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Date/Report Number …..022612.FNAWEHY.7 Item 1939-GERMAN-MINERVA-MILITARY- TIMER-WATCH-BOX.
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1939 GERMAN MINERVA MILITARY TIMER ALL FUNCTIONS WORKING W.H.W. 1934/1935 GERMAN EAGLE WITH MOON STONE WATCH FOB IN A MILITARY WATCH BOX CONTAINING GERMAN WWII MEMORABILIA AND AN ORIGINAL
SIGNED & FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ERICH TOPP   GERMAN U BOAT ACE AND WINNER OF THE KNIGHTS CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $993.00


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1939
GERMAN
MINERVA
MILITARY TIMER
ALL
FUNCTIONS WORKING

WITH

 

W.H.W.
1934/1935
GERMAN EAGLE
WITH
MOON STONE
WATCH FOB

IN A

MILITARY WATCH BOX

CONTAINING
GERMAN WWII MEMORABILIA

AND

AN ORIGINAL
SIGNED
&
FRAMED
PHOTOGRAPH
OF

ERICH TOPP

GERMAN
U BOAT ACE
AND
WINNER OF THE

KNIGHTS CROSS
OF THE
IRON CROSS

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THIS DOUBLE SET MILITARY WATCH BOX
PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT DISPLAY OF
GERMAN WWII MEMORABILIA
AND
ALLOWS THE
WEARING/UTILIZING
OF THE TIMER
WITH AN ABILITY
TO STORE IT
ON DISPLAY

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THIS BEAUTIFUL
WWII
MINERVA
100 SEC
TIMER
WITH
PATENT SLIDE STOP

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CASE IS IN EXCELLENT
NON-POLISHED ORIGINAL CONDITION

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INCLUDES
LEATHER FOB STRAP
AND
1934-35
W.H.W.
GERMAN EAGLE
WITH
MOON STONE CAB

 

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ALL FUNCTIONS WORK
CROWN WINDS

PUSH CROWN DOWN
TO START TIMER

PUSH AGAIN TO
RETURN/RESET

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SLIDE ON LEFT STOPS TIMER

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W.H.W.
GERMAN EAGLE
WITH
MOON STONE CAB

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BUCKLE FOR PLACING ON BELT

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HINGED CASE BACK COVER

SIGNED
MINERVA WATCH Co
SWISS

MINERVA LOGO
ARROW
798219

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HINGED INNER CASE COVER

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SWISS BARS
SIGNED
MINERVA
MINERVA LOGO
ARROW
SEVEN 7 JEWELS
MINERVA WATCH Co
1756955

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OUR FIRST TWO ITEMS ARE A SET OF
WWII ERA GERMAN TALISMAN

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Hiler publicizes the winter welfare organization (13.09.1933) - 13.09.2010 " Our groschens create the ammunition in the fight against hunger and Kälte" - in such a way a newspaper wrote, after Hiler had publicized the winter welfare organization on 13 September 1933. Soon one murmured however that with the hundreds million of realm Marks also ammunition was paid for armament.

German Soldiers in WW2 wore a Winterhilfswerk "Talisman" with names and symbols of German cities, Towns and occupied countries. The profits from sale of these "Talisman"  were for poor people in winter (for coal, warm clothes, food), and, after 1941, for warm uniforms for Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. Many soldiers wore these Winterhilfswerk tags with the names of the towns which they came from along with ID/Dog-Tags.

We chose these 2 particular Talisman from the 29 we received in a WWII Soldiers estate sale (most items of the last three German WWII MWB were from one buy) due to the history of Innsbruck and its importance to all sides as an ancient cross road. In fact, it was one of the most bombed cities in the Axis territories; the Allies completed 22 Raids inflicting 461 casualties, with 3147 buildings damaged.  

Besides the marshalling yards, many historic monuments were destroyed, including: the Servitenkloster monastery (1614-1616) and the Bartholomäuskapelle, one of the oldest buildings in Innsbruck (13th century). The Landhaus or old federal state parliament of 1724, city hall, St. James's Cathedral (1717-1724), Stift Wilten monastery (1651-1667), the Jesuit Church (1627-1637) and several buildings in the historic center were badly damaged.

