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    WWI Somme, Napoleonica, sculpting and painting scale model figurines, and collecting original documents and autographs pertaining to the July 20 bomb plot.

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  1. For sure Chris. I was in a room with Christopher Plummer and 20-odd others a few years ago In the VIP room at the Stratford Festival (I’m no VIP but i was there with one). My wife said “come and meet Mr. Plummer.” I said “why would Christopher Plummer want to meet me?” She responded “he probably doesn’t want to meet me either but he’s going to.” I thought about telling him how much I enjoyed his portrayal of Wellington....not in Waterloo but in Patrick Wilson’s “Witness to Yesterday” historical interview show. Didn’t happen. Oh well...Carpe Diem isn’t my motto.
  2. I have been after this for a long time. I finally found a signature of General de Division Francois Fournier (later Fournier-Sarloveze). The painting by Baron Gros is one of my favourite Napoleonic uniforms. Fournier fought about 30 duels with his nemesis General Dupont (of Baylen surrender fame) during the course of the Napoleonic Wars. He was the inspiration for Gabriel Feraud in Joseph Conrad’s short story “The Duel.” This was later filmed by Ridley Scott in his first feature film “The Duellists.” The document is a large format post-Waterloo permission for a Lt. in the 9e Chasseurs a Cheval to retire To Tarn & Garonne. A nice summary of his war service and signed by his Colonel and Fournier as Inspector General of Cavalry. Bonus - the doc came in a bundle with 3 other similar documents and several letters signed by various officers. Lots of research fun ahead.
  3. I never got my kids into painting Warhammer. But I have to say I enjoy it. Great to have a hobby while this is all going in. Thanks for the nice words Nick. Thanks very much Brian.
  4. As some of you know I sculpt and paint miniatures. Not in the mood while under house arrest so I decided to have a bash at oil painting on canvas. Mostly done except for final touch ups and glazes. My first finished painting ever and 3rd ever attempt; based on a 200mm miniature bust by Alexandros Models (pictured). Michel Ney, Prince of the Moskowa, Duke of Elchingen. ”The Bravest of the Brave.” “Le Rougeaud.” Russia 1812
  5. As some of you might know, I recently came close to selling my collection. I’m glad I didn’t because the auction my material would have gone into had another nice collection of German Resistance material. That of Stephen Bumball and many of those pieces had appeared in Charles Hamilton’s standard reference on TR signatures. There would have been overlap and we both would have suffered. So instead I added a signature....that of Carl Hans Graf von Hardenberg. I have attached the skimpy bio from the GDW in Berlin.
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    I got my Ney on eBay for a silly low price. Not as nice as yours of course. My special Ney is a contemporary copy of Gerard painted by Ny portrait artist Ezra Ames c. 1810. Also an eBay find. It hangs over the fire place and has the special place of honour in the house. Not sure if I posted that here before....probably somewhere. And I also add my own painting on a 200mm resin bust by Alexandros. cheers Colin
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    Jaybo - two terrific pieces beautifully presented. Congrats. colin
  8. Thanks Hucks. I am rebuilding my presentation binders after several years of neglect and these will come in very useful. Cheers and Happy New Year. Colin
  9. An infrequent addition. GL KARL FREIHERR VON THÜNGEN June 26, 1893 - October 24, 1944 Karl Freiherr von Thüngen Karl Freiherr von Thüngen was inspector of the Selective Service in Berlin in the summer of 1944. On July 20, 1944 the conspirators appointed him as military commander for military district III (Berlin) after they had arrested the previous commander, General von Kortzfleisch. However, Thüngen did not arrive at the Army Command building until evening, too late to prevent the failure of the coup attempt. He revoked the conspirators’ orders and even participated in Kortzfleisch’s interrogation of Hans-Ulrich von Oertzen, which Oertzen finally escaped by committing suicide. Karl Freiherr von Thüngen was arrested by the Gestapo shortly afterwards, and sentenced to death by the People’s Court on October 5, 1944. By order of the Reich Minister of Justice, Otto Thierack, the sentence was carried out by execution by firing squad in Brandenburg-Görden. Note: In the photo below of defendants in the Volksgeruchtshof, the captions for von Theungen and Meichssner are reversed.
