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  1. I do not know much of anything about this Reuss medal. Can anyone please educate me as to what it is?(valor medal, long service, etc)
  2. This thread will be dedicated to the study of one of the lesser known Luftwaffe suborganizations. This intent of this thread is to bring out participation. Any information including details and photos of uniforms, insignia, and the actual men themselves are greatly encouraged. I will start off by going over a few of the uniform regulations. Luftwaffe Corps of Engineers: By decree of the the Fuhrer and Reichs Chancellery on 20Apr1935, the "Corps of Engineers of the Luftwaffe" was created. It was further deemed on 18Oct1935 that the members of this newly formed corps were not soldiers but "members of the Luftwaffe" with a status very similar to that of Officials. This was an Officer only career field. Requirements for entry into the Corps of Engineers changed several times, yet the basic requirement was a University(equiv to a Masters Degree?) or College(Basic four year, Bach. Degree) degree in engineering. University graduates were brought in at the rank of Fl. Hauptingenieur and College degree qualified for the rank of Fl. Ingenieur. Members of the Corps of Engineers wore the basic Luftwaffe style uniform. Insignia comprised of: 1. Tabs- Rose Pink. Rank was denoted with the use of the wreath and blades of the propeller(instead of gulls like the Luftwaffe proper). 2. Boards- Standard style, with pink waffenfarbe. Reserve members are identified by a blue secondary piping on the tabs and shoulder boards. The role or purpose of this formation is not noted in my Angolia or Davis books. Did they design aircraft? Plan and construct Airbases? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Corps of Engineer Officers: An order dated 11May1940 created the "Corps of Engineer Officers" with the eventual disbanding of the "Corps of Engineers" in mind. The many delays in acting on this order, the Corps of Engineers was never disbanded and both the Corps of Engineers and the Corps of Engineer Officers co-existed for the duration of the war. The only difference in the two services was the collar tabs. Tabs: Rose Pink. Rank was denoted with the use of the wreath and gulls, like regular Luftwaffe Officers. Wartime Members of the Corps of Engineers: This was not a career area. They were civilian engineers brought into the service of the Luftwaffe for the duration of the war to fill billets. These men were given a ranking based upon their age, experience, and schooling. Once assigned a rank, they were non promotable. Starting on 15Jan43, the Wartime Members of the Corps of Engineers wore the same uniforms as those used by the Corps of Engineers. The insignia differed as stated below: 1. Tabs- Rose pink, as the Corps of Engineer tabs. Ranking consisted of the embroidered wreath only. No propellers or gulls were used. The exact ranking was noted on the shoulder cord. 2. Shoulder Cord- As with other Sonderfuhrer shoulder cords, these were to be unpiped(although this rule was frequently broken). The rank exact rank was noted on the shoulder cord by the use of yellow "sliders".
  3. Thank you. The resemblance is so close that it seems intentional.
  4. What is that medal that resembles the US Bronze Star, in the lower left corner of the photo above?
  5. Paul R

    Purple Heart KIA KOREA

    He would've at the very minimum received the Korean Service Campaign Medal, the UN Medal for action in Korea, and the National Defense Service Medal.
  6. Interesting awards. Both sets to Polish contributors.
  7. I've had no luck- yet. Thank you for confirming that I am not alone!
  8. Very rare bar. Like the previous poster, I've not seen this medal mounted on a bar before.
  9. A large number of these men seem to be much older than their Heer counterparts.
  10. The coolest HK citation I've seen. Thank you for sharing it. I have not seen any others. Have I just been unlucky or are they that rare? Komtur- This is seriously a pinnacle nurse's set. Thank you!
  11. Here is a new branch to my collecting interest- An original Polish Home Army armband and post war medal to a participant in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. I hope to add to this thread in the future. Paul
  12. Wow Huck! Great information. Thank you for the addition.
  13. Paul R

    Polish Home Army Items

    Hello, I have a VM, Valor Cross (Govt in Exile reversed ribbon), and wartime hat badge coming in now. Sadly, these are all unattributed. I am working on deal for a stellar attributed grouping to a VM winner (with Bor's signature on the citation). He was a sabotage officer in Warsaw during the Uprising. The current owner was not able to get anywhere with the archives due to the sensitivity of his job (?), but it's a work in progress. The grouping contains the VM, Home Army Medal, Polish War Medal with four bars, and a pre-war Independence Medal, all with documents. Also included are his prayer book, original photograph, and some other odds and ends. Thank you for the compliment on the above. The Armband was something I was seeking for a long time. These are so scary in that they are heavily reproduced. I am just happy to have an original, despite it being unattributed. The Home Army Medal and document belong to a female fighter.
  14. Your theory makes a lot of sense. Once enveloped with the new services, the branch would be responsible for providing equipment. What year did this happen?
  15. So what are those generals tabs for?
  16. The TENO looks so much like SS, I wonder how many went through a tough time when captured due to confusion with the similar uniforms and insignia.
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    Why would an item like this be "officially erased?" Revoked?
  18. These are really cool. I've never seen such marked props before. Are they genuinely this rare? Maybe collectables on their own.
  19. Wow. Very different, especially when we look at the ray points...
  20. Paul R

    One of the rarest EK Awards...

    You have one hell of a collection. Of your 1000+ documents, how many of them were specifically for NC (White ribbon) variation?
  21. I wish. This is my favorite thread!