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My Small Collection of German Militaria

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    My Father-in-Law, who passed away this past Spring, was a veteran of WW II and served in the 103rd Division. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other medals. During his time in France, he was able to secure a small collection of battlefield souvenirs. He has given me a portion of his collection due to my interest in WW II. I'd like to share those items with you.

    Afrika Korp Cuff Title, for some reason, cut down:



    German Eagle:



    A pair of trades badges; Electrician or Radio Operator?



    A German typewriter and case:



    A Stag handled bayonet, previously posted:



    Switzika armband, also previously posted to thie forum:



    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. When he moved to his lake house in mid 1980's, he offered me a tunic he had hanging in his basement. He thought it was an infantry private's tunic, but I knew better;



    This "tunic" deserves more than this little teaser, so I will dedicate a new thread to it in the very near future.

    I'd be interested in opinions on each and every item I posted here. Since my main area of collecting is RCAF, Canadian and US uniforms and equipment, I have much to learn regarding Third Reich items.

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    Hi Gary, great items and thanks for sharing them with us.

    The two badges are for wireless operators.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    The typewriter is particularly fascinating

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Great stuff!!

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    My collection of German WWII items just grew a little bit larger recently. I picked these up last weekend during a visit to my In-Laws; more suveniers my Father-In-Law brought home from the war. A nice enlisted man's belt and three buckles, one of which appears to be a nickle plated HJ buckle:

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