Ridiculous – These are Just Toys, They do not depict Nazism.

German Mans protest over Nazi toy soldiers on Amazon

12 December 2017

By BBC

A German father is campaigning online to stop Lego-style toy Nazi soldiers being sold on Amazon.

Manuel Hegel’s petition says the toys “represent officers, soldiers etc of the Waffen-SS and thereby trivialise National Socialism”.

The toys are sold by a German firm, CustomBricks, and Lego says they do not comply with Lego’s own values.

A Lego statement said the Danish toy firm “does not in any way sponsor or endorse the product – on the contrary”.

The statement, sent to the BBC, did not specify any legal action in this case, but said: “In general we take the steps necessary to ensure consumers are never in doubt.”

The CustomBricks ad on Amazon warns that the toys “are not suitable for children aged seven or less” and “require adult supervision”.

CustomBricks also sells toy soldiers and vehicles styled on the Allies in World War Two.

German law bans the use of Nazi symbols, such as the swastika and stylised eagle (the “Reichsadler”), outside the context of education or art.

Mr Hegel argued that the toy soldiers could encourage children to accept “one of the most inhumane regimes in history”.

He said it was “chilling to imagine that these figures could soon lie under the Christmas tree and get into children’s hands”.

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Update 12-6-2017 : New Pictures Added to the Website

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • World War II
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  • Battle of France – 1940
  • Italian Front
  • Other World War 2 Battles/ Major Events
  • German Heer – Army
  • Orders of Battle – Gebirgsjäger – Mountain Troops plus Ski Division – Skijäger-Division
  • Tiger 2 – Konigstiger, Bengal Tiger, King Tiger, Royal Tiger
  • Vehicle or Non-Hand Held Weapons
  • Luftwaffe Divisions and Groups
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190
  • U-Boats of the Kreigsmarine
  • Kriegsmarine Officers – U-Boat Commanders
  • WW2 Allies – Finland
  • WW2 Allies – Kingdom of Hungary
  • Benito Mussolini
  • Other Museums, Artifacts, and Vehicles
  • Memorials & Grave Sites
  • Iron Cross
  • Heroes of the German Resistance & July 20 1944 Coup Attempt
  • Military Forces of East Germany
  • Leopard 2 – Modern Main Battle Tank
  • Bundeswehr Officers from the Wehrmacht
  • Fuhrer Adolf Hitler
  • People Close to Adolf Hitler in Minor Roles
  • Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany – A thru L
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany – M thru Z
  • SS – Schutzstaffel
  • SS Officers, NCOs, and Men – A thru K
  • Third Reich War Industry

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Did Reinhard Heydrich aspire to replace Hitler?

By DW

The death of “Butcher of Prague” Reinhard Heydrich – one of the most feared men in the Third Reich – meant the Nazis lost a key organizer of terror. Was he an ideological zealot or careerist aiming to be leader one day?

He was described by Adolf Hitler as “the Man with the Iron Heart.” Other names attributed to him include “the Butcher,” “the Hangman” and “Himmler’s Evil Genius.”

Given such epithets, it stands to reason that Reinhard Heydrich’s record is one of reprehensible brutality.

Heydrich, who led the Nazi Protection Squadron, or SS, and the Gestapo, also sent the telegraph giving the orders that precipitated 1938’s Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews in Germany.

As the lead planner of Hitler’s Final Solution, Heydrich chaired the Wannsee Conference – where details about the murder of millions of Jews across Nazi-occupied Europe was debated and toasted with cognac.

Heydrich was also regarded by some as a potential future leader of the Third Reich.

By the time of the assassination attack against Heydrich in May 1942, he was regional governor of the Nazis’ Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – today’s Czech Republic. He died 75 years ago on June 4, 1942.

Broken engagement

Only 11 years earlier, Heydrich had been dismissed from the navy for unbefitting conduct after breaking a marriage engagement. It had been a meteoric rise, as historian Robert Gerwarth points out in his book “Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich.”

