German Second World War Militaria | Halls Auction
20 Jul 2021
by Cathy Block

Lot 147: ICS maritime flags (£350 - £450)

Halls auction house in Shrewsbury is offering an array of fascinating German Second World War artefacts for sale. The timed auction 'Militaria including German Third Reich and Military Surplus' runs from July 9 to July 27. 

This sale includes a good private collection of German Second World War militaria comprising helmets, visor hats, insignia and more. A number of other lots in the sale have personal backstories and interesting provenance - such as the silver cigarette case owned by a Royal Navy seaman who was killed during WW1 in the highly controversial Operation Catapult; the WW2 field campaign furniture used in Malaya and Ceylon by RAF Squadron Leader Morison; a captured Japanese prayer flag and a number of personal effects owned and used by Lt-Col. Loe (Commander of the East African Army Service) and a Japanese katana captured by the 10th Gurkha Rifles in Burma.

Lot 174 is a set of International Code of Signal (ICS) maritime flags and pennants with the total of sixty-five flags comprising one large flag. They were manufactured by Porter Brothers Liverpool to advertise the business at the time of the Queen's 1953 Coronation and later used by HM Waterguard. It was owned by Cecil Millar Porter OBE, Inspector General of HM Waterguard and is expected to sell for £350-450.

Lot 38 is a German Third Reich M40 steel combat helmet with camouflage bread bag strap, complete with eight-tongued leather liner and chinstrap that is set to go for £400-500.

German Helmet

Lot 38: German Third Reich combat helmet (£400 - £500)

Lot 126 is a metal sign, taken from the exterior fencing of Spandau prison prior to its demolition, the dual language sign reads 'WARNING DANGER DO NOT APPROACH THE FENCE GUARDS HAVE ORDERS TO SHOOT / ACHTUNG BERÜHREN DES ZAUNES VERBOTEN WACHEN HABEN BEFEHL ZU SCHNIESSEN'. The vendor acquired this sign as a prize in a poker game with other soldiers during a posting to Berlin in 1990. Several identical signs were posted around the perimeter of the prison, such as the example in the additional photograph uploaded to our website. Given that the prison was demolished in 1987 under armed guard, it is rare to find any items associated with this prison for sale. The sign is set to sell for £300 - £500.

Metal Sign, dual language

Lot 126: Metal Sign, dual language (£300 - £500)

You can view the rest of the lots via the online catalogue here: