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    by 08-26-2013 03:31 PM
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    Hello Everyone,

    I found the following colour photographs on the internet and just thought that some of you ...
    by 03-04-2013 01:22 PM
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    I have found the following paintings , which I thought I would share with everyone, I sincerely hope that you enjoy them ...
    by 04-10-2012 09:27 PM  Number of Views: 11058 
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    This thread is an SS Runic Decal Reference thread whereby WRF helmet collectors can quickly compare SS decals and learn the various styles, makers, patterns and shell applications. This should be a great resource for collectors wondering if the SS runic decal on the helmet they are perhaps looking at buying is not only authentic but is the shell maker correct for the helmet.
    ...
    by 03-14-2012 08:12 PM

    Hiya, ATS girls had to do PT like all other soldiers. So they needed a complete range of specially designed sports wear. ...
    by 01-20-2012 12:01 PM
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    Hi Guys, as this question comes up very often, I thought it would be useful to place a pinned thread on the subject?

    The key to determining an ...
    by 07-25-2011 05:21 PM
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    The origins of the insignia in the SS Totenkopfverbaende, or SS Wachverbaende as they were called in 1935 in the documents below give rise to much speculation.

    The cuff titles were introduced in the latter part of 1935, for instance, the one pictured here.

    This regalia was subject to strict control as you see here. ...
    by 03-15-2011 03:58 AM
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    I'm sharing here with the WW1 aficionados,what i think is the most incredible find for a couple of years ,in our soil of France.
    A member of my french forum digged this stuff last week,in a kind of dump site.
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    by 02-26-2011 12:55 PM
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    Picture show: 1 firm code, 2 material code


    Liste der Presswerk-Codes der Materialprüfungsanstalt, Stand: 31. Dezember 1938

    21 Neuyork-Hamburger Gummiwaren-Kompanie, Hamburg
    22 Bebrit-Preßstoffwerke GmbH, Bebra und C.F. Schlothauer, Ruhla
    23 Lüdenscheider Metallwerke AG, Busch-Jäger, Lüdenscheid
    24 Gebrüder Merten, Gummersbach
    25 Süddeutsche Isolatorenwerke GmbH, Freiburg
    31 Vereinigte Isolatorenwerke AG, (Viacowerke) Berlin-Pankow
    32 H. Römmler AG, Spremberg
    33 Wolff und Co KG, Walsrode
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    by 02-06-2011 09:37 AM
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    as found on a notable Russian site: a nice summary of key aspects of the RZM.

    Here is an English translation of the regulations.

    I decided not to translate the term “Reichszeugmeisterei”, as it is generally recognized and commonly used in its original German form; a rough translation would be “National Quartermasters Department”.
    I translated the term "parteiamtliche Gegenstände" somewhat literally as "offical Party items", one could use other translations, too, such as as "controlled items of the Party" etc.
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    by 01-30-2011 12:24 PM
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    In this list you can find examples of the SS gear with early markings on it. If you have something to add, you are welcome.
    Look here for full list

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    by 11-19-2010 05:17 AM  Number of Views: 9835 

    This article can in no way be exhaustive due to the scarcity of the subject matter. This will, hopefully, go some way to give an overview of the many differing types of issued tropical caps seen in German service in World War II.

    The most distinguishable issue item of the WWII German soldier in North Africa & Mediterranean theatre of Operations was his field cap. This was simply termed Afrikamutze by the troops, but in todays collecting terminology it is the m40 Tropical Field Cap.
    Along with his tropical issue service uniform and specially designed fieldgear, this simple but useful item set him aside from his Continental comrades and added to the mystique of his image as a serving member of the famous Deutches Afrika Korps (DAK). ...
    by 11-16-2010 04:50 AM
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    Here is list of units in Afrika and the Balkans: copied from C Evans list, Thanks. 1941-42.


    Combat Troops Staff: Waffenfarbe

    Generals---Color was Red.
    --------------------------------------------------
    Color is: White.
    Army Group Staffs. A.G's. G,E,F, Staffs.
    Army Staffs. Army Group "A" 2,12 Staffs.
    Armored Group Staffs. "Afrika."
    Korps Stabs. 11th, 30th, 51st, 52nd, 65th, 68th, 69th, 91st.
    Reserve Stabs. 59th.
    Motorized Korps Stabs. 41st.
    --------------------------------------------------
    ...
    by 09-26-2010 04:58 AM
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    This is an item of insignia which has been well reproduced for many years and catches a lot of collectors out.

    However, it is one ...
    by 09-02-2010 08:55 AM
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    I wish to show you some photos from battlefields of SS - Nord Division in Noth Karelia(Russia). I hope they will be pleasant ...
    by 09-02-2010 08:06 AM

    No Firm Location
    1 Deschler & Sohn München
    2 C.E. Junker Berlin
    3 Wilhelm Deumer Lüdenscheld
    4 Steinhauer & Lück Lüdenscheld
    5 Hermann Wernstein Jena-Lobstedt
    6 Fritz Zimmermann Stuttgart
    7 Paul Meyhauer Berlin
    8 Ferdinand Hoffstadter Bonn a. Rhein
    9 Liefergemeinschaft Schmuckhandwerker Pforzheim
    10 Foerster & Barth Pforzheim
    11 Grossmann & Co. Wien
    12 Frank & Reif Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
    13 Gustav Brehmer Markneukirchen/Sa
    14 L. Chr. Lauer Nürnberg-W
    15 Friedrich Orth Wien
    16 Alois Rettenmaler Schwäblsch-Gmund
    17 (Unknown)
    18 Karl Wurster K.G. Markneukirchen/Sa
    19 E. Ferd Weidmann Frankfurt/Main
    20 C.F. Zimmermann Pforzheim
    21 Gebr. Godet & Co. Berlin
    22 Boerger & Co. Berlin
    23 Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Heereshedarf darf In der Graveur-u. Ziseleurinnung
    24 Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Hanauer Plaket-ten-hersteller
    25
    Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Graveur-Gold-
    und ...
    by 09-02-2010 07:17 AM

    Political daggers were ususally marked with the RZM code M7/. Here is a list of the codes with the makers name:


    M7/1 Gebruder Christians, Christianswerk, Solingen
    M7/2 Emil Voos Waffenfabrik, Solingen
    M7/3 Kuno Ritter, Solingen-Grafrath
    M7/4 August Muller KG., Solingen-Merscheid
    M7/5 Carl Julius Krebs, Solingen
    M7/6 H. & F. Lauterjung, Solingen
    M7/7 Hermann Konejung, Solingen
    M7/8 Eduard Gembruch, Solingen-Grafrath
    M7/9 SMF - Solinger Metallwaffenfabrik Stoecker & Co., Solingen
    M7/10 J. A. Henckels, Solingen
    M7/11 E. Knecht & Co., Solingen
    M7/12 WMW - Waffenfabrik Max Weyersberg, Solingen
    M7/12 Carl Robert Kaldenbach (duplicate)
    M7/13 Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co., Solingen-Wald
    M7/14 R D. Luneschloss, Solingen
    M7/15 Carl & Robert Linder, Solingen
    M7/16 Justus Brenger & Co., Solingen-Wald
    M7/17 A. Werth, Solingen
    M7/18 Richard Abr. Herder, Solingen
    M7/19 Edward Wusthof Dreizackwerk, Solingen
    M7/20 Ernst Mandewirth, Solingen
    M7/21 Hermann Schneider, Solingen
    M7/22 Wilhelm Weltersbach, Solingen
    M7/23 Carl Halbach, Solingen
    M7/24 Reinhard Weyersberg, Solingen
    M7/25 Wilhelm Wagner, Solingen-Merscheid
    M7/25 Jostes & Co., Solingen ...
    by 09-02-2010 07:06 AM

    Here is a very useful list from 1944 giving the regulation order in which medals or medal ribbons should be worn.
    1. Eisernes Kreuz 1939 oder 1914
    2. Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit und ohne Schwerter
    3. Ehrenzeichen für Deutsche Volkspflege mit Schwertern auf dem Bande
    4. Medaille für Deutsche Volkspflege mit Schwertern auf dem Bande
    5. Medaille “Winterschlacht ...
    by 09-02-2010 07:05 AM

    Hello Gentlemen and fellow members,
    Following the idea launched by our member Matt L, here's a link to access the ...
    by 09-02-2010 06:16 AM

    On most SA daggers, two small code letters will be found stamped on the lower reverse crossguards. This represents the SA group to which the daggers original owner belonged. Here is a list of these markings for reference:
    Code SA Group
    A Alpenland
    B Berlin-Brandenburg
    BO Bayerische ...
    by 09-02-2010 05:48 AM
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    Hello Gentlemen,
    As Adrian kindly agreed for me to open this thread in his subforum, i would like to thank him... ...

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