Archive for Germany (Third Reich)

MG-34 AA Tripod – Dreibein

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgSomething I have been looking for for ages, this is the Anti Aircraft Tripod or Dreibein that was used to convert the MG34 for light flak use. usually the wooden reinforcements are long gone but this one still has them as well as being unit marked for the 56th Searchlight Company, 273rd Army Flak Battalion. This makes my MG34 much easier to display and complements the Lafette I found for my MG42. Although this is likely a searchlight tripod it fits the MG perfectly.




German G43 Semiautomatic Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my second G/K43 Rifle. The other one I have, I rebuilt from a converted sporter. This one came to me, 100% correct from a fellow collector raising funds for his next absurd purchase. The receiver is stamped AC 44, for Carl Walther Waffenfabrik in Zella-Mehlis, Goethestr. 4.

Note the stamped dot in the butt plate, the staked screws on the underside of the action and the WaaB43 stamp on the magazine (indicating manufacture by Olympia Buromaschinenwerke AG).

German Rbl.F.36 Gun Optic

Posted in For Sale with tags , , , on February 19, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgLately I have been finding a few artillery and mortar optics. I like them because they are precision equipment and are quite tactile. The optics viewfinder on this one is a bit different as it has a calculating mechanism for tracking a target traversing the field of view. This one was manufactured by Optische Werke G.Rodenstock in München and has their eso code. It is an Rbl.F.36, which stands for Rundblickfehrnrohr 36. It was used on the Pak-36, 38 & 40 as well as smaller artillery tubes.

Walther G41 Semi-automatic Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on December 28, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgOkay, so this is the most expensive thing I have in my collection now. It’s a 1941 manufactured Walther G41(W) semiautomatic rifle. Manufactured in two plants, this example bears the stamp AC indicating it was made in Walther’s factory at Zeller Mehlis. It wasn’t a success and less than 145,000 were built. It suffered from fouling issues and over pressuring, resulting in firing pin or piston failures. You can see the resemblance to the later G43, it’s successor.

MP-34 Machine Pistol Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on November 6, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_AustriaFlag_of_PortugalSurprisingly tough to find. These bayonets were manufactured by Simson in Austria for the MP-34 submachine gun. They were made from the Portuguese M1904 contract bayonet and supplied with the MP34 on the Portugal contract in 1942. Honestly, if you are down to a bayonet after emptying your MP34 then you are right up shit creek IMHO. Visually very similar to the 1904 bayonet, the key is the distance between the two fitting screws on the handle. Also note that the mannlicher M95 bayonet also fits this weapon. I have spent 5 years looking for one of these that wasn’t priced stupidly and EBay finally came through.

German Granatwerfer 34 8cm Mortar Bomb

Posted in Mortars with tags , , , , on June 29, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgPretty standard but hard to find this size in Canada. This is the 8cm mortar projectile for the GrW34. It’s marked for blw 42, meaning it was manufactured in 1942 by Gritzner-Kayzer AG in Karlsrühe. It is obviously ground-dug but will make a great candidate for a restore.

C96 M30 Broomhandle Mauser

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on June 29, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_the_Republic_of_ChinaThis is a M30 variant of the Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol in 7.3mm calibre. The serial number of this example puts it around 1932. It has the three chinese characters on the magazine indicating it was for the Nationalist Chinese contract. The barrel is the standard 140mm length. Somewhere along the last 80 years it has acquired a commercial stock by Geha. Along with this one, I show below my 1920 regulation police rework with fixed sights and the short barrel. I would rate the condition of this one as tired, I have since cleaned it with a copper brush and it’s looking a lot better, but the ex-China ones are always beaters.

Nuremberg IMT Trials Visitors Ticket

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_FranceFlag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgInteresting bit of shyte here. This is a ticket for the visitors gallery for the 379th session of the Nuremburg Military Tribunal (NMT). This session falls within the 7th trial, the Hostages Trial, which ran from 8th July 1947 until 19th February 1948. The defendants were mostly higher commanders of the Wehrmacht accused of atrocities against civilians in the Balkans and Greece.