“His life is quite unusual – his career trajectory is quite unusual in the sense that he’s a late Nazi,” Gerwarth told DW.
“Most of the people who had comparable careers in the Third Reich were followers of Hitler from the early 1920s onwards,” he said. “In his case, it’s a relatively late conversion to Nazism.”

The largely apolitical Heydrich had broken his engagement after meeting his wife-to-be, Lina von Osten, a Nazi Party follower for some time. It was she who convinced him to apply to join the SS.

Heydrich’s rapid ascent was partly based on chance, a meeting with Heinrich Himmler, who was setting up a counterintelligence division of the service.

“The two men had what you might call complementary talents,” said Gerwarth, a professor of modern history at University College Dublin’s Centre for War Studies. “Himmler was very good at building networks, which was quintessential in Nazi Germany, and Heydrich was a talented organizer.

“The two managed to rise through the ranks so that by the mid-1930s, 1936 to be precise, Himmler controls the entire police in Germany, including the political police, and Heydrich is basically his No. 2.”

Heydrich impressed Himmler from the beginning and the two ascended the ladder together.
Convert or careerist?

Some historians have assumed that Heydrich was a careerist, but Gerwarth thinks not. Instead, he described Heydrich’s radicalism as that of an extremely ambitious late convert.

“I think that by the mid-1930s he is actually quite committed to the cause and he is a very devout follower of both Himmler and Hitler,” Gerwarth said. “They recognize that, and they advance his career steadily over time.”

Heydrich’s newly found political zeal saw him drive much of the anti-Jewish policy in the Third Reich. As well as his role in Kristallnacht, he oversaw the Einsatzgruppen, which murdered intellectuals and clergy in Czechoslovakia and Poland, which at the time were both occupied by the Nazis, then he moved on to Jews and Roma.

“By 1941 it’s become quite clear that Heydrich is the one driving anti-Jewish policies,” Gerwarth said. “He controls not only the political police organizations but also is twice entrusted by Hermann Goering as the kind of intermediary between him and Hitler to find and implement a Final Solution.

“The thing is of course that, in 1942, when he dies, most of the Jews who will die in the Holocaust are still alive,” Gerwarth said, adding that, although Heydrich was a central figure, “even without him the Holocaust continued to unfold.”

The attack went wrong at first, and Heydrich tried to kill one of his assassins.
A prime target

The attack that would ultimately lead to his death was instigated by Czech intelligence with support from Britain’s Special Operations Executive. It gained approval from Czechoslovakia’s government-in-exile and planning began well in advance.

After two aborted attempts, the attack that killed Heydrich took place on May 27, 1942. Slovak Jozef Gabcik and Czech Jan Kubis – who had been flown to Czechoslovakia the previous December carried it out.

Heydrich was on his daily commute from home. The pair hoped to kill their target at a curve in the road and Gabcik stepped in front of the vehicle with his submachine gun. It jammed, and Heydrich ordered the car to stop, pointing a handgun at his would-be assailant.

Horrific reprisals

It was here that Kubis threw a grenade that fatally injured Heydrich, who did not die until a week later. The Nazi leadership was outraged by what had happened.

“This is a very serious blow, and both Hitler and Himmler were very angry and shocked,” Gerwarth said. “It showed a vulnerability that they didn’t want, but also they’re losing one of the most important organizers of terror. It was a huge blow.”

“The underground movement, the resistance in Bohemia and Moravia, was not informed about this at all,” Gerwarth said. “They only found out by chance just before the assassination, and were horrified because they knew the ramifications would be terrible.”

Indeed, the consequences were horrific for the village of Lidice, which was falsely linked to the assassination. Of its residents, 199 men were killed and 195 women sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. A further 81 children died in gas vans.

The men and women of another village, Lezaky, were also murdered.

The assassination itself has also been retold in several movies. The 75th anniversary itself seems to have created some interest with one film – “Anthropoid” – released less than a year ago and another – “HHhH,” also titled “The Man With The Iron Heart” – slated for release later this month.

Visions of power?

Whether Heydrich had visions of ever becoming leader of the Third Reich is open to speculation.

