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  1. Thank you very much Morten and Martin. I am very happy to have this photo in my collection. Here is what is written on the back. Cheers, Larry
  2. Thanks Morten. Here is a recent addition to my collection. It shows a Bootsmannsmaat wearing the metal version of the Bootsmann patch. Underneath are the pre-1940 Fla. -E- Messer (AA guns rangefinder operator), Fla. Maschinenwaffenschutz (Gunner anti-aircraft weapons) and bottom is the Sperrvormann (Blockade weapons foreman) badge. In the photo he has been awarded the EK 2 medal and has earned a Minesweeper badge. He must have seen action early in the war as he is still wearing pre-1940 trade badges. I guess transition to after 1940 badges took some time to implement. Cheers, Larry
  3. Nice photo Morten. Also wearing Wehrersatzwesen (Replacement service career patch). Cheers, Larry
  4. Heer admin. official wearing two grades of the badge. Cheers, Larry
  5. Bringing History to life...

    Than you Peter for you kind words. Very nice realistic work Erwin and thanks for posting here. I hope to see more of your colourisations. Nice work Alex, I enjoy seeing your excellent colourisations. Here's another of mine which was posted in another thread but should also be here. Cheers, Larry
  6. Hi, Post war copies are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Invest in a good reference book (there are a few good ones out there) to increase your knowledge. Genuine badges come with a variety of backings so you can't always tell good from bad by that. Buy from reputable dealers eg Weitze, The Collectors Guild to name a couple. There are a few very nice metal insignia patches for sale at the moment just Google for them. BTW nice patches you have collected. Cheers, Larry
  7. Thanks Morten and PREM. There are a lot more people out there collecting KM trade and specialty patches than when I first started collecting them. There is such a large variety to collect and now it is very hard to find the rarer ones. They are also becoming more expensive as well. Insignia such as the nice Unterwasserhorcher patch photo posted by Morten are hard to find as well. There are a few of the rarer patch photos posted in the "Kriegsmarine Specialty Badges in Wear" thread. By the way, I posted the the Unterwasserhorcher patch upside down. I am concentrating on collecting cloth versions only. I would like to see what others have in their collections. Please post them here. My collection as it stands at the moment: Cheers, Larry
  8. Entfernungsmesser Flak (rangefinder AA guns). As above (white uniform). Torpedohilfslehrer (auxiliary torpedo instructor). The search continues, thanks for looking. Cheers, Larry
  9. Spielmann (drum and fife corps). As above (white uniform). Unterwasserhorcher (hydrophone operator - white uniform).
  10. HI, I thought I would post an update of my pre-1940 KM specialists badge collection. Kraftfahrer (motor driver). Verwaltung (administration). Artilleriewaffenleitvormann (artillery control foreman). Waffenleitvormann Flak (AA weapons control foreman). Geschutzfuhrer T (gun turret chief after 6 years). Geschutzfuhrer Einzelgeschutz (single gun leader). As above (white uniform). Geschutzfuhrer Einzelgeschutz (single gun leader after 3 years). Motoren III Lehrgang (motor specialist III). As above (white uniform).
  11. Very nice photo Morten. Another from my collction. Stab (Staff personnel) Marineartillerie Rank chevrons (Obergefreiter) Leichten Flakartillerie Cheers, Larry
  12. I agree, a very nice focused collection. Here is another portrait from my collection. Cheers, Larry
  13. Nice photo showing tropical uniforms in wear. The car is a Mercedes Benz 320. The symbol on the left fender (as far as I know) shows they served in 4 Marine Kraftwageneinsatzabteilung. More info here. http://www.axishistory.com/axis-nations/373-germany-kriegsmarine/kriegsmarine-landgestuetzte-verbaende/7532-4-marinekraftwageneinsatzabteilung Cheers, Larry
  14. Another from my collection. Cheers, Larry Another.