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The Veterans

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Veterans

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The monument in 1890

Gorget of the NS Veterans’ Society (Kyffhäuserbund), 75-year Veteran (Item VETS 2-1)

DESCRIPTION: Here in practically mint condition is a beautiful gorget of the Kyffhäuserbund, or league of veterans. In 1921, several separate state leagues for ex-servicemen were united into a full Reich League (Deutsche Reichskriegerbund Kyffhäuser) under a central directorship on May 1933, the organization submitted to the leadership of the NSDAP and Adolf Hitler who decreed that: “The Kyffhäuserbund is the greatest soldiers’ league for all Germany. Its main purposes are to keep awake the spirit which had performed the heroic deeds of our great German past to cultivate the German folk community and to educate in the spirit of National Socialism; to care for the needy members and their families and to further military (Wehrkraftigkeit).” The central theme or logo of the league was the Kyffhäuser monument in its spacious halls hung 200 banners of former ex-soldiers’ societies and here also were urns filled with earth from the German territories lost at Versailles. They were placed “in order to admonish us never to forget them.” This wonderful monument still stands today and is truly a sight to see. It is located at the summit of the Kyffhäuser Mountain near Bad Frankenhausen in Thuringia. It is utterly fantastic as it towers over the beautiful landscape. It is the third largest monument in Germany. See “Wikipedia” on the internet. Type in the word “Kyffhauser” and this will come up. It’s very much worth looking at and even visiting. There probably is no more a spectacular visage in all the Fatherland. For the dyed-in-the-wool Germanophile as we. The gorget has the silver-gilt banners depicted with the Imperial one stacked to the left when viewed and the NS Krieger standards on the right in the center surrounded by an oak laurel wreath, which is the enameled crest of the organization with its stylized depiction of the monument that centers above the swastika. The chain is comprised of alternating links depicting the Iron Cross and the swastikas which symbolize the union of the military, and NS state. The back of the gorget is lined in a black cloth covering. The gorget measures about 6 1/2 inches wide from end to end and about 3 inches deep. The most important thing is the numeral “75” in enamel above the central motif. This either symbolized the years of military service of the particular Kyffhäuser military unit or the years of service of the individual flag bearer, but they are very seldom ever seen with this “75” numerals; “50” is not even often encountered. This is a very rare; a very beautiful relic of the Third Reich.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Book Kyffhauser Jahrbuch 1936 (Item VETS 2-2)

DESCRIPTION:Here is a book that is very historically important. It’s the 1936 yearbook of the Kyffhauserbund (veterans). It comprises 144 pages jammed full of pictures and information about Germany’s glories in the field of battle from the time of Hermann’s defeat of the Roman legions up to the end of WWI and it depicts the growth of the Nazi Party and its relationships to the veterans. Many inspiring pictures of army, navy, air force, old and modern poems, and heroic incidents are detailed. It measures 8 x 11 inches and is in great condition.

PRICE: $149.00

 

Stickpins

Stickpins

Deutscher Kriegerbund 25-Year Award (Item VETS 2-4; PINS 6-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is a lapel pin presented to members (veterans) who belonged to this association of ex-soldiers and were associated with the German army for 25 years. The Kriegerbund and Kyffhäuserbund were formed during WWI and were based on the DKB. On March 29, the DRKB Was renamed the NSRKB, National Socialist State Soldiers League. The NSDAP organized and amalgamated most of the earlier veterans’ associations into national organizations. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers. It was something like the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion only with much more pomp and ceremony. This is a beautifully designed badge.

PRICE: $138.00

 

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Reichsoffizierbund Mitgliedsabzeichen, Reich Officers Association (Item VETS 2-5; PINS 6-9)

DESCRIPTION: This was a section of the NS Kriegerbund exclusively for officers. This version is with the swords for combatants. This was a very prestigious group. The official head and protector was General Field Marshal von Hindenburg and the honorary leader was General Field Marshal von Mackensen. The ROB was organized into 19 Landesverbande and two more and former annexed territories (SAAR), Rheinphaltz. It included the following associations: Marine-Officer-Bund, Reichsoffizierbund, and Deutscher-Veteriner-Offizierbund. It was a very influential organization and wielded much evidence of power, even in the early days of the Third Reich. The beautiful pin is constructed in two parts. In the enameled circle with the ROB in the center is the Latin saying “Pro Gloria et Patria,” “For Glory and Fatherland.” The four-cornered starburst shape in silver under the roundel is with crossed swords. There are no markings. The size of the center shield (roundel) is about the same as an American dime. This pin is in great condition.

