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    I take a general interest in orders, medals, decorations, uniforms, insignia of: The Netherlands; Germany & German States 1800-1950; Great-Britain 1800-1950; Belgium 1830-1950; France 1800-1950; USA 1900-1950.
    Also I collect images (photos, postcards, prints, other documents) related to the above; German award documents (Besitzzeugnis & Urkunde); French campaign medals.
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    Germany and NS Organisations between the wars - in particular Reichsarbeitsdienst (FAD, RAD, RADwJ); HJ.
    German Sailing Training Ships & Kriegsmarine in general.
    Dutch Colonial Army and Navy.
    Royal Navy & Scots Guards.

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  1. Very nice Morten, I particularly like to see the Sonderausbildungsabzeichen with the rope border, indicating 1. Stufe (1st class) Waffenleitvormann
  2. Beautiful image! I've seen this artistic facial hair before, particularly popular in the Imperial Navy, but also later with some hipster sailors in the Kriegsmarine like this cheerful chap (Verwaltungsmaat) in his tailored jacket.
  3. Good show Larry! Crystal clear picture of a Technischer Beamter auf Kriegsdauer (a.K.) [for the duration of war], this category was to be distinguished by the silver cord border surrounding the branch badge on the lower sleeves.
  4. A nice studio portrait of a KM Gefreiter, but... the photographer took this picture in Brest (France) in 1943 and the shoulder loops (Schiffsstammabteilung der Nordsee) became obsolete in September 1939. Another example of old insignia being worn long after they were oficially expired.
  5. Beautiful photo Morten, excellent quality, is it originally a press photo? Obviuosly it is not on taken on board of a U-Boot, in the mid-30s the Unterseebootschule in Kiel comprised the Schulverband (for U-Boot practice) with 6 older submarines as training boats: U1 , U2, U3, U4, U5, U6 (these are manifold pictured in postcards). To this flottilla was also attaced a surface ship for security and to collect the torpedoes. The photo was taken on board this support ship. In 1935 this was the old Torpedoboat "T158", later to be replaced by the old Minesweeper "M136". I think the latter is the
  6. A pleasant meeting/fare well scene with beer at the train station in the war years. The WW1 veteran Hauptgefreiter (right) is wearing a new field grey uniform with the ribbons of the Iron Cross 2nd Class (1914) & Hindenburg Cross, and the seldom seen in wear Verwundeten-Abzeichen (Wound Badge) of the German Imperial Navy (instituted June 1918). Between them, a greenish Kleidersack/Sesack (kit bag), on top not a cel phone but a wooden label holding details of the owner. The Gefreiter (left) is wearing a very short blue Überzieher (Jacket), when issued the lower seam would be at th
  7. Nice one Morten. I. Torpedobootsflottille, stationed in Swinnenmünde, with 4 old black boats (built 1911/12). Here is a picture of "G8", the other three were "G7", "G10" and "G11".
  8. Well, if it is the Engine branch, it is rare and (to my idea) unpresidented as the obvious reference books do not mention it. The only thing that springs to mind with me is possibly a Fähnrich of the Engine branch. Intreagueing!
  9. Nice one Larry, are you sure about Engine, or is it a Kraftfahr unit?
  10. Yes, my mistake, it's the Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie
  11. That's an interesting little photo Morten, a WW1 veteran, in the Navy uniform, with an Infantry Assault Badge. Not very common, and it makes me wonder what story is behind this picture. And also without device on the shoulder loops.
  12. Studio portrait of a Obermaat (Petty Officer) wearing shoulder straps without a device. The picture was taken by a photo studio in the city of Utrecht (Netherlands), later in the war when the German Naval HQ had been transfered from Scheveningen (a fishing port near The Hague) further inland. He was almost certainly in the Staff of the Commanding Admiral of the Kriegsmarine in the Netherlands. His decorations indicate that he was on active war service before being transferred to staff duties.
  13. Many insignia of the Reichsmarine (1920-1935) were continued to be worn in the Kriegsmarine (1935-1945), so it is not always easy to distinguish exactly the period for certain badges and patches. To me collecting photos of uniformed men and women is like collecting pieces of a puzzle, with the objective to complete the story of development of uniforms and insignia. One of these pieces I received recently, this studio portrait dated 4 March 1929. We see a Torpedo-Obermaschinistenanwarter / Torpedo-Oberheizern (Leading Torpedo-Maschinist) wearing the branch badge of a Maschinist/Heizer (a c
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