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In World War I, Field Marshal Foch, the Allied commander in chief, could not be found when a military conference was about to start. An officer friend said, "I think I know where he might be." Foch was found praying nearby at a bombed-out chapel. Abraham Lincoln once said, "I would be the greatest fool on earth if I did not realize that I could never satisfy the demands of the high office without the help of One who is greater and stronger than I am. General Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson and countless others in the Confederate Army were committed to personal prayer time daily .. "King David realized this truth too. Although he was a powerful king, he daily acknowledged his dependence on someone far greater and stronger than he was. Not only did King David begin each day depending on the Lord, but he waited expectantly throughout the day to see how God would work on his behalf.

When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright.
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.


WILLIAM COWPER
HISTORICAL LOT of WW2 US Battlefield "FOX-HOLE" Recovered Items that include, US Knapsack Buckles, Shell Casings, NAZI Coins, Masher Grenade Pull weights, Bullet Tips etc. ( Recovered Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge )

Here is a chance to own a historic and incredible artifact collection worthy of a museum collection dug from Bastogne. Perfect for shadow box displays! These were found with a metal detector near Bastogne. Panzer columns took the outlying villages and widely separated strongpoints in bitter fighting, and advanced to points near Bastogne within four days. The struggle for the villages and American strongpoints, plus transport confusion on the German side, slowed the attack sufficiently to allow the 101st Airborne Division (reinforced by elements from the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions) to reach Bastogne by truck on the morning of 19 December. The fierce defense of Bastogne, in which American paratroopers particularly distinguished themselves, made it impossible for the Germans to take the town with its important road junctions. The panzer columns swung past on either side, cutting off Bastogne on 20 December but failing to secure the vital crossroads. In the extreme south, Brandenberger's three infantry divisions were checked by divisions of the U.S. VIII Corps after an advance of 6.4 km (4 mi); that front was then firmly held. Only the 5th Parachute Division of Brandenberger's command was able to thrust forward 19 km (12 mi) on the inner flank to partially fulfill its assigned role. Eisenhower and his principal commanders realized by 17 December that the fighting in the Ardennes was a major offensive and not a local counterattack, and they ordered vast reinforcements to the area. Within a week 250,000 troops had been sent. General Gavin of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived on the scene first and ordered the 101st to hold Bastogne while the 82nd would take the more difficult task of facing the SS Panzer Divisions; it was also thrown into the battle north of the bulge, near Elsenborn Ridge.

$69 for all !

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RARE WW2 "Battlefield Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "RARE "SILVER" AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
( Dug Surrender Site of "ARMY GROUP NORTH")

Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number of Silver Grade Awards were issued. A Battlefield Dug "SILVER GRADE" AWARD from my personal collection, that is complete with the crossbar and maker marked. In the middle of October 1944, about 500,000 soldiers -- 32 German divisions and the 20,000 men of the Latvian Nineteenth Division of the Waffen–SS -- were cut off from the rest of the German army and encircled. To the east and the south was the Soviet army, to the north and the west -- the Baltic Sea. The Latvians called it Kurzemes katls, the Kurland kettle; the Germans called it Festung Kurland, Fortress Kurland. For the Nineteenth Division Kurland was truly the last stand. They took part in six major battles between October 12, 1944, and April 3, 1945. Together with the German army units they on the whole held the front line, keeping the Bolsheviks out of Kurland, until May 8, 1945, when Germany capitulated. These soldiers remained undefeated until the final moments of the war, im Felde unbesiegt, as the Germans say. In one of the last battles, Captain Miervaldis Adamsons' company in a single 24-hour period repelled seven attacks by the Russians, and after the battle the bodies of 400 fallen Soviet soldiers could be counted in front of the Latvians' unconquered positions. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. Soviet documents show that Stalin threw division after division into the Kurland inferno, disregarding the appallingly high losses. According to German estimates , the Soviet army lost 320,000 soldiers -- including those fallen, wounded, and taken prisoner -- and 2388 tanks, 659 planes, 900 cannons, and 1440 machine-guns
The award was bestowed in three classes:
• For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
• For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
• For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.
In order to receive this distinguished decoration, all battles and their dates had to be officially documented by the battle commander, verified by the general in charge and authenticated by several divisions of the war department. It was possible that more than one close combat battle per day was fought and therefore recorded as a separate entity.An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 battles. The highest number of battles in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele. The Gold Close Combat Clasp was often regarded in higher esteem than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the German infantry. Of the roughly 18–20 million soldiers of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 36,400 received the Bronze Class, 9,500 the Silver Class and only " 631 the Gold Class !