The ticket holder was a man named Constantine Brown who served in B-24’s in the USAAF until the end of the war when he was seconded to provide Greek-English language translation. He later served in the CIA and upon his return to the US became a policeman.

From his obituary… “BROWN–Constantine. 1927-2014. Constantine Brown passed away on October 22, 2014. His friends and family will miss his enthusiasm and active life style. In 1923, his parents and sister escaped from the forced exchange of Greek and Turkish populations, and came to New York City. He was born in Manhattan’s “Hell’s Kitchen” where his mother struggled to bring up her fatherless children while working at the Greek Orthodox church nearby. He enlisted in the New York State Guard when a teen-ager. During World War II, he joined the Air Force Cadet Program to become a flight engineer on B-24 bombers. His fluency with the Greek language was used by the C.I.A. When the war ended, he completed high school and earned a B.A. from Columbia University while working full-time with the New York City Housing Authority Police. From 1954, he rose through the ranks of the Housing Authority Police which merged with the New York City Police Department. He married Olga Boondas, a professor of social work at Columbia University. His beloved wife and daughter, Themis, pre-deceased him. Constantine was an active member of several organizations, including the Captains’ Endowment Association–NYPD, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, and St. Paul’s Society, NYPD. Olga and Constantine inaugurated the Themis Anastasia Brown Endowment Fund at the Morgan Library and Museum 21 years ago. He was in the process of instituting a chair for Classical and Byzantine Studies at Queens College in NYC, and provide support for the Orphanage under the aegis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.”

Tippco Artillery Prime Mover

Posted in Toys with tags , , , on April 22, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is another Tippco vehicle. This is intended to represent a half track prime mover, a vehicle intended to tow artillery. These were made between 1937 and 1942. Tippco struggled to get support/materials to continue manufacturing after the outbreak of war but they were well known pre-war for the quality and detail of their models. This example has chain rear tracks. It is missing a rear spare wheel and its key which sends me off to the internet to resolve. Update: found a key. Now just need the wheel. Updated Update: found the wheel. Shit I am awesome at Google.

V2 Rocket Motor Part

Posted in Missiles & Projectiles with tags , , , , on April 21, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgYou know if you are going to import the parts for a ballistic missile, you can’t beat Deutsche Post. This is the Oxygen Mixing Nozzle, from the burner cup of a V2 rocket. It came from a dig in Pennemunde on the Baltic coast of Germany, where these things were designed and built. Pretty much the smallest part but hey, it’s a bit of Vengeance Weapon!

German Propaganda Poster

Posted in Paper, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on April 16, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgVery cool items here. This is a pair of medium sized posters I obtained from Henrik in Germany. He told me that a civil servant has retired who had found these in storage in the 70’s. Crisp edges, appropriate spotting, all as you would expect. The text translates to “One People, One Nation, One Leader”. The poster was printed by the offset printer Carl Werner of Reichenbach. By the way, fuck Hitler!

Panzerschreck Front Sight

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , , on April 16, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgMissing from my Panzerschreck rebuild was the adjustable front sight. Luckily Bergflak, a fellow on the internet here, had made some up to fit his own Panzerschreck. I got him to send me one and here we go.

German Trip Wire Spool

Posted in Mines with tags , , , , on March 13, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgWell it doesn’t get much more dull than this. This small spool contains the tripwire used to set up the Stockmine 43 and Bouncing Betty mines as booby traps. The wire comes in two colours, desert yellow and temperate green. This one is marked YBW for the manufacturer. These spools are almost identical to those used by the U.S.Army during WW2 and postwar. The difference is in how the spool core is turned and on the code marking.rsz_tripwire.png

G33/40 Brno Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on February 2, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis bayonet is the correct one for any German G33/40 Mauser. The bayonet superficially looks similar to the one for the K98 however the blade edge is reversed and the ring has been machined off. These bayonets were manufactured by Brno between 1940 and 1942. This one is marked dot on the bayonet and dot42 on the sheath.

