Yes, Virginia, There Is Someone Who Updates the Website…

Contrary to the longstanding rumor of the untimely demise of the author of the website, several new items were recently added, which may be of interest to the follower(s) of this site:


Several items of recently acquired headgear are featured, oddly enough, on the page entitled Headgear.


I’ve also picked up several uniform items of interest. These include a heavily modified 2nd-pattern wrap for a reconnaissance non-commissioned officer, a pair of 1st-pattern reed-green HBT Panzer trousers and a custom M36 jacket for a reconnaissance officer. These can also be found on the Uniforms page.

Headgear Update

I added some new items to the headgear page…

Black-Enlisted-M43-857s  Enlisted black M43 with factory applied, machine-sewn insignia. Size 56, featuring an Erfurt depot stamp from 1943. I previously owned one of these by the same manufacturer, but it was missing the insignia. The former cap had been “liberated” from Czech film studios by an enterprising American dealer.

Black-Officer-M38-Goldgelb-933s A “salty” M38 black officer overseas cap with golden-yellow soutache. The cap has a name tag sewn into it, as well as featuring a few typical field modification for the officer: Sewing down the upturn along the sides (so it didn’t flop open) and sewing along the top seam (so it did not open up). In addition, it has a typical feature often found in enlisted caps but not seen as often in officer caps: A safety pin along the inside crown to make double sure the cap die not “open up” and present a less jaunty appearance. So far, I have not been able to lash “Ehrich” up with a unit.

Black-Officer-M38-Rosa-910s Another officer black M38, this time with pink soutache. The cap was tailor-made by the firm of Tiller in Vienna and was constructed out of a light cotton material. The cap features the relatively rare officer versions of the Panzer BeVo insignia. It also saw considerable service in the field, as evidenced by the sun bleached seen along the crown seam and along the upturn on the sides.

Black-Panzer-Enlisted-ex-NSKK-920s A late-pattern NSKK cap converted into a Panzer enlisted overseas cap by the addition of army insignia and a pink soutache. The portrait shot shows the cap in wear by the tanker. Originalkly accompanying the cap and image was a photo album that chronicled the membership of the future tanker in the NSKK and his close association with Panzer-Regiment 23 of the 23. Panzer-Division. The cap is unique, not only because of it having been converted, but also because of the addition of the traditions badge from the division. Although there are some discrepancies between the angle of the soutache seen in the postcard image and the actual cap, I believe this might have been due to the resewing of the soutache at some point in time, since there is evidence to suggest that the soutache was originally positioned at a more obtuse angle.

Enlisted-Visor-KavLehrVersuchsAbt-PzSpaeh-917s An enlisted visor belonging to a scout assigned to the 2. (Panzer-Späh)/Kavallerie-Lehr- und Versuchs-Abteilung. This was the armored car troop of the cavalry school house in Krampnitz. Note the unusual size!

Living History: Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung “Großdeutschland”

Neil Barlow is a reenactor associated with Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung “Großdeutschland” living-history group in the UK. The lads recently had a meet and here are some images, including some taken with a book that is unfamiliar to me. 🙂

Click here to go to the posting on the Odds & Ends page


It appears that “Scouts Out” meets with the group’s approval.

Major Update to Site

Just finished going through the archives and finding a number of images of items I once owned and those belonging to collector friends of mine.

Here are some of the updates…

From the Odds & Ends Page…



Kitchen_1Collection Items & Displays Past

IMG_1657Field Gray Panzerpionier Wrap

Slide01Tank Accidents


PanzerMania_1Tiger on the Prowl


From the Other Collections page…

From the Uniforms page…

Chap4---Color---Uniforms---BE---1stPattEnlReconWrap-011st Pattern Enlisted Panzer Wrap with Unit Stamps for Two Different Reconnaissance Battalions


Chap4---Color---Uniforms---BE---2ndPattOffReconWrapAuklR9-012nd Pattern Panzer Wrap for an Oberleutnant in Aufklärungs-Regiment 9 (mot).


Chap4---Color---Uniforms---BE---CB-Wrap-012nd Pattern Wrap for a Panzeraufklärer with Copper Brown Piping


Chap4---Color---Uniforms---BE---Hain-01Custom Leather Wrap for Knight’s Cross Recipient Oberleutnant Hain of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23


Chap4---Color---Uniforms---BE---Kaestel-01Gabardine Wrap and Effects for Oberleutnant Kaestel of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7


gg9030-01Rittmeister der Reserve assigned to Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20 (mot)


K6-02sSpieß in Kradschützen-Bataillon 6


2EMPR3_12nd Pattern Enlisted Wrap for a Tanker Assigned to Panzer-Regiment 3

PzWrap_1s2nd Pattern Wrap (Late) for an Oberfeldwebel Assigned to Panzer-Regiment 35


PzPio_12nd Pattern Wrap for an Officer Assigned to a Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon


PzAufkOff_71st Pattern Mouse Gray Denim Special-Purpose Tunic for Armored Reconnaissance Personnel


Uniforms_121st Pattern Reed Green HBT Special-Purpose Uniform for Armored Car Personnel


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlue Denim Work Uniform for Armored Personnel


PzAufk_1(300)1st-Pattern Panzer tunic for an Enlisted Man Assigned to the Armored Reconnaissance School at Krampnitz.


