wolseley Pattern Solar Hemet has the correct six panels with ventilated dome. Outside, the cloth shows evidence of perspiration with wear to the covering on the ventilation fitting. Inside, the lining is a green baize, the sweatband dated 1942, 6 ¾, Failsworth hats Ltd. and 1942. The sweatband is partially detached from the helmet and there is no chinstrap. Complete with what appears to be it’s original carrying cover, itself rather scarce. The Helmet is accompanied by a pair of aluminium framed googles of unknown origin in poor to fair condition only. This Bush Jacket or Shirt is made in Khaki drill rather than Aertex and is in overall very good condition. Four patch pockets with five button front closure, the top button partly missing and with an epaulette to each shoulder. No label but approximately a 40” chest. Shorts are the 1942 pattern without belt loops and have two adjustable straps to the front and a four button fly. At each side is a slash pocket with dressings pocket on the right. Very good condition with no label but about a 30” waist.
A collection of paperwork relating Kapitanleutnant Jurgen Deecke, commander of U-1, Hitler\'s First U Boat U-1 was the first U-boat built for the Kriegsmarine following Adolf Hitler's abrogation of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1935, which banned Germany possessing a submarine force. The collection comprises: His 1930 dated sailing Certificate in very good condition. His Certificate for his promotion to Kapitanleutnant dated 1 October 1939 and signed in ink by Großadmiral Erich Raeder, folded but in very good condition with an impressive eagle and Swastika embossed on the lower right side. His Heroes Death Certificate dated 26 May 1943, long after his actual loss. Folded but in very good condition. A very good Portrait Photograph of him in a card folder. Very good condition and a photo Postcard of U-1. A Type IIA U-boat, U-1 was completed on 29 June 1935 after a very rapid construction, and was manned by crews trained in the Netherlands. Her pre-war service was unremarkable, but she did gain a reputation as a poor ship. Her rapid construction, combined with the inadequacy of the technology which was used to create her, made her uncomfortable, leaky and slow. When war came, there were already plans to shelve her and her immediate sister boats for use as training boats only. Despite this however, owing to a shortage of available units and being part of a training Flotilla she sailed on 29 March 1940 against British shipping operating off Norway, close to the limit of her effective operating range. She failed to find a target, but was sent out again on 4 April, in preparation for Operation Weserübung (the invasion of Norway). U-1 sent a brief radio signal on 6 April, giving her position, before she disappeared. Although it was originally thought she had been sunk by a British submarine later research revealed she had fallen victim to a British minefield. This was confirmed when she was located by divers in 2007 in the North Sea north of Terschelling in what was once the British Minefield N0.7. The entire rear section of the boat had been blown off. There had been no survivors from the crew of 24. She was the first of over 1,000 U-boats to serve during the Battle of the Atlantic, and one of over 700 to be lost at sea. An interesting and poignant U Boat collection.
A Collection of Paperwork to a Fallschirmjäger Casualty. A poignant collection of Paperwork relating to Fallschirmjäger Wolfgang Graul who was killed in action near Florence on September 14th 1944. The collection comprises: His original Fallschirmschützenabzeichen Certificate for the award of the Fallschirmjäger Badge, having completed his training at the Parachute Training School. The Certificate is in very good unfolded condition and is signed by the Commanding General of 1 Fallschirmkorps Alfred Schlemm. Dated 1 October 1944 it was apparently issued after his death and documents the desperate need for troops in Italy at that time, Graul having presumably gone from training school to the front immediately. Less than three weeks after leaving the training school he was to be killed. A Letter from Luftwaffe Oblt. Alfred Kuhnke, a Flak Commander, dated 29 September 1944 and sent to the families’ local Burgermeister for relay to the family. It informs them of their son Wolfgang’s death during “heavy defensive fighting in Northern Florence” and says “We buried him at Futa Pass". Futa Pass is in the hills at the end of the then Gothic Line and is now the biggest German War Cemetery in Italy. It contains approximately 30,800 German casualties and I assume Wolfgang Graul remains interned there. The letter is signed by the Burgermeister and confirms it is an exact copy of the details sent by Oblt. Kuhnke. It is dated 21st October 1944. The final part of the collection is a black bordered death letter signed by the Operations Manager of the Metal Wholesaler Otto Wolff in Leipzig to their employee, the Cooper Master Alfred Graul, offering their regrets. The letter is dated 27th October and it is interesting to note that apparently employers carried stocks of death letters. A very good collection of paperwork to a Fallschirmjäger casualty.
A fascinating Archive to a German Soldier Who Served in Both World Wars. Friedrich Martlage, 2nd Guard Ulanen (Cavalry) Regiment was an accomplished horseman who served in both the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars. The interesting, awards, documents and photographs group comprise: Medals and Awards: 1914 Iron Cross 2nd class Kreigsverdienst Kreuz 2cl. 1939 War Merit Cross with swords Honour Cross for Combatant 1914-1918, reverse maker marked G3 First three medals mounted on a bar, together with matching uniform pin-on bar Kyffauser War Veterans Medal 1914-1918 Horse Drivers Badge in bronze, with matching lapel pin. Horseman Badge in bronze (pin replaced), with matching lapel pin.Hitler Youth Horse Riders Badge, Jugend Reiter-Abzeichen, with matching lapel pin on card Documents: Award document for the Kreigsverdienst Kreuz 2cl. War Merit Cross with swords, January 30, 1944 1914-1918 Soldbuch, he served with 2nd Guard Ulanen Regiment 1939-1945 Soldbuch, serving in Vet.Ers.Abt 6. Soldbuch confirms all medals and awards Also: 1914-18 Identity disc "Fritz. martlage. Fr. Olendorf. Westphalen. 25.2.95. Ers.Esk. 1. Gard. JI.R.825."; Photograph album 1939-45 containing approximately 89 photos A second Photograph album 1939-45 containing approximately 85 photos and 16 loose photographs Card covered, award document containing a copy of the company newspaper showing Martlage Fritz Martlage was born in Westphalia on February 25, 1895, and served during the Great War with the 2nd Guard Ulanen Regiment, being awarded the Iron Cross second class on April 4, 1918. He subsequently served in the Second World War in horse husbandry/ veterinary units and was awarded his Horse Driver Badge on July 29, 1942, and his Horseman Badge on March 13, 1944. All the photos are of Military subjects, soldiers, uniforms, equipment, horses, etc.
A Mint Azerbaijani Volunteer Service Sleeve Insignia A mint “Aserbaidschan” volunteer service sleeve insignia; in bright red cotton with the Azerbaijani coat of arms printed on-top in black, green, and blue colours; unmarked. Mint and unworn condition.
A Preliminary Possession Document for the Fallschirmjager Badge With Badge A preliminary possession document for the Paratrooper Badge in cloth issue (Vorläufige Besitzurkunde zum Fallschirmschützenabzeichen in Stoff) to Jager Erhard Friebe awarded on completion of the three week parachute training course at the Parachute School 11 at the age of 18 and dated 27.6.44 Folded certificate with Hitler picture in very good condition and accompanied by an original cloth Fallschirmjager cloth badge. This actual document appears on page 142 of Forman’s Guide to Third Reich German Documents …and Their Values, volume 2.
A type 1 SA Belt Buckle with belt A classic example of the type 1 SA belt Buckle dating from 1923 with brass field and silvered disc soldered to the buckle. The detail to the disc is the party eagle atop a wreath with horizontal Swastika whilst the reverse of the buckle shows the two solder points and central latch. The Buckle is in very good condition but the belt has lost its tongue and appears shortened with the latch re applied after shortening. Overall condition of the leather is very good with holes added to accept the prongs of the buckle.
A Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Eastern People’s Bravery Decoration, First Class with Swords An eight-pointed star constructed of zinc, the obverse depicting a six-leaved rosette, surrounded by a laurel wreath tied together at the bottom via a ribbon, the reverse plain, with a vertical pinback and a functional hinge assembly. The finish is largely absorbed in to the zinc so difficult to detriment if this is gold or silver. Missing the pin closure hook
Adrian M26 Zouave Trailleures Spahis Helmet One of the more scarce examples of the M26 Adrian Helmet is this one by the French Colonial Troops, the Algerian Zouave and the Moroccan Spahis Regiments. Bearing the badge of the Zouave Trailleures Spahis the helmet is in overall very good condition. The shell retains most of the original factory paint and has a few minor dents and two aluminium rivets holding one of the chinstrap mounts have been replaced. Of note is the aluminium comb covering the ventilation holes perhaps dating the helmet to no later than 1940 when they were changed to a steel comb. The chinstrap is in place and shows wear but remains intact and supple. Inside, the liner is in very good condition. A nice example
Afrika Camel Hair Cuff Band A fine example of the “Afrika” Cuff Band in very good condition and completely free from moth or other damage. Full length at approximately 455 mm the Cuff Band shows no sign of having been worn and retains the original green inspector’s label 78. 32mm wide mid-brown camel hair band, bearing the word AFRIKA flanked on both sides by an image of a palm tree and edged top and bottom with a 3mm strip, all embroidered in silver-grey cotton. The design was the same for all three armed services. The award required at least six months service in the North African theatre of operations, or any lesser period if the recipient was decorated for bravery, was wounded or if killed – in which case a posthumous award was made. The band was worn on the lower left sleeve of the uniform, including on greatcoats.
Afrika Korps Felpost Envelope with rare Palmstempel A Feldpost Envelope once containing a letter sent by Afrika Korps Soldier W Reichenberger to a Marie Muller and stamped with the very rare “Palmstempel” (Palm Tree Stamp”) to the upper left corner. Also included is a nice original group photograph of German soldiers in the desert which I take to either include or been taken by Reichenberger. On occasions during the period in which the Afrika Korps was in North Africa, letters outbound to Germany were stamped with privately produced decorative designed commemorating the Afrika Korps. These commonly featured a palm tree design, and are therefore known as “Palmstempel” (singular) or “Palmenstempel” (plural). At least 75 different designs are known, though a handful are much more common than others. Among the more common is Palmstempel 13 which I believe is what we have here. All are rare. The envelope further carries the rubber stamp of Feldpost 39203, a signals company in Tunis, later at Festung Brest. Both envelope and photograph are in very good condition.
Afrika Korps Ring In Smelted Coin Silver A hand crafted theatre-made Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Deutsches Afrika Korps ring in smelted coin silver, the obverse with a mobile Swastika superimposed onto a palm, with DAK and 1941. On one side is a stylized camel, a mosque to the other. Internal diameter is about 18mm so suitable for a small finger. Inside stamped T800. Very good condition and really a lovely piece.
Afrikakorps Cufftitle A very good uniform removed “Afrikakorps” Cufftitle, full length at 42 cms. Constructed in the classic BeVo style with horizontal dark green cotton centre band with diagonally ribbed bright aluminum flat-wire edge trim top and bottom on a tan rayon backing. Whilst the intention was for the backing to show as a thin border it was common practice, as is the case here, for the border to be folded over and concealed. The Afrikakorps cufftitle was officially introduced on July 18th, 1941, for wear by members of the Deutsches Afrikakorps, Wear of the cufftitle was permitted when personnel were on leave in Europe but when they transferred out of the North African theatre the cufftitle was to be removed. With the introduction of the "Afrika" campaign cufftitle Afrikakorps cufftitle was ordered removed.
Air Raid Warden\'s Gas attack Warning Rattle A very good example of an Air Raid Precautions gas Rattle, constructed in, I believe, oak and in fully functional condition. Larger in size than those used in the trenches in WW1, this piece is undated but almost certainly dates from WW2 or before. During training, wardens were instructed on how to respond to a gas attack. If poisonous gas was released, wardens were told to sound a hand rattle to alert people to stay indoors or put on their gas masks. A good and iconic piece of WW2 home front memorabilia.
An Early Single Sided “K” Silk Evasion Map of Cyrenaica An early single sided “K” Evasion Map of Cyrenaica with Isogonals dated 1937. Covering the Mediterranean are with Crete to the North and North Africa to 82 degree North with Benghazi to the west and Egypt to the East. Printed on silk and measuring approximately 540 mm x 440 mm these were issued not only to RAF aircrew but to other units such as the Long Range Desert Group operating in the area. Good condition with hemmed edges but with some staining and two very small holes and three pin holes
An Inter-War Czechoslovakian Tank Crew Badge An Inter-War Czechoslovakian Tank Crew Badge, Die-stamped bronze measuring approximately 49 mm x 59 mm and in near excellent condition. The Badge depicts a French Renault Tank atop a wreath of linden leaves culminating in the Czechoslovakian Shield. Distinctive vertical hinged rectangular pin tapering and becoming rounded. Beautiful Badge
An Italian Tank Driver’s Bullion Badge Very impressive in gold bullion wire in various textures with red embroidery representing the dragon's tongue and two gold-coloured sequins representing the wheels of the tank. Olive green wool base, black cotton mesh backer and measuring 58 mm x 95 mm Very good unissued condition but with deep toning to the bullion wire
Arm Shield for the Ukranian Volunteers Arm Shield for the Ukranian Volunteers. (Ukranian Liberation Army). White cotton backing with printed colours and YBB (Ukranian Liberation Army) in Cyrillic script. Cut from a roll and in very good condition.
Arm Shield of the Kuban Cossacks Arm Shield for a member of the 3rd and 4th Regiments of the Kuban Cossacks. Cut from a roll and with the regiments colours printed on a white cotton background. Excellent unissued condition
Army Officers Deluxe Dagger Hangers A good set of Deluxe Army Officer Dagger hangers with the more unusual crescent shaped fitting with oak leaf design. Overall condition is very good with some loss to the silver wash on the fittings where it has been absorbed into the zinc. Springs in the clips work well, the clips themselves DRGM stamped as is the crescent fitting
Army Officer\'s Cap Insignia Set A used but very good and well matched set of Army Officer’s Cap Insignia. Both being of silver wire on a dark green wool backing, the Cockade has a nickel plated inner roundel with a red wool centre. Some wear is evident to the top left side with the wool backing trimmed closely to the hand embroidered oak leaf pattern. The Eagle is very good and really quite scarce to find.
Army Recruiting Officer Armband German Army Recruiting Officer Armband in a heavy white cotton with black machine embroidered Heer eagle. Just visible to the left of the eagle is a barely discernible circular rubber stamp. Overall condition is very good and of note is an additional panel period added to increase the size.
Army Wehrpass. RAD, Infantry, France, Russia, Crimea A very interesting Wehrpass to a long serving soldier who saw extensive action during the war, this is the first pattern of Wehrpass featuring the eagle with downturned wings. Overall very good condition with all pages present but with a liquid stain to the bottom right hand corner of the cover and the first 26 pages. The first page lists the usual details in this case of Paul Thamm and was issued on the 4th July 1936 with page 2 showing a good photograph of him in RAD uniform. There are personal details on page 3 whilst 4 and 5 show his educational details and results of his medical examination where he is classed 1, fit for service. Details of his RAD service are covered on 8 and 9 whilst page 11 shows his entry into actual military service joining a machine gun company within Infantry Regiment 49 in October 1938. Page 12 details the units in which he served and his transfer to a Grenadier Regiment and finally Grenadier Regiment 1038 in July 44. This Regiment was part of the 64th Division and were isolated after the battle of Abbeville. Further pages show his promotion to Ober Gefreiter and award entitlement to the East Medal and Krim Shield. Pages 24 and 25 suggest he was discharged on medical grounds in January 1939 but then clearly returns to duty. Pages 32 and 33 show his extensive duties fighting in the Battle of France finishing up on the Channel Coast before being transferred to the Russian Front in June 1941 with the 9th Army and fighting at Sevastopol before it seems returning to France to be captured or perhaps killed at Abbeville. An extensively completed and interesting Wehrpass
Artillery Major\'s Shoulder Boards A very good uniform removed pair of sew in Shoulder Boards to a Major in Artillery Regiment 14. Both Boards are in very good service used condition with just three very small moth nips to the backing.
Artillery Major’s sew in Shoulder Boards Artillery Major’s sew in Shoulder Boards in overall excellent condition but with the remains of adhesive to the underside from having previously been mounted for display. Hand applied lightly padded braid on a red felt backing.
Artillery Officer\'s Tellerform Cap (Schirmmutze) A good example of an Artillery Officer’s Peaked (Visor) Cap in the early Tellerform (circular or saucer) shape. Constructed in a fine Doe Skin wool the cap is piped in the red branch of service waffenfarbe with the eagle and cockade in aluminium. The chinstrap is in a bright aluminium wire secured at each side with a single pebbled silvered button. The peak (or visor) is of black Vulcanfibre with raised ridge and without a textured underside. Inside, the leather sweatband is in grey with the rayon lining being a faded gold. There is no sweat shield remaining. Overall condition is very good with some minor moth trails to the brim and three very small and inconspicuous moth nips elsewhere.
ATS KD Skirt 1944 Dated An ATS Khaki Drill Skirt with it’s original 1944 dated label. Made by Shore and Sons this is a size 13 for a 25”– 26” waist, height 5’7” – 5’ 8”. Closure is by one button at the waist and two press fasteners with the opening worn on the left hip. Overall condition is very good with a repaired horizontal cut of about 2.5cms at the base of the opening and with one press fastener in need of securing in place. Khaki drill (K.D.) was also issued for use in warm countries such as Malta. A.T.S. members used a K.D. skirt - the same pattern as the S.D. skirt, but made of khaki drill material - with an aertex A.T.S. shirt, no tie, the usual soft cap, shoes and short khaki socks.
Australian 1943 Dated Duperite Paratrooper Helmet A fine example of an Australian Duperite Airborne troops Helmet in a size 6 ¾ and with a 1943 dated label. In very good condition with its original factory paint and no cracks, the only minor issue being loss of stitching to a small leather keeper for the chinstrap. The side flaps and chinstap are in green leather and remain soft and flexible. Suspension harness and sweatband are free from damage, the sweatband stamped 6 ¾ . The maker’s label remains intact at the back in the inside. The M42 Duperite Paratrooper Helmet was made in Melbourne and issued to Australian Forces during WW2. Duperite was a trade mark of Moulded Products (Australasia) Ltd and the company would finally be known as Nylex.
Award Certificate For The U-Boat War Badge + Death Notice A collection of two documents and one photograph to U-Boat Oberfahnrich zur See Hans-Herbert Hild. Comprising, his Award Certificate for the U-Boat War Badge, dated August 1943 and signed by a Kapitan zur See Unterseeboote, Hans Rudolf Rosing, winner of the Knights Cross and commander of U-48 the most successful U-Boat of the war. The Document is in generally very good condition but once folded and with creasing to the right hand edge. No tears or stains. His Death Notice dated March 1944 in very good condition, once folded and a photograph removed from an album showing, I presume, Hild on the right of the picture. It appears Hild was Court Martialed, reduced in rank and sent to the Russian Front where he died in Jezierna/Ukraine. He is listed on the Volksbund website. Nachname:Hild Vorname:Hans Herbert Dienstgrad:Matrose Geburtsdatum:08.03.1919 Geburtsort:Braunschweig Todes-/Vermisstendatum:11.03.1944 Todes-/Vermisstenort: H.V.Pl. Jezierna A nice collection which would prove interesting to research.
Award for the Care of Horses An attractive non potable award for the Care of Horse, all mounted of a wall hanging six sided wooden plaque measuring roughly 200mm x 170mm. A centre is the award in bronze itself sitting on a rectangular plate with raised text and surrounded on three sides by oak leaves all raised from the plaque and finished with a gold leaf or gold wash, with an eagle and Swastika at the base.
Battledress Blouse 1943 Size 16, 39\"- 40\" Breast 1943 dated US War Aid Battledress Blouse in a good size 16 ranked to a Captain. Overall appearance is very good with close inspection showing a number of small moth nips and some hand darning to others on the right shoulder and upper back. None of these are readily noticeable and the Blouse remains very wearable. Each epaulette carries the three 'Tria Juncta In Uno' brass pips of a captain. All buttons are present. Inside the two labels are present, the manufacture’s label with a January 1943 date, breast size 39-40”, 6’1” – 6’2”, the QM inspector’s label with a September 1943 date
BDM Sleeve Gebiet Triangle - Sud Franken A very good uniform removed example of a 1936 pattern Sleeve Triangle for the Sud Franken district worn on the upper left sleeve by members of the BDM. Constructed with a black rayon background in the shape of an isosceles triangle 700 x 600mm and with district name in silver thread, male members of the HJ having the name in gold. To the reverse is a slightly damaged RZM label with the manufacture’s number A4/357 (Kruse & Sohne), one of the more prolific manufactures of these badges, and three press fasteners suggesting this Gebiet Triangle was for wear on a shirt. The BDM, Bund Deutscher Mädel, (League of German Girls), was the female counterpart of the male Hitler Jugend, (Hitler Youth), for girls aged 15-17, and was originally established in December 1928 as the Schwesternschaft der HJ, (Sisterhood of the HJ).
BDM Sleeve Gebiet Triangle - West Moselland An unissued and near excellent example of a 1936 pattern Sleeve Triangle for the West Moselland district worn on the upper left sleeve by members of the BDM. Constructed with a black rayon background in the shape of an isosceles triangle 700 x 600mm and with district name in silver thread, male members of the HJ having the name in gold. To the reverse is an undamaged RZM label with the manufactures number A4/213 (Ewald Beiersmann) one of the more prolific manufactures of these badges. The BDM, Bund Deutscher Mädel, (League of German Girls), was the female counterpart of the male Hitler Jugend, (Hitler Youth), for girls aged 15-17, and was originally established in December 1928 as the Schwesternschaft der HJ, (Sisterhood of the HJ).
Belgian Made Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle An unusual variation to the normal Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle is this Belgian made machine embroidered example which features a golden thread with a more metallic appearance. With the normal rayon backing and cut from roll, it remains in mint condition
Black Leather Cross Strap. SS or Hitler Youth A scarce two part leather Cross Strap as used by both the Allgemeine SS and Hitler Youth. The Strap appears to be a marriage of two different straps, one a black calf skin, the other pig skin, the shorter strap with a roller buckle rather than the usual friction type buckle. In my opinion this is a period repair as both straps retain the original pebbled spring clips both clearly stamped M5/140 and with the early RZM mark. M5 was allocated for uniform accessory items and 140 being the manufacturer Wilhelm Schroder. Overall condition is very good with no damage
Black Panzer M34 Cap. Cavalry A very nice lightly used example of an other ranks Black Panzer M34 field or overseas Cap. Constructed in black wool, overall condition is very good and free from damage of any description. Insignia is in the BeVo weave style, the eagle in grey thread on a black background as is the cockade which in turn sits beneath the golden yellow Soutache of the cavalry. At each side is a single non magnetic vent eyelet, one showing the remains of a field grey enamel finish. The interior is lined in a grey cotton with the maker stamp of Willy Sprengpfeil typically appearing on the left side along with the size 56 and 1940 date. This style of Sprengpfeil stamp is known to collectors as the “large date stamp”. The eagle has been recently re applied and hand stitched into place, as is the cockade.
British 12th Army Uniform Formation Signs An impressive pair of theatre made Uniform Formation Signs for the British 12 th. Army Hand embroidered on a red wool background with a blue horizontal rayon strip with off white border, the reverse finished with a khaki cloth. Very good undamaged condition Formed in the Middle East as H.Q. Force 545 for planning operations in the Mediterranean, was disbanded from 1943/45. HQ was reactivated again in Burma on 28 May 1945, tasked with controlling operations of the Fourteenth Army in Burma and invasion of Malaya by amphibious assault.
British 1903 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1903 Pattern Leather Ammunition Pouch dated 1937 and presumably one of the last produced prior to the adoption of the 1937 pattern webbing. Overall condition is very good but a little dusty. Free from damage and with all stitching firm and intact.
British 5 Corps Formation Signs A pair of machine embroidered 5 Corps Formation Signs, applied to a khaki drill cloth to create Shoulder Slips. Very good overall condition and free from damage. Originally established in WW1, it was It was recreated in June 1940 during World War II and substantially reorganised in 1942 for participation in Operation Torch. It fought through the Tunisia Campaign and later the Italian Campaign.
British Airborne Theatre Made Cigarette Case An aluminium Cigarette Case of Headquarters 1st Parachute Brigade decorated with parachute wings, map of Africa, battle honours up to Palestine 1946-1947, and engraved with the owners initials S.G.L. According to Ancestry UK indexing (which is not infallible) of the roll for the Palestine 1945-48 clasp, there are five options for the owner the most likely being Temp. Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class S.G. LESCHER (263527), R.A.Ch.D. The Chaplains shows up on a roll stamped 'H.Q. British Troops in Palestine.' Rev S G Lescher was born on 9.8.1912 he was awarded the MBE in 1961 The citation for this award is held in the National Archives. Commissioned as Chaplain 4th Class on a wartime emergency commission on23.3.1943 He transferred to a regular commission on 23.7.1945 He was promoted to Chaplain 3rd Class on 20.5.1953He was promoted to Chaplain 2nd Class 11.6.1961 He retired on account of disability on 19.7.1962 He was RC chaplain at RMA Camberley in 1948 Overall very good condition and worthy of further research. Overall very good condition and no doubt theatre made
British Airborne Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings A very good uniform removed pair of British made wartime Parachute Qualification Wings. Overall condition is very good but showing some sign of service use to the blue thread on the feathers
British Army / Airborne Battledress Compass Button A red-brown Compass Button made of a molded Bakelite type material to replicate the British Army Battledress button Three dots are located on the back surface adjacent to the rim if the button, so they could not be seen when sewn onto the uniform. The single dot which is on the side of the periphery opposite from the two closely spaced dots points toward the Magnetic North. The compass element is a small magnetised bar of steel which has been embedded in the plastic body during the molding process. In use, the button is suspended from a fine thread. The single dot will then be facing the Magnetic North. Very good condition with no damage and with the painted dots in place.
British Army / Airborne String Vest Perhaps best known for the icon picture of British Airborne troops captured during the early part of the Normandy landings, the British Army String vest was in fact used by all branches. Introduced in the early part of the war as part of the “layering concept” they were produced from thick cotton strands that were macraméd into the form of a sleeveless shirt. These vests were highly effective and acted to keep the wearer warm in cold weather and cool in higher temperatures. This example is in very good condition without damage but with stamps or a label.
British Army Officer\'s Inter War Pullover Shirt A British Army officer's collarless shirt by Robinson & Cleaver in very good condition and stamped to a size 161/2 collar. Tailored in a style similar to WWI shirts and with a double cuff, this example dates from the mid to late 1930's period. It has plastic buttons and is olive green in colour, typically found on shirts in WWII. This shirt would have been worn with a separate collar attached however this is no longer present, I have it priced it accordingly. A useful item for the collector wishing to create an officer display or indeed for the reenactor.
British Army Other Ranks Trousers. Post 1921/ Pre 1939 Pattern Although the intention was to reequip the entire British Army with the new 1937 pattern Battle Dress by 1939, manufacturing shortages and the outbreak of WW11 with the arrival of conscription made this impossible. As a result large elements of the British Expedition Force departed for France wearing Service Dress Jackets and trousers which, with modifications along the way, essentially dated back to the 1902 uniform. These Trousers are just such an example and carry a WD inspector’s date for 1943. Following closely the original pre WW1 pattern they differ in quite minor respects such as the fishtail back to the waist and single row of reinforcing stitching top and bottom of the slash pockets. They are perhaps best thought of as the post 1921 Trousers or even pre 1939 pattern. There is no label. Overall condition is very good with no real signs of having been worn. There is no moth damage, no wear to the heavy serge material and with all the enamel painted steel buttons in place. Waist appears to have been taken in and now measures 34” with perhaps and other 2” available to let out. Inside leg is 29” with again up to 2” of cloth available to let down. Ideal for an early war BEF display or a respectable compromise for a WW1 mannequin.
British Army Rum Jar 1939 Dated A Second World War period British Army Rum Jar marked with the letters 'SRD' (Supply Reserve Depot) in overall very good condition with no damage to its glazed earthenware construction. Those that are encountered tend to be WW1 dated but this example carries a clear 1939 date and I have shown a fascinating photograph of the remains of one of these Jars in wrecked Long Range Desert Group Chevrolet Truck lying in the Western Desert and discover in 2009. Soldiers on active service could be issued with 2.5 fluid ounces (one-eighth of a pint) of rum at the discretion of their commander or on the recommendation of their medical officer. Standing approximately 330 mm in height and weighing 3.8kgs empty, the Jars attracted several interpretations of the lettering such as 'Seldom Reaches Destination', 'Service Rum Diluted' and 'Soon Runs Dry'. Nice display backdrop item.
British Indian Army Emergency Commission Officer\'s Wristwatch British Indian Army Emergency Commission Wristwatch A small British military Wristwatch by Mora, the case measuring only about 29mm x 22mm the case back marked with the War Department arrow and EC 14427, EC standing for Emergency Commission, 14427 being the officer’s service number in the Indian Army. The majority of the officers in the British Indian Army were British men who had joined the Army, trained at Sandhurst and then been admitted to the British Indian Army. The Watch is in poor condition and not in working order. The dial has darkened and the subsidiary second hand is missing. Both fixed strap bars are bent. A rather scarce military watch perhaps worthy of restoration, the service number possibly allowing for identification of the original owner.
British Khaki Drill Trousers A pair of wartime pattern but undated British Khaki Drill Trousers featuring a cross over waist closure and three button fly. There are two vertical seam side pockets and two rear flapped pockets. With a waist size of about 32” and an inside leg measurement of 29” with about 1.5” of turn available the trousers are in generally good service used condition with some staining at the seat and a few repairs. All buttons are in place. By 1941 issue of the Trousers was discontinued but stocks continued to be handed out while stocks lasted until replaced by the unpopular 1950 pattern which had uncomfortable side buckles. The Chapplies (desert sandles) are not included but are for sale as items 54495.
British Military Ross Stepnac 6x30 Binoculars A pair for British military Ross Stepnac 6x30 Binoculars with an 11 degress field of view. First introduced in 1927 they were discontinued in 1939 but remained in service. A heavy brass construction these glasses are in very good condition with all external covering intact and with very little wear to the paintwork. Optics appear free from damage but are now rather cloudy and would need to be serviced. Both front prism plates carry the war department arrow and the original neck strap is in place.
British Officer\'s Cavalry Holster A good British Officer’s Cavalry style leather Holster for wear with the Sam Browne Belt. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with all stitching intact. Although no date is obvious a good clear maker’s stamp is present.
British WW11 Military Pocket Watch by Grana A Swiss made, WW2 period, GRANA military pocket watch in good working order at time of sale but offered without guarantee. The dial is white enamel and unmarked hands are luminous, as are the quarter numbers, and spotted on the 5 minutes. There is loss to some of the luminous infill on the minute hand. Case back is engraved with the military arrow, G.S.T.P and J.13188, case width 51 mm. The movement is engraved Swiss made, 15 Jewels and KF262
Bronze Grade SA Sports Badge in Cloth A scarce fine quality SA Sports Badge constructed in a detailed bronze-coloured machine embroidery on a white rayon background. Measuring 75 mm x 57 mm the badge approximates in size to the metal version and has clearly been cut from a roll. Worn folded to a diamond shape on the uniform Very good condition with some light age mottling to the rayon.
Button Flap for all WW11 Hand Held Binoculars including Kriegsmarine A very scarce Button Flap for use on all German hand held WW11 Binoculars including of course those used by the Kriegsmarine. I at one time owned 65 pairs of Kriegsmarine Binoculars in my own collection and always grabbed these when they came along, this example being a survivor from that collection. Very good undamaged condition with the original blued alloy studs still in place.
Case For The Ultra Rare SOE Bakelite \"Tabby\" Infra-Red Viewer Whilst perhaps all of the compact WW11 “Tabby” Infra-red Viewers to have appeared on the market are referred to as for SOE use, they should perhaps more correctly be considered as having been issued to the British Army. A little known fact is that there was an earlier Bakelite version which is generally believed to have been produced specifically for the SOE in Europe. Larger in construction, the choice of Bakelite is thought to have been to allow for its easy destruction, perhaps not to hide the identity of the agent but more to preserve the technology. These early versions are extremely rare and whilst I do not have one, I have listed here an original and understandably unmarked, case for one. The case is large, measuring 270mm in height by about 210mm wide. Overall condition is very good and the original neck strap is in place. The last image shows a rare image of the SOE Bakelite Tabby. This is formation only and the listing is just for an original case. If you have one without the case, I doubt you will ever have an opportunity like this again.
Cased Iron Cross Second Class by Deumer The second of and last of these rare privately purchased cased Iron Cross Second Class is this lovely non maker marked example by Deumer. The Cross itself is in excellent condition, completely free from damage with bright frosting and an unblemished magnetic core. There is approximately 16 cms of ribbon neatly folded into a recess in the case. The case itself is extremely unusual and of a very high quality and design I have not previously encountered. Condition is very good with a good strong closure catch and clean velvet lining.
Civil Air Guard Lapel Badge A very good undamaged example of a CAG Lapel Badge worn on civilian clothing. 'CAG' in blue enamel onto a chrome circular badge. A horse-shoe button hole is on the reverse for attachment. Marked W.O. Lewis (Badges) Birmingham The Civil Air Guard was established in July 1938 to encourage and subsidise pilot training. Formed around civilian flying clubs, subsidised tuition was offered in exchange for an 'honourable undertaking' that in times of emergency, members would serve in the Royal Air Force Reserve. As a civil organisation, the uniform was a dark blue boiler suit, usually privately purchased, with badges supplied for distinction.
Civilian Police Cap A very good example of a Civilian Police Pattern Cap in a large size and constructed in a high quality wool. Police regulations stated that all such grey green Feldmütze caps were to be colour piped -green for Schutzpolizei and orange for Gendarmerie etc. Initially they were piped around the top and from 1942, piping was around the edge of the flap. The top edges of the side flaps are finished with a double row of stitches Caps without piping as we have here are a bit of an anomaly but known to exist so were presumably private purchase. Overall condition is very good with one moth hole and some minor moth trails, all of which I have tried to show. The lining is grey cotton and shows no signs of use. The insignia is machine stitched in place and shows a good BeVo weave eagle.
Close Combat Clasp (Nahkampfspange) in Bronze with original Wrapping A very good example of a non maker marked Close Combat Clasp in Bronze, die struck in zinc and complete with the original wrapping. The pin is the standard “coke bottle” design. Overall condition is very good with no damage but some of the bronze wash now absorbed into the zinc as is always the case. The often missing back plate is present and bronze in colour. The Close Combat Clasp series of awards were introduced on November 25th 1942 for award to personnel who fought in hand-to-hand combat situations unsupported by armour. The Clasp was issued in three grades, Bronze, Silver and Gold with each successive grade signifying more days spent in hand-to-hand or close combat. Criteria for award of the clasps consisted of fifteen days of hand-to-hand combat for bestowal of the Bronze clasp, thirty days of hand-to-hand combat for bestowal of the Silver clasp and fifty days of hand-to-hand combat for bestowal of the Gold clasp. There was also a prescribed, combat to time served ratio, enabling long serving personnel to be eligible for award of a clasp.
Cloth Insignia of the SS by Angolia. Bender Publishing Generally considered to be the finest available publication on the subject, this 1983 James Bender Publishing Ist. Edition by Angolia is in very good lightly used condition with slight bumps to the corners and edges on the hard cover but with all 480 present and without damage or marks. The book has a deluxe binding, high quality paper and high quality photographs. It covers all of the SS from the beginning: Allgemeine-SS (General-SS). SS-Verfugungstruppe (SS-VT Special Purpose Troops) who were the forerunner of the military branch, the Waffen-SS. SS-Totenkopfverbande (SS-Deaths Head Units) who were the camp guards although they did later field a Waffen-SS Division. Waffen-SS (Armed SS) the military combat units of the SS. SS-Sicherheitsdienst (SS-SD) the security service for the SS that went on become the security service for the Nazi Party and then the nation of Nazi Germany. Germanische-SS (Germanic-SS) Germanic European Units. Non Germanic-SS Units- Other races and nationalities who joined and had units in the SS. All the many different insignia are shown in detail and explained; along with information on ranks and the different uniforms. This book is the best you will find on the subject.
Collection of Paperwork, Photographs and rare Badge to an Assault Boat Pioneer An exceptionally interesting collection of paperwork to Obergefreiter Reinhold Gabor, Army Pioneers, who served as an Assault Boat Pioneer with the Island of Rhodes Battle Group, Landing Craft Unit. He remained there until the end of the war before becoming a POW and was awarded The Iron Cross First and Second Class and spent time in hospital after being wounded. The collection Comprises: 1) Wehrpass, 20.6.41. Well completed and with his photograph on the inside cover. Generally very good condition but with the covers detached. 2) Soldbuch, 20.6.42. Heavily used condition with the covers detached and his photograph removed. Some loose pages and evidence of water staining. 3) Iron Cross 1st Class Award Certificate dated 19.3.45. Signed by the commander of the Eastern area of the Aegean Sea,Kommandant-Ost-Aegais, Generalmajor Otto Wagener (based on Rhodes). Stamp of PanzerGrenadier-Brigade Rhodos. Unit of Reinhold is given as Flottillenkommando/Panzer-Grenadier-Brigade Rhodos. 4) Rare oil cloth pioneer assault boat license, 14.8.42. Issued in Metz. With his photograph. Heavily used condition. 5) Rare sleeve emblem for pioneer assault boat coxswain. 6) A document stating one close combat day 9.9.43 south of Jannadi Rhodes. Signed by an Oberleutnant of Grenadier-Regiment Rhodos. 7) Part of his wound badge in black citation, poor condition. 8) Postcard sized photo of Reinhold in tropical uniform. At the back: Flottillenkommando Rodi Reinhold Gabor. 9) 13 photographs, several sizes. Some marked with air ministry at the back. POW photos, on board of ships etc. 10) Two POW statements that he has worked as a diver in mine clearance operations, 1946 with a German POW working coy in the Dodecanese area. Heavily used condition. 11) POW statement that he worked as a diver on board of the salvage ship Belrorie and the captain was very content with his performance, 1946. 12) POW statement that all items he has are his own possession, 7.5.48. POW camp Egypt. 13) POW certificate of discharge, 1948. Repaired with adhesive tape. He was Boatswain on riverboats and served: May-Sep.42 with Pionier-Ersatz-Bataillon 8 in Metz France; Sep.42-Mar.43 with Pionier-Bataillon 22, the pioneer unit of the 22.Infanterie-Division based on the island Crete. From Mar.43 onwards he served with the pioneer unit and later assault boat unit of Sturm-Brigade Rhodos. 1943 Sturm-Brigade Rhodos (later named PanzergrenadierBrigade Rhodos) was formed and based on the Island by the Italian Army who controlled island and had a strength of between 6,000 and 8,000 men. Sep.44 the Germans took over control of the Greek island of Rhodes during a 3 day battle, “The battle of Rhodes” fighting the Italians on the island. Reinhold Took part in a close combat on 9.9.43 south of Jannadi Rhodes. On 10.9.43 he was wounded in his shoulder and eye. 1.7.44 he was awarded the EK2 by Panzer-Division Rhodos and in 1945 he was awarded with the EK1. Rhodes was now a fortress surrounded by the allied forces and between March and May 45 he served with the 15.Landungs-Flottille Rhodos, a naval infantry landing craft flotilla. On 8.5.1945 German troops on the Island of Rhodes surrender to British Forces. After capitulation he worked as a diver in a German POW working coy active under allied command in the Dodecanese area, Greek islands (including Rhodes) in the South Eastern Aegean Sea. He also worked as a diver on board of the salvage ship Belrorie active in the same area. 1948 he was in POW camp 380 PW camp MELF in Fanara/Bitter Lake Egypt and discharged at the end of that year.
Collection of Uniform Items to Anders Aas, Reconnaissance Corps, Norwegian Free Forces Brigade. An excellent mostly post war collection of uniform items to Anders Aas, Reconnaissance Corps, Norwegian Free Forces Brigade. Comprising: 1947 dated 1946 Battledress Blouse with NORGE title, Norwegian flag, 5th Division formation signs, Reconnaissance Corps arm of service strips, officer Lieutenant rank collar stars and medal ribbon for Norway WWII Participation Medal. Excellent condition with no damage. His matching 1946 Pattern Trousers again in excellent condition. His Black Beret by Jalpotex Ltd.dated 1951 with white medal H7 badge. Very good lightly used condition with no damage. His Reconnaissance Corps officer's coloured forage cap with smaller size officer's pattern gilt brass cap badge, silk interior and doeskin hat band, with brass king’s crown general service buttons. Very good condition. His 1937 pattern webbing belt with ammunition pouch, with owner's name. Aas escaped to the UK in late 1943, and was soon selected for officer training which during the war was a one year course. He was initially stationed with the Norwegian Free Forces Brigade in Scotland. During these courses, the officer cadets also trained with regular British forces as part of their final training, and Aas served with the Reconnaissance Corps sometime in the summer and early fall of 1944. The Reconnaissance Corps cap is thought to have been tailored in Newcastle. Officers' uniforms were usually made a few months before the course ended, and in his case he was commissioned in December 1944. In the New Year he was posted to Sweden in preparation for an invasion of Norway should Germany not surrender. Back in Norway, he was one of five junior officers to be selected to guard Vidqun Quisling during his trial in the fall of 1945. In 1947 as lieutenant, he went to Germany with the Norwegian Reconnaissance Squadron as part of the occupation forces attached to the British 5th division. Anders Aas retired from the Norwegian Army as a major in the cavalry in 1980, and died in 2015 at 94.
DAF / DRB Cap Insignia Cap Badge with DAF insignia superimposed on the winged railway insignia. Constructed in alloy with a silver wash the badge is in mint unissued condition with all three prongs present and folded, the centre prong covering the markings RZM M1/58
DAF Ordnance Inspector\'s Armband Although never positively identified, at least one authoritative work on the subject suggests these DAF (German Labour Front) Armbands were worn by Ordnance Inspectors. A white W is machine embroidered on a red field applied to a felt armband. In this case a DAF membership pin has been randomly attached, a practice which appears to be infrequently encountered and unofficial. The reverse of the pin shows an RZM symbol with M 1/47. The felt band shows some moth damage.
DAF-Werkscharen Personnel’s Field Cap. A near excellent example of a 1937 second pattern, DAF-Werkscharen personnel’s field cap. Constructed in a dark blue wool with blue rayon piping representing Orts (local) level The front centre of the cap has a machine woven national eagle with outstretched wings in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a black woven rayon inverted triangular base positioned above two, small, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal, buttons. The interior is fully lined in black rayon, with a partial tan leather sweatband to the front section. There is an RZM/DAF tag with white printed script and black ink stamped manufacturers numerical code which includes both the RZM and DAF cogwheel logos and script, "Mütze für Werkscharen der DAF", (Cap for Labour Squads of the DAF). The owner has also entered his name. Overall condition is very good and completely free from damage of any kind.
DDR M56/61 Helmet 1961 Dated A nice unissued example of the East German M56/66 Helmet in very good condition with some slight loss to the paint. Dated 1961 this example features the improved modern liner and chinstrap. Originally designed as early as 1942 for the Wehrmacht but never introduced, the pattern was later adopted by the DDR when the Soviets refused the original German M42 shape to be used.
Death Card and Letter. Gold Cross Gebirgsjager Commander Oberleutnant Wolfgang Graf Von Bullion A Death Card and letter signed by Oberleutnant Wolfgang Graf Von Bullion, Company Commander of 3./Gebirgsjager Regiment 144. Facsimile signature. Killed near Srobry in Russia in February 1943 at the age of 24, Graf Von Bullion was a highly decorated Company Commander and winner of the German Cross in Gold, Ehrenblattspange (Roll of Honour Clasp), Iron Cross 1st and 2nd. Class and the Wound Badge in Black. The open letter to 3./Geb. Jag. Reg 144 is dated 2.10.1942 and addressed to “My Brave Hunters” and appears to be a morale boosting exercise telling of 800 dead Russians along with 770 prisoners. Both the Death Card and letter are in very good condition.
Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht Armband Light weight cotton construction official pattern armband with a multi-coloured, printed design featuring horizontal, red bordered, top and bottom edges and a black/white/black centre stripe. The armband has white printed Latin script, "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht", (German People’s Militia Armed Forces), in two lines, to the front centre which is flanked by a white national eagle, with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika to either side. Overall condition is very good with some fading to the black central band. There is an ink stamp on the inside of the band which may be a later addition but in no way detracts from a nice and of course original piece.
Deutsches Jungvolk Medical Proficiency Badge Deutsches Jungvolk Leistungsabzeichen (German Young People) Sleeve Medical Proficiency Badge. BeVo type machine embroidery on a white rayon backing measuring approximately 100mm x 75mm. Very good condition with some staining to the upper left quarter. The same badge was worn by HJ members when the bottom DJ lettering was replaced by HJ.
Die RITTERKREUZTRÄGER der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945 Teil II: Fallschirmjäger German language hard back reference work listing all Fallschirmjäger recipients of the Knight’s Cross during World War Two. By Franz Thomas and Gunter Wegmann this now out of print work was published in 1986 with 442 profusely illustrated pages and is a well respected and sort after work. Measures 310 x 210 mm Protected with a clear plastic cover the book is in as new condition
Documents To a Fallschirmjager Knights Cross Winner with Signature A unique collection of documents relating to Fallschirmjager Knights Cross Holder Leutnant Viktor Vitali. Viktor Vitali was a highly decorated Oberleutnant in the Fallschirmjäger, he was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as well as the Anschluss Medal, Flak Battle Badge, War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class, 1st Class, Wound Badge. He was Zugfuhrer of 5./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4 during the Battle of Monte Cassino and was awarded the Knights Cross on 30th April 1945 by General Der Fallschirmtruppen Heidrich. The collection comprises two documents on which Vitali applies for service as Fallschirmjager with ratings and reviews, signed by Vitali and his commanding officer along with photocopies of his awards documents and extracts from “Die Ritterkreuztrager 1939 – 1945” a copy of which is available elsewhere on my website ( item number 52770 ) Both document are in very good condition with a rare wartime signature of a Knights Cross holder. The last two picture can be found on the internet
DRK Armband Ortsgruppe Travemünde German Red Cross (DRK) Armband Ortsgruppe Travemünde. White cotton, with two pieces of overlapping red cotton forming a red cross sewn in the middle, with the black ink stamped inscription "DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ" framing the cross and stamped "Ortsgruppe Travemünde" (Local Group) below. Very good used condition although slightly washed out
DRK Armband - Area Women\'s League Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Armband for the Kreisfrauenverein (Area Women’s League) Lubeck. Machine embroidered red cross encompassed printed wording all on a white cotton band. Very good perhaps unissued condition with some light age toning
DRK Armband - Area Women\'s League Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Armband for the Kreisfrauenverein (Area Women’s League) Ennepe - Ruhr. Machine embroidered red cross encompassed printed wording all on a white cotton band. Very good slightly used condition with some light age toning
DRK Armband with Second Pattern Eagle Less frequently seen than the duty Armband bearing the simple Red Cross is the DRK (German Red Cross) Armband with a machine embroidered national emblem over the Red Cross on a heavy white cotton band. This is the second pattern eagle. In the lower field is a circular DRK ink stamp which shows the Ortsgruppe of issue but this is not discernible. Whilst overall condition is very good and perhaps unissued, the Armband appears at some time to have been affixed for display by the use of adhesive which is obvious on the reverse. A manufacture’s stamp is also visible.
Dutch M34 Helmet A Dutch M34 helmet in good condition but with a broken chinstrap and a slightly work lining. These helmets were worn during the fighting in Holland during the invasion of Holland but as the picture shows, also by Dutch troops training in England having escape from Holland. Interestingly this piece has never had the Lion Shield applied.
Early 19th Century American Indian Child\'s Waiscoat An early 19th century North American Indian Child’s Waistcoat with three button front, possibly worn by a young girl. Of note are the buttons and patterned cloth lining which clearly demonstrates the trading which took place between the Native Americans and the settlers where “Trade Beads” were exchanged for cloths and in this case, buttons. Overall condition is very good
Early Model 1935 German Army Map Case Although undated this is I believe the very first version of the Model 1935 German Army Map Case. By mid-1936 the closure strap was changed to a claw buckle for ease of use and was by that time made in a pebbled leather to reduce reflection. This example is in very good condition with just a small amount of loss to the stitching near one of the inward folding top flaps and with some wear to one of the belt loops. The brown leather is supple and without damage. All pockets are in place and two unused and I believe period made pencils remain.
Early Panzer Beret Cockade Although originally thought to be a Reichskriegerbund veterans cap Cockade, further research has revealed this very badge was discussed on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum in 2019 where it was determined to have been from an early Panzer Officer’s beret and had been originally acquired as part of a set with an officer’s wire Panzer eagle. The badge is in very good condition with the typically Wehrmacht style aluminium wire oak leaf surround, the rosette sitting on a black wool background. The nickel inner ring of the rosette also suggests an early piece.
Early RAD Sports Shirt Insignia A very good and unused early version of the RAD Sport Shirt Insignia featuring a black machine embroidered spade and wheat on a white cotton circular embroidered background. Overall dimensions are 150mm x 145mm. Excellent undamaged condition
Early RAF Airman\'s Cap Badge A very good example of an early RAF Airman's Cap Badge. Overall condition is very good, the badge perhaps never having been issued. Red silk thread Albatross sits on a black padded velvet background as does the crown. The reverse shows traces of some form of light adhesive, perhaps for display at some time.
Early Women\'s Land Army Armlet / Armband The first of a small collection of original Armbands I have recently acquired. This is a very early example for new entrants. Made of wool with a single featureless red crown, this may even date to WW1. General condition is very good with some moth damage and wear to the crown.
Eastern People Merit Decoration 2nd Class An Eastern People Merit Decoration 2nd Class by Maker “100” - Gold grade, in gilded zinc, ring marked “100” (for Rudolf Wächtler & Lange, Mittweida), gold wash mostly gone. With ribbon and suspension pin.
Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver with Swords. Ostvolk Decoration for Bravery on the Eastern Front 2nd Class with swords in Silvered zinc alloy with ribbon and suspension ring stamped 100, made by Wachtler & Lange in Germany. Instituted in 1942 to recognize the contribution of Eastern Peoples to the war effort against Russia this zinc example is in overall very good condition. Very good condition with light marks to the ribbon and minor loss to the silver was in places
Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver without Swords. Instituted in 1942 to recognize the contribution of Eastern Peoples to the war effort against Russia this zinc example is in overall very good condition with the suspension ring marked 100 ( Wachtler & Lange) and complete with ribbon and pin. Overall condition is very good a sticth needed to one side the hanging pin
Escape and Evasion Compass A good "Star" Escape and Evasion Compass of the type concealed in escape buttons etc and carried in the RAF and Airborne troops Aids Kits. Very good working condition.
Exceptional WW1 German Groundsheet A rare 1915 dated M1914 grey Groundsheet (tent quarter) in exceptionally good condition, a find which is almost impossible to achieve. Most unusually the Groundsheet has seen very limited wear, the grey colour is mostly in it's original state with only one piece of fading in one small area, and no holes at all to the main canvas body. This is not what is usually encountered with these. Being a useful all-purpose item such groundsheets were often used post-war in civilian life to cover all manner of articles outside, in all weathers, and for years on end. The consequence of such detrimental civilian actions of course is that more often than not the groundsheet colour is bleached out as well as the fabric punctured. Such post-war treatment however has obviously not been the case here, the groundsheet is in unusually good condition for these. Aside from the small faded area mentioned, the only plainly negligible issues are a paltry six buttons missing out of sixty-four, and three of the small aluminium eyelets being period repaired at Regiment level. The odd button missing in wartime is a given with these groundsheets, and equally Regimental repairs to aluminium eyelets were also a very common occurrence at the time as these were found to be inherently weak under trench conditions. These aluminium eyelets were inherited from the pre-War M1892 tan Groundsheet which marks this particular Groundsheet out as being, in addition to the amazing condition, a desirable early 1915 made example as well. By 1916 at the very latest, all aluminium eyelets had been replaced at manufacture by stronger steel ones. Exceptional too is the fact that this groundsheet still retains nearly all it's original Guy-ropes, something that I have only encountered on one other occasion. Usually these are always all missing, here however, only two Guy-ropes are lost. The groundsheet has been taken into service by the Fourth German Army Corps in 1915 and there is a clear marking to that effect. There are two other markings present but these are difficult to make out and understand. I believe one to be a manufacturer's mark, and the other appears to be the soldier's name and number. The final image shows the Groundsheet formed into the "Horseshoe Roll" as used by WW1 German Infantry in the assault. As one can see the small faded patch or odd missing button are not distinguishable. The Mess Tin seen in this image does not form part of this sale, it is shown for demonstration purposes only. This Mess Tin is listed separately elsewhere on this site. A rare item in incredible condition, despite an extensive internet search I have been unable to find anything similar for sale anywhere.
