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In World War I, Field Marshal Foch, the Allied commander in chief, could not be found when a military conference was about to start. An officer friend said, "I think I know where he might be." Foch was found praying nearby at a bombed-out chapel. Abraham Lincoln once said, "I would be the greatest fool on earth if I did not realize that I could never satisfy the demands of the high office without the help of One who is greater and stronger than I am. General Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson and countless others in the Confederate Army were committed to personal prayer time daily .. "King David realized this truth too. Although he was a powerful king, he daily acknowledged his dependence on someone far greater and stronger than he was. Not only did King David begin each day depending on the Lord, but he waited expectantly throughout the day to see how God would work on his behalf.

When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright.
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.


WILLIAM COWPER

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WOW ! RARE WW2 HISTORICAL COLLECTIBLE ! Pair of IDENTIFIED WW2 German PANZER TANK COMMANDER BINOCULARS ID'd to "MAJOR IG "Prince" Ferdiand Schlewig -HOLSTEIN
"Hauptmann" of the STORIED 116th PANZER DIVISION "WINDUND" that service in the retreat from NORMANDY !

Here is a fantastic opportunity to own an original war-used pair of Binoculars used by hauptman and major ig and commander of the 116th Panzer Division. The case is solid but war-used condition. the Binocs work but rough from wear.. These were most likely a veteran capture brought back to the states with the original numbered brass museum tag attached, and were purchased from an estate sale in Virginia with no further provenance. A rare collectible of a rare identified piece!

Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (born 14 May 1913 in Gotha † 31 May 1989 in Schloss Glücksburg) was a German officer. He was head of the civil town of Glücksburg and since 1971 President of the German Federal soldiers Kyffhaeuser.

Friedrich Ferdinand, whose full name Ferdinand Friedrich Carl August Wilhelm Ernst Casimir Harold Nicholas Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 14 Born in May 1913. As the son of Lieutenant-General Albert Prince of Schleswig-Holstein and his wife, the Countess of Ysenburg Ortrud and Friedrich Ferdinand Budingen lived until 1918 in Gotha, in 1919 in Glücksburg Castle. He attended the North Sea Pädagogium in Wyk (1926) and the Old Grammar School in Flensburg, where he was a high school student in 1932, he enrolled at the Georg-August-University of Law.

Since 1932 in the Black Reichswehr, he came in March 1933 to live in Danzig in August 1933, Rifle Battalion of the Black Reichswehr in Celle. On 16 October 1933 he was an officer cadet in the cavalry regiment 14 in Ludwig's unit. Since 1 July 1938 Lieutenant, he was at the beginning of the Polish campaign Schwadronchef of 3 (heavy motorized) Reconnaissance Battalion 31 in Poland, France and Russia. In September 1941, he came as a captain in the general staff at the Commanding General and Commander in Serbia, the Army Battalion HQ in Belgrade and (as a squadron commander) to November 1942 Air Force reconnaissance squadron.

In February 1943 he was in Croatia first General Staff officer of the 117th Jäger Division (Wehrmacht) for general staff training in the 3rd Panzer Division used in Kharkov and the Mius. From August 1943 to February 1944 he was at the War College in Hirschberg. In February 1944, he joined the Tank Corps and served as the General Command of the Ia LXXXIV. Army Corps in Brittany, from June 1944 as Major iG at the 7th Army at the invasion front in Le Mans and in September 1944 during this time as operations officer of the 116th Panzer Division at the Western Wall. After the regimental commander training course at Bergen-Belsen (November 1944-January 1945), he became commander of the Panzer Grenadier Regiment 40 of 17 Armored Division in Silesia, the Sudetenland and until the surrender of the Wehrmacht in Upper Silesia. On 20 April 1945 promoted to colonel iG, he got there in Soviet captivity, from which he escaped in May 1945. From U.S. captivity, he was released in June 1945.

$ 570










EXTREMELY RARE WW2 Original German "HEER" 116th PANZER TANK "WINDHUND" Greyhound DIVISION Officers Hat INSIGNIA Device NORMANDY Positions ( From a BERLIN COLLECTION )

