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SS items from an 14th Armored Division soldier

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These items surfaced directly from the soldier's family earlier this year. I would never have otherwise bought the

visor cap since it is a private purchase item and, of course, it is a "high risk" investment. However,

since it came directly from the family and the veteran's son kindly executed a nice letter of provenance,

I felt confident enough to acquire it.

 

Out of respect to the family I will not name the veteran who brought these items back. He served from

November of 1942 till January 1946 and was credited with the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.

He passed away in 2009. The 14th Armored entered combat in November 1944 and liberated some 200,000

allied prisoners of war. The 14th also also liberated a few sub-camps of Dachau and some other forced-labor

camps holding Jewish, Polish and Soviet prisoners.

 

The Officer's visor cap is a private-purchase example and is named to "F. Wimmer". A little research

uncovered a possible candidate for ownership in a Dr. Friedrich Wimmer (1897-1965) who was an

SS Brigade-Fuhrer and served as General Commissioner for Administration and Justice in

occupied-Dutch territories 1940-1945. He was an SS Sturmbahnfuhrer in 1938 which seems

to be the rank written on the cap's interior. I located a transcript of his testimony as a witness in a

Nuremberg trial proceeding 13 June 1945. He was not a defendant.

 

The chained M36 Officer's dagger cannot be traced to anyone. The soldier who brought these items

home also "liberated" an army visor, numerous bayonets, an army pith helmet, some assorted

pistols and a target rifle. Since this cap and dagger were the only two SS items in his haul perhaps they

were owned by the same SS officer but that will always remain a mystery. The dagger is not maker marked,

which is correct for M36 SS daggers. It appears our armored vet decided to brush up the metal fittings

on the scabbard at one point and they have been cleaned of any patina. Fortunately the chained hanger

was spared this cleaning and is nicely preserved.

 

Our veteran:

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Always looking for Purple Hearts issued to New York men or any WWI Purple Hearts for 27th Division and 77th Division men.

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Always looking for Purple Hearts issued to New York men or any WWI Purple Hearts for 27th Division and 77th Division men.

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Always looking for Purple Hearts issued to New York men or any WWI Purple Hearts for 27th Division and 77th Division men.

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Always looking for Purple Hearts issued to New York men or any WWI Purple Hearts for 27th Division and 77th Division men.

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Wow! Those are some interesting bringbacks. As always it is so good to see the GI info has been preserved with these pieces.

Paul

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Hey kraut...you have nice stuff. Think I'll take it.

 

Nice score.


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Always interested in the 166th Infantry, 42nd Division, A.E.F.

Quality WW1 studio portraits and real photo postcards of Distinguished Service Cross recipients; showing steel helmets; or other interesting content.

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Can we see the opposite side of the dagger please?

 

Two rare items from one vet, nice.


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As always it is so good to see the GI info has been preserved with these pieces.

Couldn't agree more! Fantastic items made even better with solid provenance! Congrats


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In Memory of Pvt. Donald A Sullivan (504th PIR) KIA Anzio 2/9/44 (20 Years Old)

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Wow, Allgemeine SS officer visor and a chained SS. It doesn´t much better than that!

 

Kurt


My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

 

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Congrats Jim...our veteran had a good eye...

Indeed. Love the visor....thats a beauty.


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Wow!!...that visor is a killer piece...mike


Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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Wow !!


In memory of 798 Marine Raiders who were killed in action in World War II.

In memory of four U.S. Army Servicemans from 328th regiment , 26th infantry division.

THOMAS BOWMAN KIA 10/30 1944

WILLIAM Bereza KIA 12/24 1944

CHESTER MUNDELIUS KIA 3/14 1945

ALAN Milne KIA 4/8 1945

 

And when he gets to Heaven, Saint Peter he will tell: "Another Marine reporting, sir — I've served my time in Hell!"

 

 

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I collected German visors for years and have never seen a makers mark like that. Interesting

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WOW!!! very nice pickups! Here is a photo of Wimmers wearing a similar cap. Wonder if it's the same one.

 

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A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Thank you Mike. That photo is great.

I am not certain the "F. Wimmer" who owned the cap is Friedrich Wimmer but, as of now, I have no other candidates.

Jim


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Can we see the opposite side of the dagger please?

 

Two rare items from one vet, nice.

 

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Very nice. Please also add this to our up and coming World Militaria Forum. We are trying to build up the content and this would be an excellent edition.

 

The maker stamp on the hat indicates it came from a shop in Zweibrucken.

 

That is not far from where I was stationed, and we visited the airbase there a couple of times.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zweibr%C3%BCcken_Air_Base

 

It was notable for having been part of the Siegfried Line. Back in the 1980's you see the remains of demolished bunkers along the hillside around the base.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Thank you Gil. I appreciate the information.

I will post this on the WMF as well but I kinda feel sheepish sometimes posting the same items on two forums at once.

But your point about building content on the WMF is well taken.

Jim


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What a Great Hat !!!!!!!!!!! I would love to have it !


In Memory of Air Corps Technical Sergeant Carl F. Durfee. He died of wounds on 30 December 1944 while serving in the South Pacific. You are not forgotten.

ASMIC member

American Legion member

US Air Force & Air National Guard TAC - MAC

JOHN N. DANIELS ---152nd COMPANY C New York State Infantry--- captured 1864 survivor of Andersonville ---- Great-Great-Great Uncle

Captain Robert L. Hosler, 522nd Fighter/Bomber Sq. 12th Army Air Corp. World War Two P47 Pilot - 1 DFC- 5 Air Medal & 0ne Purple Heart---Uncle

1st Sgt Ann Barry, US Army Air Corp WAC World War Two --ETO --- Aunt

Sgt Willam M. Barry, USMC----Pacific World War Two--Father





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Two great items. If you were to own Nazi pieces those are the top of the list and identified!


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