FAD (Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst - Voluntary Labour Service) Belt Buckle. A very good example of a FAD (Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst - Voluntary Labour Service) Belt Buckle. Comprising a stamped, pebbled silver coloured central motif with a flat edged spade with wheat heads right and left on a silver coloured pebbled field. Overall condition is very good, the reverse marked Ges. Gesch
First Gulf War Campaing Map Operation Granby The first I have seen, this theatre printed British Map Campaign Map for Operation Granby / Desert Sabre measure 78 x 63cms and is in very good condition, free from tears or damage and never folded. Produced and printed by 42 Survey Engineer Group and drafted in theatre by Tacipanzer 1 (UK) Armoured Division the map provides a detailed plan of the campaign to retake Kuwait during the first Gulf War. According to the MOD quoted in the London Gazette on Friday 28th June 1991, ‘The initial objective of Operation GRANBY was to help deter any further aggression by Iraq in the Gulf and particularly against Saudi Arabia. The objectives were later expanded to: secure, together with our Coalition allies, a complete and unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait; restore the legitimate government of that country; re-establish peace and security in the area; uphold the authority of the United Nations.’ Operation Granby was the name given to the British military operations in the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1991, that were precipitated by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This includes British participation in the international Coalition’s defence of Saudi Arabia (known to the Americans as “Operation Desert Shield”), and the liberation of Kuwait (known to the Americans as “Operation Desert Storm”). The operation was named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby who had commanded British forces at the Battle of Minden (1759) during the Seven Years’ War. The British contribution to the Coalition effort was, by far, the largest of any European nation, and included British Army regiments, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons. In total, the British forces included about 2,700 armoured vehicles and 45,000 troops. The map will be sent rolled
First Pattern Kriegsmarine Sports Vest Emblem Only after considerable research was I able to positively identify what is in fact a scarce early Kriegsmarine Sports Vest insignia, pre dating the well-known blue eagle with outstretched wings. Constructed of fine BeVo style yellow and blue embroidery on a white rayon base measuring approximately 105 x 98mm, the insignia is in overall very good unissued condition with just light signs age related storage. The first I have personally seen.
First Pattern Luftschutz Crowd Control Leader Armband First Pattern Luftschutz Crowd Control Leader Armband in very good condition with some light surface white marks. Blue cotton body with white rayon “O” at centre and off white rayon borders top and bottom
Fliegersturm of the SS and SA Belt and Buckle Certainly the first and I have no doubt the last of these ultra rare Belt Buckles derived from the type 11 SA Buckle I will see. Finally attributed on page 378 of Peter Nash’s excellent work to the Fliegersturm of the SA and SS, the Buckle was previously thought, incorrectly, to have been used by such organisations as the NSKK and NSFK both of which did not feature the pebbled field on the nickel buckle we have here. The Fliegersturm were established within the SS and SA from 1929 and was the brainchild W.W.I air-ace, Ritter von Schleich. SS and SA men who passed their pilots instruction course while with the SS and SA Fliegersturms were allowed to wear wings on their uniforms. In 1933 the Fliegersturm were replaced by the Deutsches Luftsport Verbund. The nickel Buckle is in very good condition, free from damage and with light service wear only to the high points. There are no maker's marks. The black leather belt is in very good supple condition with no damage and no loss to the stitching. Perhaps shortened at some time by movement of the tongue for the claw buckle, the belt catch is the first pattern, entirely appropriate for the period. A very rare Belt and Buckle to a little known SS and SA flying organisation.
For Furhrer and Fatherland Vol 1 By Angolia. Bender Publication A 1976 1st. edition of Angolia’s For Fuhrer and Fatherland, Military Awards of the Third Reich Volume1 by R James Bender Publishing 1976. 446 glossy pages with hard covers this work still provides an excellent reference on the subject. This copy is in fair condition only with the front cover and first page having started to detach along the hinge of the spine. The pages have slightly darkened from use and the covers are faded and rubbed at the edges. Still very readable and useful.
Forman’s Guide to Third Reich German Documents.. and Their Values. Vol 1 First edition published by Roger A virtually as new example of Volume 1 of Forman’s Guide to Third Reich German Documents.. and Their Values. First edition published by Roger James Bender in 1995 in hardcover with 336 glossy pages. This well illustrated book not only shows certificates /documents for each award but also numerous variations and their values at time of printing. The many variants show comparisons of official stamps and printing styles, and original or facsimile signatures in relation to date, plus the many types of design and size. An absolute "must have" if your interest is Third Reich decorations and their associated documents.
French M26 Artillery Adrian Helmet A particularly nice example of an M26 Adrian Artillery helmet, seen in so many pictures during the battle of France in 1940. The M26 was made of 0.9mm Manganese steel in three parts, the shell the crest and the comb, unlike its predecessor which had four parts. The original badges from WWI were still applied on these M26 helmets up until 1937 until the new smaller disc types were introduced as we have here. Overall condition is very good and suggests that perhaps this helmet was never issued. It would be difficult to upgrade this example.
Front Heil Belt Buckle Following the end of WW1 a large number of those released from service were absorbed into para-military organizations as a means of circumventing the Versailles Treaty. Most of these “Veteran” Organizations were considered right wing and all were uniformed, as were the Front Heil. This two part brass Buckle features a small steel helmet within a circle with oak leaves forming the lower half and “Front Heil” in the top third. Although unmarked I believe this to be a very early version with a securing hook affixed to the back. Overall condition is very good some very minor denting to the raised helmet.
Front Heil Buckle Following the end of WW1 a large number of those released from service were absorbed into para-military organizations as a means of circumventing the Versailles Treaty. Most of these “Veteran” Organizations were considered right wing and all were uniformed, as were the Front Heil. This two part brass Buckle features a larger steel helmet within a circle with oak leaves forming the lower half and “Front Heil” in the top third. The Buckle is without markings and with the closure hook formed from the back plate of the Buckle itself. Overall condition is very good.
Gebirgsjager Officer’s Visor Cap - Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen A quite beautiful Gebirgsjager Officer’s Visor Cap ( Schirmmutze) attributed to Knights Cross recipient Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen and worn by him as a senior officer prior to his promotion to General. The cap was sold as part of the estate of Stettner von Grabenhofen by Hermann Historica during their auction number 65 on 22/23rd. October 2012. Pictures of this cap appear in various places on the internet and in the catalogue itself which is included in the sale, along with a hardback copy of a book on Von Grabenhofen. The catalogue is a superb hardback publication worthy of any coffee table. Clearly a very early and distinctive example the Cap is constructed in a fine Doe Skin material and made by the prestigious maker EREL as an Offizier Kleiderklasse. Overall condition is very good with some minor moth nips to the green Gebirgjager waffefarbe but none to the main body. The interior shows service use and the celluloid diamond shaped protector is no longer in place. The sweatband is fully intact. Of particular interest is the insignia. The metal eagle is the first pattern employed on these caps and the cockade appears to be a silver wire rather than the usual aluminium, as indeed is the chin cord. A professional soldier, Stettner von Grabenhofen, carried out his oath to Adolf Hitler in 1934. In the following year, he was active in the staff of the mountain brigade, which later became the 1st Mountain Division. A little later his promotion to the Major took place. In 1937 he was given the position of the commander of the 1st Battalion of the Mountain Huntsman Regiment 98, which was stationed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the invasion of Austria, Stettner was transferred to Innsbruck, where he took over the leadership of the 1st Battalion of the Mountain Huntsman Regiment of the 2nd Mountain Division to be newly created from the Tyrolean Jager Regiment. He was appointed Oberst with the Mountain Huntsman Regiment 136. Stettner first participated in the invasion of Poland and later in Norway. He became the commander of the 1st Mountain Division and subsequently took part in the Battle of France and was selected to take part in the planned operations against United Kingdom, Operation Sea Lion and Gibraltar Operation Felix, but both operations were cancelled. With Felix cancelled, the division took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia and he was awarded the Cross in Gold and later the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross. He was by now a Generallieutnant. Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was killed during anti-partisan operations in near Belgrade in1944 at the age of49.
Gebirsjager mountain troops Standard Bearer\'s Insignia An impressive Army ’Standard / Flag Bearer's sleeve insignia for a member of the elite Gebirsjager mountain troops Intended for wear on the right upper sleeve this example is in unissued condition and cut from a roll. Machine woven (BeVo) in three colours aluminum thread flat wire, grass green thread (branch colour), and black thread – all woven onto a thin dark green rayon backing cloth. The insignia portrays two crossed Standards in miniature, with a cluster of oak leaves in aluminum thread woven at the bottom centre. This very colourful and desirable patch would be worn one person in the unit that was designated to carry the regimental standard. This item is accompanied by the original letter of authenticity from Bill Shea in America.
Gendarmerie Sleeve eagle An unissued example a machine embroidered sleeve eagle as worn by members of the Gendarmerie, the rural Police, below the rank of officer. Orange thread with black Swastika and eagle’s eye on a field grey wool backing. Excellent condition
General Assault Badge by Deumer A very good example of a silvered zinc General Assault Badge, unmarked but identified by characteristics as being by the make Deumer. With minimal loss to the silvering the badge is in very good lightly service used condition
Georgian Legion Sleeve Insignia An unissued sleeve insignia for Eastern Volunteers to the Georgian Legion. Cut from a roll the shield is printed on a white cotton backing and is very good condition
German Army Belt and Buckle A nice displayable German Army Belt with aluminium Buckle. The Belt is in very good used condition, the only issue being loss to the stitching on the turn back that holds the closure clasp in place. There are no manufacture’s stamps that remain visible other than the size, 75. The closure clasp is stamped O & C ( Overhoff & Cie). Although a small size it displays well on a mannequin or torso as I have shown in the last picture on a Panzer Tunic I have for sale elsewhere on the website. The Buckle is also without manufacture’s marks and is in very good condition with light service wear to the high points.
German Army Brotbeutel 31 Bread Bag Dusty and dirty but a useable example of the 1931 pattern Bread Bag, dated 1936. The bag is in generally good condition but both equipment rings have been carefully removed from the back and one of the leather loops on the flap has been period replaced, using part of a gas mask strap. The three leather straps are sound but a little dry.
German Army Chaplain\'s Schirmutz This German Army Chaplain’s Schirmutz (visor) Cap is the first I have ever seen other than in period photographs. Purchased from the carefully scrutinised Estand section of the Wehrmacht Awards Forum where it was offered flattened, with the chin cord and sweatband missing and the peak or visor broken in half. The cap was then restored by adding an original visor, chin cord and sweatband. The Cap carries the Erel Sonderklasse Logo accompanied by the Offizier Kleiderklasse Berlin etiquette beneath the protective celluloid shield in the crown and would have been purchased through the Kleiderklasse catalog or at one of the branch offices. This is the “Extra” model. Completely free from moth damage it appears to be of doe skin construction but has taken on somewhat “fluffy” appearance perhaps as a result of having been rainwater soaked in service or possibly just as a result of age. Piped with the purple waffenfarbe of a Chaplain the cap carries a nicely matched hand embroidered silver wire eagle and cockade between which sits the metal crucifix of a Chaplain. The aluminium wire chin cord sits on the vukanfibre peak or visor which is cross hatched on the underside for a better grip. Inside, the sweatband is in good condition but the stitching confirms the replaced visor. The gold rayon lining is in very good condition but the celluloid protective sweat shield shows some cracking and stitching loss. An extremely rare but restored Cap showing extensive service use but still in good condition. The image of the Chaplain is to show an example of type and is not included.
German Army Collarless Shirt Following the style of pre war German Army Shirts which were collarless until the introduction of a new model in 1943, this scarce example is in very good perhaps unused condition and shows only very light storage marks. A coarse rayon/wool pull-over shirt it features a vertical, three button front plaquet running from the forward neckline to mid-waist. It has a long tail skirt and an inverted "V" slash to each side seam. The wearer’s neck would have been protected by the collar band attached to the tunic. The buttons are I believe paste or paper and all are present. An RB number is clearly stamped inside at the back of the neck. A full cut this example has a chest size of approximately 42”
German Army Divisional Commander\'s Staff Officer Car / Fender Pennant Following exactly the pattern of the Pennant flown on the left wing of an Army Divisional Commander’s car, this example is 215mm tall and 320 mm in length. With the Divisional Commander’s Pennant being somewhat larger, these smaller flags were flown on vehicles used by staff officers of the Commander. Horizontally triangular, the Pennant is of three piece cotton construction, dual sided and features three separate horizontal strips of cotton in the German national colours of black, white and red with machine stitched seams. It is permanent encased in the original celluloid cover trimmed with red leather stitched into place. At the top of the hoist end is a typical spring clip whilst at the lower edge a single cord secures it to the flagstaff. Overall condition is very good with light wear to the leather trim at the lower hoist end and Pennant tip. The celluloid is without cracks but does have some slight ripples. A rare Pennant to find.
German Army General\'s Breast Eagle An extremely attractive and of course rather scarce example of an Army General’s Breast Eagle, hand embroidered in golden bullion wire on a dark green wool backing. Overall condition is very good with no moth but with loss to the two horizontal golden thread lines on the right wing and light distress to those on the left wing. All absolutely in keeping with service wear.
German Army General\'s Cap Cockade A scarce and very good, perhaps unused example of a German General’s peaked/ visor cap two part Cockade. Stamped aluminium with a golden wash and with a separate central rosette. Overall condition is very good with slight wear to the wash on the high points of the wreath from handling or storage. Fitting prongs are all in place.
German Army Officer or NCO Kliederkasse Trousers Purchased at a roadside sale outside Hamburg in 1980, this superb pair of WW11 period privately tailored German Army straight legged Trousers are in absolutely unworn and as new condition. How they have survived in this condition is unknown but the clue probably lies in the stamp on the waist lining to a theatrical costumier in Berlin. The costumier perhaps also applied the unauthorised turn-ups, the Trousers then remaining unused until disposed of. Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality through the army’s Kliederkasse, (Clothing Account) system which I believe is the case here. Tailored in a field-grey wool/rayon construction they have a four button French fly with a closure hook at the waistband along with buttons to accommodate braces. There is a tab and buckle at each side for fine adjustment of the waistband, a single back pocket and a slash pocket at each side. It would be quite impossible to upgrade these beautifully tailored Trousers
German Feldgendarmerie Armband A very good example of a German Feldgendarmerie (Field Police) Armband in green cotton with printed Latin script and an off red coloured printed Feldgendarmerie property stamp. Perhaps unissued, the Armband is of a basic construction and in very good condition. Although a uniformed service, Feldgendarmerie personnel were authorized to enlist EM/NCO’s from other branches of service to temporarily assist them in their policing duties. These men were supplied with an identifying armband for wear on the upper left sleeve of the field blouse or greatcoat. The armband was only worn during active policing duties and was to be returned to the Feldgendarmerie issuing authority on completion of the service.
German Gas Detection Sensor An interesting German Gas Detection instrument manufactured I believe during the inter war period and contained in its’ original wooden transit box with suspension cord and clips. Overall condition of all components is very good with the exception of the spring loaded release buttons to the box which are both missing. Nevertheless the lid opens without difficulty. The probe itself appears to be solid brass finished with a black enamel, the lower section taking batteries which I assume allows the illumination of a warning light when the sensor detects gas. At centre is an adjusting wheel and graduated dial with the maker’s name Vulkan-Werke G.m.b.H Gutersloh i/W. There are two rings allowing the instrument to be suspended both vertically and horizontally. There are no military markings but early research suggests this company produced gas detection devices for use in ships, Mines and tunnelling works. The sensor is 25cm in length, the transit box 28cms.
German Infantry Oberleutnant\'s Shoulder Boards A good service used pair of German Infantry Oberleutnant’s shoulder boards with a detached pair of devices to Weiskreis area X11 (Wisebaden), seemingly removed from the boards. The Boards themselves are in very good condition with gold washed rank pips but with several puncture holes, no doubt from the officer having moved regions during his career. The area devices are undamaged and retain both prongs.
German Other Ranks Tunic Collar Band A really rather scarce detachable Collar Band (Kragenbinde) for wear with all types of other ranks tunics. An indispensable element its function was to reduce collar wear and to add a degree of comfort for the wearer by isolating the neck from the coarse fabric of the tunic. Adopted in 1933 it complimented the early collarless shirts and was issued up until 1944. It comprised two cotton or rayon parts with button holes to accept the compressed paper or paste buttons on the tunic, the inner part being white, the outer part green. The M44 tunic had no provision for the Kragenbinde. Very good condition with no wear.
German Political Musician's "Swallow's Nest" Pair A very nice matched pair of political Musician’s shoulder “Swallow’s Nests” with seven vertical ribbed golden braid bars sitting above one horizontal bar. The background is of an orange / pink colour wool with the reverse being a blue wool with five hooks in place for attaching to sewn loops on the jacket or shirt. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage.
German POW Made Model Radio A nicely detailed model of a German Torn Fu d2 radio made, I believe, by a German POW whilst being held in Southern England. Measuring 195mm x 165mm and fashioned from thin pine he has gone to great trouble to create a realistic model. All knobs turn and those selecting frequency turn the dial behind, data plates have painted details and there is a carrying handle at the top. One knob is missing. A small draw slides out at the bottom, perhaps for keeping his small items in. Overall condition is very good with a small amount of wood missing on one rear corner. An interesting piece of German Prisoner of War history
German Red Cross Armband. First Pattern A very good example of the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Armband, this being the machine embroidered version with printed examples also produced. Overall condition is very good with no damaged whatsoever. Introduced in April 1935, the last image shows this style in wear by a DRK Helferin in September 1940
German Red Cross Vehicle Pennant A very good and complete German Red Cross Vehicle Pennant, permitted to be flown by all members of the DRK- Readiness Units (male and female) not holding the position of unit leader. The person must have been in uniform and in the service of the DRK. Measuring approximately 32cms x 22cms the pennant is double sided and features the Red Cross emblem printed on an off white field of linen or heavy cotton weave. Three nickel plated angled trims hold the celluloid covers in place and whilst overall condition of the entire Pennant is very good, the covers have splits and cracks but are without loss. Two aluminium brackets hold the Pennant to the nickel plated fixing pole which retains the acorn finial and fixing nut for attachment to the wing (fender). The pole is in two parts with matching numbers, perhaps to allow it to be removed with ease when not needed.
German Soldier\'s Clothing Sack - Bekleidungssack 31 A scarce German Clothing Sack (Bekleidungssack 31) and the first I’ve had. Used to compliment the Rucksack and Tornister, these sacks were for personal effects and work clothes and did not general accompany the soldier, but followed on transports such as trains and trucks. Measuring approximately 40x30 cms., this example is in generally good, sound, but very dirty condition. The right hand closure strap may be a period replacement, perhaps made from a Zeltbabn carrying strap with the buckle section having been reinforced with wire. This should be removed and hand stitched to maintain its original appearance. A very nice display item.
German Telescopic Sight "Ajack" I believe this to be an inter war German Telescopic Sight made by the firm of AJAK. Carrying a serial number of 14457 and the maker’s name, the sight sits on its original mount marked AKAH, D.R.G.M along with other stampings. Magnification is effected by rotating the rear optical tube whist range is compensated with a turret knob. Windage, as far as I can see, involves turning two screws on the mount to alter the angle of the sight rather than the internal blades. The sight is 250mm in length with an optical diameter of 19mm increasing to about 20 at the viewing end. Everything appears to function well and whilst overall condition is good, light surface rust with some pitting is evident over about 70% or the sight and mount. The optics are a little dirty but still useable.
German Tropical / Afrika Korps Shorts A well-used pair of these rare olive coloured cotton shorts, seen in so many early images of the Afrika Korps in North Afrika. Use continued after the demise of the DAK where they were extensively used in warm climates such as Italy. This pair has a large field repair to the front left side, executed using original material and perhaps suggesting prolonged use as a POW. All buttons are in place but the claw buckle is missing from the belt. None of the original stamped markings remain visible. A good used pair, ideal for display.
German WW1 M1915/17 Mess Tin An very nice example of a German WW1 M 1915/17 Mess Tin/Cooking Pot dated 1918. To save aluminium a new steel sheet Mess Tin was introduced in 1915. It stood about 19.5 cm tall overall and was 16cm wide. This example dates from 1918 and the date "18" appears on both the hinge of the lid and the body of the Pot along with the Maker's name Wupperman. Both lid and body are a perfectly matched pair with the the field grey enamel identical in shade and condition on both pieces. This a rather rare as under wartime conditions the tops and bottoms were often mismatched. The soldier, H Hansen, has scratched his name into the enamel. Overall condition is good condition with some loss to the enamel and with denting evident at the bottom edge.
Hand Written and Signed Letter from Luftwaffe Ace, Helmut Lent. Knights Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds. An original and of course unique hand written and personally signed letter from the Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knights Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds Helmut Lent, to Frau Kettling mother of his close friend shot down during the Battle of Britain and at that time held in a Canadian POW camp. Measuring 336mm x 217mm the letter is written in ink on high quality paper with the printed heading “Der Kommandeur”. Dated 12. 1. 42 the heading reflects his position as Acting Kommandeur of 11./NJG 2, shortly after his promotion to Hauptman. At 23 he was the youngest Gruppen-Kommandeur in the Nachtjagd. Literally translated the letter reads: Dear Mrs Kettling At Christmas time I had a joyous surprise through a greeting from Ullrich from Canada. I was so overjoyed that I had to reply to him straight away. Apart from ______ ______, that it is not possible for me to send this letter on by field post, I don’t know how it all works, how the letter will get sent on. May I kindly ask you to forward it on for me. For that, I am in a debt of thanks to you. Naturally, I will bear the cost of the forwarding most happily. I have taken the liberty of enclosing the card with Ullrich’s friendly message. Perhaps this is of interest to you and distinguished Mrs Spouse. It makes me especially happy that things are now going well for Ullrich despite the situation. Naturally, I am not in a position to judge if this specification is not somehow forced. That, we hope not. May I ask you to remember me to Mrs Spouse and my best wishes for your personal well being. I am your devoted Helmut Lent. Twice folded and with six punch holes the letter is in generally very good condition.Original signature of Lent are extremely rare and especially so when appearing on a personal and hand written letter. Also included are five copy photographs of Lent and a copy of Peter Hinchliffe’s “The Lent Papers”. Lent shot down 110 aircraft, 102 of them at night Born into a devoutly religious family, he showed an early passion for glider flying; against his father's wishes, he joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. After completing his training, he was assigned to the 1. Squadron, or Staffel, of Zerstörergeschwader 76 (ZG 76), a wing flying the Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine heavy fighter. Lent claimed his first aerial victories at the outset of World War II in the invasion of Poland and over the North Sea. During the invasion of Norway he flew ground support missions before he was transferred to the newly established Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 (NJG 1), a night-fighter wing. Lent claimed his first nocturnal victory on 12 May 1941 and on 30 August 1941 was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 22 victories. His steady accumulation of aerial victories resulted in regular promotions and awards. On the night of 15 June 1944, Major Lent was the first night fighter pilot to claim 100 nocturnal aerial victories, a feat which earned him the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds on 31 July 1944. On 5 October 1944, Lent flew a Junkers Ju 88 on a routine transit flight from Stade to Nordborchen, 5 kilometres south of Paderborn. On the landing approach one of the engines cut out and the aircraft collided with power lines. All four members of the crew were fatally wounded. Three men died shortly after the crash and Lent succumbed to his injuries two days later on 7 October 1944
Hanoverian Army Officer’s Gorget Formerly part of the The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria this Hanoverian Army Officer’s Gorget dates from c.1820-30. A copper gilt example correctly constructed on a wire frame, the central area shows in relief St. Edward’s crown over a very distinctive ‘GR’ cypher for G.IV.R. No gilt remains and rubbed down to the copper. The Gorget is free from damage and retains its correct shape.
Haversack Patt 08/14 Converted A good strong example of what I believe is a Patt 08/14 Converted Haversack, immediately recognisable by the addition of the two brass eyelets added to each vertical strap at the rear. Whilst overall condition is good, the Haversack is rather dirty and has 6cm long area of re-stitching to the back right hand side seam. This shows well in the last image. No sign remains of the ink stamping that would have been on the inside of the flap and it is therefore not possible to accurately date it. It is, however, thought that this modification may have been implemented in 1918 .
Heer Artillery Shoulder Straps A good matched pair of Heer enlisted man’s stitch in artillery shoulder straps. The dark green wool upper is bordered with the red artillery waffenfarbe, whilst the underside is field grey. Overall condition is very good and free from moth or other damage. The feint outline of the regimental cyphers remain on each strap but the numbers are unclear.
Heer Officer's Silver Wire Cap Cockade A very nice good quality example showing some age toning to the silver wire. Clearly removed from a uniform cap, there is some loss of silver wire along the spines of two of the Oak leaves. This shows well in the images. There is no moth damage to the green cloth backing.
Heer Radio Operator NCO Trade Badge The 1940-45 pattern embroidered "Blitzbundel," in golden yellow cord, consisting of three lightening bolts, the center one arranged vertically and the other two diagonally, bound by a variant center, on a 55mm diameter field-grey wool base. Hand embroidered and in my opinion uniform removed, this example features the silver twisted cord border of an NCO Funkmeister. very good service used condition
Heer Steurmann Sleeve Badge A rather scarce badge to find is this Sleeve badge for the Heer Stuermann, worn by pilots of smaller craft on inland waterways and typically by combat engineers on assault craft. With a green wool background and silver grey machine embroidered insignia the badge is in very good condition with no moth or other damage.
Hermann Goring Cap Insignia A very good unissued machine embroidered Eagle and Swastika Cap Insignia in off white stitching on a black wool backing, as worn by the Luftwaffe Herman Goring division and also by Luftwaffe mechanics on the black herringbone field service cap. Condition is very good with some light staining to the right wing tip.
Hermann Göring Division Cuff Title A scarce example of a Hermann Göring Division Cuff Title roughly 415cm long (circa May 1942 - May 1945) in navy blue wool construction machine embroidered block letter, Latin script, "Hermann Göring" in silvery/white rayon threads. Open back construction with the top and bottom edges folded over and machine stitched to the reverse. Overall condition is very good but with some moth damage above the name Göring and some loss to the surface nap.
Hitler Jugend Diamond Insignia A standard pattern HJ Diamond Insignia for wear on a number of items including the Sports Shirt and the Jackets. Marked "Ges. Gesch" (Patent Pending) the insignia is machine embroidered on a white rayon backing and retains the original RZM tag. Measuring approximately 100 x 65mm and in very good unissued condition but with remains on fixing tape to the reverse from being mounted for display
Hitler Jugend Sports Proficiency Badge An unissued example of the Hitler Youth Silver Sports Proficiency Badge in Silver (Leistungsabzrichen ) awarded to 17 year olds. The cloth machine embroidered version as we have here is in very good condition and measures approximately 116 x 68mm and was authorised for wear with the sports kit.
Hitler Youth Cap Insignia A small Hitler Youth Cap Insignia cut from a roll an in unissued condition. Measuring 26mm x 19mm the HJ motif is machine embroidered onto a white rayon backing.
Hollow Back Infantry Assault Badge in White Metal Another from the small collection recently acquired is this nice white metal hollow backed Infantry Assault Badge. Non maker marker it is completely without damage and retains some of the original finish
Imperial German Leather Belt With Belt Support Buttons An imperial German other ranks black leather Belt with closure catch and two rear belt support tunic buttons but in overall fair condition only. Clearly treated with a leather preservative the Belt remains supple but with some deep cracks now making it quite fragile. The tongue is in place but there are no obvious markings.
