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Top centre, US Grant tank driver. Lens replacement simply involved figure pressure! Right, Resistal and other U. These will crack or break if re-bent, making lens replacement risky even on new goggles. Relative dating of British General Purpose Goggles. The lower goggles are wartime manufacture.

One of the two straps is now cotton herring bone weave , saving rubber stocks, and the tabs are plain. These were copied almost exactly, and from were produced in Japan and became the standard IJN aviation goggle. Bottom, A version of the design was the standard Tank Goggle from December to Between and tests were undertaken comparing these goggles with examples from the U. Apparently Takashimaya, a department store, marketed private purchase standard, and split frame goggle-mask, versions until early WWII.

The main difference between British and Japanese versions is that the British two piece overlapping strap was sewn into the leather tags, the Japanese version had metal loops on the tags onto which the two piece elastic strap was sewn; similar to U.

The cushion material was of fur, but often had very distinctive thick rim pads of soft brown leather or velvet. Japanese Tank Glasses, with distinctive leather cushions and strap sewn to metal loops on leather tabs note, yellow lenses were not standard.

Right, distinctive single thickness loose weave linen for ventilation, note, most other Newbold versions had the cloth folded over the sprung wire frames forming an envelope of double thickness. They were produced by a number of manufacturers including Yamatatsu Ltd and the Ishihara Factory. They differed from the British, U. Specifications called for clear laminated glass, but tinted versions are found, which may be replacement lenses, many Commonwealth goggles and spares would have fallen into Japanese hands in The type was produced until military production ceased in, or before M38s, the Japanese version seems to have been exclusively used by tank crews.

Top center, Charles Lindbergh with Resistal N. Top right, Amy Johnson with a Goggle Mask. Bottom centre, Emilia Earhart, with plain Resistal N. Will he marry Katharine Hepburn? Right, , Tenzig Norgey, after the ascent of Everest note, for the ascent he had worn oval Austrian mountaineering goggles. They also protected the eyes of several generations of working people on their way to and from work, before afforable family cars appeared.

Harley Davidson tagged goggles US Triplex? Bottom, European competition riders, pre and post war. Right, Retlaw model. An unusual pair with split frames clamped with a hinged radius piece. The origin of these is obscure. The colour and the way the hooked elestic strap is sewn into the leather tags would hint at an early British origin? Although such radius piece clamps were often seen on various French goggles? It appears this familiar goggle type, versions of which graced the faces of numerous military and civilian pilots; drivers, racers and actors, both famous and mundane up to the mid twentieth century and beyond, can trace their roots back to early Ltd designed and offered them for sale after recognizing a need for stronger goggles on the Western Front.

They were immediately popular with military airmen because such a robust type was needed to replace the elegant, but small and flimsy Edwardian driving goggles then in use.

The Edwardian goggles had been fine on flights of low altitude, minutes rather than hours long and speeds rarely topping 80 mph, but they were prone to be uncomfortable and fall apart when war time operations became hours long, fast and aerobatic. They were reasonably easy and cheap to make and their simple hinge was pioneering, offering more structural strength, stability and comfort than the other fledgling robust types. They were then assured of being distributed widely to Allied personnel; both regular and volunteer.

Soon they were being copied in several countries and in the interwar years became an everyday part of aviation, driving and riding life.

The confusion is not helped by the early history of the Triplex name, which was owned by various companies in several countries through time. Left, wearing an uknown Newbold model? K model, notice top half of the leneses are tinted.

Nick Komiya of the http: The Nicholas Beazley catalogue available as a pdf at www. Hello, I am from the Czech Republic and maybe interesting glasses similar to those of your web site.

Please email me at ps centrum. My friend got this one out of the woodwork and I just got it from him. This dagger has a black painted finish over the brown anodized finish scabbard and black over brown painted wood grip. The lower crossguard is marked "He" at the rear. All of the fittings are nickel. The original black leather hanger is present. The blade is very nice having most of the crossgraining present but showing some spotting here and there and I would rate it 7 on a scale of one to ten.