Kreigsmarine EM cockade

Posted in Headwear with tags , , , on January 15, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgSimple little add here. This is a metal, bakelite and cloth roundel or cockade in the national colours used on enlisted men’s soft caps in all three services. In this case the KM Donald Duck cap below was missing one when I got it, although it had the slots where one would have fitted. An easy cheap fix, unlike most of the rabbit holes I go down.

Kreigsmarine EM/NCO Donald Duck Cap

Posted in Headwear with tags , , on January 7, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgI have field caps for the Luftwaffe and Heer and have been looking for a KM one for a while. This one came relatively cheap from a trip to Belleville although it is missing its cockade on the front. I will look for one of these in the meantime but I am happy with the look of this. Note, the post-war hats are almost identical except that the inside liner is white in colour.

Kriegsmarine Officer’s Belt & Buckle

Posted in For Sale with tags , , , on December 21, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgEver since that KM Dagger walked into my life a few months ago I have been looking for a good Officer belt and buckle to hang it off. The dagger came with the narrow undress belt but I wanted the broader undress belt. Here it is, lovely.

WW2 Unmarked Luger Magazine

Posted in Magazines with tags , , , , on December 21, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgI was over the other side of Ontario on the weekend picking out of a guys retirement plan when I saw this magazine. It’s unmarked but clearly WW2 vintage, it has the painted zinc button on the base. It was super cheap and since you can never have enough magazines, well here we are.

Mauser K98 Ammunition Pouches

Posted in Ammo & Magazine Pouches with tags , , , , on November 24, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere’s something I had forgotten to post, an unmatched but similar pair of ammunition pouches for the Mauser K98k service rifle. Note the difference in the rear loop as well as the metal internal stiffener.

MP-43/44 7.92×33 Kurz Stripper Clip

Posted in Ammunition with tags , , , on November 24, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgA modest little item here, this is a stripper clip for the 7.92×33 “Kurz” cartridge used in the MP-43/44 assault rifle. Really tough to find this ammo now and especially in the clip. Thanks Andrew!


G33/40 Mountain Carbine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on November 18, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg800px-Flag_of_Czechoslovakia Next up on the wall is a sweet, all matching, G33/40 Mountain Carbine. These rifles were essentially a German copy of the vz33 but considerably lightened by scavenging metal from any place they could find on the rifle to remove. Note the hollow bolt. The rifle is also characterised by the plate that extends up the stock from the butt plate. This was intended to protect the rifle from damage due to being used as a walking stick. The rifle, in addition to being issued to Gebirgsjäger, was also issued to any light infantry such as the Fallschirmjäger. Known for their brutal kick and excessive flash due to the light weight and short barrel, these were only made between 1940 and 42. The 945 code here is the early code for Brno, later it changed to dot.

MG34 Anti-aircraft Sight Ring

Posted in Optics, Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , on July 20, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere is a mid/late war phosphated anti-aircraft sight ring for the MG34 machinegun. The gun was placed on the drelfuss tripod mount and this sight attached. The sight is unmarked.

Tellermine Transport Box

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on June 14, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis box is exciting only if you have four Tellermines and need a way to store or display them. If you are this person then you need to ask yourself why you have four German anti-tank mines and do the RCMP ever slow down as they pass your house. Obviously I am such a person. Below is the case and the 4 AT mines included in the sickness that is my collection. There is a Tellermine 35, Tellermine 35(S), Tellermine 42 and Tellermine 43 sitting in this case.

F.W.Holler 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger

Posted in Daggers with tags , , , on June 11, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere’s a nice Luftwaffe 1st Pattern dagger and hanger I picked up today. The hanger is marked DRGM and the dagger is marked as being manufactured by F.W.Holler. This dagger is much nicer than the beater Emil Voss one I have here.

Nebelkerze 39 Smoke Pot

Posted in Smoke with tags , , , , on June 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgInteresting item of Pioneer kit. This is a Nebelkerze 39 smoke pot used by both AFV’s and Pioneers as a means of quickly laying down a smoke screen during the attack. These were setup with the BZE39 fusing (found also on the M43 & e39 hand grenades) or with a zunder as seen in the photos below.

This one is stamped kun 1941 for the manufacturer J.F. Eisfeld GmbH, Werk Cunegonde.