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Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 kilometers (19 mi) south of Innsbruck.

Earliest traces suggest initial inhabitation in the early Stone Age. Surviving pre-Roman place names show that the area has been populated continuously. In the fourth century the Romans established the army station Veldidena (the name survives in today's urban district Wilten) at Oenipons (Innsbruck),

The first mention of Innsbruck dates back to the name Oeni Pontum or Oeni Pons which is Latin for bridge (pons) over the Inn (Oenus), which was an important crossing point over the river Inn. The city's seal and coat of arms show a bird's-eye view of the Inn bridge, a design used since 1267.

Innsbruck became the capital of all Tyrol in 1429 and in the fifteenth century the city became a center of European politics and culture as emperor Maximilian I also resided in Innsbruck in the 1490s.

In 1564 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria received the rulership over Tirol and other Further Austrian possessions administrated from Innsbruck up to the 18th century.

Up to 1665 a stirps of the Habsburgian dynasty ruled in Innsbruck with an independent court. In the 1620s the first opera house north of the Alps was erected in Innsbruck (Dogana).

In 1669 the university was founded. Also as a compensation for the court as emperor Leopold I again reigned from Vienna and the Tyrolean stirps of the Habsburg dynasty had ended in 1665.

During the Napoleonic wars Tyrol was ceded to Bavaria, ally of France. Andreas Hofer led a Tyrolean peasant army to victory on the Berg Isel against the combined Bavarian and French forces, and then made Innsbruck the centre of his administration.

Innsbruck was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938. The KZ Innsbruck-Reichenau concentration camp was located here

The war ended in Innsbruck on May 3 1945, when the resistance movement liberated and units of the US 103rd Infantry Division entered the city. From December 1943 to April 1945 60 percent of the buildings in Innsbruck were damaged, 461 people were killed.

 

 

OUR NEXT ITEMS ARE A PAIR OF
SHOULDERBOARDS WITH NUMBER
BUTTONS AND THREE PIECES OF A
STALINGRAD DEPLOYED GERMAN
FELDGENDARMERIR GORGET

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WWII GERMAN ARMY FELDGENDARMERIE
MILITARY POLICE STALINGRAD

We chose this small portion of History to be a part of this WWII German Historical Shadow Box due to the fact it's historical place in the German culture is larger than it's pieces. In fact, no German Military collection would be complete without mention of this unit.

 

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The Feldgendarmerie were part and portion of the German Army of the German Empire and Third Reich for over 200 years. The Feldgendarmerie (English: Field Gendarmerie ) were the military police units of the armies of the German Empire (including the Wehrmacht) from the mid 16th Century until the conclusion of World War II.

The roots of military police in the German armed forces can be traced back to the "Proffoss"of the 16th Century, and the creation of the Feldjagerkorps zu Pferd by Friedrich II in 1740. The primary duties of the Reitendes Feldjagerkorps were to control traffic, to carry important messages, and to protect members of the royal family. Springing from this band was the Feldjagerkorps zu Fuss in 1741 which served both in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian War.

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PARTS OF A Feldgendarmerie GORGET that was worn as a breast breast plate held by thick chains and a pair of unadorned shoulder boards with numbered buttons that were purchased as a set .

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A Feldgendarmerie gorget with a Wehrmacht uniform

Early incarnations of the Feldgendarmerie came into being on an ad-hoc basis through mobilizations of the Germany army as a whole, most notably in the wars of 1866 and 1870. At the outbreak of the First World War the Feldgendarmerie comprised 33 companies. They each had 60 men and two NCOs. By 1918, the number of companies had been expanded to115 units.

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A Feldgendarmerie Kübelwagen on the Eastern Front in June 1943.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Feldgendarmerie were reintroduced into the Wehrmacht. The new units received full infantry training and were given extensive police powers. A military police school was set up at Potsdam, near Berlin to train Feldgendarmerie personnel. Subjects included Criminal code, general and special police powers, reporting duties, passport and identification law, weapons drill, self-defence techniques, criminal police methodology, and general administration.