Here is a spectacular offering for sale. A very rare Panzer Division Hat Insignia of the "WINDHUND" Division on the HEER 116th Panzer Division. The 116th Division was constituted in the Rhineland and Westphalia areas of western Germany in March 1944 from the remnants of the 16th Panzergrenadier Division, and the 179th Reserve Panzer Division. The 16th had suffered heavy casualties in combat on the Eastern Front near Stalingrad, and the 179th was a second-line formation that had been on occupation duty in France since 1943.
In 1944, it participated in opposing the Normandy landings, the Battle of Normandy, and was later trapped in the Falaise Pocket. The 116th then participated in the failed "Wacht am Rhein" Operation in the Ardennes. On December 10, before the offensive, it was partly refitted, with 26 Panzer IV and 43 Panther tanks and 25 Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyers (of which 13 were combat ready). However, it was still missing much of its organic transport. Initially stalled by resistance and then poor bridges in attacks to cross the Our River at Luetzkampen and Ouren,it back-tracked to march through Belgium from Dasburg to Houffalize. The division then fought its way as the middle spearhead of the advance on the Meuse from Samree to La Roche then heavy fighting at Hotton and Verdenne where it was turned back at its furthest advance in the Ardennes. Along with the 2nd SS Panzer Division, it was responsible for holding the pocket open to allow German troops to escape. It managed to escape, although with only 600 infantry and 12 tanks intact. In October, it fought against American forces in the Battle of Aachen, with the town falling to the Americans on 21 October. It was moved to Düsseldorf for refitting. On 8 November, the division repulsed an attack from the U.S. 28th Infantry Division in the Hürtgen Forest during the larger Battle of Hürtgen Forest, recapturing the town of Schmidt, thus providing the name to the 28th of the "Bloody Bucket Division".
It later held the Allies at bay for other units to retreat, before being withdrawn over the Rhine in March. It then opposed the U.S. Ninth Army's advance across the Rhine, thus stopping the planned Allied breakthrough as well as opposing Operation Varsity's airborne landings. With 2,800 men and 10 tanks against 50,000 Allied troops and supporting tanks, the division faced the U.S. 30th, the U.S. 35th, the U.S. 84th, the 4th Canadian and the U.S. 8th Armored Divisions. On 18 April 1945, the majority of the division was forced to surrender to the U.S. Ninth Army, having been trapped in the Ruhr Pocket. Remnants of the division continued to fight in the Harz mountains until 30 April, only surrendering after all of their resources had been exhausted.

$270








 

Very Rare WW2 Battlefield Dug German 24. Panzer-Division Tactical Metal Flag Sign Riddled by Bullet Holes and Recovered Historic STALINGRAD !

Here is a fantastic artifact from Stalingrad ! The Tactical Sign is a Battle-Damaged and Battlefield recovered, bullet riddled Metal Flag used on Armored Vehicles and Tanks. The digger recovered this flag on positions occupied by the 24th "Leaping Horse" Division where the 24th was Destroyed. The 24. Panzer-Division was formed in November 1941 from 1. Kavallerie-Division in East Prussia. It was transferred to France in April 1942 and to the southern sector of the Eastern front in June 1942 where it remained until most of it was destroyed in Stalingrad. The remaining elements was sent to France and it was reformed there in March 1943. It was transferred to Italy in August following the Italian surrender. It was sent to the Eastern front in October and withdrew through the Ukraine suffering heavy losses. It fought in Hungary and Slovakia before being transferred to East Prussia and it surrendered to the Soviet Red Army at the end of the war.
$95









HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE and HISTORIC "Dug Relic" German WW2 "FALLSCHIRMJAGER" German PARATROOPER HELMET SHELL and Liner !
( Recovered TANGERMUNDE Bridge Head, Elbe )

Here is a chance to own a historic battle dug relic helmet shell Fallschirmjager that was found on the Elbe in 1997. Tangermünde was not hit by severe damage during World War II until elements of the U.S. Army closed on the city and its strategic bridge across the Elbe River on 12 April, 1945, triggering a brief but fierce battle, during which the modern (1933) combined rail and highway bridge was blown up by retreating German forces. In the closing days of the war Tangermünde was the scene of one of the last skirmishes of the war and the surrender en masse of the German 12th Army and remnants of the 9th Army to U.S. Forces. Between 4 May and 7 May, 1945, as many as 100,000 German soldiers and civilians crossed the rickety ruins of the bridge on foot until Russian forces reached the east bank of the Elbe. Since German reunification the old town has been gradually restored.


$590














Another RARE OPPORTUNITY !! OUTSTANDING HISTORIC WW2 "ARTIFACT" FROM STALINGRAD out of my personal collection !! Battlefield Excavated "Nazi GERMAN REICH" Secret CIPHER Message "ENIGMA MACHINE" Battle-Damaged Piece original "KEY" and PART of the Decoder WHEEL with NUMBERS ! Bunker Found at Gumrak Airstrip - STALINGRAD

Here is a rare chance to own a relic from my personal collection that is fantastic, historic and extremely collectible Enigma machine relic ! The German "Field" Enigma Machine Rotar Wheel Relic and KEY Piece that was battlefield excavated at a dug -out bunker site at the Gumrak Airfield in Stalingrad ! This impressive artifact is ghostly in appearance and historic as seen below in the Intelligence report. Although the German army, SS, police, and railway all used Enigma with similar procedures, it was the Luftwaffe (Air Force) that was the first and most fruitful source of Ultra intelligence during the war. The messages were decrypted in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park and turned into intelligence reports in Hut 3.The network code-named ‘Red’ at Bletchley Park was broken regularly and quickly from 22 May 1940 until the end of hostilities. Indeed, the Air Force section of Hut 3 expected the new day’s Enigma settings to have been established in Hut 6 by breakfast time. The relative ease of breaking this network’s settings was a product of plentiful cribs and frequent German operating mistakes. Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring was known to use it for trivial communications, including informing squadron commanders to make sure the pilots he was going to decorate had been properly deloused. Such messages became known as "Göring funnies" to the staff at Bletchley Park.

