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Very Interesting Soldier Group (Item WEHR 20-1)

DESCRIPTION: We offer the many papers of Unterofficier Walter Heeb, born August 26, 1921, in Stuttgart. Among these papers is his Wehrpass, his Arbeitsfront Mitgliedsbuch (membership in the DAF), his Russian Front Medal, his Second Class Iron Cross with issue envelope, his Silver Wound Badge., his belt buckle from the DAF, personal pictures, and other items of historic interest. There is a copy of a testimonial from the RAD that he served with distinction from October 1940 to the end of January 1941, and was released with the notation of ‘very good.’ There is a nice-looking original school report with eagle and swastika stamp. There is also a little book (Kaufmannsgehilfenbrief) dated January 24, 1939 from the Industrie und Handleskammer citing him as a very effective salesman at his firm. There is a discharge document for Heeb, who was then a sergeant and it states that he was on active duty form February 4, 1941 until July 1944, listing the items that he had been issued upon his discharge. There is a Lebenslauf, or résumé, of his life and employments and schooling up until he was called up to the ranks of the Wehrmacht. He was actually discharged July 1944, because of the amputation of his left arm from battle wounds. There is a letter from the police headquarters #18 in Stuttgart saying that Sergeant Walter Heeb (and family?) were totally bombed out of house and home during a terror attack on Stuttgart on March 2, 1944, when they stayed at their in-laws’ house on Rosenberger Street, No. 202. There is an unusual interesting note that certifies that he received a food card by registered mail plus a 10-reichsmark bill in the action Führer Help for Frontline Soldiers. It is signed by Erich Koch, Gaulieter for East Prussia. Among Sergeant Heeb’s personal papers is an original report by a Kriegsberichter (war reporter) by the name of Günther Heysing. It is a brief synopsis of the Battle of Smolensk. It has been translated by our historian translator Wilhelm Reinhard Gehlen. The translations of the papers I have described are included. This is a really great group of personal items of an important historical nature. The nine original pictures include the pictures of Sergeant Heeb in the hospital with his amputation. He obviously was wounded at Smolensk. It is unknown if he is still alive. If he is and we can reach him, this group will be given to him without cost.

PRICE: $685.00

 

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Framed Service Certificate and Memoriam (Item WEHR 20-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a beautiful framed picture commemorating the service and death in battle for a German soldier, Jakob Windeifen, who was an Obergefreiter. It measures 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches and shows German infantry, medical corps, artillery, cavalry, paratroopers, mountain troops, and warplanes in fine artistic perception. This was produced in the 1950s for families who wanted to honor the heroes. This is a very showy, but solemn war-remembrance piece.

PRICE: $175.00; and shipping

 

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Book Wir vom Alpenkorps, We are the Alpine Corps (Item WEHR 20-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a book of 144 pages of text and clear, concise pictures chronicling the soldiers of the famed elite Mountain Troops with a foreword by General Beyer, who was commander in chief of this illustrious army group. The pictures couldn’t be better; they are wonderful! The book was published in 1939. The officers, the enlisted ranks, the Führer, the mountain maneuvers, the gala ceremonies, all in spectacular black-and-white photography, are brought to a science. The book measures 8 x 10 1/2 inches and is in pretty immaculate condition. This is a necessary book for any good Wehrmacht collection.

PRICE: $185.00

 

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Book Alpenkorps in Polen, Alpine Corps in Poland (Item WEHR 20-5)

DESCRIPTION: Here is another book on the elite Alpine Corps that was published a year later than the preceding book, Wir vom Alpenkorps, which was published in 1939. Now they were at war in Poland and the first page is a saying by Hofer the Gauleiter of the Tyrol region that these soldiers originated from. The scenes again in magnificent black and white are spectacular and now many are combat footage. There are pictures of officers, the German Führer at the front, cavalry, infantry, and mainly of mountain troops doing what comes naturally in a lightning war. The book consists of 174 pages of text, photos, maps, etc. It measures 8 x 10 1/2 inches and is in immaculate condition.

