Archive for the Fakes & Replicas Category

German Cross in Gold

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Valour Medals with tags , , on September 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a copy of the The German Cross (German: Deutsches Kreuz). It was instituted by Adolf Hitler on 17 November 1941. It was awarded in two divisions: gold for repeated acts of bravery or achievement in combat; and silver for distinguished non-combat war service. The German Cross in Gold ranked higher than the Iron Cross First Class but below the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, while the German Cross in Silver ranked higher than the War Merit Cross First Class with Swords but below the Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords. These go for north of 2k now so a copy is all I’ll ever have.

rsz_dkg1 rsz_dkg2

Panzer Faust Klein Round

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Firearms with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere is my latest import, a Panzerfaust Klein round in terrific condition (too terrific, see below). The tube intended to fire this can be seen here. The tube was intended to be fired once and then discarded although at times they were collected and sent back to the factory to be recharged. This is not a rocket launcher, it is a recoilless gun. The projectile is thrust out of the tube using a gunpowder charge and only had a range of about 30m. It didn’t have the punch to destroy heavier armour and was later replaced by the Panzerfaust 30, Panzerfaust 60, Panzerfaust 100 and Panzerschreck.

Upon exploring further it appears that I have added to my reproduction collection inadvertently.  This is why I hate Jerry stuff. This one is indeed a repro that has been fiddled with in order to deceive. The originals were never painted on the shaft behind the charge container.

 

The Arctic Star Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Fakes & Replicas with tags , , on August 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is an example of the newly issued Arctic Star.

The Arctic Star is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom, awarded for service in World War II. The medal is awarded for any length of service above the Arctic Circle by members of the British Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy. The Arctic Star is a retrospective award, coming nearly seventy years after the end of World War II, being announced in late 2012. The Arctic Star was formally approved by The Queen, and began production in early 2013. There are not many of these out there yet as so few have been issued. Those that are sold through are generally part of a group. This is a reproduction made by a Birmingham company. The indicators are the large ribbon ring as well as the way the VI do not intersect with the raised ring.

rsz_arcticstar1

Souval German Coastal Artillery War Badge

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, War & Wound Badges with tags , , on July 30, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis badge, manufactured by Rudolf Souval, is the War Badge for land based artillery and anti-aircraft belonging to the Kriegsmarine (Kriegsabzeichen für Marineartillerie). Of course being manufactured by Souval, it’s just as likely to have been made yesterday, but in this case it is “consistent” with wartime manufacture. Meh.

rsz_coastal1 rsz_coastal2

Volkswagen KDF Factory Foundation Badges

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Medallions & Badges with tags , , , on June 9, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThese two badges are common reproductions of this badge here. Don’t be fooled by these copies, the originals were always made from either a very light alloy or bakelite. If the badge is any kind of heavier metal then it’s a fake. Weigh it in your hand. If it is difficult to even feel it there then it may be an original.

rsz_vwbadge1 rsz_vwbadge2 rsz_vwbadge3 rsz_vwbadge4

Luftwaffe Air Gunners War Badge

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, War & Wound Badges with tags , , on June 9, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a German Luftwaffe Air Gunners War Badge. This one is unmarked and is definitely a post-war reproduction.

rsz_airgunner1 rsz_airgunner2

British-German Friendship Badge

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Medallions & Badges with tags , on June 9, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis badge claims to be part of a pre-war German/British friendship organisation. Be aware that these are fantasy badges and never existed in real life. A couple of giveaways here. Firstly the Union Jack is upside down. Secondly whoever designed it was not a German speaker as the word Britische is mis-spelled.

rsz_gerbritbadge1 rsz_gerbritbadge2