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Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword

Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Front side
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Back side
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Maker's mark
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Numerals on lip
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword (Item LUFT 20-1)

DESCRIPTION: The nickle silver model (early carbon steel) blade which is 37" long in its scabbard. I have always thought these the most handsome of the Third Reich edged weapons because with its distinctive Sonnenrad (sun-wheel) motif in the top of the grip (pommel) and its swept wing cross guard, it looks vaguely like the teutonic swords of antiquity...like Siegfried's sword "Nothung" in Richard Wagner's immortal "Ring des Nibelungenlied." This sword does not look tohae been cleaned since the war. The mounts have turned quite dark throughout and some of you like the uncleaned look. On one side of the pommel the gold wash is clearly visible while on the front side, where the owner's hand would fondle it, the gilting is gone. The grip shows much usage, but is all there and with a ding or two, but it is holding up well. The leather on the scabbard is 99%. The logo of the manufacturer is E & F Horster, Solingen. The blade is fine with no blemishes, on the lip of the scabbard are the stamped numberals 151. The leather has all of its original grain. The sword is missing its original crescent leather hanger, but the sword would rate Exceptional Plus! They are becoming quite rare, gentlemen!

PRICE: $1,895.00


Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword

Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
The hanger
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Bright blade
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Horster logo
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword (LUFT 20-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an extra fine example of the Luftwaffe (German Air Corps) sword. I've said it before (above), but this is my personal favorite of the edged weapons of the Third Reich with its teutonic look. This one is 38 1/4" long in its scabbard and it is in extra fine condition. It was produced by E & F Horster in Solingen. Its leather covered grip in in beautiful condition with no dings, scratches, etc. Some of the original gilting is evident on the prommel and cross guard, more so on the back that the front. Its crescent shape leather hanger is intact. The blade is as bright as the day issued. The scabbard leather is practially perfect. Nickle silver early models like this just don't hardly show up anymore. This is a top notch specimen. It would be almost impossible to find a better one.

PRICE: $1,995.00

 


Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword

Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Hanger
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Horster logo
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Bright blade
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword
Luftwaffe Officer's Sword (LUFT 20-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is another speciment that has not been cleaned since the Second World War. It has all the dark patina except for one area in the scabbard throat where someone tried to polish it. This sword is 37" long in its scabbard and was manufactured by E & F Horster, Solingen. They made most of the luftwaffe words and as a result, the best! Many collectors prefer to have the uncleaned finish wrought by age, but the preference of others...a bit of elbow grease and this one can shine again. The leather covered grip has a few small dings and one small (really small) separation under the wire warp. The back side of the Sonnenrad pommel shows some of the original gilting. That is the side that does not get fondled by the Luftwaffe Officer as he wears it. The blade is extra nice with no sharpening dings or abrasions. The scabbard has a few very minor scuffed parts...honestly does not detract at all. The sword would be an extra fine example worthy of the finest collection. These are getting very rare to find today.

PRICE: $1.850.00

 

Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set

Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Mark on dagger
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Mark on sword
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Note intact belt hanger
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Advertisement in WWII
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set
Luftwaffe Dagger & Sword Set

A Luftwaffe Set Dagger and Sword Both Personalized to an Elite Squadron (Item LUFT 20-4)

DESCRIPTION: A while back we became interested in personalized Luftwaffe daggers and swords due to seeing some and learning about them while reading Thomas Wittman’s book “Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Luftwaffe."  We realized that Solingen turned out many thousands of these great looking 1st model daggers and swords. They are not considered the rarest of the edged weapons of the Reich but it occurred to us that the scarcest of these pieces were the personalized examples with the name of the flyer or his Jagstaffel unit and this was invariably custom applied by a craftsman commissioned by the airman himself -- these pilots were justifiably proud of their participation in Germany’s superb air arm. Had it not been for the widening of the war with supply superiority on the part of the allies, the Lufftwaffe pilots and air crews would surely have won the day and probably the war. The German pilots had no equal when the facts are gathered. This dagger was once the property of a pilot of the famed Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG-52) of the 32nd fighter wing; this group was easily the Experten as they were called. Of the JG 52, there were the many of the greatest of the young eagles that were top scoring aces: Erich Hartmann (352) Aerial Victories, Gehard Barkhorn (301) Aerial Victories, Gunther Rall (275) Aerial victories, won the swords and diamonds to the Knights Cross (the renowned Graf and Hartmann won the highest awards Germany had to offer). The swords and diamonds, the Staffel, was home to pilots of other European fighter arms. The Slovak attachment scored 215 aerial kills and certain foreign pilots who formed an air attachment claimed well over 100 kills in over 5,000 missions on the Eastern front. The unit always sought to fight the good fight especially against the Russian Communists and this was when and where most of the JG-52 Victories were achieved.

So we were pleasantly surprised when we were able to purchase first the dagger the (1st mod. Luftwaffe) but then the veteran took it back from consignment and we marked it sold.  He first wanted to sell it and keep the sword that went with it. Then he decided to let both of them go and at this point we were absolutely elated to find out that both the dagger and sword belonged to the same Luftwaffe officer of the Jagdgeschwader  J6-52 and both bear the logo of that illustrious fighter arm. The logos are deeply engraved (it is so deep an engraving job that it actually looks carved). The logo features the fliegende Schwert (“The flying sword”) -- this is the image of a Teutonic sword that has a winged look with side extensions above its cross guard.  As we have shown, the J6-52 was often called ‘the Squadron of the Aces’ and their logo indicates their supreme prowess at doing what they did best.  No other fighter group ever came close to matching the staggering total of about 9,000 enemy aircraft shot down in aerial combat. The dagger and sword otherwise are the standard aluminum fitted 1st Model Luftwaffe side arms for dress occasions. The condition is extremely fine except for a small ding and slash in the scabbards ‘These were worn!’ The grips on both are just about perfect, the gold insignia (swastikas) are still there but faded slightly (again, these were worn). The blades are excellent (near mint!) some would call it mint but we are extra cautious with the word. The Dagger is 19 inches long in its scabbard and is of Eickhorn manufacture in Solingen. The sword is by SMF also in Solingen. All in all, both of these pieces are fine examples of 1st Model Luftwaffe ‘Klingen” and incredibly marked clearly with the symbol of Germany’s most professionally elite fighter squadron. To actually be able to obtain the two weapons together as a set is could be said to be ‘Wunderbar’! The collector who is able to purchase this grouping will be fortunate indeed.  