Imperial German Naval (Kaiserliche Marine) Officer\'s Cap Badge Worn on the Kaiserliche Marine naval officer’s schirmütze this badge is made of fine gold bullion with the exception of the Hohenzollern Crown which is of guilded metal and represents a rare variation, the Crowns usually being bullion. The bullion extends to the laurel leaves that encircle the badge’s kokarde, these varied according to officer’s duties. This particular variety is for an officer who served aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship. The kokarde has a red centre surrounded by rings of black and silver, indicating the Reich rather than a particular State. Overall condition is very good with some darkening from age but with no damage to the hand embroidered bullion or black wool background. A beautiful badge made even more attractive by the rare variation to the Crown
Imperial German Officer\'s Sword Cane. Over 100 Years Old The first I have ever seen or been able to offer, this WW1 German Officer’s Sword Cane is clearly over 100 years old and is therefore considered legal to be sold or owned in the UK. Approximately 520mm in length when closed the wooden cane is topped with a brass band beautifully engraved with the owner’s initials ES and a perfectly executed representation of the 1914 instituted Iron Cross no longer used after Wilhelm's abdication was announced on November 9, 1918. The division between the two halves of the cane is concealed by a second brass band with a third at the base. When pulled apart a rectangular spike 164mm in length is revealed twice marked Solingen and with the number 4,the final 65 mm with an ornate pattern to the four edges. Overall condition is very good. Shipping to UK and EU only and would EU buyers please ensure they can legally import this piece.
Imperial Japanese Navy Tunic. SNLF Special Naval Landing Forces. An Imperial Japanese Navy Summer Weight Tunic in cotton drill to a Chief Petty Officer in the SNLF Special Naval Landing Forces. The Tunic has four patch pockets, the breast pockets with flaps and buttons. Front closure is with five buttons and as with the pockets, the buttons are wood. On the right sleeve is the rank insignia of a Chief Petty Officer whilst on the left sleeve is the badge of a specialist. The Tunic is unlined and carries stores stamps on the lower left side which I believe date it to 1944. Overall condition is very good with light staining to the lower edges and cuffs, perhaps the result of perspiration.
Indian Airborne Battledress Blouse Another from the superb collection of Battledress items is this Indian made Blouse to the Indian Airborne Royal Signals. A small size, the Blouse is in overall excellent condition and perhaps unused. The collar has been made to lie flat, a popular feature for uniform items worn in hot climates. All insignia is originally applied and with the exception of the shoulder flashes appear locally made. The qualification wings on the right sleeve are a particularly fine pair and whilst Indian Airborne wings are normally presented on a dark blue backing, they are seen with this khaki backing. It is unusual to see them on the sleeve as they were normally worn above the right breast pocket but in my view this falls under the umbrella of “anything goes” in Far East. It may also account for the European made shoulder flashes and arm-of-service strips not normally worn with the Pegasus all of which perhaps suggest a standard signaller attached to the Indian Airborne Division. Both Pegasus patches are of the printed variety. It would be impossible to upgrade this excellent, all original example.
Inert Model 1915 German Kugel Hand Grenade A very nice and, of course, completely inert example of an M1915 Kugel Hand Grenade ( Kugelhandgranate) Essentially a simplified version of the Model 1913 fragmentation Grenade, this piece is in overall very good condition with minor age chips to the cast alloy body. A “5 “ impressed in the fuse suggests this to be a 5 second fuse, which is also in very good condition. Large and heavy, the M15 was only marginally successful, with a hand launch distance of only about 15 meters. Nice display piece. EU sales only and please ensure you are able to legally import this item into your country.
Iron Cross First Class in Cloth A rare example of the Iron Cross 1st. Class in cloth, this being the first I have ever handle. Although never officially approved these privately acquired pieces appear to have been favoured for wear on combat clothing with original examples such as we of course have here, seldom appearing. Identified by design as being from one of the accepted makers F. Schmitt this hand embroidered example has some loss to the beading and oxidisation to the aluminium wire which may, to a degree, brush off.
Iron Cross Second Class Award Document to Elite Unit with Details of Entitlement A very good Award Document for the Iron Cross Second Class to Obergefr. Ludwig Vogelsammer of 3. / Geb. Pi Btl. 54 (3rd Company, Mountain Division, Pioneer Battalion 54) Awarded 14th December 1941 this Document stands out from the norm not only because it relates to a member of the elite Gebirgsjager (Mountain Troops) but also because the reverse carries the details of the soldier’s entitlement and refers to him having shown his eagerness to serve giving machine gun support during service in Poland, France, Yugoslavia and the East. Twice signed and in very good condition it is extremely rare to find these awards with details of entitlement.
Iron Cross Second Class in Knights Cross Style Case A quite superb example of a privately purchased Iron Cross Second Class, the best one could by in the so called Ritterkreuz Etui (Knights Cross Case). When LDO took over quality control of the private retail market this style of case was no longer sanctioned but was most probably still available. The unmarked Cross is no doubt by Wachtler und Lange and is excellent unused condition, the frosting still bright and the iron core without loss to the finish. Approximately 30cms of ribbon is neatly folded into its recess at the top of the case in the same manner as a Knights Cross and is in as new condition. The case is in very good condition with a firm closure catch and no damage. It would impossible to upgrade this superb and rare example.
Italian Ascari del Cielo Paratroopers Helmet and Goggles A rare example of the first pattern Paratrooper Helmet worn by the Ascari del Cielo Paratroopers prior to the arrival of the Italian M40 helmet. These early Paratroopers worn no special clothing, their jump suits and helmets being essentially flying clothing, well demonstrated with this brushed cotton, sheep wool lined helmet. Accompanying the Helmet is a pair of Italian Baruffalo Goggles. The Ascari del Cielo were the first paratroopers of the Italian armed forces. They were all born in Libya and with Arab-Berber ethnicity. They constituted the majority of the troops of the Battalion (later regiment) Fanti dell Aria, created in 1938, that fought in the Desert War during World War II. The Helmet is in very good condition with just the slightest wear to the sheep’s wool on the chinstrap. The goggles are in good condition but with the rubber surround to the right lens now detached and in need of re stitching and with loss to the elasticity of the strap.
Italian Flag With House of Savoy Shield A pre 1945 Italian Tricolour Flag of the Kingdom of Italy with House of Savoy shield at centre. Measuring approximately 89 x 42 cms. this is most likely to be for a small marine craft such as a launch. Construction is of linen with the printed colours remaining strong and with no damage or holes. There is an old price written pencil in old British currency, 1/- Someone had a bargain pre 1971! There is no halyard rope. A nice manageable size for a backdrop display.
Italian Made Afrika Korps Ring. 800 Silver The second of these Afrika Korps Rings I have is a very ornate Italian made Ring with Italian silver stamps for 800 silver. Condition is very good. Raised rather than engraved at the head of the Ring is a well executed palm tree and DAK 1941 whilst the rest of the Ring is ornately engraved and with Arabic writing , again raised, to the sides. This translates to Derna, a town and port in Eastern Libya, the home for both Heer and Luftwaffe bases.
Italian Made Luftwaffe Officer\'s Tropical M40 Cap An extremely rare Italian made M40 Tropical Field Cap for an officer in the Luftwaffe. Constructed in a tan cotton twill the Cap has machine embroidered insignia, the eagle in particular being worthy of note as it flying to the right and not the left as normal. Discussion on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum revealed this to be the trademark insignia of this particular maker. At each side are two zinc ventilation eyelets whilst the top seam carries the silver Russian braid trim of an officer. The aluminium wire of the braid has worn away revealing only the white cotton under thread. The inside is unlined and although the printing has now been washed out a clear ghost of the details remain. Overall condition is very good, any marks mostly appearing to be the result of perspiration.
Italian Naval and Marines Brasco Beret A very good and rather scarce example of an Italian Navy / Marines (Regia Marina) so called “Brasco” Beret. Constructed in a grey/green woollen cloth with a rayon lining and with the gilded naval fouled anchor emblem, the Beret is in very good lightly used condition and free from moth or other damage.
Italian Navy M33 Helmet A very nice Italian Navy M33 Helmet of the Regia Marina with yellow painted fouled anchor Overall condition is very good. The shell retains most of the original smooth green painted finish with just minor wear to where the helmet appears to have been stacked with others. There is no other damage. Inside, the leather liner is soft and supple and without damage and has the size 56 punched into the leather. There is no draw cord. The green leather chinstrap with claw buckle is also in very good condition and there is evidence of some markings at the tip of the strap but this is no longer discernible.
Italian Officers M42 Tropical Cap An excellent Italian Tropical / Colonial M42 Peaked Cap to a Tenente (Lieutenant) in the artillery. To the left side the cap carries the rank insignia of the officer whilst at the front is the hand embroidered artillery badge on a green wool backing. Overall condition is very good, the cap showing signs of minimal wear only. The ribbed cotton material is without damage and remains clean. The chinstrap is present as are the fold down side flaps which are secured in place with press fasteners. Inside, the cap is lined with a golden rayon, a 58 size label still in place. The sweatband is undamaged.
Italian Red Front Fighter\'s Badge Italian WW11 Regio Esercito, Russian Campaign Honour Badge for the Italian Royal Army in Russia with “Fronte Russo” enclosed in a banner and with crossed Russian Shashkas and the knot of the Royal Family of Sovia. The Milan maker name is raised from the casting on the reserve. Overall very good undamaged condition with fixing pin in place
Italian Vehicle Compass An attractive and functional Compass by the prolific Italian instrument maker, Inc A Salmoirachi, Milan. Purported to be from a vehicle it has a diameter of 103 mm with a silvered dial showing the cardinal points and an inner ring calibrated in the usual 360 degrees. There is a locking arm and a hinged brass fitting bracket. Overall condition is very good. My best guess is that this may be from the driver’s position in an armoured vehicle.
Italian-German African Campaign Medal (Italienisch-deutsche Feldzugsmedaille für Afrika). Constructed of silvered zink, on loop for suspension from its period original ribbon, obverse with central Arco de Fileni of Brega, flanked by a fasces and swastika, circumscribed by inscription “ITALIENISCH DEUTSCHER FELDZUG IN AFRICA” (“ITALIAN-GERMAN CAMPAIGN IN AFRICA”), reverse with raised image of German and Italian soldiers grappling with a crocodile. In near mint unissued condition
Jäger Troops Cap Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Jager troops insignia for wear on the M43 Cap (Mützeneichenlaub für Jägertruppe). Although missing one prong the badge is in very good condition and of zinc construction
Junghans Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock. Version 4 1941-42 Another form the superb collection of Luftwaffe Clocks I have been able to offer is this very nice working example of the fourth Version of the Junghans Cockpit Clock Fl23885, Bo-UK 1, which is believed to been produced between 1941 and 1942. All functions work well and the clock appears to keep good time but is not guaranteed. As with version 3, version 4 implemented changes. There is a stop watch function operated by a push button below the winding knob with a subsidiary dial at the bottom of the face showing elapsed time. The rotating bezel is made of black painted Bakelite with a white pointer and the back plate now has a bayonet fitting. An interesting variation with this piece is the clear Perspex glass which is positioned on top of the rotating bezel rather than underneath it. Perhaps the most noticeable change from version 1 is the provision of a lever to the right of the winding knob which when lowered allows the hands to be set by the winding knob. The rear data plate has now been dispensed with, the Werk Nr 79366 now faintly visible where the plate appeared on the previous version. Movement number is 77274.
K98 Bayonet with Late War Web Frog A good K98 Bayonet with mismatched Scabbard and late war web Frog. The Bayonet itself is in overall very good condition with the pommel nicely double WaA stamped 519 and with a good blade stamped 42 cvl and numbered 5878. Although otherwise without damage and retaining most of the original factory blueing, the blade does show some light sharpening to the cutting edge. The Scabbard is number stamped and re stamped but neither matches the Bayonet and with the reverse stamped J. Sch 1939. There are some rust patches. The Frog is a nice late war 44 dated example in very good condition. Shipping to UK and EU. Only
K98 Rifle Single Ammunition Pouch A single ammunition pouch for ten cartridges for the K98 Rifle. In my view cut for purpose from an original set of three, albeit no doubt at the time, these Pouches remain something of an enigma. I have seen several over the years and popular opinion seems to be that they were intended for perhaps guard duties where a reduction in weight was useful and the need to carry sixty rounds of ammunition was deemed unnecessary. Overall condition is very good with the owner’s name marked twice.
K98k Bayonet A good example of the standard German Army 84/98 K98k Bayonet complete with scabbard and frog. The Blade is free from obvious damage but with one or two minor nicks evident when running your finger along the cutting lower edge. Blueing remains about 75% in place. There are no markings to the Blade. The guard plate sitting along the top of the handle has some very minor marks, usually as a result of this being used as a hammer in the field. Both grips are of walnut and although this gives the impression of being an early piece, this is not the case as both wooden and Bakelite grips were used throughout the war. The wood is generally dirty with slight impact marks and both the sunken screw hears and slotted nuts show surface rust. Unusually the serial number appears on the Pommel along with two WaA stamps which appear to be 258. The release button works well. The Scabbard is very good and mismatched to the Bayonet, the throat stamped 1096 and 43asw with WaA stamp 510 at the tip. The Frog is very good with all stitching firm and intact but with a hole to the reverse of the belt loop where it has hung on display. Shipping to EU countries only. Sorry.
Kriegsmarine / Late War Mouthpiece Gas Mask Possibly inspired by the need for a compact Gas Mask alternative for use in the confined spaces of a service vessel or U Boat, Kriegsmarine regulations of March 25TH 1944 introduced a new emergency gas protection breathing device which consisted of a mouthpiece that was designed to fit on any of the standard gasmask filter. The emergency gas protection breathing device was designed to be easily carried and was intended for immediate usage in the event of a surprise gas attack. This is the first example I have ever seen other than in photographs and is in very good condition, the mouthpiece itself being in excellent condition. The filter is 1938 dated and shows minor surface rush which in no way detracts. What appears to be the original neck strap is in place but I can find no Kriegsmarine markings, the filters of course be generic.
Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge in Tombak A very good used example of a Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge struck from Tombak with a fire gilded finish. Although no maker’s name appears I’m inclined to think this badge is by C.E. Juncker with such features as the hinge block, coastline profile on the globe and indeed the separate face of the globe itself pointing to this manufacturer. A portion of the right side of the gilded wreath along with the bow of the Viking ship and the reverse of the badge in the same areas have become discoloured and this may suggest loss of the gilding. Other than these points there is no damage to the badge which still remains a very appealing and rather rare badge.
Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge in Tombak by Juncker A very good example of a Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge struck from Tombak with a fire gilded finish. Although no maker’s name appears the badge is by C.E. Juncker with such features as the hinge block, coastline profile on the globe and indeed the separate face of the globe itself pointing to this manufacturer. The gilding to the wreath, eagle and ship remains very good, the same is true of the finish to the globe. On the reverse the gilding is very good. A rare badge in very good condition
Kriegsmarine Blue Jumper Shirt A very nice example of the Blue “Jumper” Shirt worn by other ranks up to and including junior NCO’s. Close fitting and intended to be tucked in to the trousers with a bloused effect, these shirts were made in a navy blue “Molton” cloth and intended for wear with the sailor’s dickie collar. Each sleeve terminates with a pair of buttons to close the sleeve after donning and a cloth strap below the left side of the collar can be used to close the shirt if needed. Overall condition is very good with no moth or other damage. On the right breast is machine embroidered eagle and there is a single open inside pocket on the left breast. I would be difficult to upgrade this example which has an approximate chest size of about 36”
Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle Typically worn on the pullover jumper shirt this eagle is in mint unissued condition. Cut from a roll the eagle is machine embroidered in the classic BeVo weave with golden thread on a rayon backing.
Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle - Coastal Artillery Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle machine embroidered in golden thread on a green rayon backing. Generally associated with the Coastal Artillery, these are correct for wear with the field grey Kriegsmarine uniform initially issued to all branches of the Kriegsmarine but later only to branches with specific need such as the Coastal Artillery. Mint unissued condition and cut from a roll.
Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle in Golden Wire A very nice early Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle in hand embroidered golden wire. Clearly uniform removed the Eagle is in overall very good condition and retains the paper backing marked H&S
Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle. Coastal Artillery Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle machine embroidered in golden thread on a green rayon backing. Generally associated with the Coastal Artillery, these are correct for wear with the field grey Kriegsmarine uniform initially issued to all branches of the Kriegsmarine but later only to branches with specific need such as the Coastal Artillery. This is an interesting variation on the previously listed example have in wingspan of only 87mm against the normally encountered 98 mm. I have yet to discover the reason, if indeed there is any significance. Mint unissued condition and cut from a roll.
Kriegsmarine Cap Cockade An excellent example of a Kriegsmarine Cockade for wear on the peaked (visor) cap by officers and senior NCOs. Hand embroidered in bright cellon thread with dark blue wool backing and with a metal central rosette of the national colours. The reverse has a blue cloth covering with hand applied stitching showing some loss.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4. A very nice example from 4.Zerstorerdvision (4th Destroyer Division) measuring 115cms and without swallow tails. This tally is woven with gold artificial thread which was a change from the traditional gold wire and came into effect by order from October 1936. Overall condition is very good but with five minor areas of wear along the lower edge. There are four small holes in the ribbon which may be as a result of having been pinned for display at some time.
Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer\'s M43 Something of an enigma, I believe this M43 Cap to be a Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer’s Cap but I cannot decide if the eagle, which is a fine example of the type seen on the “Sailor’s Cap”, has been re applied or not. The eagle is attached by three prongs. The is no rosette as normally associated with these Caps and whilst unusual it is a known configuration, an example of which is shown in Volume 3 page 62 of Angolia’s Die Kriegsmarine, Uniforms and Traditions. The construction is of a fine officer quality wool with a golden wire twisted cord around the upper edge of the side panels. The flaps have their ear loops on the inside and two golden buttons secure the flaps up. I believe though the buttons to be post war replacements. In keeping with the fashion the cloth covered peak is cracked fore / aft. Inside, the cap is lined with an imitation silk with a half sweatband protecting the brow. Of interest are the red ink stamps, absolutely typical of the markings applied by the Russians to captured German headwear. Overall condition is very good with just two small moth holes under one of the flaps.
Kriegsmarine Gas Mask A scarce M30 Kriegsmarine Gas Mask and Canister, the mask with the fitting on the right side to accept a microphone and cord. The cord terminated in a plug for connecting to the equipment being used at the time. The fitting has the screw on blanking cap and retaining chain in place but no cord is included. The Gas Mask is in overall very good condition but dirty. The fabric covered face piece remains supple and all straps and springs are in place, one strap with the owner’s name tape stitched onto it in accordance with navy regulations. Both eye lenses are discoloured but would possibly clean with a light abrasive compound. The lens frames are dated 43. Inside the all-important Kriegsmarine stamp and maker’s stamp remain clear. The filter is as new, dated 41 and is complete with the blanking cap. The canister is very good with some paint loss. There are three replacement lenses in the lid. All straps are in place but the long carrying strap is broken. There is no cleaning cloth or spring.
Kriegsmarine Hydrometer Used on U Boats A very good example of a Kriegsmarine Hydrometer used to determine the density of sea water, critical for the trimming of U Boats. The Kriegsmarine property mark remains but is now quite faint and visible only on close inspection, the instrument is in undamaged working condition and contained within the original card storage tube with an overall length of 335mm.
Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur See Reefer Jacket Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur See Reefer Jacket A nice quality navy blue wool Double Breasted Reefer Jacket in fine ribbed worsted wool weave to a Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur see, sea service. The Jacket is closed by four pairs of Kriegsmarine buttons with a fifth pair of non-functional buttons. There are three pockets, the lower pair with flaps the left breast pocket open and functional but prohibited in regulation for the display of a handkerchief. On the right breast is a hand embroidered eagle and Swastika constructed in an appealing mix of celleon and bullion thread. Each sleeve carries the golden thread appropriate to his rank, the subtle variation in colour suggesting this officer has seen promotion during his wear of the Jacket. Above the stripes is a star relating to a sea service officer. I believe the stars may have been re applied. Again, in accordance with regulation the jacket has no rear vent. Inside, the jacket is lined in blue/ black rayon with two pockets, the sleeves lined in a typical tailor’s striped material. Overall condition is very good with no moth other than some under the collar which I have shown in the pictures. Large size, perhaps a 40” chest. The Jacket comes with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Klaus Butschek when sold to its previous owner. Shirt and tie are for display only and are not included.
Kriegsmarine Konteradmiral\'s Car Pennant A scarce Kriegsmarine Konteradmiral’s (Rear Admiral) Double Sided Car Pennant measuring approximately 250mm x 240mm and with the Maltese cross and double black balls denoting rank. The main body is constructed in white cotton with reinforced corners at the fly ends. The cross itself is black rayon with white chain stitched edges whilst the balls are in black cotton. The hoist end has a tubular linen edge which would once have held the fitting rope and clips but these are no longer present. Overall condition is very good with some light surface marks but no damage. The last picture shows a similar flag in use on the car of a Vice Admiral, the number of black balls being reduced with increasing rank. This pennant was I understand originally bought at auction when it was offered with the following provenance: “Captured by 6851153 Sgt. Alfred Mafeson Lawrence, KRRC – 8th Army, personal servant to Maj. General Chief of Staff F.W. Guingard, 8th Army and Montgomery.” There is no written provenance to support this but these details may present research possibilities.
Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap A good service used example of a Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap in a deep navy blue wool / rayon material. Insignia is a single machine embroidered Kriegsmarine eagle positioned at the lower edge of the cap in accordance with May 1944 regulations which moved the eagle from the top. The upper edge of the side flap is piped in a golden yellow indicating the ranks of Marineunterführerin to Marineoberstabsführerin. Lining is dark grey / black rayon which shows only a size stamp of 54. Although a little dusty overall condition is very good with just one small moth nip at the top centre fold.
Kriegsmarine Mess Dress Blue Vest An excellent blue doeskin wool waistcoat for wear with the Kriegsmarine Mess Dress. Approximately a size 36” the vest is in unissued condition without damage or marks. The front has four shallow pockets and is closed be four gilt Kriegsmarine fouled anchor buttons, each marked “Extra Fein” to the reverse. The collar is ornamental and the vest is lined with a dark blue rayon or similar material. The back is black smooth lining material with a claw buckle adjusting belt and two short side vents.
Kriegsmarine Navigation Lamp Standing some 35 cms in height, this Kriegsmarine Navigation Light was at one time I believe, an oil lamp. During post war use it has been converted to electrics and had the chimney removed from the top where a carrying handle is now in place over a blanking plate. Of zinc construction, the exterior shows numerous dents but still makes a nice display piece. The maker’s name plate is in place and the inside of the access door is stamped with a Swastika within a circle over an M again within a circle. Although unimpressive in appearance this is precisely how these lamps were marked and matches exactly a provenanced example I used to own which was removed from one of the Flak ships in St. Helier harbour at the end of the war. Some parts appear to be missing inside and the glass is held in place with clear silicone which could of course be removed for a proper repair. Nevertheless, a wartime Kriegsmarine lamp.
Kriegsmarine Officer’s Collar Tabs for wear on the field grey uniform. A scare pair of Kriegsmarine Officer’s Collar Tabs for wear on the field grey uniform. Although generally associated with the Coastal Artillery the field grey uniform was initially issued to all branches of the Kriegsmarine but later issued only to the Coastal Artillery or when needed by other specific land based branches. The collar tabs feature hand embroidered litzen in bright silver aluminium wire threads with gilt wire centre stripe. Mounted on a feldgrau wool base. Condition is very good with slight oxidisation to the silver wire. Very hard to find.
Kriegsmarine Official\'s Bordmutze A very scarce Kriegsmarine Officials Bordmutze (Side or overseas cap) to an officer. Constructed in the same high quality ribbed wool material we see in the officer’s reefer jackets the cap is in very good overall condition but with toning to the once silver piping and bullion rosette. The silver Eagle and Swastika is in celleon thread and as such has retained its bright silver colour without toning. Inside, the cap is lined in black rayon. A very nice and really rather rare example
Kriegsmarine Official\'s Bordmutze / Side Cap / Overseas Cap An absolutely superb Kriegsmarine Official’s Bordmutze constructed in a high quality smooth wool with side flaps piped with a silver aluminium twisted braid. Insignia comprises a hand embroidered rosette with a machine embroidered silver thread eagle in the BeVo style. Inside, the cap is lined in a black rayon marked simply 57. Overall condition is excellent with absolutely no damage and no marks or stains with only the slightest evidence of it having been worn.. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this outstanding example.
Kriegsmarine Official’s Cap Badge for the Field Grey uniform Schirmutze. A scarce Kriegsmarine Official’s Cap Badge for wear on the Field Grey uniform Schirmutze. Although generally associated with the Coastal Artillery the field grey uniform was initially issued to all branches of the Kriegsmarine but later issued only to the Coastal Artillery or when needed by other specific branches. Silver wire wreath with a white metal rosette all set on a dark green wool backing. Overall condition is very good with slight loss to the wire exposing the pattern to some outer oak leaves. This is the first Official’s badge I have owned for the field grey Kriegsmarine uniform cap.
Kriegsmarine Other Ranks Breast for Blue Jumper Shirt Typically worn on the blue pullover jumper shirt this eagle is in very good unissued condition with two tiny nicks in the rayon backing. Cut from a roll the eagle is machine embroidered in the classic BeVo weave with golden thread on a rayon backing.
Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn A heavy lead and steel Horn for German Sea Mines being approximately 164mm in length and weighing about 710 grams. The hollow Horn would once have contained a glass acid fitted vial, broken on impact and detonating the mine. Although perhaps generic this was most likely for the EMC 300kg mines amongst others. Overall condition is very good with storage cuffs and is complete with its seal. A useful display piece and ideal paperweight, always prompting lively discussion
Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn - Shorter Version A heavy lead and steel Horn for German Sea Mines being approximately 145mm in length and weighing about 695 grams, being the shorter version of the previous item The hollow Horn would once have contained a glass acid fitted vial, broken on impact and detonating the mine. Although perhaps generic this was most likely for the EMC 300kg mines amongst others. Overall condition is very good with storage cuffs and is complete with its seal. A useful display piece and ideal paperweight, always prompting lively discussion
Kriegsmarine Training Notes from The Island of Jersey A rare and quite possibly unique set of study notes prepared by the Marine School at Kiel, I believe for the engineering qualification for promotion within the Kriegsmarine. What leads me to think these may be unique are the stamps on all three covers to the HaffenKommandant, St. Helier Jersey. Impressions of these stamps have in past been sold at Stanley Gibbons and are of philatelic importance. The set comprises a printed 1942 dated study book on electronics with soft back covers. Profusely illustrated, condition is very good with I believe all of the 202 pages in place. A folder with 45 study pages of notes on electronics on which page one shows the name Kist N688/33T, a career engineer sailor who joined the Kriegsmarine in 1933. At the front of the folder are numerous sample question papers on electronics and mathematics. The front cover shows the circular HaffenKommandant stamp. The final folder has 20 pages of notes and questions on mathematics and physics the cover again bearing the circular stamp of the HaffenKommandant. Both folders are in good condition with some distress to the cover edges.
Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Eagle A very good gilded zinc Kriegsmarine Eagle for wear on the cork or straw Troppenhelm often incorrectly referred to as a Pith helmet. With an impressive wingspan of 117 mm these eagles were worn on early helmets, later versions having the two shield arrangement as used by the other services. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with light wear to the high points. The fixing pin is in place on the reverse and the manufacture’s initials KMW (Karl Wurster of Markneukirchen) are raised in the casting.
Kriegsmarine Vest (Waistcoat) Perhaps originally intended for wear with the frock coats and Reefer Jackets, these vests became unnecessary as dress regulations required them both garment to be worn buttoned. By 1940 the vest were omitted from the clothing list. They are therefore, quite uncommon. Made of a heavy blue woollen material, the vest is closed at the front with six gilt fouled anchor buttons each marked with the manufacturer’s name and Reichmarine. There are three horizontal pockets and a lining of a striped sateen material at the top of which is a clear clothing depot stamp dated 15.9.38. The back is constructed of two panels made of dark cotton lining material with a belt and claw buckle arrangement to adjust the fit. Overall condition is very good, with no moth damage or wear, the lining showing some signs of use. There appears to be a panel stitched under the belt on the left side, which I assume was to repair damage. A very good display piece, not often seen.
Krim Shield Krim Shield for Ground Forces Although missing its backing plate and cloth along with one prong, this Krim Shield is in otherwise very good displayable condition with some rusting to the reverse. Instituted by Hitler in July 1942 for wear by all personnel who were “Honorably engaged in the fighting in the Crimea” either on land, sea or in the air for a period of at least three months. These battle shields were worn on the left sleeve
Krim Shield for Ground Forces by Wurster Formerly part of the Gordon Williamson collection, this Krim Shield is in very good condition with just light surface rust patches. Complete with its steel back plate with paper cover, prongs and field grey cloth backing for award to ground forces. Identified as having been made by Wurster from the features of the Eastern Crimean Peninsula. Instituted by Hitler in July 1942 for wear by all personnel who were “Honorably engaged in the fighting in the Crimea” either on land, sea or in the air for a period of at least three months, these battle shields were worn on the left sleeve
Large photograph of Kriegsmarine Officer Cadets at the Marineschule at Flensburg-Mürwik An impressive 290mm x 230mm photograph of Kriegsmarine Officers and Officer Cadets at the Marineschule at Flensburg-Mürwik, the Kriegsmarine Academy. Undated, the picture shows an Engineer Officer course, part of the average intake of 500 + Officer Cadets (Oberfahnrich)who were to pass through Mürwik during each year of the war. The photograph is in very good condition with no tears or creases.
Late 19th century Blackfoot – Cree North American Indian Revolver Holster. An exceptional late 19th century Blackfoot – Cree North American Indian Revolver Holster. Measuring approximately 190 mm x 135mm the Holster is made with thread and sinew sewn in trade beads of pink, red, black, blue, green, pale green, translucent gold and translucent red in a diamond squares design on recycled commercial leather. "Sinew thread" is animal sinew and was used before cotton thread. It is a sign of early North American Indian manufacture. “Trade Beads” are so called as these were often traded with settlers for animal skins etc. The Holster is in very good condition with no loss to the bead work and with the leather remaining supple.
LRDG / SAS Chapplies From an impressive collection of original Long Range Desert Group artefacts comes this rare pair of LRDG “Chapplies” or “Chupplies” (desert sandals) locally sourced in Egypt or obtained like much of the special equipment, from the Transjordan Frontier Force or the Egyptian Defence Force. Overall condition is very good although both soles are worn. As we would expect there are no markings. A very rare addition to any LRGD or SAS collection
Luftschutz (The Air Protection Warning Service) Second Pattern Armband worn by Medical Personnel. Luftschutz (The Air Protection Warning Service) Second Pattern Armband worn by Medical Personnel. Pale blue rayon body with machine embroidered white cross, the reverse with the manufacture’s details, Erha – Wuppertal. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Ace Hans- Joachim Marseille Autographed Hoffmann Postcard A good original Hoffman Postcard of Oberleutenant Hans- Joachim Marseille, “The Star of Afrika”, with his original signature in blue ink. The Postcard is in very good condition with an original Feldpost stamp attached, the signature still clear. Of the Hoffmann Postcards of Luftwaffe Knights Cross Holders, those of Marseille with a signature are the most sought after. Born on 13.12.1919 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Marseille received the Knights Cross on 22.02.1942, the Oakleaves on 06.06.1942, the Swords on 18.06.1942 and the Diamonds on 03.09.1942 after the shooting down of his 125th British airplane. Marseille was killed in action on 30.09.1942 in North Africa whilst holding the rank of Hauptmann and Staffelkapitän after abandoning his Bf109 following an engine failure. It is though he struck the horizontal stabilizer and was either killed by the impact or unable to open his parachute.
Luftwaffe Breeches 1939 dated A good pair of 1939 dated Luftwaffe Breeches, generally associated with Officer’s but indeed worn by other ranks as well. Ideally suited to a mannequin display. Made in a field grade wool rayon mix the Breeches were no doubt intended for combat wear rather than walking out but follow the pattern of the high quality Trikot wool Breeches. There are two diagonal front slash pockets, one back pocket and a front horizontal watch pocket with loop for attaching the fob. Closure is by five buttons with the waistband having eight belt loops and braces buttons At each calf are fully functioning zips Overall condition is good to very good and the cloth retains most of the original nap and colour and I can find only very small moth holes with one patch I have shown in the pictures Waist size is approximately 36” whilst the legs are of course short for wear with riding or flying boots.
Luftwaffe Contruction Unit Insignia Triangular insignia worn by civilians assigned to the Luftwaffe Construction units where it was felt their expertise would be best utilised. Comprising a black cotton backing with machine embroidered details in a silver grey rayon thread. Produced in two sizes for wear on the breast or left sleeve, this is the smaller of the two which I take to be for wear on the breast. Uniform removed and in very good condition with a small portion of the right extremity of the backing missing
Luftwaffe Flying Helmet Cover An exceptionally rare Luftwaffe Flying Helmet Cover ( Tarnbezuge fur Kopfhauben) used to both deflect the sun’s rays and also to help rescue teams locate aircrew. Different patterns are known to have been used depending on the theatre of operations, those with hook attachments tending to have one side in yellow whilst those covering the entire helmet were held in place by elastic at the back. This is the latter type with one side constructed in the “salt and pepper” cotton twill seen with the summer weight Kombi suits, the other side constructed in the identical multi panel manner but in red cotton stamped Fl 30019-2 and 58. The Fl number corresponds to a group of stores reference numbers applicable to survival equipment. Examples are also known to have one side in white and I can only surmise that red would have been a much more appropriate colour for desert search and rescue whilst of course yellow is traditional for water rescue. Overall condition is near excellent although there are signs that the cover has at one time been on a helmet, perhaps only for display. For further reading see "The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot's Kit Bag" by Mark Hillier, page 16 ( see last picture) and "Luftwaffe Flying Clothing of the Air War 1939-45" page 27 by Mick Prodger for identical examples.
Luftwaffe Four Pocket Uniform Tunic An excellent unissued example of a Luftwaffe Four Pocket Uniform Tunic to a Flieger in a Flak Regiment. Similar to the Service Tunic with the exception that these had an extra button plus a special collar cut allowing it to be worn open or closed. It was designed embodying the features of the Service Tunic it eventually replaced and was not introduced for wear until November 1938, this example being dated 1939. Closure is by five pebbled buttons with an additional button and cloth strap at the neck. There are four pleated pockets again with pebbled buttons. All buttons are dated 39. The collar is piped in a red twisted cord and the collar patches are originally applied. Each shoulder has a slip on strap with red waffenfarbe. The original detachable neck protector ( Kragenbinde) is in place for use when worn without a shirt. Above the right breast pocket is a machine embroidered eagle but I believe this to be a later addition since it is machine stitched through the lining. Overall condition is very good to excellent with one moth hole to the left of the right breast pocket. The last image is shown with an M43 cap which is not included but which is available elsewhere on this website.
Luftwaffe Gefreiter Rank Chevron An individual chevron appropriate to the Luftwaffe rank of Gefreiter. Excellent unissued condition with silver tresse
Luftwaffe Generalluftzeugmeister (Civilian Technicians) Breast Eagle Worn on the right breast of overalls or the left sleeve of the Fiegerbluse by Generalluftzeugmeister personnel who were civilian technicians whose specialties were usually in maintenance or supply. The inverted triangular badge is constructed in yellow cotton with machine embroidered cog wheel, Luftwaffe eagle and Swastika and the letters GL in black cotton within a black triangular border. Very good undamaged condition
Luftwaffe General\'s Car Pennant A good and really very unusual Luftwaffe general’s Car Pennant formed on a thin flexible Bakelite or Masonite board with a Luftwaffe grey finish and golden eagle decal with features picked out in silver. The Pennant is the correct oversize for those intended for General officers and measures 40cms x 25cms. This variation was of course weatherproof and could be flown without the need for a foul weather cover. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the finish along the edges and some crazing through flexing. Holes have been drilled top an bottom on the vertical edge to allow for fixing to a pole. Only the third of this material I have seen, the previous example being for army regular officers both having be manufactured by the firm of Walter Goldbach, Berlin-Wilmersdorf 1. This example does not however bear a maker’s name.
Luftwaffe general\'s Uniform Insignia An extremely rare set of Uniform Insignia to a Luftwaffe General and appropriate to the ranks of General Der Flieger, Flakartillerie, Luftnachrichtentruppe and Fallschirmtruppe. The set comprises his breast eagle and a matched pair of collar tabs. Overall condition is very good used with the eagle showing a dark toning to the hand embroidered gold bullion which sits on a Luftwaffe blue grey wool backing, free from moth or other damage. Both Collar Tabs are very good showing only evidence of genuine moderate service use but without damage. Both are marked 22 to the reverse which may have been the tailor’s price. Sadly virtually all of the history to this set has been lost, the family only knowing that they were taken from a Luftwaffe General taken prisoner near Paris by the British crew of a Bren Gun carrier.
Luftwaffe Leutnant Shoulder Boards A pair of tunic removed Luftwaffe Flight Section Shoulder boards to a Leutnant. General appearance for display is very good but with wear e to the dark yellow wool on the underside.
Luftwaffe Major Slip on Shoulder Board Single slip on Shoulder Board to a Luftwaffe Major in the Flying Branch. Silver aluminium braid interwoven to denote rank, the Board with the branch of service waffenfarbe in yellow. Very good condition with slight traces of Blu Tack from display
Luftwaffe Man's / NCO Cap insignia Excellent unissued cap insignia for the Luftwaffe NCO’s / Enlisted Man’s Peaked Cap (Schirmmutze). Winged Cockade in aluminium with blades
Luftwaffe Man's/ NCO Cap Insignia Excellent unissued cap insignia for the Luftwaffe NCO’s / Enlisted Man’s Peaked Cap (Schirmmutze). Winged Cockade in zinc with prongs
Luftwaffe NCO / Other Ranks Schirmmutze A well used but interesting example of an early Tellerform (saucer or plate) shaped Luftwaffe Schirmmutze for NCO’s and other ranks serving in the artillery which of course included Flak regiments. The main body is constructed in a lesser quality ribbed wool / rayon mix than that seen in officer’s caps, below which is the usual ribbed mohair hat band. There are three rows of artillery red waffenfarbe . Insignia is aluminium, the eagle being the second pattern. The chin strap is black leather with a shiny finish whilst the peak or visor is black vulkanfibre with an apple green underside. The lining is a golden rayon with the sweat shield present but cracked and with the maker’s name just discernible. The sweatband shows some distress with one split and loss to the stitching but with a property stamp which appears to be 111 Kompanie Flak Regt. 29. Overall condition is good but dusty with some moth damage around the brim which I have tried to show in the pictures
Luftwaffe North African award Document Group Group of documents and photograph to Gefreiten Helmut Zoller, 7th (Heavy Searchlight) Luftwaffe Signals Regiment (motorised) Africa. Previously 7th Heavy Searchlight Company (motorised) Africa. Comprising: 1) Award document for the Iron Cross 2nd class. To Gefreiten Helmut Zoller 7./schw. flugm. –komp. (mot) Afrika. Stabsquartier, 9 Mai 1942. Signed by Generalmajor. With ink stamp ofLuftgaupostamp Munchen 2 Diensteille Feldpostnummer L 00143 (FP No.L00143 was LuftgauKommando Tunis) Very good condition with one corner crease. 2) Award document for the Italio-German Africa medal. To Gefreiten Helmut Zoller 7./(schw.Flum.) Ln.Rgt.mot. Afrika. 1 Juli 1942. Signed by Oberleutnant und Komp.- Chef. With ink stamp of 7/schw Flugm. Komp. (mot) Afrika. Very good condition, once folded and with the image of the signature reflected to the upper half. 3) Award document for the Afrika armband. To Obergefreiten Helmut Zoller 1.5.1943. Signed by a Major. With ink stamp of Der Oberbefehishaber Sud. Very good condition 4) Ausweiss to Obgefr. Helmut Zoller, 14.12.1944. With ink stamp of Dienstftelle Feldpostnummer L51574. Very good condition 5) Photocard of Obergefreiten Zoller in tropical uniform. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Obergefreiter Greatcoat Insignia Removed from a Luftwaffe Obergefreiter’s Graetcoat, this oversized insignia is in very good lightly used condition. Blue grey woollen background with the silver flat wire tresse appropriate to the rank and backed with a heavy linen cloth.
Luftwaffe Observer Badge in Tombak Once in my own collection this lovely example of the Luftwaffe Observer’s badge is constructed in a silvered Tombak and remains in very good undamaged condition. Made by Assmann it retains much of the original finish with just the right amount of service wear to the finish on the high points. The pin and catch are typical of Assmann and the rivets hold the eagle securely to the wreath. The reverse of the eagle clearly displays the Assmann raised logo. A fine example of what in my view is the most attractive of the Luftwaffe awards
Luftwaffe Officer\'s Cap Cockade A very nice Luftwaffe officer’s uniform cap removed winged cockade in hand embroidered aluminium wire with matching roundel. Quite modestly padded the cockade is in overall very good condition with all threads in place and showing light service wear only.
Luftwaffe or Army Officer\'s Belt. Large Size A very good Luftwaffe or Army Officer’s early leather Claw Buckle Belt. With a width of 50mm prescribed by order in 1938 the Belt is a large size and will open for up to a 40” waist and close to a 32” waist. Inside, the belt has the two horizontal leather strips to accommodate the keepers which also allowed for the use of a shoulder strap via a loop. By order of September 1939 wear of the strap was abolished and neither the strap nor the keepers remain with the belt. The belt is closed with a silver pebbled buckle with two claws. Overall condition is very good with surface wear and scratching associated with service use and with the stitching to one end of one inside leather strips missing.
Luftwaffe Serving Platter A very good 1942 dated Luftwaffe Serving Platter, the base showing the Luftwaffe eagle with Felda Rhon Stadtlengsgeld 1942. Measuring 425mm x 275mm this heavy Platter is in excellent condition, free from cracks or chips and with the glaze without damage. A very nice display piece
Luftwaffe Shoulder Strap. Flying Branch. A single Shoulder Strap cut from the uniform of a Luftwaffe other ranks flying branch member. Grey wool with yellow piping. Overall condition is very good but with signs of blue tack to the reverse from display
Luftwaffe Specialist Badge. Qualified Sound Locator Operator Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered H and lightning bolts all in silvery/grey rayon threads. The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Mechanized Equipment Administrator Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Mechanized Equipment Administrator (Kraftfahrzeuggerat) with the twisted golden wire surround for one year’s service. Very good perhaps unissued condition
Luftwaffe Trade Specialist Badge - Qualified Telephone Operator Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered lightning bolts all in silvery/grey rayon threads. Very good condition. The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks.
Luftwaffe Trade Specialist Badge - Qualified Telephone Operator Luftwaffe Trade Specialist Badge - Qualified Telephone Operator Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered lightning bolts all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Trade Specialty - Qualified Teletype Operator Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered lightning Bolts, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge - Motor Vehicle Driver Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered radiator and eagle, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition
Luftwaffe trade Specialty Badge - Qualified Radio Operator Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered lightning Bolts, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition
Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Eagle Although clearly removed from a shirt, this Luftwaffe Tropical Beast Eagle is in excellent condition, free from damage or stains of any kind. Machine embroidered in a silver grey thread on a triangular cotton backing with the side edges turned over prior to fitting. Difficult to upgrade
Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Eagle This is the second of these Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Eagles I have been able to offer Although clearly removed from a shirt, this Luftwaffe Tropical Beast Eagle is in very good condition with a light surface mark only on the right wing which will probably sponge off. Machine embroidered in a silver grey thread on a triangular cotton backing with the side edges turned over prior to fitting. Difficult to upgrade
Luftwaffe Tropical “Hermann Meyer” Cap Originally sold by Helmut Weitze in Germany this Hermann Meyer Cap is in excellent unissued condition with no damage or stains. Constructed in a Khaki cotton with large peak or visor and a detachable neck flap. The insignia is a BeVo style machine embroidered Luftwaffe cap eagle, and tropical machine embroidered Luftwaffe wreath and tri-colour cockade. Both insignia are machine stitched to the cap. At each side are a pair of magnetic ventilation eyelets. The leather chin strap that is fastened to both sides of the cap by a button which also holds the neck strap, the strap itself constructed of multiple thin strips of leather, with two metal buckles for length adjustment. One side of the strap is finished with a criss-cross textured black veneer, while the other is unfinished. Here the unfinished side is worn out and research shows this was not uncommon. Inside, the Cap is lined in a red cotton-rayon blended fabric, marked with reference number and 1943 size 58.
Luftwaffe Unteroffizier Slider Shoulder Strap. Signals A single, perhaps unissued, Shoulder Strap Slider to a Luftwaffe signals unteroffizier. Blue grey background trimmed with silver Tresse and signals brown piping. Excellent condition but with faint signs of blue tack from display
M1927 Cossack Shashka A very nice example of a M1927 Shashka, issued to the USSR Cossack Cavalry in 1942. Made by the Carriage Repair and Maintenance Factory whose code was BP3 and who only made these swords in 1942 ,both sword and scabbard are in very good condition. Blade length is 97cms and stamped in Cyrillic text "42BP3” the reverse with a reversed "7" which is the Cyrillic letter G. Brass bird’s head hilt and grooved wood grips with wood lined scabbard covered in black leather, brass and steel fittings. A rare and evocative sword. UK shipping only
M21 Spanish Sin Ala Helmet A scarce example of the Spanish M21 Helmet in good overall condition but lacking its’ chinstrap and tips of five of the liner tongues. In addition the leather liner band itself has a break in it. This was Spain's first locally produced helmet, made at the National Arsenal of Artillery at Trubia. The helmet was given the name "Sin Ala" or "Without Wings" due to the straight sides of the helmet. Only around 12,000 of these were produced . In 1943 these helmets were refurbished and fitted with a new liner and chinstrap. Green paint was applied and a small frontal bracket was affixed to support the new National Army Insignia.
M31 German Canteen and Cup Known as the M31 Feldflaschen this German Canteen and Cup are in very good overall condition with no moth damage to the felt covering and no obvious dents in the aluminium Canteen itself. The throat of the Canteen is clearly stamped WAL41 and the Bakelite screw top is very good. The early style aluminium cup has perhaps been repainted and no markings are visible whilst the harness has faint markings which suggest a 1942 date. Generally a very good example.
M34/39 Greek Helmet A Greek M34/39 Combat helmet in nice displayable condition but missing two tongues of the leather liner and with the chinstrap broken at one of the bales but still sitting nicely in place. The shell is without damage and retains most of the original finish Greek helmets were actually Italian made, they were manufactured and shipped to Greece as bare shells, the Greeks then painted them, and installed their own liners and chinstraps, all this just prior to the Italian invasion! The liner has the stamp of a Cross, a size (57), a Crown and circled with "Greek Army".
M36 Infantry Other Ranks Shoulder Straps A very good uniform removed well matched stitch in pair showing light use only and absolutely no moth damage
M36 Panzer Breast Eagle Early, M36 pattern, machine woven national Panzer Breast Eagle s in white rayon threads on a woven, black, rayon base, folded over ready for uniform fitting. Very good condition with some sings to the reverse of having been mounted for display. By 1939 the thread colours were changed to a subdued silver grey
M38 Officer\'s Field Cap (Feldmutze) Medical An M38 Feldmutze in virtually mint unused example produced in field grey wool mix material to an officer in the Medical branch. Top and scalloped edges are piped with the regulation aluminium twisted cord. The eagle is a very bright machine embroidered example whilst the cockade is hand embroidered in aluminium wire with a medium to light blue Soutache stitched in place at 90 degrees to the cockade. Inside, the cap is lined with a grey cotton showing no signs of use but with one small split. It would very difficult to upgrade the condition of this example
M43 Transport Other Ranks Shoulder Straps A nice pair of scarce O/R Transport slip on Shoulder Straps in overall very good service used condition with no damages
Model 31 1941 Dated German Cooking Pot A very good example of a 1941 dated Cooking Pot Model 31. Overall condition is very good with no significant dents and with perhaps 40% of the medium olive green paint remaining. The lid is stamped SMM41 In keeping with the norm, the owner, KM, has scratched his initials on both the lid and the pot itself. An equipment strap secures the lid and although the strap is the correct width and length, I believe this to be a post war addition since the date stamped into the leather appears to be 1954 and probably added by the Norwegian army who used so much equipment left behind by the Germans. A good item for display
N0 9 Commando Shoulder Flashes Very good original and unissued pair showing very light signs of storeage only.
Narvik Shield by Deumer Although missing its prongs, backing shield and cloth, this Narvik Shield displays well and is in otherwise very good condition. Narvik Shields were awarded to all German forces that took part in the battles of Narvik between 9 April and 8 June 1940 with Shields to the army and Luftwaffe being silver as I have here, whilst Kriegsmarine Shields were gold. Although unmarked this would appear be by the maker Deumer.
National Youth Sports Badge An unused machine woven National Youth Sports Badge with the RJA (Reichsjugendsportabzeichen Aufschlagnadel) motif at centre atop the Swastika with oak leaf surround all executed in a BeVo style weave. Very good condition measuring roughly 70mm x 58mm overall. Awarded only in silver it was discontinued in 1942
Navaho American Indian Silver and Leather Horse Halter An excellent example of a Silver and Leather Navaho Horse Halter ( or headstall) dating from the 1890s. Well displayed in a glazed frame measuring 57 cms x 54 cms the Halter is in very good condition. At centre on each side arm sits a sunburst decorated oval disc known as a “Concha” whilst the arms themselves are decorated with a repeated native design roughly resembling a Wigwam. Everything is arranged on a leather backing strap which continues up to a buckle and strap which fitted across the horse’s head and downwards to a bit. PLEASE NOTE the bit is not original Native American and is added simply to complete the display. Joining the side arms is a leather strap adorned with silver bearing the same Wigwam design whilst the centre section carries a leaf pattern and loop from which hangs the “Naja” (Cresent Shaped) pendant intended to ward evil spirits away from the horse. A quite beautiful display which will always attract admiration.
Norfolk Regiment Field Service cap A very good and perhaps unissued Field Service Cap to other ranks in the Norfolk Regiment. Completely free from damage of any kind the Cap is approximately a size 53cms with a Norfolk Regiment slider Britannia badge and matching buttons. Lined in natural coloured cotton with serge sweatband.
North African Theater Made Fallschirmjäger Finger Ring Rather simple in design compared with others I have seen made locally for the Afrika Korps, this Finger Ringer Ring is made presumably from smelted silver.The design is a well-executed parachute canopy with rigging lines but the shank shows simply Tunis 1943. During the winter of 1943 the Germans flew more troops into Tunis, among them were units of the Hermann Göring Division. To bring the Hermann Göring Division up to strength the 5. Fallschirmjäger Regiment was added to the division, and in March became 5. Jäger Regiment Hermann Göring. Although the British 1st Parachute Brigade were also in Tunisia (rather than Tunis) during 1942 -43 I am confident this ring was made for and worn by a member of 5. Fallschirmjäger Regiment. Condition is very good with the engraving still clear and crisp
North American Sioux Indian Moccasins A very good pair of North American Sioux Indian Moccasins dating from the late 19th Century. Constructed with a hide skin sole and upper, the uppers decorated with white, blue, green, red and orange trade beads these stitched in a ‘lazy’ style covering the whole of the uppers. "Lazy style" beads are two or more beads on a single stitch rather than each bead sewn individually, with trade beads gaining their name as they were often traded with the settlers. The upper edge of each Moccasin is trimmed with a red cotton cloth, both having suffered from insect damage, the only damage evident. Inside, the soles have patterns applied using coloured dyes.
Northamptonshire Field Service Cap A very good example of a WW11 coloured Nothamptonshire Field Service cap in very good perhaps unused condition with no moth and no further damage. Blue wool body with khaki coloured insert, the side flaps stitched in place for a smarter appearance. The regimental badge is brass held in place with a sprung pin and the flap buttons are general service. Inside, the cap is lined in a heavy dark brown hessian with a natural coloured sweatband stamped with an arrow and 39 and 37122. An attractive cap in very good condition. Size approximately 54 cms.
Norwegian SS Front Line Soldiers Badge “Frontkjemper” Norwegian SS Front Line Soldiers Badge “Frontkjemper” Designed by Harald Damsleth and measuring 43.5 mm by 34 mm this “Frontkjemper” (Front Line Fighter) was manufactured in zinc in Norway and sold to those Norwegian SS volunteer members who had lost their badge. The award was instituted in October 1943 by Vidkum Quisling and was awarded to all Norwegian military personnel who saw active service on the eastern front. An extremely rare badge and the first I have ever seen, the badge was produced in three forms, one in white metal and believed to have been made in Germany, one in silver and one in zinc, both of which were produced in Norway. Recent documents discovered in the “Riks arkiv” (Norwegian Achieves) show that these zinc badges were produced in March 1945 by the jewellery company Brilliant Ltd. in Torggata 34. Bjørn Noreger, Head of the Front Fighters Office ordered 2000 Front Fighters Badges in zinc in order to distribute them to the members who had lost their badges due to different reasons as stock of the silver badges were now unavailable. They were priced at 7.50 Norwegian Crown per badge but Minister President Vidkum Quisling did not agree with Noreger’s initiative and proclaimed his decision through the Chief Councillor ørnulf Lundesgaad that “Such order was not authorised by me and thus I will not pay for it. These are extremely rare, considering that only 1000 examples can be attributed and that the date of their production and delivery being just days before the War was over. This example is in very good condition and free from damage.
NS-RKB Member’s Breast Eagle An excellent example in as new condition featuring an aluminium eagle with wings outstretched and with a Maltese cross at the breast with crossed swords beneath. The reverse has a horizontal mounting with the number 19 and Ges. Gesch." (Protected by Law) raised in the moulding. The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser Mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938. The 1938 uniform modifications introduced a new pattern national eagle for wear on the breast and the visor cap. The new eagle was almost identical to the earlier, (circa 1936), Soldatenbund, (Soldiers League), eagle but had the eagle facing to its left as opposed to the right facing Soldatenbund eagle.
