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Zyklon-B can label

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , on November 21, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a label from a 100g can of Zyklon-B, the infamous pesticide used in the camp system to kill lice and people. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädlingsbekämpfung mbH (Degesch) company had a patent on this material and licensed it’s manufacture to Tesch & Stabenow GmbH (Testa) and Heerdt-Linger (Heli). These two subsidiaries then sold this on to the German Army and the SS for use in barracks and camps. The product was used widely across Europe in the control of lice and other insect pests in barracks and housing. This particular label is for the 100g tin which makes it likely to not have been supplied to the KZ system.


SS-TV Marked Mauser 8×57 Brass

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on July 4, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgIn 1938 the Waffen-ϟϟ, still not integrated into the Wehrmacht supply chain, contracted with the DWM company (Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken Aktien-Gesellschaft) to supply ammunition for their troops. These are some examples of empty brass head stamped for the SS, sourced from Eastern Europe. The TV stands for Totenkopfverbände.

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Steyr Maschinenpistole 34 österreichisch

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_PortugalFlag_of_AustriaThis weapon is the Steyr manufactured MP34. Labelled the MP34ö by the Germans to differentiate it from the Bergman MP34, the ö stood for Austrian (Österreichisch). This weapon was very well manufactured and this led to its downfall since it made it expensive to build when compared with competitors like the MP38/40 or later MP43/44. It’s service life was limited to use by police units and later the Waffen-ϟϟ. There were a number of these that were exported to Portugal, some of the later ones were chambered in 9mm Luger.

I believe this to be one of those wartime manufactures as it has WaA189 stamps on the frame and bolt indicating it was manufactured in the Steyr-Daimler plant in Warsaw, Poland. The stock has the Portuguese crown stamped into it as well as the number 1942, which I assume is the contract year.

And finally, a couple of photos of it with an M95 Steyr bayonet fitted. In German service this would be correct. In Portuguese service these were fitted with a purpose made Mp34 bayonet.

German Walther PPK Automatic Pistol

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a Walther PPK 7.65mm automatic pistol, manufactured in Germany by Walther in 1943 and issued as a police sidearm. The holster is marked Otto Sindel, Berlin, 1943. The two magazines are original to the pistol with matching serial numbers. The receiver and frame are marked Eagle N which indicates acceptance by the Wehrmacht post 1940 and the left hand side of the frame is marked with the Eagle and a C following, indicating police issue. This pistol was reputedly acquired in Normandy by a Lieutenant Stagg, adjutant of the Oxford Rifles, from the body of a German SS officer he had just shot. Well at least that’s the tale that came with it. However upon researching I discover that the Oxford Rifles didn’t get shipped to Europe until January 1945. This is not to say that Stagg could not have been in France in July 1944, just not as adjutant of the Oxford Rifles. This will provoke some further investigation.

Further snooping reveals a Major Kenneth Stagg, P38758, in the Oxford Rifles in 1945. He was born in 1899 which makes him 45 in 1944.

Remember Kids! Buy the item, not the story!


SS 4 Year Service Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Fakes & Replicas with tags , , on May 13, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgSS Long Service Awards were given in grades of four years, eight years, twelve years, twenty-five years, and forty years. The four and eight-year service awards were in the form of circular medals while the 12 and 25-year service awards were in the form of swastikas. The SS service awards were designed in Munich by Professor Karl Diebitsch. The awards varied in design depending on the length of service of the recipient. According to historian Chris Ailsby the awards ceased to be given at the end of 1941.

This is a 4 year example which I believe to be fake.

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Germanische Leistungsrune

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , on April 28, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the Germanic Proficiency Runes in Bronze. It was similar to the SA Sports Badge but was awarded only to foreign personnel. Not many have survived due to the fact that people destroyed them to avoid being identified as collaborators. I include two pics of a known good badge for comparison. The only difference from mine is that mine is marked “50″ on the pin indicating Gebrüder Godet & Co. of Berlin as the manufacturer. Also it is obvious that my catch has been lost and repaired at some point.

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SS Lapel Pin

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , on April 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgAgain, I am wary of any SS stuff I come across because of the amount of faking that abounds. However in this case I think this little piece is correct.