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West Point United States Military Academy Cadet Shako To WW2 & Korea Highly Decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Bartley Shanley. Sn 15980:10 - 15980:10
Thomas James Bartley Shanley graduated from the prestigious U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, Class of 1939. He saw much action in WW2 and served in Korea. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division attached to the 508th Parachute Infantry regiment (Red Devils). When serving in the UK he was based at Wollaton park Nottingham. He was promoted to Colonel in 1944. During his service he was highly decorated and awarded many decorations comprising : Silver Star, Bronze Star x2, Combat Medal, Purple Heart, Croix De Guerre, US Defence Medal, US Campaign Medal, Europe / Africa Campaign Medal With 4 battle Stars, WW2 Victory Medal, WW2 Occupation Medal, National Defence Medal, Korea Medal, Distinguished service Citation, Meritous Service Citation, French Fourrage, Belgian Fourrage, Militaire & Orde Decree Of Knight (Holland). The following text is abstracted from the Officers Silver Star award citation “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Thomas James Bartley Shanley (ASN: 0-21828), United States Army, for gallantry in action one mile west of ****, France, between 6 June and 10 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley, Commanding the Second Battalion, 808th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, dropped by parachute north of *** and assembled approximately 400 officers and men within enemy positions. Despite continuous activity of static and mobile anti-airborne enemy landing groups supported by artillery, mortars and numerous machine guns placed at strategic points, he seized Hill 30 west of the Merderet River. Lacking artillery and with only such equipment, supplies and ammunition as could be recovered from the DZ, Lieutenant Colonel Shanley organized and conducted such an aggressive defense of Hill 30 that continually mounting counter-attacks by numerically superior enemy forced failed to penetrated his defenses during the five days prior to relieve by other United States forces. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley's own will to resist at all cost, and his personal indifference to the hazards of the position were the prime factors in its successful defense. He distinguished himself throughout this period by extraordinary heroism involving risk of life beyond the call of duty. His superb courage in the exercise of outstanding leadership in a critical situation inspired and encouraged all who shared danger to emulate his example in the execution of an extremely difficult and hazardous mission. He was directly responsible for the immobilization of considerable enemy strength which might have been used to imperil the successful operations of other airborne elements east of the Merderet River. His performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army”. Lt Col Shanley retired as a U.S. Army Colonel & died in 2004. This West Point Cadet’s Shako belonged to Lt Col Shanley. It has a black felt covering with a patent leather flat top. It has an impressive, large brass West Point plate with Academy arms and motto. It has the correct cockade, patent leather peak with brass rim and embossed brass ‘USMA Cadet American Eagle’ bosses with leather chin strap. The Shako is complete with its original leather sweatband which has some service wear. The sweatband has its original stamp ‘ The Cadet Store West Point NY’ and size label ‘7 1/8’. The Shako is accompanied by a hand written list of the Officer's awards which was acquired with this item. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:10
£575.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Hitler Youth (HJ) Blue Cloth Visored Field Cap With Enamelled HJ Pin Cap Badge RZM Marked M 1/66 (Fritz Kohm Pforzheim) . Sn 15793:56 - 15793:56
This is an original WW2 Era HJ field cap. These caps were based on the Bergmutze (mountain cap) design. Our example is constructed of the dark blue material. The cap is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age and use. The front of the cap is mounted with a small HJ enamelled brass pin badge with rear clasp fastener. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and the enamel undamaged. The rear of the cast badge has an embossed Nazi RZM roundel mark and code ‘M1/66’ which is the Nazi wartime manufacturer code for Fritz Kohm Pforzheim. The cap has its original padded grey material lining. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:56
£375.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades) Dark Blue Cloth Visored Cap With Manufacturer’s Label & Enamel & Gilt Cap Badge. Sn 15793:49 - 15793:49
The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of “Kyffhäuser” in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938. The organization was known as the Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades). This is an original WW2 Era Old Comrades cap. Our example is constructed of dark blue serge material. The baggy cap is undamaged and has no mothing. The cap its original black material headband embroidered with Tutonic crosses & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial devices. The front of the cap is mounted with an enamelled oval shield metal badge with enamelled Swastika & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial imagery and gilt Oak leaves wreath. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean. He enamel has small areas of wear. The cap has its original leather sweatband and the crown of the cap is lined in blue material. The crown has its original manufacturer’s label printed in red on a clear cellophane panel together with Old Comrades monument image. The panel also has a size marking 6. The name of the maker is obscured by a contemporarily applied label with hand written name ‘Brosch’ no doubt the name of the Nazi Old Comrade who owned this cap. The top edge of the panel is worn consistent with age and use. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:49
£375.00

RARE, WW2 Era Nazi German Waffen SS NCO’s & Other Ranks Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Army Eagle & Death’s Head Cap Badges. Sn 15793:48 - 15793:48
This is a rare, original Nazi German Waffen SS, NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Waffen SS cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 4 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green material it has the correct yellow piping and black headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Army Eagle with Swastika & Death’s Head Cap Badges. The material has no mothing. The cap has a patent leather visor. The cap has its original clean brown leather sweatband. There are no visible manufacturer or size markings on the cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:48
£1,375.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Officer’s Heer Army Visor Cap With Embroidered Heer Eagle & State Cockade Badges. Sn 15793:43 - 15793:43
This is an original Nazi German Officer’s visor cap (similar Heer cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 3 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green ‘Eskimo wool’ material it has the correct blue piping and dark green headband. The front of the cap is mounted with embroidered Heer Eagle with Swastika & State Cockade with Oak Leaves wreath on a field of green material. The material of the cap has just light areas of service wear. The cap has a patent leather visor and Bullion cords. The cap has its original leather sweatband and cloth liner. The liner and sweatband have areas of service wear. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:43
£395.00