PRICE: $185.00

 

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Kunst Mappe Picture Series Unser Alpenkorps in Frankenreich (Item WEHR 20-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is a grouping in a portfolio of original prints of the campaign in France. The pictures are incredible and are in various sizes from 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 to 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 to 9 x6 inches, etc. All of the combat ones are very realistic and exciting. To some extent it is abstract realism. The picture of the commanders such as mountain troop General Eugen Beyer, General Ritter von Speck, and the Chief of the Genera Staff are all clear and crisp drawings except for von Speck, and that one looks to be unfinished by the artist. The field-grey cardstock that each print is mounted on measures 13 x 13 1/2 inches. This is the ultimately rare and limited portfolio of the earliest campaign of the German Wehrmacht.

PRICE: $295.00

 

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Fine China Bowl for Mess Hall (Item WEHR 20-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a nice, white porcelain bowl as used in mess halls for the army. This one has the national eagle and the date ’1941,’ as well as the manufacturer’s mark (Puls). We believe this company was in Munich. The diameter of this piece is 9 1/4 inches. It’s in tough, very heavy white-paste porcelain (rugged). It’s a very nice addition to any good Das Heer collection.

PRICE: $145.00

 

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War Against Poland Medal (rare) (Item WEHR 20-8)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the greatest pieces for sheer artistic beauty that we have encountered, to say nothing about is rarity. We suppose it to be a shooting prize; however, we can only be sure it was an accomplishment award. Since it refers to ‘second-place prize’ or ‘second winning’ on its back. The front is the ‘real winner,’ however. It shows a warrior with a shield who proclaims in writing (translated): “Germany’s honor comes in victorious battle or combat.” Around the edges it says something to the effect of: “With men, horses, and wagons, and the help of the Lord, we beat them.” We think this to be a quote form Marshal Blucher after his defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Nations at Leipzig. In this case it is used on 8 months into the war in Poland. You may notice that the tip of the Teutonic sword is thrust into the word “Polen” (Poland). The date is ‘SEPTEMBER 1939.’

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Scarf with Swastikas and Italian Symbols (Item WEHR 20-9; I-FAS 2-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a charming little wartime scarf that was a souvenir sold to German soldiers stationed in Italy during the war. It depicts the alliance between Fascist Italy and N.S. Germany. Many years back (about 1980) we bought two of these from a veteran and there is an interesting story there. One of the pieces was exactly as you see this one, but the other had the American Air Force star alternating with the Italian symbols instead of the swastikas. When you would hold the scarf up to the sunlight you could plainly see that the star was superimposed (stamped) over the swastika. In other words, the sellers at the marketplace had made a “quick commercial change” hoping that the alteration would not be noticed. The world of commercials marches on! It measures 12 x 12 inches in silk. It’s a very handsome display piece.

PRICE: $325.00

 

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Antipartisan Badge in the Form of a Silver Stickpin (Item WEHR 20-11; PINS 5-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the genuine ‘800’ silver stickpins that we were fortunate enough to obtain in Germany a few years ago from an elderly former jeweler. See About Our Rings. This one is in the form of the Antipartisan Badge that was issued in 1944 to SS and Werhrmacht soldiers who were assigned the duties of rounding up and dispensing with red partisan thugs and murderers. The badge was not presented actually until 1944; however, antipartisan troops were in action against these communist criminals since the early 1940s. The badge was instituted by the Führer, himself. The badge has a skull at the base of the oval-shaped wreath of oak leaves, a vertical Teutonic sword with a Sonnerad swastika on its hilt descends through the center of the badge with blade point into the skull. The sword is wrapped in a depiction of the hydra (a Greek mythological creature). The hydra or medusa symbolized the evil of the partisans. It had five heads and according to Greek legend, whenever a head was cut off, another would regenerate in its place. The anti-European partisans would often be beaten back, and then blend back into the civilian population only to pop up again in another location. The heinous murders committed by these gangsters was bloody and horrible and generally admitted by some of these nonregulars who survived. They have been quoted on the “History Channel” and other special television features. Yet the world condemns the soldiers who had no choice but to carry the war torch to defeat them. Shame on those so-called historians who honestly or dishonestly believe that brave soldiers like Kurt Waldheim should be demonized for this necessary antipartisan activity. War between belligerent nations is bad enough without glorifying bandits and thugs. The badge is in genuine ‘800’ silver and is so marked on its back. It is small, not quite a half inch in height and the detail for such a petite piece is good. In any case, it is an item that hitherto was considered extremely rare and even now should be considered a great addition to any good collection.

