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Article about: One of my main areas of collecting is items related to Knights Cross Winners ( Ritterkreuztrager ) including awards , documents , signatures etc etc Here is an interesting piece of trench ar

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    One of my main areas of collecting is items related to Knights Cross Winners ( Ritterkreuztrager ) including awards , documents , signatures etc etc
    Here is an interesting piece of trench art relating to Luftwaffe Jagdflieger and Eichenlaub winner Oberleutnant Hans Beisswenger.

    He flew with Jagdgeschwader 54 and recorded 152 victories in 500 combat missions before being killed in action on 6/3/1943 in aerial combat over Staraya Russa.

    The piece was made as a commemorative item from a brass shell casing with brass Knights Cross attached by his ground crew.The photo seems to have been covered in some sort of resin which set hard.
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    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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    hi
    very nice paul
    regards
    fraser

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    Hi Paul,

    Nice piece. That cross reminds me one one that I have. Being similar, it is brass with a gloss black painted center and affixed to a wooden box by way of a threaded screw and washer. The back is marked DRGM.
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    This one is totally fantastic!

    Congrats

    Jan

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    Thanks guys the interesting thing about Beisswenger is that when he died he was at the top of the scoring re Luftwaffe aces , if he had fought until the end of the war how many would he have had ?
    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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    Very nice piece Paul, just out of interest what size is it , cheers Raymond

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    Hi Raymond,

    It's about 5 x 3 inches !!
    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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    Thanks mate , i thought it looked about that size , cheers Raymond

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    Could the resin be aircraft dope. i thought some parts of the bf109 were still fabric covered, rudder ,elevators, spring to mind and would have needed doping to make the fabric taut.

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    Hi Paul , that`s a nice looking piece with a good patina

    cheers Al

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