Who am I?

My name is Rick, and i live in the Netherlands. Yes that´s in Europe, next to Germany.
I have been collecting for some 5-6 years now. The date of writing this is January 2010.

Why this website?

I have had the idea of a website like this for some time now, but earlier mainly for my photo collection.
Since i still havn´t found a good solution to put all my photo´s online in some sort of database gallery
with a decent search function, i´ve allready started by putting up German documents from my collection, such as: Soldbücher, Wehrpässe, Führerscheins, etc.

I do not only collect papier items, i started off with equipment and uniforms. But most of that is
"the same" as most other uniform and equipment pieces around the world. Paper items on the other
hand differ very much from each other, they tell a more unique story then the standart equipment.
And its only since half a year or so that i got hooked into the world of WWII paper/photo items.
I really enjoy researching these things, but i never wrote down my findings on a propper way.
That is one of the reasons why i started this website! so i can finally put all my findings in a nice
frame-work; this website. Ofcourse i can keep all of this to myself, but then comes the second reason.
Its also for other collectors/people to enjoy and maybe learn from.
Collections like these should, just like regulair museums, be shown to the public.
These historical items are not for putting away in some attic or collection room, they got a story to tell!

Copyright watermarks

You may ask yourself why I have put those ugly watermarks on almost everything shown here on this
website. Well, that´s basiclly to stop any fraudsters abusing items shown on my website.
It happends allot in the collecting world that fraudsters sell an item that they do not own.
In their ad´s they use photo´s that are copied from websites like mine or from discussion forums.
Just imagine how someone takes a picture of your car, and put your car for sale on Ebay. That´s bad!

Can i use these pictures?

If you just want to use these pictures for non-commercial purposes, that’s okay with me as long as you
leave the watermarks on the pictures. You can also post them on forums, etc. and you don´t have
to contact me for permission. But if you want to use the pictures without watermark or for something
commercial like a book then you need to ask me first. I can send a better and bigger scan of the item.
I probably wont ask any money, unless its being used on BBC, CNN or something.
I probably just want my name below the picture (not in) or something.. I´m an easy guy, just ask me.

I see a mistake!

Even i am just a human and i do make mistakes.
If you see anything wrong, please do tell me! Because mistakes should be corrected.
Even if you just think something is not right, you can always tell/ask me, no problem.

What do you collect?

My collection (including uniforms/equipment) focuses mainly on the German side, late war 1944-1945.
I´m always looking for Soldbücher with the following subjects:
* Oder (Oderbruch) front 1945.
* Berlin front 1945.
* All pockets (kessels) on the easternfront 1943-1945 (Like: Tscherkassy, Kowel, Hube),
* Easternfront, front soldier (With Sturmabzeichen and/or nahkampfspange).
* 116.Panzer-Division.

And all kind of items from the following subjects:
* Castricum (town in The Netherlands) during WWII.
* Bakkum (town in The Netherlands) during WWII.
* Dutch Police items from 1900-1945.

If you got anything that you wish to sell or trade, you can always contact me.