After the surrender of the encircled German forces in Stalingrad in early 1943 Enigma machines and documents plus signals personnel fell into Soviet hands. According to the memoirs of Admiral Golovko documents were retrieved from the sunken U-boat 639 in August 1943: ‘Submarine S-101, which sank U 639 and recovered lists of call-signs and codes which made it possible to keep track of enemy submarines throughout the Northern theatre. During the summer ’44 battles several German units were encircled and destroyed. It is safe to assume that a lot of crypto material was lost.During WWII their spy John Cairncross was able to infiltrate Bletchley Park and he gave the Soviets copies of the documents that he had access to. Some dealt with the Enigma. So it is certain that the Soviets were able to solve Enigma messages thanks to compromised material and the possibility that during the war they managed to retrieve the daily Enigma settings cryptanalytically cannot be discounted. The only way to know for sure is for the Russian government to give researchers access to the wartime files of the NKVD 5th Department. Another way is to look for information from other available sources. One such source is the report ‘Russian signal intelligence 1941-45’ by Lt Col Fritz Neeb, head of evaluation for NAAS 2 (Signal Intelligence Evaluation Center) of KONA 2 (Signals intelligence Regiment 2) assigned to Army Group Centre in the Eastern Front. According to Neeb the Soviet signals intelligence organization was as good as or better than the Germans in traffic analysis and direction finding. However it doesn’t seem like they were able to solve German Enigma traffic, at least up to late 1942.In page 17 of his report he says that during the Stalingrad battle a Soviet 5-figure message was decoded and it contained a signals intelligence report. The report showed that the German units in the area were correctly identified but there was a mistake in their numerical designation. This would imply that the information came from sources other than cryptanalysis since in German messages numbers had to be spelled out.
Despite an estimated 30,000 Enigma machines manufactured, there are currently only about 350 known to exist today, with less than half of these in private hands. Enigma machines are now a collector's item for the über geek - a standard Army Enigma has increased in value from $20K to over $200K in the past decade. A record price of $269,000 for a 3-wheel Enigma was fetched in April, 2015 at Bonhams. Here is a chance to own an affordable relic lot of this highly collectible relic !!

$ 270










WOW !! INCREDIBLE Eastern Front RELIC - RUSSIAN " Fierce Battle Damaged " HELMET that is rare to find with the winter camo paint and raked with bullet strikes ! ( Recovered Stalingrad )

Here is an incredible winter camo russian helmet that is raked with bullet strikes. More than likely a German target practice item. Shows the horror of this fierce battle. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd in southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.In November 1942, the Red Army launched Operation Uranus; a two-pronged attack, targeted at the inferior Romanian and Italian forces which were protecting the German 6th Army flanks. The success of these attacks caused the weakly held flanks to collapse and the 6th Army to be cut off and surrounded inside Stalingrad. As the Russian winter set in, the 6th Army weakened rapidly from cold, starvation and ongoing Soviet attacks. Command ambiguity coupled with Adolf Hitler's resolute belief in the "power of the will" and the value of "standing fast" further compounded the German predicament. Eventually, the failure to break the encirclement by relieving German forces, coupled with the failure of re-supply by air, caused the final collapse. By early February 1943, German resistance in Stalingrad had ceased and the remaining elements of the surrounded 6th Army had either surrendered or had been destroyed.

$98







RARE and HISTORIC" Battlefield Found US RELIC TANK and MG and Rifle ROUNDS ( TIPS ) ( Recovered Bastogne )

Here is a chance to own a historic and incredible US artifact dug up from Bastogne. These were found with a metal detector near Bastogne. A battlefield dug US Rifle Grenade and M1 Carbine Rounds! Panzer columns took the outlying villages and widely separated strongpoints in bitter fighting, and advanced to points near Bastogne within four days. The struggle for the villages and American strongpoints, plus transport confusion on the German side, slowed the attack sufficiently to allow the 101st Airborne Division (reinforced by elements from the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions) to reach Bastogne by truck on the morning of 19 December. The fierce defense of Bastogne, in which American paratroopers particularly distinguished themselves, made it impossible for the Germans to take the town with its important road junctions. The panzer columns swung past on either side, cutting off Bastogne on 20 December but failing to secure the vital crossroads. In the extreme south, Brandenberger's three infantry divisions were checked by divisions of the U.S. VIII Corps after an advance of 6.4 km (4 mi); that front was then firmly held. Only the 5th Parachute Division of Brandenberger's command was able to thrust forward 19 km (12 mi) on the inner flank to partially fulfill its assigned role. Eisenhower and his principal commanders realized by 17 December that the fighting in the Ardennes was a major offensive and not a local counterattack, and they ordered vast reinforcements to the area. Within a week 250,000 troops had been sent. General Gavin of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived on the scene first and ordered the 101st to hold Bastogne while the 82nd would take the more difficult task of facing the SS Panzer Divisions; it was also thrown into the battle north of the bulge, near Elsenborn Ridge.

