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Hi Chris, wie geht's ? Thanks for your response. Your card was definitely from St.Btl.5(Rohr) and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Stenay used to be the HQ of Crown Prince Willi.
IMO, Julien's card was stamped with a leftover from Abteilung Oberrotweil or from the "Sturm-Lehr-Abt." of the
12. Ldw. Div. which was also garrisoned in Oberrotweil. There is no St.Btl.5(Rohr) stamp on that card.
The small "badge" is not any form of official or commemorative DSS badge. It is a lapel pin that was, at least formerly, available at the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association (DSSAA) online store (https://dssaa.org/store-back-end/ols/products). They still sell the small badges as cufflinks.
The above 2 images are from a DSS Agent, showing the form of these cufflinks using elements of the original 1917 badge design. Some of the cufflinks are coated in a clear epoxy, others are not.
In addition to the cufflinks, there is an insulated tumbler emblazoned with a version of the original badge design (updated as a DSS badge) and a coin with a similar DSS badge logo (not currently available) using parts of the original badge design.
I have a Sturm Batl card from July 1916 with the Sturm Abteilung stamp. Sent from Verdun, just north of Stenay... maybe they lost the Sturm Bataillon Stamp and used an old Sturm Abt one? Unless the guy who sent it had an old stenay card and sent it from Rottweil?
George Churchill Simmons also had 2 other items which had survived the test of time.
The first one was a ''Players Navy Cut cigarette metal tin which would have held 50 cigarettes.'' Obviously many sailors would have smoked in the 1930's and 1940's and I suspect George must have been one of them. I did not bother to photograph the tin and originally it only held his medals.
The second item is a ''cargo poster showing the layout of the SS Empire Trader in 1939.'' It is a bit dirty as you would expect considering its age. This poster is 3 feet by 2 feet and so it is a large item.
It has a few tears along the fold seams and normally I would repair these using a special document repair tape.
But for the first time this special document repair tape is not working and will not adhere to the poster.
I suspect the cargo ship poster was displayed somewhere in the engine room and I believe there is still an ingrained layer of grease/oil etc on the poster from being exposed to this kind of atmosphere. You can almost feel it and in some ways, the poster, is now almost like the touching vellum. Anyway it is quite interesting so I have included some photographs of it.