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Martin W

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  1. Hi gents, i am not a collector of KM cap tallies but i am a collector of KM photographs,especially images that show awards in wear. I also like to collect images of the various KM cap tallies in wear,besides the standard wartime issue "Kriegsmarime" tally. I like to look for the Zerstorer tallies. I beleive that many of the "named" ship tallies are pre-WWII but correct me if i am wrong here. This is my latest addition that shows a crewman from the Zerstorer Friedrich Ihn. Please show any images you have of rare or "unusual" tallies in wear. Regards,Martin.
  2. I have no intention of selling off what i have in my collection right now. I am a "Hilfskreuzer geek" I have a collection of over 40 plus Hilfskreuzer awards,some named from crewmen from the ATLANTIS and STIER. Plus, HK documents from many ships and HK albums from the THOR,STIER and the HANSA..I did sell my KOMET albums to a fellow collector who is writing a book on the subject. I will correct myself in saying that i have just become a little more selective in what i buy,and at this point it is a rare occurance. But i still enjoy this hobby,as mentioned. Cheers,Martin.
  3. I've been collecting since the 1960's. It went from anything TR,to just Kriegsmarine and then just Hilfskreuzer related stuff.Then that narrowed down to just items from the HK's Thor and Michel. Although,i did turn to collecting KM photo's of awards in wear and the cap tallies also. I love what i have amassed over the years,and enjoyed the history that came with it and learning from fellow collectors. I guess at some point i will have to part with all this stuff. Not too soon i hope. Cheers,Martin.
  4. That is a nice one. Cheers,Martin. I just want to let everyone know that i do not collect anymore..I'm in my 60's and i'm done with buying items. Having said that,my interest in the hobby has not waned and i will continue to comment and contribute when i can. Cheers,Martin.
  5. Nice photo's gents !! Cheers,Martin.
  6. Interesting. The "Rio Grande" was a blockade runner and the "Bogota" was a supply tanker,both operating in the Far-East. He probably would have been awarded the Blockadebrecher abz for serving on these ships. Many former Thor crewmen made it back to Germany on the blockade runners. Cheers,Martin.
  7. Besides collecting HSK awards i do collect photographs of KM awards in wear.This one is a new arrival and has become my favorite portrait.A great studio shot of Ernst Schwabe who was a crewman on the HSK "Stier". Just a great portrait,IMO,and yes,he is wearing the HSK award. So,please show your favorite portraits that show KM awards in wear. Regards,Martin.
  8. Sorry to hear that. What branch of the KM did he serve in after the Hilfskreuzers ? Cheers,Martin.
  9. Hi Fitzceraldo, I do not have much information on him other than that his name can be seen on the list of officers from my THOR crewlist. His rank was Leutnant zur See,as you mentioned. Interesting to find out how he made it back to Germany after the THOR was destroyed in Yokohama ? Cheers,Martin.
  10. Do you have his name and rank ?? I have a lot of information and photo's from the THOR's second cruise. Cheers,Martin.
  11. Hi Fitzceraldo, nice photo of the MS awards,and welcome to the forum here. Regards,Martin.
  12. Very nice additions Justin. Cheers,Martin.
  13. Looking at his service record it appears he did not serve on any Hilfskreuzer. Cheers,Martin. http://www.geocities.ws/orion47.geo/WEHRMACHT/KRIEGSMARINE/Vizeadmirals/RIEVE_FRIEDRICH.html
  14. Now that is a nice one Larry. With awards and specialty badges. Great photo. Cheers,Martin.
  15. Here's a little info Larry. Cheers,Martin. http://www.ww2.dk/air/seefl/mausi.html
  16. The Luft guy was probably a member of a Mausi Unit ? They flew Ju 52's and were involved in Minesweeping operations. Here's one that I have.What I like about this photo is that you can see that he is wearing a horizontal pin Minesweeper award by Deumer. Cheers,Martin.
  17. No idea on how many postcards were printed Edgar ? This is a real photo PK and it was written by one of the U-9 crewmen and sent to his uncle with reference to the sinking of HMS Hawke. Cheers,Martin.
  18. The crew of the U-9 in a photo postcard dated 1914. I think the tallies read UNTERSEEBOOTS.HALBFLOTTILLE.
  19. I'm not a moderator here,and yes I started this thread years ago,and I titled it "Kriegsmarine" because I did not collect, and knew little about Imperial navy history,where as I was a collector of KM awards and photo's. Yes,we can add pre-Kriesgsmarine tallies to the thread but I think the earlier tallies might benefit more in their own thread in the Imperial forum ?? Now I love to look at photo's and there has been some great stuff posted here over the years. So, I pose this question to the main crontributors to this thread....Should we add the Kaiserliche/Imperial tallies and re-title the thread or ask for a new thread on pre-KM tallies to be added to the Imperial forum ?? I guess i'm good either way. Regards,Martin.