This is a nice dagger and I have seen the asking rates at dollars. These daggers are somewhat of an enigma as while they are certainly original and have come from vet sources, some have argued that they may be NSKK Daggers where the NSKK men misunderstood the order to paint just the scabbard black and painted the whole dagger black grip and scabbard. At any rate I think at this price you can not go wrong because you are getting a rare maker and a rare all black piece.

SS Officer's Sword Knot. This SS Officer's Sword Knot was in a collection for many years and cherry picked by my friend with this being a beautiful example that will complete your sword or display nicely on its own. The scabbard is an old repaint and the entire knife looks very nice. The blade has light sharpening from the era and the motto is clearly visible with the grips and HJ diamond being in good condition as is the scabbard which has the original paint with this being a nice solid example.

These cross guards have excellent smooth surfaces and crisp edges with a beautiful look and the ebony grip is a beauty having no repairs and being in perfect condition. This grip fits the cross guards perfectly and the dagger fits into the scabbard like a glove.

The runes button has perfect enamel and silvering. The eagle is a nickel example matching the fittings on the entire dagger. This dagger was produced circa , so the scabbard is painted with the original paint being mostly there having some wear at the sides.

The ball has never been dropped. The screws are solid nickel. There is an impression at the front and back of the scabbard in the same spot where it took a hit and this likely could be remedied by a craftsman although it is not detractive. The scabbard has a fine original-to-the-piece, vertical hanger with a nickel fitting marked to Assmann with patina that matches the rest of the dagger.

The blade is a beauty, being nice and bright throughout having all of the crossgraining. The blade shows marks from going in and out of the scabbard but has no pitting and is bright. You can see an identical dagger in the Wittmann SS Book on page No 18" with Wehrmacht Eagles in Engraving by Eickhorn.

Beautiful example having the wording on one side and a cavalry scene on the other side with two Wehrmacht Eagles with downturned wings and Swastikas on the other and etching on the spine with the blade being in mint condition being the plated style showing only minor storage wear. The scabbard has the original paint showing minor use. Great looking early Army Officer's Dagger by "WKC" having heavily silver-plated fittings that have not been cleaned with a pleasing patina with the fittings having no dings or dents with the orange grip being in excellent condition and the blade being bright showing the most minor of spotting being in excellent plus condition being a recent vet-estate pickup.

Luftwaffe Second Model Dagger by "Eickhorn". Some of the original gold remains on the swastikas. The fittings on this piece are in excellent condition. The blade is bright but does show spotting throughout.

This was a recent vet-estate pickup. Luftwaffe Second Model Dagger by "Krebs". The blade is bright but does show some light scratches here and there rating at an excellent plus. The scabbard has been repainted at some time.

This example is complete with the leather frog. Nice looking example with the scabbard paint being original showing some spidering. The blade has some light scratches and darkening but has not been played with and has a good look. The grip fittings are nickel plated and show some pimpling. This is a decent example showing honest wear and in good collectible condition.

This example is in excellent condition having a bright plated being in excellent condition having only the most minor runner marks where the blade went into the scabbard complete with the frog. The paint on the scabbard is original and this bayonet is one that would be hard to upgrade. One side of the blade has a spread wing Wehrmacht eagle with the standard time in service engraving.

Red Cross Officer's Dagger. This example is in excellent condition having a plated blade with all of the cross-graining. There is a small spot of the blade near the crossguard that has the plating lifted as shown in the photos. The plated fittings to the dagger are bright and the piece is in overall excellent condition.

The blade has some light spotting and scabbard runner marks in areas but is still in excellent plus condition. This example is in very good condition complete with the original frog. The fittings are early nickel-plated brass.

Good looking early Hitler Youth Knife with the blade having light sharpening from the era and showing honest use grips and HJ diamond being in good condition as is the scabbard which has the original paint with this being a nice solid example. Luftwaffe Dagger Portepee, Mint-Unissued. This example came out of a house cleanout.

