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    Thanks guys! And a specially to Hambone for...

    Thanks guys!

    And a specially to Hambone for assisting with the logistical side of the deal.:thumbsup:
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    Hero of the Soviet Union

    Recently I was able to add a document of the Red Army to my collection, a small ID booklet of a pilot that was given the tittle of “Hero of the Soviet Union”, the highest bravery award in Soviet...
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    It is a discharge document. A red cross on...

    It is a discharge document.


    A red cross on page 1 usually means that the men of the ID booklet is deceased, either KIA, dead of natural causes or an accident.
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    Thanks guys! I have no clue about what...

    Thanks guys!

    I have no clue about what happened to him after he was discharged.
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    Thanks Jack! Yes, everything shown in this...

    Thanks Jack!

    Yes, everything shown in this thread including the KC preliminary award document and its small "trench art" folder are in my collection.
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    I have a copy of the divisional daily orders but...

    I have a copy of the divisional daily orders but that too doesn't give any details about the reason for his KC award.

    Schörner, a known (war)criminal?
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    Thanks fellows! The sad thing is despite the...

    Thanks fellows!

    The sad thing is despite the KC being the highest bravery award of the German army in WW2, I have no details about the citation that it came with.
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    His temporarily award document for the KC. This...

    His temporarily award document for the KC.
    This late in the war the ornate big award documents weren’t issued anymore, his small one came in a selfmade cover which was signed by the CO of...
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    The telegram that annouced that he was being...

    The telegram that annouced that he was being awarded the KC and a picture of him wearing his KC.
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    His Soldbuch.

    His Soldbuch.
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    KC Soldbuch - six times WIA

    This Soldbuch set recently became a part of my collection, the Soldbuch has been in his pocket for almost eight years, in this time he was wounded six times and was awarded the Knights Cross in...
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    Hello Gallie, The best way to learn how to...

    Hello Gallie,

    The best way to learn how to spot the fakes is to network and find collectors that you can trust and are willing to show you there originals, the right information can't be found in...
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    IB said it well; when I started collecting in the...

    IB said it well; when I started collecting in the early 90's these reproductions made to deceive, were flooding the market, now some of these reproduction are also +30 years old.



    I don't go to...
  14. Looks like an exotic phantasy piece to me, to...

    Looks like an exotic phantasy piece to me, to good to be true and other cliches.
    The Fp number is the one from a late war Italian SS Division.......
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deXzTPe_TF4 ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deXzTPe_TF4

    Just found this fantastic YouTube video about the battle.
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    An update to this thread. Today this...

    An update to this thread.


    Today this excellent book arrived:
    https://www.panzerwrecks.com/product/combat-history-of-sturmpanzer-abteilung-217/
    Richard Marbach is one of the soldiers mentioned...
  17. Tom, although I don't know you, you got a swift...

    Tom, although I don't know you, you got a swift and well documented answer from me, see post #10; also other members replied quickly and answered your question, that you didn't like the answer isn't...
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    Nice Soldbuch! Some book advice: ...

    Nice Soldbuch!

    Some book advice: ...
  19. You got your answer from your dealer buddy, so...

    You got your answer from your dealer buddy, so collect your $1.500 and let him dump this reproduction sh!t on the market.

    And btw, check my threads, I don't need extra images of a "grandpa WP" to...
  20. Good advise! And hope he or she pays you with...

    Good advise!
    And hope he or she pays you with authentic US Dollars and not reproductions.:laugh:

    P
  21. The helmet has been messed with, the KC with...

    The helmet has been messed with, the KC with swords and oakleaves is a reproduction, the EKII might be authentic but isn't in good condition.
    The Wehrpaß is indeed authentic but you can buy an...
  22. The standard ones like this one are far from...

    The standard ones like this one are far from rare, the financial value is rather low if they aren't from a small prison camp or from special inmates like those that escaped for example.
    They are...
  23. A grammer mistake, he hopes to be released soon;...

    A grammer mistake, he hopes to be released soon; rather normal, these letters had to be written in German and most inmates couldn't build up a sentence correct in German, this is also the reason why...
  24. Don't think that is a match, he is from a...

    Don't think that is a match, he is from a different town.

    P
  25. Hello BS, Just like all other concentration...

    Hello BS,

    Just like all other concentration camp and prison letters/postcards they are heavily censored and basically all of them have the same text on them and in big script like ordered, there...
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