100_3144Field gray Panzer-type tunic for an enlisted man assigned to an armored reconnaissance element


Uniforms_11Walking Out Dress Tunic for an Unteroffizier Assigned to the Panzer-Lehr-Versuchs-Kompanie (bzw. -Abteilung)


01-GvB-01Enlisted field-gray wrap for an enlisted SS man in the artillery regiment in the 17. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Götz von Berlichingen


U-126Child’s Uniform for an Oberfeldwebel in Panzer-Regiment 8


MG2-01s2nd Pattern Mouse Gray Denim Tunic for Armored Vehicular Personnel


PzAAWrap-Drews-01s2nd Pattern Collar Piped Panzer Tunic for an Armored Reconnaissance Officer


DSCN0173Named 2nd Pattern Collar Piped Tunic for an Armored Reconnaissance Officer



New Ephemera For Sale Added to Site

Just added the following to the Ephemera page:


NSO-Eph-01 Postwar signature of Walter Böhm, KC recipient from the 1./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8. $15.


NSO-Eph-02 Postwar signature of Hermann Eckardt, KC recipient of the 1./Panzer-Abteilung 8. $15.


NSO-Eph-03 Nice 4-color image of Panzer I’s advance during prewar training. Three-color prewar camouflage scheme can be seen to good advantage. No writing on reverse. These postcards were printed and distributed by the periodical Die Wehrmacht. $20.


NSO-Eph-04 Nice postcard image of an early Panzer IV (Ausführung B?) with the lyrics to a military song below: Vorwärts nach Osten! (Forward to the East!). No writing on back. $15.


NSO-Eph-05 Postcard of prewar demonstration of air/ground coordination between armor and airpower (viewers in the background). Three-tone prewar camouflage can be seen on the advancing Panzer I’s. Writing on the reverse and stamped. Stamp also be the soldier’s convalescent unit: the Genesende Kompanie of Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 25Dated: 25 January 1942. $10.


NSO-Eph-06 Sd.Kfz. 263 “on patrol” in a staged image in the Soviet Union. Part of the Unsere Wehrmacht series. No writing on reverse. $10.


NSO-Eph-07 An unidentified scout poses in front of his Sd.Kfz. 221 in a German town. Typical studio photo postcard of the time. Early uniform and crash helmet/beret. No writing on reverse. $15.


NSO-Eph-08 Photo postcard from 1943 with bird’s eye view of several scout vehicles, including a Sd.Kfz. 232 (8 Rad), Sd.Kfz. 221′s, Sd.Kfz. 222 and Sd.Kfz. 223′s. No writing on reverse. $15.


NSO-Eph-09 Photo postcard portrait of an unidentified armor soldier wearing a 1st-pattern Panzer wrap and a black enlisted Panzer overseas cap with pink soutache applied to the upturn. Personal dedication on the reverse. $20.


NSO-Eph-10 Photo postcard portrait of an armor soldier wearing a 2nd-pattern Panzer wrap without skulls on the collar tabs. Soldier identified on reverse as Harry Linke (DOB: 27 March 1912). $15.


NSO-Eph-11 Prewar colorized photo portrait postcard of an unidentified soldier, probably from Artillerie-Regiment 25. Original coloring and tinting of image suggested the Waffenfarbe might have been kupferbraun. $10.

Death Cards


NSO-DC-01bNSO-DC-01a  Josef Wenisch, scout in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung. Died of wounds in a military hospital in Italy on 14 December 1944. I have two of these. $10.


NSO-DC-02a NSO-DC-02bUnteroffizier Armin Röck, identified as a Panzerspähtruppführer (Armored Car Section Leader), died of wounds in a military hospital in Germany on 25 September 1944. Wears a 1st-pattern Panzer jacket and crash helmet/beret. $10.


NSO-DC-03a NSO-DC-03bAlois Dobler, was an ordained priest (Heart of Jesus Missionaries), who was drafted into the Army and rose to the rank of Gefreiter in a Kradschützen-Bataillon. He was mortally wounded in the east, dying on 25 September 1941. He was a recipient of the Iron Cross, Second Class, and the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver. $15.


NSO-DC-04a NSO-DC-04b Ottmar Pösterl was a Gefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who was killed in the east on 19 May 1944. $5.


NSO-DC-05bNSO-DC-05a  Franz Garhammer was a Gefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who was killed in the East on 22 August 1944. $10.


NSO-DC-06a NSO-DC-06b Josef Gruber was an Obergefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who was killed in the East on 20 March 1943. $5.


NSO-DC-07bNSO-DC-07a  Engelbert Wimmer was an Obergefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Ersatz-Abteilung, who was killed in an automobile accident in Vienna on 31 January 1944. $5.


NSO-DC-08a NSO-DC-08b Hans Steinberger was a Gefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who died from wounds sustained in the East on 11 May 1944. $5.


NSO-DC-09a NSO-DC-09b Matthias Maier was an Obergefreiter in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who died from wounds sustained in the East on 15 November 1942. He was a recipient of the Iron Cross, Second Class, the General Assault Badge and the Black Wound Badge.  $5.


NSO-DC-10 Robert Rasp was an Unteroffizier and officer candidate in a Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung, who was killed in the east. No other details available. This is an image and caption clipped from a newspaper obituary. $1.


NSO-DC-11a NSO-DC-11b NSO-DC-11c Lot of 12 death cards for enlisted personnel and noncommissioned officers serving in Aufklärungs-Abteilungen (with one in a reconnaissance replacement detachment and another in a mountain reconnaissance battalion). $20.


NSO-DC-12 Lot of six death cards to enlisted personnel and noncommissioned officers of Kradschützen-Bataillone (one double death card shows two brothers, the other of whom was in a combat engineer battalion). $10.


NSO-DC-13 Lot of five death cards to soldiers and an airman assigned to a variety of units but who were killed while conducting patrol activities. (The Luftwaffe airman was most likely assigned to a ground combat unit; another card is for the leader of an armored car section.)