$ 190




INCREDIBLE "BATTLE-DAMAGE" ! "Tooth-less TIGER" HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE German WW2 TIGER TANK "Track Link TOOTH" DIRECT HIT "Blown-Off" !
( Recovered in COURLAND POCKET Positions of the Historic 510th Heavy Panzer Division )

Original tooth from Tiger I track link. The Kurland digger recovered this tank track link tooth, near a destroyed tank in positions of the 510th Heavy Panzer Division in Kurland Pocket. The 510th Heavy Panzer Battalion (German: schwere-Panzer-Abteilung 510, abbreviated s.Pz.Abt. 510) was a Germanheavy Panzer-Abteilung equipped with Tiger I and later Tiger II Königstiger tanks. The 510th saw action on the Eastern Front during the Second World WarThe 510th was formed June 1944; in July it was sent to Lithuania, where it fought in the Courland Pocket until the end of the war, attached to the 14 the Panzer Division. Elements of the battalion were evacuated from Courland and transferred to the Western Front, where they subsequently surrendered to the Western Allies. A battle group with the last 15 Tiger tanks was left behind in Courland, where it surrendered to the Red Army.

$ 159







Another OUTSTANDING HISTORIC WW2 "ARTIFACT" FROM STALINGRAD out of my personal collection !! Battlefield Excavated "Nazi GERMAN REICH" Secret Message "ENIGMA MACHINE" Battle-Damaged ROTOR WHEEL Piece" with serial number still visible along with A PART of the ALPHABET Decoder Letters still inatct ! Bunker Found at Gumrak Airstrip - STALINGRAD

Here is a relic from my personal collection that is fantastic, historic and extremely collectible! The German "Field" Enigma Machine Rotar Wheel Relic that was battlefield excavated at a dug -out bunker site at the Gumrak Airfield in Stalingrad ! This impressive artifact is ghostly in appearance and historic as seen below in the Intelligence report. Although the German army, SS, police, and railway all used Enigma with similar procedures, it was the Luftwaffe (Air Force) that was the first and most fruitful source of Ultra intelligence during the war. The messages were decrypted in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park and turned into intelligence reports in Hut 3.The network code-named ‘Red’ at Bletchley Park was broken regularly and quickly from 22 May 1940 until the end of hostilities. Indeed, the Air Force section of Hut 3 expected the new day’s Enigma settings to have been established in Hut 6 by breakfast time. The relative ease of breaking this network’s settings was a product of plentiful cribs and frequent German operating mistakes. Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring was known to use it for trivial communications, including informing squadron commanders to make sure the pilots he was going to decorate had been properly deloused. Such messages became known as "Göring funnies" to the staff at Bletchley Park.

After the surrender of the encircled German forces in Stalingrad in early 1943 Enigma machines and documents plus signals personnel fell into Soviet hands. According to the memoirs of Admiral Golovko documents were retrieved from the sunken U-boat 639 in August 1943: ‘Submarine S-101, which sank U 639 and recovered lists of call-signs and codes which made it possible to keep track of enemy submarines throughout the Northern theatre. During the summer ’44 battles several German units were encircled and destroyed. It is safe to assume that a lot of crypto material was lost.During WWII their spy John Cairncross was able to infiltrate Bletchley Park and he gave the Soviets copies of the documents that he had access to. Some dealt with the Enigma. So it is certain that the Soviets were able to solve Enigma messages thanks to compromised material and the possibility that during the war they managed to retrieve the daily Enigma settings cryptanalytically cannot be discounted. The only way to know for sure is for the Russian government to give researchers access to the wartime files of the NKVD 5th Department. Another way is to look for information from other available sources. One such source is the report ‘Russian signal intelligence 1941-45’ by Lt Col Fritz Neeb, head of evaluation for NAAS 2 (Signal Intelligence Evaluation Center) of KONA 2 (Signals intelligence Regiment 2) assigned to Army Group Centre in the Eastern Front. According to Neeb the Soviet signals intelligence organization was as good as or better than the Germans in traffic analysis and direction finding. However it doesn’t seem like they were able to solve German Enigma traffic, at least up to late 1942.In page 17 of his report he says that during the Stalingrad battle a Soviet 5-figure message was decoded and it contained a signals intelligence report. The report showed that the German units in the area were correctly identified but there was a mistake in their numerical designation. This would imply that the information came from sources other than cryptanalysis since in German messages numbers had to be spelled out.
Despite an estimated 30,000 Enigma machines manufactured, there are currently only about 350 known to exist today, with less than half of these in private hands. Enigma machines are now a collector's item for the über geek - a standard Army Enigma has increased in value from $20K to over $200K in the past decade. A record price of $269,000 for a 3-wheel Enigma was fetched in April, 2015 at Bonhams. Here is a chance to own an affordable relic lot of this highly collectible relic !!

$ 650










JUST ARRIVED - THE ULTIMATE WWII WEAPON ! - Eastern Front WWII BATTLEFIELD German PANZERFAUST/ FAUSTPATRONE-KLEIN 30" CONE ANTI-TANK Rocket WEAPON RELIC ( Recovered Kurland Pocket ) SIMPLY AWESOME ! Still retains ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS label and Camo Paint !

Here is a rare and completely inert and hollow hard to find German early model WWII Anti-Tank Rocket cone that was discarded near Kurland. The Panzerfaust still retains a piece of instructions and the snow camo paint.. This Faustpatrone early version with pointed tip anti-tank weapon cone. You can truly feel the history when holding this weapon relic. The Panzerfaust was a WWII German short-range antitank weapon designed for infantry use. The Panzerfaust consisted of a rocket-propelled, hollow-charge warhead fired from a disposable tube launcher. The Panzerfaust could penetrate up to 200-mm of armor which was sufficient to defeat all the major Allied tanks. The simple, cheap Panzerfaust was manufactured in large quantities until the end of WWII and gave the infantry a useful anti-tank capability. Faustpatrone: The first model with small pointed warhead. Production continued after the introduction of later Panzerfaust versions. Also known as Faustpatrone 1, Faustpatrone klein, Gretchen, and Panzerfaust 30 klein.

$ 320










RARE WW2 "Battlefield Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "RARE "BRONZE" AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
( Dug Surrender Site of "ARMY GROUP NORTH")

Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number of Gold and Silver were issued. A Battlefield Dug Bronze GRADE AWARD from my personal collection, that are beautiful complete with the crossbar and maker marked. In the middle of October 1944, about 500,000 soldiers -- 32 German divisions and the 20,000 men of the Latvian Nineteenth Division of the Waffen–SS -- were cut off from the rest of the German army and encircled. To the east and the south was the Soviet army, to the north and the west -- the Baltic Sea. The Latvians called it Kurzemes katls, the Kurland kettle; the Germans called it Festung Kurland, Fortress Kurland. For the Nineteenth Division Kurland was truly the last stand. They took part in six major battles between October 12, 1944, and April 3, 1945. Together with the German army units they on the whole held the front line, keeping the Bolsheviks out of Kurland, until May 8, 1945, when Germany capitulated. These soldiers remained undefeated until the final moments of the war, im Felde unbesiegt, as the Germans say. In one of the last battles, Captain Miervaldis Adamsons' company in a single 24-hour period repelled seven attacks by the Russians, and after the battle the bodies of 400 fallen Soviet soldiers could be counted in front of the Latvians' unconquered positions. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. Soviet documents show that Stalin threw division after division into the Kurland inferno, disregarding the appallingly high losses. According to German estimates , the Soviet army lost 320,000 soldiers -- including those fallen, wounded, and taken prisoner -- and 2388 tanks, 659 planes, 900 cannons, and 1440 machine-guns

The award was bestowed in three classes:
• For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
• For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
• For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.

In order to receive this distinguished decoration, all battles and their dates had to be officially documented by the battle commander, verified by the general in charge and authenticated by several divisions of the war department. It was possible that more than one close combat battle per day was fought and therefore recorded as a separate entity.An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 battles. The highest number of battles in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele. The Gold Close Combat Clasp was often regarded in higher esteem than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the German infantry. Of the roughly 18–20 million soldiers of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 36,400 received the Bronze Class, 9,500 the Silver Class and only " 631 the Gold Class !

