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#1 02-06-2015 17:44:55

Alphared6
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What got you started collecting?

For me it was my fathers WWII souvenirs. Seems my dad regularly mailed home boxes full of items he had picked up.
In 1968 we moved from California, and in unpacking I came across my dad's old duffel bag. Was I surprised to see its contents! Heck - until then I didn't even know my father had been in the Army!
I started reading everything I could get my hands on about WWII particularly in the ETO.
His service in WWII led me to join the Army in 1974 where I stayed for 20 years (half that time stationed in Germany).
As you can see by my signature picture my dad came home with some unique items, and he told me the story behind several pieces. 

SO - WHAT GOT YOU STARTED?

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#2 02-06-2015 20:12:43

herrzark
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Re: What got you started collecting?

É always loved history.My dream was to be an archaiologist but couldnt make it true.I always loved historical pieces and wanted to have some , but ancient items are not allowed here in Greece.So one day i found from an old man an 3reich ring that was from an gestapo officer he told.of course it was afake item.But that made me search in internet and found a new world.A new hobby.Where i could collect historical items ....Millitary collection.and then all started........

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#3 02-06-2015 21:09:39

don_kihotis7
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Re: What got you started collecting?

Hmmm, interesting question.

Well i had an interest in anything related to army, soldiers, guns since childhood. My favorite games were plastic soldiers, later other military figurines such as GI Joe etc

As i was growing up i was very interested in studying military history but mostly Ancient Greek history and WWII.

In 1999 i was in Bulgaria and i came across a flea market at Sofia. I found some medals Soviet and German. Most of them were fakes as i could tell from the quality and at the end i had bought 2 cheap pieces that got me very exited. I had no idea that such things survived the war. After some time when i was finished from the university i thought to search in ebay for more medals. I found many but i had no money to buy since i had no job at the time. I remember bidding on a WWI British set of medals in the original paper box and the address of the wearer on it. I was so anxious to get it but my maximum bid was 50 pounds neutral Someone else had overbid me of course and i remember that i had tears in my eyes sad so i said this has to get postponed for a later point in the future. 5 years later i had a job and a salary and one day the flame inside me was on again. I felt like searching again for some medals. I started buying US medals, patches, Japanese badges, Italian and German Imperial EKIIs.
I started wondering why i could not find any WWII EKIIs until i found out that they were not allowed because of the swastika. I started looking elsewhere and i had discovered some militaria forums. That was basically what had taken my collecting into another level. I discovered a whole world of tunics, helmets, caps, daggers, field equipment wow. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Alpha does the RK, that your father brought back, have a story?


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#4 03-06-2015 06:10:58

Alphared6
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Re: What got you started collecting?

don_kihotis7 wrote:

Alpha does the RK, that your father brought back, have a story?

Indeed it does.  The RK, the 1914 EKI, and the 1939 bar all came from the same officer. The war had been over only a few hours when my father's unit was detailed to escort a large number of German POWs (my father estimated a Division) to a hasty compound in southern Germany. They set up stations to frisk the Germans looking for documents and hidden weapons.
My father recalled they were all filthy and exhausted, he felt sorry for them. Then suddenly, at his station, he was confronted by several German officers, all were clean, shaven, and to my father's eyes dressed as if going to a parade.
There was an older man leading this group. He had a heavy woolen overcoat over his arm. My father snatched the coat from this man and patted it down. In one of the pockets he discovered these medals.  Removing them he threw them on the ground, then the great coat on top of them.
When he was done frisking this officer he gave him his coat back and indicated he should move along. The officer paused and pointed at the medals.
He picked them up and stuffed them in his pocket and shouted at the German to "Hit the road!"
All my father recalled of this particular German was that he was clean, his boots were highly polished, and his great coat had --- red lapels!

While stationed in Germany I did a little research through the Bundes Archives trying to get a list of all RKT who surrendered in southern Germany at the end of the war. No names came up - at all - which I found odd. I bought a book about recipients of the RK and showed my father the pictures of all the General officers that survived the war. Unfortunately he did not recognize any of the men in the pictures.

Mike


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#5 03-06-2015 10:57:37

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Re: What got you started collecting?

Thanks for the info Mike smile

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