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101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:07:18 AM »
While I've shared this before, I thought I would kick off this section with the spoils of war brought home by Charles Wahler, veteran of the 501st PIR.

Photo of him in the Berchtesgaden area photographed with reclaimed spoils of war taken by the German's.

Items varied from ephemera, to insignia. I'll start off with the items I was able to retain.

First up some insignia; a single Großdeutschland shoulder strap, and Signals Cavalry Trade badge
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2016, 11:14:13 AM »
Some ephemera to include as follows:

-Invitations sent to Hitler; one for lunch with the Japanese ambassador, another for tea with a NSDAP official.

-Stationery bearing Hermann Göring's coat of arms

-Placards I believe were used by Göring for his daughter's baptism (will explain later)

-Feldpost with letter address to Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of Defense for Germany for most of WWII. Letter refers to a poem written about a fallen soldier, asking if Keitel would pass the poem onto Hitler

-Lastly, an unused Soldbuch.
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2016, 11:18:52 AM »
Stunning..

A great way to kick start this new thread..

Excellent...

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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2016, 11:32:32 AM »
Up and running! Nice one Eric!  ;)
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2016, 11:33:05 AM »
Various photos.

The small photo of Hitler I believe to be an original, and was taken on board the Aviso Grille

The headshot of the SS-Brigadeführer is Dr. Willy Meewald. Included is a second photo of him sitting.

The SS-Untersturmfuerher in the Panzer wrap is Rudolf von Ribbentrop. This would be his Soldbuch photo.

Various other headshots are of unknown Wehrmahct, except of course for the Hitler post card.

Unsure of the context of the "combat" style photos. No annotations on the reverse.
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2016, 11:33:54 AM »
Stunning..

A great way to kick start this new thread..

Excellent...

Smitty


Up and running! Nice one Eric!  ;)

Thanks, Gentlemen!
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2016, 11:49:34 AM »
Herein lie the spoils I was unable to keep (more like afford! - Everyone has three mortgages nowadays, right?).  :'( I did however help the sellers find them a nice home. Some of the items are featured in the book "THE STORIES BEHIND THE TREASURES OF WORLD WAR II" by Bill Shea.

I'll let you figure out to whom they were sold....

Most of these items were moments away from being tossed in the trash, found in a tied up grocery bag in the back of the Wahler's sons garage!

First up, lot's of cuff titles!

The FHQ titles likely came out of a horde of unissued examples found in the Berchtesgaden area. Mark Bando talks about this discovery, on his website:

http://www.101airborneww2.com/souvenirs4.html

Wahler was a POW interrogator, so I imagine the other titles that appear to be uniform removed, were in fact removed by Wahler.
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2016, 11:51:02 AM »
A few shoulder straps and an SS collar tab
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2016, 11:57:18 AM »
I'm not sure if these were "spoils" taken by Wahler, or if they belonged to him or his father. Wahler was a US Citizen, however his family was Austrian. As a matter of fact, Wahler lived in Austria up until 1938. Being Jewish, he felt it best to vacate Europe to return to the US when they saw things going south.

That said, he and his family could have been in Germany during the time of the 1936 Olympics. Pictured below is an almost complete set of pamphlets highlighting the Olympic events.

The other item is a booklet put out by Goebbels titled, "Behavior During War Time"
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2016, 12:05:21 PM »
Lastly, two pieces of silver, both of which were originally placed in a silver scrap pile during the cleanout of Wahler's sons estate.

The dish looking item is actually an egg dish. Hard boiled egg goes into the center, shells are placed on the dish.

I bears two coat of arms; on one side is Hermann Göring's, on the other, Göring's wife Emmy.

On the underside is the inscription, "Ursula Grundtmann, 4 November 1938". Grundtmann was Göring's secretary, and the date was that of Edda Göring's baptism (daughter of Hermann and Emmy). This was likely a gift given to Ursula for the event.

The other item appears to be a cover for a booklet, again displaying the same coat of arms. There is a beveled area on the left that I imagine held a pen? I surmise this held the guestbook for the baptism.

And back to my earlier post, possible the placards were for this event. Speculation, of course.
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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2016, 12:20:08 PM »
Fantastic to see, some über-rare items.  Thanks for sharing again Eric, would have missed this for sure.

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Re: 101st Airborne Vet - Spoils of War
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2016, 12:37:14 PM »
Fantastic to see, some über-rare items.  Thanks for sharing again Eric, would have missed this for sure.

Tug  ;)

Thanks, Tug! Link to the rest of the grouping if you're interested in reading further.

http://alliedmilitariaforum.com/index.php?topic=2391.0
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