This unbelievable original example of one of the most iconic and copied items of WWII being the Geheime Staatspolizei identity disc, number 675, Copies of both the Gestapo and the Criminal Police discs have been produced possibly since the middle 1950’s and hold an unbelievable fascination with collectors world-wide. Some examples of the Krimampolizei discs we have had in the past but this is our first ever Gestapo disc. The standard work to authenticate one of these discs is the superb effort by Don Bible, a Schiffer Military History book publication, first published in 2001, we ourselves were contributors to that book. Don lists all of the known Gestapo discs in existence at that time, which numbered 65 only, we must assume that others have been discovered from either collections or ground dug since, Don Bible believes that less than 20,000 Gestapo discs were struck, up to the publication of his work the highest number he had located was 16,413.
A superb relic of WWII being an M42 combat helmet with what appears to be a field made cover, virtually identical in construction to the field made First World War German helmet covers. This example has three major panels stitched together with four intervening stitch lines to draw the cover into the shape of a helmet. It would appear that the material, which is a plain canvas, not camouflaged, has been utilised from another garment as there is another double seam in part of the construction of the cover, this can be observed on the frontal views of the helmet and cover. It has been adhered to this helmet since WWII, the rust flooding can clearly be seen on the dome area and the stress on the cover where it has butted to the sharp rim of the 42 pattern helmet over the past 80 years has led to some degrading of the material in those areas. It has its original drawstring, by lifting the cover very carefully away from the edge to avoid any further damage to the edge it can be observed that this is a non decaled helmet below. Standard M40 leather liner with zinc band, the leather is shrivelled in places, two of the tongues are missing but the original drawstring is present with its original leather chinstrap. With research many thousands of images can be seen of soldiers in the field with their own homemade helmet covers, this is an example of such. A fabulous battlefield relic.
A very nice condition Army General’s tunic, standard field grey high quality material, four pocket M.36 style configuration with deep turned back cuffs. The collar with front flap to the tunic, the deep turned back cuffs are piped in red. Excellent set of insignia. Slip-on shoulder boards for a General Leutnant in a mixture of silver wire and cellion, the cellion being the gold section of the shoulder boards, red underlay. Bullion wire collar patches magnificently hand embroidered. Bullion wire gold on green General’s breast eagle. All gold buttons. To the upper right breast four loops for a long medal ribbon bar. To the lower right breast two sets of loops for other awards. A hole tailored from the interior left hand pocket as the tunic is worn for the dagger or sword hanger. Some light staining to the interior lining and armpits with wear. No moth damage or staining to the whole tunic, although it has obvious wear the exterior could be concluded as near mint.
A very rare and desirable Luftwaffe paratrooper smock of the close front style, two upper angled pockets with covered flaps, two lower pockets hidden with covered flaps. This is produced in the single sided zeltbahn type of Spliter camouflage with all its original RiRi plastic zips, all of the zip pullers in leather have shrivelled and the only section that remains is the tab fitted to the plastic zip puller. All of the original closure Luftwaffe blue buttons are intact. The internal windproof cuffs are intact with their male/female closure studs, some of which are rusty and it is probably inadvisable to try to open the windproof cuff snaps as they may damage the rayon cuff material. The exterior closure studs for the cuffs are all present, rusty but still operable and have not rusted the material around the closure snaps. The smock has its original flare pocket holster all in the same camouflage material. The rear adjuster snaps are both present, one works easily another is slightly rusted and again inadvisable to try and open it. nearly all of the leg closure snaps are present with surface rust. The smock is still with its originally stitched breast eagle in grey embroidery with the backing material in the early green originally designed for the plain green step-in smock. There are areas of stitching that have slightly rotted through age. This has certainly seen service, there are no repairs, alterations, patches or moth damage. Interestingly the interior lining to the flare pocket holster is in a herringbone twill camouflage material, again another example of the uses of different types of patterns and weave of camouflage on individual garments. To the upper inner lining full RB number and size stampings. The interior waist closure cord is present. To the lower inside left leg flap one female press stud has rotted and removed itself from the inner material. Also the armpits have been lined in camouflage material, one armpit has used a different shade of camouflage material than the other. A super battle worn paratrooper smock in excellent displayable condition.
An excellent example of a 1st Pattern, 1942 dated Carl Halfer produced M.40 tropical field cap. Fully maker marked, Berlin address stamped, size 55, clear date ‘1942’, constructed in the standard tropical material, twin air vents either side with slight oxidisation to both vents. Correct slightly later 1st pattern style Bevo woven tan on brown insignia set of eagle and cockade applied to the cap in the correct Carl Halfer manner being zig zag machine sewn, with its inverted V of light apple green soutache indicating this was worn by a member of a Panzer Grenadier unit.
An extremely rare field tunic of a Waffen SS Infantry Obersturmfuhrer. This is a highly interesting tunic in many aspects, not only is it constructed from the Italian material but no from the captured stocks, which the German forces took over after the change of power in Italy in 1943, but this is constructed in Italian material in Italy prior to the capitulation of the Italian forces in September 43. Most of the Waffen SS items seen constructed from the captured Italian material have herringbone interior lining, this tunic not only has correct Italian officers lining but has a tailoring feature which positively identifies it as an Italian made tunic. Standard four pocket configuration with central pleats and scalloped pocket flaps, deep turned back cuffs on the M.36 style. The collar is of the same colour as the remainder of the tunic and in a pointed style very similar to certain Italian MVSN tunics. It has had a certain amount of wear use indicated by the wear to the interior of the collar and has faded to the exposed parts of the tunic overall. The covered parts of the tunic such as the central closing flap, underneath the pocket flaps and behind the deep turned back cuffs are still in their original slightly lighter shade of grey green. The collar is surrounded by silver twisted cord. The interior lining, as previously stated, is Italian officers lining material. One interior pocket, a hole has been tailored through the lower left hand side for the addition of a sword or dagger hanger. The insignia fitted is a set of Waffen SS subdued grey outer lace with white and black underlay with one gilt rank star to each shoulder board, the boards are of the stitch-in style. The collar patches are a bullion wire woven set of SS runes surrounded by a thin run of silver lace with an Obersturmfuhrer’s rank patch opposite. Heavy bullion wire SS officers arm eagle. An Iron Cross ribbon to the second buttonhole. The tunic is of six button closure with one short vent on the reverse side. No moth damage, slight stain spotting to the interior lining to the lower inner left hand side. Three loops for a short medal ribbon bar to the upper right breast, two loops for one single award to the upper right hand pocket. To the inner side of the collar two of the original three metallic clips in place for the fitting of the replaceable inner collar. Complete with a set of German made breeches, slightly different shade colour with suede inserts to the thighs with the tailors label of ‘Scharnagl & Horr, Manheim’ named to ‘SS Unterst.Beltz’ dated ‘12th November 1943’ again in matching condition to the tunic. Regimentals first owned this tunic over 20 years ago.
A good size 56 or 57 field grey overseas cap, good body, the nap to the cloth thin to the exposed areas, the nap excellent with the areas covered by the side scallop of the cap, with its matching set of grey on black Bevo woven SS eagle and skull. To the interior the grey cotton lightweight lining with a Hannover maker and clear date of ‘1942’ with some evidence of wear use.
A good private purchase overseas cap for a panzer man, this is without the side grommet, size approximately 57, the enlisted man was probably of substance and ordered his own uniform instead of taking the depot issued items. The cap is constructed in the slightly higher quality black wool with its correct Bevo woven grey on black insignia with the inverted pink waffenfarbe to the front around the national cockade. Black lightweight cotton lining with evidence of wear use, excellent shape.
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