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Wolhow sticks

Article about: Here's ours small collektion of trench sticks. The tradition to do such sticks is very old. In German army it was since WWI i think. But now they well nown as a "Wolhow sticks". Wo

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    Have You any new Wolchow sticks to show? I'm still waiting a Christmas present from München and I hope I can soon post some new pictures:-)


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    My latest from the Narva Front !!
    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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    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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    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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    It is an interesting example, probably belonged to a seaman? Turku is a city in Finland and Narva is in Estonia. I have not ever seen before such engravings.

    What the upper word says? Cross is also strange, maybe it is not a EK at all but a Finnish award (they had a lot of awards of the similar design).

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    Maybe one of the Finns serving with Nordland who was from Turku originally ! I think the cross is an EK it's just that the carving on this one is not the best !!

    Due to the damage it is difficult to makwe out the top word bu i think it's maybe his name .
    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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    Fascinating things, these sticks. Just what did they Do with them? Send them home for souvenirs to the folks in the Fatherland? Or did they actually carry them around like a baton? Most of them pictured look as if they were handled quite abit-did they actually Carry these things?? Leave it to a German to treasure his swagger stick!
    William

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

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    They became a bit of a trendy fashion item William mostly in the areas of Army Group North although they are found from elsewhere , they would use them as walking sticks etc.
    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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    Surely these must be being faked nowadays also? I would imagine it would be difficult to authenticate given the bespoke nature of each design.

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    As far as I know they were bought as souvenirs but they were also actually used as walking sticks. I have seen a photo how Russian POW is making such sticks in Wolchow front, he had around 10-20 sticks! And I read from memuar book of estonian soldier how he made these sticks for his comerades for 2 packs of cigarettes each. These sticks are quite popular in Germany so I belive many were sent home or just left home after vacation. These sticks are still underpriced but the prices are rising. Some sellers already ask 100 and more euros for a stick and SS-ones are of course even more expensive. As I got much of such stuff directly from veteran families and I never pay too much I belive it gives also a guarantee these items are genuine. The only bad thing is that as these sticks are often more than 1 meter long shipping may be very expensive.

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