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And here's Bernhard Reddemann in the background, the big guy with a notebook and pencil, his overcoat on his shoulder. The flamethrower is the Kleif M.1914. Notice that he doesn't have a Totenkopf sle

IR92 tankard lid............

Brunswick HR17 flask...............(with Prussian skull !!)

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I wonder what unit they were in.

I haven't been able to find out yet. As you know the death's head is often the sign of a specialist unit. Bulgarian flamethrower troops in World War I did not have any official badge or insignia. They were pioneers (pionery) of the First Army Assault Battalion, which was modeled on Sturmbataillon Nr. 5 (Rohr). Flamethrower pioneers may have worn a breast badge in the form of a small metal fire-breathing dragon, but if so it was unofficial.

I should say that I've been told that this image is postwar, but it could also be a wartime image.

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I searched in my photos and look what I found!

A Wehrwolf with an unusual skull. No Prussia, no Brunswick skull!

It seems it is a similar large skull like the other one. Ok, not the same, but similar I think.

We know, Wehrwolf members used all kinds of skulls during early years.


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Difficult to say what that skull would have been used for, though.

Could be...... military........wehrwolf........masonic........even SWJ !! cheeky.gif

Masonic and SWJ? They had nice items! Why not?

I think, we will not find answers for all of our questions. But we can try it!

Btw, did you see new interesting SWJ stuff in this year, Robin?

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Robin, did you notice? Somebody tries to sell his SWJ collection biggrin.gif

Ha! :rolleyes:

There's a little antique shop under the arches at the Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof in Berlin that has dozens of these old SWJ TK items for sale.........crosses, medals, etc., all with original ribbons.

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I still try to find out what kind of skull this one is. It has a size like an armshield. I found this table of Abzeichen von Freiwilligen Korps and I thought it could be interesting for some other collectors, too. Look at the different skull patterns!



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