6 for $35!!








RARE WW2 German WAFFEN-SS PANZER Buckle Battlefield Dug Rough but Rare ! - ( Recovered Tannenberg / Narva Battlefield )

Here is a cool SS Buckle relic excavated from the Narva Battlefield Region. The Soviet vanguard 201st and 256th Rifle Divisions attacked the Tannenberg Line and conquered part of the Lastekodumägi, the easternmost of the three hills in the area. The Anti-Tank Company, SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 24 "Danmark" returned the hill to the hands of "Narwa" the following night. The III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps repulsed subsequent Soviet attempts to conquer the hills by tanks on the following day. The SS Reconnaissance Battalion 11 and the I.Battalion, Waffen Grenadier Regiment 47 (3rd Estonian) launched a ferocious counterattack during the night before 28 July. The assault collapsed under the Soviet tank fire which destroyed the Estonian battalion. In a pitched battle carried over to the next day without a break in the fighting, the two Soviet armies forced "Narwa" into new positions at the Grenaderimägi, the central of the three hills.The climax of the Battle of Tannenberg Line was the Soviet attack of 29 July. The shock units suppressed the German resistance on the Lastekodumägi, while the Soviet main forces suffered heavy casualties in the subsequent assault at the Grenaderimägi. The Soviet tanks encircled the Grenaderimägi and the Tornimägi, the westernmost hills. At the same time, Steiner, the commander of the III SS Panzer Corps sent out the remaining seven tanks, which hit the surprised Soviet armour and forced them back. This enabled an improvised battle group consisting of different nationalities to launch a fierce counterattack led by Hauptsturmführer Paul Maitla which re-conquered the Grenaderimägi to German hands. Of the 136,830 Soviets initiating the Narva Offensive in July, a few thousand had survived. The Soviet tank regiments had been demolished.With swift reinforcements, the two Soviet armies continued their attacks. The Stavka demanded the destruction of "Narwa" and the capture of Rakvere by 7 August. The 2nd Shock Army was back to 20,000 troops by 2 August while numerous attempts using unchanged tactics failed to break the multinational defence of "Narwa". Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front terminated the Soviet offensive on 10 August.

$ 65






JUST ARRIVED - THE ULTIMATE WWII WEAPON ! - Eastern Front WWII BATTLEFIELD German PANZERFAUST/ FAUSTPATRONE-KLEIN 30" CONE ANTI-TANK Rocket WEAPON RELIC ( Recovered Kurland Pocket ) SIMPLY AWESOME ! Still retains ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS label and Camo Paint !

Here is a rare and completely inert and hollow hard to find German early model WWII Anti-Tank Rocket cone that was discarded near Kurland. The Panzerfaust still retains a piece of instructions and the snow camo paint.. This Faustpatrone early version with pointed tip anti-tank weapon cone. You can truly feel the history when holding this weapon relic. The Panzerfaust was a WWII German short-range antitank weapon designed for infantry use. The Panzerfaust consisted of a rocket-propelled, hollow-charge warhead fired from a disposable tube launcher. The Panzerfaust could penetrate up to 200-mm of armor which was sufficient to defeat all the major Allied tanks. The simple, cheap Panzerfaust was manufactured in large quantities until the end of WWII and gave the infantry a useful anti-tank capability. Faustpatrone: The first model with small pointed warhead. Production continued after the introduction of later Panzerfaust versions. Also known as Faustpatrone 1, Faustpatrone klein, Gretchen, and Panzerfaust 30 klein.

$ 390










WOW !!! Fantastic Relic "Blown Apart" BATTLE-DAMAGED SECTION - TANK MUZZLE BARREL ! ( Recovered Historic Battlefield STALINGRAD )

Here is a spectacular find ! A Battle Damaged portion of the Muzzle Brake most likely to a Russian SU-76. Here is a rare opportunity to own a battle damaged Tank Muzzle from Stalingrad ! The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe.
Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians by air raids, it is often regarded as one of the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.7–2 million wounded, killed or captured) battles in the history of warfare.German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to replace their losses.
The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in August 1942, using the German 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. The fighting degenerated into house-to-house fighting, and both sides poured reinforcements into the city. By mid-November 1942, the Germans had pushed the Soviet defenders back at great cost into narrow zones along the west bank of the Volga River.
On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched Operation Uranus, a two-pronged attack targeting the weaker Romanian and Hungarian armies protecting the German 6th Army's flanks.The Axis forces on the flanks were overrun and the 6th Army was cut off and surrounded in the Stalingrad area. Adolf Hitler ordered that the army stay in Stalingrad and make no attempt to break out; instead, attempts were made to supply the army by air and to break the encirclement from the outside. Heavy fighting continued for another two months. By the beginning of February 1943, the Axis forces in Stalingrad had exhausted their ammunition and food. The remaining units of the 6th Army surrendered.The battle lasted five months, one week, and three days.