PRICE: $155.00; rare

 

Stickpins

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Deutscher Reichskriegerbund Kyffhäuser (DRKB) Shooting Award Stickpin (Item VETS 2-6; PINS 7-8; HUNT 7-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the bronze class insignia that was actually an award for superior marksmanship in those official government-sponsored shooting contests for veterans. “Once a soldier, always a soldier” (at least in the “Vaterland”). This award came in bronze, silver, and gold and this one is the bronze class. It is a beautifully constructed stickpin with the image of the Kyffhäuser monument featured in the center with a target that shows up in the design. At the base is the shield with Germany’s national colors and above the Denkmal or monument is the green oak leaves of victory. Around the outside dimension is a bronze wreath. The badge is unmarked on its back. It is in 100-percent mint condition and unchipped in the enamel. It’s about the size of a U.S. 25-cent piece; perhaps a hair smaller. This pin is rare and most sought after by collectors.

PRICE: $90.00

 

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Deutscher Reichskriegerbund Kyffhäuser (DRKB) Shooting Award Stickpin (Item VETS 2-7; PINS 7-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a rare (extremely rare) badge or lapel pin for the ladies auxiliary of the Stalhelm, the front-fighters’ veterans’ organization named the Steel-helmet.” Of all the veterans groups these men were the toughest, fighting the reds who tried to take over Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s. They were the nucleus of the SA and NSDAP and possibly without their help and sponsorship the Nazi movement would have floundered and met total defeat at the bloody hands of the communist gangsters back in the time of the “Kampfzeit,” the days of struggle. The women’s group within the organization was very instrumental in support of the Stalhelm activities such as organizing veterans’ reunions, constructing banners and flags, and many other duties that would fall to the distaff side. Most of the ladies were the wives of these ex-warriors who found themselves fighting once more, but instead of in Lüttich, Flanders, and the Marne, it was in the streets of Munich and Berlin. They were practically the most important and active participants in the defeat of the red menace in the Fatherland. The blue color of the badge signified loyalty to the cause. The outline of the steel helmet is seen with an ‘F’ for Frauen separately affixed in silver. The size is about the same as a U.S. 5-cent piece. There are no markings. It is in clean, unchipped condition with the early-style safety-pin-type pin fastener. It’s lovely to view; great to own! We’re very proud to offer it to the collecting public.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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1936 Yearbook of the Kyffhäuserbund (Veterans) (Item VETS 2-8; KBOOKS 3-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here in beautiful condition is the yearly edition of the book published by the official NS veterans’ organization. This is a lavish and beautiful historic presentation that was a source of pride to the ex-warriors of the Reich. The calendar on the first pages traces Germany’s glory from the great battle in the Teutoberger Forest through the medieval knights, the Landsknecht, the peasants’ war, the wars of Prussia’s Frederick the Great, 1870 conflict with France, WWI, etc. The death of the great Marshal von Hindenburg is covered dramatically with his grand and somber funeral, and then there are many fine illustrations and photos on the 144 pages, some, very inspiring. To the serious Germanophile there is a section of the book that is devoted to the Kyffhäuser Denkmal or monument. This is most awe inspiring for those who have visited it like me. While standing for hours looking at this absolutely stupendous edifice I couldn’t help feeling that I had stepped if only momentarily into the glory that was Germany. The artistic stone cutting and bronze statuary is breathtaking and the messages conveyed are unmistakable and poignant. Here is “Deutschlands Gloria.” I could go on and on, but the few who will understand know who they are and what it all means. You can go to various places on the Web and look up “Kyffhauser” and much of the history and pictures will emerge, but my recommendation is to go there, stand there, reflect there, and you will never forget it, especially if you are one of that peculiar race of Germanophiles. George Bush wouldn’t feel a thing!

