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.
Here is a Red Army RG-42 hand grenade attached to a piece of wood, found on the old battlefields of Kurland by a friend and he sent me it after it had been emptied. I cleaned it up and preserved it. The wood got treated with some oils to prevent it to deteriorate further. I simply love pieces of relics like this and Im considering having the whole thing cast into clear resin:)
Two of my relic Panzerfausts. The one with paint left was found in a Gebirgsjäger capitulationsite in Northern Norway and the other one was dug out in the Kurland Kessel.
Here is some pics of two lovely British combat helmets. Until recently they had laid forgotten in a barn since sometime after the fighting of Norway in April-May 1940.
One of them has "J.E" carved into the brim. Both stamped "1939".
When one is letting the collecting borderline hoarding one can quicly accumulate stacks of boxes filled with relics. That way no one ever gets to see or touch them, so one day I was adding more relics to the piles I decided to begin making displays of them so that they can be shown rather than being forgotten about. Making displays of relics can also be a way to sneak some war memoribila into spaces sometimes controlled by the better half.
Here is some of what I ve made so far, and more will be added as I make them:)
Relics placed on wooden plinths or bases:
Red Army mortar tail fins found in Kurland:
K98 round,found in Northern Norway:
Shrapnel from a large Katyusha rocket found in Kurland:
Floor plating possibly from a PZIV found in Kurland.
Helmet fragments mounted in frames. All these were found in Stalingrad:
Relics placed in frames:
Eagles from supply bags,barnfinds from Northern Norway:
K98 barrell and bullet found in Kurland:
PPS barrell,oiler and rounds,found in Kurland:
Red Army 76mm powder charge bag and two 76mm shells,found in Kurland:
German toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes,found in Northern Norway:
Nivea tins found while metal detecting:
German Red Cross award,found near Berlin:
The lock was found in Stalingrad and the tie down ring in a Gebirgsjäger stable in Northern Norway:
Badges,awards and a Finnish coin found in a Gebirgsjäger capitulation site in Northern Norway:
EKMs and a EK found in Geb.Jägers capitulation site in Northern Norway:
EKM found in Kurland:
Relics found in different sites in Northern Norway:
Display boxes from Ikea:
Messkits and canteen found in Kurland: