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Christmas Stars from the Eastern Front

Article about: It being the Christmas Season, I thought I'd post these 2 little Stars. The one with 5 points was excavated from the Leningrad area and is inscribed(abit hard to read, of course) "Weihn

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    Interesting thought! I could actually see a group of German soldiers doing this and making a Christmas tree star out of a marker! How large were these grave marker stars usually? This one pictured is 7 1/2 inches tall(including the stem) by 5 1/2 inches wide. Would this meet the normal size usually seen? The second star is much smaller and measures approximately 2 1/2 inches in length.

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Gurov is correct the first one is a Soviet mass grave marker , we have found similar in Estonia and Latvia !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    How bizarre is that? To start out as a Grave Marker for God only knows How many Russian casualties and end up as a Christmas Tree Star for the Enemy! I wonder if the little 7 pointed one was once one as well? War is, indeed, Weird!

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by bigmacglenn1966 View Post
    When I see these items I can picture a small group of cold, hungry, and miserable men huddled together, with thoughts of home and family...Thanks for posting!
    cheers, GLenn
    And perhaps with the last bottle of hard liquor.

    Very interesting items. I just love these more personal pieces from the soldiers, really sets it in perspective in a way that these were just regular guys. Nice one of a kind pieces, would love to have something like this in my collection.

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    Hey...for 200 bucks, they could Both reside happily on your mantlepiece!

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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