In his book “Fatherland,” Robert Harris penned a vision of a world where Heydrich survives into the 1960s and is seen as the likely successor to Hitler. It deals with Heydrich’s imagined Machiavellian attempts to cover up the fate of murdered European Jews.
Amazon’s series “The Man in the High Castle,” loosely based on a book of the same name by Philip K. Dick, envisions a world where the Nazi Reich occupies much of the United States, and where Heydrich is vying to replace an ailing Hitler.

Gerwarth, though, said he harbors some doubt that was ever in Heydrich’s plan.

“It’s uncertain exactly what he aspired to. He didn’t really like to be a public figure, and he found that part of the job difficult in Prague,” Gerwarth said. “He’s not really someone for big public speeches. He’s someone who operates in the shadows, so I think his career objective would have been to succeed Himmler, which is a more realistic scenario.”

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RARE WARBIRDS TO DEPART EDWARDS RANCH

August 5, 2014 

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery.

These stories are almost always wild exaggerations or outright fiction. But if you’ve ever heard of the cache of iconic warbirds at Wilson Connell “Connie” Edwards’ west Texas ranch, it’s absolutely real.

The irascible former movie pilot who made a fortune in the oil business has added to his vast inventory of mostly World War II-era fighters, seaplanes, and surplus parts for more than a half century. Now, he’s decided to sell many of them—but only on his own nonnegotiable terms.

“People can either pay my price or go to hell, I really don’t care which,” says Edwards, 80, who is perhaps best known for choreographing and flying many of the aerial scenes in Battle of Britain, a 1969 movie that starred Michael Caine and Sir Lawrence Olivier and featured more than a dozen Messerschmitt Bf 109s (technically Spanish-built HA-1112 Buchons), Heinkel He 111 (CASA 2.111) bombers—and, of course, British Spitfires and Hurricanes. “I know the value of what I’ve got, and I don’t haggle. Pay my price, or don’t waste my time,” Edwards says.

A Spitfire that actually flew in the real Battle of Britain is the jewel of Edwards’ fleet, as well as a half-dozen Buchons (including a rare two-seat model) that he took in partial payment for his work on the film. There’s also a P-51 Mustang that looks exactly as it did when imported from Guatemala in the early 1970s, and two PBY Catalinas. Edwards flew one of the PBYs to England and back in 1986, and a second—known as the Green Turtle—has a Calypso paint scheme and plush yacht-like interior. (There are also two shipping containers full of surplus PBY parts and specialized tools.)

A recently polished Grumman Mallard is tied down outside. So are several Piaggio Gull airframes, and parts for many more.

The impetus for the sale is the tragic 2013 death of Edwards’ son Wilson Connell “Tex” Edwards Jr., an accomplished warbird and agricultural pilot. Tex was killed in a car accident near the family’s ranch about 60 miles east of Midland/Odessa. He’s buried in a family plot on the ranch, which is located in the arid, cotton-growing portion of the state.

“I was going to give it all to Tex,” Edwards says. “He was a fantastic pilot and absolutely excelled at everything he did in aviation. But now that he’s gone, there’s no sense keeping it.”

In the 1980s Edwards donated two highly coveted aircraft to the Experimental Aviation Association—a P-38 Lightning and an F-4U Corsair—and both are on display at the EAA museum in Oshkosh. He also helped found the Commemorative Air Force (then the Confederate Air Force) but has had a bitter split with the Texas-based organization. He has been an AOPA member for more than 50 years.

Edwards says he doesn’t regard his many airplanes as a “collection,” just unrelated objects he bought or traded for because they interested him. Logistically, the ongoing acquisitions required building an ever-expanding hangar complex (more than 100,000 square feet) in which to store them. He’s never offered public tours, and his out-of-the-way runway, hangars, and castle-themed home are strictly private.

“I’m not interested in hearing other pilots’ war stories or telling them mine,” says Edwards, who soloed when he was 16 years old and later flew throughout Central America and the Caribbean in his twenties for a series of shadowy firms he prefers not to discuss. “I’m really not in the airplane business at all. I’m in the oil, ranching, and stone business. I only own airplanes for fun.”

