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Ta, there's more, a few helmets, vsors & a couple of sidecaps plus some cloth & metal insignia, I just heve'nt got photos of them yet, I'll post when I get some done.

Luftschutze door plaque, about 72 mm in diameter:

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A cigarette box, with Luftwaffe cap eagle, initials "AWD" cut in the "fin". The box measures 16 cm long x 8 cm wide:

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A Commemorative medal of Luftwaffe Reserve Flak Searchlight Battalion 269.

Commissioned by the unit's commander,Major Holtfort, produced in aluminum in Bremen, presented to personnel as a christmas commemorative, 1943, financed by the profits of the staff canteen at the end of 1943. The cost of producing the medals was met from the profits of the unit's canteen.

The unit was based on the North German fortress island of Sylt - Lager Sylt, the concentration camp at La Foulère in Alderney was named after this island.

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Ribbon Bar, War Merit Cross with Swords, Long Service Medals 3rd Class & 4th Class, Sudetan Medal with Occupation of Prague Clasp:

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A lovely eclectic collection. The plastic box must be quite valuable - I take it that it is plastic and not glass ? Bakelite and plastics were a valuable novelty pre-war which is why they had it for the dagger handles.

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I don't know if the cigarette box has any real value, I qute like it tho' it's hardly pretty.

My first thought was that the perspex (I assume it's perspex rather than plastic?) would be from an aircraft, but it has no "soft" layers sandwiched in it - maybe it should'nt have, probably getting my wires crossed there.

Bakelite was used for so much in the way of trinkets at the time, I think that I only have a little brown box for a single "Rolls" razor blade. The Britsh economy plastic cap badges of WWII are actually of plastic, although a lot of people assume that they're of bakelite, although many have warped & bent & peeled over the decades, some of them have a lot of detail for what were a make-do measure.

I have a nice little green plastic or bakelte Brtish helmet somewhere, about 4" diameter with a ribbon chinstrap held in place by a couple of brass paper clips, it's a razor blade container with a small compartment for the blades nside. As you say, novelty materials.

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Fire Police helmet, leather neckguard, aluminium comb, salt & pepper shaker vents, both decals, roller buckles on the leather chinstrap.

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The lining. One of the tongues is ink stamped "56" within a box. The leather liner has been cut between the front tongues, presumably to attain a tighter fit.

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One of the latest arrivals, this reserve medical slip on board has black rather than blue waffenfarbe.

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I may have posted a photo of the 3 x manouevre bands I have named to men of the 37th Pioneer but I don't think that I've posted this photo of one of them named to Merter

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I think that there are some later postings missing, here are a few more items in the collection.

 

An early political eagle?

 

 

 

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