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  1. I found this bazooka round at a flea market a number of years ago. (Don't worry, it's deactivated.) I can't see any remnants of the original paint, other than the black stripe which may or may not be original. I had assumed that it had been monkeyed with over the years, with the weird screws in the shaft. This morning I found a couple of photos online of other similar rounds. Anyhow, is anyone able to glean anything about this round? Was it a training round? HE? Something else? Any indication of the model / age? What did those screws do anyhow?
  2. 1889 Jubilee, correct? If so, is there anything that can be read from the fact that there's no long service medal? Officer? Reservist?
  3. I can figure out two-thirds of this ribbon bar, but the last ribbon has me stumped. Württemberg Karl-Olga Medal, Württemberg Charlottenkreuz, and ??? Anyone recognize the last ribbon? (P.S. Yes, I am still alive.)
  4. Just found this web belt at a thrift store this afternoon. It bears a certain familial resemblance to some British webbing, but I am so far out of my area of expertise, that I can't identify it. Anyone know what this might be? There are no markings that I can find anywhere on the cloth or the brass fittings.
  5. This one post was one of my very few token appearances here over the course of the last year or so, so don't feel too bad. Nice to have you back amongst the living, in any event. So, in regards to the nastiness, how do you mean? Did I manage to land Hans Landa's ribbon bar?
  6. Admittedly that's what I was hoping someone would say. I didn't pay a Hermann Göring Division price for it.
  7. I received this shoulderboard recently: Looking for second opinions on the Waffenfarbe. The color appears to be uniform, and doesn't appear any darker / different when you look in the various nooks and crannies that wouldn't have seen as much sunlight. In the photo below, this board is in the middle. The one above it is a Heer Infanterie board, and the one below it is a standard Luftwaffe Fliegertruppe/Fallschirmjäger board. It looks decidedly more yellowish than the Heer board, but downright white when compared to the Luft board below. Is this a HG board piped in a warm toned / dingy looking white, or is it a Fliegertruppe/Fallschirmjäger board made with piping that happens to be less colorfast than normal?
  8. Apologies for digging up an absolutely archaic post, but through a peculiar combination of familial chaos and changing email addresses, notification of your reply slipped under my radar screen... If I had the info, I've managed to lose it in the shuffle. Do you know any more?
  9. Just got the bar in hand today. It's hard to tell with absolute certainty if the background color of the mystery ribbon was indeed a cool toned white to begin with, or if it was indeed a blue. I'm not seeing any evidence of fading on the front, when comparing that to the back. Comparing the spacing and size of the stripes, it really does lineup much better with the Manchukuo than the Hessian decoration. Also, if that were the Hessian decoration, wouldn't the proper order of precedence be Hindenburg Cross --> Hessian --> Olympic?
  10. Trying to track down the identity of the last ribbon on this ribbon bar, and one suggestion that I've heard is that it might be the Lithuanian Knight's Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great, or the Bronze Medal of the Order of Vytautas the Great. Could those of you more familiar with that decoration let me know if that is indeed plausible, and if so, possibly clue me in as to who typically received this award and under what circumstances they received it? Thanks, Chris
  11. Anyone recognize what the ribbon on the far right might be? I'm drawing blanks on this one, thus far...
  12. That one was based on rank, so it would have to be the Order not the Cross (the cross was for enlisted men). 4th class in this case, since 3rd class doesn't kick in until the rank of Oberst or so.
  13. I agree. Offhand, I can't think of any other scenarios where you would have two long service ribbons on a bar, whereupon both would have had a device. (I can think of some scenarios where one might have a device, and the other not.)
  14. The first one is silver, and the second one is gold. The odd thing is that the silver one appears to have the silver color literally painted on - you can see the brush marks where it was painted apparently after installation. I rather suspect that it was monkeyed with post war. If both of the long service devices are actually gold, I would suspect that this guy remained on in some capacity in the Weimar era (police maybe?) and then returned to the Luftwaffe. The BMVK1XmKr could probably be ruled in or out pretty easily. There were, I believe, only like 117 or so of that grade awarded. Alternately, I'm wondering if this might be an example of someone who may have even been a low ranking officer in WWI, who then rose up the ladder in WWII - "adjusting" the grade of his MVO to reflect his current rank, versus the rank he had when he was awarded it.
  15. It doesn't really show up all that well in these photographs, but the swords on the White Falcon are gold. Also, there are holes in the two long service ribbons where devices of some sort would have gone.
  16. I'm in the process of trying to recompile my notes on my collection after a long "leave of abscence" from collecting, and I'm realizing just how darn rusty I am at this... Anyhow, I've got a few bars here that I'd like to throw out there for the collective wisdom of the group. Any sort of insights that you guys could share would be greatly appreciated. :beer:
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