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  1. Dr Hans Thomsen was a German Diplomat and lawyer ,the facto one of the first lawyers in the Diplomatic career . born 1891 in Hamburg dead in 1962 Hamburg. he served in Oslo, then as viceconsul in Milan and Neaples , he served also in Genever as adjoint to the german representation in the League of Nations, returned to Germany was later send to Washington DC were fom 1938 to 1941 was charge of  affaires ,de facto Ambassador. because of the recall of Ambassador Dieckoff . once returned to Germany he was send to Sweden as Ambassador and stay there until the end of the War.he was not charged in the trials against diplomats and in 1950 he was made chief of the local branch of the Red Cross in Hamburg.  So,the neck order may be the Third Reich Eherenzeichen of the Red Cross ,evidently Thomsen belonged to the Red Cross prior to 1950. regarding the breast star,It looks as the insignia of the Gran Ufficiale della Ordine della Corona d Italia, a silver eight pointed satar with a enamelled white maltese cross in the center and a iron crown in the center of the cross

  2. 6 hours ago, Foalsdrum said:

    Good day,


    Great photograph!

    The German marine trenches look a lot more hospitable indeed!

    Al tough the seafront was known as a quiet sector, this wasn't quite true. The seafront would see daily bombings mostly from the German side to the French, as they were far superior with their large arrangement of artillery, trench mortars and even coastal artillery with calibers up to 380mm! It was also a little tense for the Germans in this sector, as they were afraid of a possible invasion from the sea by the British and thus were always on their guard. The sector was used as testing ground for the new German weapons. Like on February 14th 1915, when the Germans already experimented with gas in the dune sector. And between the 11th and 13th of June 1915 when they did the same with flamethrowers. 


    Excuse me for the long story, just wanted to share this with u gentlemen ;)

    Not really a trench photo, but i'll hope this one can pass through.


    German sailors of the Matrosen-Regiment on their coastal sentry duties on the beach near Knocke, West-Flanders. The sign reads "coastguard". 


    more accurate beach guard i think.

  3. 4 hours ago, Zaim Qyteza said:

    Hi to all, 

    Can anyone give me any information about this soviet dagger. I find it here on internet.

    Thanks in advance,



    Does not looks as the current M 1957 Soviet Officers Dirk . Perhaps its as you says a Marshall type one Another pssibility is a Diplomatic dagger , Soviet Diplomatics received special uniforms in 1943 pigeon grey in colour with SBs and braids .

  4. On 24/03/2021 at 13:42, joaobr said:

    Hello gentlemen,


    I have some photos that I got on a batch of items from General Gerhard Matzky. I'm researching who the other people in the photos are.
    I will share the photos for you to see and, also, eventually if you can help me with the identification of other people in the photos if possible.
    I still have other photos and I'll post them later because I haven't taken pictures of them yet.
    In the first photo, we have General Matzky and the Queen of England celebrating his birthday. I don't know who the people next to Queen Elizabeth would be.
    In the second photo, as it is written log underneath it, we have Lord Mountbatten, an admiral who I do not know who is in the middle and General Matzky himself.


    I appreciate your comments and hope you like the photos

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    This photo reads : Brit isches  Konigin Geburstag parade Munchen 1957 . that is British Queen Birthday parade ,Munich 1957.  That dont means  Elizabeth present in the photo. The official birthday of British Sovereigns took and takes place in London with the Monarch reviewing the Guard Units .

  5. On 30/03/2021 at 10:05, peter monahan said:

    The Bombay Light Horse was an 'Auxilliary Force India' unit - the equivalent of the British Territorials, and recruited from British resident in India.  Many of these units were little more than givernment subsidized social clubs in reality, but in theory could be called out in war or for 'aid to the civil powers' [riots].


    The Bombay Light Horse was not mobilized as a unit during either World War, though individual members would certainly have served in the India Army.  As Simius Rex points out, this style of mess dress became popular in the 1930s and could in theory have been worn right up to 1947, although among regulars it was considered 'a bit much' to wear full dress or mess dress during hostilities.  Can't speak for the Auxilliary.  So, it could very well be pre-1919. 


    Are there any marks at all on the inside?  Very nice piece, by the way. 




    The Calcutta Light Horse was also a Reserve unit , as Peter says , a subsidized social Club , But the Calcutta Light Horse took part in the Raid that destroyed the German ship Ehrenfels into the Portuguese Port of Goa , a colonial settlement in India. A movie was filmed about Operation Creek many years ago . with Gregory Peck , Sir Roger Moore, David Niven , Trevor Howard and Patrick Magnee. Sea Wolves was the name

  6. Hello. The Argentinian Army Generals weared with the Blue Dress Uniform collar and cuffs braided in gold over red since 1904 until the nineties of the XX century. but your collar and cuffs are not Argentinians. Chile too adopted braided collar and cuffs in gold over red for Army generals until today but they are not Chileans. Bolivia was another South American Country first with French Influence and since 1911 to today German one in their uniforms, The tone of the red background rather pinkish Sic remember to me the Background I observed in Bolivian Generals SBs and Lampassen . one possibility is that they belonged to a Bolivian General de Division full dress uniform between 1911 and 1912 or 1913 . About the French Generals the Only ones that weared coloured collar and cuffs were the Medical Generals but their gold braid over crimson velvet background was not of oak leaves and acorns it was a branch of Achantus entwined with a serpent 

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