$ 99









RARE "Battlefield Dug" WW2 German "WEHRMACHT Large Vehicle / HALFTRACK LICENSE PLATE ! - ( 2 Faintly Visible Inspection Stamps with the Rare District Designation 'IS' ) Battle-Damaged with "BULLET-HOLES !!!" ( Recovered Historic Hurtgen Forest )

Here is a chance to own a fantastic rare German WW2 Large Vehicle License Plate with inspection stamps with District Designation
The battle of the Hurtgen ended in a German defensive victory and the whole offensive was a dismal failure for the allies.The Americans suffered 33,000 casualties during the course of the battle, including 9,000 non-combat losses and represented a 25% casualty rate. The Germans had also suffered heavy losses with 28,000 casualties - many of these were non combat and prisoners of war.
The surprise German Ardennes offensive caught Allied forces off guard. The Germans attacked with nearly 30 divisions; including the 1st SS, 2nd SS, and the 12th SS Panzer Divisions, with the northernmost point of the battlefront centered on Monschau. They forced a large salient in the American lines almost sixty miles deep at its maximum extent, but never attained their key goals in the northern sector of their attack. The key to the German advance were Rollbahns in the north that would take them directly to Antwerp. These routes were never opened. SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich's 6th Panzer Army had been selected to make the main effort. It was entrusted with the offensive's primary objective, capturing Antwerp. However, the Germans never came close to their objective, held up by the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 99th Infantry Divisions, who refused to yield ground in the battle for Elsenborn Ridge. The 1st SS Panzer Division — and its spearhead formation, known as Kampfgruppe Peiper — of the 6th Panzer Army never got more than halfway to the Meuse River.
To the south, the Germans had somewhat more success. They swept over the vastly unprepared 106th Infantry Division, overrunning two of its regiments who surrendered virtually intact, and finally capturing the key road and rail network in St. Vith. But they didn't get far beyond the village, as the 7th Armored Division and the remaining regiment of the 106th Infantry Division—with elements of the 28th Infantry Divisionand the 9th Armored Division—held firm outside that town. They never captured the key town of Bastogne and were forced to bypass it, and, although they got within a few miles of the Meuse River, their advance was stopped by the 8th and 104th Infantry Division, and the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
The Ardennes Offensive came to a complete halt in early January, when German forces in the northern shoulder of the bulge were blocked by a strong American defence, the destruction of bridges by American engineers, and a lack of fuel.
In early February, American forces attacked through the Hürtgen Forest for the final time. On 10 February, the Rur Dam was taken by American forces, although the Germans had jammed open the dam's floodgates a day earlier, flooding the Rur Valley and delaying the U.S. advance to the Rhine for two further weeks, until 23 February, when the flood waters had receded.


$170











HISTORIC RELIC LOT ! Ground Dug Battlefield RELIC "US GRENADE SPOON and FUZE and a Shard of an Artillery Shell all recovered ( BASTOGNE, BATTLE OF THE BULGE )

Here is a spectacular lot of relics that would be perfect for museum displays that were recovered Bastogne. By 21 December the Germans had surrounded Bastogne, which was defended by the 101st Airborne Division and Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division. Conditions inside the perimeter were tough—most of the medical supplies and medical personnel had been captured. Food was scarce, and by 22 December artillery ammunition was restricted to 10 rounds per gun per day. The weather cleared the next day, however, and supplies (primarily ammunition) were dropped over four of the next five days.Despite determined German attacks, however, the perimeter held. The German commander, Lt. Gen. Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz requested Bastogne's surrender. When Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st, was told of the Nazi demand to surrender, in frustration he responded, "Nuts!" After turning to other pressing issues, his staff reminded him that they should reply to the German demand. One officer, Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard, noted that McAuliffe's initial reply would be "tough to beat." Thus McAuliffe wrote on the paper, which was typed up and delivered to the Germans, the line he made famous and a morale booster to his troops: "NUTS!" That reply had to be explained, both to the Germans and to non-American Allies. Both 2nd Panzer and Panzer Lehr moved forward from Bastogne after 21 December, leaving only Panzer Lehr's 901st Regiment to assist the 26th Volksgrenadier Division in attempting to capture the crossroads. The 26th VG received one panzergrenadier regiment from the 15th Panzergrenadier Division on Christmas Eve for its main assault the next day. Because it lacked sufficient troops and those of the 26th VG Division were near exhaustion, the XLVII Panzer Corps concentrated its assault on several individual locations on the west side of the perimeter in sequence rather than launching one simultaneous attack on all sides. The assault, despite initial success by its tanks in penetrating the American line, was defeated and all the tanks destroyed. The next day, 26 December, the spearhead of Gen. Patton's 4th Armored Division broke through and opened a corridor to Bastogne. Don't let this chance get away to add to your collection authentic Battle of the Bulge Relics !

$ 95 for all !