NS-RKB Member’s Cap Eagle An excellent example in as new condition featuring an aluminium eagle with wings outstretched and with a Maltese cross at the breast with crossed swords beneath. The reverse has three fixing pins with the number 2 and Ges. Gesch." (Protected by Law) raised in the moulding. The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser Mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938. The 1938 uniform modifications introduced a new pattern national eagle for wear on the breast and the visor cap. The new eagle was almost identical to the earlier, (circa 1936), Soldatenbund, (Soldiers League), eagle but had the eagle facing to its left as opposed to the right facing Soldatenbund eagle.
NSBO (National Socialist Factory Organization) Belt Buckle. A very good and undamaged example of an NSBO (National Socialist Factory Organization) Belt Buckle. Plain brass field with stamped face plate depicting a hand holding a hammer with a Swastika at the head and a gear with NSBO. The inner field is pebbled, the outer perimeter with oak leaves, this being the variant without the ribbon at the base.
NSBO Sports Shirt Insignia NSBO (National Socialist Factory Organization) Sports Shirt Insignia and cut from a roll. Rayon backing measure 120mm x 100mm and features a machine embroidered white centre circle with raised hand clutching a hammer with Swastika and the NSBO quarter cogwheel. Very good undamaged condition
NSDAP / SA Armband. Altotting District A very good lightly used example in red cotton with a machine woven Swastika applied to the white cotton circle at centre. An ink stamp is visible to the bottom right of the Swastika showing this Armband was issued to the Bavarian Altotting District SA / NSDAP
NSDAP / SA Reserve Arm Band A good NSDAP Party Armband with machine embroidered Swastika set on a white cotton embroidered background with red cotton Armband. Width is just 80mm with inspection showing that both edges have been turned in to conceal the original white rayon edging, perhaps making this a period converted SA Reserve Armband. Just visible is what appears to be a veteran’s association ink stamp. Overall condition is very good used.
NSDAP Armband with Veteran\'s Association Stamp A party Armband in the classic style, red cotton field with white circular cotton centre piece with printed black Swastika machine stitched in placed. In the lower portion is a good ink stamp to the Deutscher Reichskriegerbund 'Kyffhäuser' e.V." German Warriors Association or Veteran’s Association. Overall condition is very good with no damage.
NSDAP Sleeve Band NSDAP Sleeve Band of all cotton construction with printed white field with black Swastika at centre. Intended for were by SA members wearing civilian clothes, the Sleeve Band is just 50mm wide. Overall age soiling but generally very good with one hole at the back
NSDAP Wall Drape A very good NSDAP double sided Drape measuring approximately 1420mm x 650mm. Colours are excellent and show absolutely no signs of fading with the Swastika printed on a white background machine stitched into place. The top end of the Drape has a stitched over section allowing provision for a hanging rope etc. Overall condition is very good with close inspection revealing just one hole no more than 1mm which is unlikely to have been caused by moth. It would be difficult to upgrade this example
NSKK Sleeve Eagle A good and perhaps unissued example of the silver bullion NSKK eagle, worn on the left sleeve of the brown uniform. Overall condition is very good with some pulls to the threads, the brown baked cloth variety being somewhat scarcer. Wingspan approximately 85mm
NSKK Sleeve Eagle A good and perhaps unissued NSKK Sleeve Eagle for wear on the brown tunic. Overall condition is good but with a vertical grey mark to the silver machine embroidered wire over the last K on the banner and the top of the eagle’s left wing, possibly the result of a label having been attached at some time. The original manufacture’s label remains in place on the reverse
Nurnberg Tribunal Cigarette Pack Holder In 1962 I was given an identical Cigarette Pack Holder by a friend of my fathers who was present at the War Trials in Nurnberg. I still have that gift and this is the only other example I have seen since then. Measuring 77mm x 58mm and intended to hold a pack of US made cigarettes these were available for purchase during the war crimes trials in 1945. Overall condition is very good but there is a hairline crack on the front running down about four fifths of the way, but only visible on close inspection. A truly rare piece of history
Officer\'s Collar Tabs - Smoke Troops A good example of a matched pair of officer's Collar Tabs in silver aluminium thread with a Bordeaux red branch of service piping which I believe is for smoke troops. Overall condition is very good but with the remains of adhesive to the underside from having previously been mounted for display
Officer\'s First Model Drillichbluse An excellent example of a first model Drillichbluse (herringbone twill) made in a natural linen and following the style of the M43 Feldbluse and tropical jacket. Used for both combat and normal duty these lightweight garments were popular and comfortable. This example is in very good + condition and shows little if any signs of use. All insignia appears originally applied and favourable forum discussion has revealed the breast eagle to be a known privately made variety executed in an off white cotton thread. Shoulder boards are the slip on variety but with the securing buttons stitched into place and are to an infantry oberleutnant, the branch of service again reflected in the silver wire collar bars. Inside the collar are the five buttons paste buttons to hold a collar band. The tunic is closed with six pebbled buttons held in place with the correct S rings, as are the buttons on the four pockets. The neck is closed with a hook and eye. Each cuff is open with two paste buttons to allow for adjustment. The tunic is unlined but with protective rayon panels and rayon dressings pocket. The chest size of approximately 38” allows for an impressive mannequin display.
Officer\'s M43 Cap in Fine Italian Gabardine A quite superb and I believe privately purchased, Heer officer’s M43 Cap constructed in a high quality Italian Gabardine over a field grade wool giving it double thickness and improved insulating properties. The top of the cap features a band of twisted silver aluminium wire piping as worn by officers. There is a single eyelet to provide ventilation at each side. Fold down side flaps are secured up or down by a pair of silvered pebbled buttons with the heavier wool underlay material providing protection for the ears. Insignia is in the form of a trapezoid with BeVo style wire eagle and cockade correctly and originally applied by stitching along the eagle’s upper wings when positioned upside down and then flipping it over to be finished by machine stitching. In keeping with the popular fashion the peak, or visor, has been cracked fore/aft to give it a jaunty appearance. Inside, the lining is a silver grey rayon with a grey leather sweatband to protect the forehead. Overall condition is very good with little evidence of use and absolutely no damage other than perhaps some light toning to the eagle. It would be very difficult to upgrade this example. The HBT Tunic shown in the last image is not included but is available elsewhere on this website
Organisation Todt Belt Buckle A very good serviced used example of a rare Organisation Todt Belt Buckle. Die stamped steel construction Belt Buckle with a matt silver/grey finish, the buckle features a smooth, outer field with a high relief, embossed eagle with cross shovels and a sword surmounting a section of the west wall defence line. The Org. Todt control mark is clearly stamped under the roller bar. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the painted finish on the lower edge. "Organization Todt" was established in June of 1938 when the Inspector General for Roads, Dr. Fritz Todt, was tasked with the construction of the "West Wall" (also known as the "Siegfried Line"). Under army planning and supervision, the experienced civil engineers and workers provided by civilian contractors to the organization would also make significant contributions in constructing submarine pens, the "Atlantic Wall," and roads, bridges, buildings and field fortifications within Germany and the occupied territories. After the outbreak of war, uniforms and rank insignia were provided
Original 19th Century Sioux Indian Warrior’s “Ghost Shirt” Something of a diversion from my usual offerings but demonstrating the extension of my passion for history, is this late 19th century North American Sioux Indian Warrior’s “Ghost Shirt”, one of a number of such pieces I will be listing. Constructed from Buckskin with a ‘Plastron’ front and collar, decorated with red, pink, green, yellow and white trade beads. These beads were prized by the North American Indians who traded for them for animal skins etc., with the American settlers. Plastron is the U shaped panel covering the deep opening at the neck. From the base of the Plastron hangs a lock of human hair, not a trophy by a good luck charm. Around 1870 – 1880 Native American Indians were becoming influenced by the fashions worn by the settlers. Plastron was one of those fashions and featured greatly on ladies dresses. For the same reason the “Ghost Shirt” became slimmer following those they saw at the Wild West shows. To the left of the Plastron is a small patch pocket. The insides of both sleeves and across the shoulders are decorated with leather tassels, the shoulders also with bell shaped twists of tin. At the back are two short strips of green beads. Overall condition is very good. There is some distress to the left cuff and both armpits have splits. A “Ghost Dance Shirt” was believed to protect the wearer from bullets and other weapons.
Pair of GHQ India Formation Patches A very good matched pair with poppers for fitting to a tropical Jacket or shirt
Panzer Assault Badge in Silver A very nice example of an unmarked zinc Panzer Assault badge identified by characteristics as being by the maker Steinhauer and Luck. Much of the silver wash remains and whilst overall condition is very good, the obvious drawback is the missing pin and hinge block
Panzer Officer\'s Flat Wire Breast Eagle An excellent unissued and unmarked example of a Panzer Officer’s Breast Eagle, machine embroidered in silver flat wire on a black rayon backing. Cut from a roll
Paperwork Collection U-202, U-1016 Related The last of the small collection of U-Boat related artefacts I have recently listed is this collection of paperwork belonging to fähnrich zur see (later Leutnant zur See) Karl Preis. Preis served initially on U-202, a successful type V11c boat which was also engaged in special operations. The boat left Brest on a very special patrol on 27 May 1942. On 12 June, after crossing the Atlantic submerged by day and surfaced by night, they landed a saboteur team of four men on Long Island USA as part of Operation Pastorius. This was one of two such teams landed within a week of each other on the US east coast, the other came aboard U-584. This was intended to be the first of many such operations. Preis was awarded the U-Boat War Badge in March 1943 and was fortunate to have left U-202 prior her sinking when he transferred to the new U-1016 which, as part of the 31 Training Flottille, saw no action and was scuttled in May 1945. The collection comprises: His Award Certificate for the U-Boat War Badge A group Photograph of his class at the naval college at Murwick, along with another showing both officers and ratings. Three photographs of him aboard a U-Boat A Hitler Jugend swimming certificate and a certificate for the triathlon at the June 1934 Youth Festival with the original postage envelope.
Photograph Album. German Occupation of Albania. Partisans etc. An interesting personal Photograph Album once belonging to Arthur Heinbuch, part of the German forces that entered Albania in the summer of 1943 shortly before the Italian forces capitulated in September. The album measures 220mm x 155mm and contains about 47 original photographs of which 23 are of his wartime service including one of the Et’Hem Mosque in central Tirana and some which clearly show nationalist partisans with German troops in tropical uniform. There are a further 13 pre war personal photographs and 3 post war. The Album itself is in good condition, the photographs very good and I believe perhaps un published In July and August 1943, the German army occupied Albanian airports and ports, ostensibly to protect Italian Albania from the possibility of an Allied invasion. By mid-August there were some six thousand German troops in Albania .After the capitulation of Italian forces on 8 September 1943, German troops swiftly occupied Albania with two divisions. Researching the album proved fascinating, not only because my own father in law was with No. 2 Commando fighting with the Yugoslav partisans in Albania but also trying to understand the complicated political situation from 1939 with the Italian invasion to it’s eventual emergence as a communist country. A small but most interesting Photograph Album
POA Russian Volunteers Shield Printed version on cotton of the Sleeve Shield for Russian Volunteers in the POS or Russian Liberation Army. Very good unissued condition
Political Double Claw Belt RZM Marked A very good example of a Double Claw Political Belt, often associated with wear by the SA and other organisations. The leather Belt is 45mm wide and is a large size, fitting at least up to a 36” waist. Condition is very good with slight loss of colour from use. The turn back for the Buckle is firmly stitched in place and showing good clear RZM stampings. The Buckle is metal with rounded edges and a silver washed finish which displays surface wear and carries an RZM stamp along with the manufacture’s marks, M5/140
Post WW1 RFC Pilots Wings for Later Service Wear Although there is evidence to suggest RFC wings with a khaki backing did exist, these were never officially approved and the wearing of non regulation wings was prohibited by order in 1916. Whilst it is possible these superb quality wings are of an earlier vintage, my own feeling is that what we have here are wings approved for wear by RFC (rather than RAF) qualified pilots who saw service during WW11, notably in the Home Guard. It seems likely that those who qualified for RAF wings, either from 1918 or who were RFC qualified and remained in service after the formation of the RAF, wore RAF wings in later service. The wearing of such wings is well illustrated by Lt. Col. Robinson during the Liberation of Jersey. Very much in the style of RAF Wings these are hand embroidered in a khaki and brown silk and measure approximately 155mm across with a backing of what appears to be a waxed paper. Overall condition is near excellent but with some marks to the reverse where these have perhaps been mounted for display. An extremely rare set of original wings.
Postschutz Enlisted Man\'s Belt Buckle A very good example of the Postal Defence (Postschutz) enlisted man’s Belt Buckle. The Buckle is nickel plated with a pebbled field front and back, the Postal eagle at centre with flared wings perched on a signal horn with Swastika in the horn loop and lightning blitzes projecting right and left below which is the Postschutz legend. Overall condition is very good with no damage.
Pre 1945 Manufactured Luger Grips Although modern reproductions are available there is, in my view, no acceptable substitute for a genuine pair of pre 1945 manufactured walnut grips for the PO8 Luger Pistol. Confirmed by forum discussion this pair is in excellent undamaged condition with little if any wear apparent to the chequered grip pattern. Nicely matched there are no obvious stampings.
Pre WW11 Naval College Rowing Cap A 1920 -21 -22 dated Black velvet rowing cap with gold tassel worn by a cadet on HMS ‘Worcester’ the Thames Nautical Training College for marine officers. Gold metal braid divides the cap into sections with the letter ‘W’ embroidered in gold purl and are surmounted by a crown of gold purl, red and black silk and gold coil. The interior of the cap is lined with black cotton and an off white tag remains in place for the owner’s name which is no longer discernible. The Cap is somewhat dusty with the golden braid now toned, the tassel now needing to be properly secured to the crown.
Printed Matched Pair of Wartime Commando Brigade Flashes An extremely rare matched pair of wartime printed Commando Brigade Flashes in excellent unissued condition with minor loss to the surface printing to both dagger grips and one Ricasso. Not to be confused with the fairly common smaller embroidered flashes, this is the first original printed pair I have seen for some considerable time and the only pair I have seen in this condition. Also known as “painted Flashes” because of the shine to the print, these are approximately 96mm in length and are the last from the collection of original Commando items I recently listed
Propaganda Officer\'s M38 Field Cap A very good service used example of an early Army Officer’s M38 Field Cap. Constructed in a field quality wool with the forward scalloped edges of the side flaps and top of the cap piped silver aluminium cord and with an originally applied machine woven eagle and wire rosette. Each side has a single vent grommet. The Soutache sits as an inverted V above the rosette and is worthy of special mention as I believe this to be the waffenfarbe of the propaganda troops, even allowing for age fading. Such examples are rare. Inside, the cap is lined with a black rayon size marked 56 ½, the brow trimmed with brown leather. Overall condition is very good, the Cap free from moth or other damage
Queens Regiment Plastic Economy Cap Badge Very good undamaged condition with both blades folded. Perhaps unissued
RAD Arm Shield. 1943 Pattern RAD Arm Shield of the style introduced in 1943 for wear by male personnel only and no longer showing a unit number. Machine embroidered white spade with a brown cotton surround on a rayon backing. Excellent unissued condition
RAD Cap Insignia RAD Enlisted Cap Insignia for wear on the other ranks Field Cap ( Feldmutze) Machine woven detail on a black rayon backing. Near excellent unissued condition and cut from a roll
RAD Man\'s Belt Buckle and Tab A very good example of RAD man’s Belt Buckle in pebbled aluminium and complete with its original leather tab. Perhaps unissued, the Buckle is in very good condition with absolutely no wear to the high points, no damage and with the maker’s initials LGS and 36 raised on the reverse. The leather tab is perhaps a little stiff from storage with a slight surface crack and two or three loops from the stitching loose. The maker’s name L Gottlieb & Sohne 1936 are stamped into the tab.
RAD Mess Hall Dining Plate A good 1937 dated dining plate produced for the Reicharbeitsdienst (RAD) Measuring 234 mm in diameter, the plate is in overall very good undamaged condition with some very minor patches of discolouration beneath the glaze at the centre.
RAD Rectangulars Unit Insignia of 1943 Pattern RAD rectangular Arm Shield of the style introduced in 1943 for wear above the blank shield of the type shown in my previous listing. Machine embroidered in white thread on a brown cotton backing and showing the company and unit number shown on the early pattern shields. Excellent unissued condition
RAD Side Dish A very good RAD Side Dish, free from cracks or chips but with light scratching to the glaze at the centre of the dish from use and some area of patching again beneath the glaze in the same are. Dated 1937 Diameter 233mm and nice for a RAD display
RADwj Lagerschule 4 Unit Badge An unissued RADwj (Reichsarbeitsdienst der Weiblichen Jugend), Woman's Labour Service, Unit Badge for commissioned staff of Lagerschule 4. Machine embroidered with the silver and brown thread appropriate to the rank on a brown rayon backing. Overall condition is excellent
RADwj Unit Badge An unissued RADwj (Reichsarbeitsdienst der Weiblichen Jugend), Woman's Labour Service, Unit Badge. Machine embroidered on a brown rayon backing with Roman numerals XXV111 for the region of Franken. Excellent undamaged condition
RAF 1918 Pattern Officer\'s Khaki Service Dress Cap A nice service worn example of the rare 1918 Pattern RAF officer’s Peaked (or visored) Service Dress Cap. Overall condition is very good although rather dirty, the khaki whipcord material free from the normal moth or other damage although there are some nips and an area of wear to the black Mohair hat band. The officer’s badge is the later bouillon pattern with a black Melton wool backing and has clearly always been with the cap The peak is undamaged but shows “pickling” associate with age or heat, the underside finished in green. The leather chinstrap is in place and has clearly remained undisturbed for many years. Inside, the leather sweatband is intact with all stitching in place. Both sweatband and the swirl pattern cotton lining show extended service use and although free from damage are rather dirty. A Bates label remains stitched in place and is partly discernible.
RAF Airman\'s Jacket Simplified. 38-39\" Chest 1941 A good displayable example of a 1941 dated RAF other ranks, Jackets – Airmen- Simplified in an acceptable size 6 for a 38 – 39” chest. Also included are two shoe brushes and a small wash bag to the same airman. The Jacket is in generally very good condition but does have two moth holes, one on the left collar which could perhaps be concealed with careful pressing of the roll to the collar and one near the hem on the right side which is not noticeable. In addition there are perhaps eight very small and almost unnoticeable nips on the sleeves. Both brass belt support hooks are in place along with the belt itself. Both sleeve patches are originally applied.
RAF Escape and Evasion Collar Stud Compass Another from the ingenious offices of MI9 is this unassuming collar stud purchased in quantity from the famous Woolworth stores and altered to hold a small compass. Originally concealed behind a white painted glass face this example, as is nearly always the case, has had the paint scratched off to reveal the compass star. Typically carried by RAF crews this example is in very good condition, the compass appearing to work well.
RAF Escape Compass Forming part of the AIDS kit, this Compass is sealed in plastic and measures 14 mm in diameter excluding the plastic. Although working well the glass is cracked but still firmly in place
RAF Officer\'s Cap Badge A King’s Crown RAF Officer’s hand embroidered bullion Cap Badge with gilt eagle on a black Melton wool backing. Very good condition and removed from a Cap
RAF Other Ranks Service Dress Trousers A very good pair of RAF Ordinary Airman’s Service Dress Trousers with a 33” waist and 29” leg, with about 1” of turn available to let down. Although with no label or inspector’s stamp that I can find they do have an A.I.D stamp and an Anti-Vesicant stamp, or AV stamp. This stamp appears to show they were treated with an anti-gas solution in 1941. Overall condition is very good with slight mothing at the crotch and two small moth holes on the lower part of the left leg, all of which I have shown in the images. All buttons are in place.
RAF Silk Inner Flying Gloves A well used but still very displayable pair of silk or more possibly rayon, RAF inner flying gloves. A size 8 1/2 by the maker V.M. 194 is discernible in the date, the last digit I simply cannot read but the top is clearly rounded so I’m guessing 43 or 42 but there is a WD stamp rather than AM The right glove has two holes in the thumb and a very small hole in the palm, the left glove has one hole in thumb and two stress holes to the stitching between the fingers. Nice wearable gloves
RAF Tropical Brassard and Chevrons Both in very good used condition. The Brassard has eight small Newey poppers in keeping with the early style of these fittings. The Chevrons are undamged and free of moth. Quite unusual to see these Brassards.
RAOC Souvenir From Egypt 1941 Difficult to know exactly what to call this other than a locally made souvenir for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Egypt in 1941. Measuring 90cms x 39cms the black velvet cloth is trimmed with a gold tassel with single sided artwork created with a machine chain stitching. Overall condition is very good.
Rare 1946 Pattern ( Modified 1940 Pattern) Battledress Blouse. Royal Signals FARELF A 1946 pattern battledress blouse to a corporal in the Royal Signals, Far East Land Forces (FARELF). The blouse is dated 1946 and is of the pattern introduced in that year. This pattern was an official post war modification to the 1940 Pattern Battledress and in fact this blouse still bears a manufacturer's label from that pattern. This blouse is from the period immediately post WW2 when the British Army was involved in several peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations in the far east due to the power vacuum created by the Japanese surrender. Absolutely typical of far east issue all of the FARELF insignia is theatre made and is a rare full set, with even the formation signs produced locally. To each sleeve there is a Royal Signals FARELF shoulder title, followed by the formation sign for the GHQ of FARELF, and then in turn standard corporal stripes. The corporal stripes are interesting because they appear to be of WWI manufacture. The use of such old stock was not unusual in the Far East where often stores/tailors had not been replenished for years. Overall condition is very good but with about six moth holes, the largest measuring about 7mm A little known pattern and scarce battledress blouse.
Rare 1st Pattern Sleeve Insignia for Turkistan volunteers German Army woven sleeve shield to Turkistan volunteers, being a vertical oval of green-blue with a white border, in the upper arc, aslo in white, the words "BiZ ALLA Bilen." In the lower portion a mosque or arched gateway with two small flanking towers and a large central tower, all in white and pale blue, the domed roof of the large tower with additional detail of dark blue stripes. Across the archway the word "TURKISTAN" also in dark blue. Worn on the sleeve by volunteers from the Russian province of Turkestan serving with the German Army. The oval shaped BeVo weave construction remains in very good condition whilst the rayon background shows distress bordering the oval badge. An extremely rare badge
Rare Afrika Korps Copy of Militargeographische Beschreibung von Libyen with Panzer Stamp An exceptionally rare copy of Militargeographische Beschreibung von Libyen, essentially a military study of Libyian geography for German Afrika Korps troops, printed in Berlin in January 1941 and contained in a card sleeve with Libien 1941 hand written on the spine. Of great interest are the hand written details of the circumstances under which the book was recovered. “German study of the military geography of Libya Berlin 1941 recovered from a burnt out German tank, N Africa. Stamp of 11 Panzer 5 Reg + Signature of 10” The stamp is in red ink and appears on page 1 and dated 17.2.41 along with and unknown signature. The inside front cover and page 1 both show fire scorching at the bottom edges. The book is complete and in very good used condition with age staining to the covers. There are 93 pages of text with 3 fold out cards. This is followed by a section with 96 black and white illustrations. In the back of the book are 6 fold-out maps, including a very large fold-out map “ The water supply in the hinterland of Tripoli “ An exceptionally rare softback book measuring 150mm x 210mm and with a good history and Afrika Korps Panzer connection.
Rare Afrika Korps Postage Stamp A rare Afrika Korps Postage Stamp in very good condition with signs of what I believe to be the applied streaky gum showing through. These stamps was issued in March 1943 at Tunis for the use of troops who wished to send postal packets home to Germany, and soldiers using these stamps were required to use a 20 pfennig stamp along with it. The stamps were designed by Herr Roleff and printed at a mission press in Tunis. The first printings were lithographed and later printings were produced by offset lithography. The basic colour of the stamp was brown, but shades range from dark brown through light brown to reddish brown. The paper used for the production of the stamps also varied from thick hand made paper to thin machine made. The stamps were issued either without gum or with streaky gum as I believe we have here. A total of 150,000 stamps were printed and the majority of these were perforated 11½. However some of the first printings in dark brown (which were gummed) were issued imperforate.
Replacement Lenses for the Luftwaffe 306 Goggles A very useful pair of spare clear lenses for the Luftwaffe 306 Flying Goggles complete with double compartment cloth pouch. Both lenses are without cracks and appear scratch free. The pouch is for a pair of left tinted lenses and whilst of course this left clear lens fits perfectly, getting both in is a struggle.
Right Facing Luftwaffe Tropenhelm Eagle Although unassuming in appearance, original example of the right facing eagle for the Luftwaffe Tropenhelm or Pith Helmet, are really very scarce. This original zinc example is in good condition although the zinc finish has now taken on a dull flat appearance. In addition the lower third fitting blade is now missing, the remaining two however being sufficient to allow for fitting.
Royal Armoured Corps Plastic Economy Badge Very good undamaged condition with both blades in place and folded. Made by A Stanley and Son Walsall
Royal Army Pay Corps Officer’s Field Service Cap Royal Army Pay Corps Officer’s Field Service Cap in Barathea. Free from moth or other damage and with the RAPC badge in bronze, the cap perhaps having had a different badge at some time. Side flaps are secured by two brass general service buttons. Inside, the cap is clean with a wide velvet band and retains a 1943 dated label for Hobsons & Sons, London Ltd.
Royal Artillery 19th Indian Division Slouch Hat Completely untouched, this British Made Slouch Hat to a Royal Artillery unit within the 19th Indian Division is the last of the small collection of Slouch Hats I have been offering. Overall condition is very good with some minor moth holes at the top of the brim but the hat is generally better preserved than others that endured the rigours of service in South East Asia. Stitched to the Purgaree on the left side is the insignia of the 19th Indian Division, on the right the blue and red diamond of the Royal Artillery, and finally a plaited leather band adorns the base. Inside, the sweatband has blackened with use but the maker’s name, size 7 and 1943 date are clearly visible. The chinstrap remains intact. The 19th division spent an extended period on internal security duties and in training before being committed to the Fourteenth Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir William J. "Bill" Slim, on the Burma front in July 1944. From October the division concentrated on the Imphal plain under IV Corps and from November its brigades were involved in operations on the Chindwin River advancing to establish contact with the British 36th Infantry Division advancing from the north on their left. Concentrating once more at Sinlamaung the division came under Indian XXXIII Corps, and played the major role in the capture of Mandalay which was completed on 20 March. Transferred to IV Corps, it guarded the Fourteenth Army's lines of communication and mounted an offensive towards Mawchi, in the Kayah State. Casualties of 19th Indian Division being treated in Mandalay, March 1945. The division's successes were due to its fitness and high morale. It had a high proportion of pre-war regular soldiers among its officers and senior Non-Commissioned Officers. The 19th Indian Division was occasionally referred to as the "Dagger Division", from its divisional sign, seen here on the Slouch Hat
Royal Corps of Signals Coloured Field Service Cap A very nice example of the coloured other ranks Signals Field Service Cap. Dark blue body with a pale blue piping to the edge flaps and crown the Cap is in very good condition and free from damage other than one small moth hole in the crown. General Service buttons and slider badge. Inside, the lining is without damage and retains the original size label 7. The Signals Coloured Field Service Cap which colours were consistent with the corps traditions had in most cases the same cut as the normal Field Service Cap. Wearing Coloured Field Service Caps was allowed from June 1937, but was optional and in any case reserved to personnel on leave and below the rank of Colonel.
