Recently I added this cool item to my collection, a German foldable map table. It measure 70cm x 70cm and is ca 75cm tall. It is well made with brass edges, spikes on the legs and it has a slot underneath to place a ruler, which sadly is missing. On the underside it is stenciled "Nicht magnetfrei" which means it is magnetic and might disturb compasses and certain maptools. I really like this table and when I get more space I will use it for a map related display :)
Here are a few Panzerfaust tubes from my collection.
The first pair is a Panzerfaust Klein and a Panzerfaust 30. Both found in Northern Norway. These cleaned up beautifully and their sights are working. Both are painted in camo. The Klein is painted dark brown/grey with three panzeryellow squares. The 30 is painted dark green and has the yellow sprayed mainly on the upper side of the tube and around the firing mechanism.
The other three were found on the battlefields of Kurland, Latvia and have some nice battledamages. They are two Panzerfaust 30s and one Klein.
A few days ago I saw an add in a sales forum here in Norway and instantly bought the item. It was a small POW art box. I was amazed to see this item because a few years ago when I worked at the garbage dump I one morning rescued a POW art wooden box from the container, and they must have been made by the same guy. The one I bought came out from the neighbour town and is a bit smaller and more well kept. In the spring and early summer of 1945 Soviet POWs was waiting to be sent back to Soviet and they produced souvenirs and items like these to offer to the local population either as a trade for food etc or as a "thank you" to people who had risked their life helping the POWs.
I am a bit gobsmacked to have these two boxes in front of me now and they ll find their place in a display cabinet soon.
The box I found in the garbage container:
Both of them together:
A few days ago I cleaned up the last helmet I found this season. A nice M35 Single Decal with lots of original color left, also the liner is intact on this one so Im happy with this find :)
Earlier this autumn I found three German helmets. The first one had been in a fire and didn`t have much paint left under the rust. With this helmet, the second one I found, I was a bit luckier. After a nice and long bath in oxalic acid I wasn`t able to get off more rust , but most of it had come off and revealed original paint. It was camo painted with black lines going across it, and it looks like it at some point had a Heer decal. It is stamped ET64, the other stamp is not possible to read.
I got these two "Ostmeidallen" with me back home from Latvia. They are part of a hoard find of unissued medals. I got one which was still stuck inside the paper bag, and I ll keep it like it, and the other one was free from its bag and can be displayed in a nice way. Great little finds which I am thrilled about.
Here is a new relic wall decoration. A Pz.Faust tube and two barrells mounted on some old and patinated wooden planks. This will look awesome on the wall :)
I went through some papers my Grandma had given me and discovered these two interesting leaflets. Both dropped over German forces in or around Kirkenes by the Red Army. The first declares that Finland has laid down their arms against Soviet and will turn against the Germans. The other one contains three paragrahs from the Red Army High Command about prisoner treatment. Both leaflets would give the German soldier free passage to the back of the front where a comfortable prison camp was waiting.
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Some finds from a Red Army POW camp in Northern Norway, where the Red Army soldiers had been sent to slave on the german Polarbahn project.. A fish tin modified into a box, a POW-made pocket knife, game pieces from Wehrmacht soldiers pocket game kit, a POWs Stalag tag with a nice repair and a piece of the camps fence wire.
My German Karbid lantern and karbid box. The box was dug out while metal detecting a WH camp in Northern Norway and the lantern is a barn find.