“J6-52”
And still does the fame of their glory
Remain unclouded by age and undimmed
By a stain and forever and ever
Their cause we’ll uphold, the cause of the
True and trusted and bold!”

Horrido!

PRICE: SOLD

 

Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword

Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Maker's mark
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Nice blade
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Slight scuffing
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword
Luftwaffe Officer Sword

Luftwaffe Officers Sword Early Style (“Fliegerschwert”) (Item 20-5)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an excellent example of the early type German Air Corp officers Dress Sword. This has always been my favorite NS period edged weapon. The style is prodigiously Germanic! It puts one in mind of the swords of Teutonic legend (The sword ‘Nothung” the weapon of Seigfried right out of Wagners “Ring Der Niebelungen”). The sword bears the logo and letters for E & F Horster Solingen. This early style sword was introduced in 1935. This is the model produced in solid nickel fittings. Having a nice silvered patina surface. The pommel and the cross guard were produced through the use of medallion inserts similar to the construction of the 1st model Luftwaffe dagger. The medallions were in the design of the “Sonnenrad” (the mobile swastika sunwheel). The dagger and sword were designed by Hermann Goring himself. These early style Luftwaffe Fliegerschwert are quite rare because by 1937 the swords were now produced in matte satin aluminum fitting utilization, with a pot metal base design. The early examples due to their nickel construction are noticeably heavier than the later aluminum models. This particular sword would rate fine throughout except for some very minor scrapes in the leather on grip and scabbard. Much of the grain on the Moroccan blue leather still shows. Remember these swords were worn and the officer would invariably handle the grip of that sword as he proudly wore it. It would have been the natural inclination to grasp that grip as he stood in parade formation or in every ceremonial occasion. This sword could be polished to a gleaming brilliant look but we do not clean them. The mounts on this piece are intact and some of the gold wash finish on the fittings (pommel and cross guard) are dark but in two minutes of cleaning they would glisten. The front side is darker but in that wonderful patina that the collectors adore. The back side where it would constantly rub against the tunic is brighter since the patina is down to the original finish, but still the fitting shows somewhat. The blade has its original nickel plated finish and is bright and clean with no surface lifting at all. The original blue leather blade buffer between blade and cross guard is in place. This is one of the nicest untouched first model examples that we have had in a long time and by a very desirable producer.

PRICE: $1,880.00

 

Special Spoon Set
Special Spoon Set

Special Spoon Set
Special Spoon Set
Special Spoon Set
Special Spoon Set
Special Spoon Set (Item LUFT 20-6)

DESCRIPTION: This was almost a tradition within NSDAP (Nazi Party) and the Wehrmacht (Military) after 1939. Various companies who made or handled Besteck or tableware used to give knives, forks, and spoons to wounded soldiers in hospitals. Along with the cutlery they gave a special kit whereby those soldiers could engrave initials, and various patterns on the flatware as therapy. Usually the men would apply designs that had the symbols of the Corps they belonged to such as Panzers, aircraft, naval ships, SS divisions, etc. Also of course in popularity was the swastika as is seen in this case. Here we have six beautiful and delicate tea spoons with the swastika engraved at the handle top -- the design of the “Hakenkreutz” suggests the image we all have seen that is featured on the tail section of all Third Reich aircraft. Note the blackened image of the swastika within the confines of the outer engraving. On the back of the spoons is a deeply struck rectangle with letters and numerals spelling out V.S.F. 90 that is stamped there. We believe this is the code of the company of manufacture. The spoons are cased in a box with an alligator skin motif, lined with yellow silk that has on its inside lid the name of the handler, Albert Grun Bestecke Aller art in Landau. This bestecke aller art after his name means that Grun was a specialist in tableware of many styles. This A. Grun would have been the company that donated the set. The spoons are 5 1/5 inches long and are in A-1 perfect condition. A very nice collectable in German art.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword

Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Panzer skull
Unique Luft Sword
Ivory?
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
The maker
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Compare with next frame
Unique Luft Sword
Unique Luft Sword
Compare with next frame
Unique Luft Sword
Wedding sword
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Unique Luft Sword
Goring with the wedding sword
Unique Luft Sword
Goring, the sword, and Charles
Lindberg
Unique Luft Sword
The wedding sword
Unique Luftwaffe Sword Modeled after Hermann Goring’s Wedding Sword (Item LUFT 20-7)
DESCRIPTION: Here is truly a unique (one of a kind sword). Germania International, LLC in our constant hunt for the odd and unusual. The beautiful and exotic, do come up with relics that are exactly that!—(One of a kind.)  We leave the mundane and boring to some of the other sites whose stock and trade involves cloth, leather and steel. We are not a haberdashery or a scrap yard.  We have had some of the finest and prodigiously important relics ever found short of the “Grail” and this has had the result of incurring the jealous and fire breathing animosity on the part of would be military dealers across the broad spectrum of this hobby. We maintain strongly that we like Martin Luther ever state that ‘we stand here we can do no other.’  The slings and arrows mean nothing to us nor our loyal customers ‘To be despised by fools is laudatory’,*Seneca Roman Philosopher. So with this in mind we now present a beautiful sword while fully knowing that it will be as assailed by these no nothing malcontents merely because…Get this! “They have never seen one before’!!! Well they probably have never seen an elephant fly either but Dumbo did! Why do we bother to say all that?  Well dear reader you should be cognizant of the fact that there is a concerted effort on the part of certain pseudo X-Spurts, Individuals who seek to vilify those who are obviously their superiors in every area of knowledge concerning these bygone eras and the relics thereof. We need not ever defend this sword or any of the other relics that we offer and the sword speaks for itself

This sword is therefore declared and certified by us to be absolutely genuine and of the period represented. The consignor of this sword is an honorable collector and dealer and we are proud to present his treasured sword to the collecting public. Now the sword!

