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Kriegsmarine Shoulder Straps Oberfeldwebel

A good matched pair of Kriegsmarine sew in Shoulder Straps for wear on the Reefer jacket by an Oberfeldwebel .
Blue black wool backing each with two silver rank pips and the career cypher of engine room personnel, all trimmed with golden celleon tresse.
Very good condition but with the remains of adhesive obvious underneath from having once been mounted for display.

Code: 53815

95.00 GBP


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Truppensonderdienst Insignia Set

A complete matched set of Wehrmacht Heer TSD –Truppensonderdienst (Troop Special Services) insignia.
Comprising Shoulder Boards to a Leutnant with Caduceus cypher and dual serpents entwined on a Mercurial staff with a light blue felt backing along with a pair of hand embroidered Collar Tabs with light blue TSD piping.
Very good uniform removed condition but with the remains of an adhesive to the back where they were previously mounted for display.
Often confused with medical insignia, unlike other nations the Wehrmacht did not feature the wings on their medical Caduceus cypher.

Code: 53814

80.00 GBP


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Schutzmannschaften Matched Pair of Shoulder Straps

Justifiably described as being in mint unissued condition these “Schuma” Shoulder Straps show a canted machine embroidered Swastika on a black brushed cotton background piped in green with the reverse being a mix of grey wool and rayon.
These are the second items to be listed from the most exciting collection obtained from the immediate family of Sgt. Charles Ruzicka, a Tank Commander with the US 6th. Armoured Division which saw extensive action throughout Western Europe and participated in the Battle of The Bulge and most importantly, the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
The straps are from a limited number of pairs brought home by Sgt. Ruzicka and those that you receive are guaranteed to be in the same, as new condition. If you prefer to have this pictured example, please let me know.
Research suggests the probability that most and perhaps all of the items were collected from stores at Buchenwald and some support is given to the theory by the presence in the collection of an aluminium SS clothing requisition tag which I believe was from the camp. Certainly, Sgt. Ruzicka was in a position to transport his booty away.
A video recording of Sgt Ruzicka being interviewed at a 6th Armoured Division Reunion can be seen here. He is second to appear: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0RDJI5eLTGFQk5HRkM0ZEVyV00/view

The protection team, or Schuma was an auxiliary police unit of local volunteers from the occupied territories of Eastern Europe. They were set up in areas under civil administration and were integrated into the command structure of the SS.
In the former Polish territories in the West of the Soviet Union and the former Baltic states these units received great popularity. In late July 1941 the protection teams of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler were expanded into an important instrument of German tyranny in Eastern Europe. By the end of 1942, the Schumas reached a strength of about 300,000 men, organized in units to battalion strength. They were used to guard concentration camps and actively participated in the so-called anti-partisan activities.












Code: 52587

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Mint Condition Pair of Sew in Shoulder Boards for an Unterscharfuehrer in the SS/SD Sicherheitsdienst

An absolutely mint condition pair of sew in Shoulder Boards for an Unterscharfuehrer in the SS/SD Sicherheitsdienst, still within their original sealed wrapper and believed to have been taken from the SS stores at Buchenwald by by Sgt. Ruzicka of the US 6th Armoured division and who was with the division during the liberation of Buchenwald. I have recently acquired his entire collection of artefacts directly from his daughter, which included a large number of unissued SS items.
A video recording of Sgt Ruzicka being interviewed at a 6th Armoured Division Reunion can be seen here. He is second to appear: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0RDJI5eLTGFQk5HRkM0ZEVyV00/view
This matched pair are in unissued condition but show slight moth damage to the upper surface of the green wool backing to one board with both showing additional damage to the underside.
The Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS (Security Service of the Reichsführer-SS), or SD, was the intelligence agency of the SS. The organization was the first Nazi intelligence organization to be established and was considered a sister organization with the Gestapo, which the SS had infiltrated heavily after 1934. Between 1933 and 1939, the SD was administered as an independent SS office, after which it was transferred to the authority of the Reich Main Security Office.

Code: 52806

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Mint Condition Pair of Slip On Shoulder Boards for a SS/SD Sicherheitsdienst Mann

An absolutely mint condition pair of Slip On Shoulder Boards for an Mann in the SS/SD Sicherheitsdienst, still within their original sealed wrapper and believed to have been taken from the SS stores at Buchenwald by by Sgt. Ruzicka of the US 6th Armoured division and who was with the division during the liberation of Buchenwald. I have recently acquired his entire collection of artefacts directly from his daughter, which included a large number of unissued SS items.
A video recording of Sgt Ruzicka being interviewed at a 6th Armoured Division Reunion can be seen here. He is second to appear: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0RDJI5eLTGFQk5HRkM0ZEVyV00/view
This matched pair are in unissued condition but show slight moth damage to the upper surface of the green wool backing to one board with both showing additional damage to the underside.
The Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS (Security Service of the Reichsführer-SS), or SD, was the intelligence agency of the SS. The organization was the first Nazi intelligence organization to be established and was considered a sister organization with the Gestapo, which the SS had infiltrated heavily after 1934. Between 1933 and 1939, the SD was administered as an independent SS office, after which it was transferred to the authority of the Reich Main Security Office.