RARE WW2 "Battlefield Dug" German "WEHRMACHT" RELIC "DKW" MOTORCYCLE and a RARE PANZER TANK Ignition KEY ! ( Recovered Historic STALINGRAD )

Here is a highly collectible original battlefield dug German WW2 Motorcycle Key as well as a Rare German Armored Vehicle Ignition Key from Stalingrad ! On June 22, 1941 Germany launched its Operation Barbarossa, the 3-million-man invasion of the Soviet Union. During the campaigns that followed they served a variety of functions including chauffeur service for officers, delivering dispatches, even hot meals, as scouting patrols, as point vehicles taking the brunt of battle, sometimes as specially equipped tank destroyers. As with all motorcyclists, there was a kinship among these soldiers who called themselves "kradmelder." They rode exposed without the armor plating of the Panzers, without the safety of hundreds of foot soldiers beside them. Moving targets as it were. Sniper magnets. And then there were mine fields, artillery fire, and strafing aircraft to contend with.
The other enemy was the Russian weather. By autumn the roads had turned into nearly impassable bogs, the fields over which the motorcycles traveled turning in to "seas of jelly three feet more deep." Pack horses sank to the bellies, boots were sucked off the soldiers' feet. Motorized forces that had once traveled over 70 miles in a day now were lucky to make 10. By winter, temperatures fell to -40 degrees, engine oil and exposed soldiers froze solid.

Mechanized Police: A Police Unit poses with their machinegun equipped DKW/sidecar while their comrades carry Schmeisser submachineguns. Similar units of the Police and SS einsatzgruppen took part in the so-called spezial aktions that left mass graves in their wake across Eastern Europe.
There were 113,000 cases of frostbite reported. Some German motorcycle riders benefited from special heating systems grafted onto their bikes, including foot and hand warmers. They, all along with the foot soldiers, ate horse meat provided by over 100,000 animals that died in the freezing cold. But the iron horses pushed on.

$ 160 for the pair !






RARE Lot of German LUFTWAFFE FLYING PERMITS - Ground Dug Relics - Recovered STALINGRAD POCKET

Here is an original pair of ground dug Luftwaffe Flying Permit Chits that were recovered Stlingrad. The permits allowed night flying only to prevent further loss of valuable aircraft. Because of the Soviet pincer attack, about 230,000 German and Romanian soldiers, as well as the Croatian 369th Reinforced Infantry Regiment and other volunteer subsidiary troops, found themselves trapped inside the resulting pocket. Inside the pocket (German: kessel) there also were the surviving Soviet civilians—around 10,000, and several thousand Soviet soldiers the Germans had taken captive during the battle. Not all German soldiers from Sixth Army were trapped; 50,000 were brushed aside outside the pocket. The encircling Red Army units immediately formed two defensive fronts: a circumvallation facing inward, to defend against any breakout attempt, and a contravallation facing outward, to defend against any relief attempt. The Sixth Army was the largest unit of this type in the world, almost twice as large as a regular German army. Also trapped in the pocket was a corps of the Fourth Panzer Army. It should have been clear that supplying the pocket by air was impossible -- the maximum 117.5 tons they could deliver a day was less than the 800 tons/day needed by the pocket. To supplement the limited number of Junkers Ju 52 transports, the Germans equipped aircraft wholly inadequate for the role, such as the bomber He-177 (some bombers performed adequately -- the Heinkel He-111 proved to be quite capable and was a lot faster than the Ju 52). But Hitler backed Göring's plan and reiterated his order of "no surrender" to his trapped armies.The air supply mission failed. Appalling weather conditions, technical failures, heavy Soviet anti-aircraft fire and fighter interceptions led to the loss of 488 German aircraft. The Luftwaffe failed to achieve even the maximum supply capacity of 117 tons that it was capable of. An average of 94 tons of supplies per day was delivered to the trapped German Army. Even then, it was often inadequate or unnecessary; one aircraft arrived with 20 tonnes of Vodka and summer uniforms, completely useless in their current situation. The transport aircraft that did land safely were used to evacuate technical specialists and sick or wounded men from the besieged enclave (some 42,000 were evacuated in all). The Sixth Army slowly starved. Pilots were shocked to find the troops assigned to offloading the planes too exhausted and hungry to unload food. General Zeitzler, moved by the troops' plight at Stalingrad, began to limit himself to their slim rations at meal times. After a few weeks of such a diet he'd grown so emaciated that Hitler, annoyed, personally ordered him to start eating regular meals again.The expense to the Transportgruppen was heavy. Some 266 Junkers Ju 52s were destroyed, one-third of the fleets strength on the Soviet-German front. The He 111 gruppen lost 165 aircraft in transport operations. Other losses included 42 Junkers Ju 86s, nine Fw 200 "Condors", five He 177 bombers and a single Ju 290. The Luftwaffe also lost close to 1,000 highly experienced bomber crew personnel.