This is by its nature and appearance is essentially a Luftwaffe sword but with major differences throughout. The consignor bought this sword in 1975 from the son of a man who had been an officer In the Hermann Goring Division of the Luftwaffe.  The son was not a collector and when his father passed on he kept it for a few years in his office in Halle but since the city was in East Germany (a Communist directed slave state), he was worried that some one of the employees who might be a Communist Party member might decide to turn him into the authorities for having a Fascist weapon in his possession.  So he decided he did not want to be fined nor did he want his father’s sword to fall into the hands of the Reds. So he decided it should be in the hands of someone who would preserve it and display the beautiful relic as it should be shown, not in an office closet.  The decision was made to actually smuggle it into West Berlin and we won’t go into any detail as to how this was done (secret). So then eventually it was bought by our consigner who now has decided to let it go. I am very appreciative that he chose Germania to handle it for him. The sword is first of all 34 inches long in its scabbard the blade is 27 inches long.  The scabbard is covered in black leather with brass throat and boot .The officer must have been well over 6ft 3 at least   now! For the exciting part.  This officer so loved and respected Unsere Hermann -- Hermann Goring his supreme commander that he commissioned a company, possibly two companies in Solingen to create for him and him alone a sword that would feature something (Goringesque!) Something that would replicate an item that would depict and display artistically a facsimile Goring keepsake for personal use and possession.

In April 1935 Hermann Goring married Emmy Sonnemann with Adolf Hitler serving as a witness.  Appreciating the significance of the occasion, the Luftwaffe wished to bestow a wedding gift befitting the man and the occasion.  Goring was well known for his love of blades. So there came a time when several high officials  of the Luftwaffe contracted with the Eickhorn factory in Solingen to create a magnificent sword worthy of Goring and it was from this commission that brought forth one of the most beautiful swords ever produced by European craftsmen.  The most notable item on that sword was the pommel with the facsimile of the Pour Le Merite Prussia’s highest award for valor. On the wonderful Damascus blade it says,” Getreu Dem Fuhrer Fur Volk und Reich (Loyal to the Fuhrer for the people and Nation).  Now our officer of the Panzer Div. H. Goring decided he too would commission a Solingen firm to make a “Goring Sword” but the man’s son told our man that his father knew he should not exactly copy the wedding sword and that no Solingen firm would do it in any case but the man was persistent that something on the sword should be a facsimile of the famed Goring wedding sword.  What eventually evolved was a cross guard that was exactly the same as the one on the wedding sword. This officer was a man of considerable means and was able to pay his way through what probably took quite a bit of planning and intensive attention to detail and finally a beautiful replica of the cross guard was accomplished according to the narrative of the man’s son.  Anyone viewing it has been highly impressed with the detail and rich look of this noble German Luftwaffe eagle. We think it is superb!  The cross guard of course is the only thing that is copied from the world famous sword.  The pommel is 100% the original design of the man commissioning it. It is also very strong and dramatic looking.  It has a massive roundel employing a mobile swastika on each side raised within the open field. Just below is a tiny skull (Totenkopf)  of the Panzer type (Jawless). This was the small escutcheon that ties the whole work to this our officer since he was a member of the Hermann Goring panzer Division .(Armored Units) Their insignia was this skull and it seems only natural that this minute (Deaths head) would be added to the design.  The book, Swords of Germany 1900 – 1945 by John R. Angolia says in the information about the wedding sword that two were made. The original presentation sword and the lighter wearing sword in the same pattern The Panzer officer  actually had one of these made in a silver plated finish over aluminum but with a completely different grip the grip on that one was covered in blue leather, this we know is in the collection of a man in the U.S. but we think that was the pilot model for this one that we have now and this is probably the finished product. The blade is by (SMF) of Solingen.  Possibly the whole sword was produced by this prestigious firm or possibly the blade was by them and the fittings were by some other firm.  We would opt for the latter since we do not think (SMF) would have copied any part of Eickhorns design. But there were several smaller but professional shops and sword designers in the Solingenwald (Solingen Forest) that would have produced it .I do remember that the pilot piece had the name on its blade of a company that I had never heard of. This leads me to believe that the officer went to several companies before the final sword was created.

One of the major differences in the swords produced was the grip this one we offer is entirely unique in this we do not know for sure what material it is constructed in.  It looks like ivory but in fact could be highly polished hard grain wood.  In either case, it looks elegant in “the extreme”. Actually there are few daggers or swords of the Third Reich that look more gorgeous than this sword and obviously it was a labor of love by a dedicated soldier of the Reich. It was produced in the middle of the Second World War 1942 in commemoration of his respect and admiration of his leader Hermann Goring. The Hermann Goring Panzer Division No 1 was an elite German Luftwaffe armored Division.  The H.G saw action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and on the Eastern Front.  The Division was the creation of Hermann Goring himself and it increased in size throughout the war from an Abteilung (Battalion) to a Panzer Corps  They had the reputation for extreme bravery in all the ranks and steadfastness while under fire. The officer who we have chronicled here was severely wounded in battle in the Russian Campaign in the area of Kiev, he actually was for the rest of the war invalided but served in administrative capacity for the rest of the war it was during this time that he decided he just had to commission this Great sword.

PRICE: $4,850.00 Now is your chance to own a unique treasure.

 

Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Note Flight Suit

Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
The back side
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Repaired damage (mentioned)
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Damage

Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Dornier 17's in flight
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Dornier 17
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
The mighty 17


Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Dornier 17-A
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Goring with Dornier 17 inspectors
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
The Brit pilot's full reviews with the group
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit
Luftwaffe Flight Suit (Item LUFT 20-8)

DESCRIPTION: A brown WWII Luftwaffe one piece early flight suit/Fliegerkombi with a fantastic history. This Fliegerkombi was allegedly taken from a German airman who was shot down over England in the Battle of Britain. I was fortunate enough to be able to buy this Fliegerkombi out of an auction and evidently the consigner had brought it from a man who actually took it from the German airman in 1940. The seller quotes as follows -- The old man had used it to do odd jobs in and it has one or two small splashes of paint on the lower legs! The airman was allegedly wounded when he was captured and taken prisoner. The Fliegerkombi shows evidence of this especially on the lower left arm. There are many repairs on the lower sleeve and there appears to be old dried blood – I don’t wish to be morbid but I am only trying to describe the jacket as best as I can.

