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Some interesting relics

Article about: I picked these up as a set.... I know there is the bottom half of a Polish cap badge, I have my Grandfathers to compare, a sppon which seems to be a broken geman folding fork/spoon which has

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    I picked these up as a set....

    I know there is the bottom half of a Polish cap badge, I have my Grandfathers to compare, a sppon which seems to be a broken geman folding fork/spoon which has had a handle welded back on...a phonetic alphabet plate,my fav, buttons, a radio part...

    Need help with the cloth rank...this is the way it arrived with two pips, and the two paper labels, feldpost????

    Thanking you,
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    The paper labels... Well Custrin (Kostryn) is on the Polish-German border. Been through there on a bus of a time. The bold text on the top label translates as "Packed in A.D. Custrin" - am thinking that therefore the A.D. has to be a stores or something of that ilk. The bottom one (in the gothic script) says the same.

    Next line has space to write the date - "am" translates as "on"

    "Durch" on the line below, in this context, is "by" followed by a space to insert a name I'd imagine, then after that is where I come a bit unstuck... "Krieg" is "war", and "hilfs" is "help". The literal translation of "feuerwerker" is "fireworker". It's more likely that it probably means something closer to ammunitions / explosives technician or handler, either military (kriegs) or civilian / work batallion (hilfs).

    My German isn't brilliant, but my best guess is that both labels relate to a supply depot, quite possibly an arms depot.

    HTH

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    Thanks for your time on this, like yourself my German is limited, and I came to the same conclusions as you as to translation....the last bit feurerwerker, makes sense....so these could be shipping labels from an arms factory......

    Thankyou again,

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    Feurerwerker was a German Army rank/appointment, denoted by this badge (this is a pic of a repro):

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    It's usually translated as "Artificer NCO" or "Ordnance NCO"

    Rob

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    Thanks for that, makes those little peices of paper tell there story again

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    Not too far off then.

    I do like your reichspfennigs though. I have a few, but not in the higher denominations - mine are only one pfennig bits alas, but still nice to have nonetheless.

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