Nice looking example showing honest use. SA Dagger by Undine Solingen. Nice looking early example with all nickel fittings being group marked "Wm" having an anodized scabbard. The blade on this example is bright but does show spotting and if you hold it to the light at a certain angle you can see light scratches.

The blade on this example is bright but does show spotting and light scratches. Kriegsmarine Dagger by Eickhorn. Nice looking example showing very light use having a good amount of the original gilt finish still present with a bright blade that shows some minor graying towards the tip being in overall excellent condition. Good looking Army Officer's Dagger having silver-plated fittings that have not been cleaned with a pleasing patina with the fittings having no dings or dents with the grip being in excellent condition and the blade being bright but showing areas of graying and light pitting being a decent example.

Good looking example in decent condition. The rear scabbard grip plate has been replaced with a fitted piece of wood. This is an excellent set. Vet family pickup by me. Nice looking early brass-based example showing very light use having a bright blade being an overall fine collectible example in excellent condition. This piece has a Luftwaffe inspection waffen-amt marking on the blade.

SA Dagger by F. Nice looking early example with all nickel fittings being group marked "Nrh" having an anodized scabbard. The blade on this example is bright but does show sharpening and water stains. This piece measures This piece is in excellent condition and would display nicely with a full size piece or some Army badges. Nice example showing use. Nice example with plated fittings well-marked on the leather.

This is a good looking piece with early nickel plated brass fittings having never been before in a collection and a vet family pick-up by me. The reverse of the bayonet quillon is marked "L. This is a good looking example with a nice bright blade showing very light wear to the entire piece overall and in fine collectible condition. These rural example are much harder to find than the municipal examples. Short Dress Bayonet by Eickhorn.

This example is in excellent condition save for a reverse crack on the grip as shown. Very nice example by Pack having the large desirable maker mark with the Siegfried figure. This example has a tiny chip at the grip that is barely noticeable and the blade is bright rating at an excellent plus with the entire piece being in fine shape. This example has a damage at the cross strap where the button would lock in but this could be easily glued as the frog is in nice shape otherwise.

Nice set marked "D. M," on the upper fitting and the lower clips. This set has aluminum fittings. The upper clip is bent and the spring is broken but the set displays well.

This is an early example with a slant grip and darkened silver-plated fittings. The blade has a good deal of darkening. The piece displays well. The grip has a small chip at the top by the pommel. This is an early example with nickel-plated fittings. The blade has darkening. This is a later example with the plated-fittings and was at one time in overall excellent condition but the previous owner had this in a display case where the rear of the blade was touching the foam backing in the case causing moisture to accumulate at the blade causing spots of oxidation on the blade as seen in the photos.

Personalized SA Dagger by "J. Nice looking early example with all nickel fittings being group marked "B" having an anodized scabbard. The blade on this example is bright but does show light pitting and sharpening throughout.

This piece is personalized to the original owner, "Alfred Meyer" on the reverse crossguard. You rarely see personalized SA Daggers. Nice example with plated-fittings and painted scabbard overall excellent condition with a bright blade having all the cross-graining with some spotting.

This was one of the first copy daggers made soon after the war in Germany for GI souvenir hunters with some original parts. These came without scabbards and are collectible. Transitional Hitler Youth Knife by "C. Good looking transitional Hitler Youth Knife with the blade showing sharpening and having been re-tipped. This one is in excellent shape being a vet family pickup by me.

The blade is bright but does show some age. A great collectible example. Waffenamt marked on the spike and numbered on the thumb lever. Luftwaffe Paratrooper Gravity Knife by F.

It is hard to find a Gravity Knife by this maker. The blade on this example has a good amount of sharpening and it is hard to make out the maker mark but it is there and Helbig was known for a light etch.