Code: 52807

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Hand Embroidered Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings

A quite beautiful and really rather scarce wartime hand embroidered pair of British Parachute Qualification wings.
Without damage and with just a couple of tiny marks on the blue feathers, the wings retain all their original colour and a have clearly never been used.

Code: 53813

75.00 GBP


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Very Rare Published Feldgendarmerie Collection to Oberfeldwebel Erich Wolter. Soldbuch, Wehrpass and over 100 photographs.

A fine and very rare Feldgendarmerie grouping to Oberfeldwebel Erich Wolter comprising Soldbuch, Wehrpass and a collection of over 100 photographs.
Wolter began his career as a Pionier and served with various Pionier units until 1942, reaching the rank of Unterfeldwebel. In January 1942 he transferred to the Feldgendarmerie and was promoted to Feldwebel in May 1942 and Oberfeldwebel in May 1943.
He served with Feldgendarmerie Komp 220, Feldgendarmerie Komp 904, Feldgendarmerie Trupp 985 and Feldgendarmerie Trupp 422.
Most of his Feldgendarmerie service was on Crete and in Greece, where his Wehrpass confirms that he was involved in anti-partisan operations.(Bekämpfung der Bandenbewegung in Griechenland)
He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class with Feldgendarmerie Trupp 985 on Crete. Bravery awards, even the modest EK2, awarded to Feldgendarmerie personnel are rare.
The Soldbuch photo is an excellent example in tropical uniform whilst the photo in the Wehrpass, rather thán showing the typical civilian dress, also has him in uniform, the Waffenrock of his Pionier unit.
The photographs range from him as a recruit in 1934 through to his service with the Feldgendarmerie on Crete. Most have period annotations on the reverse indicating dates where the pictures were taken. Also included is his original Wehrmacht personal data sheet.
Weapons he was issued at various points include the P08 Luger pistol and MP40 machine pistol.
Condition is very good with the Swastikas obscured in both the Soldbuch and Wehrpass, a common practice post war. Well over half of the photographs are service related.
Formerly part of the Gordon Williamson c ollection this Soldbuch is featured on page 98 of his book, Kettenhund

Code: 53326

550.00 GBP


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War Merit Cross Second Class With Luftwaffe Award Certificate

A good Award Certificate for the War Service Cross Second Class with Swords, accompanied by the award itself to Luftwaffe Obergefreiten Wilhelm Zehlius of 3./Res. Flak-Abt. 291 which saw most of its service in central Germany.
Issued in Wiesbaden and dated 1 September 1941 the Certificate shows the original ink signature (now very faded) of Generalleutnant Friedrich Heilingbrunner, Commanding General of Luftgau X111/X111.
The Certificate show some discolouration from having been displayed in a frame and has been twice folded. There are no tears.
The War Service Cross is a very good example but the reverse centre shows the residue of some adhesive, again from having been previously displayed.
Footnote. When the First World War broke out Heilingbrunner he was made a Platoon Leader serving at the front. At the same time, he served as Battery Chief in the Ottoman Army in Gallipoli and Macedonia. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1935

Code: 53811

105.00 GBP


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Matched Pair of Panzer Collar Tabs

A very good matched pair of Panzer Collar Tabs of the September 1935 pattern
Machine woven, rayon construction collar tab with a light, field-grey litzen with an interwoven grey centre stripe and pink branch of service stripe.
The collar tabs are machine stitched to a blue/green badge cloth base, which is mounted on a light buckram backing.
Overall condition is very good.

Code: 52350

60.00 GBP


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WW1 Field Made British Tank Drivers Protective Suit?

Displayed for some years in a museum in West Sussex where it was described as a WW1 Field Made Tank Driver’s Protective Suit .
Certainly when I acquired it I was happy to accept that as it would seem to fit the need and I can’t imagine what else it could be. Whoever was intended to wear this would have to have been somewhat immobile in his duties as it most certainly does allow for easy movement.
The leather is thick and appears to have been made from saddlery pieces which would fit the theory as some early tank crew were taken from the artillery because of the knowledge of the weaponry.
There are no labels or clues over than part of a name and Bat 37 (Battery 37?) which again allows for the artillery connection. It is possible that some provenance came with the suit when it arrived in the museum, but that is now lost. It is interesting to note that the method of construction with heavy rivets along with the gauge of the leather does bear a strong resemblance to the early tank crew helmets.
Overall condition is good but some straps including the braces have been replaced and a couple of the short straps are missing.
A fascinating piece.

Code: 53807

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