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Feldgendarmerie operating in occupied Russia, July 1941.
The sign says
"Partisan danger ahead. Single vehicles Stop! Hold weapons ready.".

NOTE: The Feldgendarmerie of the Waffen-SS had a more sinister nickname - "Kopf Jäger" or "Head Hunters". The name was an obvious referral to the SS "Totenkopf" (Death's Head) skull emblem embroidered on the front of their caps. On their head gear and shoulder boards, the SS- Feldgendarmerie wore the Waffenfarbe orange-red.

All prospective candidates served at a Feldgendarmerie command after the first term of examinations. Courses lasted one year and failure rates were high: in 1935 only 89 soldiers graduated from an initial intake of 219 candidates. Feldgendarmerie were employed within army divisions and as self-contained units under the command of an army corps. They often worked in close cooperation with the Geheime Feldpolizei (English: Secret Field Police), district commanders and SS and Police Leaders.

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The traditional symbol of the Feldjägers is the Prussian Gardestern
Schwarzen Adlerordens (The order of the black eagle) created by
Frederick I of Prussia.

A Feldgendarmerie battalion was attached to each Wehrmacht formation. The staff officer was responsible for maintaining order and discipline, traffic control during large scale troop movements and maintaining transport routes. Each Feldgendarmerie battalion also had support personnel such as cooks, clerks, and armourers.

These battalions were equipped with motorcycles and motorcycle combinations which were armed with MG34 machine guns, Kubelwagens, Field cars such as the Horch 4x4 and 3 ton Opel Blitz lorries and a small number of armoured vehicles as a means of transport.

Personal weapons consisted of small arms such as the excellent Walther PP which was designed as a civilian police pistol (PP-Police Pistole) or the Walther PPK which was favoured by officers whereas the Luger PO8 and Walther P38 were used by other ranks. Automatic machine pistols were carried by NCOs and the Kar 98 rifle was issued but was not widely used. The MG34 and 42 were used as vehicle mounted armament for defending road blocks.

A battalion was subdivided into smaller-sized Truppen which were attached to each division or corps. A Gruppe, a section sized unit, were then assigned to specific field or local commands. Feldgendarmerie sections would also be temporarily assigned to special operations, such as anti-partisan duties. A typical Truppe attached to an Infantry or Panzer Division.

Feldgendarmerie became more popularly known by the pejorative Kettenhunde (English: chained dogs) for the gorget they wore with their uniforms.

Feldgendarmerie served on every front in the war and towards the end were more often employed as regular troops on the front-line and were involved in many desperate counter attacks and defences. Many were decorated for bravery.

During the last days of the war all Feldgendarmerie caught by the Soviets (who had offered a bounty for their capture) could expect to be shot on the spot and many were issued with a second Soldbuch (paybook) and matching ID dog tags.

If in an area where it was fairly likely that prisoners would be taken the Feldgendarm would hand their real paybook into the Felgendarmerie redirection Centre and would receive the false book and tags, which would state the soldiers status as a regular soldier. After the hostilities their real paybook and tags would be returned to them.

At the war's end many Feldgendarmerie, specifically those who had not fallen into Soviet hands, found themselves assigned to police roles by the Allies. They wore an armband as identification which bore the legend "Wehrmactordnungstruppe" (Armed Forces Order Troop) and below this read "Military Police". They were all armed and payment for their services came in the form of increased rations.

With the creation of the Bundeswehr in 1955, the Federal Defence Ministry searched for a new designation and adopted Feldjäger which was a traditional Prussian regiment with some military police type functions

 

 

OUR NEXT ITEMS ARE THREE GERMAN
WWII BUTTON RIBBONS

 

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GERMAN WWII BUTTON RIBBONS
NOTE: THE WAR MERIT CROSS FAR RIGHT
IS PINNED DIFFERENT THEN THE ONE IN THE BOX

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OUR NEXT ITEMIS A GERMAN CAP BADGE

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LUFTWAFFE AIR CORPS CAP BADGE

 

OUR NEXT ITEM IS A GERMAN COIN

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OUR NEXT 2 ITEMS ARE GERMAN TINNIES