The inner wind-proof sleeve is shredded to bits as can be seen on the photographs. The abdomen by the left sleeve also shows some damage from wounds but not as much as the lower left sleeve. This suit is an early type with the horizontal crotch zip. The makers label is washed out.  I should imagine the odd job man washed it a few times! All the original “zips acutally zip” & are present as are the leather pull tabs. The photographs show the jacket much better than I can describe it!  Further information by a man named Andy relates that the old man who ‘liberated the suit’ had died 10 years before the transactions on the outfit had begun. Andy said he just would have liked to have had 10 minutes with him! The plane was shot down in Suffolk, that was for sure in 1940. The man lived in Ipswich and Andy had a hunch that the plane was a Dornier 17 that was shot down in Ipswich in August 1940 but he said that this was purely guesswork and he had no proof of that. There is a notation that is included that states this is the only aircraft lost at Ipswich in 1940, shot down by flight Lieutenant P.S. Weaver and flying officer R.E.P. Brooker of No. 56 Squadron and crashed into Gippeswyk Park, Ipswich at 6:26 PM Wednesday August 21, 1940 during a Luftwaffe sortie to attack North Weald. The German crew was comprised of Lt. Kzienzyk, Uffz. Behnke, Gefreiter Sollfrank, and Flgr. Stertz. All were captured and the aircraft totally destroyed.  From the book “Battle for Britain Then and Now.” Included with this outfit are two typed background descriptions with the mini biographies of Weaver and Brooker, the RAF 56th Squadron pilots who shot down the Dornier.  Both were later shot down and killed in combat with German fighter planes later in the war.

We have seen very few of these flight suits over the many years; they are truly rare and this one would look great on a maniquin. It’s the real McCoy, gentlemen, and priced very reasonably for what it is.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case

Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
The Spanish wings
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
The Italian wings
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Homecoming of the Legion
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
The stamps
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
The Panzer troops
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Legion Condor Cigarette Case
Assembledge in Berlin
Cigarette Case from the Legion Condor (Item LUFT 20-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the cigarette cases from the collection we managed to buy that were from a German collector who collected as his specialty engraved items such as plaques, cigarette cases, watches etc. A couple of years ago he came to the militaria show in Kassel, Germany and after a discussion with us whereby he told us how he had accumulated all of these great pieces he said now he realized that he that had enjoyed his adventures in collecting these things since the mid-50’s.  He finally decided to let most of the collection go and we struck up a deal and Germania ended up with a fabulously large grouping of some of the neatest items you could even imagine. This man was very carefully running ads in the German newspapers, attending reunions of the German veterans of Army, Navy, Luftwaffe and Waffen SS where he constantly attempted to buy such things from the old warriors. In this particular case, he met a veteran of the Luftwaffe who was a veteran of the 2nd World War as a pilot and he also earlier had served as a member of the elite Condor Legion. The man had served in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 in the valiant fight against the international brigade Communists that included the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a collection of low life scoundrels and criminals sweepings of the N.Y. gutters.  These were the soldiers of Stalin’s newly ‘awakened’ proletariat, they marched under their Red banners while singing the International but they were smashed into smithereens by the combined forces of the Spanish, Nationalists, the Italian Fascist volunteers, and the might of the German Condor Legion. 

The cigarette case is beautifully engraved and the words engraved are Kampf in Spanien 1936-1939 Legion Condor (War in Spain).  It has the German Luftwaffe eagle of the particular design used only for the Legion.  Also seen are the design of the air arm wings of the Spanish Air Force and the Italian as well. On the flip side there are several floral designs.  And a circular design with the Spanish flag and the Nationals Socialist flag with the words Heimkehr Der Deutschen Legion aus Spanien. Translated: Homecoming of the German Legion from Spain. This obviously was one of the gifts presented to the elite heroes as they returned victorious from the anti-Bolshevik war for Europe and the Christian West.  The case measures 4x3 inches and it has Russian markings inside.  Possibly taken from one of the captured or killed Russian volunteers of the Red Brigades and then engraved in the Fatherland later. A very rare and prodigiously important piece of the history of the Luftwaffe and its most heroic band of airmen, the “Legion Condor.”

PRICE: $1,280.00 -- this is truly a bargain.

 

Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Note cap insignia
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
The silver mark
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Return of the Legion
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
Condor Legion Ring
General Sperle
Condor Legion Ring
Original issue badge
Condor Legion Ring (Item LUFT 20-9A)

DESCRIPTION: Besides the air crews of the Legion condor under the brilliant leadership of General Hugo Sperle, these were also ground troops under the command of Wilhelm Ritter Von Thoma. Just after July 27, 1936, the Fuhrer sent 40 Panzer PZK PFW tanks and 122 personnel who fought bravely against the Communists in the Autumn of 1936. To reward the armored personal of the Legion, their commander Oberst Ritter Von Thoma instituted a silver colored badge which took the form of an oak leaf wreath which broadened from the base as it rose to its apex. 

The base of the wreath was formed by a pair of crossed twigs tied together with a ribbon. The central design of the badge comprised a skull surmounting crossed bones. This emblem was over the depiction of an early tank. The eye sockets and the joints of the skull were quite pronounced. Von Thoma authorized the award of 415 of these badges. General Oberst Von Brauchitisch, the Commander in Chief of the army on 16, July 1939 granted official recognition of this badge for appreciation of services rendered in the Spanish Civil War. The badge could be worn by discharged Condor Legion veterans. Later the firm of Franz Schnell and Sohn in the city of Halle am Salle in Germany was given an order for finger rings with the badge as its central design.  This would also be worn by veterans of the legion. Like the actual badge, this design is very striking and meaningful. Several of these rings were among the group that we managed to buy directly from Herr Franz Schnell and his son in Stuttgart several years ago. Go to the narrative titled About our Rings and Silver Insignia for an account of how we managed to end up with the greatest accumulation of Third Reich jewelry ever procured up until that time when we made this great purchase. These rings when found in the past, commanded astronomical prices due to their extreme rarity. Now you can purchase a 100% original L.C. ring in perfect condition and beautiful in its stark foreboding look.

For more on the Condor Legion look at the write up just above at Luftwaffe 20-9. We have about four at this writing and they are of different sizes, so please indicate the size you would like and possibly we will have it or close to it.  They won’t last long so I would advise you to act. When these are gone you will pay over a thousand dollars for a L.C. ring. They are very historically important and extremely rare.