A great piece for the type collector. This example is in excellent shape and measures 8. The reddish-brown grip shows light surface wear with no cracks or chips and is complete with nickel grip eagle and SA insert properly inset.

Nickel-silver scabbard fittings show light surface wear with the lower ball fitting having a ding. Scabbard has counterweight at the bottom. This one has early nickel fittings with a pleasing patina. The blade is bright but does have areas of spotting and graying.

The scabbard anodizing is mostly present but does have some light surface rust that could use some treatment. The lower reverse crossguard is marked "S" Schlesien. The original hanger is present. I believe this to be one of the scarcer makers for an SA Dagger. Screws are un-played with.

This is one of the scarcest miniature daggers. Marked on the blade to Alscoso. The original plastic grips have been replaced by wood grips. The hanger fitting has been reshaped at one time. This is reflected in the price. Nice looking example showing very light use having a good amount of the original gilt finish still present with a bright blade that shows some graying towards the tip being in overall excellent condition. This dagger was only issued for one year making it quite scarce.

The blade on this one is bright showing the crossgrain and having some marks from going in and out of the scabbard. There are two dings at the front of the scabbard and some scratches right at the tip of the blade.

The upper scabbard ring has split where it connects to the portepee but this is not detractive. Nice example with original leather hangers. The lower crossguard is marked "2" at the underside. The crossguards are each marked, "HE" internally.

Army Officer's Dagger by Eickhorn. Nice dark patina to the silvered fittings throughout the dagger. Clean example with bright blade retaining percent of the cross-grain. The scabbard and dagger retains the majority of the original silver finish with this being a fine collectible example. Transitional SA Dagger by Eickhorn. This example is double marked with both the RZM marking and the Eickhorn maker mark. The fittings are the plated RZM style. The scabbard is the painted style. The blade shows a good amount of wear but may clean up some.

Luftwaffe Second Model Dagger by Hörster. Nice example with bright blade. The fittings are plated and show some light wear to the scabbard but overall the dagger is in very good condition.

Army Officer's Dagger by Hörster. The blade is bright but does have some spotting. A really nice example.

A really nice example complete with original portepee. Army Officer's Dagger by Alcoso. Beautiful early example by Alcoso having their early maker-mark with early fittings with this piece being in overall excellent condition.

The blade is bright but does have some light contact marks. Army Officer's Dagger by E. The blade is bright but does have some light wear and contact marks. A really nice example even having an early "slant grip". The blade is bright throughout with some light contact marks. Army Officer's Dagger by Krebs. Nice patina to the silvered fittings throughout the dagger. The blade is bright throughout. Army Officer's Dagger by Spitzer. Nice piece with nickel plated fittings to the dagger. This piece is maker marked on the reverse to "C.

Although unmarked, this early silver-plated tomback War Merit Cross, First Class, without Swords was made by Deschler being of the highest quality and left un-cleaned as found. Although unmarked, this early silver-plated tomback War Merit Cross, First Class, without Swords was made by Deschler having a great patina. Great looking Female RAD Deutscher Frauenarbeitsdienst Maidenfuhrerin Rank Badge being an early tomback-based example worn until with the text on the edge reading, "Work for your people.

German Women's Labor Service," in Sutterlin script. Wehrmacht Driver's Badge, Gold Grade. Nice looking zinc-based Private Westwall Medal issued by a private company that worked on Germany's Western Defenses in measuring 3. This example has concentric circles on the rim, not to be confused with the cheap cast reproduction making their way on the web.

Good looking Swastika Badge of unknown use measuring 3. The medal is magnetic. If you have had cased examples of these before you probably know that they usually come in plain dark-blue presentation cases that are likely extra stock from the Weimar Era Awards with the examples in these deluxe red leatherette cases with the gold-embossed eagle being hard to find.

This is a great set and your chance to own an example photographed in a reference. These are fairly scarce variants. The gold finish on this example rates at about percent. This badge is dated however I believe it was produced a few years later but before Good looking e arly silver-plated tomback-based War Merit Cross, First Class, with Swords in its original case of issue with the case having the original price label at the bottom. This example has had the finish faded to the zinc base and shows some corrosion from poor storage.