PRICE: $185.00

 

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FrontkampferbundStandard or Veteran’s Flag (Item VETS 2-9; SA 12-6; NSD 15-7)

DESCRIPTION: This fantastic flag was for the Frontkampferbund or Front Line Fighters and it was the elite group of the many paramilitary organizations that arose after the defeat of WWI in the Weimar Republic. This group was part of the Stahlhelm (steel helmets). The Stahlhelm was founded at the end of 1918 by Franz Seldte in the city of Magdeburg. Its journal, “Stalhelm,” was instrumental in spreading patriotism through the defeated, but still proud German Volk. The Stahlhelm was the largest paramilitary organization in Germany in the 1920s. In 1929 the Stalhelm joined the Volksentscheid Gegen den Young Plan to demonstrate against the Young plan. The Stalhelm joined the NSDAP and Altdeutscher Verband to form the Haazburger Front which was a united right-wing front against the Weimer Republic. In 1934 the Stahlhelm was renamed Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Frontkampferbund (Federation of the National Socialist Frontline Fighters) and later integrated into the Sturmabteilung (SA). In postwar Germany the Bund der Frontsoldaten was re-created for the first time in Cologne. A year later in 1952 even before his release from allied captivity Field Marshal Albert Kesselring was elected federal leader of the extremely patriotic association a post he kept until his death in 1960. Even after the reunification old and young right-wing patriots called extremists by the leftist German government have kept ties to the Stalhelms’ ideology right up to the present time. At every meeting some of the old flags of the elite (FKB) are unfurled and presented. This particular flag was for the Ortsgruppe (local group) F.K.B. Freyung.v.W.. Freyung is a small town to the west of Munich in the area known as (Bresgau). It was an area known to have loyal sentiment to the NSDAP and this Frontsoldaten Gruppe was not an exception. During the period of the attempted communist revolution soldiers of this group were once again frontline fighters that came forward in the ranks of the Freikorps that letterally saved Germany from the red menace. They gave the Rote Front and the Spartacists hell delivered hot and furious. The Frontkampferbund gave its best in this terrible struggle and they were the ones in the forefront of it all. The flag we offer is in really good condition considering its age and how many parades, functions of the group that it saw from the 1920s into the 1930s these were drastic and multi-eventful years and this was the standard of a front-action group. The flag measures 45 x 45 inches square. It comes with its original pole top (pictured). The pole top shows both sides of the WWI Iron Cross and is also quite beautiful like the flag. The embroidery is purely wonderful. Yes, there is some fraying most probably from constant usage. But all in all it does not detract from what is a powerful virtual conveyance into the yesteryear of Germanic glory and patriotism. The former owner in Germany made a rod that has hooks with closure that exactly line up with the tiny rings at the edge of the standard. This is handy as with a simple flip around both sides can be easily viewed when the flag and the rod are hung up. So, gentlemen, here is a great offering both historically important, and beautiful.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Veterans’ Standard Krieger Verein “Prinz Heinrich von Preussen” (Item VETS 2-10; KCLOTH 2-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very beautiful veterans’ standard from Barkelsbv v. Umgegend which is probably a small town but the veteran that owned it was a sponsor of the regiment named after Prince Heinrich of Prussia. Heinrich was Kaiser Wilhelm’s brother and it surely must have been an illustrious regiment to bear a name such as this. It was the elite regiments that bore the names of the royals. The obverse side has the Prussian eagle as its central theme and in the corners are the battle honors of the regiment. Its accomplishments at that point date from the Franco-Prussian War. It depicts victories at Orleans, Paris, Sedan, and Metz. All these battles mentioned bring forth memories to the military historian of deed victorious and battle glorious and of course this is why these standards were of such importance to the regiment’s veterans and they rallied around them at every reunion and warrior-day parade. When not before marching vets the standards hung in a place of honor in the veterans’ hall. This flag measures 53 x 46 inches and of course it shows some fraying after close to 100 years of the constant rugged use in the ceremonies of gallantry that were constantly a part of Germanic military heritage. The workmanship is superb and typical of the labors of love demonstrated by the ladies of the Verein who undertook the difficult task of making these standards by hand. The reverse of the piece shows the figure of “Germania” (is that why we think so much of it?). She, of course, is the spirit of the German lands as she stands along the Rhine with the uplifted Prussian crown. She also clutches the sword of the Germanic empire; oak leaves surround her symbolizing the strength of the mighty oak! Above her is a scroll with the words: “Gehorsam, Treue, Tapferkeit,” “Obedience, Loyalty, Courage.” Underneath is says: “Des Deutschen Kriegers Ehrenkleid,” “The German fighters’ honorable cloak.” Germania has the Prussian eagle embroidered on her bosom and she sits on the lion-motif throne. This is a rare piece of Teutonic splendor from a better age; an age of Imperial glory, a refined age, an age of cultural excellence, an age personified by this visage of GERMANIA.