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WW2 German Tinnie / Day Badge
Freiheit Und Brot 29 Marz 1936

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WW2 German Tinnie / Day Badge
Freiheit Und Brot 29 Marz 1936

 

 

OUR NEXT ITEM IS A UNIQUE GERMAN FIND
A BADGE FROM THE FAMOUS CZECH SPA
I THOUGHT IT PERFECT SEEING THAT
OUR MAIN TIME PIECE IS A
MINERVA TIMER

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Luhacovice AMANTKA MINERVA SPRING

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: LÁZNE LUHACOVICE PRAMEN AMANTKA MINERVA
LAZNE LUHACOVICE PRAMEN AMANTKA

THE ABOVE BADGE WAS TAKEN FROM A GERMAN PRISONER OF WAR. IT IS A REPRESENTATION BADGE OF THE FAMOUS CZECHOSLOVAKIA SPA WHICH WAS A FAVORITE PLACE FOR TOP GERMAN BRASS DURING WWII.

German occupation of Czechoslovakia (1938–1945) began with the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's northern and western border regions, known collectively as the Sudetenland, under terms outlined by the Munich Agreement. The German pretext for this effort was the alleged privations suffered by the ethnic German population living in those regions. New and extensive Czechoslovak border fortifications were also located in the same area.

Following the Anschluss of  Germany and Austria, in March 1938, the conquest of Czechoslovakia became next ambition of Germany . The incorporation of the Sudetenland into Germany left the rest of Czechoslovakia weak and it became powerless to resist subsequent occupation. On 16 March 1939, the German Wehrmacht moved into the remainder of Czechoslovakia and, from Prague Castle, Germany proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

 

 

OUR NEXT ITEM IS A JEWELERS REPRODUCTION
OF THE MERIT CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS

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GERMAN
Merit Cross 1st Class With Swords
[JEWELERS REPRODUCTION]
BACK SIGNED "800"

This award was created by Adolf Hitler in 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars (same medal but with a different ribbon). The award was graded the same as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second Class, War Merit Cross First Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross.

The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service in battle above and beyond the call of duty (but not worthy of an Iron Cross which was more a bravery award), and without swords for meritorious service behind the lines which could also be awarded to civilians.

A total of 118 awards of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with swords, and 137 awards of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross without swords were awarded. Considering the relative rarity of the award compared with the grades of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, it took on extra meaning..

 

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THIS IS WHAT THIS AWESOME WWII GERMAN MILITARY WATCH BOX
LOOKS LIKE WITH ALL ITEMS ADDED

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PERFECT

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VERY SIMPLE TO REMOVE AND REPLACE ITEMS
ESPECIALLY THE TIMER


INCLUDED IN THIS OFFER IS THIS

ERICH TOPP
KNIGHTS CROSS
OF THE
IRON CROSS
HOLDER

FRAMED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH

11 X 14

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ORIGINAL
WWII
SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
OF
ERICH TOPP

KNIGHTS CROSS
OF THE
IRON CROSS

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PROVIDENCE
THE ACTUAL 2001 LETTER
REQUESTING THIS
ORIGINAL SIGNATURE
IS INCLUDED

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PROVIDENCE
THE REQUEST LETER
ON FRAME BACK


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A MUST FOR
WWII GERMAN
MILITARIA COLLECTORS

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SIGNED PHOTO

Erich Topp (1914–2005) commanded U-57 and U-552 in 1940–1941, and sank 35 merchant ships for a total of 197,460 tons. He commanded the tactical training unit 27th U-boat Flotilla from late 1942, and served briefly as commander of the Type XXI Elektroboote U-3010 and U-2513 just before the end of the war. He rejoined the Bundesmarine in 1956, reaching the rank of Konteradmiral before retiring in 1969.

# 3
Erich Topp
12 PATROLS
35 SHIPS
197,460 tons

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THE ACTUAL 2001 LETTER
REQUESTING THIS
ORIGINAL SIGNATURE
IS INCLUDED

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IN EXCELLENT CONDITON

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IN EXCELLENT CONDITON

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