Large "Internationales Turnier Berlin R 1. This would make a great display with some Reiter Badges. Spanish Civil War Nationalist Badge. Reichsnährstand Medal from Bavaria. Good looking zinc-based Reichsnährstand Medal from Bavaria.

Nice looking zinc-based Dr. German Horseman's Badge in Silver. Good looking and well-marked zinc-based German Horseman's Badge in Silver. Good looking zinc-based Social Welfare Medal with original ribbon.

This Wartime Harvest Appreciation Badge measures 4. Nice looking 34th Regiment Silver Commemorative Medal measuring 3. Interesting and hard to find Anti-Semitic Medallion from the 's measuring 3. The text on this piece translates as follows, obverse: This example has a great look with a pleasing patina and some wear to the enamel but is in overall excellent condition for a worn example being a textbook example by this maker.

Good looking silver-plated, bronze-based Medal for German War Effort measuring 4. The prongs on this example have not been shortened as they came that length on these variants. The German Aircraft Reporting Service was formed in and transferred to Luftwaffe control in and reported enemy aircraft movement as seen from the ground. This pattern badge was first worn as a service badge and after October of only as a traditions badge by those who had been in the service before with the badge being introduced in and this being a scarce original of an often copied enamel pin.

Those who served in the Flugmeldedienst were mainly women. German Anti-Versailles Treaty Badge. The Treaty of Versailles French: It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June , exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Although the armistice signed on 11 November , ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty.

Of the many provisions in the treaty, one of the most important and controversial required Germany to accept responsibility for causing the war along with Austria and Hungary, according to the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Treaty of Trianon, respectively and, under the terms of articles — later known as the War Guilt clauses , to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions and pay heavy reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers.

The final payments ended up being made on 3 October , the 20th anniversary of German reunification, and some 92 years after the end of the war for which they were exacted. The Treaty was undermined by subsequent events starting as early as and was widely flouted by the mids. The result of these competing and sometimes conflicting goals among the victors was compromise that left none contented: Germany was not pacified or conciliated, nor permanently weakened.

This would prove to be a factor leading to later conflicts, notably and directly World War II. German War Booty is pleased to offer this great looking and well marked plastic KdF Volkswagen Berlin Auto Show Tinnie being a very rare original of a highly copied item.

In the early s the German auto industry was still largely composed of luxury models, and the average German rarely could afford anything more than a motorcycle. As a result only one German out of 50 owned a car.

Seeking a potential new market, some car makers began independent "peoples' car" projects. Josef Ganz developed the Standard Superior going as far as advertising it as the "German Volkswagen". Despite heavy lobbying in favor of one of the existing projects, it soon became apparent that private industry could not turn out a car for only RM.

Thus, Hitler chose to sponsor an all-new, state-owned factory. The intention was that ordinary Germans would buy the car by means of a savings scheme " Fünf Mark die Woche musst du sparen, willst du im eigenen Wagen fahren " — "Five marks a week you must put aside, if you want your own car to ride " , which around , people eventually paid into.

Prototypes of the car called the "KdF-Wagen" German: Kraft durch Freude — "strength through joy" , appeared from onwards the first cars had been produced in Stuttgart. The car already had its distinctive round shape and air-cooled, flat-four, rear-mounted engine.

The VW car was just one of many KdF programs which included things such as tours and outings. The prefix Volks— "People's" was not just applied to cars, but also to other products in Europe; the "Volksempfänger" radio receiver for instance. It was later renamed "Volkswagenwerk GmbH" on 16 September Erwin Komenda, the longstanding Auto Union chief designer, developed the car body of the prototype, which was recognizably the Beetle known today.