PRICE:   $2,900.00

 

Magnificent Little War Flag

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Little War Flag

A Magnificent Little War Flag (Reichskriegsfahne) (Item VETS 2-11 & KCLOTH 2-5)
DESCRIPTION: Seldom do you ever see these little gems available. It measures two feet by 13 inches and it is in perfect condition with no moth holes even though it is more than 80 yrs old or older. It has the reinforced bunting border with the rope attachment. It has no stains at all (unusual). The piece could be from the Imperial Period 1914-1918 or it could be a veteran's piece produced from 1918-1940 or so. It is a flag, not a pennant; the usage of which we are not sure, but this is a real little charmer.

PRICE: SOLD

 

War Victim Flag
War Victim Flag

War Victim Flag
Fastener loops
War Victim Flag
Silver fringe
War Victim Flag
Mobile swastika (early)
War Victim Flag
Veteran's Day in Kassel 1934
War Victim Flag
Tradition!
War Victim Flag
Veterans march
War Victim Flag
Veteran's Day 1939
War Victim Flag
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Aged veterans
War Victim Flag
They fought for Fatherland
War Victim Flag
Vet's home for war wounded
Veteran's Flag
The Stommeln
Flag or Standard of the Kreigsopfer (War Victims) NSKOV VETS 2-12 & FLAG 2-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is another of the veterans organizations, this one was for those considered war victims (severely wounded). This organization was formed in 1930 and institutionalized in 1933.  It was an N.S. associated society assisting NSDAP party members and also non-members who had become disabled as a result of war injuries. Also see the flag from the NSKOV at FLAG 2-7 for further information on the Veterans Association.

The standard is in really nice overall condition and has loops for fastening it to the pole and silver fringe all around three sides and that is what makes it a standard rather than a flag.  Since it is a standard this means that it might have been consecrated by its being touched to the Blutfahne (the sacred blood flag at the Nuremberg party rally). The black patch at the left hand upper corner reads Kriegsopferversorgung Stommeln. This means it is the official standard of the veterans of the wars 1870-1918 who were severely wounded and now live in the village of Stommeln and this is a village in the northwest of Cologne. Extremely heavy and tough fighting went on in that area in 1944 when the American armored spearhead was ground to a halt in the Stuberg-Mausbach area by the brave Wehrmacht counterattack that was mounted by units of the 17th German infantry Division, a unit that which had been re-equipped in west Prussia and was rushed to the battle zone in Stolberg. They fought well and inflicted many casualties on the unwelcome guests in the shadow of the sacred River Rhine. The standard measures 4 ft. x 55 inches including the fringe along the edges. It is quite a handsome piece. It has a few minor moth holes but overall in quite nice shape.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

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Third Reich Veterans’ Schellenbaum Top (Item VETS 2-13, FLAG 4-12)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the Shellenbaum pole tops that were the first types used in the late 1920s by the Kyfhauserbund and other veterans’ organizations that were formed by ex-soldiers of the First World War. These men were highly respected and celebrated by the German populace and by the National Socialist government and the Führer Adolf Hitler. The finial is for either a flagpole top or a top for a Schellenbaum. This was one of the most characteristic and instantly recognizable features of the German military band. It was often referred to as the “Jingling Johnny.” The Schellenbaum began its life as an actual musical instrument that could be shaken and rattled in percussive fashion—somewhat reminiscent of the standards carried by the ancient Roman legions. It gradually through the ages evolved to carry a small banner at its top and so became the symbol of the particular group or unit that carried it and represented the command of the military formations it identified. No longer emitting musical sounds when the armies marched it now was considered the standard motif, but eminent in regal dignity. This one being a very early example looks much like the Schellenbaum type that graced the elite Kaiser Guard formations such as the Gardes du Corps or the Garde Grenadiers. In fact, it may even have been such, and the swastika as seen in our images may well have been added after the National Socialist Machtergreifung (Ascension to Power in 1933). Schellenbäume were often bought by the local townsfolk near the unit’s garrison and given to the band to cement the bond between the military bandsmen and the local population. It is essentially a Germanic tradition, and to find an antiquated one such as this is very fortunate indeed. The piece measures a little over 12 inches high and is about 5 inches wide at its widest point. It is all brass and quite ornate in its design with a musical harp as its central design surrounded by floral motif. It is an impressive piece of Teutonic history.

PRICE: $480.00

 

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