Luftwaffe gun camera footage.
A majority of my collection centers around the German Luftwaffe. While I do not believe in the political ideologies of the Third Reich
leadership, I have a great admiration for the German aviators. Unlike their American counter-parts, the German aviators did not operate on a
"tour schedule" or a set number of missions before they were allowed to return home. Luftwaffe pilots often flew until the war ended or
serious injury or death removed them from their combat units. This can attest to the amazing number of air victories achieved by Luftwaffe
pilots during the war.
Below are thumbnails of just a few of the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht items in my collection. The highlight being a number of original, war time
documents and photographs related to the testing and development of the ME-163 Komet at Peenemunde, all of which have been ID'd and
attributed to Luftwaffe test pilot and engineer, Bernard Hohmann.
WWII Luftwaffe Flight Helmets: (From left to right)
1. Model LKp W 101 Winter Flight Helmet, complete with all radio components and throat microphones, shown with Leitz style flight goggles dated
1939. 2. Model LKp N 101Netting Flight Helmet, complete with all radio components and throat microphones, shown with Uvex style flight
goggles. 3. Winter Flight Helmet Model K33, shown with Leitz flight goggles dated 1940. 4. Summer Weight, FK34 Flight Crew Helmet with early
style Auer motorcycle/aviation goggles. 5) Model LKp S 101 Summer Flight Helmet, complete with all radio components and throat microphones,
shown with Leitz style flight goggles. (A special thank you to Geoff at www.oldnautibits.com for helping me to complete this kit.)
1. WWII Luftwaffe enlisted mans sidecap, shown with an original era photo postcard
showing an enlisted man wearing the same style sidecap. 2. An original, WWII
Luftwaffe Tropical Pith helmet (Tropenhelm), dated 1940 with a Berlin makers mark
from Otto Muller. This early war pith helmet is shown displayed with an original pair of
Augenshutzer model 1942 dust goggles. This helmet is a recent addition to my collection
and is in excellent shape with minor wear and honest signs of use.
Above: Several photographs showing a beautiful example of a Luftwaffe NCO visor cap with
yellow piping for flight. This visor cap is in terrific condition, 100% original, maker marked by
Franz Ritter and dated 1939. Also shown (to the left) is an original photo in my collection
showing a similar visor cap being worn in a studio portrait photo of a Luftwaffe soldier.
Above: A Luftwaffe issued winter cap. This example has the ear flaps folded upwards and
secured with a pebbled button to the back of the head. All original with one period repair. The
photograph to the left shows a Stuka crew wearing the same style of cap.
Left: Photograph showing an original German Luftwaffe combat
helmet in my collection. This Luftwaffe helmet is complete with the
original liner and chin strap. The photograph above shows the terrific
detail that went into the Luftwaffe decal on the side of the helmet.
(Click on either photograph for a more detailed view.)
Luftwaffe Dolche: (German Air Force Daggers)
WWII Flyers Dagger (Fliegerdolch): Two views of a nickel, Luftwaffe officers
dagger, instituted in 1934, that was worn by officers, NCOs with portepee and officer
candidates. This is a beautiful SMF maker marked dagger, complete with original
scabbard and hangers.
Luftwaffe Model 98 Pattern Dress Bayonet: Shown complete
with original brown leather frog and accurate knot. This dress
bayonet is Eickhorn maker marked.
(See more original, wartime, Luftwaffe photographs from my
collection on the "Luftwaffe in Photos" page!!)
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General Willi Harmjanz
Above: Pictured is a wood and silver metal cigarette case with inscription relating its origin to a Luftwaffe
reconnaissance squadron. The inscription reads "Aufklarungsgruppe 114, Staffel 3, Weihnachten 1936" and
Reconnaissance Group 114, 3rd Squadron, Christmas 1936. Speculation is that this was a remembrance gift to an
officer who had served with this squadron.
Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Squadron 114 was formed in Munster, Germany on April 1, 1936. The primary aircraft
of this unit was the Heinkel HE-45 and the Heinkel HE-46.
Left/Above: This is a Luftwaffe, 2nd prize shooting
competition award given to Feldwebel Kenzler. The
awarded was given for a competition held on June 28,
1938. The attached plaque reads as follows:
"2 Preiss, im Uffz. - SchieBen der Fliegerhorst - Komp.
Feldwebel Kenzler Weimar-Nohra 28.6.38"
"2nd prize in the NCO shooting competition of airfield
company, Sergeant Kenzler, Weimar-Nohra June 28,
This particular award sits atop a marble base, with the
eagle and rock sculpture being attached to the base
through hardware going up through the bottom of the
Above/Right: This is a Luftwaffe shooting competition award
given to Feldwebel Radziwill. The awarded was given for a
competition held on June 28, 1937, one year earlier than the
award above for the same competition. The attached plaque
reads as follows:
"Dem Sieger im Uffz. Schicßen d. Fliegerhorst-Komp. Feldw.
Ridziwill, gew. v. Hpt. (E) Thomas [or Thomos],
WEimar-Nohra 28.6.37 "
This particular award sits atop a shaved and polished rock base.
The award is all original and obtained directly from a seller in
Germany, along with the award shown above.
Medals, Badges, Insignia and more.......:
Several photos showing various Luftwaffe items. All of the medals, awards, ribbons and medal and badge cases are original WWII era items
Various WWII German Medals: (Above, Left to right) East Front (Russian Front) Medal, Narvik and Kuban Campaign Shields on
Luftwaffe backing, Iron Cross Second Class with original issue packet and 1939 Spange, Iron Cross Second Class Court Mounted, different
classes of the War Merit Cross, and Second Class Luftschutz Medal with original issue box and extra ribbon.
