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Description: I need a pin & hinge for the back of a minesweeper badge. It is the horizontal pin version, the flat pin is in the style of an EK1 pin (which might work too) Just about 1.5 inches long it should be. Unmarked, or Deumer marked a bonus, but I’ll consider anything. Doesn’t need to be a flat pin like this, as long as the hinge is intact.
Below is the type of thing I am looking for.
Type VIIC Submarine
Construction yard - Blohm und Voss, Hamburg.
Keel laid - 19.11.1941
Launched - 6.8.1942
Commander - KL Herbert Brunning
FIRST SAILING - ACTIVE PATROL
20th February 1943, 1st Patrol - left Kiel under the command of KL Herbert Brunning.
8th March 1943, sank the British 2,125 ton steam freighter Leadgate, sailing with convoy SC-121, in square AK3857. The Leadgate was carrying 2,700 tons of flour, and was due to arrive in Liverpool on the 14th March 1943. The 30 crew were reported all lost.
11th March 1943, came under attack from unidentified aircraft in square AL26. No damage reported.
18th March 1943, 1910 HRS - came under attack from an aircraft of RAF Squadron 120 in square AL47. No damage reported.
19th March 1943, 0908 HRS - came under attack from an aircraft of RAF Squadron 120 in square AL47. No damage reported.
20th March 1943, 0030 HRS - came under attack from an aircraft of RAF Squadron 120 in square AL58. No damage reported.
8th April 1943, arrived at St.Nazaire after more than six weeks at sea.
Further patrols were carried out between May 1943 and January 1944, without serious recognition.
U-642 was eventually sunk by US bombs in the Mediterrainean, near Toulon, France on 5th July, 1944.
Images below show her commander, Kptlt.Herbert Brunning, the boat departing on a patrol, and the boat after the US bombing raid.
ET/ckl - Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale
FS/EF - Emaillierwerke A.G., Fulda
NS - Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte
Q - Qvist, Esslingen
SE/hkp - Sachsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke, Lauter
Note - There were other manufacturers, for example bvl marked Bergmann und co. and QVL marked Karl Heisler, Berlin examples. This is a list of the more common producers during the Third Reich period.
The manufacturer’s marks should be present in the following locations -
Centre left (i.e. over the left ear)
Rear (production number should also be present)
During 1942/1943, Qvist moved their maker’s mark to the rear of their helmets.
Generally 3-4 digits, located on the inside at the rear of the helmet.
60 - XS (liner 53/54)
62 - S (liner 55/56)
64 - M (liner 57/58)
66 - L (liner 59/60)
68 - XL (liner 61/62)
70 - XXL (liner 63/64)
Quantities Produced (approx 25 million)
60 - 2,500,000
62 - 3,750,000
64 - 10,000,000
66 - 5,000,000
68 - 2,500,000
70 - 1,250,000
Mud Men Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker are on tour, travelling to Poland to discover the hidden history that lies beneath the ground of one of the countrys most fascinating and ancient cities. Their finds lead them on an adventure into Polands rich and heroic history from the Second World War.
Armed with metal detectors and shovels, Steve and Johnny are on a quest to unearth military finds in the woods around the city of Glogow, home to Prussian defensive forts, WW2 bunkers and Napoleonic artillery towers.
In 1945 Glogow was the Germans most easterly line of defence. During a brutal 45 day battle the advancing Russian Red Army finally defeated the Germans to take this key Nazi stronghold before sweeping onwards and invading Berlin.
The Mud Men unearth an array of WW2 artefacts such as mortar shells, bullets, personal items such as bottles and mugs and even an unexploded bomb. Their finds lead them to get hands on experience of the weapons the two sides used with a local re-enactment group and a ride in an armoured vehicle.
Then its on to Warsaw to hear about the role ordinary Poles played in the fierce resistance to the Nazi occupation and they meet three resistance heroes- former members of the Grey Ranks who were actually teenagers in the scouts and guides.
After hearing about the incredible bravery of the resistance Johnny and Steve are put through their paces by modern scouts to experience the kind of training and skills the war time resistance fighter scouts would have had. But will they have the nerve to complete their resistance training and jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet?
The Mud Men are accompanied by Polish amateur archaeologist and mudlark Adrian Kostromski who lived in Glogow until he was 12 and still returns to see family."