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ITALY AT WAR BOOK ! My friend RUSS ARENDELL Has a COMPREHENSIVE Full-Color Reference Work Titled "ITALY at WAR" that entails all things ITALY including weapons, Photos, Military Equipment , and Ephemera ! No WW2 Relic Collector should be without this Beautiful Reference Work !


Here is a beautiful 708 page WW2 ITALY AT WAR Comprehensive reference work is a gigantic hard-bound book that encompasses all things Italy in WW2. Please contact Russ directly to request a quote with shipping or to order your copy at arditidagger@outlook.com Arditi Books is a one man hobby publishing enterprise. Russ Arendell uses the Arditi Books logo as an opportunity to write, edit and print military oriented books for the collector, wargamer, modeler and historian. Books are put together on subjects that are of interest to Russ(hence the hobbyist slant). Russ is a collector of militaria, wargamer and one of his degree's is in history. He hopes that bringing his and other's passion for military history to printed form that he will be able to tackle another avenue in his passion for the broad subject. This is not a money making enterprise for Russ and his associate author's as they have day-time jobs. This is for fun and being able to share with the interesting collecting and historical communities. Two books have been published in limited numbers so far; Italy at War and Japan at War. Both books cover the uniforms, weapons, equipment and ephemera of these fighting nations during WWII. Arditi Books will never reach the printed and distribution power of the larger printing outlets, but hopefully, by their small numbers become collector items in their own right as well as bring interesting uniform, weapon, equipment and ephemeric information to those that enjoy this information.

PLEASE CONTACT: Russ Arendell directly at arditidagger@outlook.com













GREATWAR RELICS is Proud to Present THE LONG-AWAITED WW2 RELIC BOOK is finished ! "DIE OSTFRONT" WW2 RELICS in full color HARD-BOUND BOOK by Russ Arendell. Every WW2 Collector should want to make this Important work on WW2 Eastern Front Relics part of their Reference Library and Just in Time for Christmas !

The hard-back relic book "Die Ostfront" is finished and would make a wonderful Christmas gift ! The book is in full color, 400 pages of Italian, Romanian, German, Slovakian, Russian and Hungarian relics of the Eastern Front. Letters, weapons, battle-ground photos, personal items, food items, helmets, some cloth, medals, equipment, etc. will be pictured in full color. This is an unusual book and I believe will achieve instant collector status as it will be printed in relatively small numbers. Under 100 books certainly. This is not a book on pristine items. These are items that have been located in former fighting positions in Russia (Stalingrad, Kurland, Narva, Leningrad, etc.), Poland and in front of Berlin.Contact at arditidagger@outlook.com if you want to save and preorder this most unusual and collectible book. "Arditi Books" has published a number of books on Italian, German, Japanese militaria, Italian firearms and toy soldiers. They have all been well received and copies reside in many serious collections. Authors from the US, Italy, Germany, Australia and other nation's have contributed to Arditi Books in items and information.Prepay for the book is $95.00 (if you want it cheaper)...needs to arrive to me before Thanksgiving Day. The base price of the book is $100.00 and $15.00 shipping for a total of $115.00 within the US if you do not prepay. I will cover the $15.00 shipping within the US and will cover another $5.00 on the cover price for a total of $20.00 savings if one prepays before I send it to the printers. The book will be ready for Christmas presents before December 25th. More shipping for overseas. Please contact my friend Russ directly for orders at arditidagger@outlook.com

$115









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RARE WW2 German 16. Armee TANK DESTRUCTION Badge RELIC with part of backing and original thread from KURLAND POCKET !