$ 650









Another OUTSTANDING HISTORIC WW2 "ARTIFACT" FROM STALINGRAD out of my personal collection !! Battlefield Excavated "Nazi GERMAN REICH" Secret Message "ENIGMA MACHINE" Battle-Damaged ROTOR WHEEL Piece" with serial number still visible along with A PART of the ALPHABET Decoder Letters still inatct ! Bunker Found at Gumrak Airstrip - STALINGRAD

Here is a relic from my personal collection that is fantastic, historic and extremely collectible! The German "Field" Enigma Machine Rotar Wheel Relic that was battlefield excavated at a dug -out bunker site at the Gumrak Airfield in Stalingrad ! This impressive artifact is ghostly in appearance and historic as seen below in the Intelligence report. Although the German army, SS, police, and railway all used Enigma with similar procedures, it was the Luftwaffe (Air Force) that was the first and most fruitful source of Ultra intelligence during the war. The messages were decrypted in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park and turned into intelligence reports in Hut 3.The network code-named ‘Red’ at Bletchley Park was broken regularly and quickly from 22 May 1940 until the end of hostilities. Indeed, the Air Force section of Hut 3 expected the new day’s Enigma settings to have been established in Hut 6 by breakfast time. The relative ease of breaking this network’s settings was a product of plentiful cribs and frequent German operating mistakes. Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring was known to use it for trivial communications, including informing squadron commanders to make sure the pilots he was going to decorate had been properly deloused. Such messages became known as "Göring funnies" to the staff at Bletchley Park.

After the surrender of the encircled German forces in Stalingrad in early 1943 Enigma machines and documents plus signals personnel fell into Soviet hands. According to the memoirs of Admiral Golovko documents were retrieved from the sunken U-boat 639 in August 1943: ‘Submarine S-101, which sank U 639 and recovered lists of call-signs and codes which made it possible to keep track of enemy submarines throughout the Northern theatre. During the summer ’44 battles several German units were encircled and destroyed. It is safe to assume that a lot of crypto material was lost.During WWII their spy John Cairncross was able to infiltrate Bletchley Park and he gave the Soviets copies of the documents that he had access to. Some dealt with the Enigma. So it is certain that the Soviets were able to solve Enigma messages thanks to compromised material and the possibility that during the war they managed to retrieve the daily Enigma settings cryptanalytically cannot be discounted. The only way to know for sure is for the Russian government to give researchers access to the wartime files of the NKVD 5th Department. Another way is to look for information from other available sources. One such source is the report ‘Russian signal intelligence 1941-45’ by Lt Col Fritz Neeb, head of evaluation for NAAS 2 (Signal Intelligence Evaluation Center) of KONA 2 (Signals intelligence Regiment 2) assigned to Army Group Centre in the Eastern Front. According to Neeb the Soviet signals intelligence organization was as good as or better than the Germans in traffic analysis and direction finding. However it doesn’t seem like they were able to solve German Enigma traffic, at least up to late 1942.In page 17 of his report he says that during the Stalingrad battle a Soviet 5-figure message was decoded and it contained a signals intelligence report. The report showed that the German units in the area were correctly identified but there was a mistake in their numerical designation. This would imply that the information came from sources other than cryptanalysis since in German messages numbers had to be spelled out.
Despite an estimated 30,000 Enigma machines manufactured, there are currently only about 350 known to exist today, with less than half of these in private hands. Enigma machines are now a collector's item for the über geek - a standard Army Enigma has increased in value from $20K to over $200K in the past decade. A record price of $269,000 for a 3-wheel Enigma was fetched in April, 2015 at Bonhams. Here is a chance to own an affordable relic lot of this highly collectible relic !!

