Our Special Collections present the awards and
distinctions of famous military leaders, decorated veterans, campaigns and gallantry awards from
around the world in specially designed cases ready for display.
|Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Collection|
Marshal Erwin Rommel received the adulation of the German people,
laurels from his Fuhrer and grudging respect from his Allied
opponents. In World War I, the future Desert Fox commanded mountain
troops in the campaign against Italy, earning the coveted Pour le
Merite. In World War II, Rommel first gained fame commanding Panzers
in the 1940 Battle of France. But it was in the North African desert
where Rommel gained everlasting glory as commander of the Afrika
Korps. Rommel nearly succeeded in his drive for the Suez, but pleas
for more men and materiel fell on deaf ears, and the Afrika Korps
ultimately surrendered to superior Allied forces. He later
supervised the Atlantic Wall defenses, but in the end was forced to
commit suicide because of his complicity in the plot to assassinate
Hitler. Our collection features Rommel’s highest decorations,
including his Pour le Merite and Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves,
Swords and Diamonds, his Field Marshal collar and shoulder insignia,
as well as his silver tank assault badge. Finally, we’ve included an
enamel pin with the Afrika Korps palm tree, and a color portrait of
the Field Marshal.
|Reichsmarshal Herman Goering Collection|
Reichmarshal Herman Goering was a key figure in Nazi Germany, and
notable for his ostentatious uniforms. The flamboyant Luftwaffe
chief was fond of medals and decorations, as well as special
insignia made specifically for him. Our collection contains
reproduction medals and insignia as worn by Goering. A fighter pilot
in World War I, Goering was awarded the prestigious Pour le Merite,
better known as the Blue Max, for shooting down the requisite 20
enemy aircraft. Also hanging around Goering’s neck was the Grand
Cross of the Iron Cross, the highest level of the Iron Cross, and a
medal awarded only to Goering. Finally, he also wore the standard
Knight’s Cross. Goering’s favorite color was white, and this is
reflected in two of the unique insignia pairs included here. The
gold crossed Reichmarshal batons worn by Goering on his collar
feature a white background. The backing for his gold shoulder boards
also are white. The shoulder boards also feature metal eagles and
cross batons, again unique to Goering. Also included is the standard
Luftwaffe gold officer’s eagle insignia, as well as a formal
portrait of the Reichmarshal wearing the medals and insignia in this
|Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz Collection|
|Michael "The Black Baron" Wittmann Collection|
(April 22, 1914 – August 8, 1944) was a German Waffen-SS tank
commander during World War II. Wittmann rose to the rank of
SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) and was a Knight's Cross of the Iron
Cross holder and had he survived would have been the recipient of
the 200 Tank Assault badge.
He was credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns, along with an unknown number of other armored vehicles, making him one of Germany's top scoring panzer aces. Wittmann was a household name in Germany and was nicknamed “The Black Baron”. He was not known to Allied forces at the time and was not singled out during the battle.
Wittmann is most famous for his ambush of elements of the British 7th Armored Division, during the Battle of Villers-Bocage on 13 June 1944. While in command of a single Tiger he destroyed up to 14 tanks and 15 personnel carriers along with 2 anti-tank guns within the space of 15 minutes.
The circumstances behind Wittmann’s death near the town of Saint-Aignan-de-Cramesnil, France on August 8th 1944 have caused some debate and discussion over the years, but it had been accepted that Trooper Joe Ekins, the gunner in a Sherman Firefly of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, fired the round that destroyed his tank and killed Wittmann and his crew. However, in recent years, some historians have suggested that members of the Canadian Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment may have been responsible instead.
British or Canadian tanks penetrated the upper hull of Wittmann’s tank, igniting the ammunition resulting in a fire that engulfed the tank and blew off the turret.
The crew of the destroyed tank were buried in an unmarked grave.
In 1983, the German war graves commission, located the burial site. Wittmann and his crew were then reentered together at the German war cemetery of La Cambe in France.
Our tribute to this famous Tank Commander includes the 200 Tank Assault badge, the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, an Iron Cross 1st Class, a first award black Wound badge, a cap eagle with skull and the “Adolf Hitler cuff title of the 1st SS-Panzergrenadier Division.
|Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel Collection|
|Generalleutnant Adolf Galland Collection|
|The Red Baron Collection|
Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (May 2,1892 – April 21,1918) Widely
known as the Red Baron, he was a German fighter pilot with the
Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I. He is
considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with
80 air combat victories. Shown here with just a few of his earned
|World War I Pilot Badges Collection|
Promotions presents a collection of Allied and Central Powers Pilot
|1939 German Iron Cross Collection|
German Iron Cross Set This set includes; the 1939 Grand Cross Breast
Star (this breast star was never issued), Grand Cross, Knight’s
Cross, 1st Class and 2nd Class Iron Crosses.
|Iron Cross 2nd Class Collection|
King Frederick William III of Prussia introduced the Iron Cross,
which has since become one of the most recognizable medals in
military history. Awarded to Prussian soldiers for combat heroism,
bravery or leadership in the Napoleonic Wars. The reverse displays
the imperial crown, the initials FW with a spray of oak leaves and
the 1813 institution date. In 1870 Kaiser Wilhelm I revised the
obverse during the Franco-Prussian War by adding the imperial crown
to the top arm, a “W” for the Kaiser and the 1870 revision date. In
1914 this order was revised by Kaiser Wilhelm II by replacing the
1870 institution date with 1914. The 2nd class Iron Cross was
awarded to more than 5 million soldiers during World War I. In 1939
Hitler reinstituted the order but removed the imperial crowns and
ciphers and placed the swastika and the 1939 date on the obverse.
The reverse contains only the 1813 original institution date..
|General George S. Patton Collection|
Patton is widely regarded as one of the greatest commanders in U.S.
military history. Flamboyant, profane and a strict disciplinarian,
Patton’s service in World War II presents the history buff with a
series of battlefield victories and public relations disasters.
Patton’s victories in North Africa and Sicily were surpassed only by
his incredible dash across France in command of the Third Army, and
then turning his entire army north and riding to the rescue at the
Battle of the Bulge. Equally well-known is the infamous slapping
incident when Patton berated an American soldier suffering from
battle fatigue, as are Patton’s politically incorrect public
pronouncements about the Soviet Union. Our Patton collection
includes his highest rank, Four-Star General, and his highest
decoration, Army Distinguished Service Cross. Also included is a
ribbon rack of his American awards, as well as the famous Third Army
“A” patch. The 2nd Armored Division patch shown here includes the
“Hell on Wheels” tab, from a famous quote by Patton. Also included
is Patton’s gold U.S. officer’s insignia, and a color portrait of
|General Pershing Collection|
collector display set for World War I U.S. General John J. Pershing
includes his ribbon rack as worn during the Great War, along with
Army officer’s cap badge and rank of full general, to which Pershing
was promoted in 1917. The set also features the American Victory
Medal for WWI, as well as the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal,
which displays a portrait of Pershing and which he was authorized to
wear. The color portrait shows Pershing after the war.
|U.S. World War I Medal Collection|
|Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of World War I with these two World War I Victory Medals and the Army of Occupation Medal.|
|World War II Campaign Medal Collection|
|Korean War Campaign Medal Collection|
|Vietnam War Campaign Medal Collection|
|1990 Gulf War Campaign Medal Collection|
|Global War on Terrorism Medal Collection|
|Afghanistan War Campaign Medal Collection|
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badge and insignia pages.
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