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This Hasn't Happened to Me in a Long, Long Time

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After having collected German WW2 militaria for many years, I got out of it around 2000. I've sold off almost my entire collection but still have a few things I haven't gotten rid of yet. Nevertheless, most of my friends know I used to collect it. On of my friend's father was a 3rd Army "Phantom" during WW2 and my friend told me he had brought back a box of souvenirs "liberated" from some sort of supply depot or warehouse at the end of the war. Unfortunately, his father passed away and in clearing the estate, the family found the box. No one in the family wanted it so my friend asked if they'd mind him giving it all to me. They wanted it gone and agreed. So today, he brought me the box after first, keeping a pistol for himself. Anyway, the last time this happened to me with German stuff was probably in the 80's so I thought I'd share a few pictures.

Dennis

 

Here's the box after I opened it:

 

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Dennis (Bertmedals)

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Here is what I found on emptying it:

Unissued Luftwaffe Flying Troops uniform -- tunic and trousers. One of the kids tacked an SS Totenkopf collar tab to the pocket.

 

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And the trousers.

 

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The stamps inside show the unissued condition.

 

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Dennis (Bertmedals)

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Geez I need more friends like yours great group looks like a flak hat, set of enlisted trousers and maybe a tunic. Great stuff congradulations


Go Navy!


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Looks like you have a Flak visor there also. Stuff looks to be in good shape. Congrats.


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There were two enlisted flak visor caps. Both are unissued but the moths have gotten to them. I think they could be cleaned up to display well.

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There were two SS style "field" (overseas) caps. One was heavily moth-damaged and the other not too bad.

 

Here is the best one:

 

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The best one head on:

 

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The other:

 

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A large flag:

 

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Detail on the flag

 

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There was a small box full of unissued insigina:

 

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And a couple of SS shoulder boards (I haven't looked these up yet)

 

Front

 

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They are nicely tagged:

 

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The Totenkopf collar tabs are nicely tagged, too.

 

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And I think one of the woven eagles on a black background was for the HG Panzer Division uniform.

 

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There were a couple of Schutzenschnurs and a helmet that the kids painted silver also but this has been a long post so I'll end it with a US item -- the vet brought his helmet back, too, but no liner, unfortunately.

 

Thanks for indulging me.

Dennis

 

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Nice. You should check the lining of the jacket for a unit stamp.

Here's the tunic's lining stamps:

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Wow.........just wow.


***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

[Most frequently-sought unit because of family connection]

 

Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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In August I got a similar group. The visor cap, tunic and trousers, and boots to a Panzergrenadier officer. A goggle box full of insignia and belt buckles, some books and other items and the vets own uniforms and such. I had to leave 6 photo/scrapbooks, 2 swords and a cased Purple Heart and Bronze Star for a later time as the vets Brother had those displayed in the house. Awesome finds and proof that its still out there! Scott


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