$ 570











Pair of WW2 "Battlefield Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "RARE "BRONZE" AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
( Dug Surrender Site of "ARMY GROUP NORTH")

Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number were issued. A Battlefield Dug pair of Bronze GRADE AWARD from my personal collection, that are beautiful complete with the crossbar and maker marked.Selling them seperately. Just let me know which one you prefer. In the middle of October 1944, about 500,000 soldiers -- 32 German divisions and the 20,000 men of the Latvian Nineteenth Division of the Waffen–SS -- were cut off from the rest of the German army and encircled. To the east and the south was the Soviet army, to the north and the west -- the Baltic Sea. The Latvians called it Kurzemes katls, the Kurland kettle; the Germans called it Festung Kurland, Fortress Kurland. For the Nineteenth Division Kurland was truly the last stand. They took part in six major battles between October 12, 1944, and April 3, 1945. Together with the German army units they on the whole held the front line, keeping the Bolsheviks out of Kurland, until May 8, 1945, when Germany capitulated. These soldiers remained undefeated until the final moments of the war, im Felde unbesiegt, as the Germans say. In one of the last battles, Captain Miervaldis Adamsons' company in a single 24-hour period repelled seven attacks by the Russians, and after the battle the bodies of 400 fallen Soviet soldiers could be counted in front of the Latvians' unconquered positions. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. Soviet documents show that Stalin threw division after division into the Kurland inferno, disregarding the appallingly high losses. According to German estimates , the Soviet army lost 320,000 soldiers -- including those fallen, wounded, and taken prisoner -- and 2388 tanks, 659 planes, 900 cannons, and 1440 machine-guns

The award was bestowed in three classes:
• For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
• For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
• For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.

In order to receive this distinguished decoration, all battles and their dates had to be officially documented by the battle commander, verified by the general in charge and authenticated by several divisions of the war department. It was possible that more than one close combat battle per day was fought and therefore recorded as a separate entity.An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 battles. The highest number of battles in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele. The Gold Close Combat Clasp was often regarded in higher esteem than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the German infantry. Of the roughly 18–20 million soldiers of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 36,400 received the Bronze Class, 9,500 the Silver Class and only " 631 the Gold Class !

$140 EACH !!







GREATWAR RELICS is Proud to Present THE LONG-AWAITED WW2 RELIC BOOK is finished ! "DIE OSTFRONT" WW2 RELICS in full color HARD-BOUND BOOK by Russ Arendell. Every WW2 Collector should want to make this Important work on WW2 Eastern Front Relics part of their Reference Library and Just in Time for Christmas !

The hard-back relic book "Die Ostfront" is finished and would make a wonderful Christmas gift ! The book is in full color, 400 pages of Italian, Romanian, German, Slovakian, Russian and Hungarian relics of the Eastern Front. Letters, weapons, battle-ground photos, personal items, food items, helmets, some cloth, medals, equipment, etc. will be pictured in full color. This is an unusual book and I believe will achieve instant collector status as it will be printed in relatively small numbers. Under 100 books certainly. This is not a book on pristine items. These are items that have been located in former fighting positions in Russia (Stalingrad, Kurland, Narva, Leningrad, etc.), Poland and in front of Berlin.Contact at arditidagger@outlook.com if you want to save and preorder this most unusual and collectible book. "Arditi Books" has published a number of books on Italian, German, Japanese militaria, Italian firearms and toy soldiers. They have all been well received and copies reside in many serious collections. Authors from the US, Italy, Germany, Australia and other nation's have contributed to Arditi Books in items and information.Prepay for the book is $95.00 (if you want it cheaper)...needs to arrive to me before Thanksgiving Day. The base price of the book is $100.00 and $15.00 shipping for a total of $115.00 within the US if you do not prepay. I will cover the $15.00 shipping within the US and will cover another $5.00 on the cover price for a total of $20.00 savings if one prepays before I send it to the printers. The book will be ready for Christmas presents before December 25th. More shipping for overseas. Please contact my friend Russ directly for orders at arditidagger@outlook.com

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HISTORIC GERMAN WWII 12th SS Buckle Damaged - BATTLE OF THE BULGE - ( Recovered 12th SS Positions ! )

Here is a RARE German SS Buckle that were excavated in the early 90's north of Losheimergraten near Rocherath where the 12th SS fought the 393rd regiment of US 99th Division. Incredible historic western front relics dont let them get away ! German 12th Infantry Division, later known as the 12th Volksgrenadier Division, was a German military unit that fought during World War II The division was formed in 1934 under the cover name of Infanterieführer II, and did not assume its bona-fide designation until the creation of the Wehrmacht was announced in October 1935. Initially, the division included Infantry Regiment 27, formed in Rostock and Infantry Regiment 48, created from the 5th (East Prussian) Regiment of the former The Battle of the Bulge (also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Von Rundstedt Offensive) (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive (die Ardennenoffensive), launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, hence its French name (Bataille des Ardennes), and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The Wehrmacht's code name for the offensive was Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine"), after the German patriotic hymn Die Wacht am Rhein. This German offensive was officially named the Ardennes-Alsace campaign by the U.S. Army but it is known to the English-speaking general public simply as the Battle of the Bulge, the "bulge" being the initial incursion the Germans put into the Allies' line of advance, as seen in maps presented in contemporary newspapers.The German offensive was supported by several subordinate operations known as Unternehmen Bodenplatte, Greif, and Währung. Germany's goal for these operations was to split the British and American Allied line in half, capturing Antwerp and then proceed to encircle and destroy four Allied armies, forcing the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis Powers' favour. Once accomplished, Hitler could fully concentrate on the eastern theatre of war.The offensive was planned with the utmost secrecy, minimizing radio traffic and moving troops and equipment under cover of darkness. Although Ultra suggested a possible attack and the Third U.S. Army's intelligence staff predicted a major German offensive, the Allies were still caught by surprise. This was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with their own offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance Near-complete surprise against a weakly defended section of the Allied line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces. Fierce resistance, particularly around the key town of Bastogne, and terrain favouring the defenders threw the German timetable behind schedule. Allied reinforcements, including General George S. Pattons Third Army, and improving weather conditions, which permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, sealed the failure of the offensive.In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment as survivors retreated to the defenses of the Siegfried Line. For the Americans, with about 840,000 men committed and some 89,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle that they fought in World War II.