PRICE: $185.00

 

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German Tank Badge (Silver Stickpin) (Item WEHR 20-12; PINS 5-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a beautiful little silver stickpin that is an insignia worn by elite Panzersoldaten when on leave. This is the badge instituted on 20 December 1939. It was authorized for award to officers and men who participated as tank commanders, gunners, drivers, or radio operators and had participated in three different armored assaults on three different days. The badge as a stickpin was worn on civilian clothing by these elite troops when on leave. The badge is beautifully finished and is in genuine ‘835’ silver and so marked on the back. This and many other pieces of insignia and jewelry were purchased a few years ago in a military show in Stuttgart, Germany. For details, see About Our Rings. The detail is wonderful and it could be a welcome addition to a German Army display. It measures a little over 1/2 inch.

PRICE: $165.00

 

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Stickpin of the German Army (Item WEHR 20-13; PINS 5-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is the standard German Army stickpin worn by off-duty soldiers when in civvies. This was one of the finely detailed (all silver) items made by the elderly jeweler we met in Stuttgart a few years back when attending a military show there. See About Our Rings. The detail is great and the ‘800’ for silver content is plainly marked behind the wreathed swastika. It has about a 1-inch wingspan. This is a very choice jeweler-made piece (mint condition).

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Reichskriegsflagge (The War Flag) (Item WEHR 20-14)

DESCRIPTION: Here in practically mint condition is the Reichskriegsflagge or war flag, of the Third Reich. The only damage at all is that what they call a support patch at the top-left corner was removed. I have never figured out what purpose these patches served, anyway (not hardly noticeable). This has the lanyard ropes and it has some writing along the edges of the sailcloth bunting, but I can’t make it out. It measures 87 x 50 inches. This is the military version of the National swastika flag. This flag was used only in wartime; most familiar to us as the flag flown from naval ships, especially u-boats and as a matter of fact most were used by the German Navy; however, the use was not restricted to the Kriegsmarine. The army and air force used it, as well. Often you see them in pictures flying from the city halls in conquered territories, especially after a hard-fought battle. A more somber note is that after 1943, thousands of them were seen on returning caskets of fallen hero soldiers. This is a particularly fine example of a flag that steadily gets scarcer all the time. This is reasonably priced.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Day of the German Armed Forces Poster (Item WEHR 20-15)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very colorful and dramatic poster. We were able to buy a collection out of Moscow, Russia. The man we bought them from claims they were an overstock form a collection at the Moscow Military Museum. They certainly look authentic and they are on the proper heavy poster-stock paper that was used in these. This particular poster was an advertisement for a coming even in 1940—The Day of the German Wehrmacht. It was to be sponsored by the Kriegswinterhilfswerk The WHW, or Winter Help Work, was a charity organization that gathered donations for relief of families during the time of struggle in the early days of the NS regime and later for the war effort as this poster indicates. Pictured at the bottom is a WHW collection can as used at public events, shopping places, etc. The poster is big and measures 34 x 24 inches. It’s folded but otherwise in very good condition.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Photograph of General Hasso Freiherr von Manteuffel, 1897-1978 (Item WEHR 20-16)

DESCRIPTION: Tank commander extraordinaire! The Baron Manteuffel was made commander of the 7th Panzer Division in 1941. Ramrodding his crack Panzer Army through France, Africa, and the Eastern Front, the Panzer Baron racked up great victories for the Reich. Later as commander of the elite Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland, he fought intensive defensive battles in the Ukraine. In 1944, he was given command of the 5th Panzer Army fighting on the Western front where he made the deepest penetration of allied lines during the heavy combat against Patton’s 3rd Army on the Western front and showed his great leadership there as well. He was held in an allied POW camp until 1947. Later he lectured at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and worked as a technical advisor on several war films. He died in Reith im Alpbachtal on September 24, 1978. He was great and noble soldier, gentleman, and friend to his men and officers. The picture was signed during the war and has a stamp with national eagle and swastika over the signature. Part of the stamp read …Armee Oberkommando… and then fades out, but we know this means ‘supreme army command.’ The photograph on stiff cardboard stock measures 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and on the back the soldier it was given to has written ‘General Manteuffel.’ It’s in nice condition and a great display item.

PRICE:  TEMPORARILY WITHDRAWN

 

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