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    Painfully eclectic... With the exception of ribbon bars, I am not the sort of collector to have too many of any one thing. I get interested in a period, or a general aspect of it, and then collect rather scattershot within that broad area.

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  1. Devastating or devastated? I would imagine that would make a difference.
  2. Just found this web belt at a thrift store this afternoon. It bears a certain familial resemblance to some British webbing, but I am so far out of my area of expertise, that I can't identify it. Anyone know what this might be? There are no markings that I can find anywhere on the cloth or the brass fittings.
  3. This one post was one of my very few token appearances here over the course of the last year or so, so don't feel too bad. Nice to have you back amongst the living, in any event. So, in regards to the nastiness, how do you mean? Did I manage to land Hans Landa's ribbon bar?
  4. Admittedly that's what I was hoping someone would say. I didn't pay a Hermann Göring Division price for it.
  5. I received this shoulderboard recently: Looking for second opinions on the Waffenfarbe. The color appears to be uniform, and doesn't appear any darker / different when you look in the various nooks and crannies that wouldn't have seen as much sunlight. In the photo below, this board is in the middle. The one above it is a Heer Infanterie board, and the one below it is a standard Luftwaffe Fliegertruppe/Fallschirmjäger board. It looks decidedly more yellowish than the Heer board, but downright white when compared to the Luft board below. Is this a HG board piped in a warm toned / dingy looking white, or is it a Fliegertruppe/Fallschirmjäger board made with piping that happens to be less colorfast than normal?
  6. At least we seem to have narrowed it down to an Ingenieur... lol
  7. Awesome! Thank you! If I'm reading this right, he was on the Hertha at the same time as Dönitz?
  8. The double Austrian Kriegserinnerungs-Medaille is an interesting touch...
  9. Apologies for digging up an absolutely archaic post, but through a peculiar combination of familial chaos and changing email addresses, notification of your reply slipped under my radar screen... If I had the info, I've managed to lose it in the shuffle. Do you know any more?
  10. Just got the bar in hand today. It's hard to tell with absolute certainty if the background color of the mystery ribbon was indeed a cool toned white to begin with, or if it was indeed a blue. I'm not seeing any evidence of fading on the front, when comparing that to the back. Comparing the spacing and size of the stripes, it really does lineup much better with the Manchukuo than the Hessian decoration. Also, if that were the Hessian decoration, wouldn't the proper order of precedence be Hindenburg Cross --> Hessian --> Olympic?
  11. Trying to track down the identity of the last ribbon on this ribbon bar, and one suggestion that I've heard is that it might be the Lithuanian Knight's Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great, or the Bronze Medal of the Order of Vytautas the Great. Could those of you more familiar with that decoration let me know if that is indeed plausible, and if so, possibly clue me in as to who typically received this award and under what circumstances they received it? Thanks, Chris
  12. Anyone recognize what the ribbon on the far right might be? I'm drawing blanks on this one, thus far...
  13. That one was based on rank, so it would have to be the Order not the Cross (the cross was for enlisted men). 4th class in this case, since 3rd class doesn't kick in until the rank of Oberst or so.
  14. I agree. Offhand, I can't think of any other scenarios where you would have two long service ribbons on a bar, whereupon both would have had a device. (I can think of some scenarios where one might have a device, and the other not.)
  15. The first one is silver, and the second one is gold. The odd thing is that the silver one appears to have the silver color literally painted on - you can see the brush marks where it was painted apparently after installation. I rather suspect that it was monkeyed with post war. If both of the long service devices are actually gold, I would suspect that this guy remained on in some capacity in the Weimar era (police maybe?) and then returned to the Luftwaffe. The BMVK1XmKr could probably be ruled in or out pretty easily. There were, I believe, only like 117 or so of that grade awarded. Alternately, I'm wondering if this might be an example of someone who may have even been a low ranking officer in WWI, who then rose up the ladder in WWII - "adjusting" the grade of his MVO to reflect his current rank, versus the rank he had when he was awarded it.