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IMPORTED AUTHENTIC WWII BATTLEFIELD
RECOVERED RELICS FROM EUROPE Terms
When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
EXTREMELY RARE German WW2 "SPANGE" CLASP for the IRON CROSS AWARD for Veterans who recieved the WW1 AWARD !
Here is a very rare award relic that was found at Kurland Pocket ! The device has the hooks on the reverse broken off but the face is in beautiful condition for being battlefield dug ! The Clasp to the Iron Cross (Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz) was a metal medal clasp displayed on the uniforms of GermanWehrmacht personnel who had been awarded the Iron Cross in World War I. A holder of the 1914 Iron Cross could be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. To permit the two medals to be worn together, a "1939 Clasp" (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. It depicted a national eagle clutching an oak leaf wreath surrounding a swastika above a trapezoid bearing the year 1939. It was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon through a tunic button. A similar award had been made in 1914 but was quite rare, since there were few in service at that time who held the even earlier 1870 Iron Cross.For the First Class award, the larger but identical clasp, was pinned directly on the upper breast pocket above the Iron Cross 1st class (1914) of the wearer. This pin-back clasp was usually awarded in a presentation case.
EXTREMELY RARE WW2 German Battlefield
Dug Relic PANZER TANK Platoon COMMANDER " HEAD-PHONES "
Communications Head-Set ! ( Recovered Stalingrad Battlefield )
VERY ROUGH but RARE to FIND "Battlefield" Dug RELIC WW2 Nazi German SA /or SS Officer Dagger and Scabbard Metal Pieces ! ( Recovered Historic Kurland Pocket ! )
Here is an affordable piece of history
that was ground dug at Kurland.Pieces of a Rare relic German Officers
Dagger and Scabbard Pieces.
$ 59 for all pieces !!
RARE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ! Ground Dug RELIC German WAFFEN-SS EM BUCKLE - ( Recovered Kiev )
Here is a great relic rough but rare condition
German Waffen SS Buckle in ground dug condition with still alot of
detail recovered in the Kiev area. The Battle of Kiev was the German
name for the operation that resulted in a very large encirclement
of Soviet troops in the vicinity of Kiev during World War II. It is
considered the largest encirclement of troops in history. The operation
ran from 23 August-26 September 1941 as part of Operation Barbarossa.
In Soviet military history it is referred to as the Kiev Defensive
Operation with somewhat different dating of 7 July-26 September 1941.Nearly
the entire Southwestern Front of the Red Army was encircled with the
Germans claiming 665,000 captured. However, the Kiev encirclement
was not complete, and small groups of Red Army troops managed to escape
the cauldron days after the German pincers met east of the city, including
head quarters of Marshall Semyon Budyonny Marshall Semyon Timoshenko
and Commissar Nikita Khrushchev. The commander of the Southwestern
Front was trapped behind enemy lines and killed while trying to break
through. The Kiev disaster was an unprecedented defeat for the Red
Army, exceeding even the Minsk tragedy of June–July 1941. On
1 September, the Southwestern Front numbered 752-760,000 troops (850,000
including reserves and rear service organs), 3,923 guns & mortars,
114 tanks and 167 combat aircraft. The encirclement trapped 452,700
troops, 2,642 guns & mortars and 64 tanks, of which scarcely 15,000
escaped from the encirclement by 2 October. Overall, the Southwestern
Front suffered 700,544 casualties, including 616,304 killed, captured,
or missing during the month-long Battle for Kiev. As a result, four
Soviet field armies (5th, 37th, 26th, and 21st) consisting of 43 divisions
virtually ceased to exist. The 40th Army was badly affected as well.
Like the Western Front before it, the Southwestern Front had to be
recreated almost from scratch.
RARE and HISTORIC ! WW2 Battlefield
Dug GERMAN "HJ" HITLER YOUTH Knife WITH Original Enamel
HJ Diamond Insignia Insert !
Here is a fantastic and rarely dug find ! An original German WW2 Hitler Youth Knife that still retains the original HJ Enamel Insert Insignia Diamond that was Battlefield dug/found Seelow Heights. Missing the Diamond Insignia possibly de-nazified. The Battle of the Seelow Heights (German: Schlacht um die Seelower Höhen) was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945), one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army,commanded by GeneralTheodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula. This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights were where the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
RARE WW2 "Battlefield Dug" German "WEHRMACHT" RELIC "DKW" MOTORCYCLE Ignition KEY ! ( Recovered Historic STALINGRAD )
Here is a highly collectible original battlefield
dug German WW2 Motorcycle Key from Stalingrad ! On June 22, 1941 Germany
launched its Operation Barbarossa, the 3-million-man invasion of the
Soviet Union. During the campaigns that followed they served a variety
of functions including chauffeur service for officers, delivering
dispatches, even hot meals, as scouting patrols, as point vehicles
taking the brunt of battle, sometimes as specially equipped tank destroyers.
As with all motorcyclists, there was a kinship among these soldiers
who called themselves "kradmelder." They rode exposed without
the armor plating of the Panzers, without the safety of hundreds of
foot soldiers beside them. Moving targets as it were. Sniper magnets.
And then there were mine fields, artillery fire, and strafing aircraft
to contend with.
