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  2. That is a fabulous helmet! Original owner's name was 多和田 Mr. Oowada or Tawada
  3. I thought the same thing. Having lived in Germany, and having German heritage, I look at these photos and think "what a waste of youth, talent and manpower".
  4. Interesting choice, it would have been one of the seven prototypes that were being tested then! 😁
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  6. Lots of very young faces in these images. A couple of photos were not showing up but I was able to retrieve them (I hope).
  7. Looking forward to some more pictures. Dave
  8. Brig / Dirk: Thank you for your comments. There are tons of details in these photos. It would have been nice to of had a higher resolution set to work from, so we could enlarge some of this. The faces alone tell a thousand stories, let alone the equipment, gear and insignia. These photos are hopelessly out of sequence. I believe this holding area was on the other side of the bridge where the Americans held the ground. One thing that is very telling in this photo is you have a number of SS men all clustered together. That might be because they traveled as a unit or because they were segregated by their captors. If you notice in other photos, SS men were pulled from the group for the benefit of the photographers. You can also see that in the film clip that is attached. Keep in mind though that when the Allies were sorting things out, many of the soldiers and units that would have been captured by the Russians were turned over to the Red Army. I am sure that is when a lot of retribution took place. As for the individual who removed the insignia from his visor cap, he probably had other insignia that indicated who he was. Notice the way he is wearing his coat to hide his basic uniform. I have half a thought to redo this thread so that the photo sequence makes more sense. But thank you for looking.
  9. John thank you! Will have to pst more items from the grouping!
  10. Wow, that's a great helmet Dirk! The vet provenance makes it even better 👍
  11. Thanks Dave! Since the vet is still with us I hope he will explain how he got it. That should be recorded for histories sake.
  12. Great helmet. It really talks to you. I love the pieces with character of their own. Dave
  13. Details from inside the helmet.
  14. This one came from the vet a number of years ago and is part of a larger group that he has given me over time. The Vet was a Marine in an Air Warning Squadron and participated in the Okinawa Campaign. He has not shared much of his military background while in theater, only once recalling being at his radar was late in the war, set up on a very small island off Okinawa, and recalling a Japanese bomber coming so low he could see the pilots faces as they went past his radar station. He also provided some capture papers, one of which lists a helmet. This one has a hemp rope netting secured to the liner of the helmet. Also a name on the inside of one of the liner pads.
  15. This pair of candlesticks were made with parts of several different models of WKC swords. A backstrap from one model and a guard from another. A generic grip and some new unused and unwanted grip wire. These things become collectable in their own right and I bet some of our members have similar pieces in their own collections.
  16. https://www.mymilitaria.it/list_it_it_19-39_dstntv_2.htm
  17. Maybe this website will be interesting for you https://www.mymilitaria.it/
  18. MiniArms

    Beretta miniature

    Thanks) It's 2mm
  19. Gil great series of photos. Having just listened to a lecture on American air power at the end of the war and the immobility of the German Army, note a lot of camouflaged vechicles. Also like Brig noted the guy that removed his insignia from his cap....not that it probably did any good.
  20. as the others have said the buttons make it a post 52 jacket, Its a strange combination queens crown buttons but kings crown brevet @scarecrow you're most correct the 47pattern is when the 4th button became flat
  21. Those are nice. I have 2 blades,scabbards and cloth cases. No hilts. Rich A. in Pa.
  22. Gents, Here is a set of matching sword candlesticks. These candlesticks were made up from original existing NOS (new old stock) parts during the Allied occupation in order to generate a little money or trade material for cigarettes or food. Since these were constructed from available existing parts they are sometimes "Frankenstein" swords and daggers that are still recognizable as German Army, Navy, Air Force, etc. edged weapons. This pair of candlesticks were made up as generic Wehrmacht swords. Newly unemployed sword makers started making these the day after the surrender was signed.
  23. Interesting details in this photo, particularly the removed SS insignia on the visor. Anyone notice the "volunteer tab" of the SS-mann with the CCC? Member of the "Dirlewanger Brigade" of the 36th Grenadier Division...a penal unit that was reconstituted around 1942 with Russian/Ukrainians...and a unit with a notorious history of war crimes...there's a fair chance this guy didn't make it over that bridge.... Phenomenally rare tab to find in a period image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirlewanger_Brigade
  24. Great portrait. I love portraits showing division/traditions badges in wear For those unfamiliar, the GAU XV Sachsen badge is two crossed scimitars on a shield...I saved this image for reference awhile back from off the net...
  25. Thanks for the assist in moving this thread! Actually, would you be able to move it to the Canadian Uniforms sub-forum? Thanks!
  26. I was told these small colorful canteens were used by children. The kanji on the cap is worn off, any further information would be appreciated!
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