WW2 Era Nazi German NCO & Other Ranks Heer Army Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Eagle & White Metal State Cockade Badges. Sn 15793:36 - 15793:36
This is an original Nazi German NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Heer cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 3 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green ‘Eskimo wool’ material it has the correct red piping and dark green headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Eagle with Swastika & enamelled State Cockade with Oak Leaves wreath. The material of the cap has no mothing or damage. The cap has a patent leather visor and leather chin strap with buckle. The cap has its original leather sweatband and cloth liner. The liner and sweatband have areas of service wear. There is the indistinct imprint of an original manufacturer’s label which is un-readable. The sweatband has 2 white metal discs stitched to it with letters ‘K’ & ‘D’ highlighted in black, most likely the initials of the soldier who was issued with this cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:36
£675.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Hitler Youth (HJ) Leaders Dark Blue Cloth Visored Cap By Otto Dittman Mutzenfabrik Dresden With Enamelled HJ Pin Cap Badge & Brass Nazi National Emblem Eagle With Swastika Badge . Sn 15793:34 - 15793:34
This is an original WW2 Era HJ leader’s cap. Our example is constructed of the dark blue padded cotton material. The cap is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age and use. The cap has a black material headband between blue piping and there is blue piping around the crown. The front of the cap is mounted with a small HJ enamelled brass pin badge and a brass Nazi national emblem Eagle with Swastika badge . The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and the enamel undamaged. The cap has its original leather sweatband and the crown of the cap is lined in grey cotton. The crown has a yellow ink manufacturer’s roundel beneath a clear cellophane window. The window is worn in places consistent with age and service use but the ink roundel is crisp ‘Otto Dittman Mutzenfabrik Dresden Gegrundal Marke Odd Beste Qualitat 1875’. The left and right sides of the crown each have 2 metal ringed vent holes. The cap is a small youth’s size. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:34
£595.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Hitler Youth (HJ) Blue Cloth Visored Field Cap By Otto Wesely Wien With Enamelled HJ Pin Cap Badge With RZM Mark M 1/6 (Karl Hensler Pforzheim) . Sn 15793:25 - 15793:25
This is an original WW2 Era HJ field cap. These caps were based on the Bergmutze (mountain cap) design. Our example is constructed of the dark blue felt material. The cap is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age and use. The front of the cap is mounted with a small HJ enamelled brass pin badge with rear clasp fastener. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and the enamel undamaged. The rear of the cast badge has an embossed Nazi RZM mark ‘M1/6’ which is the Nazi wartime manufacturer code for Karl Hensler Pforzheim. The cap has its original leather sweatband and the crown of the cap is lined in grey cotton. The crown is manufacturer ink stamped ‘Otto Wesely Kappenfabrik Wien Mariahilfer Strasse’ above ‘55’ size. The cap is a small youth’s size. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:25
£575.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Luftwaffe Blue NCO’s & Enlisted Man’s Fliegermutze Field Side Cap By Gebr Alm With Double Cloth Decal Badges & Period Brass Luftwaffe Badge. Sn 15793:24 - 15793:24
This is an original Luftwaffe Fliegermutze (Air Force cap). A similar cap is illustrated on page 209 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins which is described as a possible reproduction. Ours is guaranteed 100% genuine. Our example is constructed of the correct grey / blue serge material. The cap is undamaged and clean both inside and out. The front of the cap has the correct white Luftwaffe embroidered Eagle with Swastika badge on a blue background above the National Tri-colour roundel on blue background cloth badge. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and have the correct quality stitched edges. The left side of the cap is mounted with a small period Luftwaffe Eagle with Swastika brass badge. The crown of the cap is lined in grey cotton and has faint manufacturer black ink stamps which appear to read ‘Gebr Alm’ with other indistinct letters and numbers and ‘57’ size. The cap is approx. UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:24
£595.00

RARE, WW2 1942 Dated Nazi German Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK) Tropical Cloth Visored Field Cap By Robert Lubstein Berlin With Double Cloth Decals. Sn 15793:23 - 15793:23
This is an original DAK tropical field cap (a tropical cap is illustrated on page 181 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins which is described as a possible reproduction. Ours is guaranteed 100% genuine). These caps were based on the Bergmutze (mountain cap) design but with a slightly longer visor and lower crown. Our example is constructed of the correct olive green twill cotton weave this allowed the caps to dry quickly in wet tropical conditions and reduce sweat in hot climates. The cap is undamaged and clean both inside and out. The front of the cap has the correct DAK blue National Army (Heer) Eagle with Swastika on a sand coloured background above the National Tri-colour roundel on blue background cloth badge. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and have the correct quality stitched edges. The crown of the cap is lined in red cotton and has the correct metal rimmed vent holes. The crown is manufacturer ink stamped ‘Robert Lubstein Berlin No 55’ above ‘1942’ date and ‘58’ size. The cap is approx. UK size 7. The price for this rare DAK cap includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:23
£1,250.00
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