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World War II Photo Album of Army and Labor Corps Experiences (Item ALBUM 1-1; WEHR 25-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is a typical album as was put together by millions of German soldiers who served their fatherland in the Great War for European civilization between 1939 and 1945. It contains 54 pictures from the life story of one soldier, whom it seems was cavalry, or at least in equestrian duties because there are so many horse pictures. The man was obviously stationed in France for a time after the liberation of that country. There is one great picture of a young German in portrait style, who might be our soldier’s younger brother or just a Kamerad. Toward the end of the album there are some pictures of his time in the compulsory Reich's Labor service. One great thing about this album is an embossed relief portrait of a World War I soldier, wearing an M-16-style helmet. The cover seems to be in genuine front-quarter horse hide and measures 10 x 7.25 inches. By any standards, this is a fine collection of scarce pictures; a tribute to the man who lived and perhaps died for Germany and the German Volk!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Wehrmacht Photo Album with 56 Great Pictures (Item ALBUM 1-2; WEHR 25-4a)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very fine little photo album assembled by a German soldier who was cavalry, or at least associated with equestrian services (early horse-drawn artillery?). There are seven pictures that show German soldiers with horses. The soldier was involved with the French front and Paris occupation (liberation). There are quite a few photos taken in France. As usual, there are pictures of either his or a friend’s labor service in the RAD. The man obviously was a patriot as evidenced by two press-release images of the Führer in 7 x 5-inch size that he included in his album. The album measures 10 x 7 inches and is rather unusual with an embossed bust portrait of a German soldier on its cover. The cover seems to be in leather, or simulated leather.

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German Album of the Marine Landing Forces (Item ALBUM 1-3; KRIEG 7-6)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an especially neat album filled with real goodies throughout. Start with the cover because it's a beauty. It has a solid-silver eagle of the naval style on the leather or leatherette finish. The eagle is very dramatic with a swastika suspended in relief, and you can see the cover between the arms. This is the exclusive work of Herr Franz Schnell, who worked for the Reich almost exclusively in silver. This was his specialty. We had several of these eagles that had been bought from his estate, but we didn't know for sure what their use was. We jumped to the conclusion that they were uniform breast eagles, perhaps, but we thought the fastening device unusual so we didn't list them until now. Anyway, this album came along with a large group that we recently bought. And lo and behold, there was one of these eagles right there in use. So, a mystery is solved, and we'll offer the eagles and this great album. This album is mixed with pictures of naval coastal artillery battalions and ship-cadre battalions. Many officers and enlisted personnel being land-based units wore the naval field gray uniform, but also you will see later in the book the white and blue uniforms, as well. There are about 100 pictures in the album; almost all of them are uniform shots. I have to be repetitive here; this is a great album as military albums go. It comprises ships, uniforms, training, action shots, officers, enlisted ranks, ceremonies, a beer get-together, swimming exercises, headquarters, rocketry, etc. Note the image of personnel in group scene with the wise guy in the back giving the “rabbit ears” to his friend in front of him—sailors will be sailors. Pictures range in size from 3 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches to 2.5 x 2.5 inches. There are others that are 4 x 2 3/4 inches and others at 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. All are crisp, clear, and not copies—all original. The album measures 11 1/2 x 9 inches and is in perfect condition. This naval land-service stuff is really rare.

PRICE: $475.00

 

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Africa Corps Album (Item ALBUM 1-4; AFRICA 1-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a large-format album put together by a German soldier of the Africa Corps. It measures 14 x 11 1/2 inches and contains about 140 snapshots. The first few seem to be from the time when he was in training for desert duty with the DAK and he is seen with other Kameraden. He is obviously a humorist and a ladies’ man from the content of some of the great pictures. There are pictures where the soldiers are in full Africa Corps Battle dress, but the captions indicate that this is in Germany. But then, later, he is in Tunis and also Tripoli. There are many pictures in the desert with Arabs’ camels, etc. Some of the pictures are professional; others are definitely homemade—personally taken. He must have been an avid mountain climber in civilian life as he takes to the African mountains that show up in a few of the pictures. There are some dramatic personal pictures here of Africa Corps men climbing among the rocks and peaks. In 1943, he must have been on leave, and he went skiing in the Alps—our kind of guy. He was a real adventurer and a member of the elite Africa Corps.

PRICE: $795.00; ultra-rare!

 

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Photo Album from Luftwaffe Enlisted Man (Item ALBUM 1-5; LUFT 15-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is the typical deluxe-issue photo album that was compiled by and issued by the NS war-wounded organization to soldiers of the Wehrmacht. The first pages are filled with pictures of Hitler, Göring, the admirals, field marshals, and great black-and-white photos from the early campaigns and various stages of the war. The various combat and campaign medals are given two pages. Then there is the Ehrentafel or recording pages for the individual soldier to enter his personal private information regarding his service experience. Then there are pages for the individual to add his personal pictures. This starts out with this man’s experience while a member of the NSFK, the Glider Corps of the NS official party groups. There are 15 rare pictures of him and friends taken while indulging in the aero antics associated with this enjoyable pursuit. This was connected with early training of future pilots in defiance of the shameful Versailles Treaty. Later, we see him piloting a twin-winged WWI-style Fokker airplane. There re several pictures of him with his comrades in various duties and R&R. Some of his superior officers are shown, as well, drinking beer, cavorting with other pilots, map reading, flight suits of various kinds, etc. In the back are two pictures of Luftwaffe ceremonies featuring Air Marshal Milch, but unfortunately this picture is damaged as is another with officers about to review enlisted personnel. Tucked into the back of the book are several pictures in large format--6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches--from that review that are also damaged, and there is a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch photo of a Luftwaffe funeral cortege with a wreath from the “Führer” being carried and last but certainly not least a flyer navigation map of Germany issued by British Petroleum (BP). This is folded in several parts and has the BP emblem with a color illustration of a fleet of early German aircraft with swastika hovering over Europe. The album measures 9 1/4 by 12 inches and is bound in simulated leather. The NSFK pictures are worth the price of the whole package. They are that rare. This Ehren-Chronik is one of the best German albums that we have ever seen.

PRICE: $355.00

 

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Album that Records a Visit to German West Africa (Item ALBUM 1-7; WEHR 26-7; I-FAS 3-10)

DESCRIPTION: This appears to be a record in pictures of a visit by Italian dignitaries to the German colonies in West Africa. We see palm trees in the pictures that abound. The pictures may also show return hospitality shown to German Wehrmacht officials in Italian-held African territories. In any case, something important is going on. There are 26 photos all in sharp black and white ranging in size from 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 to 7 x 4 1/2 inches. We don’t know exactly what’s going on, but these are great pictures of the era. The album is 13 x 9 inches with Wehrmacht eagle embossed in the upper-left corner.

PRICE: $225.00

 

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Massive Luftwaffe Album (Item ALBUM 1-8; LUFT 15-14)

DESCRIPTION: Okay, collectors, here it is! This is possibly the mother of all Luftwaffe albums; big, big, big and interesting as all get out! It is chock full of pictures, mostly Luftwaffe with a few army pictures thrown in. The album belonged to a former Luftwaffe member by the name of Helmut Mint, who had put it together while in the service and after he returned from being a prisoner of war. It's interesting that he begins his album with a magazine picture of Hitler and Helmut’s chief, marshal Hermann Göring. The album ends at the back cover with a picture of Helmut standing in the doorway of a prisoner hut (POW) and with this are two prisoner certifications from the US Army and the German postwar government. What we find so interesting and humorous in a way is that Helmut also attached a card from the luxury Hotel de la Providence in Brussels, where he evidently stayed during the time when Belgium was occupied. I bet he was thinking about the vast difference in comfort and accommodations of the hotel and the POW compound he stayed in. The album measures 12 x 16 inches. The cover has a silvered “Soldatenkopf” (soldier bust) in the upper right, while a silver Luftwaffe eagle is glued to the middle. A relative of Helmut told us he (the relative) glued this eagle back on when the family decided to let the album go. They had removed it during the nightmare occupation years. Because Helmut was a good NS follower, he would have wanted this. We exhaustingly counted about 680 pictures and a campaign map in the center. This man was in all the action and was stationed all over the world's war zones. The album traces his career all the way from early recruit photos up through his actual induction into the Luftwaffe. It includes his training, his officers, his pets, his comrades, his stations in Germany, monuments of Germany's past kings and leaders such as Karlsruhe Speyer, Worms, the Eiffel Forest, Koblenz, and many other places he visited while in the Luftwaffe. There is a special officers’ meeting of top brass. On one of the pages there are other ceremonies and high-level conferences. There's a great picture of an NS parade in Münster. The European map includes areas and cities he was stationed in or visited such as Reims, Verdun, Antwerp, Lüttich, Gent, and many others. He evidently had many friends and relatives in other services and many pictures of them are seen within. This Herr Mint had the thoughtfulness to label most of the pictures in white pencil so one can follow most of the action and war damage woefully shown as the pages go on. There are interesting pictures of the Ostend fortifications, and the destruction at Dunkirk is shown graphically. If only the Germans had effectively finished the job here the war would have had a far different outcome. Pictures as St. Olmer show the graves of fallen English soldiers and English POWs being marched off to work details. There are pictures of the seaside at Bologna and many pictures of the Holland campaign, and more officers with their K9 mascots. There are many shots of Luttish and World War II damage. This was this scene of fierce bloodletting in World War I. There are some great pictures of Luftwaffe artillery batteries and artillery positions being set up. There are a great group of poses of Luftwaffe officers. It goes on and on with great pictures of men and equipment. While most of Mint’s service time in World War II was in Belgium, Holland, and France, he was also stationed in Russia (Minsk) and there are many pictures of this area and the people, and buildings such as the House of the Red Army. There are quite a few pictures of German armed forces personnel inspecting the aftermath of the fighting there. There is a page devoted to a friend who fell in combat in July of 1941. He was in Artillery Regiment 257. The last pictures are of the grave of this soldier, who was a good friend of Helmut, our album’s owner. This is the largest military photo album we have ever seen. The condition of all the pictures is good plus, and the album covers are quite worn and kind of beat up, but it could be restored with some tender loving care. Some of the pages have torn loose from the string that holds the album together, but this also can be fixed. The important part is the pictures; most of which are very historically important. This is a great collection of vintage photos and should be preserved. You will do well to add this to your collection because they aren't making any more of them.

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