WW2 - Capture Items
One of the coolest things I've run across in awhile. Brought back by a member of the 104th Division and given to a young man in Hummelstown, Pa. who's father was a member of that Division. A weathered and used briefcase belonging to "A. Pfeifer" Stabsintendant of Stalag IVB, Muhlberg/aElbe" on the nametag. This was one of the largest camps and housed British and American POW's among many other nationalities. It was a brutal camp by what I have read. If only this briefcase could talk!!
Right out of the woodwork, a super hard to find M-35 single decal Kriegsmarine helmet, hand painted in battleship grey, as used by shipboard gun crews. Original liner and chinstrap, named on inside to: "Kemptner". Marked inside NS64 (Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke) in Schwerte, also marked DN76 by man's name. The outline of the single decal can be seen through the paint on the left side, the liner is original to the helmet and is dry with some damage. Just a great looking hard to find helmet.
These are German made timing devices developed in 1933 for camera's that did not have a built-in self timer. During the war, the German Armed Forces used these as a delayed triggering device for booby traps. I have two of the larger size left, by "Haka Autonips", with a photocopy of the instructions. They are sold at $50 each, or take both of them for $90.