  10. Very interesting. Thanks Kevin. I think Prof. Peter Hoffmann's new bio of Tresckow will be ready this year. It will address some of the recent revisionist slurs against him. First to be published in German, it is hoped that an English version will follow. Colin
  11. Thanks Kevin. I am glad it's been of interest. My postings have slowed with my collecting but I am still picking up the odd hard to find item. I will keep posting. Jim that does looks like Speidel's signature to me. I don't think he has been heavily faked. My initial thought was that it looks post-war but I did read somewhere that Speidel preferred not to sign in WWII uniform after hostilities had ceased. Other opinions? Colin
  12. Nice to see that helmet! Seems I got the apple green colour of the Somme brodie right on the model bust I did of my great uncle (see my avatar). My Great uncle George was in the 19th LF (3rd Salford Pals) in the July 1 attack on the Leipzig Redoubt and Granatloch. I was given his last letter describing the attack by a descendent of the recipient a few years ago. So it was fascinating to see these interesting posts relating to the view from the other side of the hill in this area of the Somme battlefield. I have read and reread the 3rd Salford war diary for July 1. It has to be one of the more detailed reports of action that day.....written by battalion intelligence officer Lt. Geoffrey Bache Smith (one of JRR Tolkein's best friends). The first day attack is described in varying detail in three separate reports in the war diary. Great map included too. I just wish the Luftwaffe hadn't destroyed his file in the blitz. Colin
  13. Me too. Expensive but a laugh to do.
  14. Another happy pick up. I am not aquiring many new pieces these days but I will leap when the opportunity presents. I have been looking for an example of the signature of Axel von dem Bussche for a long time and have now found one. His autograph is first on a page from a guest book for a 1956 reception for Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. At this time, von dem Bussche was posted with the West German embassy in Washington DC. Catalogue Entry: -------------------- Title:19 AUTOGRAPHS of EMINENT GUESTS attending a party in honor of PRINCE BERNHARD OF THE NETHERLANDS at the Dakota in NYC. Included among the autographs are those of PRINCE BERNHARD, as well as those of the American magazine magnate HENRY LUCE and the notorious CIA OPERATIVE ENNO HOBBING who, as Bureau Chief of TIME MAGAZINE, led the COUP D'ETAT in GUATEMALA. Author:(Hobbing, Enno [CIA operative]; HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands; Prince Aschwin; Axel Bussche-Streithorst; Hamilton Fish Armstrong; Brooke Astor; Henry R. Luce; et al.) Your Inventory Number: Price: [New York]: October 30th, 1956., 1956.. Fine. - Nineteen autographs penned on a gilt-edged, cream-colored page, 10-3/4 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide, removed from the guest book of Grace Bristed Jackson and C. D. Jackson at the Dakota. Dated "Oct. 30th 1956", the signatures are identified along the top as those of guests present at a "Party in Honour of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. 14 signatures are penned in a column along the left and another 5 signatures, including that of Prince Bernhard, are penned in a column at right. Near fine. Charles Douglas Jackson [known as "C.D."] and his wife Grace Bristed Jackson hosted parties and events at their apartment in the Dakota. Jackson worked on and off at Time magazine in an administrative capacity for many years and was made vice president of Time, Inc. in 1940. He was periodically sent on various diplomatic missions by Eisenhower. He also found time to serve on the boards of several organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Free Europe Committee and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The signatures along the left include those of: 1) Axel Bussche-Streithorst [Axel von dem Bussche] (1919-1993). A World War II German officer who, as part of the German Resistance, planned to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1943. Stationed on the Eastern front, Bussche had witnessed the massacre of over 3,000 Jewish civilians by the SS at the Dubno airport in Poland in 1942. Traumatized by the experience, he joined a resistance group within the army led by Count Stauffenberg. Selected to model new uniforms when Hitler was due to inspect these at his Fuhrerhauptquartier Wolfsschanze in November 1943, Bussche undertook to carry out a suicide bombing to kill the Fuhrer. His plans were thwarted when, the night before the event, an Allied air raid on Berlin destroyed the railway truck transporting the new uniforms. He volunteered to try again but was seriously wounded on the Eastern front in January of 1944, losing one of his legs. He was one of the very few who was not betrayed and thus survived the war. I still recall seeing Freiherr von dem Bussche being interviewed in the Oscar nominated film "The Restless Conscience." He spoke of witnessing the massacre at Dubno and wishing he had thought to remove his uniform and join the ranks of the Jews being executed. Truly a haunted individual.
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