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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 Sep 25, 2014  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 Sep 26, 2014
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 Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's good to hear. Did he recount any of his campaigns. ~ C
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Yes, at least parts of the whole story. He was rather discreet about his war memories.
If you're interested, here's one of the battles he fought: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o…
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Checked out the stats. Even thought the Russians won they had horrendous casualties. In all honestly that was the only reason why the Soviet Union was considered badass. They won through just using their own bodies as meat shields and zerg rush tactics. In the end Stalin never cared about his own troops. It pisses me off to no end that ingrates (mostly from western European countries) claim how the Soviet Union was some noble and gallant defender. Bullshit. It only cared about expanding its own borders and I'm sure the people of countries such as Poland and Hungry weren't to thrilled about the 'glories' of communism. Sorry, I'm digressing here. ~ 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  Professional Artisan Crafter
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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