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RichardT

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  1. Erik, another version of this plaque, apparently re-painted at some point in time. Richard
  2. Don't forget us Ian. We are still anxiously waiting to see your U-170 groups. Safe travels. Richard
  3. Jack, I have to agree with Martin. The badge really lacks the detail of an original. Richard
  4. The attached photo shows Ltn (Ing) Gerhard Roscher. He served on U-8, U-149 and U-413. He also served on a kreuzer or battleship as he is wearing a Highs Seas Fleet War badge. Does anybody know which of the big boats he might have served on? Thanks for any help. Richard
  5. Thanks Juergen and Rick. Your help is greatly appreciated. Richard
  6. I need help with a number of Kriegsmarine related terms and abbreviations, as follows: 1. "Flugmelde" in the context "Flugmelde-Reserve-Kompanie" 2. "(mot)" in the context "MNK 100 (mot) MNA/SKL". "MNK" I believe to be "Marine-Nachrichten-Kompanie". "MNA" I believe to be "Marine-Nachrichten-Abteilung". What is "SKL"? Where was MNK 100 located? "MNK" 104 was in Finland 1941-42 but "MNK 100"? 3. Translation of "Wachganger" and "Wachleiter"? 4. Translation of "Lehrgangsteilnehmer"? 5. Translation of "Funkgastenschuler"? Something pertaining to a radio student or trainee? These terms and abbreviations all come from an individual's "Fuhrungsbuch" relating to his on-going military training. As always thanks for any help. Richard
  7. Rick, don't have a signature, just an handwritten entry in his Soldbuch in 1943. Thanks. Richard
  8. Does anyone know the geographic location of the Naval Artillery Station M.A.A. 607? Is there a source or publication somewhere that lists the various stations and their locations? Thanks Richard
  9. Based solely on the two pictures that you've provided, I'd be somewhat hesitant about this badge. Possibly some additional photos with different lighting would help. Richard
  10. Gordon, attached is a poor photo of the eagle on my GWL. The tallon extends most of the way across the swastika arm but does appear to be a far across as that on your badge. My badge has a very pale gold wash remaining with lots of zinc visible. Mine weighs 18.3 g. This badge, I've owned for 30 years or so. Dick
  11. Thanks for the kind words guys. It is a really nice badge, just too bad that they would install such ugly reverse hardware but then I guess that's not the side we are supposed to be looking at that. Richard
  12. Just picked up a nice tombac Destroyer Badge. Unfortunately it's been de-nazified and suffered minor damage, probably from being held in a vice while the swastika was filed off. Other than that it's a beauty and the photo doesn't do it justice. I don't know who the maker is but found another with the same design and reverse side hardware in my database. Richard
  13. Paul, as Gordon indicated I've spent some time looking at these badges with the 5 segmented wings and I'm not much smarter than when I started. I first became aware of them when close to a dozen of them appeared in the collectors market over a period of 2-3 months. They may have been around before that but I was unaware until they suddenly seemed plentiful. The majority of these badges appear to be made of zinc and have a cut-out swastika. The pin and catch hardware on the majority of them closely resembles accepted Klein & Quenzer hardware as shown in Gordon's book "Torpedo los!" on page 173. This has lead some to think that they may have been manufactured by K&Q. I have however noted one of these badges with a "block" style hinge assembly similar to the Schwerin hinge shown on page 157 in Gordon's book. The obverse design of the badge is different that that of K&Q with the 5 wing sements, cut-out swastika arms, different deck gun and conning tower designs. I have however seen one 5 segmented wing specimens with a solid (non-cutout) swastika arms. It is worth noting that the badge I viewed with the solid swastika appears to be tombac while all the ones with the cut-out swastikas appear to be made of zinc. Most of these badges appear to be unmarked although I'm aware one one existing with the number 65 stamped on the pin, indicating K&Q as the manufacturer. Whether the 5 segmented wing model of badge is original wartime manufacture or a postwar badge is unclear. Numerous possibilities exist including: 1. It is possible that K&Q had a 5 segment wing set of dies that were also used during wartime. If this is in fact the case, then it would be no surprise to see other differences in the badges design, such as the deck gun and conning tower differences and the cut-out swastika. 2. It is possible that these are wartime badges but not manufactured by K&Q, and 3. It is possible that these are not wartime manufactured badges. To me, it is bothersome that a number of these badges appeared for sale within a period of a couple months and that the reverse hardware and swastika design is not consistent among them. One might think that if the badges were made by a single manufacturer that the reverse side hardware and swastika design might be the same. It should be noted however that the single badge I've seen with the solid swastika appears to have been made of tombac and the ones with the cut-out arms made of zinc. We do know that tombac and zinc badges made by the same manufacturer often had diferent hardware styles and design differences. As I said, I'm no smarter after studying these badges than before. To me they are unproven as to origin or originality. Personally, I'd much rather spend my hard earned money on a badge without so many questions. I hope this is of some help. Dick
  14. I'm of the same opinion Gordon. Both were purchased many years ago in my first KM go-around. I don't think I paid a lot for either and have never been coninced that they are anymore than post-war novelty items. The one is just a nice variation that I've never seen before or since. Dick
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