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  1. On ‎19‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 13:09, Martin2 said:

    p.s did these “stamped” badges not have maker marks ?

    sorry, missed the p.s.… certain makers did maker mark their early stamped badges, but not many.

    F.W Assmann was a manufacturer that maker marked their die stamped badges...but not always.

    Some examples of the same badge that were produced by Assmann, marked and unmarked.

    Kriegsmarine breast eagle for the summer uniform.






  2. Good morning, Martin

    So, yes..an early die stamped example by Otto Schinkle.

    The link, below, will give a little background as to why these badges are commonly described as the 'Mayer/Schickle' design.

    There is one thing about this badge I would like to check on, and that is the pin.

    All 'Mayer/Schickle' badges have tool marks to the top of the pin. Going on the photo supplied, I can't see this characteristic which would mean that the pin has been replaced at some point.

    Here are a couple of pic's to show you what I mean.



  3. 3 hours ago, Paul R said:


    Wow.  He must've screwed up big-time to be sent to a LWFD at his age and lack of infantry experience.  I doubt he would've been immediately put in charge of a Battalion like that, would he?  Was he demoted?  Are his officer evaluations included in those documents? 

    Not so much as a demotion, but more like a use of experienced staff officers in the formation of units in a desperate attempt to get boots on the ground.

    As with the formation of the transport units in the Stalingrad airlift, staff officers from Luftwaffe training schools were also used to form ground units and now that we have confirmation of Buschmann’s unit we can trace him back to being involved in the Luftwaffe training programme.



    Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 62




    •Oberst Heinz Funke, 1.4.39 - 1.2.40

    •Oberst Joachim Sperling, 1.2.40 - 31.10.40

    •Oberst Ehrenfried Tschoeltsch, 1.11.40 - 14.1.41

    •Oberst Hermann Muggenthaler, 15.1.41 - 5.10.42


    Formed 1.4.39 in Quedlinburg from Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung62 with:


    •I. Ausbildungs-Bataillon from Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung62

    •Flugzeugführerschule (Schule/FAR.62) from FFS A/B Quedlinburg


    II. Ausbildungs-Bataillon was formed in 1940, while the Schule/FAR.62left the regiment 16.10.41, and became FFS A/B62.


    Moved to Baden bei Wien (5.40), and Blois (1942).


    On 16.8.42 redesignated Flieger-Regiment 62.


    In 10.42 renamed Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9.





    1939/40: Stab, I. (1-5), 6., 7., Schule

    1941/42: Stab, I. (1-5), 7., II. (8-12)






    Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9


    The 9th Luftwaffe Field Division (German: 9.Luftwaffen-Feld-Division) was an infantry division of the Luftwaffe branch of the Wehrmacht that fought in World War II. It was formed using surplus ground crew of the Luftwaffe and served on the Eastern Front from late 1942 to June 1944. It was badly mauled during the Soviet offensive of January 1944 near Leningrad. It was later merged with the 225th Infantry Division




    •Oberst Hans Erdmann, 8.10.42 - 11.8.43

    •GenMaj Anton-Carl Longin, 11.8.43 - 1.11.43



    •Maj Egeler, 4.10.42 - 1.11.43


    Formed 10.42 at Arys from Flieger-Regiment 62.


    The division consisted of:

    •Luftwaffen-Jäger-Regiment 17

    •Luftwaffen-Jäger-Regiment 18

    •Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9

    •Luftwaffen-Artillerie-Regiment 9

    •Pionier-Kompanie Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9

    •Luftnachrichten-Kompanie Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9

    •Kommandeur der Nachschubtruppen Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 9


    Taken over by the Army on 1.11.43 as 9. Feld-Division (L)


    The division served under the following headquarters:



    12.42 - 1.43 L.AK / AOK.18 Oranienbaum

    2.43 - 10.43 III. LwAK / AOK.18 Oranienbaum



  4. A couple more of Deumer badges....

    1st pattern pilot qualification badges.

    left; a very early production piece obtained from the family of a pilot (unable to give the name of the recipient due to a promise made to the family) who was a member of the Legion Condor and went on to be involved in the Battle of Britain.

    Right: a slightly later example of Deumer's production of the 1st pattern PB....recipient unknown.



  5. So, let us say 1895... that would put him over the top for operational flying duties.

    I think you'll find that he was probably an instructor at one of the Luftwaffe flying schools, as so many WW1 flying veterans were.



    When the planning for the Stalingrad airlift was taking place (which turned out to be an absolute catastrophe, and in effect began the demise of the Luftwaffe and the end of Germany's war), it was estimated that to sustain a fighting force of 250,000 men would need air drops of between six hundred and 750 tons per day. The Sixth Army’s supply requirements were initially established at 750 tons per day, but later reduced to five hundred tons per day. The required aircraft and crews for the Stalingrad airlift assembled on short notice from the advanced flight training school. Sending many of the Luftwaffe’s most experienced instructor-pilots contributed to degradation in the quality of new pilots being trained. Every single available aircraft mobilized for the Stalingrad airlift.

    On 23 November 1942, Lieutenant General Hans-Georg von Seidel, the Quartermaster General of the Luftwaffe, ordered all Ju-52s (transport aircraft); Ju-86s (trainer; completely inappropriate as a transport); FW-200s and Ju-90s (long-range reconnaissance aircraft); He-111s (long-range bomber), from every unit, staff, ministry, and the Office of the Chief of Training. Six hundred aircraft along with some of the best flight instructors were stripped away from the training facilities. Specialized training schools were closed due to the ruthless efforts taken to ensure the success of the airlift. By early December Fourth  Air Fleet had approximately five hundred aircraft at their disposal, with more becoming available as the operations progressed. Germany’s top military leaders were convinced that the number of aircraft now dedicated to the operations was sufficient to meet the logistical needs of the Sixth Army….how wrong they were.


    The airlift fleet was based at Tatsinskaya and I think you will find that this was where he will have been based until the end.


    As to the German archives…vast amounts of period records/documents were destroyed during, and after the war. If Major Heinrich Fritz Buschmann does not appear on the lists available to historians (such as the ones cited) then I think that they will have been lost….but let us keep our fingers crossed.

    Please let us know how you get on.


  6. 1 hour ago, Claudius said:

    I suspect they were removed for display purposes.  The Baltic and Randow didn't have ribbons and the person who created this presentation removed them for aesthetic, uniformity purposes. 

    Not what I would have done, but this is a family piece and as the owners they can display it anyway they like.


    as an aside, and regarding the insignia, it would seem that the tabs and boards were taken off this officer's white summer uniform as the metal eagle is present. not a great photo but looking at the summer uniform eagle I would say that it's an example by Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid. would love to see clearer photo's of obverse and reverse to confirm.


  7. Matt, I am in total agreement 

    after doing further research over the past couple of days I have come to the conclusion that these badges, being so early, are most likely a composite of tombac with a very high percentage of copper, which would explain the colour, something I’ve not come across on later badges, showing through the wear on these particular badges.

    I don’t think weights on the badges would help us much as one is nickel plated, the other bronzed.

    This is why I appreciate the Internet, and the forum in particular , so much as we have people like you to bounce ideas off...

    Many thanks, Matt.

  8. Just in are these 1932 1st Hitler youth rally Potsdam badges...

    I would have put them in the HJ 'tinnie' thread but after some research, I'm not sure that the silver badge belongs there...and I didn't want to split up the new acquisitions as the two badges show a little something of interest.

    There doesn't seem to be much information on these badges other than the fact that the bronze was sold, as per other 'tinnies', for a donation and the silver issued to participants of the rally....  I've often read that these badges were made of either aluminium, tombac or zinc, marker marked in this way, or that..

    On receiving these two badges, they have turned out to be made of cupal...this being seen in close-up images where the copper is clearly visible on both.


     The silver badge for participants - maker: Hermann Aurich, Dresden





    The bronze badge -Maker: F. Hoffstätter, Bonn  




    A close-up of the bronze badge shows the copper where the bronzing is worn...as with the wear on the silver badge.