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Simply an unbelievable grouping for a soldier that started off in a Heer Flak Bn. When the Flak Bn. was finally disbanded he transferred into a Flak Co. of the 2nd Panzerjager Bn that was part of the 12th Panzer Div. True premium grouping.
Super panzer group with von Thoma signature on the Silver PAB document. WIA at Kursk northern pincer.
General Assault Badge Document for Stabsgefreiten Paul Hiller. His unit was the 18th Panzerjager (Anti-Tank) Bn. in the 18th Panzergrenadier Division. At the time he was awarded his badge his unit was involved in the defense of east Prussia against the Soviets and was armed with Sturmgeschutz III G Assault Guns (essentially a tank mounting a 75mm gun without a turret). He received his award on the last day of 1944.
Good grouping for a German Soldier, Unteroffizier Helmut Mader of the 2nd & later 6th Komp. 385th Infantry Regiment, 223rd Infantry Division. It contains an EK2, Infanterie Sturmabzeichen & Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz award document.
Unteroffizier Mader's division was generally composed of older men and spent the beginning of the Russian Campaign in the southwest of France at Bordeaux. They were sent to meatgrinder near Leningrad in November 1941. Mader was wounded and received his Iron Cross in April of 1942. He received his Infantry Assault Badge 6 months later in October. Several interesting things about this grouping. The EK2 document is hand signed by Generalmajor Baron Siegmund von Schleinitz (holder of the Knights Cross Of The Iron Cross and the German Cross In Gold) using the stamp of the 96th Infantry Division which he later commanded. Both of the other documents are hand signed by the Regimental Commander of the 385th. Apparently the 385th was at this point attached or at least under the control of the 96th Division. Both divisions were in the same Army Corps so not an uncommon occurance in the heat of battle. Another interesting thing revealed by the documents is that Mader switched from 2 Komp. in April to 6 Komp. in October. Because of significant manpower loss, in June 1942 the 1st Bn of each of the 385th sister regiments (344th & 425th) were disbanded. The 1/385 (Mader's Battalion) was not thought to have formally disbanded until the winter of 1942 when the Division was officially reorganized. This would at least make one wonder if Mader and at least some of the soldiers in his battalion were reorganized to flesh out the 2nd Battalion prior to December. A really neat collectable group.
A really neat and unusual little group. This soldier served with the Railroad Engineers on the Russian Front. These units had a dramatic and often unknown effect on the German war effort on the Russian Front. Especially in the early days of the invasion, the depth of the German penetrations was governed by how quickly the captured Soviet railroads could be placed back in service. When the Germans captured Soviet territory they often had to repair the tracks and rail yards that were damaged in the fighting or by the retreating Soviet soldiers. More importantly the German Railroad Engineers had to re-gauge almost all of the track they captured. The Soviets used a wider gauge (the iron rails were farther apart) so before it could be used by the German engines and railcars the rails had to be reset to the narrower gauge. Without rail transport of supplies the Germans simply could not sustain their massive penetrations of Soviet territory. This soldier, whose name is unfortunately not recorded, received both the War Merit Cross 2nd Class and the Russian Campaign medal for the winter of 1941/42. In addition the group includes his dog tag which notes his unit, his Sleeve Grade Insignia (Oberschutze) and his photo. One last interesting thing to note is that in the photo he is missing part of his left index finger.
Nice large flag with multi-part construction. Some areas have significant mothing as can be seen in photos. This one was was likely either cut or torn down as it is missing it's hoist end. Still has great presence.
Great signed photocard of Dietl. Also a letter from his Adj. about 5 months before the general was killed in a plane crash. Generaloberst Dietl was one of the most well known Gebrigsjager officers. He held the Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords. His name and the fighting in Northern Norway and Finland created a legend. Possibly his greatest moment came when commanding the 3rd Mountain Division at the battle of Narvik in 1940. By the narrowest of margins the division (less it's 138th Regiment) eventually drove the British and French expeditionary forces from Narvik.
Nice signed pencildrawing card of Generalmajor Hirschfeld. An extremely interesting officer and holder of the Knights Cross with Oakleaves as well as the German Cross in Gold. Another Gebrigsjager, he spent most of the war with the 98th Gebrigsjager Regiment. Though considered a very competent officer, sadly his name is linked to responsibility for the massacre of nearly 5,000 Italians on the Greek island of Cefalonia. They had been disarmed when Italy quitted the Axis cause. Apparently the Germans took offense to the Italian Division's (Acqui Division) celebration at it's departure from the war. He eventually rose to command one of the most interesting Infantry Divisions in the German Army. The 78th Sturm Division was a unique experimental unit. It was organized especially for assaults coordinating heavily armed infantry with heavy direct fire artillery. It achieved a reputation for being able to tackle especially tough positions. It was destroyed at Orsha along with most of Army Group Center in the Soviets summer offensive in 1944. It had such a reputation that the Germans reformed it (largely at Himmler's urging) as the 78th Volks Sturm Division. Von Hirschfeld was chosen to command the division in December but was killed on 01/18/45 at the Dunkla Pass.
Superb framed Iron Cross 2nd Class Document awarded to SS Sturmmann Franz Hagewald of the 2nd Flak Battalion, 2nd SS Division Das Reich. He was awarded his Iron Cross on January 27th, 1944. During this time, while much of the "Das Reich" division was withdrawn from the Russian Front for the purpose of refit and reorganization, after having been mauled at Kursk, Franz's unit and other elements of "Das Reich" were left behind in Russia to fight on. His battle group was surrounded by the Russian winter offensive and then latter rescued. It was during this period of intense fighting that Franz was awarded his Iron Cross. Either Franz or someone very proud of his service had the document nicely framed quite a long time ago. Also found with the document at the same estate was the medal that is also being presented. It is a post war medal recognizing Adolf Hitler. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Unrepentant Nazi Medal".
