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  1. Yes, this is an odd green color that was worn by most policemen during this time period. The rural police of the Landgendarmerie wore dark green (dunkelgrunem Tuch) uniforms with gold buttons, blue (kornblumenblau) collar tabs, and red (rotem Vorstoffen) piping. They also wore a gray-green Summer jacket after 1914. Leather was brown and continued so until the end of WWII. At any rate the Gendarmerie became the Landjaegerei in June of 1920 and the green color cloth was then described as dark green (dunkelgrunem Tuch) in the 11 October 1926 new orders. Metal bits (i.e. buttons, buckles, Tschako trim, etc.) were to be gold color. This "Police green" (polizeigrune) color was worn by many uniformed law enforcement officers until the language changed again after 17 August 1933 with the introduction of new uniforms in "helgrunem Tuch" for the Landespolizei-Gruppe Wecke z.b.V. (LPG Hermann Goring). The new uniform cap Police Eagle (Mutzenadler) seen above on this cap was ordered by the Prussian Police in 1934/36. All headgear was ordered to have the National b/r/w/ cockade and NS Police eagle after 4 April 1936. So a slow evolution to the green color that we think of today.
  2. This is an example of the Model 1930 Prussian Polizei-Hirschfanger made by Eickhorn. This sidearm is in the rarely seen gold color Tombek bayonet with a brown leather scabbard whereas most seen nowadays were made in the nickel plated white finish with a black leather scabbard for municipal police. It has the uncut long blade and it still has the clamshell guard although the Prussian Police emblem in the grip has been replaced with the Model 1936 National Police eagle. Also notice that the sidearm retains it long grip which has not been cut down as is normally seen with these bayonets with shortened blades. BTW, this is not strictly a bayonet as it has no attachment for a rifle.
  3. Gents, This is an example of the transitional Weimar Republic period Prussian Landjaegerie peaked cap. This Schirmmutze is made of police green cloth with a distinctive blue band and orange-red piping. Notice there was no chin strap worn on this cap during the time of the Weimar Republic and none has been added to this cap. Also notice the screened metal vents in the top of the cap, which is a normal practice for Polizei caps. After 1934 the lower b/w Prussian cockade was replaced with the new Polizei eagle within a wreath insignia while the old uniform with matching blue collar tabs continued to be worn until it was replaced by the new Nationale Polizei uniform with brown collar and cuffs after 1936.
  4. These kids are cute as a bug! I love Kinder stuff such as small uniforms and swords. He is all decked out with his Eisenbahn traffic paddle, whistle, and ticket puncher. His little sister seems to be a leprechaun,or some-such, from the look of her lucky charm four leaf clover attire. Neat!
  5. Nice haul Rich. You have got to have cornered the market on these ceramic grenades.
  6. Nolly, I moved your helmet request to the TR Helmet section so you will get better exposure to your question. Photos of the interior will be helpful. The more the better to get a response.
  7. Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I knew him since he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth many years ago. RIP
  8. Leo, It is hard to tell when rank insignia like this was sewn on. I am used to seeing it tacked on rather than sewn down with loops like yours. But, since the soldier often sewed patches on as rank increased there are different sewing styles. Not what I would typically expect of wartime attachment however. The rank insignia also looks a bit less used than the tunic itself from what I can see. Lastly, wartime jackets often show original insignia re-sewn to them so I would not worry about them too much. I hope this is helpful.
  9. Welcome aboard Alain. We can always use a French collector.
  10. Gents, Here are a few examples of DDR subdued rank insignia. The enlisted shoulder boards are subdued instead of their bright colors and were worn on camouflage clothing. The woven shoulder boards are in subdued colors for a General Officer. Notice the correct five sided plastic pips on the General Officer boards instead of gilt metal pips. The subdued stripes on the cardstock were worn on the sleeve of camouflage, or white snow, clothing.
  11. Is there any trace of nickel plate on the brass body? I like the construction.
  12. Welcome aboard Elliot. Lots of info is available here.
  13. Thanks Tony, it is nice to know when your efforts are appreciated. I will mention that there are three generally accepted period styles of this P.08 lanyard. First, is the one with a short loop that I show. Second, is the same lanyard with a slightly longer loop. Third, is this lanyard with a "carbine hook" in the form of a metal snap hook attachment instead of a leather loop. The Germans were also adaptive and some WWI photos will show German soldiers utilizing bread bag straps as lanyards along with the official versions. They probably did the same thing in WWII. A couple of "red flag" points to look for to keep collectors out of trouble with reproductions. 1. the cone shape of the brass stud on the loop is distinctive and originals should have this style of stud. 2. notice the even round stitching around the base of the stud, reproductions tend to have uneven hand stitching. 3, the brass swivel is constructed with lead solder on originals. Three strikes and you are out with me as I generally do not buy something I can't explain as one or two anomalies.
  14. These are really neat. There are a ton of WHW items to collect.
  15. Gents, I recently picked up a P.08 Luger lanyard that I thought I would show. WWII German pistol lanyards are little understood and heavily reproduced. This is an example of what is commonly known as a leather "Luger lanyard" but I am certain it could have been used with other German pistols with lanyard staples or rings. There is evidence that these round leather lanyards were worn by WWI and WWII cavalry and mounted Troopers. There are period photographs of German lanyards in wear and we know that some of these lanyards were supplied to the Portuguese Army when the Germans sold them Luger P.08 around 1940. There is also written evidence from internet forums that German horse soldiers were ordered to wear lanyards in 1935 and 1940. A fair use quotation from Luger Forum follows. "Regarding the very limited archive material about the lanyards: The Commander of the Army orders the use of the lanyard for horse mounted troops with P08 pistols in the general army publications of the 22nd of November, 1935. Besides the reason and methods of use this order specifically mentions that the CARBINE HOOK is to be left attached to the pistol at all times in order to prevent the loss of the lanyard. With another order of the 7th of May, 1940 the P38 as well as a lanyard for that pistol is introduced and described. Here again the CARBINE HOOK is replaced by a loop which, compared with the CARBINE HOOK, provides better protection against losing the pistol. This is as clear as I can make it. Everything else would be twisting the truth. I hope this has helped to answer some questions about the use of the lanyard loop." Notice these official orders indicate there were two types of attachments to the pistol. One method was by use of a metal "Carbine Hook" and the other was by means of a leather loop. This "Luger lanyard" that I show utilizes a leather loop for attachment to the pistol. The other lanyard for the P.38 that was introduced in 1940 was a flat woven fabric lanyard with a leather loop attachment to the pistol. But that is another story and a different WWII German pistol lanyard.
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