AP press photo captioned 'Nazi Gun And Guner Knocked Out'. Interesting Russian front photo showing a knocked out German position and what looks like a short barrel Panzer III in the back. The front of the description page reads CAUTION! WATCH RELEASE DATE! About 8.5x6.5 inches.
Nice set of WWI tent stakes and pegs. Excellent condition for their age as per photos. The only real damage I find is a small hole in the bag at the side of one of the buckles (Image 7). The bag has some marking on the inside of the flap but very faded (Image 2). Looks like the original rope. I haven't pitched a tent since Boy Scouts so I have no idea what the difference between a peg and a stake is but there are three of one and two of the other. Nice original set of equipment.
Very attractive 1st Class Iron Cross. Excellent condition as per attached images. The catch is bent down a little bit and I don't really see a reason to bend it back up (If it isn't broke don't fix it). Very pleasant convex shape can be seen in images 5 and 6. Images 2 and 3 are with and without flash respectively. The box is also a wonderful example with an embossed (Not just painted) iron cross on the top center. The push button catch works well and the leatherette covering shows minimal wear...
This piece came out of an advanced Imperial collection and was identified as a German lancer stable belt. I honestly can find this in none of my reference books nor can I find any other examples online. The construction and stitching certainly is consistent with WWI and the name Zoller is certainly Germanic so I am confident in this identification. There is a a stamp in red ink running for a few lines but is illegible due to age fading (See attached image 6)...
Two place 1914 Iron Cross medal bar with matching ribbon bar. The second medal is Hindenburg Cross. The Iron Cross is a real nice example with very pleasant toning and an overall look just the way we like them. The red stripe on the Hindenburg is a bit faded and there is also a bit of red staining. Perhaps the poor guy got shot in his dress uniform? Otherwise the ribbons are structurally in good shape with no fraying and a very nicely done wrap job...
Very nice Hoffmann postcard of Hauptmann Balthasar. Wilhelm Balthasar was only the second fighter pilot (After Werner Moelders) to receive the Knights Cross. Nice, collectible postcard.
Nice gilt finished tinnie with Hitler profile. One people, one nation, one fuhrer. Nice lightweight WWII German Rah-Rah tinnie with very solid finish.
Very nice DAF sports tinnie. Sportappell Der Betriebe 1938. Distinctive tinnie style (And maker marked by) Richard Sieper & Sohne Ludenscheid RZM M9/25. 1938 is right where, as with other products, we see both a maker name and an RZM code. Perfect condition.
Good looking JFS Infantry Assault Badge. Lots of original finish remaining with no damage. Crisp JFS maker mark with characteristic ball hinge pin and hook assembly. Condition is excellent as per attached images.
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...
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...
Small plaque with profile bust of Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. Moltke was a very forward thinking Field Marshall. At the top of this piece is a famous quote of his "Erst Wagen Dann Wagen" the meaning of which translates to "First you leap". His main theory being that one should attack strongly but never to plan to deeply past the point where contact is made. Since there are simply too many possibilities and varying factors it does no good to over plan to far into the future of a conflict...
Wonderfully made naval cannon made from wood from the U.S Frigate Constitution. This frigate, of course, was famous for some very famous successes against highly skilled British ships in the war of 1812. When the ship was overhauled in 1927 the old wood was made into souvenirs and sold to the public (Imagine that happening today?)...
Nice AP press photo showing bomb bursts bracketing Russian tank. Description says this was in the defense of Stalingrad. Bracketing is an effective way of zeroing in on a target and probably effectively scares the living hell out of the crew inside of a tank. There is a small tear bottom left from where it was removed from an album or other mounting. The fold in the description page is half separated along the crease but this would display better if this was removed anyway. A little over 6.5x8.5...
Great AP press photo titled End Of A Tank. This is from July 1943. The AP description explains this was a German press photo obtained through a neutral country and reports that a German soldier placed explosive charge between turret and tank body. The turret was blown off and sits upside down in the snow beside the still burning hull. This is a brave act bordering on suicidal but was actually considered almost routine for well trained and disciplined German infantry. About 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches.
Very nice 1914 Iron Sross 2nd class. Ring is hallmarked M . Condition of the medal is top notch and just where collectors like to see it; Very clean, undamaged and smooth but just enough very gentle aging where it is obviously real and with some personality. Nice, crisp black core and nicely toned silver frame. Original ribbon nicely folded. These have long been undervalued and are becoming a hot item with the hundredth anniversary of WWI. Top notch example of a classic medal.
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.
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.