08-29-2014 11:33 AM
Those of us in the USA who have been collecting for many years have had the opportunity to encounter many US 45th Division vets who had large amounts of original SS insignia that came from the storerooms at Dachau. If you were not in a position to have met these men and see their bring backs, how can you state something never existed when you have no first hand knowledge of the facts? A very stupid approach to collecting in my opinion. At one time, there was so much Dachau insignia in the market place, it had little value.
LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.
The stockroom at Dachau is far from legend. I have spoken to a dealer who has been in field for many many years and has met with US veterans who passed through it. He explained that the facility served as kind of a depot for the eastern front where they were outfitted throughout the war. He went on to tell me that the GIs, in some cases, were allowed to "take one from each bin."
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 08-29-2014 at 05:18 PM.
I do not doubt that some larcenous people sell fakes with the idea that they were seized among the trophy heaps of Dachau. US troops were stationed there until the 1970s, if I recall. We have included
maps and such of the US Army, Munich garrison at other times. The US Army ended up with many locales filled with regalia, uniforms and equipment the result of which is our collections. And Bob is very right to say that for some of his lifetime and mine, this material was considered next to worthless. A young person whose whole collecting experience in the past five years grows out of the internet cannot easily imagine
such a time, but it is also a fact.
It's quite remarkable to what lengths some people go so as to propagate the claim that all "Dachau insignia" are fake, really.
A decade back there was a rather remarkable incident over on another forum involving a once-respected member who created an additional user account under a fictitious name. That "new member" claimed to be a dealer who had traded in repro SS collar patches in the 1970s that were identical to those now accepted as original "Dachau" insignia.
(A charade that quickly unravelled, with the whole hoax backfiring on its creator.)
I did not know the extent of this farce a while back. All too typical. Thank you, Andreas. Gruess nach Bayern.