PRICE: $350.00  -- a bargain!

 

 

Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book

Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book
Paris HQ Book

Book Stamped from the Commandants HQ of Occupied France in 1940 (Luft 20-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a standard instruction book for Luftwaffe personal  Der Dienst Unterecht in der Luftwaffe printed in 1940 with 250 pictures and important text. The book has 286 pages and measures 5 ½" x 7 ½" in size. The information inside is invaluable to the collector of Lufwaffe items. Right and wrong ways to wear the uniform, special exercises, rifle instructions, aircraft identification, machine gun instructions, signal flag guides, parade dress pictures for the recruit, use of gas mask, weapons nomenclature including Lugar and potato masher grenade use, guard duties, a great couple of pages that illustrate the proper way to use the Hitler salute, personal hygiene, dress regulations, etc. In the front pages are pictures of the Führer, Hermann Göring, General Von Brauchitch, Admiral Raeder, General Ehhard Milch and Lt. General Wever. Further along are pictures of the WWI air aces Freiherr v. Richthoffen, Hauptmann Boelke, and Oberleutnant Immelmann.  A rare book in this condition but even more rare in that it bears the stamp of the Supreme Command in Paris.

PRICE:   $195.00 

 

 

German Air-Sport Plaque

 

German Air-Sport Plaque

German Air-Sport Plaque

German Air-Sport Plaque

Plaque for Participation in German Air Sports (Item LUFT 20-11; YOUTH 9-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a large plaque that would be a desk ornament or paperweight featuring a glider and the characters “D.L.V. 1933-1935” at the top, and at the bottom it reads “Traditions-Fliegersturm 1/20.” The plaque looks to be molded from red clay and measures almost six inches in diameter and ¾ of an inch thick. It almost looks to be a school project for lads of this organization and the Hitler Youth. It’s rather homely, but important as you seldom see items from this organization other than cap badges. This was given to participants in a traditional and probably annual flying exhibition. Rather rare in that this is the first one we have ever seen.

PRICE: $125.00 Cheap!

 

 

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

 

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Book Das NS-Fliegerkorps (From the Library of Hermann Göring) (Item LUFT 20-12; NSDAP 18-40)

DESCRIPTION: This is a book that traces the history and purpose of the National Socialist Flying Corps and its primary schooling to Germany’s youth. It was written by Arno Kehrberg, an NSFK general, with a foreword by the famed Fr. Christiansen, general for all fliers. It was printed in 1942 and comprises 110 great pictures and several pages in color of NSFK insignia, flags, and uniforms. Here is the ultimate textbook on Germany’s path to air power in the 1930s and early 1940s. The pictures are great and this book belongs in the collection of any historian or collector who is interested in flight and the NS advancements in this field. This was the most prestigious and energetic aviation program ever conceived and wrought by a country and its political system. It was far advanced of its years and had the duped western allies had not decided to support Ol’ Joe Stalin, there is no telling what fantastic wonders could have developed out of this program. It contains 230 pages and measures 9 x 6 ½ inches. The condition is good with a bit of age soiling on the cover. This is a rarely found volume, but what makes it doubly rare is that it is from the personal library of the German Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. It was Göring who founded the NSFK along with General der Flieger Fr. Christiansen, both of whom were famed fliers of the First World War. Göring probably had several copies of this book that he gave to close friends and visitors to Carinhalle. He was very proud of this corps of the finest young men of the New Reich. Yes, he gave books with his personal bookplate inside and this was his common practice. We obtained this rare volume in a giant book fair in Frankfurt am Main a few years ago, when a collection of rare books from the Third Reich was sold. There were books from Hitler, Goebbels, Heydrich, et al, and several from Reichsmarschall Göring.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

 

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book
Enemy prisoners

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Fliegerkorps Book

Book Wir kämpften gegen die Sowjets (We Fought Against the Soviets) (Item LUFT 20-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very rare book much sought after by collectors. It was published under the auspices of the VIII. Fliegerkorps and chronicles the war on the Russian Front from summer 1941 to the winter from 1941-1942. It is a lavish book in large format measuring 12 x 8 ½ inches and is almost an inch thick. The pages unfortunately are not numbered, but here are hundreds and hundreds of photos in crisp black and white plus many gorgeous full-page color pictures in the very finest of Agfa color that can’t even be excelled today. No finer a book on the Luftwaffe exists anywhere! We show here a few of the pictures, but again there are hundreds with every one of them showing photographic excellence. The book is in excellent condition. It belongs in a fine archival collection and should be preserved if only to show the epic struggle to preserve the West from horrible and bloody Red domination. This is an important archival masterpiece (printed in the German language).

PRICE: $295.00

 

 

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap

 

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap
Inside sweat band; distressed a little

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap

Flying Officer's Cap

German Flying Officer’s Cap (Item LUFT 20-14)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a nice officer’s cap of the Luftwaffe. It’s in very nice condition with a few moth holes (hardly noticeable) and not in the front. The German size is 55 1/2. It has the plastic label in the crown that says “Sonderklasse Privat” (Special Class Privately tailored). It has a company name that I can’t make out but it says "Tailored for the Luftwaffe." The only other problem is the sweatband where the man’s forehead would touch. The leather is there but loosened from the lining. Otherwise, what you see here is a good, honest WWII relic of the air war in Europe, the noble attempt to stop Bolshevism that failed when the western powers decided to support Stalin and his ilk. We just never see these great pieces of headgear anymore. They are completely dried up.

PRICE: $950.00

 

 

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

 

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Luftwaffe Major's Uniform

Beautiful Original Luftwaffe Major’s Uniform with Original Awards, Ribbon Bar, and Aiguillette (Item LUFT 20-15)

DESCRIPTION: This is for a major in the Flieger (pilot) branch of the Luftwaffe. It is a great tailor-made example of the finest in German WWII uniforms. Both tunic and trousers are in beautiful condition. It has a gorgeous aiguillette and the following medals:
1. Second Class Iron Cross—ribbon in buttonhole
2. First Class Iron Cross of the First World War
3. National Socialist Sports Badge
4. Pilot Qualification Badge
5. Rare Wound Badge in gold
6. Ribbon bar that has:
a. Iron Cross WWI with 1939 spange
b. War-Service Cross with swords for combatants
c. Eastern Front Medal
d. WWI Service Medal with pin device with swords
e. Two Long-Service Luftwaffe medals
f. German WWII 1938 Annexation Medal
g. 1936 Olympic Participation Medal
h. Fine original aiguillette. This could mean that he was an aide-de-camp to a general besides being a combat pilot.