Royal Naval Sailor\'s Hat An excellent example of a Royal Navy Sailor’s Hat with hat ribbon to HMS Cochrane (shore establishment) which was the Rosyth naval base commissioned in 1938, the name previously allocated to ships of the line. The Hat is in excellent almost unused condition but named to “Tubby” and with an indiscernible maker’s stamp in the crown. The ribbon or tally is of silk with toned gold wire lettering and tied in the regulation bow on the left side. I have found this difficult to date. Certainly during both wars the ships name was removed as a security measure with sailor on leave wearing a ribbon to their depot. By the 1950s the blue topped hat was withdrawn so my best guess is the hat perhaps dates to the inter war years but may even be early 1950s.
Royal Warwickshire Regiment Officer\'s Field Service Cap A good Royal Warwickshire regiment Officer’s Field Service Cap made by Austin Reed in a good quality Barathea wool. Completely free from moth or other damage the Cap carries the impressive regimental badge in bronze with general service buttons to the side flaps. Inside, the protective covering remains below which is the Austin Reed label.
RZM Political Cap Eagle A useful gilded Political cap Eagle the reverse with RZM an M1/8 ( Ferdinand Wagner) raised from the stamping. Overall appearance is excellent but all three prongs are absent
SA (Sturmabteilungen) Enlisted Mann\'s Belt and Buckle SA (Sturmabteilungen) Belt and Buckle in overall very good used condition with some loss of colour to the leather and with a very small dent to the Buckle in the 8 o'clock position. The Buckle is of two part brass construction with the circular centre section silvered (although most of this plating has now gone) and riveted into place. The Buckle shows clear definition to the high points of the design an is the variant which features the eagle's head below the outer circle. The Belt shows the RZM stamp on the tongue. All stitching is firm and the Belt is complete with the closure clasp. The Belt is a large size and would fit a 36" waist comfortably. A very fine example
SA Life Rune Medical Insignia SA Medical Life Rune worn on the left forearm at a regulation 5cms above the cuff by suitably qualified personnel (Saniitats SA Unterfuhrer und SA Manner) being below the rank of SA – Sturmfuhrer. Instituted around 1937 this example is in excellent unissued condition being machine woven on a rayon backing and retains the original stores tag.
SA Musician\'s Wings A good and well matched pair of what I believe are SA Musician’s “Wings” perhaps better known as "Swallow's Nests" The golden tresse sits on a pink or plumb coloured background which reflects the SA region whilst the reverse is blue felt with five attachment hooks for fitting to the jacket or shirt. Overall condition is very good with no sign of damage other that one missing hook.
SA Wehrmannschaften Belt Buckle A very good example of a SA Wehrmannschaften moulded aluminium Belt Buckle with the makers marks RZM M/22 (C. Th Dicke) raised in the moulding. The Buckle shows light service or storage and is in very good condition. The SA-Wehrmannschaften was created in 1939 with a primary function as an Internal Defence unit.
Schutzmannschaft Auxiliary Police Cap badge Unissued and in virtually mint condition this machine embroidered Schuma Cap Badge is from the collection obtained from the immediate family of Sgt. Charles Ruzicka, a Tank Commander with the US 6th. Armoured Division which saw extensive action throughout Western Europe and participated in the Battle of The Bulge and most importantly, the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Research suggests the probability that most and perhaps all of the items were collected from stores at Buchenwald and some support is given to the theory by the presence in the collection (now sold) of an aluminium SS clothing requisition tag which I believe was from the camp. A video recording of Sgt Ruzicka being interviewed at a 6th Armoured Division Reunion can be seen here. He is second to appear: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0RDJI5eLTGFQk5HRkM0ZEVyV00/view . The protection team, or Schuma was an auxiliary police unit of local volunteers from the occupied territories of Eastern Europe. They were set up in areas under civil administration and were integrated into the command structure of the SS. In the former Polish territories in the West of the Soviet Union and the former Baltic states these units received great popularity. In late July 1941 the protection teams of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler were expanded into an important instrument of German tyranny in Eastern Europe. By the end of 1942, the Schumas reached a strength of about 300,000 men, organized in units to battalion strength. They were used to guard concentration camps and actively participated in the so-called anti-partisan activities.
Set of Four Patches for the Feldgendarmerie Waffenrock A virtually mint condition set of two collar patches and two cuff patches for the Feldgendarmerie dress tunic, the Waffenrock. Silver tresse bars on a Feldgendarmerie orange backing formed around a buckram board. Formerly part of the Gordon Williamson collection it would be impossible to upgrade this set.
Shoulder Boards to a Signals Oberleutnant A good matched pair of uniform removed Shoulder Boards to an Oberleutnant in Signals Regiment or Independent battalion1 Good service worn condition with some loss to the gilt wash on the rank pips and slight wear to the ends of the waffenfarbe underlay
Shoulder Slips to the 31st Indian Armoured Division, 14th Battery Royal Horse Artillery A very good pair of Shoulder Slips to the 31st Indian Armoured Division, 14th Battery Royal Horse Artillery, depicting an embroidered charging elephant on a green felt background above a brass RHS on red felt backing with posts and pins, all on a Khaki slip. Very good condition. According to Chris Kempton's Divisional History section of his reference work "Loyalty and Honour" the 14th RHA served with the 31st Indian Armoured Division from 8th November 1943 until 10th January 1946. Having been formed in Dhond, India, on 1st September 1942 from 414 Battery and 525 Battery. It then served as part of 7th Armoured Brigade from then until May 1943, in Syria, before moving to 10th Armoured Division in June 1942. In November 1943, it was reorganised to include 524 Battery and then served with 31st Indian Armoured Division in North Africa and Syria again in March 1944. With the 31st Indian Armoured Division the Regiment then served in Persia, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria, until the end of the war. The Regiment was disbanded in 1947 making these very rare Shoulder Slips.
Silk / Rayon Evasion Map H2 K3 Perhaps one of the more interesting of the North African series of Evasion Maps is this Silk / Rayon example of K3 / H2 which covers North Africa from The Strait of Gibraltar in the North down to Upper Volta and Portuguese Guinea in the South, West to the Gambia and East to Niamey, on side K3. Side H2 embraces the whole of Spain and Portugal with the important border with France, and the French Mediterranean coast to Pisa in Italy. To the South are Sardinia and Corsica with the North African coast from Tunisia to Morocco. Overall condition is very good with no damage of staining. Edges are unhemmed.
Silk Evasion Map. K1 / K2 A double sided version of the K series Silk Evasion Maps this being K1 and K2. As with the earlier listed example this Map entitled Cyrenaica, covers North Africa and Crete, South to 28 degrees North and to Benghazi in the West and Port Said in the East, on side K1. Isoganals are dated 1937. Side K2 covers Tunis down to 12 degrees North, West to the Greenwich meridian and East to 24 degrees East. Utilised by RAF aircrew and other operational units such as the Long Range Desert Group, this example has hemmed edges and is in very good condition with storage staining to one corner but without further damage.
Silver Cigarette Case - Number 5 Commando Another from the superb collection of WW11 period Cigarette cases is this beautiful 1933 produced example by Charles S Green of Birmingham, gifted in 1941 by Joan to “Johnny” of Number 5 Commando. Measuring 80mm x 142mm this silver case bears a hand engraved No.5 Commando insignia on the dedication plate to the outside on the case. On the inside the recipient has, alongside the dedication from Joan, commissioned engravings to depict his career from 1942-45 in the Far East and on to his service in the BAOR, UK, Middle East including Suez, BOAR again and finally the Far East up until 1960. Overall condition is very good and a wonderful piece of social and military history to a Commando.
Silver Infantry Assault badge by Meybauer An unmarked zinc Infantry Assault Badge identified by its characteristics as being by the maker Paul Meybauer. The badge is without damage but the silver wash has now been almost completely absorbed in to the zinc
Silver Plated Infantry Assault Badge. Near Mint A near mint example of what I believe to be an early war manufactured hollow backed silver plated Infantry Assault Badge. The badge is of course completely without damage and retains at least 98% of the white frosting finish. The metal is Finezink and indicates an award for the Infantry and Mountain Infantry, the Motorised Infantry badge being of brass. Worn on the left breast and instituted in December 1939, eligibility required participation in at least three infantry assaults on separate days. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this superb example.
Single Luftwaffe Unterfeldwebel Shoulder Strap A uniform removed single sew in Shoulder Strap for a Luftwaffe Unterfeldwebel in the flying branch. Taken from a privately purchased tunic the Strap is piped with yellow branch of service waffenfarbe with silver Tresse in place around a high quality tricot cloth. On the reverse a single button remains for securing an aiguillette. Good used condition with minor nips to the tricot wool and signs of Blu Tack on the reverse from display
Single Oberstleutnants Shoulder Board A single high quality Shoulder Board to an Oberstleutnant. Subdued interwoven wire with single gilt rank pip on a blue grey velvet board perhaps to a specialist officer. Tunic removed, overall condition is very good with two marks on the back from having been displayed with Blu tack
Single SA Musician's "Swallows Nest" A single Musician’s “Swallow Nest”, I believe for the SA districts of Sudwest. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage. The background is an orange wool with seven vertical ribbed bars of silver braid adjoining one horizontal bar at the base. The reverse is blue felt with five hooks for attaching to the loops on the jacket or shirt.
Single Set of RAF Sergeant\'s Stripes A single set of RAF Sergeant’s Stripes in very good uniform removed condition. Dark blue backing trimmed to the edges of the chevrons. Ideal for the creation of a typical Blouse as used by aircrew on operations who often had only one set applied to the right sleeve and indeed sometimes had no further brevet. The last picture shows Polish fighter pilots of 317 or 316 squadron clearly showing the lack of brevet and the wear of a single set of stripes
Single Shoulder Board to a Jager Major A single Slider Shoulder Board to a Major in Jager Regiment 8 Woven aluminium wire denoting rank with an Arabic 8 all on a green backed board. Very good service used condition with some surface wear to the aluminium wire and very light traces of blue tack to the
Single Shoulder Strap To a Pioneer Major A single Slider Shoulder Board to a Major in Pioneer Regiment 90 Silver aluminium braid woven to rank with golden Arabic numerals. Black wool backing. Very good condition free from moth but with very light traces of blue tack from a previous display.
Sleeve Badge for Ski Qualified Troops Another exceptionally rare Sleeve Badge worn on the upper right arm by Heer and SS Troops from rifle units qualified in the use of snow skis. This uniform removed example is the still more rare being of BeVo weave construction rather than embroidered thread on a wool backing. Overall condition is very good, the edges of the rayon baking folded in prior to application. The first I have been able to offer.
Sleeve Shield for volunteers in the Armenian Legion Sleeve Shield for volunteers in the Armenian Legion (Freiwillige Armenian) and serving with the Wehrmacht. Yellow cotton background with printed shield. Very good unissued condition
Sleeve Shield worn by the Don Cossack Volunteers Sleeve Shield worn by the Don Cossack Volunteers including those in the 1st and 5th Divisions. BeVo weave embroidered in mint unissued condition with Cyrillic letters BA translating to VD, Voysko Donskoye, the colours being traditional to the Cossacks. A rare piece.
Sleeve Shield worn by volunteers in the Bergkaukasien Legion An unissued example of the Sleeve Shield worn by volunteers in the Bergkaukasien Legion (Mountain-Caucasian Legion) of the Wehrmacht. Yellow cotton background with Caucasian shield A scarce example
Slovakian WWII Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour in Silver Grade WWII Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour in Silver Grade constructed in silvered bronze, 33 mm x 46.7 mm with vertical pin back, in very good condition and retaining much of the original finish Hitler’s dismemberment of Czechoslovakia left Slovakia as an independent country. Its fascist leader, Dr Josef Tiso sided with the Axis, notwithstanding the high degree of anti-fascist sentiment among the public and the armed forces. Slovakia provided forces to assist in the Invasion of Poland in 1939 and later provided troops for the Invasion of Russia, crossing the border on June 25, 1941, the date commemorated on this rare badge.
Solid Silver Polish 3rd Carpathian Artillery Badge with Provenance The first of an excellent collection of WW11 Polish Ground Force Badges I will be listing is this superb provenanced example of the solid silver breast badge awarded to Fabiszewski Antonio Bomb.- 3rd Polish Carpathian Artillery Regiment, Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade. Accompanied by a letter from the Polish Institute dated 22nd February 1991 identifying the original recipient, the Badge is in very good condition and complete with screw post and locking disc showing the Italian maker F.M. Lorioli, Milano and Roma. Stamped into the rear of the badge is the 800 silver mark and 3563 identifying the recipient. Fabiszewski Antonio Bomb served with the Brigade in Tobruk. He was Born in 1918, Army Number : 1918/4/III. After the war he came to the UK with his Regiment where he died on the 17th September 1947. He is buried in Blacon Cemetery, Chester in plot section H grave Number 178 A very fine and attractive piece with good provenance.
Spanish M34 Eibar Helmet A Spanish M1934 helmet also known as M38 for its years of distribution or “Eibar” for its supposed production in the city. Overall condition is very good, the shell completely without damage and with virtually all of the original factory paint remaining. Inside, the liner is in excellent condition but I believe the liner may be a later fabrication. Meant not for use by the Army, but instead by security forces such as police, the helmet was of similar shape to the Model 1926 helmet in use by the army. The helmet would mainly see use by the Nationalists in the conflict
SS Peaked Cap Eagle by Augustine Hicke An absolutely mint example of the Eagle and Swastika insignia for wear on the SS Peaked (Visor) Cap, this piece by the seldom seen maker, Augustine Hicke. Made in zinc with a silver wash finish which shows no loss and this being the more desirable of the two styles produced by Hicke which has three prongs rather than two. Never issued, the prongs remain folded and have never been opened making photographing the markings to the reverse a little awkward. Nevertheless they are entirely discernible as RZM M1/167 with the SS runes contained within double rings and the RZM mark.
Stielhandgranate 24 Training Stick Grenade A very good example of a German Training Stick Grenade intended to replicate the Stielhandgranate 24 in design and weight during training exercises. The shaft is of natural wood with a black painted steel sleeve. Overall condition is very good.
Stielhandgranate M43 Although ideal for display this completely inert M43 Stick Grenade (Stielhandgranate) is in fair condition only and has most probably been ground recovered. The pictures show well the remaining ordnance tan paint and the areas of pitting and rusting which appear to have been treated with a rust killer which has stabilised the rust and turned it black. The head is empty and the Bz39 fuse inert. The fuse is in very good condition. The wooden shaft is rot free and intact. UK shipping only
T Shaped insignia for Heer M42/43 Caps Although intended for use on the M42 cap this T shaped insignia was also to be seen on the M43. Constructed in BeVo weave with the eagle in a subdued thread on a field grey rayon backing. Overall appearance is very good but the reverse shows evidence of it once having been stuck to card for display, possibly in an album.
TeNo (State Technical Emergency Service) Armband TeNo (State Technical Emergency Service) Armband in white rayon or silk with machine embroidered TeNo logo at centre. Very good overall condition with light age staining and four marks to the reverse where it appears to have been displayed with Sellotape. Manufacture's and ges.gesch (pattern pending) to the reverse.
Terek Cossacks Arm Shield An example Arm Shield worn by Terek Cossacks in the Cavalry Corps. Possibly uniform removed the Shield is in very good condition and displaying the colours of the Terek Cossacks printed onto a white cotton backing.
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend - Jungenschaftsfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Jungenschaftsfuhrer
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend- Hordenfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Hordenfuhrer
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend- Oberhordenfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Oberhordenfuhrer
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend-Jungzugfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Jungzugfuhrer
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend-Oberjungenschaftsfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Oberjungenschaftsfuhrer
The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend-Oberjungzugfuhrer The Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend "German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth" was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitler Youth organisation. Each wore insignia appropriate to their rank in the form of a 60mm diameter badge with the rank shown in silver grey machine embroidered thread. This example is in mint unissued condition, complete with the original RZM label, for the rank of Oberjungzugfuhrer
Theatre Made German Breast Eagle An interesting oversized breast eagle, typical of those made ”in theatre “ possibly in North Africa or Italy. The wool backing appears to be a field grey or faded blue while the hand embroidered eagle could either be a toned silver or faded gold. It is difficult therefore to determine if this is an Army or Kriegsmarine eagle, the few fitting threads that attached it to a uniform appearing to be a tan colour. Wingspan with the backing is 117mm and I have shown a regulation BeVo stye eagle for comparison. This listing is for the theatre made eagle only which is in very good undamaged condition.
Third Reich Produced Imperial Iron Cross First Class A Third Reich period Iron Cross First Class produced in the style of the WW1 Imperial Cross for veterans of that war. Overall condition is very good with much of the original frosting remaining to the obverse, the iron core completely free from rust. The Cross is unmarked but attributed to C.F. Zimmermann A very nice example.
Traditions Badge of the 1st. Fallschirm Korps in Italy Produced in Italy by the G.Bregonzio factory in Milan in 1944 on behalf of the Oberkommando der Heeresgruppe C (the German military command on the Italian theatre of war) this is the Traditions badge of the 1st Fallschirmkorps led by Feldmarschall Albert Kesselring and intended to be worn as a cap device on the M43 Feldmutze. Measuring just 26mm x 16mm and made of metal sheet in the shape of a stylized parachute, it is enamelled with the German national colours and has the classic safety pin typical of the Italian badges of the time. The badge is in very good undamaged condition but with some surface rusting to the fitting pin. It is accompanied by its original glassine packet. It is not known exactly how many of these badges were produced and distributed to the parachutists of I. Fallschirmkorps but they are rare and it is nice to find one with the original packet. This badge is covered on page 135 of German Paratroops by Robert Kurtz
Trapezoid Insignia for the M43 Cap Unissued and uncut to form the Trapezoid insignia for the Heer M43, this example is in excellent and undamaged condition in the classic BeVo weave construction
Tropical / Afrika Korps Breeches Profusely stamped and including an M42 mark, I feel I can quite justifiably say these olive coloured Tropical Breeches are indeed of Afrika Korps issue. Produced in a smooth brushed cotton, the Breeches are in overall very good condition but with some distress to the two button fastenings at the waist and possibly missing two cotton leg ties where they terminate at the calf to allow wear with the high lace up boots. In addition there is a small well repaired L shaped cut at the back, below the pocket. A rare pair of Breeches, ideal for display.
Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in red threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge
Tropical Field Cap (Feldmutze) Of the Jager An excellent unissued example of a 1942 dated Feldmutze in unissued condition. Produced in olive / khaki ribbed cotton absolutely in keeping with those seen in use in North Africa but used generally in arid climates. The insignia features a pale blue Heer eagle machine embroidered in the BeVo style and machine stitched in place with a zig zag stitching above a machine embroidered rosette on tan backing below the green Soutache of the Jager. All insignia, including the Soutache is of course originally applied, the Soutache being machine stitched in place and inserted through two small puncture holes at the bottom stitch line The interior of the cap is fully lined in lightweight red cotton and clearly stamped F.W Weissbach, Glauchau, E42 and size 61. The large size perhaps explains why the cap was never issued. At each side is a single ventilation eyelet, the exterior of which in painted in a tan enamel.
Tropical Panzer Grenadier Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge Tan cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in grass green threads, the badge finished in an olive drab rayon surround. Very good unissued condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge
Tropical Panzer Grenadier Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge Brown wool base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in grass green threads with a linen backing to the reverse. Very good unissued condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge
Tropical Special Services Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in Bordeaux threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good unissued condition and associated with smoke troops etc.
Truppensonderdienst Officer\'s Tropical Tunic A very good example of tropical weight Officer’s Tunic to an Oberleutnant in the Truppensonderdienst, the troop special services. Tailored in what is known as “moleskin” material the Tunic is of the standard pattern with four pleated and flapped pockets closed with pebbled buttons, whilst front closure is with four matching buttons with two hook and eyes at the collar. The Tunic is unlined All insignia is originally applied, the collar bars and shoulder boards having the waffenfarbe of the Truppensonderdienst. Often mistaken for medical devices on the boards the devices here are correct for the Truppensonderdienst. Unlike other countries the German medical Caduceus featured only the serpent and shaft without the wings. Overall condition is very good. There is some light moth damage the collar and slight fading overall but no other damage. A rare Tunic to this arm of the service in a good mannequin size of about a 38” chest.
Tunis made Afrika Korps Ring. 900 Silver A very good Tunis made Afrika Korps Ring in Niello T900 marked silver with an approximate weight of 15grams. The Niello process is a black mixture, usually of sulphur, copper, silver, and lead, used as an inlay and this has been used to surround the typical palm tree and Swastika with DAK 1941 seen on the ring. Each side is decorated with Arab scenes, a Mosque to one side and a Camel to the other, both in Niello. An attractive Ring in very good condition
Turkistan Legion Volunteers Sleeve Shield A cloth printed version of the Tanri Biz Meneni Sleeve Shield for volunteers in Turkistan Legion. Introduced in 1944 this Shield is in very good condition with some light marks to the white cotton field.
Two German Button Hole medal Ribbons Two Button Hole medal Ribbons, one for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords, the other for the War Service Medal, both in very good condition. One button marked Best Quality, the Hindenburg Button marked custom made and perhaps reflecting inter war manufacture.
Two Kriegsmarine Career Insignia Sleeve Badges A very good pair of Kriegsmarine career badges The first is for Motor Transport, machine woven in a golden thread and intended for wear on the blue uniform. The second is the Badge of the Staff Personnel in the form of a machine embroidered Admiral’s Flag flying from a golden flagstaff on a dark blue cotton backing, this example being for wear on the white pullover shirt. 6cms in diameter, this badge was worn by NCO’s and privates of the staff of sea commanders and by junior NCO’s and privates of the “Leaders”, such as Leaders of Torpedo Boats. It was worn singly on the left sleeve above the rank insignia.
Two Part German Police Officer\'s Eagle in Cupal A scarce two piece Police Cap Eagle popularly referred to as the officer’s eagle and available at extra cost to all personnel prepared to pay for upgrade Constructed in Cupal with a nickel plating this desirable example is in very good undamaged condition with light wear to the plating allowing to copper element in the metal to be partially visible. A seldom seen and desirable variation, formerly part of the collection of Gordon Williamson.
U Boat War Badge by Schwerin in Tombak A very good example of a Kriegsmarine U Boat War Badge in an early Tombak casting, originally purchased from Helmut Weitze in Germany. Overall condition is very good with virtually all of the original fire gilding remaining. Typical high quality badge by the maker “Berlin-Schwerin” and clearly marked on the reverse. The only additional observation I can make is the slight bend to the pin and securing hook, typical of these badges.
Unfinished Schutzpolizei Sleeve Badge. An interesting and clearly unfinished example of the Schutzpolizei Sleeve Badge, no doubt liberated from factory stores prior to completion. Machine embroidered in a green thread on a lightweight cotton backing for the summer uniform, the stages of manufacture would have been the addition of the Swastika in black thread and the city name, which did not take place. Very good unissued condition. The Schutzpolizei des Reiches was the uniformed police in most cities and large towns An interesting curios
Uniforms & Insignia of the German Army 1933 - 1945 by Angolia. Complete 3 Volume Set Complete 3 volume set of Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933 -1935 by John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht in my view still the ultimate reference work and unsurpassed by later works. Hardbound books in English text which cover all aspects of the German Army uniforms to include dress, service and special uniforms as well as rank structure, branch colours and insignia with colour plates. Chapters include information of individual equipment, daggers and swords as well as fire arms. Superb reference set, long out of print. Included in the set are the following volumes: ” Volume 1. 1st edition (1984) 448 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. Very good condition ” Volume 2. 1st edition (1986) 416 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. Very good condition ” Volume 3. 2nd edition (1992) 640 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. All copies from the second printing have a defect in that pages 222 & 223 are blank and without text. Otherwise in very good condition. Essential reading for any collector.
Unissued NSDAP Belt Buckle An unissued NSDAP Claw Type Belt Buckle complete with the original RZM stores label. Minor wear to the plating of the pebbled buckle but otherwise both Buckle and Label are very good.
Unissued RAF Oxygen Hose Connector AM 6d/526 An excellent opportunity to acquire an unissued air Ministry marked Oxygen Hose Connector 6D/526 Mk1V complete with its’ sprung loaded clothing attachment clip. In mint condition the connector is accompanied by the original grease proof paper envelope.
Unofficial U Boat Engineer Officer Qualification Document An unofficial but amusing cartoon style Qualification Diploma Document awarded to Obermaschinist K.O.A Hartmann who qualified as an Engineer Officer on U-Boats. Measuring 270mm x 190 mm, the Diploma shows an unfortunate Officer being bullied by other ranks. Double signed in ink and dated 22. 9.44. Twice folded and punched for file storage this rare piece of U Boat humour is in otherwise very good condition and printed on heavy off white paper.
Verkehrs-Aufsicht Armband for Traffic Control Personel Bright orange cotton/rayon construction armband with black machine woven Latin script in two parts, "Verkehrs-Aufsicht" (Traffic Control) When performing traffic control duties the Verkehrsregelungs-Bataillonen.( Feldgendarmerie) personnel were issued with this distinguishing armband which was to be returned to the authorizing authority on conclusion of the traffic duties. The armband is in overall very good, clean condition.