Here is a nice battlefield relic Tank Destruction Badge rough condition but extremely rare. This example still has part of its back plate and you can still see cloth arm patch threads behind the device. Dug out on positions of 16. Armee, found without soldier. Great item, will look great in any WW2 collection. Found on battlefield south of Frauenburg (Saldus) in burned down headquarters bunker among other awards. Seems that they were leaving in hurry and forgot awards and other items. Cleaned and prepared for collection. Like the previous days the major attack on 23 December took place south of Frauenburg where the 4th Assault Army with 119, 360, 357, 378, 145, 239, 306, 164 and 158 Rifle Divisions stormed against the HKL of 18th Army on both sides of Pampali. The frontline defended by 16th Army was attacked by the 10 Guard Army with 56, 65, 53, 85, 30, 29, 119 Rifle divisions and 7 Guard division and the 42 Army with 2, 268, 256 and 48 Rifle Divisions. The German soldiers defended themselves fuious against this numerical much stronger enemy and was able to hold their lines. The 205 Infantrie-Division repulsed the attack of three Rifle Divisions. The 16th Army along with the 18th Army was cut off in the Courland Peninsula when the Soviets launched their summer and autumn offensives of 1944. It stayed trapped there until the end of the war. After the war, 250,000 German troops trapped in the Courland Pocket were marched into captivity, many were never heard from again.

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RARE Original Excavated WW2 German "ANTI-PARTISAN" BADGE AWARD with Part of a T-Bar Pinback Still attached ! ( Recovered POLAND )

Here is a cool battlefield relic, that I was tempted not to part with. These Partisan Badge Awards are highly collectible in any condition. This example was recovered with a broken pin-back but a piece of it still remains. The hollow-back type is very collectible.
In March 1940, a partisan unit of the first guerilla organization of the Second World War in Europe, led by Major Henryk Dobrzanski (Hubal) completely destroyed a battalion of German infantry in a skirmish near the Polish village of Huciska. A few days later in an ambush near the village of Szalasy it inflicted heavy casualties upon another German unit. As time progressed, resistance forces grew in size and number. To counter this threat, the German authorities formed a special 1,000 man-strong anti-partisan unit of combined SS-Wehrmacht forces, including a Panzer group. Although Dobrzanski's unit never exceeded 300 men, the Germans fielded at least 8,000 men in the area to secure it.
In 1940, Witold Pilecki, Polish resistance, presented to his superiors a plan to enter Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp, gather intelligence on the camp from the inside, and organize inmate resistance.The Home Army approved this plan, provided him with a false identity card, and on 19 September 1940, he deliberately went out during a street roundup in Warsaw-lapanka, and was caught by the Germans along with other civilians and sent to Auschwitz. In the camp he organized the underground organization Zwiazek Organizacji Wojskowej (ZOW). From October 1940, ZOW sent the first reports about the camp and its genocide to Home Army Headquarters in Warsaw through the resistance network organized in Auschwitz.

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RARE "Battlefield Dug" WWII German Sub-machine gun" Sturmgewehr " MP-44, STG44, Artifact Relic - ( Recovered Kurland-Kessel - Surrender Site of Army Group North - Eastern Front )

Here is an incredible ground dug relic WW2 German MP44 Sub-Machine Gun from Kurland. Although it is in rough but solid condition and the barrel was cut in order to clear customs which is ridiculous when you see the excavated condition. This would look incredible mounted or framed. These are impossible to find anymore in any condition and this example was excavated at historic Kurland. Highly desireable among collectors are the actual battle found weapons with the German MP44 being the jewel. In the middle of October 1944, about 500,000 soldiers -- 32 German divisions and the 20,000 men of the Latvian Nineteenth Division of the Waffen–SS -- were cut off from the rest of the German army and encircled. To the east and the south was the Soviet army, to the north and the west -- the Baltic Sea. The Latvians called it Kurzemes katls, the Kurland kettle; the Germans called it Festung Kurland, Fortress Kurland. For the Nineteenth Division Kurland was truly the last stand. They took part in six major battles between October 12, 1944, and April 3, 1945. Together with the German army units they on the whole held the front line, keeping the Bolsheviks out of Kurland, until May 8, 1945, when Germany capitulated. These soldiers remained undefeated until the final moments of the war, im Felde unbesiegt, as the Germans say. In one of the last battles, Captain Miervaldis Adamsons' company in a single 24-hour period repelled seven attacks by the Russians, and after the battle the bodies of 400 fallen Soviet soldiers could be counted in front of the Latvians' unconquered positions. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. Soviet documents show that Stalin threw division after division into the Kurland inferno, disregarding the appallingly high losses. According to German estimates , the Soviet army lost 320,000 soldiers -- including those fallen, wounded, and taken prisoner -- and 2388 tanks, 659 planes, 900 cannons, and 1440 machine-guns. Although this is an excavation artifact we are unable to send this International.