The building of the new factory started 26 May in the new town of KdF-Stadt, now called Wolfsburg, which had been purpose-built for the factory workers. This factory had only produced a handful of cars by the time war started in None was actually delivered to any holder of the completed saving stamp books, though one Type 1 Cabriolet was presented to Hitler on 20 April his 49th birthday. War meant production changed to military vehicles, the Type 82 Kübelwagen "Bucket car" utility vehicle VW's most common wartime model , and the amphibious Schwimmwagen which were used to equip the German forces.

As was common with much of the production in Nazi Germany during the war, slave labor was utilized in the Volkswagen plant. The company would admit in that it used 15, slaves during the war effort. Many of the slaves were reported to have been supplied from the concentration camps upon request from plant managers. A lawsuit was filed in by survivors for restitution for the forced labor.

Volkswagen would set up a voluntary restitution fund. Nice looking Hamburg Cross with a great patina showing some enamel damage. This is a scarce maker. This was an early saying of the Friesland district where Oldenburg is located.

I have had one before from a different DDAC group. This piece measures 4. SA Sport's Badge in Bronze. Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords. Nice looking bronze-based Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords being an un-marked example by Meybauer having a good look with a fair amount of the original bronze finish intact. This award was awarded to those from eastern countries overrun by the Germans who had fought within the German Armed Forces.

After Italy surrendered in September of some troops remained loyal to Mussolini and a new government was formed in the north of Italy known as the RSI and troops under this regime which was to last until the end of the war were sent to Germany to receive military training.

This badge was issued to those who received that training, as well as to the instructors and was instituted on order of Mussolini. This is a quality piece being a fine German-produced example being a very thin piece with a nice vault and nice fine tapering when looked at from the sides with a reverse set-up not often encountered having a nice patina to the entire piece.

The pin on this example has been broken. As of research determined that this piece was awarded to a member who joined the Party on June 13, but at that time a name match was not found. Nice looking non-magnetic frosted silver-plated, tomback-based World War One Prussian Army Pilot's Badge being of two-piece hollow construction. This badge first came out in and was worn until After that veterans continued to wear the piece with this example being produced in the s.

This piece has a fine patina and a great look. You do not see many medals from this organization. Nice looking 25 Year Faithful Service Medal. Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords by "4". Spanish Cross in Bronze by "4". Spanish Cross in Silver by "4". The Arrow Cross Party Hungarian: During its short rule, ten to fifteen thousand people many of whom were Jews were murdered outright, and 80, people were deported from Hungary to their deaths in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

It had its origins in the political philosophy of pro-German extremists such as Gyula Gömbös, who famously coined the term "national socialism" in the s. The party was outlawed in but was reconstituted in as the Arrow Cross Party, and was said to be modeled on the Nazi Party of Germany. The iconography of the party was clearly inspired by that of the Nazis; the Arrow Cross emblem was an ancient symbol of the Magyar tribes who settled Hungary, thereby suggesting the racial purity of the Hungarians in much the same way that the Nazi swastika was intended to allude to the racial purity of the Aryans.

The party's ideology was similar to that of Nazis. The Arrow Cross Party conceived Jews in racial as well as religious terms, although the necessary scientific capital for a widespread and elaborate program of eugenics simply did not exist in Hungary at the time. Mother's Cross, Silver Grade. Good looking Mother's Cross, Silver Grade, with original ribbon. The financial support could be provided by full SS members or others who sympathized with the SS.

The supporters would make regular contributions to the SS. This piece is well marked on the reverse. German Young Horseman's Badge. Good looking German Young Horseman's Badge. Medal for Unification with Austria. Nice looking Medal for Unification with Austria on original ribbon. Russian Front Medal by "13".

Great looking Russian Front Medal by "13 with original ribbon. Only 31, of these were issued. This example has a great look with a pleasing patina and some wear to the enamel but is in overall excellent condition for a worn example being a textbook example by Zimmermann.

The pin on this example appears to have been glued to the hinge but this could be easily remedied. This is a scarce early example by the premier maker. This piece has a chip to the enamel. This example appears to have had some well done repair work to the enamel.

