Other World War Two Collectables

Here you can see a few of the other items in my collection.

Silver Teapot and Sugar Bowl from Hitler’s personal train

Train

Hitler's Teapot Hitler's Sugar Bowl

Hitler's Teapot Hitler's Teapot and Sugar Bowl

Göring's Train Göring

goringsrrThese are amazing pieces of history and came from the personal collection of Bill Shea of the Ruptured Duck. They originally came from Sgt. Conrad Dale Ours who was a member of F Company, 506 P.I.R. of the 101 Airborne Division. In a letter he states “I was in World War II-101st airborne-506th Battalion Paratrooper-My platoon 1 on Hitler’s private train in tunnel at Berchtesgaden.” He goes on to talk about several pieces of silverware that he removed from the train.

There are several internet references and at least two books which help identify the numbers associated with the railway cars (usually referred to as wagons) on the special trains. The following is far from a complete list but it clearly identifies the specific examples I have shown here.

 Wagon #    Description                                     Which Train

# 241          primary dining car                            Göring’s Train

# 242           primary dining car                          Hitler’s Train

# 243           salon car/back up dining car            Göring’s Train

# 244           salon car/back up dining car            Hitler’s Train

Hitler

Hitler’s Train (Führersonderzug- leader’s special train) was originally named Amerika. In September of 1939 it was renamed Einheit III. In 1943 the name was changed to Brandenburg and in March of 1945, it received its last (German) name which was Brandenburg I. After the war it was used by Dwight Eisenhower.

Göring had two trains (Sonderzug- special train) at first they were called Asien I and II. One is shown in the period photo with the same sugar bowls for his train clearly seen in use.

Also a great colour period photo of Hitler outside his dining wagon 10242.

If anybody has any DR 242 silverware or porcelain they wish to sell please contact me.

Video: Hitler’s Bodyguard – 10_13 – Hitler’s Dangerous Train Journeys

 

Collection of George Higgins

A nice grouping of various pieces brought back by Sgt George Higgins who served in the British Grenadier Guards from 1935 until 1956

George Higgins

Sgt George Higgins
British Grenadier Guards

 

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Tunic

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Tunic from Little Sark with Cap, Belt, Badge & Helmet

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Tunic from Little Sark with Cap, Belt, Badge & Helmet

Tunics and helmets in use

Tunics and helmets in use
Channel Islands

 

German Infantry officer’s tunic and cap

German Infantry officer's tunic and cap German Infantry officer's tunic and cap

 

Wound BadgeHere is an interesting grouping of a Wehrpass and Award certificate for the Silver Wound Badge – awarded to Arbeiter (Worker) Wilhelm Hobein

A very nice document with the signature of General der Flieger Ludwig Wolff, Holder of the Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross.

Wolff was Commanding General -in Luftgau XI with his headquarters in Hannover. He along with his staff where captured by the British on May 3, 1945 in Hamburg. He was placed in a British POW camp from which he was released in February 1948.

About the badge

The Wound Badge (German: Verwundetenabzeichen) was a military decoration awarded to wounded soldiers of the German Army,

Silver (2nd class) for being wounded three or four times, via hostile action.

After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to injured civilian workers. It was ultimately one of the most highly prized, since it was earned “as a mark of honour for all who have risked their lives for the Fatherland and have been wounded or maimed.” Hobein was probably a factory worker for the Luftwaffe.

About the date of injury

25/26 July 1943:

Essen attacked by 705 aircraft – 294 Lancasters, 221 Halifaxes, 104 Stirlings, 67 Wellingtons, 19 Mosquitos. The commander of the American VIII Bomber Command, Brigadier-General Fred Anderson, observed this raid as a passenger in an 83 Squadron Lancaster. The raid was successful, with major damage being recorded in Essen’s industrial areas in the eastern half of the city.

A selection of weapons

An MP40, K98, P38, & PO8 Luger.

A selection of weapons. An MP40, K98, P38, & PO8 Luger. Officer with Luger MP40

 

Officer’s daggers

Kriegsmarine dress dagger with knot and straps

Surrender of the Channel Islands from German forces on board HMS Bulldog on 9th May 1945.

Officer's daggers

Selection of officer’s daggers including a Kriegsmarine dress dagger with knot and straps as shown in the photo.

 

The infamous Jackboots

Jackboots Jackboots

 

 

A selection of papers including news papers, leaflets, ration books, stamps, money and an army diary.

A selection of papers including news papers, leaflets, ration books, stamps, money and an army diary

Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine mess hall plates.

Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine mess hall plates.

A close up of the army plate eagle

A close up of the army plate eagle.

Food parcel from the SS Vega.

Food parcel from the SS Vega.

Jersey Defence Volunteers armband

Jersey Defence Volunteers armband.

My Grandfather's ID card

My Grandfather’s ID card.

A set of headphones given to my Grandfather by a German officer.

A set of headphones given to my Grandfather by a German officer.

Some of my items on display.

Some of my items on display.