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Nack

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  1. This infantry Waffen oak has a stamp which reads “Gepruft ____________ 115”. I’ve got some guesses as to the other letters, but am I tesetest in opinions. The middle of the stamping is kind of light, so I tried to fool around with the colors to make it stand out better. Any thoughts appreciated!
  2. By the way, the positioning of the award loops - is that indicative of a wound badge, other combat-type badge (like an infantry-assault badge), or could be other things? Again, sorry for the rookie questions.
  3. Thanks! Yep - those are the shouldersraps. “KS” for Kriegsschule. I’m not sure of the letter below - is it a W?
  4. For sure! Here’s the whole thing. Sorry - not sure why the pics are rotated, and my photography skills leave much to be desired.
  5. Thanks much! I thought it might be “I.R.”! Please forgive the rookie question - it’s my first German uniform.
  6. Bummer. Thanks, though, John. I really appreciate the explanation rather than the unhelpful comment of simply "fake" you get other places. Live and learn!
  7. The one and only TR qualification badge I've ever bought is this one. Came with a original DD Luft helmet that the seller believed came from the same vet. I've spent countless hours reading threads on these things and comparing my badge to the pics I've found, but I'm still unsure whether this is good or not. From what I gather, there seems to be some controversy as to whether this maker made observer badges (I think most say yes), and if they did, whether the badges were only marked "JMME" as opposed to "JMME&Sohn..." I'd love some feedback on this. I'm primarily a US Army Air Force collector and really a novice at best in this area. Thanks for any thoughts anyone has!
  8. Sorry - been away for awhile. I never did remove the cockade. Not sure what the back looks like, but I presume it's from the era.
  9. Hey Gents - I've been away for awhile, and living in the US-collecting arena. I recently decided, though, to add a couple German items to the collection to serve as bringback items in my displays. I picked up this hat and have no idea what outfit it relates to. Also, an Iron Cross, which I hope is good. Any thoughts appreciated!
  10. Hello Gents and Merry Christmas from across the pond! I picked this up recently here in the States, and thought I'd run it across you all. I think it's a WWII Luft aircraft component of some sort, perhaps for starting the engines. Thoughts? Thanks for any ideas you may have!
  11. Thanks, Chip. I'm in the dark as to this stuff, so the help is greatly appreciated.
  12. I grabbed a magnet - the cross is attracted by a magnet. The ring has a maker mark on the ring (I presume) of either M or 3 I think.
  13. Thanks! I thought it was pretty nice, with some character. I'm not sure if it's magnetic or not - I'll check that out. From my limited surfing about the internet, it looks like the hat may be a mine service or railroad hat? This is wayyy outside my sphere of knowledge.
  14. Nack

    How many of us are Brothers ?

    Lol. Darn internet!
  15. Nack

    How many of us are Brothers ?

    I think the post was tongue-in-cheek... :)
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    How many of us are Brothers ?

    ...and now a newly minted Noble.
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    NKVD caps

    Not to drag ths out any further, but since I'm still working to educate myself (and maybe some others can benefit from my questions), are the differences you are talking about between the caps in the shape? I see that the top of my cap is smaller and tighter, if you will, and RussiaMilitaria's is bigger and more floppy. The materials seriously look pretty much exactly the same to me.
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    NKVD caps

    Yes -- the cap was sold to me as post-war, and as I stated in about every post, I wasn't concered about authenticity. I was, however, fishing to see what others thought of the date of the stamp. Ok, the stamp is wierd, I agree. But, the date looks like 1948, and it seems pointless to fake a stamp that isnt wartime (maybe though it was intended to be somewhat ambiguous so you could argue it is wartime, but now we are getting into the realm of a conspiracy theory...) .Anyway, the wear on the cap is rather genuine-looking, and considering we aren't talking about a marshal's cap or anything, it seems to me that this is a 40s'50s cap that maybe has a spurious stamp. In any event, it fits the part it was intended to play.
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    NKVD caps

    Marc -- the cap indeed traveled from NJ, not Tenafly NJ though. There is very convincing wear both to the visor and sweatband. Are you of the opinion it was artificially aged? ~Nack
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