Look What I Found in the Museum.

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by kiwi craig, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    ANZAC Medallion 1967
    This cased medallion and its accompanying lapel badge was instituted 1967 for award to Australian and New Zealand personal who took part in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. The award could be claimed by living veterans, as well as the by the next of kin of those who had been killed during the landings, or had since died. Surviving recipients received the medallion and the lapel badge, while those claiming on behalf of deceased veterans received the medallion only.


  2. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    I came across this map of North Africa, printed on silk. Due the fragile nature of this I did not want to straighten to much for far of causing further damage.


  3. bofors

    bofors Senior Member


    Gallipoli medallion probably this chap-

    First World War Embarkation Rolls - Claude Edward James Burns

    Service Number: 2006

    Rank: Private

    Roll title: 2 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] - 11 to 14 Reinforcements (October 1915 - January 1916)

    Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

    Date of embarkation: 31 January 1916

    Place of embarkation: Australia: Brisbane

    Ship embarked on: HMAT Wandilla A62

    Only person with initials C and J and surname Burns who went to Gallipoli.
    Service records will also be online if you are interested.

    North Africa maps look interesting too.

    great finds


  4. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Thanks for the information,
    I have come up with a Cyril James Burns from the Otago Regiment.


    The medallion was imprinted with the recipients name while the lapel badge had their regimental number. I hope the badge is in our collection.
  5. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    This weeks visit produced more treasure. Tucked in a box of bits 'n pieces was a box of 20 glass slide negatives. I took photos of them and converted to positives. It is so frustrating that items have been donated, but there is on detail of what they are, or who donated them.

    There are two distinct groups, The first appears to be a home coming after the war. The location is not known. Note the ladies wearing Sweet Heart badges.



    The second group is from the Queen's visit to Christchurch in 1954


  6. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  7. arnhem44

    arnhem44 Member

    Silk maps were issued to pilots and pow (hidden in Red Cross Parcels) to help them escape / orient themselves.

    Is this the case here too ?

    Perhaps you can make a close up shot of the parts that have been scribbled on ?
    (The Nile Delta, and far below Libya..) Or tell us what it says/underlines..
  8. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Last week visit resulted in a fins of a liter note. Tucked in a ragged bundle of NZEF Times was a copy of a program from the Windmill Theater in London. It must have been a great place in it's day.



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  9. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Heart Breaking
    I opened a case to find it full of documents, from WW1 to Viet Nam. Many of the older ones were in poor condition. The worst thing is that most are un-named or no date or descriptions. In the past the RSA was given the documents and photos, and no one at the time recorded or preserved them. Also the pack up out of the condemned building was done quickly. I ask any one who is care of any documents, photos, or other souvenirs, please identify them, and store them appropriately. I am sure your local museum will offer advice.

  10. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Instrument of Surrender.

    This document is in poor condition. It has been restored by an archivist , the notes accompanying it said it was in about twenty pieces, rolled up in a cardboard tube.

    [Source: Germany Surrenders Unconditionally (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945)]
    BEFORE the might of Allied arms, vaunted Festung Europa, Fortress Europe, crumbled into final ruin in the spring of 1945 and its Nazi masters died ignominiously or slunk into hiding like the criminals they are, leaving substitute fuehrers to yield in unconditional surrender. Thus the Nazi revolution against the morals of modern civilization came to an end. It came so close to succeeding, however, that the testimony of its failure, the surrender documents signed at Liineburg, Reims, and Berlin, will remain forever among the most significant records of our times.
    Squirming under the heels of the victorious Allied Expeditionary Force and the conquering Red Army, the Germans, in the vain hope of obtaining a softer peace, sought to surrender only to the AEF. At Liineburg, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery sternly rejected the bid for a surrender of the German armies in Holland, northwest Germany, and Denmark to the AEF alone. Trapped, General Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg, who had become head of the German Navy when Grand Admiral Karl Donitz succeeded Hitler as Reichspresident, consequently yielded those armies to all the Allies when he surrendered to Montgomery on Liineburg Heath on May 4, 1945, 3 days before the general surrender at Reims. Kinzel, G. Wagner, Poleck, and Friedel also signed this document.


    This is another copy from the web

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  11. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Not what it looks.

    ‚ÄčI came across this jacket, and doing some research I have some doubts.


    I have identified the woven patch as "Ordnungs Polizei" (English: Order Police) uniform patch. There is a metal diamond shaped Hitler Youth badge on the right epaulet
    While researching all the patches were described as shoulder patches. Also noted that insignia on most uniforms were of a metal type.

    Are my assumptions correct.
  12. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    A very informative thread.....just found it.

    Regarding the German Prints,I do not not think that these are from Signal as in the English version,complete upper case text was not used.But obviously generated for English language consumption.Was English upper case text added by the Allies to German Prints?

    As regards the magazine Signal,it was published bi weekly from April 1940 to March 1945 in about 20 languages from Berlin, largely for neutral countries and subject peoples.The English edition was for circulation in the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.Until Hitler declared war on the US after Pearl Harbour,it was also provided for US consumption at 10 cents a copy.

    The driver behind the publication was Geobbels,although it was produced by the Wehrmacht with the authority of his Propaganda Ministry.Apparently, the US Life Magazine imitated many features of the magazine during and after the war.

    Without doubt it was a conduit for Hitler's Germany to be seen as the Nazis wished it to be projected.At its peak,it circulated 2.5 million copies in 1943.
  13. Hesmond

    Hesmond Well-Known Member

    Tunic is post war, many years ago i was working at the Essex museum Chelmsford ,a lad from a auction house was there to value the uniform collection for insurance purposes ,as i had got to know him he asked me to look at part of the collection as i was intrested in military items ,lots of the collection was civvy ie transport uniforms and even cinema commisioners.But look here he says have been told these local uniforms are NEVER going on display there were 3 BUF officers uniforms complete and mint.
  14. mconrad

    mconrad Junior Member

    Nurse or at least Red Cross, from the red cross on her collar brooch.

    My wild guess is maybe these are oak leaves, and the GROSSDEUTSCHE "Greater Germany" in the title hassomething to do with Austria, oak leaves being the old Habsburg field sign worn on battlefield headdress.

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