Good looking bronze-based Westwall Medal. Nice looking Packet and Ribbons for Ostvolk Decoration for Merit, Second Class in Silver, by "" being a factory-pickup never having had the medal applied purchased from the vet's family. Landwirtschaftskammer für die Rheinprovinz Faithful Service Medal.

Spanish Cross in Silver with Swords by "4". Beautiful tomback-based silver-plated Spanish Cross in Silver with Swords by "4" in choice condition. You do not see this maker often. Silesian Eagle, Second Class. Nice looking Silesian Eagle, Second Class. It is interesting to note how much cruder this design is executed.

Spanish Cross in Silver by Petz and Lorenz. Beautiful and rare Spanish Cross in Silver by Petz and Lorenz being a silver-plated tombac-based example of the highest quality. This example without swords is rarer than the examples with swords. A quick check indicates that only of this grade were awarded versus 8, with swords. Baltic Cross, First Class. Good looking Baltic Cross, First Class.

WW2 Spanish War Cross. Spanish Cross in Bronze by Petz and Lorenz. Good looking Spanish Cross in Bronze by Petz and Lorenz being a tombac-based example of the highest quality having lost one of the eagles to time and priced accordingly. Hitler and Hindenburg Medal, Silver Marked. Medal for Entry into Czechoslovakia. Nice looking Medal for Entry into Czechoslovakia.

The medal is complete with the original mounted ribbon. Great looking bronze-based Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords having a nice honest patina being a vet-estate pickup by a friend. Good looking Coburg Badge measuring 5cm by 3. On October 14th of Hitler lead a group of National Socialists via train from Munich into Coburg which was under the influence of Marxists and a brief street fight ensued with the people of the Coburg eventually taking the side of the Nazis. It would seem that this badge is a commemorative badge for the tenth anniversary of this event.

German Hunting Association "D. Great looking numbered, zinc-based German Hunting Association "D. Silesian Eagle Order, First Class. Good looking Fascist Italian-German O. This badge was issued to those who received that training, as well as to the instructors and was instituted on order of Mussolini with this being the version for officers.

The reverse has the coke-bottle style pin which is magnetic and there is some minor oxidation at the back with this example recently coming out of an area estate. Pictures Have one for sale? Email me John at militarybuyer aol. Luftwaffe Honor Roll Clasp.

Nice looking gilded tombac Luftwaffe Honor Roll Clasp on original ribbon. Good looking and hard to find original Sardinia Shield. In July a semi-official cap badge was introduced for wear by divisional personnel.

Stamped sheet metal, silver washed badge in the form of the island of Sardinia with a superimposed diagonally angled broad sword. The island has embossed and impressed topographical features and the embossed names of two of the major towns on the island, "Olbia" and "Cagliari". The badge was bestowed along with a certificate, which was to be placed in the Soldbuch, that stated the individual, as a member of the 90TH Panzer Grenadier Division, had the authorization to wear the badge.

A photographed example can be seen in J. The 90TH Panzer Grenadier Division was the second division to be allotted the numerical designation The 90TH Panzer Grenadier Division was transferred to Sicily and on to northern Italy in the fall of and was employed in all the major campaigns in Italy including, Cassino, Anzio, the Caesar and Gothic lines and the battle of the Po River until it was destroyed at Bologna in April For a brief period in early the division was under command of Generalleutnant Gerhard Graf von Schwerin who was responsible for the semi-official Windhund, Greyhound , cap badge of the TH Panzer Division.

Great looking Cased German Cross in Silver Deutsches Kreuz in Silber by "20" marked on the underside of the pin being in perfect condition with minor storage wear only and having excellent enamel with this being a textbook example by this maker and this being one of the few makers that made the piece in the silver version with these being scarcer than the gold versions with its original issue case having never before been in a collection.

