This looks to be a volunteer application to join the Wehrmacht but most of the attached papers seem to be regarding Luftwaffe service. I assume this means the same standard application was used by both. 12 page packet. The first page has some chipping on the left margin but no text is lost. The following pages all seem to be fine. I guess if you volunteered for te Luftwaffe you might not get pressed into the army and sent to the Ukraine with a rifle. Interesting document.
Nice, unissued gas mask canister with cardboard wrap. I have a few of these so this exact example is likely not what will be received but they are all basically the same. The cardboard wrap was not meant as a permanent addition and tend to unglue so these may not be attached when received but can probably be reglued. Nice piece of equipment priced right.
Very nice RAD athletic shirt patch. Not a terribly rare piece of insignia but an extremely nice example being crisp and snow white clean throughout except for one tiny spot along the border (See second image). Noce patch.
Very nice Luftwaffe portrait postcard. W. Willrich painted a series of portraits of national war heroes, many of which were made into postcards. This one, dated 1940, is Haputmann Falck, Staffelkapitan einer erfolgreichen Jadgstaffel. Or "succesful fighter squadron leader". Cool, unused postcard.
These old airline travel postcards are so cool. With a little frame this would fit into almost any decor. Only us macho guys would know that the Condor, with only some small modifications, was a top notch Luftwaffe maritime patrol aircraft, flying long-range reconnaissance and was used as an anti-shipping/maritime bomber aircraft. It saw early success as a commerce raider and was later used as a transport. This last role was not optimal for its characteristics and a few were even flown into the ...
Nice flag consecration for a soldiers' group which was probably a veteran group. Dated August 4 1935. It probably equates to a tinnie but obviously a small ribbon would not have the shelf life of a metal tinnie so not the type of thing we really see much of. Small thing at about 6.5cm. Interesting item.
Very interesting SA postcard with cool cover art and nice cancelled stamps. Most interestingly this was sent to a fellow in New York. The card is in English and is generally about stamp and postcard collecting strategies. However, at the end Johanna tells Frank she will be home in a few week and that "I have to tell you a lot". Of course we wonder if this has to do with scary things that are becoming very obvious by the latter half of 1938 but we assume it is something that would not pass censor...
WWII Bronze Star in original bxo, wax paper and card. Maker marked American Emblem Co Inc. Dated 1-29-45 Phila. Q.M. Depot. Nice minty war dated combat award.
Nice 1943 dated WWII Associated Press photo. Titled "U.S. Paratrooper Bail Out Over Sicily" with appropriate photo. These came from family whose father was a newspaper editor in Connecticut. Bottom left shows logo of Signal Corps Radio Telephoto. Just about 6.5x7.5 inches. Nice item.
Nice Elastolin figure. Searching the sky with binoculars with a map and pistol holster in his belt. Very light cracking to wrists and some to base. Seems something always gives as these dry out. Nice figure.
Very nice AP press photo dated 1943. One cool aspect of this one is he cover page which warns CAUTION! WATCH RELEASE DATE! Very cloak-and-dagger. This was taken during one of the Russian winter offensives of early 1943 near Veronezh. The tank is advancing past anti-tank gunners dug into the snow. Russian infantry can be seen riding on the back. A popular tactic was for Russian infantry to ride piggy back until contact was made after which the infantry would dismount and advance with the armor of...
Nice Associated Press photo titled 'Soviet Troops Advance Under Fire'. Great photograph of Soviet infantry advancing beside a tank with shell bursts going off all around. Nice glimpse of action in the field. There is a small tear to the description page which is mounted on the back and folded over. At the bottom center a small bit of this paper is adhered to the front of the image (See first attached image). Also a small chip to the paper description on the upper edge. About 6.5x8.5 inches. A ni...
Interesting old cue stick trimmer. Basically this is meant to square off a cue stick if a new tip is being put on. Good shape and would probably work just fine if the blade is sharpened a bit. Sort of works like a giant pencil sharpener but with the blade positioned to flatten instead of sharpen. A little over 5 inches total length. Cool billiard related antique to have sitting around the pool room for conversation purposes. I think this dates to right around 1900.
DLRG Prüfungskarte für den Grundschein or Basic License Test Card. DLRG is a nonprofit life saving society founded in 1912 and remains active today. It is focused on water rescue and its activities stretch from life guarding, swimming instruction, rescue diving and assisting civil authorities with flood control. This document is dated 1942 and looks to be related to a lifeguard course.
Very nice looking King's Crown patch also known as an Imperial Crown or Tudor Crown. I am not well versed with British insignia but this does look WWI to me. Attractive patch constructed very much like bullion insignia but in soft, neutral browns. There is a small nip above the left fleur. The research I put into this indicates this was rank insignia for Warrant Officer in Australia or Squadron Corporal Major, Company Sergeant Major etc in the British Army. Nice patch.
Nice porcelain candy dish with a portrait of Hindenburg in uniform with medals. The banner reads Gen.-Feldmarschall von Hindenburg over an iron cross. Surrounding is a stand of arms with Prussian flags, rifles, cannon etc. There is a hairline crack across the lid but still a good looking piece for an Imperial display. Bottom is maker marked "ROYAL RUDOLSTADT Prussia" around a brown and B in shield.
This embroidered tinnie features a soldat resting with a bent knee against a slight incline. The series shows German soldiers from different time periods but this is my favorite with the helmet pose. Would great sitting besde a helmet on a shelf.
This is a really nice WWI postcard. It is a sepia image with a light exposure but very interesting when one gives it a moment. Nine fellows in field uniforms with a belt fed machine gun. One is wearing a holster and one holding a grenade but the trench setting is interesting. They look to be congregating in front of an entrance to the trench which is heavily sandbagged on top. There is plenty of wood planking underfoot as the trenches did become hopeless quagmires when it rained and wood plankin...