Very Rare Published Feldgendarmerie Collection to Oberfeldwebel Erich Wolter. Soldbuch, Wehrpass and over 100 photographs. A fine and very rare Feldgendarmerie grouping to Oberfeldwebel Erich Wolter comprising Soldbuch, Wehrpass and a collection of over 100 photographs. Wolter began his career as a Pionier and served with various Pionier units until 1942, reaching the rank of Unterfeldwebel. In January 1942 he transferred to the Feldgendarmerie and was promoted to Feldwebel in May 1942 and Oberfeldwebel in May 1943. He served with Feldgendarmerie Komp 220, Feldgendarmerie Komp 904, Feldgendarmerie Trupp 985 and Feldgendarmerie Trupp 422. Most of his Feldgendarmerie service was on Crete and in Greece, where his Wehrpass confirms that he was involved in anti-partisan operations.(Bekämpfung der Bandenbewegung in Griechenland) He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class with Feldgendarmerie Trupp 985 on Crete. Bravery awards, even the modest EK2, awarded to Feldgendarmerie personnel are rare. The Soldbuch photo is an excellent example in tropical uniform whilst the photo in the Wehrpass, rather thán showing the typical civilian dress, also has him in uniform, the Waffenrock of his Pionier unit. The photographs range from him as a recruit in 1934 through to his service with the Feldgendarmerie on Crete. Most have period annotations on the reverse indicating dates where the pictures were taken. Also included is his original Wehrmacht personal data sheet. Weapons he was issued at various points include the P08 Luger pistol and MP40 machine pistol. Condition is very good with the Swastikas obscured in both the Soldbuch and Wehrpass, a common practice post war. Well over half of the photographs are service related. Formerly part of the Gordon Williamson c ollection this Soldbuch is featured on page 98 of his book, Kettenhund
Volga Tartar Voluteers Arm Shield Worn by foreign volunteers who fought in the German armed forces as part of the Idel-Ural Legion. This unit was formed of volunteers from various ethnic groups including Muslim Volga Bulgarians and other Idel-Ural people. Legion colours printed on a white cotton background. Very good unissued condition with slight storage marks.
War Merit Cross Second Class With Luftwaffe Award Certificate A good Award Certificate for the War Service Cross Second Class with Swords, accompanied by the award itself to Luftwaffe Obergefreiten Wilhelm Zehlius of 3./Res. Flak-Abt. 291 which saw most of its service in central Germany. Issued in Wiesbaden and dated 1 September 1941 the Certificate shows the original ink signature (now very faded) of Generalleutnant Friedrich Heilingbrunner, Commanding General of Luftgau X111/X111. The Certificate show some discolouration from having been displayed in a frame and has been twice folded. There are no tears. The War Service Cross is a very good example but the reverse centre shows the residue of some adhesive, again from having been previously displayed. Footnote. When the First World War broke out Heilingbrunner he was made a Platoon Leader serving at the front. At the same time, he served as Battery Chief in the Ottoman Army in Gallipoli and Macedonia. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1935
WARNING! Fake Kriegsmarine Clocks at the War and Peace Revival Gentlemen. With the War and Peace Revival about to start in the UK, now is a good time to remind you of the dangers of buying Kriegsmarine and Kaiserliche Marine Clocks on sale there and indeed at Ardingly and Newark. The UK’s most active faker of these clocks will be there as usual displaying a number of clocks which will enable you to recognise him. He sells clocks which range from fake dials on de-nazified clocks, to clocks which are complete fakes, including the cases. These are well executed fakes designed to deceive and defraud. All numbers should match the serial number on the back of the case, including the movement. If someone tells you the movements get changed, he’s not telling you the truth although the number on the dial will differ as this is not the serial number of the clock. Know your eagles, here is one of his fakes. Note that the feathers touching the legs are perfectly balanced. On originals, one is usually lower than the other. Never pay cash. If he won’t take a card, give you his contact details, tells you he doesn’t have a land line telephone or a computer and speaks with a strong Scottish accent, walk away. If you do decide to buy a clock at the show, buy it from a dealer you know or one who will take a card so you have some security. Even other dealers at the show may have been taken in by his clocks which also appear on eBay and other websites.
Wartime Plastic Economy Badge - South Wales Borders An excellent undamaged example on blades which have never been unfolded.
Wartime Plastic Economy Badge - The Hampshire Regiment One of the least often encountered Regiments in the wartime economy badge range. Very good undamaged condition on blades by A Stanley and Sons, Walsall.
Weapon Training Poster No.2 Bren LMG Mk3. Part 2 Main Components A nice wall display piece, this Weapon Training Poster for the Bren Mk3, measures 100cms x 76cms and carries the store code 7131. Overall condition is good with minor tears around the edges and with one longer 7cm tear towards the top right hand corner which has been reinforced with tape from behind, along with a small length of one fold. The colours remain bright and although the weapon depicted shows a 1945 date, the figures 11/55 appear in the printer’s code at the bottom left corner and suggest this to be of mid-fifties production.
Weapon Training Poster No.2 Bren LMG Mk3. Part 3 Stripping Always an excellent wall display piece, this Weapon Training Poster No2 for the LMG Mk3, covers lesson 3, “Stripping the Piston and Barrel Groups”. Measuring 110cms x 71cms the poster has a pleasing appearance spoiled by long tears at the top third, reinforced with tape which has darkened with age. No date is apparent. A nice addition for the Bren Gun collector
Webbing Sling for the Sten Gun An unused and of course original Webbing Sling for the Sten Sub Machine Gun. Overall condition is excellent with no damage and with no markings other that what appears to be a War Department arrow.
Wehrmacht-Verkehrsdirektion Brussels Sleeveband An excellent unissued example of a German Traffic Directorate Sleeveband for Brussels. The black rayon backing carries the BeVo weave wording “Wehrmacht Verkehrsdirektion” in golden script with matching borders top and bottom. The sleeveband is full length with some slight dust mark but completely without damage. The WVD, "Wehrmacht Verkehrsdirektion" (Armed-forces Traffic-directorate) was one of four German Railway directorates. Staff were originally issued an identifying sleeveband with place name. Discontinued in September 1941 they were replaced with a sleeve eagle insignia bearing the directorate and location and are consequently rather scarce, particularly in this unissued condition.
Wehrpass and Soldbuch to Hauptmann Hans Stolz – SS Police Regiment – Einsatzgruppen? Compising his Wehrpass with a good uniform photograph on page 2, the pass with all pages present and in very good condition. Stolz came from the civilian Police to the Feldgendarmerie, received his training and was commissioned Leutnant der Feldgendarmerie in 1942. He subsequently returned to the Schutzpolizei and served on the Eastern Front with an SS-Polizei Regiment. His Polizei Soldbuch with his photograph removed but in otherwise very good condition. He gained several combat awards including: Iron Cross Second Class, Iron Cross First Class, War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, Wound Badge in Black, Wound Badge in Silver, Infantry Assault Badge. This set came from a major German source who sadly split the set and sold off the award documents separately. These documents revealed that he served in III./ SS-Polizei Regiment 9 and I./SS-Polizei Regiment 16. These units were both part of Polizei Kampfgruppe Jeckeln. Fortunately, although I do not have the original documents I do have colour photocopies which show well these units. They are included in the sale. SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln, the Einsatzgruppe commander was responsible for countless atrocities during his "police" actions and several reports from this unit refer to the execution of so called “Bandits” (usually Jews) According to one of the top researchers on the subject of the Einsatzgruppen, even if Stolz did not participate directly in the "questionable activities" of the Einsatzgruppen he was certainly associated with those who did. So although no firm evidence against Stolz is known he certainly belonged to a notorious unit. A very rare Soldbuch and Wehrpass, formely part of the Gordon Williamson collection.
Women\'s Land Army 2 Years Service Armlet / Armband The fourth from the small collection of original Women's Land Army Armbands I have acquired, is this two years service example. In very good unissued condition and showing no signs of wear, there is one 1mm moth hole situated mid way between the Crown and the L
WW1 German Ammunition Pouches A very good pair of 1915 dated German Army brown leather Ammunition Pouches. These Pouches were found together and each is still in the scarce early war tan finish. They match each other in both colour patina and wear, this indicating perhaps that they have indeed been worn as a pair. Though one Pouch has brass fittings and the other steel, such a mixed issue situation was a very common in 1915, the year when the switchover from brass to steel occurred. Both Pouches have clear 1915 dates and WW1 German Army Corps service markings. One pouch in addition appears to have a another issue stamp for 1915 to the inside lid however this is faint and difficult to read . They are both in good service-worn condition with the stitching on each firm and the closing straps all present, strong, flexible, and undamaged. The internal dividing straps are equally present and complete on each. A wonderful pair of pouches for the WW1 German "in the field" display.
WW1 German Bread Bag Strap A rare WW1 German Bread Bag Strap with manufacture dating from the pre/early War period. Made in tan cotton canvas which dates it to at the latest, 1915 as from that year onwards these were manufactured in field grey. As with all early manufactured equipment these tan Straps continued to be used throughout the War. WW1 Bread Bag Straps are difficult to find but they are an important piece of equipment since during WW1 they were used by all Infantry to support the weight of the cartridge Pouches. German Infantry did not have "Y straps" in WW1. The cartridge Pouches were usually supported by the Pack, however the Pack was not used in the assault so the Bread Bag Strap was used instead. In keeping with this there are markings to an Infantry Regiment however these are too faded to be discernible. Overall condition is good with slight fraying and surface rusting to the metalwork. There is rust staining to the cloth, however it remains strong with the leather ends robust and the sprung clips fully functioning. The final images show the Strap laid out with other items of German WW1 equipment that I have listed. These associated items do not form part of this sale but are shown for interest only. An essential but hard to find piece of WW1 German Equipment.
WW1 German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet Set A very good German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for "look", condition and wear. The leather components are of an identical black colour and they have exactly the same age patina. This is really a rather difficult thing for the collector today to achieve as WW1 German blackened leather equipment is infamously hard to match up well. This is because the German Army actually started the War wearing brown leather and it is only late in 1915 that this was ordered to be "blackened" by the High Command. The order essentially came into effect in 1916, however the blackening was inconsistently done due to the prevailing conditions. In some instances soldiers simply attempted to polish the equipment black with varying degrees of success, and in other instances the equipment was properly dyed black at Depot level. The result of this difference in technique is that the Depot-dyed leather became properly black, whereas the polished leather often became merely dark brown. This in turn means that today it is very difficult for the collector to put together a truly black mid-War equipment representation. This is not the case here however. Here both Entrenching Tool Carrier and Bayonet Frog have been properly Depot-dyed matching black. The Entrenching Tool Carrier is the M1909 type and it has a just visible manufacturer's date marking for 1916 to the inside, where the original brown leather colour is still visible. True WW1 German Entrenching Tool Carriers such as this are exceedingly difficult to find, 99% of the ones offered on the market today are actually "lookalike" versions from other nations such as Bulgaria etc. The leather to the whole carrier is strong with the hanging straps particularly so which means the Carrier can be hung from the Belt without problems. Wonderfully, and most unusually, the securing strap for the Tool to the Bayonet also retains its full length. This is important as these straps are now often found reduced in length making it impossible for the collector today to attach the Bayonet to the Tool as was prescribed at the time. The Entrenching Tool itself is equally a proper German one, immediately recognisable as the classic M1898/09 type by the riveted "turn-backs" to the top blade rim. Whilst the German Army used several subtly different versions of the Entrenching Tool in WW1 this pattern is the most easily discernible as German as other nations' Entrenching Tools do not have these "turn-backs". The Entrenching Tool is painted black which is standard for the first part of the War. These were later manufactured with "Field Grey" paint. The Bayonet is the S 84/98Na type first introduced in 1915. This one is made by Erfurt and is an early issue as it has a clear German Army inspection marking for 1915. The Bayonet is in good condition overall with a bright blade however this does have some rust staining. The scabbard is the simplified black painted "ersatz" version equally introduced in 1915, this matches the paintwork of the Entrenching Tool for colour and condition very well. The Bayonet Frog is the standard pattern for the S 84/98 which has been dyed black (to the outside). There is no date marking visible but it has 1915 onward steel rivets. The Frog is strong and it too can be hung from the Belt without problems. The Frog has an original WW1 German Bayonet Knot attached, this is in good condition aside from the odd bit of staining. These Bayonet Knots came in a variety of different colours with each colour combination denoting a specific Company within the regiment. The white/yellow colour combination of this particular Bayonet Knot denotes the 9th Company. The Knot's hanging strap also has a lovely name label for the original Infantryman attached, this is rarely encountered but very nice to see. The final image shows the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set laid out with other completing items that I have equally listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Belt and Pouches set shown match this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake of photographic clarity however, I have listed the Belt and Pouches set separately. A marvelous Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set, the main components of which are really rather difficult to find.
WW1 German Field Drinking Cup A lovely example of the WW1 German soldier's Drinking Cup. Used by the German soldier in the field they were carried suspended from one of the Bread Bag's belt loops. At the start of the War they were made of aluminium but as the War progressed their manufacture was switched to the steel and field grey enamel format such as here in order to save aluminium. These are really rather difficult to find in any event, but quite exceptionally this example is in very good condition with only minimal enamel loss to the rim. The final image shows the field Drinking Cup laid out with other items of German WW1 equipment that I have listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. A wonderful item.
WW1 German Officer\'s Trench Binocular Case A very rare German officer's Trench Binocular Case manufactured in field grey leather. Not long after the start of trench warfare officers on both sides of the conflict found that they were getting the unwanted attention of enemy snipers. In order to avoid drawing this deadly attention some field officers disguised or obscured the items of their kit that plainly marked them out as prized officer targets. This is very well known for the British Army whose trench officers often had their Sam Browne equipment either covered in khaki cloth, or even manufactured in webbing. However, what is less well known that some German trench officers did this type of camouflaging too. On occasion one encounters items of WW1 German officer's kit covered in field grey cloth, with belts being the most frequently found of such items today. In a similar fashion to their British counterparts sporting webbing items, one also exceptionally finds WW1 German Officer's kit actually manufactured in field grey coloured leather, although it must be said that these sought after pieces rarely come onto the market now. This however, is just such a piece. This Case is of the standard pattern but manufactured in field grey leather instead of brown. To further camouflage the Case, "grained" leather has also been deliberately used in order to prevent the sun reflecting on the flat surface. This is the first of these trench pieces that I have ever encountered. British officer's trench equipment very seldom appears and the German equivalent obviously even less so. Aside from this Binocular Case, I know of a few field grey leather belts, and I have been told of a field grey leather Luger holster in an American collection, but that is the sum total of field grey leather officer's trench kit that I am aware of. The Binocular Case is in very good condition overall with the only damage being the missing carrying handle to the lid, and some leather to the sprung closure strap having become detached or unstiched. The sprung closure strap is now rather delicate with a reinforced tear to the leather tab. Nevertheless it functions well, as do the military grade swiveling side bales for the shoulder strap. A rare and desirable item of German officer's trench kit.
WW1 German Wirecutters with Rare Belt Hanging Bracket. Stormtrooper Interest A very good pair of WW1 German M1911 Wirecutters with their corresponding Depot made field Belt Hanging Bracket. Whilst the Wirecutters occasionally turn up, the field Belt Hanging Bracket for these is exceptionally rare and indeed this is the first I have encountered. They were made in the field at Depot level primarily for the use of Assault Troops. Numerous period photographs testify to their extensive use by Stormtroopers and both the Wirecutters and Bracket are well described in the late Michael Baldwin's excellent series of Feldzug books. Overall condition is very good with the Wirecutters functioning well and with the bracket retaining approximately 90% of its original Field Grey paint. A very rare pair, ideal for the Stormtrooper display.
WW1 Guards Machine Gun battalion Cap Badge. A very good example of a British WW1 Guards Machine Gun battalion Cap Badge. Formed in white metal in the shape of a five pointed star with bullets forming the points and with the devices of the five foot guard’s regiments (grenade, rose, thistle, shamrock and leek) between the points. At centre is an intertwined and reverse monogram GMG surrounded by the moto “Quinque juncta in uno” (five joined in one). At bottom is the date 1916 which refers to the development of the GMG training centre. Very good condition and complete with backing plate and spring fitting pin.
WW1 HIndenburg Cross Medal Ribbon Bar Hindenburg Cross without swords Medal Ribbon Bar in very good undamaged condition
WW1 Officer\'s Hard Shell Holster for Webley .455 Whilst not uncommon, this British Made Boer War / WW1 British officer’s Holster for the large Webley .455 revolver is one of the nicest I’ve seen. Constructed in a ridged hard shell fashion with an appealing light tan coloured leather, the Holster is in very good undamaged condition, free from damage of any kind and with the stitching all intact. Of note is the belt strap which is riveted in place with four large copper rivets and the markings to the muzzle end, C&Co over a logo which appears to be a crown.
WW1 Period Leather Holster - Webley Automatic? Although typically British in manufacture this small leather Holster is unmarked and is possibly for the WW1 .38 Webley automatic pistol. Certainly all aspects of its appearance including the suspension straps and attachment clips suggest it is of the period. Overall condition is excellent with almost no signs of use and with no damage to the leather or stitching. Both spring clips work well.
WW1 Period Wooden Aircraft Generator Propeller A small laminated wood Generator Propeller measuring just 380mm and very reminiscing in appearance size of those used on the WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber and no doubt other types of the period. The Propeller appears unfinished as the wood has never been sealed with a wax or varnish and overall condition is very good with no damage. An acceptably sized wall piece.
WW1 Turkish Soldier\'s Belt Buckle A very good example of a M1909 Belt Buckle of a Turkish Soldier of the Ottoman Empire. The Buckle is of two piece construction with a brass back plate and nickel plated centre disc with the toghra (personal cypher) of Mehmet V under the five pointed star, the buckle bears a striking resemblance to those produced by Germany and demonstrated the strong influence Germany had control over the Turkish army at that time. Interestingly in this case the centre disc has been fitted upside down. Overall condition is very good with one dent between the lower two arms on the star on the Buckle.
WW11 Free French Forces Cigarette Case A lovely Free French Forces Cigarette case showing the displacement of French Forces during WW11 in Europe, the Middles East and Africa and measuring 130 x 85mm At the top right is the Free French Croix de Lorraine. Very good condition
WW11 French Colonial Artillery Regiment of Morocco Badge A nice Second World War insignia of the French Colonial Artillery Regiment of Morocco ('Régiment d'Artillerie Coloniale du Maroc' - R.A.C.M.). Depicting an Arab scene over an anchor with crossed cannons above a red enamelled with RACM, the reverse marked Drago-Paris-Nice, H 192 with maker’s address. Very good condition with two fitting posts but lacking the sprun pi. On 17 June, 1944, two batteries of the RACM, as part of the French 1st Army Corps, and alongside British Royal Marine Commandos, assaulted the island of Elba, capturing the island from the German and Italian defenders by 19 June.
WW11 French Colonial Officer\'s Collar patches Pair of collar patches for a French Colonial Officer of 66th Moroccan Regiment ( 66 ieme Bataillon de Chars de Combat (BCC) Maroc) 1937-1940 Very good uniform removed condition
WW11 French Foreign Legion Silver \"Colonel\'s\" Badge A scarce WWII "Colonel's" badge of the 3rd Company of 4th Regiment Foreign Legion in silver and enamel. Depicting the Mexican eagle grappling a snake with the title “CAMERONE” above snakes head an to either side of thelozenge “3e” and “Cie”. To the reverse centre “ARGENT” (silver) with the maker and address “DRAGO PARIS” “25 R BERANGER”. This special silver badge was presented to the Colonel of the 4th REI by the manufacturer Drago. The manufacture of pocket badges was a lucrative affair with several manufacturers seeking the business. The Colonel of the regiment would decide the design and agree the contract with a manufacturer. It would be commonplace for the manufacturer to present the Colonel with a better quality badge often in silver or gold. The Badge is in very good condition with damage or loss to the enamel.
WW11 French Moroccan 17th Signal Regiment Breast Badge A very good Second World War French military Breast Badge of the 17th Signals Regiment of Morocco. Displaying a gloved hand with an eagle or falcon on a red / blue enamelled back ground with 17 and with Moroccan Arabic script at the base, the badge is in very good condition with slight bubbling to the plating at the base. On the reverse is the maker’s name Drago, Paris and G4214 The sprung fitting pin is attached.
WW11 Gordon Highlanders Glengarry Showing the classic low profile of a wartime produced Gordon Highlanders Glengarry this example is in overall good condition with some moth nibbles to the hat band and the upper edges. The tails are in place and cut to a swallow’s tail whilst the black cotton lining show little signs of wear. Size stamped 7 5/8
WW11 Hungarian Paratrooper\'s Tunic An extremely rare Hungarian WW11 period Paratrooper combat grade uniform to a Corporal and formerly part of the collection of Robert Kondor who is the authority on Hungarian Paratroopers. This is a government issued piece and is stamped for the year 1938. It has been modified for the 1939 regulations and the wearer at the same time had it modified for comfort by the addition of the breast and shoulder padding. Combat grade uniforms are devoid of this feature. There are only a handful of such uniforms in existence. It is believed that this uniform was used by an individual as a parade and combat tunic and that the individual was perhaps killed in training or perhaps during the one and only combat jumps made by Hungarian paratroopers during the invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941. The early wings are extremely rare and in order for an individual to retain their jump wings they had to make a yearly quota of jumps to maintain the privilege of wearing the wings. Many simply transferred out of the paratroopers and were put into the infantry where they served valiantly. Made in a heavy wool the Tunic is in very good condition, free from moth or other damage and with all buttons and original insignia in place. A truly rare addition for the airborne collector or for those with an interest in Germany’s WW11 allies
WW11 Italian ANR Cap Badge Cap insignia of the National Republican Air Force (Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, or ANR) was the air force of the Italian Social Republic during World War II, closely linked with the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) in northern Italy and in existence from 1943 - 45. Filed grey wool backing with machine embroidered eagle and wreath. In excellent unissued condition
WW11 Italian Army Division Sleeve Badge WW11 Italian Royal Army 129 Division Peloritana Sleeve Shield in stamped brass with blue enamelled paint. I assume this relates to a Sicilian Division. Minor loss to the paint and a slight up curve to the tip of the sword.
WW11 Italian Special Forces Brasco Beret An excellent example of a WW11 Italian Basco Beret, worn exclusively by WWII Italian elite special forces and frequently worn without a badge. Seen in images being worn by Arditi (commandos SAS type troops), Falgore (paratroopers), Decima Mas (naval commandos), etc. this item is in unused condition, free from moth or other damage and clearly stamped 57
WW11 Italian Tank Crew Badge Measuring only 33mm across this Italian Tank Badge appears to be silvered brass and is in very good condition with its fixing pin still in place. The top is inscribed Gruppo Corazzato with the moto Nicaea Fidelis along the bottom IV Gruppo Corazzato Nizza (4th Armoured Group Nizza) was part of the 1st Regiment Nizza Cavalry. IV Group was formed in 1942, using type AB41 armoured cars. The Latin motto on the badge “Nicaea Fidelis” (Nissa faithful) is the ancient motto of the Cavalry Dragons. The badge was worn by both the III Gruppo Autoblindato Nizza (3rd Armoured Car Group Nizza) which comprised two squadrons, a total of 54 type AB41 armoured cars, serving in Africa from May 1942 to the end of hostilities, and by the IV Gruppo Nizza, which comprised 21 type AB41 armoured cars and 15 type L6/40 tanks, which was transferred to Albania in May 1942 where it surrendered to the Germans on September 8, 1943.
WW11 Norwegian Arbeidstjenesten (Volunteer Labour Force) Cap Badge A very rare example of a WW11 Norwegian Kepi Badge to a Fylkingsfører (District Leader) serving with the "Arbeids-Tjensten" The Norwegian "Nasjonal Samling" (National Unity) Party instituted a compulsory labour service, based on the German "Reichsarbeitsdienst" in September of 1940. It was designated "Arbeids-Tjensten" (Labour Service), and they wore uniforms similar to those previously worn by the Norwegian army, with rank indicated on the shoulder boards collar tabs and caps. After the invasion of the Soviet Union a large number of AT officers volunteered for service with the German forces, ending up in the Freiwilligen Legion Norwegen. The commander of the AT, Carl Frølich Hanssen, was sentenced to seven years in prison after the war. The badge is in very good condition, free from damage and with the fixing blades in place and folded. The rank of District Leader is shown by the two vertical strips of silver tress. The Kepi is not included in the sale.
WW11 RAF Observers Padded Wing An excellent example of a padded and hand finished wartime RAF Observer's Half Wing, embroidered in silk thread on a black wool backing. Never issued the wing is as new, with the last picture illustrating well the variation in styles which applied to these Observer Wings.
WW11 RAF Observers Wing An excellent example of an unpadded wartime RAF Observer's Half Wing, machine embroidered in silk thread on a black wool backing. Never issued the wing is as new, with the last picture illustrating well the variation in styles which applied to these Observer Wings.
WW11 St. Johns Ambulance Waterbottle A good example of the St. Johns Ambulance uniform Waterbottle seen in so many wartime images of the Brigade engaged in rescue operations around the UK. This is the MkV11 Waterbottle, introduced in 1939 and carried in the 1905 pattern leather General Service Carrier. The carrier is in excellent condition and distinguished by its fabric section at the top of the shoulder. The Bottle itself is in good condition but missing its cork chain and with a number of moth holes and trails to the three part felt cover. Because of the early style blue enamelled bottle these are not too obvious. The top of the cover is dusty but not stained.
WWI US Army Haversack “Meat Can Pouch” 1917 Dated Attached to the upper flap of the Haversack Pack and used to carry the mess kit and utensils which were contained in a vertical pocket. Measuring approximately 20 x 20 cms the pouch carries the stamp of the Canvas Products Co. and Feb 1918 date on the inside closure flap and is in excellent unissued condition.
WWII Italian Tank Crew Badge WWII Italian Tank Crew Badge constructed in a silvered bronze and in very good condition with loss of the silvering revealing the bronze. A high quality non maker marked badge, free from damage and with the horizontal fixing pin in place
\"Shelter\" Original Pastel by Benjamin Rubin An original undated Sketch in Pastel by the Austrian / American Artist Benjamin Rubin, signed in pencil and entitled “Shelter”. Depicting a scene from the Spanish Civil War, most probably the destruction of Guernica, the Sketch measure 215 mm x 180 mm and 360 mm x 330 mm including its mount and black frame. Condition is very good, glazed and ready to hang. Benjamin Rubin (1896-1998) was born in Austria and went to the United States as a child. He was a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York in 1919 and the National Academy of Design in New York in 1924. He also attended New York City's Educational Alliance from 1937 to 1939. He worked as an etcher, engraver, pastelist, watercolourist and painter in New York in the 20's and 30's, in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in the 40's, 50's and 60's, in Miami in the 70's and 80's and in Santa Barbara in the early 90's. His work was shown at the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, The Arts Union in Baltimore, the Directions in America Painting at the Carnegie Institute, annually at the Smithsonian Institution from 1950 -1958 and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in November 1957. The bombing of Guernica is one of the most known aerial bombardments in history, not least because of Picasso’s painting of its horrors. It is widely considered to be the first ever deliberate aerial bombing of a city by its own military. Guernica, 20 miles from Bilbao, was an ancient Basque town which had, up until 26 April 1937, been relatively untouched by the Spanish civil war. It was seen as the centre of Basque nationalism, but the bombing of the town completely destroyed the will of the Basques, and Franco’s men overran it three days later. The casualty figures from Guernica vary massively and are widely disputed. This is largely because it is unclear whether a market was being held on the day of the attack. The bombing was carried out by the Condor Legion of the Luftwaffe, aided by bombers from the Aviazione Legionaria, the Italian version of the Condor Legion. A mixture of high explosive and incendiary bombs were dropped on the town, creating death and devastation. It is thought that approximately three-quarters of Guernica was destroyed in the aerial bombardment.