Great looking German Cross in Silver Deutsches Kreuz in Silber by "1" marked on the back of the pin being in beautiful condition with this example weighing This example was never before in a collection coming out of the woodwork with M This example has a beautiful frosted silver frame and is in excellent condition never having been in a collection before. Hartmann's driver and batman at the wheel of the KDF type June 29; seven days after the beginning of "Barbarossa"; Crossing the border into Soviet Ukraine.

Along the rollbahn heading south to L'vov. Passing scenes of destruction caused by the leading elements some days before. Zhovka ancient city gate; 30kms north of L'vov. Note the Ukrainian language banners prepared and hung above the gate; welcoming the German "Liberators" with the greeting "Heil Hitler".

The lead vehicles first meeting with a Soviet 52 ton tank. This photo is captioned as "The Murder building". A Church in L'vov; reportedly the location of atrocities committed by the G. Field workers in what the page caption describes as the "bread basket of Europe". A soviet KV-2 52 ton tank with a 15cm cannon. The advance continues north of Tarnopol. It was at Tarnopol that Units of "Nordland" caught up with the front-line and first encountered the red army.

The scene is one which was ubiquitous in the Ukraine during the summer of ; German columns following the non-improved roads which stretched to the far-flung horizon. Artillery preparations set against a barren landscape. A striking photograph offering a clear close-up of the blurred edge SS camouflage smocks and various personal equipment. The The first prisoners taken after closing a major pocket of resistance north of Tarnopol.

DKW motorcycle with dispatch rider. Note the large "K" painted onto the fuel tank. Destroyed enemy armor at Tarnopol. The giant KV2 tanks were a curiosity to the Germans whose own tanks were of roughly half the weight of the soviet monsters.

Through better coordination with air power and observation, many fell victim to the advancing German forces. As noted in the photo caption; In July Panzerarmee Kleist destroyed enemy tanks.

Zhitomir was heavily contested by the Red Army. According to the caption: On the north Rollbahn at Radomischel. Hartmann describes the conditions; "And in sunshine, dust and thirst are constant companions". Like many SS officers in this period; Hartmann has adopted the practice of removing his collar insignia. Note also the non-regulation wear of an Army officer side cap with a metal SS skull applied to the front.

The Battalion commander confers with company officers in front of Boguslav. SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Blöw commander III Battalion against the backdrop of the plains of north central Ukraine; rolling hills and grasslands interspersed by ravines and crevasses. What follows are some fairly rare front-line shots of advancing "Wiking" armor. A Feisler Storch observation airplane joins.

Hartmann captions this photo: According to a notation beneath this photo: The Ukrainian civilians had little to fear from the German occupiers that first summer.

Dismounted from the vehicles and resting near Kremenchuk. A BMW R12 motorcycle and sidecar. Russian "Elite" troops taken in front of Dneipropetrovsk. The caption describes these men as Stalin's "Guards". Barricade constructed on the street car line.

Note the MG34 gunner with gunner pouch, 50 rd drum magazine and a holstered Luger pistol. The main train station on the western bank of the great Dneiper river. Earlier, other units of "Wiking" had gotten across the meters of the Dneiper.

Here; men are carrying ration containers into the bridgehead via a pontoon footbridge. A heavier bridge was built to accommodate vehicle traffic. Schroter and Muller Company commanders Shroter and some of his men would be killed in an action later on October 2.

Soviet RGD33 stick grenades scattered on the ground. The captions describe these men as "Jews, Siberian troops and Partisans". The grave of one of Hartmann's soldiers in Dneipropetrovsk. Written next to the photo; "Their Honor is Loyalty. I swear to you; Adolf Hitler, Loyalty and obedience to the Death". The photo is captioned "Breakthrough near Kamenka". The vehicle marking at right indicates a command vehicle of a Motorcycle mounted infantry platoon. The caption describes these photos as Pictures of both the "creators" and the people of "Paradise"; a stab indicating Hartmann's opinion of the communist state.

No horned helmets

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