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  1. Thanks Gordon, even though it looks a bit beat up it still retains great quality compared with my GWL badge.

    It came to me via a well known auction site, accompanied with a very nice Frenca wristwatch stamped D.U.

    In time honoured fashion,the story being that they were taken from an officer for a packet of tabs. Luckily for me the seller gave no indication of a U-Boat badge in his auction description. I have tried to get a clearer image of it.

    Cheers Stephen.


  2. My father Hermann Körbel

    Infantry Regiment no. 4, 11 Company

    With his Iron Cross Second Class and my Iron Cross I got from my father (6 years old)

    T. Körbel

    Congratulations. You are now at the top of the slippery slope :cheers:

    Cheers Tom, any idea with that stamp?

  3. <!--quoteo(post=156833:date=Mar 14 2007, 21:41 :name=douglynn)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(douglynn @ Mar 14 2007, 21:41 ) </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->wow the memories all came back of my trip to all the places did you know that all the german grave stones are all black??<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    There are a few different styles of German stone/cross in the area:

    In Commonwealth cemetaries you'll find a very square white stone of the same marble as our own but with rough cut lettering under an impression of the Iron Cross

    Some cemetaries have thin black metal crosses with a name on each side of each cross-arm - they're about half inch thick and perfectly in line vertically, horizontally and diagonally (the only exceptions being small round rough stones between the ranks for the Jewish soldiers)

    The majority of stones however are laid on the ground rather than upright and there were quite a few mass graves in the area too

    Langemark Cemetery, as you say very different from the Commonwealth cemeteries.



  4. Hi Stephen,

    Don't like the look of it. The chinstrap is definitely not one of the normal KM types and the edge binding to the peak looks suspiciously like plastic. Note also the bead of black plastic/pvc type material between the sweatband and cap body, typical of postwar caps.

    Most likely an early Bundesmarine piece.

    The "story" that goes with it might even be true. TThe maker is in Cuxhaven which was a main base port for Minesweepers including in the postwar years ( but no longer). If the guy had been in minesweepers when the war ended he may have continued to serve, as many did, for several years after the war on mine clearing operations under British supervision ( in the GMSA - German Minesweeping Administration) and then on into the Bundesmarine, but the cap itself is, I'm fairly sure, not wartime.

    Gordon, thanks for your opinion.

    Cheers Stephen.

  5. Hello,

    Thought this may be of interest

    , it is a framed and what seems to be a post war sevice document made out to a former Obersteurmann Heinrich Muller. It also contains a photo of him and his Naval Cap Eagle, it is signed by KL Otto Stoeffler of U-475 on which Heinrich served aboard between July 1943- April 45. As you can see Heinrich served on another Front-Uboot between Oct 41-Dec 42, as yet I have been unable to find which boat this is. All my efforts to find out this missing information have so far been unsuccessful, the most recent being a letter to the U-Boat archive I received a nice reply from Jak p. Mallman Showell who I later called and spoke to him about it.

    The photo is not the best but it looks as if he is cleaning oil from his body, and I am not sure if that is a feather on the top of his back. Maybe a Neptune ceremony? Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers Stephen.





  6. Thanks Gordon, i can definitely see that some kind of glue has been applied to it. I am leaning towards it being pre-war as it came with some other personal items.


    This at least looks good. Postwar Bundesmarine caps normally have cardboard stiffeners.

    The material on this cap is similar to that used as stiffeners on many original Kriegsmarine officers peaked caps, though its normally white rather than black . Its a type of buckram material impregnated with some sort of glue to stiffen it.

    I haven't encountered this on any postwar caps yet. Maybe Michel can comment.

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