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Germans at Ratisbon’s


The 28th Contemporary History Auction at Ratisbon’s kicks off on 2 March and runs until 10 March. There are 951 lots of, mainly, German WWII militaria, with some outstanding items up for grabs.

You’ll need deep pockets for the star attraction, the personal Luftwaffe General's visor cap to Ernst Udet. The visor cap was given to Udet's former driver after his death. It remained in the family and is now available on the market for the first time. Udet was a famous WWII ace, scoring 62 victories before falling out with the NSDAP and committing suicide in 1941. The starting price at the time of writing was already £7,226.

Close on its heels is an impressive presentation Heer officer’s parade sabre, with Damascuss steel blade, to Lieutenant Graf von Elz. It was presented by Freiherr von Kressenstein and is ‘HÖRSTER’ maker marked. Starting price was £6,774.

Anything from the Waffen-SS is now highly sought after, so no surprise to see a starting price of £5,419 for this M35 double decal helmet. This is a stunning example with apple-green factory paint to the shell, both decals in place and is untouched. Decals and paint are about 95%. Just as desirable is anything from the Fallschirmjäger so lets have a look at an M38 single decal helmet. This was only issued to German paratroopers during WWII. A textbook helmet issued with a single eagle decal in worn condition. It has the original attached, size 57 leather liner. It is still flexible and comes with minor cracks. There are the original 2nd pattern chin straps, typical press buttons, and note there’s some rust to the iron buckle. Starting price was £4,064.

If it’s medals you’re looking for then there’s something extremely rare to consider with a Knight’s Cross to the War Merit Cross. Made by Foerster & Barth, Pforzheim, of real silver with a ‘900’ silver hallmark and ‘10’ maker marked. Most likely a single manufactured piece. No other examples made by Foerster & Barth are known to the auction house. Starting price was £4,516.

For a classic tunic, there’s a Heer Panzer wrapper, 1st pattern, for a Panzer Oberfeldwebel made in 1938. It is constructed with a small collar (2nd pattern has a large collar) and a pink piping around it. The cotton pink pipings to the collar tabs and the collar are absolutely matching. The seam of the machine-attached tabs is exactly the same as the seam of the collar piping. Aluminum skulls. No moth damage and extremely rare, bidding was already at £4,064 by the start. Go to www.ratisbons.com to view the lots and bid.


IT'S HERE! A Guide to Collecting German Militaria is the new bookazine from the publisher of The Armourer and is now on sale. This 132 page, perfect bound magazine is your guide to collecting Imperial and Third Reich militaria, from medals and cuff titles, to uniforms, weapons, personal gear and civic awards. We cover rare awards, how to spot fakes and include current prices. It’s now available on our website again, so either head for the online shop, your local branch of WH Smith, as the main stockist, or buy a digital version.

Don't forget, 100 Years of the RAF, a commemorative bookazine celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF, is now on sale. Order your copy by clicking on 100 RAF.

Catch up on militaria news, order a back issue of The Armourer, or pick up the latest issue, in either print or digital format. Like what you see? Why not take out a subscription, save money and have it delivered to your door.



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