Newsletter 248 March 26, 2017

Newsletter 248 March 26, 2017

The Hitler Headquarters Map Hitler’s military headquarters in East Prussia was called the “Wolfsschanze” or Wolf’s Lair. It was built in the Görlitz State Forest near Rastenburg and covered many acres. Heavily camouflaged, the buildings were reinforced with concrete and the entire complex was heavily guarded by Army, Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS units.  Hitler conducted his east front campaigns from this location and it was here, on July 20, 1944, Colonel Stauffenberg planted a bomb in the conference room with the…

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Newsletter 247 March 16, 2017

Newsletter 247 March 16, 2017

Mr. Royster: I am a collector and I learned about a very rare uniform so I wrote to the dealer whom I was told had it. Here is a copy of my message to him, his reply and then mine. I thought you might find all of this interesting. I must confess I found it very funny. Simon  From: Simon Carrington [mailto:xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:46 PM To: Teutonia Subject: RE: Fallschirmjager Uniform Gentlemen: Helmuth Weitze told me…

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Newsletter 246 March 11, 2017

Newsletter 246 March 11, 2017

During the course of the war, the Wehrmacht and SS rarely issued stamped aluminum shoulder board unit insignia. Replacing these for enlisted personnel were machine-embroidered devices produced on a strip of cloth. For the Heer the cloth was field grey or dark green in color and for the SS in black. The piece shown here is for the SS-Panzer-Grenadier Rgt.’Der Führer.’ This was formed on March 17, 1938 in Vienna and was later attached to SS-Division’ Das Reich’. The shoulder…

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Newsletter 245 March 3, 2017

Newsletter 245 March 3, 2017

The Crooked Cross: The Neo-Nazi Renaissance by Harry von Johnston, PhD   In the main, fraud, counterfeiting and deceit are certainly immoral  and very often felonious but in some instances, the essential ludicrous nature of some frauds manages to overcome the gravity. Such is the case of the enormous industry devoted to the creation, manufacture and sale of faked items of German militaria and elevated personality items from the Third Reich period, purporting to belong to such people as Hitler…

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Newsletter 244 March 1, 2017

Newsletter 244 March 1, 2017

From: Chris Lihou <clihou@yahoo.com> Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:28 PM To: Arthur Royster Subject: The “Hitler Telephone” Dear Arthur, This pathetic affair is a case of wishful thinking on the part of those who have paid huge money for this “artifact” and desperately want to believe this phone is genuine. If we look at the first photo below, we can see that the words “MODELL SIEMENS” have been impressed into the plastic with a hot metal die, probably part…

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Newsletter 243 February 28, 2017

Newsletter 243 February 28, 2017

Point From: Bill Panagopulos <bill@alexautographs.com> Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 5:58 PM To: Arthur Royster Subject: Re: The phone Faulty logic. Provide me video proof that Mossad agents did NOT plant bombs in the World Trade Center, provide me proof that Jupiter is NOT made of Roquefort, etc. To quote your hero, the flaccid Mr. Trump: “Sad. Weak. Failing” BTW You do, however, remain vastly engrossing and entertaining. Thank you. Bill Panagopulos President Alexander Historical Auctions LLC 98 Bohemia Avenue,…

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Newsletter 243 February 27, 2017

Newsletter 243 February 27, 2017

Here is an article from the German news site, Deutsche Welle, about the “Hitler telephone from his bunker” that was recently sold by Alexander Auctions for a great deal of money. The head of the auction house has been engaged in an exchange of views with us concerning his sale and first, we show an article from a German news site (and there are many more on other media sites of the same thrust) and follow this with some of…

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Newsletter 242 February 25, 2017

Newsletter 242 February 25, 2017

Here is an article from the German news site, Deutsche Welle, about the “Hitler telephone from his bunker” that was recently sold by Alexander Auctions for a great deal of money. When this appeared, a number of collectors wrote me about it but the question of authenticity is better addressed in the German article.   Hitler phone a fake: German phone expert A phone sold as one used by Hitler and billed as “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all…

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Newsletter 241 February 21, 2017

Newsletter 241 February 21, 2017

For the past month I have been hard at work on the subject of the enormous mass of fake German militaria being manufactured and merchandised to the collecting world as genuine. These fakes fall into a number of categories: The first one is counterfeiting of original pieces, such as belt buckles, steel helmets, medals and decorations, uniforms and uniform accessories, and edged weapons. The second one are so-called personality items such as items belonging to famous personalities, such as Hitler,…

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Newsletter 240 January 17, 2017

Newsletter 240 January 17, 2017

We just received this copy of a letter from a reader. We have redacted his name out of courtesy but are publishing this to show the sort of anguish some of our writings are causing to people who richly deserve them. January 17, 2017 Jack W. Stewart, Esq 61 North Market Street Asheville, NC  28802   Re: Your communication of January 5, 2016   Dear Mr. Stewart:   Your letter of the fifth of January, last year, was forwarded to…

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