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Rare relic Erkennungsmarke: Legion Freies Indien

Article about: Yesterday i found a really nice EKM relic. which belonged to one of the 1500 Indian soldiers stationed in Zandvoort (Holland) Legion Freies Indien shield. Enjoy! Zandvoort (Holland) May 1943

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    Default Rare relic Erkennungsmarke: Legion Freies Indien

    Yesterday i found a really nice EKM relic. which belonged to one of the 1500 Indian soldiers stationed in Zandvoort (Holland)

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    Legion Freies Indien shield.

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    Enjoy!


    Zandvoort (Holland)

    May 1943 / September 1943

    Infantry Regiment 950 (Ind)

    I. Bataillon infantry companies 1 to 4.

    Approx 1500 soldiers strong.

    I. Battalion was reassigned to Zandvoort in May 1943 where they stayed until relieved by Georgian troops in August. In September 1943,
    the battalion was deployed on the Atlantic coast of Bordeaux on the Bay of Biscay.


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    Lost in the year 1943, and after 70 years in the ground still in excellent condition.


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    Close-up.


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    Some photo's of the legion soldiers, and a Dutch documentary about the Indians in Holland.


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    Last edited by jim023haarlem; 09-29-2013 at 01:20 AM.

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    Terrific and rare find indeed, did you find it in the ground?
    Thanks for showing...I'm familiar with Zandfoort, having explored a few of the coastal bunkers there in 1983 when I was 17 years old...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Hi Glenn, yes it was in the ground, near some bunkers, mayby without knowing it you walked over the EKM in 1983.

    I also found a Russian bayonet, German whistle, Dutch WW2 bike with some camouflage paint still on it,
    many French Mas and K98 Rifle Cartridges, and some other stuff. Al with a Whites 3900 metaldetector.



    A nice Documantary about the Free indian legion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAv8S3gD1VE



    Mayby you can look up the bunkers you saw in 1983. This is a great site almost al the Dutch bunkers. >> Hoofdmenu


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    Great find- Congrats on winning the lottery.
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

    "Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"

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    Excellent! All I found in Zandfoort was a 20mm projectile and some barbed wire, lol...
    However, I also discovered lots of lovely topless ladies on Zandfoort's beach, lol...for a 17 year old American boy that was quite something at the time, lol...
    Wishing you continued good luck in your collecting, friend...
    cheers, Glenn

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    That is rare.......lucky guy!

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    Wow, is that ever wild- I've never heard of this unit and to find a disc from it is pretty spectacular- congrats!
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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    Today i picked up this book by Aad.

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    That's a great find. Congrats!

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