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  1. All I could find with a quick search was that he was captured in CM North Africa 20/4/43 and spent time in camp 4DZ in Annaburg, his POW number was 227036 which confirms what you already know. He was also in camp 98, Italy, according to wikipedia it was in San Guiseppe Jato. He was obviously in Stalag IVB, Muehlberg too so I'd have a guess at him being held in Italy, then Muehlberg before moving on to Annaburg. Perhaps finding where his unit was (67 Field Regt.) in April 43 might help with the actual place he was captured. I don’t know the meaning of C.M. North Africa, if it’s an area or not. His military record will need to be applied for. There's also a cost involved and I'm not sure but think payment can only be made by UK cheque which is a pain for anyone who isn't UK resident. A copy of his death certificate will be necessary which is an additional cost, details here Forgot to say, a nice group and fantastic start to a WWII medal collection.
  2. Thanks for the positive comments, even yours Chris as 3 layers are always worth thinking about. A shame it isn't complete and it'd be nice if the nose cap was there as I've also got a pretty decent relic 07 bayonet. It came from the Somme but I just wonder where it actually came out of the ground.
  3. Luckily Chris does't speak Australian slang So, a couple of pics are below but it's not the easiest thing to photograph. I gave the butt a light rub with wirewool which only removed to loose stuff and the rest has been oiled rather than waxed, thanks for the tip Brian. Just in case anyone is wondering - the magazine is empty.
  4. Thanks for the replies and I'm pleased to hear my thoughts of what to use were along the right lines. The metalwork is dark so has no doubt had some kind of treatment like electrolysis, which is why I was thinking about waxing the butt. I'll go with a light butt rub (no doubt music to Chris' ears) to remove the loose bits and then leave it, wax can be rubbed into the woodwork at a later date if necessary. As for the metal well, I'll probably put some beeswax on that to prevent it turning back to orange in the little nooks and crannies and will add a photo in a day or two.
  5. Has anyone had a go at preserving an old piece of wood that's been underground for a good few years? I was thinking of some 00 wirewool and a coating of linseed oil or maybe rubbing in some beeswax, but at the same time I don't want it losing that been in a tunnel the past 100 years look. Thanks for any suggestions. Tony
  6. Dave, I have an EKI 14 to a doctor and always imagined he would've received the non-com. ribbon with his EKII, thanks for putting me right with the above comment.
  7. Thanks for adding the details Rob, it now makes me wonder if it could have been repaired by a jeweller. Tony
  8. Rob, That's interesting to hear you believe your Brit. VM with ball suspender is British made, but unnamed I imagine. Do you think it was made as a replacement or for the collectors? Tony
  9. Great write up and reminded me of a medal group I have to a man killed in the firing line near Hooge, the day before Koopmann was wounded.
  10. Nice! I used to have lots to do with Ypres including the remains of a gound dug pickelhaube and a 14 Star to a man taken POW in October 1914. I probably still have some bits and pieces somewhere.
  11. Try applying here You'll need to fill out a Request Form and a Search Form but if you don't have your grandfather's service number you might not get far. The search form does stipulate service number and/or date of birth must be included. Another problem could be payment, when I applied for my grandfather's record I had to arranged for a relative in the UK to make payment for me as it had to be in Sterling.
  12. Do you know this site?ücke-fotos/trägerfotos/ The Ehrenkreuz site also shows copies of pages from some makers including various sword attachments but no photos of the medal being worn with swords on the ribbon. Just guessing here but I think it's possible someone just wanted a bit more bling, or perhaps the swords were added at a much later date?
  13. Hello, I’d be really grateful if someone can help me out here. The April 1916 Verlustlisten shows three men from Mittlere Minenwerfer Abteilung 199 who, having been listed as missing since September 1915 are now shown as being prisoners. Uffz. Max Senf’s POW card states he was captured at Somme-Py, the card for Arthur Kaiser shows he was captured in the Champagne rather than a definite town or village but I can find nothing about the other man on the ICRC site. I’ve tried cross referencing with some of the men listed as missing after a French attack back in 1915 to see if Bueschenfeld was held with them but am not having any luck finding where he may have been held POW. Is there anyone who knows more about the ins and outs of searching for German soldiers who can help find him? Thanks Tony
  14. Ooooh that's a tough one! Could it be a poorly stamped WS shown upside down in your photo? Do you know this site I didn't see anything there to answer your question but it's a good reference site for all things WWI involving gear worn by the CEF, the RFC as well as German uniforms and headgear. Tony
  15. You can download his service record at the Brit national archives for a few bucks It might not be exciting, date of discharge and ships served on etc. but knowing the ships will give a clue to any sea battles or patrols he took part in.