RARE Battlefield RELIC Find ! WW2
German MG-42 Machine Gun AMMUNITION ROUNDS STRAND Linkage !
COOL DUG RELIC ! German WW2 "FLAK" Assault AWARD BADGE RELIC that was Battlefield Excavated at the Surrender Site of Army Group North - KURLAND POCKET !
Here is a nice affordable example of a rare WW2 German Flak assault award badge recovered from Kurland.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
Here is a nice affordable example of a
rare WW2 German "silver grade issue general assault award with
a pip and insignia piece recovered from Kurland.
$ 75 for little lot
Ok here is a recent dig from Kurland that I may regret selling very soon. I have handled many of these over they years and have sold and currently own a beautiful silver example. If this is a bronze award it is the lightest example I have ever seen, and it appears in my opinion to be the extremely rare gold wash when in sunlight, which would make it priceless ! I believe this is possibly gold example and its a shame it is not complete but battle damaged proves it was actually awarded and not a hideaway cache. All these factors make it hard to price so being safe and pricing it only $50 above what I would a bronze badge in same condition. The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand-to-hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.
The award was bestowed in three classes:
EXTREMELY RARE WW2 "Battlefield
Dug" RELIC German Waffen Marked SS TOTENKOPF SS-TV "Deathshead"
K-98 MAUSER Cartridge Shell Casings Dug at Karelia ! ( 4 sold prior
to listing so don't miss out !! )
$79 each !
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RARE "Battlefield Dug"
WW2 GERMAN WAFFEN-SS Broken DOG TAG ID ! ( Recovered Kurland Battlefield
RARE "Battlefield Dug"
Battle-Damaged" RELIC US "DOG-TAG" - ( Recovered NORMANDY
Sainte-Mere-Eglise ! )
RARE AND HISTORIC ! WW2 Battlefield
Dug RELIC US 30th Division M1 Fixed Bale HELMET "Battle Damaged"
Here is a historic US archeology artifact. A Battlefield Dug US 30th Division M1 Helmet that was recovered St.Lo France. These are getting very difficult to get anymore and every collection should have a battlefield dug example ! The 30th Division was committed to its baptism of fire on 15 June 1944, in a sector previously occupied by the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, with its first headquarters being established at a point just one mile south of Isigny, after leaving Omaha Beach. A few small communities were liberated, the Vire et Taute Canal crossed, and the first town, St. Jean-de-Daye, was liberated on 7 July. The Battle for St. LO had begun seriously on 3 July, continuing on for the next few days with fierce hedgerow fighting. In preparation for this great decisive battle, the 30th Infantry Division was assigned the formidable task of taking the high ground, a ridge, just to the west of St. LO.This was accomplished by 20 July, and thus denied the Germans of their prime observation positions overlooking St. LO, which had been the major deterrent for the 29th Division to enter and liberate the City of St. LO.With St. LO liberated and in the hands of the 29th Infantry Division, the next major task for the 30th Infantry Division was to create a major breach in the German defensive line, running parallel to the St. LO - Periers highway. This was called "Operation Cobra". Reorganization had taken place during the short lull in the battle while pre-paring for Operation Cobra which included filling the ranks with new replacements, caused by the many casualties endured in the past month. Each individual and unit was re-supplied with additional equipment and ammunition, in anticipation of the expansion after the planned breakthrough.
RARE WW2 US NAVY "Artwork
Painted "Battle-Damaged" DUKW "DUCK" AMPHIBIOUS
Landing Craft FRONT SECTION !
Impressive ! Original Nose Section from a Damaged DUKW " Duck" Amphibious Land Craft from WWII ! Fantastic the Large Section looks great on display in my bookcase with the original Painted Artwork of a Man riding Lightning Bolts and what appears to be holding Torpedos !! Also a great research piece being a veterans war souvenir, I am unsure which craft this was from. The DUKW (colloquially known as Duck) is a six-wheel drive amphibious modification of the 2½ ton CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military in World War II. Designed by a partnership under military auspices of Sparkman & Stephens and General Motors Corporation (GMC), the DUKW was used for the transportation of goods and troops over land and water. Excelling at approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious warfare attacks, it was intended only to last long enough to meet the demands of combat. The DUKW was supplied to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Allied forces. 2,000 were supplied to Britain under the Lend-Leaseprogram and 535 were acquired by Australian forces. 586 were supplied to the Soviet Union, which built its own version, the BAV 485, after the war. DUKWs were initially sent to Guadalcanal in the Pacific Theater, but were used by an invasion force for the first time in the European theater, during the Sicilian invasion, Operation Husky, in the Mediterranean. They were used on the D-Day beaches of Normandy and in the Battle of the Scheldt, Operation Veritable and Operation Plunder. Amphibious beachheads were thought to be highly vulnerable to early counterattack as the landing units would deplete their ammunition and the supply system would not yet be established. The principal use was to ferry supplies from ship to shore, and tasks such as transporting wounded combatants to hospital ships or operations in flooded (polder) landscape.
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.
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
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Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "EXTREMELY RARE
"SILVER AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number of Gold and Silver were issued. A Battlefield Dug SILVER GRADE AWARD from my personal collection, that is beautiful complete with the crossbar and maker marked. 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:
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 !
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