These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
GERMAN WWII 50 TANK ASSAULT BADGE BY GB.
A good condition with minor oxidisation to the eagle example of the rare 50 Tank Assault Badge by the maker Gustav Brehmer. Much of the silver finish remaining to the wreath, slight toning to the lower left hand side with some oxidisation as can be seen to the central part of the down swept winged eagle and swastika. All the features are correct for the maker GB with the maker’s mark itself in raised relief just visible to the left hand side of the rear of the tank. Standard pin construction with its original hinge and hook, typical squashed rivets. The weight is exactly within the parameters for GB produced badges between 21 and 24 grams, this example 23.22 grams.
GERMAN WWII ARMY GENERALS FIELD SERVICE TUNIC.
A nice condition army model 36 field service tunic for a General, which is identified. Constructed in the slightly lighter weight of material, which has a slight grain within it, upper medium size. The tunic belonging to General Paul Tzschockell. 4 pockets all with pleats, deep turned back cuffs, dark green collar, single pleat to the reverse side. No moth damage, minor service wear and light fading and discoloration to the tunic. Fitted with an excellent set of mix cellion and bullion stitch-on red based shoulder boards, one shoulder board having some shredding to the outer gold cellion weave where it has worn up against the collar. Bullion wire woven Generals collar patches, some minor discoloration. Officers gold bullion wire breast eagle, all gold buttons with the ribbon of the War Merit Cross and East Front Medal. 4 loops above the pockets for a medium size medal ribbon bar and loops on the pockets and below for 2 further awards. Significant wear and staining to the interior green rayon lining with the label to the interior pocket ‘Godecke & Mittelmann of Celle’. Faded pen name with stamped date ‘6 June 1942’. Accompanying the tunic are 3 images of General Paul Tzschockell, one in which he is wearing this tunic another wearing the Generals crusher cap. Paul Tzschockell joined the army 1915 as a Leutnant of the Reserve, joined the forces of the Third Reich as a Major, then Oberleutnant 1941 Oberst in 1944 General Major. He was a specialist in chemical warfare and led various Nebelwerfer units in and around the Celle area. Died 16th March 1971.
GERMAN WWII SS PARATROOPER JUMP SMOCK.
The rarest of all the uniform garments to be produced during WWII in camouflage pattern whether it be oak leaf type patterns, palm tree patterns or 44 dot pattern is the 44 dot pattern paratrooper jump smock. This ultra rare example in generally excellent condition, good colour to the camouflage pattern, this is a one sided camouflage. The interior is in a dark grey green with light brushed cotton pocket bags. One single loop for hanging to the collar. All of the zips are metal and are all marked ‘RAPID’ with their original Luftwaffe blue grey leather tabs. The smock has an SS arm eagle stitched to the upper right hand breast as the garment is worn. The internal windproof cuffs are present with some wear to the interior of the cuffs indicating this has been worn. One rodent bite to the lower right hand cuff. All of the male/female closure studs for the lower sleeves and the legs are present with surface rusting. The garment is complete with its flare pistol holder on the reverse side. All other standard paratrooper apertures and closure straps are present, which are common to the Luftwaffe paratroopers smock. An incredibly rare garment.
GERMAN WWII WAFFEN SS CAMOUFLAGE PARKA.
This garment is totally different than the standard two-piece camouflage spring and autumn suit, modelled directly on the Italian camouflage winter parka, three-quarter length body, two upper patch pockets without pleats but with pocket flaps, two large bottom pockets with large angled flaps, double fly front, 8 button closure. The garment is constructed in the spring and autumn camouflage but designed only to be worn with the spring camouflage exterior. Pull cord waist band. The hood is a separately applied hood with buttons with the hood being fur lined. The upper inner part of the garment is blanket lined but we firmly believe that there was a removable lining whether it be of fur or sheepskin will never be known, which is now not present. This is a correct factory made garment and not something that has been thrown together with zeltbahn parts. A photograph exists of a soldier wearing one of these garments in Norway at the end of WWII and various articles about this garment can be read on various forums.
GERMAN WWII LUFTWAFFE SECOND PATTERN DAGGER MINT
Mint blade heavily etched with the knights head of WKC Solingen. Cross grain finish overall evident, mint bright. All of the fittings, which include the upper pommel, cross guard and scabbard all have the correct dark grey patinated colour intact. Deep orange grip with its original grip wire intact. Fitted with its short portapee knot and with its mint set of hanging straps, which are RZM marked on the floriated belt clip, all of the other fittings of the floriated pattern. Mint brocade. The dagger is still fitted with its WKC Solingen guarantee and control tag.