Sleeve patch for SS Mountain Troops. Very good condition.
Sleeve patch for SS Mountain Troops. Very good condition. Some soiling.
Cased Police 18 Year Long Service Cross. Medal and ribbon ore in superb shape. Case is also in good shape. Only blemish is paper separation that can be seen in photos.
Police 8 Year Long Service Medal. Superb shape with nearly all of the finish intact.
Great very hard to find sleeve patch for an officer. Just about perfect condition.
Incredibly hard to find Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer Overseas Cap. Though the insignia have been removed you can still see the insignia outline from the slight fading of the cap. Czech manufacture type.
Superb condition. The only blemish of any significance that I can find is the small hole shown in the photos.
Superb condition. The only holes I can find are in the photos.
Size - 69 cm H x 238 cm L
NSBO Unit Flag - Ortsgruppe Erkenschivick Betriebszelle Eivaco-Fortsetzung.
NSDAP 1933 Nurnberg Rally Pin. Missing it's pin but otherwise in perfect shape. Very difficult to find badge.
NSKK Motorstandarte flag for the 14th Sturm, Motorstandarte 43.
Very scarce guidon in rough condition. Brought home by a veteran. This guidon hung in a New Jersey gas station from the time he returned home.
Extremely rare SA Buckle with white plastic parade belt. The belt is still in great shape and flexible. All grommets are intact. Only some slight yellowing from age.
Very nice SA Cross Strap. It is in uncleaned condition. Leather has very little wear and is flexible. Only very minor cracking. Both clips in good working order. Some rust on about 1/5th of the adjustment buckle. Very hard to find piece in good condition.
Very nice state flag. No mothing, tears or holes that I can see. The ropes were cut at the edge. Interestingly there are two fishing line sinkers sewn on the fly end to keep the flag extended while being used as a drape or banner.
Neat old Imperial or Post WWI German national flag. Quite a bit of mothing on the lower portion of the red. Has great patina and still displays very well.
Extremely hard to find Justice Department Buckle & Belt. Great patina. Much of the gilt is gone from the obverse but very little wear. Detail is still very sharp. Reverse of buckle has a really great look. Belt is sewn for permanent attachment to buckle. Leather is somewhat stiff but should come back with leather conditioner.
A truly difficult to find piece. Intact with some wear and soiling but overall in great shape. Label is perfect
Huge HJ Flag/Banner. Though banner size it has the cording to be used as a flag. Very good shape. Some weathering & one stain but no holes or tears of any substance. Shows great.
A bit of soiling but great shape.
Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge - Black Grade.
Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge - Silver Mini.
Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge - Silver Mini.
Exceptionally good shape Jugendfest 1935 Badge.
Good Condition. Everything intact.
Good Condition. Pin missing.
Beautiful 2nd pattern RLB Membership pin.
DAF unit flag for Regensburg. Orts level. Hard to find a more famous city name than this one in WWII, at least and especially tied to the US bomber offensive or to German aircraft production. Don't know which factories comprised DAF Unit 16 but the name is certainly unmistakable. All but top ring/clip present. Some mothing over flag as shown in the photos. No damage and almost no staining to white in cog, swastika or white background. Overall good condition.
DAF unit flag for Hardheim. Orts level. No rings. Fringe and unit patch in superb shape. Some mothing over flag as shown in the photos. No damage and very little weathering or staining to cog, swastika or white background. Overall good condition.
Orts Level DAF unit flag for Das Deutsche Handwerk Naumburg/S.-Nord Ost. No rings. Fringe and unit patch in superb shape. Very slight mothing. No damage and very little weathering or staining to cog, swastika or white background. Very good overall condition.
Extremely hard to find Organization Todt M43 Cap. Other than the mothing on the bill and a little wear on the back the cap is in very good condition. The liner is in perfect shape with a manufacture date of 1943.
Very slight wear. Retaining clip has period replacement. Maker - L. Chr. Lauer of Nurnberg.
This is perhaps the most unique flag it's ever been my honor to offer. It is for the Soccer Club in the town of Plattling in Bavaria. The obverse contains the normal swastika symbol as well as a soccer ball and the club service symbol. The reverse contains a red and black diagonal background and an absolutely beautiful embroidered city of Plattling crest. It also indicates the club was established in 1919. While the flag has some significant mothing near the soccer ball, it is still simply a gorgeous unique piece.
An interesting bit of trivia is that it appears the soccer club is still in existence and is proud of advertising the fact the club has been in existence since 1919. As an additional FYI, Plattling was a stronghold of NSDAP loyalty with a very interesting history during the Third Reich period.
Truly a one-of-a-kind find.
SA two unit flag for Medical Sturm/Standarte 27 & Sturm 38/Standarte 27. A very difficult to find SA Medical Sturm unit flag along with a 2nd Sturm patch. The condition is pretty rough as can be seen in the photos but a very rare piece.
SA unit flag for Nachrichten 143.
Superb piece. All actions work perfectly. Locks both directions. Spring nice and stiff. Exceptional marking. Slight sharpening of blade.
Superb "Mini" (often referred to as letter opener in error) Heer Officer's Dress Dagger. Inside scabbard, it measures 19.5cm end to end. Blades is mint. Detail is absolutely superb. Nice and tight. Hard to beat mini.
Everything in good order. Spring works fine.
Nice piece & hard to find with the grip made from Galalith or Milkstone.
Very nice condition. No mothing that I can find. Nice named piece from 1937.
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