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Old 05-16-2005, 09:16 AM   #16
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The second photo shows the differences in construction and appearance between the two Tschakos used by the West and the East. The West version is of four separate pieces. The East version is of one piece. The shell of the East version by the way, is constructed of Bakelite, which is then covered in leather.

The East quit using the Tschako after 1962. The West continued with wear of the Tschako well into the early 70s.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:20 AM   #17
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This is an East German Offiizier Tschako. It has the ornate metal alloy chin strap. This one has the newer, but much more rare Police Star with the Staatswappen. This type of Police Star was only in use for about two years when the East quit using the Tschako altogether.
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Closeup of the Police Star with the Staatswappen: Pretty ornately done.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:23 AM   #19
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Michael, these are beautiful. Do you know if East and/or West continued using the Third Reich police Tschakos at first (with a different badge of course..) or did they immediately dispense with those and made new ones? Cheers, Torsten.

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Old 05-16-2005, 09:28 AM   #20
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Torsten,

Mike Custer can probably answer this better than can I, but to my knowledge, when the War ended in 45, both sides for a time were using TR type Tschakos, and the Police Stars of the East German Tschakos initially had the Districts just like their West German counterpart. So for example the police in Saxonia (East Germany) would have their District or State Shield inside the Police Star. I think in 49 they switched to the Tricolor Shield inside the Police Star.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:35 AM   #21
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Mike ,thanks for showing us your collection.I think i have a long way to go yet though
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:49 AM   #22
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Hi David,

Its not the quantity - its the quality.....so perhaps not so far as you might otherwise think.
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:18 AM   #23
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Thanks for the pics Michael

I really felt in love with the Offz.Tschako with the very nice made metal Chin Strap ..
outstanding!!

wondering from what hidden Bunker you have got such stunning hats
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:08 PM   #24
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Hi here is my small collection of Deutsch-Sowjetische Articles.
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:14 PM   #25
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I am really aiming to have a stitched flag but prices are outside my budget at the moment.

I am also on the lookout for a membership card and any other things related.
I have a few on watch on e-bay but with my daughters birthday coming up finances are a bit tight
The wilpel is stitched on both sides.
The flag has the same symbel on both sides with the stitching for the pole running down one side.
The cased badge set comes in it's presentation case with a picture of the badge on the front.
As i said it is a small collection and i also own some other medals and Urkundes but at the moment this is the centre piece of my collection.
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for starting this thread and i look forward to seeing everyone elses collection.
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a closer picture of the wimpel.Sorry about it being out of focus
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David, You're off to a nice start.

And "Happy Birthday" to your daughter.
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Hi David

Thanks for showing your pics
nice DSF collection you have there..I very much like the DSF Wimpel ..

Thanks Michael for pinning up this thread
hope we'll get to see some more nice Collections
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Actually Ralph deserves the credit for pinning it. But you're welcome just the same. The thread was a good idea.
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well done for updating the pinned threads...sorry, I cannot show much here as I do not have a DDR collection as such...lots of items pass through my hands but I do not keep them for myself.. there is always someone out there more deserving than me to add them to their collection... but I will be following this thread with interest. Cheers, Torsten (ebay id german.militaria).

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