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    British Army capbadges 1914 to date.
    Soviet awards and qualification badges 1917 - 90
    Wehrmacht combat awards (inc '57 versions)
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  1. I agree that Renaissance Wax (this is a brand name) is good and highly thought of in many areas of artifact conservation but I doubt you would find it except by ordering it on the internet whereas I believe something like Vaseline (a petroleum jelly meant for topical application to human skin) should be available in your local pharmacy. First remove the surface rust with something like a toothbrush, nothing harder!. Ensure that the medal is 100% dry. Then, using the cleaned and dry toothbrush apply a very small amount of Vaseline and brush it into every feature of the medal. Leave the medal in a warm dry place for a couple of hours then wipe it over with a clean piece of lint-free cloth. You should notice a great improvement and the rusting should not progress. The trick is to use only a very small amout of Vaseline and not leave a visible residue. Some people do not like this method as some badges may look a little darker afterwards but any kind of oil etc will produce a much mor pronounced effect and will attract dust. If the Vaseline method is done lighly enough it will be barely noticeable on an EK and it is easily removed without causing any damage. I hope this helps. PS Vaseline is virtually the same as Cosmoline but much lighter and with slightly different ingredients.
  2. Hi Alec (or is it BD?), Glad to help and I'm sure we all hold bits and pieces of info that can answer a question for somebody else! Afraid I have no idea about the tie. You would have to ask a uniform collector but I doubt you would be able to retire on the proceeds!! If I were to guess (and it would be a guess) I would not expect to see one of these for more than €20 at the most but I could be totally off the mark. It of course depends on the seller and most importantly the buyer needing it to complete an outfit. I doubt it would be collectable in its' own right. Regards Mark
  3. Hi Alec, My interest is more ground forces than naval but I believe (and I stand to be corrected) with a reasonable degree of certainty that both the shoulder straps and the arm badges are WWII Kriegsmarine. The shoulder boards are for the wool tunic or "feldbluse" of a private soldier of coastal artillery 2nd Battailion I think. The arm badges are rank chevrons (armwinkel) for a Hauptgefreiter of motor transport. I think I am correct that a Hauptgefreiter would be equivalent to an Able Seaman in the RN. Clearly the two examples are of different material and I would suggest that the yellow felt chevron is for everyday blue uniform whilst the braid chevron indicates a "parade" or walking out level of dress. As I say, I stand to be corrected but I think I am fairly accurate here. Hope this helps Regards Mark
  4. Thanks Gordon, I stand corrected! A closer look at the pic shows it is much more recent than the early uniform period I was talking about when blue was worn in the then British Zone. I should have mentioned that I am a militaria collector rather than a police specialist and that my brief interest in police items was born of a professional connection. I left Germany some 12 years ago and sadly have not had the chance to return so far therefore I did not know of the uniform change. However, having checked with my german friends it seems that Hamburg (in the pic) and the Bundespolizei (Federal as opposed to State Police) were the first and quickest to change from the 1972 patt Moss Green / Beige uniform to the 2004 patt Steel Blue. Many of the other states are still in the process of change and are not expected to complete this until the end of 2012. Two states Bayern or Bavaria (home of the badge at the top of this thread) and Saarland do not propose to change and will retain the 1972 Moss Green / Beige uniform that I referred to. I suppose this is the risk with a "live" subject rather than an historical one. Unless one has "eyeball" on the target it is always possible to miss something! Thanks again for the pointer. Regards
  5. An interesting thread. Having spent some 14 years serving in Germany I did have a bit of a digression from my main interests and found myself seeking out a small collection of modern German Polizei and BW stuff. I think I am right that Gordons pic is not a Bavarian Polizist but one from Hamburg (the arm badge has the Hamburg Landeswappen of a white castle on red ground as opposed to the Bavarian blue and white harlequin design) at the opposite end of the country and he is in the "pre-federal" uniform with the US style "three penny bit" cap unlike the green ensemble worn today. Regards
  6. Although I tend to limit my collection to Third Reich items the Silesian Eagle is often found in the same group as TR awards which apart from the fact that it has a certain appeal in itself probably means I should make a space for it! However, I know virtually nothing about the medal itself and am not really in a position to comment on originality so I would appreciate opinions on this one. It came with a number of other (totally authentic) TR items and although I would have left it the seller was not inclined to remove it from the deal. I was (and remain) very sceptical of this medal and feel that at best it is a very late piece possibly produced long after the original award date for the use of veterans. At worst it is an out and out repro. The ribbon is certainly modern and glows rather brightly under UV. I would appreciate it if anyone could accurately "peg" this item for me. As I say, I believe it is definately not period but believing and knowing are poles apart in this hobby! Regards
  7. EKII doc to a member of Pol. Schuetzen Regt 2. Signatory is Karl PFEFFER-WILDENBRUCH an artillery officer and later staff officer from 1907 until the end of WWI.Between the wars he was a police officer rising to the position of police commander of Osnabrueck and Magdeburg befor becoming Inspector General of police schools. He joined the SS in 1939 and became the commanding officer of 4th SS Polizei Div. He later commanded VI SS Corps and IX SS Mountain Corps. During his command of the defence of Budapest in 1945 he received the RK in January followed by Oaks in February. He was severely wounded and captured by Soviet forces during the attempted breakout. He died in a traffic accident in Bielefeld W. Germany in 1971.
