WW2 medals insignia and memorabilia

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Postby Jimster » Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:53 pm

Mmmmm. A beer stein is even better!
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Postby dane61 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:51 pm

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Topper wrote:Hi Dane61,
The large badge next to the EK2 is a "Tag der deutschen Arbeit" the party badge with red field is not one I have seen before, is there a maker on the reverse?
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The party badge is DNSAP , the danish variant of the german party. It belonged to a relative who had a bad choice in politics.

I wanted to be a soldier in 1962 and the British Army was the only army in town at the time,
Who can say what I would have done if I was a 17 year old Dane in 1940.
Most young men don't think too deeply of matters politic especially when there is the prospect of women, ale and a punch up all that and free food, accommodation and a uniform.
What's that you say? You are going to pay me :haha: :haha: Bring it on.

Jep. Ist hard to judge 80 years later. He ( my grandfather) was trialed after the war, but no sentence. My wifes mother and family was from Lithuania, and were first overrun by Germans, and later from Russians. The boys were taken to the wehrmacht, and the girls were following the front when the russians were pushing
them back. 3 girls and the olds were ending in the west. One boy were MIA one was found in the 50. And one ended the war i Denmark ( later moved to Germany) 3 girls and the old ended in Denmark and were well integreted here, all marrying Danish boys.
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Postby dane61 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:17 pm

The card that the allied provided my wifes granddad
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Postby jarndice » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:45 pm

dane61 wrote:The card that the allied provided my wifes granddad

In the very early 50s we had two DP (Displaced Persons) children billeted with us they were very quiet and being brother and sister and both under ten they kept to themselves,
They had no English but me and my eldest sister would take them into the garden to play and for a little while they would smile before disappearing back into whatever memories they had endured,
One day I came home from school and they had gone.
Never forgot them just hoped they found some happiness eventually,
Because we were not invaded we have no idea of the suffering of the innocent civilians in Europe.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:33 pm

Topper wrote:Hi
Photographs taken at the Saumur tank museum, I have a lot of photographs of the Swiss tank museum and tanks in Belgium, if anyone is interested and Bovington tank museum, if you would like to see any of these. just ask.
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PS this is the mannequin Of Otto Carius I was taking about earlier


I've also taken many pics at Bovington, the Swiss Military Museum (at Full- my son actually lives in Zürich, so not too far away from it) and the Panzer Museum at Munster, many of which have been posted here; but do post any pics you want Topper that you think might be of interest :thumbup: I think you've already slipped into Forum legend with your unique Carius contributions, and so do post away! :D
I also took quite a few pics at the Sinsheim Museum (Technik Museum Sinsheim) years ago, but there are fewer displays of immediate relevance to the forum. Ditto with the museum at Verdun.
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Postby Topper » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:07 am

Good morning
Thank you, I have never been a Forum legend and I must say I do like it, A RTA put me in the right place at the right time.
Verdun is a difficult place to get your head around, I envy your son living in Switzerland.
All the best
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:57 am

Being at Verdun is like trying to quantify the Universe. It’s just too big and and the casualty numbers are staggering. We were at the ossuary near Duamont and they had just interred another body into the vast numbers of others there, just mind blowing the magnitude of that conflict .
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Postby Topper » Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:55 pm

Hi HERMAN BIX
You took the words out of my mouth,

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:25 am

I took this pic of Fort Douaumont on its roof, back in 1990. The devastation still looks fresh- even decades later. 8O
My then-teenage son, was busy looking elsewhere. :/ :D
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:35 am

...and here are the remains of a gas shell, I think. I saw it at Beaumont-Hamel, on the Somme, back in 1986. Nearby, was a pit full of barbed wire, curly metal stakes, a rusty gun carriage, and much more. Just part of the tons of war debris that have been collected every year, since the end of the Great War. Regularly, farmers are still injured, or even killed by unexploded ordnance.
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Postby Topper » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am

Hi
I will dig a few of my pics of Verdun out, my son is the same

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Postby EAO » Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:03 pm

Hey guys,

I'm so very envious of all you Gent's who have these hallowed battlefields in your backyards! Not to mention the museums! I've toured many Indian War and Civil War battlefields and there is an odd quality about them all...time seems to stand still.

When we lived in Seattle, I worked with a chap who was about the same age as me. He was a stone mason/ stucco expert/and restorer of both. He was born and raised in Orel, Russia! 8O I was amazed, OMG! Kursk, Orel, Citadel! He said his GrandFather had died around there during the fighting. His Father and family were evacuated to the East until after the battle. His Father was 10 years old at the end of the war and grew up climbing on blown up, abandoned hulks of armor and other battlefield debris. In his early teens his Father would go and collect left over MG's, rifles, and other scraps of metal to turn in to the scrapyard. He lost a friend or two to unexploded ordinance. As a child my friend said there was still lots of items laying around in the ravines and hollows. Over the years, between metal recycling, trophy hunter's, and just weathering much was disappearing.

What I found so unbelievable was that he had so little interest in all this. :wtf: It was just what he grew up with. When I expressed my disbelief, he responded but you have Gettysburg, and Little Big Horn! Okay, he had a point! I take these landmarks for granted too! :/ He was interested in our Civil War, but what really blew his mind was his visions of Cowboys and Indians! I guess it's just what surrounds you that can shape your interests...or not?!

Cheers,
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:58 pm

I’ve walked all over Gettysburg, and Valley Forge.
And a wooden covered bridge in West Virginia that was an early site of the Civil War whose specific name escapes me.
All the places I have trod do carry an unsaid expectation that you respect what happened there, and put the politics or nationality behind you.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:07 am

Yes Sir that’s looking like it.
2013 I was there
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