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Martin W

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  1. I agree with Hubert. It's a postwar reproduction. Regards,Martin.
  2. Hi Josh, the tally appears to be for one of the "Marinenachrichtenstelle". Cheers,Martin.
  3. My guess is that we are seeing some of the Pinguin's prize officers here also. There were a lot,especially those that made it back to Bordeaux on the 11 captured Norwegian Whalers,plus other prize ships,before the sinking of the Pinguin by HMS Cornwall. This is a photo I have of Ludolf Petersen,who was a prize officer on the Admiral Scheer and then transferred to the Pinguin. He made it back to Bordeaux on one of the Norwegian Whalers and later became the 1st Officer on the HK Stier. Regards,Martin.
  4. It looks to me like the known "Popeye" fake due to the bulging eye on the eagle.A Staegemeir fake based slightly on the Juncker design,mainly in the reverse set up. A little bit more here from GCA. http://www.germancombatawards.com/thread.php?threadid=22124 Regards,Martin.
  5. Merry Christmas to you Morten. Good hunting for more photo's in the New Year. All the best from California. Martin.
  6. A couple of rare ones indeed and a great find. That Mayer HK is only the fourth one I have seen in collections. Here is one that I have. Regards,Martin.
  7. Hi Justin, the Hilfskreuzers were pretty much done by the end of 1942 with only one ship going to sea in 1943 and that was the MICHEL on her ill fated second cruise. Many former HK crewmen joined other branches of the Kriegsmarine including the U-Bootwaffe.It's not uncommon to to see this combination of awards in wear. See my old post here #170. Regards,Martin
  8. That is a very impressive collection and thanks for sharing some of this with us. Regards,Martin.
  9. Thanks for the additional information guys. The absence of the eagle and cockade on the cap seems to make more sense now. Cheers,Martin.
  10. When I picked up this photo of the Edelweiss emblem in wear I had a hunch that it might be "Narvik" related. After browsing through Georg Hogel's book "U-Boat Emblems of WWII" I came across this quote by RK winner,KL Wilhelm Schulz. "The crew came from the U-64,sunk at Narvik.When we went to sea with U-64,we had no idea how our emblem ought to look.Through the Narvik campaign we then came,after the sinking of the boat,into contact with the mountain riflemen,who did a fine job of rescuing us.My people where then given the edelweiss emblem,and wore it on their caps at first.When we then,having returned home via Sweden,were to put U-124 into service,the crew expressed the wish to bear the edelweiss as our tower emblem.This thought was then put into action". So,i have to think that crewman may have been a member of the U-64 and later maybe the U-124 ? Note the lack of the eagle and cockade insignia on the cap. A great photo IMO. Cheers,Martin.
  11. A very crisp and detailed group shot that shows both the blue and field-grey uniforms of the Kriegsmarine. Both the Blockade Breaker and the Marine Artillery awards can be seen in wear. Cheers,Martin.
  12. Thanks Chris. One more here showing the BB award on the field-grey uniform.
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