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RARE "Battle-Damaged" Relic WW2 German 5th WAFFEN-SS PANZER DIV. "WIKING" "PANTHER V TANK-TRACK LINKS" Destroyed by a Direct Hit 2 Sections of Track ! ( Recovered Radzymin, POLAND )

Here is a fantastic Battlefield found relic German Panther Tank Track Link Section of 2 pieces that was recovered Radzymin Battlefield in positions of the 5th SS Panzer.
This impressive historic artifact is 2 links blown by a direct hit or mine and still attached by a partial pin.

After a brief period of rest and refit, Wiking was sent to assist in the defence of Kovel. Gille's unit advanced towards the town and began setting up a defensive perimeter, which was soon encircled by the Red Army. The 2nd Battalion, SS Panzer Regiment 5 Wiking, equipped with newly arrived Panther tanks, along with the 3rd Battalion, SS Panzergrenadier Regiment Germania, well equipped and up to strength, arrived at the front from Germany and began to form a relief formation. After the relief force had established a corridor to the trapped forces, the withdrawal began. Unlike the previous encirclement at Korsun, Wiking managed to escape with most of its equipment intact.
In late-August 1944, the division was ordered back to Modlin Fortress on the Vistula River line near Warsaw where it was to join the newly formed Army Group Vistula. Fighting alongside the Luftwaffe's "Hermann Göring" Panzer Division, the division participated in the Battle of Radzymin. The German counterattacks brought the Soviet offensive to a halt and the front line stabilized for the rest of the year.
The division remained in the Modlin area, grouped with the 3 SS Totenkopfand the IV SS Panzer Corps. Gille was promoted to the command of the new SS Panzer Corps, and after a brief period with Oberführer Dr. Eduard Deisenhofer in command, Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp, commander of the SS Panzer Regiment 5 Wiking, took command. Heavy defensive battles around Modlin followed for the rest of the year, and in October, Mühlenkamp was replaced by Oberführer Karl Ullrich. Ullrich lead the division for the rest of the war.

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FANTASTIC FIND ! WW2 German PERSONAL ITEM ! Battlefield Dug German TRENCH ART "Shaving Brush" Made from a SHELL CASING and HORSETAIL ! Soldier Engraved "KIEV 1943" ( Recovered KIEV Battlefield in Positions of the 4th Panzer )

Here is a very cool dug item excavated from Kiev. A German Shaving Brush made from a spent shell casing and horesetail engraved with Kiev and 1943 ! The Second Battle of Kiev was part of much wider Soviet offensive in Ukraine known as the Battle of the Dnieper involved three strategic operations by the Soviet Red Army, and one operational counterattack by the Wehrmacht which took place between 3 October and 22 December 1943.
Following the Battle of Kursk, the Red Army launched Belgorod-Khar'kov Offensive Operation, pushing Erich von Manstein's Army Group South back towards the Dnieper River. Stavka, the Soviet high command, ordered the Central Front and the Voronezh Front to force crossings of the Dnieper. When this was unsuccessful in October, the effort was handed over to the 1st Ukrainian Front, with some support from the 2nd Ukrainian Front. The 1st Ukrainian Front, commanded by Nikolai Vatutin, was able to secure bridgeheads north and south of Kiev. Early on the morning of 3 November 1943, the 4th Panzer Army was subjected to a massive Soviet bombardment. The German forces screening the bridgehead were defeated, and Kiev was quickly captured. The 1st Ukrainian Front's objective was to drive quickly westward in order to take the towns of Zhitomir, Korosten, Berdichev and Fastov, and to cut the rail link to Army Group Center; this would be the first step towards the encirclement of Army Group South.
The plan went very well for Vatutin; Manstein, however, became worried. As Rybalko's tanks moved through the streets of Kiev on 5 November, Manstein pleaded with Adolf Hitler to release the 48th and 40th Panzer Corps in order to have sufficient forces to retake Kiev. The 48th Panzer Corps was committed to Manstein. Hitler refused to divert the 40th Panzer Corps, and replaced Hoth with Erhard Raus, who was ordered to blunt the Soviet attack and secure Army Group South's northern flank and communications with Army Group North. A number of sources give 6 November as the date for the fall of Kiev. The 1st Czechoslovak Independent Brigade seems to have started the assault earlier, at 12.30 on 5 November, reaching the Dniepr at 02.00 on the 6th, after sweeping through the western suburbs of the city and were the first unit in the city center, with Kiev finally being captured at 06.50 on the 6th.

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