Gold Silver Bronze Miniature
The German Mother's Cross of Honor:
During the Third Reich, each year on August 12th (the date of Hitler's mother's birthday), German mothers who had "given children to the Reich" were honored with the
German Mother's Cross of Honor. The mother's cross was awarded in three grades:
Bronze: given to German mothers with four children.
Silver: given to German mothers with six or seven children.
Gold: given to German mothers with eight or more children.
The German Mother's Cross in Gold and Diamonds was awarded to German mothers with ten or more children. Hitler always acted as the honorary godfather. Members
of the Hitler Youth organization were expected to salute mothers wearing any class of the German Mother's Cross. By 1939 around three million German mothers had been
so decorated with these awards. A common joke by the common man on the street was to refer to these awards as the "Order of the Rabbit'" award.
Shown in the photos above are the German Mother's Crosses in my collection. From left to right: German Mother's Cross in Gold in original issue case,
German Mother's Cross in Silver, German Mother's Cross in Bronze and a miniature Silver class cross for lapel wear.
Luftwaffe Marksmanship Lanyard (Grade 1) with original wartime photo showing Luftwaffe
soldier wearing the same grade of the award. The photo on the right is a war time portrait
photo in my collection, showing another Luftwaffe soldier wearing his Marksmanship
Lanyard. These were awarded to individual soldiers for proficiency in shooting everything
from personal weapons to flak guns.
Various Luftwaffe insignia items including Luftwaffe
Long Service Award, Narvik Shield, Luftwaffe
stickpin and Luftwaffe Flak War Badge.
A nice example of a Luftwaffe Wehrpass issued to a Luftwaffe soldier.
Wehrpass is complete with entries and an original postcard sized photo of
the soldier it was issued to.
Deutsches Militärisches Porzellan und Steingut: Some of the most beautiful items created by Germany prior to and during the war were porcelain and
stoneware items, usually commemorating military service time or special events. Above are two, Luftwaffe, pre-war military service steins in my collection. The stein
on the left is from a soldier who served with 9/Kampfgeschwader General Wever Squadron, dated 1937, with a Flying Technical Personnel lid. The stein on the right is
a remembrance stein for a gentleman who served in a Heavy Flak unit, stationed in Koblenz between 1936 and 1938, with the traditional Luftwaffe eagle lid. Both are
original, pre-war era steins.
Another interesting piece, this is a Luftwaffe wartime beer
goblet which translates as follows:
"Wartime Christmas 1939, Military Airfield Company,
The reverse side of this goblet as the name of Flg. Liebl
Hobert in faint, faded lettering. The goblet is made of
heavy, grayish glass with remnants of gold around the top
edge of the glass showing honest wear and use.
Sounds of the Luftwaffe:
Below are several wav files of actual Luftwaffe aircraft. Hit play and you can
listen to these historic aircraft taxi and fly-by!
Messerschmitt Me-109 Fighter (taxiing):
Focke-Wulf FW-190 fighter Fighter (fly-by):
Achtung! None of the German items in my collection depict Hitler. Since the majority of German
Luftwaffe pilots were merely soldiers, and not members of the Nazi Party (N.S.D.A.P.), they simply
represent aviators who flew for their country during a time of war. A great number of German pilots
were outspoken against Hitler and many of his policies, and these items are kept as historical artifacts
reflecting their bravery as aviators.
Don't forget to check out the items for sale and trade page! Original WWII items and autographed items!
"Hauptmann Dr. Kurt Woltmann, December 2, 1942.
This wartime plaque was awarded with the authorization from the office of the Commanding Luftwaffe General in Norway at the time,
26, 1941 and January 17, 1944. General Harmjanz began his military career in WWI, served throughout WWII and spent five years in a
Russian prison camp before being released back to Germany in 1950.
(On-going research concerning Haupt. Dr. Kurt Woltmann is continuing.)
Insignia of KG 27
"80 Feindfluege 7/K.G. 27"
The cup is hallmarked with the name "Boulenger", which is a well known a
French silversmith, most likely indicating that this was an early to mid war
item. KG 27 primarily operated the HE-111 medium bomber.
Luftschutz helmet, complete with original chinstrap and all markings inside and out.
The Luftschutz helmet is displayed with an original Luftschutz gas mask, complete with
marked with the same issue reference number, indicating they are original to each other.
The gas mask is complete with markings along the top of the mask filter.
Left: This new addition to my collection is a prewar,
Luftwaffe, pewter goblet, obtained directly from a seller
side and is inscribed on the reverse with "Weihnachten
1937 (Christmas 1937), Die 9 staffel." The insignia is
similar to several unit insignias used throughout the war.
If anyone has any thoughts or ideas about the origins of
you. The goblet is approximately 5 inches tall and 3
inches across in size.
Left/Below: A non-portable table plaque relating to the 2nd Gruppen of
which KG27 "Boelcke" was formed. The plaque reads "Unteroffizier Corp,
Headquarters Company, 2nd Gruppen, Kampfgeschwader (Bomber Wing)
"Boelcke" Nr. 157, dated March 15, 1937.
Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke" was formed in Hannover-Langenhagen from
Stab/KG157 on May 1, 1939. KG27 remained in active service until being
disbanded on April 8, 1945. The squadron flew primary the HE-111P and
The unit was named in honor of famed WWI German Oswald Boelcke who flew
with Jasta 2, and whom even Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) referred
to as "a hero."
Numerous items related to the testing of the ME-163 Komet at
Peenemunde! The two documents to the left are original documents
showing the combat version of the ME-163 Komet.