The shoulder boards and collar tabs are bright and in mint condition as is the breast eagle The tailor tag from Peterson & Co. Munich is there and prominent. The trousers are in fine condition. This is definitely a fine uniform and a great collection of WWII medals, as well.

PRICE: $3,500.00; a screaming bargain when you add it all up

 

 

Flying Badge

Flying Badge

 

Flying Badge

Flying Badge

What is this? (Item LUFT 20-16)

DESCRIPTION: Germania International solicits your help to identify this badge. Here is what obviously is a flyer’s badge of some sort—but whose? what nation’s? what period of time? It was purchased in Germany among a bunch of miscellaneous German WWII badges and medals, but that actually gives us no clue. The German medals and miscellany were all WWII, but this one doesn’t have to be of WWII era. It is of superior construction in silver with an enameled face and an unusual fastening device. The propeller mounted over the eagle actually spins on its hub. The wingspan is 3 ½ inches; height is 1 1/2 inches. Help!!

Paul Poole, Germania International

 

 

Stuka Picture Book

 

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Stuka Picture Book

Bilderfolge; a Portfolio of Prints of the Stuka Dive-bombers (Item LUFT 20-17; RAREBOOK 1-8)

DESCRIPTION: This is a portfolio of beautiful prints in color of the famed Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") in action or at home base. The Stuka employed two crew members—pilot and rear gunner. It first flew in 1935 and made its very effective and successful combat debut as part of the Luftwaffe’s “Condor Legion” during the Spanish Civil War. The aircraft was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings, fixed “spatted” undercarriage, and its infamous “Jericho Trompete” wailing siren. It became the propaganda symbol of Germany’s airpower and the Blitzkrieg victories of 1939-1942. Some notable airmen flew the Stukas. Oberst (colonel) Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most notable and successful Stuka ace who racked up 2,500 combat missions with 2,000 enemy targets destroyed including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, 9 aircraft, 4 armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers and the Soviet battleship Marat. He was the most highly decorated German serviceman of the war. Rudel was 1 of only 27 military men to be awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with oak-leaf swords and diamonds and he had the singular honor of being the only recipient of the unique Knights Cross with Golden oak leaves, swords, and diamonds. I was extremely honored to visit him at his home in Kuffstein, Austria, in 1978. His motto was “Only he is lost who gives himself up for lost.” His combat story is incredible, and reads like fiction yet it’s cold fact. He was certainly the Übermensch (superman). His was the spirit of the German Air arm; those noble knights of the sky!

The Bilderfolge

The seven color prints are matted for framing and with the matting they measure 11 ½ x 15 inches. The portfolio cover measures 12 x 15 ½ inches. The cover says Künstler sehen unsere Stukas. (“The Artists Look at our Stukas”). The portfolio was produced by the Junkers-Kunstblätter (Junkers Art Selection). It has a snap closure and is constructed in heavy cardboard stock and is in fine condition. It has the original packing box that is constructed in heavy, blue cardboard. The top edge was slightly torn and temporarily repaired with tape. All in all, this is a very beautiful and rare relic of the Second World War in the air.

PRICE: $225.00

 

 

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

 

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

Condor Legion Cigarette Case
The plate on the bottom
with owner's initials

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

Condor Legion Cigarette Case

Condor Legion Cigarette Case
Standard of the Legion Condor

Condor Legion Cigarette Case
Condor Legion Heinkel He 111E

Condor Legion Cigarette Case
Training of Spanish infantry by
officers of the Legion Condor

Condor Legion Cigarette Case
Victorious homecoming of
the Legion Condor

Cigarette Case from a Veteran of the Luftwaffe Legion Condor (Item LUFT 20-18)

DESCRIPTION: This is a marvelous cigarette case that commemorates a man’s service in the famed Kampfgeschwader (Bomber Wing) 53 “Legion Condor”. This is represented on the lid of the cigarette case by the inscription: ”Legion Condor KG 53.” Also on the lid is a Luftwaffe eagle in high-relief, gold-color with the letters “L” and “C” on each side of the swastika and they represent ”Legion Condor.” On each bottom corner of the lid are engraved representations of a dive-bomber. Because of these illustrations, it is a good assumption that the owner of this cigarette case was a Ju 88 Dreifinger pilot. On the front of the lid is the inscription “July 1936 to March 1939” signifying the tenure of the Condor Legion, which, of course, coincides with the timeframe of the Spanish Civil War. Underneath the case attached to the bottom is a plaque with the owner’s intertwined initials “HG.” Below that is the date (1942) that possibly indicates when this cigarette case was presented to him. The item is in very good condition, overall. It measures 4 ½ x 3 ½ and is 1 ¼ inches deep. This is great memento from the time period that units of KG 53 participated in on all of the fronts in the European Theatre until it was disbanded in May 1945. It operated three of the major German bomber types: the Dornier Do 17, Heinkel He 111 and the Junkers Ju 88.
Still does the fame of their glory remain, unclouded by age and undimmed by a stain and ever and ever their cause we’ll uphold. The cause of the true, the trusted and bold. This is one great relic of the greatest crusade of the 20th century.

