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    Hello. My grandfather served with the 8th infantry division, 13th infantry regiment in ww2. I have recently begun trying to trace his steps through Europe and to find answers about some of the things that he brought back with him. I found this badge??(it doesn't have a pin) very interesting, but cannot figure out what the heck it is. The badge has what I guess are some depictions of the city of Duren, Germany. Underneath the depiction it reads: "Ewaldus Schutzengilde Duren" and shows the dates 1560-1935. It is about 2 or three inches in size.I know that my grandfather's outfit cleaned out this city after it was bombed by the allies. I am wondering what the significance of this badge might be, and why he brought it home. I would be thankful for any help in figuring out what it is. I will try to attach the picture. thank you,
    Geoff
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    hello ggent001, welcome to the forum.
    I am afraid thise badge is not that intresting, it is just a badge of the anniverssary of a shooters association, but that can be riffle, guns or bows. Those a pretty commoun in North Europe.
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Hi Geoff,

    A 'Schutzengilde' is an old German tradition of a guild of archers.Many towns and cities would have their own guild.

    This tradition is still carried on to this day, and much of the purpose of the guilds besides socialising, is charity fund raising, similar to the 'Round table' in the U.K.

    I understand that marksmanship plays a part in these clubs and many shooting matches are performed with air rifles these days, rather than with bows and arrows.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thank you for the information. I was just curious as to what it was. I am pretty sure that it was brought home as a souvenier from Duren after the war.

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    Quote by ggent001 View Post
    ... I am pretty sure that it was brought home as a souvenier from Duren after the war.
    That certainly is! In that way it is intresting.
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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