  8. Thanks for the welcome Stuart. I joined over a year ago but hitherto had little reason to post as I was able to find what I was looking for in the archive material. I have been a military enthusiast / collector for some 35 years and as we all know the relatively recent advent of the internet has made things an awful lot easier! So, I'm glad to be here albeit that I am still finding my way around "The Labyrinthe"! Anyway, back to the topic, anyone else have an idea? Regards Mark
  9. Thanks Stuart, I have encountered the "two chinstrap" thing you describe both in military No1 / No2 hats and particularly in police hats / helmets. However, whenever I have seen this (or done it myself!!), one has been worn in the regulation manner whilst the other is tucked loose inside the relevent headress for immediate use in preventing wind or other force from causing loss of the hat!! This "over and under" around the cap badge with both parts tight to the hat seems to be something different to me. Regards Mark
  10. Good afternoon gents, I am afraid that since joing the forum I have been little other than a passive spectator but now find I have a question I can't answer and hope for help from someone who can! Someone recently brought to my attention a rather unusual method of wearing the chinstrap on the British Army SD hat circa WWI. This involves separating the two parts of the strap inbetween the buckles passing one above and the other below the cap badge. I have not seen this before and wonder if anyone here has? I have attached a picture to illustrate this which I believe shows members of one of the Birmingham Pals battalions of the R. Warks (note the apparent double scroll on the cap badges of the soldier sitting centre and the one standing seccond from left in particular). It occurred to me that this might be a sub-unit affectation and that the four men seen in this picture wearing the chinstrap as described seem to be one NCO and three Ptes so maybe a Vickers MG team? It also occurs to me that with the definition not being clear enough to make a distinction this might even be an extra chinstrap on top of the other. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Regards Mark
  11. Many thanks Simon, that is helpful. Does this picture have any caption / info to accompany it? Does any other member have more general info about Singapore Station in the post 1945 period? Regards Mark
  12. Genius! Thanks mate, I think you have nailed it. I was sure I had seen it before and as I said it isn't "mainstream" Well done that is a huge help! Regards Mark
  13. Good morning gents, I joined this forum a while back but somehow never needed to post until now when, rather than contributing I find myself having to ask for help :-( I have a broad base of knowledge concerning many aspects of militaria gathered over the last 35 or so years but that knowledge is not that great when it comes to cloth insignia beyond the mainstream. The attached picture belongs to a colleague who I am trying to help with family research. I have been able to give him a fair amount of info based on the picture but I cannot for the life of me place the formation sign. I know I have seen it before and should therefore recognise it but sadly I don't. I think the lower element of the design is a lion and I have an inclination towards the colours yellow and blue (??). The location of the pic is not known neither is the date but it may be Africa (but equally Ceylon, as was or Singapore are possible) in the late '50's or early '60's. I wonder if this badge is relative to a collonial unit or training / advisory team? It is driving me mad and any assistance in pinning it down would be greatly appreciated. Regards Mark
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