GERMAN WWII LUFTWAFFE SINGLE DECAL M.42 COMBAT HELMET.
An exceptionally clean condition large size 58 liner ‘NS66’ marked shell Luftwaffe single decal combat helmet retaining all of its original slightly satin rough cast Luftwaffe blue finish with its complete eagle, slightly subdued. To the interior the size 58 liner all complete with its original drawstring, the interior crown of the helmet having the manufacturer’s dome stamp. Minor service wear staining to the front and lower sides of the liner, with its completely original untouched ‘1942’ dated ‘Vienna’ maker marked chinstrap. It is very hard to find helmets in this condition.
GERMAN WWII WAFFEN SS OFFICERS CRUSHER CAP IDENTIFIED.
A fantastic piece of headdress being a large size possibly size 58 Waffen SS officers crusher cap identified to Hans Gunther Bernau. The cap is constructed in standard officers smooth material, some minor tracking to the crown area. White piping to the crown and to the upper and lower sections of the officers velvet centre band. Soft crushable peak. The insignia fitted is a bullion wire woven officers size cap eagle with a Bevo silver wire officers skull. The cap has seen much service internally. The mid tan sweatband is all intact and has much sweat and obvious wear use to the forehead area, the back of the cap is cleaner. The interior is constructed in a light brush cotton lining with a gold hue with a complete celluloid lozenge, which is very dirty on the exterior. The silver blocking lettering is just visible beneath the celluloid with a large stitched label of the Company ‘A.Fodisch Uniformen Munchen’ with an image of a set of breeches and the lettering ‘Reithosen Speziailist’ ( breeches specialist ) with the name of ‘Hans Gunther Bernau’ number ‘88’ date ’16.12.39’ typed to the label. The brushed cotton material underneath the lozenge of course is much cleaner than the material around the edges of the lozenge. Some minor shredding to the lining material mainly in the area behind the sweatband forehead. Accompanying the cap are two very large size grainy photographs of Hans Gunther Bernau, one in Waffen SS uniform wearing this cap, the second in Allgemeine uniform hatless. A full print-out of his military history RAD 1936, 1937 he joined the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 1939 Officers School in Bad Tolz, wounded on the Western Front in 1940, 1941 SS Artillery Regiment 5 of Division Viking, further 1941 service in Russia, early 1945 he was Commander of the 1st Battalion SS Artillery Regiment 5 of Viking, 1946 prisoner of war, in 1978 he was a Colonel of Reserve in the Bundeswehr. He was Winner of the Iron Cross 2nd class, 1st class, Honour Roll Clasp for the Army, German Cross in Gold, Wound Badge in Silver, since our publication of this item we have been contacted by another collector that has a item of equipment owned by Bernau and elaborated to us the last days of the war and Bernau which are on CIA files. It is incredibly rare to find any Third Reich uniform artefact that can be identified.
GERMAN WWII LUFTWAFFE KNIGHTS CROSS WINNERS PRIVATE PRESENTATION DOCUMENT.
A beautifully illuminated document presented to Luftwaffe Knights Cross winner Stefan Frohlich who became a Luftwaffe General. The illuminated document placed inside a hand tooled leather folder, the document held in place by a long strip of bullion lace with two golden tassels. To the front cover of the inner document an image of the town of Hainburg am der Donau (Hainburg on the river Danube) which is 12 kilometres west of the Slovakian capital Bratislava and 43 kilometres east of the capital of Austria, Vienna, accompanied by the dates ‘1869 1918 1908 1943’, the significance of these dates is unknown to us, the artwork is absolutely magnificent. To the inside of the vellum document the central feature is the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, to each corner is either an outstretched winged eagle and swastika or a down swept winged eagle and swastika with laurel leaves surrounding the Knights Cross. To the right hand side of the inner section of the document is the presentation script where the comrades of the former officers Pioneer School at Hainburg is congratulating General Der Flieger Stefan Frohlich on the award of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, Frohlich was obviously a former member of the school. Awarded Vienna October 1943, pen signed by two unidentified officials at the school. Stefan Frohlich born in Austria, at the age of 15 enlisted in the Austro Hungarian Army, served in the Pioneer Cadet School in WWI, in pilot training in Austria 1933 and became the Commandant of a new established flying school regiment, he transferred to the Luftwaffe and during WWII served on all major fronts eventually retiring on April 30th 1945, he received the Knights Cross on July 4th 1940 as a General Major and Commander of Kampf Geschwader 76, died 2nd October 1978 age 88 in Duisburg, Germany.