PRICE: $1,750.00

 

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

 

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles

Bronze Sculpture of Fighting Eagles
A Friedrichshafen FF.41A floatplane like the one Gruber piloted

Prize of Honor for Victory in Aerial Combat in the German Imperial Naval Air Service (Item LUFT 20-19; WWI 12-19; KMEDAL 5-9)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an award that is much rarer than even the famed Ehrenpokal of the Luftkampf (The Honor Goblet). This is the “Ehrenpreis für Vernichtung eines feindlichen Flugzeugs” translated: “Honor Prize for the Destruction of an Enemy Aircraft.” This is not a goblet, but a highly detailed sculpture of two bronze eagles locked in mortal combat representing the Adler-Kampf (Battle of the Eagles) and this was, of course, the suitable design to represent the engagement of WWI fighter planes in the proverbial “dog fight.” The Ehrenpokal, commonly known as the Honor Goblet, had the same Adler-Kampf as its central design in both the WWI version, and the WWII version, which was personally designed by marshal Hermann Göring. The Imperial German Navy had only a small contingent of naval pilots compared to that of the army, therefore far fewer of these Ehrenpreise were ever awarded. At first, the prizes were awarded to naval pilots for their first “kill” although later in the war more kills were required to earn the award. Usually, high-ranking officers in the army air service were the pilots, but often other naval air personnel could be the winners of various honors and were often an ordinary seaman, who was not necessarily a pilot, but could be a rear gunner or even a crack artillery ace who destroyed a great number of enemy aircraft. In this case, the award we offer was won by a Flugobermaat (flying petty officer first class) by the name of Gruber, who won it for action on August 22, 1917. Petty Officer Gruber had a flying talent that earned him this prestigious award bestowed in the name of the Kaiser’s Kriegsmarine. Obviously, he did not win this award because of any air-to-air combat while piloting a Friedrichshafen FF.41A (a reconnaissance/bomber/minelayer floatplane), as the meaning of the award would suggest, but rather he earned this during an incident in his role in the bombing of the Russian destroyer Stroinyi on the date indicated on the trophy (“22.Aug.1917”). Stroinyi, among other ships, was anchored at the Estonian island of Osel, in the Baltic Sea. During a reconnaissance mission, Gruber and his observer sighted the anchorage scene, and flew to their home base to load up on bombs, then returned to the site to make their successful bombing run: one of the bombs struck Stroinyi’s superstructure, which thwarted any attempts by the Russian crew to effect repairs from a previous incident. Besides being a beautiful sculpture, this item is prodigiously important and extremely rare today. It is a symbol of bravery and military excellence in combat on the high seas and is a worthy prize for its original recipient, and the fortunate collector who will procure it.

“Hebt hoch Deutschlands Fahne”

PRICE: SOLD

 

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin

 

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin
The backside

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin
Men of the División Azul with their unit flag

Spanish Blue Division Stickpin
General Agustín Muñoz Grandes, leader of the Spanish Blue Division

Stickpin in Silver for the Spanish Falange Española (Spanish Blue Division) (Item LUFT 20-20; PINS 8-22; S-FAS 1-2)

DESCRIPTION: The greatest number of Spaniards who volunteered to fight on the Eastern Front during WWII were members of the Falange, the name assigned to several Spanish political movements and parties dating from the 1930s, and dovetailed with the Fascist movement in Italy. This was the semifascist regime under Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Because the soldiers could not use official Spanish army uniforms while serving with the Germans, they adopted a symbolic uniform comprising the red berets of the Carlists (a right-wing political movement and part of Franco’s coalition during the Spanish Civil War), khaki trousers used in the Spanish Legion, and the blue shirts of the Falangists–hence the nickname "Blue Division." This uniform was used only while on leave in Spain; in the field, soldiers wore the German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) field-grey uniform with a shield on the upper-right sleeve bearing the word "España" and the Spanish national colors. The main emblem and the most popular of their part, and to them, sacred, was the Falangist’s yoke and arrows. The emblem comes from the period of the “Catholic Monarchs” (In Spanish Los Reyes Católicos) and is the joint title used in history for Isabel I of Castilla, and Fernando II of Aragón. The yoke is an ancient symbol for Queen Isabella and the arrows are the symbol for King Ferdinand. The stickpin shows the Ferdinand arrows and the German-issue helmet symbolizing the solidarity of the Falangists and the volunteers with Germany in the valiant struggle against what they “rightfully envisioned” as Satanic Communism. This was the demonic manifestation of the devil himself that sought to overrun Europe. The movement nearly conquered Spain and would have surely succeeded had it not been for the intervention of Hitler’s German Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War (July 1936-March 1939) and Mussolini’s Black Shirt legions between March 1923 and July 1943. They saved the Spanish nation and the Catholic Church from the clutches of Stalin and Lucifer “united!” The stickpin was worn on the off-duty clothing of active Blue Division soldiers and after the war, the veterans wore it proudly. In 1969, I saw Blue Division veterans wearing this stickpin in Madrid and also observed veterans wearing it when I visited the Alcázar of Toledo (a stone fortification located in the highest part of that city and a sacred place in Spanish history) where the Nationalist Colonel José Moscardó was under siege by Red devils in this military academy. Luis, his sixteen-year-old son, became a martyr of Spain on July 23, 1936. Col. Moscardó was informed that if he did not turn over the Alcázar in ten minutes, his son would die. Col. Moscardó asked to speak to his son. He then told him: “Commend your soul to God and die like a patriot shouting ‘long live Christ the King and long live Spain.’” “That,” his son said, “I can do.” Thus, this brave lad and his valiant father saved the garrison and all the people inside numbering 1,028 souls who surely would have been massacred by the beasts. The Nationalists numbered among them 520 women and 56 children. This bravery and patriotism were typical of the actions of the Nationalists in the conflict. They stood in heroic defiance of the Red hordes, who, by the way, included the filthy, depraved scum known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the backstreets of New York’s Lower East Side. They were members of the ‘international brigades’; in other words, a distinct branch of the International Communist Conspiracy. So, maybe we have said too much about this particular stickpin, but I felt compelled to say something about what it represents since it, after all, symbolizes a valiant struggle against the forces of darkness. With heart and hand for Fatherland, Viva España!!! This may be the rarest insignia we have ever offered. We actually have four of them. In his workshop in Halle in Salle, Germany, Franz Schnell produced these for the Blue Division in 1941. His son told us that he did these pins GRATIS at that time for he so much revered the Falangists and the Blue Division and their dedicated anticommunist mission.

