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Article about: Hi Chaps, I was shown this today by a mate & thought I'd post it as I've not seen one before. It's in bronze & screw topped with ribs around the edge & on the back is inscribed &

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    Hi Chaps, I was shown this today by a mate & thought I'd post it as I've not seen one before. It's in bronze & screw topped with ribs around the edge & on the back is inscribed

    "Stärke liegt nicht in der verteidigung sonden angriff Adolf Hitler 1943".

    It looks like a snuff box to me. Any idea chaps?

    Cheers,

    Richard.
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    Looks like the top was constructed from a cast of a 'Für Treue Dienste' faithful service civil medal.

    Mat

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    Hi Mat, yeah that's right. But it's not crudely soldered on & is part of the thing. I looked at the edges to see if it once had a ring fitting for hanging on a ribbon; but there was no mark at all, Cheers, Richard.

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    I wonder if that medal design was used for a reason? Perhaps for those who earned them, though I guess it's just aesthetically pleasing for a general Third Reich design.

    Mat

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    Yeah, I wondered if it was a fund raising piece for Civil Defense or something like that. Google translates the back as "Strength lies not in defense attack probes"?

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    Haha, I literally just put it through google translate myself. I figure it essentially means "Strength lies not in defence", while the other part doesn't translate properly directly. Sounds like a phrase glorifying the war effort, which I suppose did indeed require dedicated civil work too.

    Mat

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    "Strength lies not in defence, but in attacking"

    Gr. Theo.

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    Thanks stekker, that makes sense, cheers, Richard.

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    You're welcome.

    Theo.

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    Poor engraving and mistakes in words (Angrieff, sonder with capital "S"). My opinion is that it is just a fake.

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