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RARE "Battlefield-Dug" German WW2 "BRONZE CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Award RELIC" Maker Marked with pin still intact ! ( Recovered Battle of Berlin )

Here is a great relic find ! A Battlefield Dug German Close Combat Badge from Battle of Berlin that was dug near the Templehof airport ! The forces available to General Weidling for the city's defence included roughly 45,000 soldiers in several severely depleted German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) and Armed SS (Waffen-SS) divisions. These divisions were supplemented by the police force, boys in the compulsory Hitler Youth, and the Volkssturm. Many of the 40,000 elderly men of theVolkssturm had been in the army as young men and some were veterans of World War I. Hitler appointed SS Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke the Battle Commander for the central government district that included the Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker. He had over 2,000 men under his command. Weidling organised the defences into eight sectors designated 'A' through to 'H' each one commanded by a colonel or a general, but most had no combat experience.To the west of the city was the 20th Infantry Division. To the north of the city was the 9th Parachute Division. To the north-east of the city was the Panzer Division Müncheberg. To the south-east of the city and to the east of Tempelhof Airport was the 11th SS Panzergrenadier Division Nordland. The reserve, 18th Panzergrenadier Division, was in Berlin's central district.

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HISTORICAL LOT of WW2 US Battlefield "FOX-HOLE" Recovered WEAPON ITEMS - German MG-42 Links, Bullet Tips and a Grenade Fuse ( Recovered Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge )

Here is a chance to own a historic and incredible artifact collection worthy of a museum collection dug from Bastogne. A strand of dug German MG Rounds links, a lot of bullet tips and a Grenade Fuse ! Perfect for shadow box displays! These were found with a metal detector near Bastogne. Panzer columns took the outlying villages and widely separated strongpoints in bitter fighting, and advanced to points near Bastogne within four days. The struggle for the villages and American strongpoints, plus transport confusion on the German side, slowed the attack sufficiently to allow the 101st Airborne Division (reinforced by elements from the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions) to reach Bastogne by truck on the morning of 19 December. The fierce defense of Bastogne, in which American paratroopers particularly distinguished themselves, made it impossible for the Germans to take the town with its important road junctions. The panzer columns swung past on either side, cutting off Bastogne on 20 December but failing to secure the vital crossroads. In the extreme south, Brandenberger's three infantry divisions were checked by divisions of the U.S. VIII Corps after an advance of 6.4 km (4 mi); that front was then firmly held. Only the 5th Parachute Division of Brandenberger's command was able to thrust forward 19 km (12 mi) on the inner flank to partially fulfill its assigned role. Eisenhower and his principal commanders realized by 17 December that the fighting in the Ardennes was a major offensive and not a local counterattack, and they ordered vast reinforcements to the area. Within a week 250,000 troops had been sent. General Gavin of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived on the scene first and ordered the 101st to hold Bastogne while the 82nd would take the more difficult task of facing the SS Panzer Divisions; it was also thrown into the battle north of the bulge, near Elsenborn Ridge.

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OUTSTANDING MUSEUM WORTHY and High End Collectible WW2 "ARTIFACT" FROM KEL Peninsula POLAND Battlefield Excavated Relic GERMAN "ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE" ROTOR !! ( Recovered Historic Hel Peninsula, Baltic Coast POLAND )

Here is a relic from my personal collection that is fantastic, historic and extremely collectible that I am sure I will regret parting with. A rotor from an extremely rare and desireable WW2 Nazi German rotor enigma machine ! Hitler had ordered these secret machines destroyed to prevent capture and this one clearly appears to have been struck on one side the butt of a German mauser while destroying the machine before surrender ! The German "Field" Enigma Cipher Machine Rotor was battlefield excavated at a dug -out bunker site on the Hel Peninsula ! This impressive artifact is ghostly in appearance and historic in knowing that this rotor turned to produced top secrets of the reich !

