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    I collect original Kriegsmarine U-boot Mützenabzeichen & Crew/Cap Badges.

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  1. Much appreciated your honest input there, Justin. I am sure it is plastic, since I truly think it isn't bakelite. I hadn't preciously come across vibrant colors like this used in ww2 pieces so let's just assume its post-war. But why would there be made only one? Who in his right mind would fake this and why would this same piece consequently show up on two websites concerning this topic? If you behold the black and white pictures, it is the same plastic piece. I care about the value that it represents but more so I'm interested in the true colors that it once had on its conning tower. George Hogel sometimes was completely bewildered when it came to these colors and I guess we have quite some left to be filled in.
  2. That U-Schule (unterseebootschule) plaque, could you show it in true color, please?
  3. Found this one a militaria website not long ago, but they were puzzled as to which u-boat(s) it belonged to. I reckon that the upper part of this tradition badge made them overlook the lower part, which actually does appear in Georg Högel's U-Boat Emblems in World War II. In terms of warfare action these boat aren't that appealing, but nonetheless they were u-boots of ww2. It has no provenance going for it at all, I do agree, but my instinct says it's the real McCoy. I would like to know more about it, so please come forward if you have more info on this boat, or any other mentioned above. What do you think? Is this the same whale emblem, albeit shaped somewhat naïve? I for one have no doubt about it, but I am sincerely biased. 🙂Show your KM Cap Badges!
  4. I wonder if the guy with the cap is modelled after the man in the following video: Second 32...you will see the silhouette of the guy. This can hardly be coincidence but maybe it is. Their noses are practically the same. The drawing is from Gastebuch/Guestbook of the 4. U-Flottille. The colored badge is mine.
  5. Recently acquired this commemorative plaque (post-war but seemingly unique), formerly owned by one of the former crew of the U-490 (one of the 10 Milchkuhe/Milk Cow U-boats), now passed away, yet passed on to the German seller indirectly from which I bought it. It is plastic on wood, but it is the same one as shown in the URL's below mentioned I fairly reckon: https://uboot-recherche.de/media/Default/Uploaded/bootsbilder/U490.pdf https://www.google.com/search?q=U-490&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiT_dOAx6_gAhVKYVAKHUYmDkcQ_AUIESgE&biw=1164&bih=496#imgrc=Y7d4H0oSs5LjKM: Georg Högel's U-boat Emblems of World War II 1939-1945 doesn't show any colors so probably these are the true colors, albeit less fluorescent in them days of old. I have noticed around some modern cloth patch of this emblem on Ebay but without the swastika among other things. That is all I could find on it. Would be nice to know if there are people here who can tell me more about this U-boot. Much obliged, IJS
  6. U-584 if you have complementary pictures/paraphernalia regarding this u-boat, please do come forward. Share it with us.
  7. d Is this a real 5. U-Flottille badge? Or perhaps merely aged? The badge itself is copper so I think it is real, but do modern hoaxers shy away from the real?
  8. The original U-223 crew badge cap badge with original color versus the repro one with the brown cup and green/white background. Please post original U-boat/U-boot Flotilla badges. Not only I am curious as to what the originals look like. It is important to keep them real, and tell fakes from real ones. There are too much fake badges/pins on Ebay et al. already.
  9. U-1063? Or perhaps a Kriegsmarine surface ship? The cat reminds me of U-48 etc. but the fleur-de-lis tell me they are of french (paris) origin. They are probably not u-boat cap badges, if cap badges at all. For they only sport one boring hole. Again, the lilies are rather French than Teutonic.
  10. I was told that this specific cap badge was unique. Meaning that the one I have is the same as depicted above on page 112 of "KRIEGSMARINE 1935-1945: HISTORY UNIFORMS HEADGEAR INSIGNIA & EQUIPMENT BY" by Enzo Berrafato & Laurent Berrafato". I own it, yet I like to reinforce it with real pictures of Kommandant Rosenbaum etc. If you currently own anything relating to U-73, but are willing to get rid off it soon, please don't hesitate to message me. I am not doing this for me, personally. WW2 history should be taught without true untruths. Show u-boat images as they truly happened.
  11. The oxidized green copper is clearly visible, from top to bottom.
  12. Erik, I think this specific paper folded boat does show the emblem of U-3003/U-3013 (see attached picture). I merely wonder as to what the words "Edit Ihrens" mean. Is it a woman's name? one week ago I stumbled upon this cap badge, 4 days too late for my personal gain, because it was already sold. It, however, reminded me of the cap badge that dedehansen had once posted in this forum. They look very similar, but this one has a pin on its flipside,
  13. I was able to purchase this badge as of recently, which I think is authentic. It no longer has the "safety pin" on the flip side. Do sport your 11. U-Flottille collection!! What I have learned so far is that the "shadow" on the u-boat is always opposite to the polar bear's face. And I have seen Red/Blue logo versions of both the 1. U-Flottille as well as the 11. U-Flottille.
  14. Fafnesbane, thanks for your support. Erik, thank you for your constructive reply on the topic which you started, many years ago I might add. I think the badges that Ian Jewison (above) and you have shown so far are definitely real, as goes for the pictures that you posted directly above. I can honestly say I had not seen those before and I can't leave this room without holding a degree of envy. "Commercial", is indeed what I think some of these "anstecknadeln" are. See the picture that I attached to this reply, because I own some of them, except for the big yellow ski bunny and the anstecknadel displayed with Georg Högel's U-Boat Emblems of World War II book. The yellow pin really does appear to be a winter sports souvenir of the 1940's. If the crew stole the original design it would be nice to know who designed it originally, vice versa too. Erik, I will certainly consult the reference material that you pointed out to me there. In the meantime, please keep posting pictures of similar ski bunnies, dear readers.
  15. Good day, in order to reinforce my U-172 collection I'm appealing to you, gentlemen, to please come forward if you are willing to let go of or know about stuff that might be of any interest here. Original photographs and personal belongings of Carl Emmermann I am after, first and foremost, but anything else related to U-172 might be interesting as well. So, do not withhold on general principle what you might otherwise show. Thank you very much.