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Heirloom. by Valkyrja-Skuld Heirloom. by Valkyrja-Skuld
heirloom [ˈɛəˌluːm], noun

- an object that has been in a family for generations.

I posted this one before, however I felt like it deserved another picture, without any photomanipulation this time.

Waffen-SS regimental ring, circa 1943.
This model, originally designed for the French volunteers of the 33th Waffen Grenadier Division der SS "Charlemagne", it was also used by the two Waffen-SS PzGrenadier Divisions "Langemarck" and "Wallonien.

This ring belonged to my grandfather, Joris D., SS-Untersturmführer, 27-Freiwilliger PzDivision "Langemarck" - Flemish volunteers.
He served from May 1941 to summer 1944.

Military awards:

1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse: 14. February 1943 - Battle of the Tannenberg Line.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Bronze: 21. June 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz: 25. May 1942
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42": 22. June 1942
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
So what happened to him? Did he die during the war or live on to tell the tale. ~ C
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner 4 days ago
He survived the war and led a long and fruitful life. He was almost 90 y.o. when he died a few years ago.
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
That's good to hear. Did he recount any of his campaigns. ~ C
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!Heart 
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Than you! w00t! 
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also than you, XD would be cool if they sold them in stores I'd be the first to buy them, I love the lightning!:happybounce: after skulls and crosses, are very gothic!
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
now that is a "real ss ring",finally!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I'm sure there are thousands of copies in circulation...
I guess the only ways to be sure when it comes to authenticity are either being a very knowledgeable collector or having inherited such a ring from someone who really owned one (family member, acquaintance...)
A third option being that  allied soldiers often confiscated rings/medals....from prisoners - or took them from dead men - in order to "bring something back home".
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are especially from Poland and Belgium, they had or still have originals to copy from, but they are casted, not engraved, it takes seeing a few originals to know the difference. I cant believe that other picture you posted with Galland's personal items in that museum, he must have gave them to them or sold them, he lived to very old age,no one took his stuff thats for sure, very well respected by the Allies, the Russians of course wanted him.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I've no idea how these artifacts ended up in the Malmédy Museum. Too bad they don't explain how they acquired them.
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