Hel was the target of Luftwaffe air attacks from the first day of the invasion (1 September). The German army forced Polish units of Armia Pomorze to retreat from the Danzig Corridor in the first week of September, and began the assault on the Polish forces in Hel on 9 September. After Armia Pomorze was defeated in the Battle of Tuchola Forest, and other Polish strongholds on the coast capitulated (Battle of Westerplatte, Battle of Gdynia and Battle of Kepa Oksywska), from 20 September onward Hel was the only viable pocket of Polish resistance in northern Poland.
Hel defenders damaged a German destroyer on 3 September. Several Polish light minelayers laid a minefield near Hel in the night of the 12th and 13 September. After some of the Polish ships were sunk by the Luftwaffe on the following day, and due to German control of the Baltic Sea, the remaining Polish naval units docked at Hel port and their crews joined the ground forces. The ships' armaments were stripped and converted into additional land gun emplacements. German naval units, including old battleships Schleswig-Holstein and Schlesien, shelled the Hel peninsula from 18 September, but with little effect. Schleswig-Holstein was lightly damaged by Polish coastal batteries on 25 September. Hel anti-aircraft batteries proved to be extremely efficient, shooting down between 46 and 53 German aircraft during the battle.
By 14 September Polish forces on the Hel peninsula were cut off from the mainland. After initially being stalled by Polish defences, the Germans brought land artillery batteries and an armored train battery to support their barrage. German forces slowly advanced, although they were still facing significant resistance and counterattacks. On 25 September, after Germans took the village of Chalupy (today part of the town of Wladyslawowo ), Polish military engineers detonated a number of torpedo warheads in the narrowest part of the peninsula, and for a time separated the peninsula from the mainland, transforming it into an island. On 1 October, the commander of the Polish Navy, counter-admiral Józef Unrug, taking into consideration that the outpost was running out of supplies and that no relief force would be coming, gave the orders to capitulate. The Germans occupied the peninsula by 2 October. After the capitulation of Hel, the only organized Polish resistance eventually capitulated at the end of the Battle.

The German army, SS, police, and railway all used Enigma with similar procedures, it was the Luftwaffe (Air Force) that was the first and most fruitful source of Ultra intelligence during the war. The messages were decrypted in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park and turned into intelligence reports in Hut 3.The network code-named ‘Red’ at Bletchley Park was broken regularly and quickly from 22 May 1940 until the end of hostilities. Indeed, the Air Force section of Hut 3 expected the new day’s Enigma settings to have been established in Hut 6 by breakfast time. The relative ease of breaking this network’s settings was a product of plentiful cribs and frequent German operating mistakes.Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring was known to use it for trivial communications, including informing squadron commanders to make sure the pilots he was going to decorate had been properly deloused. Such messages became known as "Göring funnies" to the staff at Bletchley Park.

After the surrender of the encircled German forces in Stalingrad in early 1943 Enigma machines and documents plus signals personnel fell into Soviet hands. According to the memoirs of Admiral Golovko documents were retrieved from the sunken U-boat 639 in August 1943: ‘Submarine S-101, which sank U 639 and recovered lists of call-signs and codes which made it possible to keep track of enemy submarines throughout the Northern theatre. During the summer ’44 battles several German units were encircled and destroyed. It is safe to assume that a lot of crypto material was lost.During WWII their spy John Cairncross was able to infiltrate Bletchley Park and he gave the Soviets copies of the documents that he had access to. Some dealt with the Enigma. So it is certain that the Soviets were able to solve Enigma messages thanks to compromised material and the possibility that during the war they managed to retrieve the daily Enigma settings cryptanalytically cannot be discounted. The only way to know for sure is for the Russian government to give researchers access to the wartime files of the NKVD 5th Department. Another way is to look for information from other available sources. One such source is the report ‘Russian signal intelligence 1941-45’ by Lt Col Fritz Neeb, head of evaluation for NAAS 2 (Signal Intelligence Evaluation Center) of KONA 2 (Signals intelligence Regiment 2) assigned to Army Group Centre in the Eastern Front. According to Neeb the Soviet signals intelligence organization was as good as or better than the Germans in traffic analysis and direction finding. However it doesn’t seem like they were able to solve German Enigma traffic, at least up to late 1942.In page 17 of his report he says that during the Stalingrad battle a Soviet 5-figure message was decoded and it contained a signals intelligence report. The report showed that the German units in the area were correctly identified but there was a mistake in their numerical designation. This would imply that the information came from sources other than cryptanalysis since in German messages numbers had to be spelled out.
Despite an estimated 30,000 Enigma machines manufactured, there are currently only about 350 known to exist today, with less than half of these in private hands. Enigma machines are now a collector's item for the über geek - a standard Army Enigma has increased in value from $20K to over $200K in the past decade. A record price of $269,000 for a 3-wheel Enigma was fetched in April, 2015 at Bonhams. I have seen other Rotors in nice condition priced 4K Plus.. Here is an affordable rotor of a battlefield recovered example.

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