PRICE: $185.00

 

Condor Legion Wound Badge

Condor Legion Wound Badge

 

Condor Legion Wound Badge

Condor Legion Wound Badge
Heroes of the legion

Condor Legion Wound Badge
Ju 87 (Stuka dive bomber) of the Condor Legion

Condor Legion Wound Badge
The medal of the legion

Condor Legion Wound Badge
Badge for the Panzer units of the legion

Condor Legion Wound Badge
Werner Molders, German ace of the Condor Legion

Condor Legion Wound Badge

Condor Legion Wound Badge (Item LUFT 20-21)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a rather scarce German wound badge in the silver class with the special attachment feature. This was devised to be worn on an aviator’s leather jacket. That is why it has the post on the back that would pierce the leather instead of the standard pin-back design that could only be worn using a loop sewn onto the garment. Both ways were used, but it seems this post system is the one least encountered and is really quite rare. The badge has the typical Condor Legion helmet and crossed swords behind it. The condition is excellent. We unfortunately do not have the little circular fastening device that was lost by the GI vet who brought it back.

PRICE: $275.00; rare

 

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

 

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap
Hans-Ulrich Rudel, tank buster extraordinaire

Luftwaffe Cap
Adolf Galland, ace pilot

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap

Luftwaffe Cap
Note: this pilot had removed the wire stiffener from his cap

Luftwaffe Officer’s Service Peak Cap (Item LUFT 20-22)

DESCRIPTION: It comprises the blue-grey cloth/wool top, aluminum-piped and black woven cap band without rigid cap spring. Most officers removed this so the cap looked “jaunty.” It has hand-embroidered insignia and aluminum-colored side buttons to attach aluminum cap cord. The black Vulcan fiber visor shows a bit of aging of the black patent-leather trim. The leather sweatband is intact and is stamped with date “18 November 1941” and size “55” with handwritten name underneath. Sweatband possibly reads “Hez. Obt.” The yellow interior shows some sweat stains but the overall condition is excellent! Somehow, this particular example of WWII headgear was indeed the most handsome of all the array of wonderful German WWII attire and this one is what we consider top of the line. It is as nice a one as we have ever seen offered out there in cyberland.

PRICE: $1,300.00

 

Paratrooper badge

Paratrooper badge

 

Paratrooper badge
Note the original owner's "A" on the back

Paratrooper badge

Paratrooper badge

Paratrooper badge
Embarking for Crete

Paratrooper badge
20 May 1941, the paratroop invasion of Crete

Paratrooper badge
Fallschirmjäger in action in Crete

Paratrooper badge

Paratrooper badge

Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) Badge by Assmann (Item LUFT 20-23)

DESCRIPTION: This is an excellent textbook, type-B-patterned paratrooper badge by Assmann and Son. It’s of two-piece construction with a die-struck gold-gilded brass eagle and a die-struck blackened zinc wreath. Assmann was known for having a very-high-quality zinc alloy in their badges (fine zinc). The obverse depicts a diving eagle clutching a swastika; the reverse shows the correct brass rivets and block hinge that is soldered around the wire catch and round wire pin. All the Assmann badges are nonmagnetic. The still-bright golden eagle provides more-than-excellent detail, and the feathering on the eagle is great! That ends up contrasting the dark wreath quite wonderfully. The details to the eye and wings are absolutely beautiful. This is a top-quality paratrooper badge in excellent condition. Under the Assmann logo on the back the former Fallschirmjäger trooper has engraved or printed a figure “A”; perhaps this is his initial?

PRICE: Very reasonably priced at $895.00

 

Uniform

 

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform
Inner belt

Uniform
Dagger slot

Uniform
Trousers: mint condition

Uniform

Uniform
Loops for pilot badge

Uniform
Technical flight personal-qualification patch

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Uniform

Luftwaffe NCO Uniform (Geschwader „Horst Wessel“) (Item LUFT 20-24)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a real rarity; a crisp, neat tunic, trousers, and visor cap that belonged to a member of the Jagdgeschwader 134 (JG 134) “Horst Wessel”. This famed combat group was formed in January 1936 with the III. Flieger Gruppe in Döberitz. The Geschwader (group or wing) was given the honorific name "Horst Wessel" in remembrance of the young SA man murdered by the Reds in 1930. He is the author of the stirring song “Die Fahne Hoch” (“The Flag on High”). His death resulted in his name being used by this destroyer wing that we refer to here and also the 18th Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division, during the war. This Luftwaffe squadron would later become one of the premier “Zerstorer” (“destroyer”) wings of the Luftwaffe. The uniform is for an Oberfeldwebel. This rank is equivalent to a staff sergeant in the American forces. It is the second highest NCO rank. This is a truly beautiful uniform and the fact that it has the “Horst Wessel” cuff title makes it all the more special. It also has the Luftwaffe Technical Flying personnel insignia on its left sleeve. On entering the Luftwaffe, FM/NCO personnel were assigned and trained for a specific trade or military function. On their successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issued a distinctive trade-specialty badge. Qualified technical flight personnel received this trade badge just as it originated in the DLV: German Air Sports Association for its daring young pilots who defied the hated Versailles Treaty and began the buildup of the semisecret air arm that later came to be known as the great Deutsches Luftwaffe!

The Uniform

The uniform is in beautiful blue-gray wool tailor made by the tailoring firm of Bemberg-Matesa. It has aluminum buttons and the tunic is the four-pocket style. It has the four-gull rank collar tabs and shoulder board for Oberfeldwebel. It has the two-pip shoulder boards denoting the man’s rank and it has an aluminum piped collar. A machine-embroidered aluminum Luftwaffe (eagle and swastika) national emblem is situated over the breast pocket. It’s in absolutely excellent condition! There is a ribbon bar that recounts where this man served and saw combat. The first ribbon is for the award of the War Service Cross and the second is for the Memel-Land Medal. The third blue one is for his four years’ service and the last one is the German-Italian combination service in the Africa Campaign.

The Cap

The cap has an upper wool-grey body golden yellow crown and cap band with piping and black mohair all free of any distractions, metal cap band, eagle-and-swastika insignia, black leather chinstrap with buckles, black Vulkanfiber visor that shows some age cracking (the visor trim is starting to lose stitching), and full, leather sweatband. Interior cloth shows some stains. Overall condition is excellent. If you just might have a mannequin to use with this uniform practically NOTHING could quite look so wonderfully great in your collection, to say nothing as to its extreme rarity.

PRICE: $2,750.00 for entire uniform. We have never seen a finer example, anywhere.

 

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