Edwards’ favorite airplane is a blue-and-white Piper Super Cub with an oversized 180-horsepower engine that isn’t part of the sale. He’s unsentimental about the rest. Many of his aircraft haven’t flown in years, and the hangars and their contents are constantly subject to the region’s unrelenting wind, heat, and dust.

Tall shelves are piled with seemingly forgotten tools, parts, hardware, and solvents. The airplanes sit just as they were at the conclusion of their last flights, sometimes with headsets on glareshields, long-expired aeronautical charts unfolded on the seats, and empty cups and drink cans in cabins.

An entire hangar is filled with a treasure trove of warbird engines. Two never-used, right- and left-turning Allisons for a P–38 are bolted on stands; dozens of Rolls-Royce Merlins are in various states; and an overhauled Pratt & Whitney R-985 is wrapped in plastic sheeting.

Aircraft aren’t the only motorized vehicles in the hangars. There are cars, too, including a 1964 Corvette, a 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham, an original VW Thing, a police Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and a half-dozen aged mini-bikes

Edwards says he really doesn’t care what happens to the airplanes after they leave—although he assumes that anyone willing to pay premium prices for them likely will restore them to flying condition. But if not, that’s the new owners’ concern, not his.

“If they can afford to buy them, they probably have enough money to restore them,” he said. “If not, they’re better off not even trying.”

Edwards has been exceptionally successful in business, and he attributes his wins to “dumb luck” and being in the right place at the right time. His family’s vast land holdings sit atop huge amounts of oil and natural gas, and new drilling techniques have dramatically increased their output at a time of high commodity prices. Another mineral discovery here, Texas stone, is in demand among high-end home builders. (Edwards is a self-taught stone carver whose grounds are decorated with elaborate stone artwork of his own creation.)

A fly-in guest to the Edwards ranch in the late 1970s came to hunt quail and became a family friend. That was Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, and Edwards was an early investor in what became the world’s biggest retail chain.

Edwards once owned more than a dozen P–51 Mustangs, many of them bought from military boneyards. He says he never paid more than $15,000 for a Mustang, and now such aircraft sell for $1.5 million or more.

 

Edwards has long been a controversial figure in historical aircraft circles, and he is full of contradictions. He’s at once flamboyant and reclusive, worldly and profane.

Terry Adams, a T–6 pilot and restorer who was a close friend of Tex, is preparing Edwards’ exotic aircraft for sale. Adams is a retired Snap-On Tools executive, and he lives in San Antonio and comes to the Edwards ranch for days at a time to help get things inventoried and organized.

While Adams is at the hangar complex, Edwards stops by each morning in a Ford pickup with his dog Hunter, a miniature Australian shepherd, to plan the day’s activities. He swings by in the evenings, too, to barbeque and drink Texas-brewed Shiner Bock beer from long-neck bottles.

Edwards speaks in off-color colloquialisms delivered with a flinty drawl. Something conspicuous, he says, “shines like a ruby in a goat’s ass.” A person of low intelligence “doesn’t have the sense to pour piss out of a boot with directions printed on the heel.”

He’s especially scornful of politicians with Democratic presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama drawing venomous ridicule, and not-conservative-enough Republicans don’t fare much better. Provocative bumper stickers; torn-out tabloid covers; photocopied political cartoons; and scrawled, handwritten messages are posted on hangar walls and metal lockers.

Edwards can be charming, engaging, and funny when telling stories of the times he spent flying with English, Spanish, and German pilots in Europe filming Battle of Britain. He also is one of the few pilots on the planet who can authoritatively compare the flight characteristics of some of history’s most renowned aircraft.

These Spanish aircraft were painted in German colors for the Battle of Britain movie. They are equipped with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.

With many hundreds of hours in both the P–51 and Bf 109/Buchon, for example, he says the German-designed aircraft is far and away the more nimble fighter. “It’s not even a close contest,” he says. “In the hands of a similarly trained and experienced pilot, the 109 wins hands-down.” Edwards recounts a truism by Luftwaffe fighter ace Adolf Galland: “Most pilots expect their airplanes to perform. The Me 109 expects its pilot to perform.”

Among seaplanes, he says the Grumman Albatross is head and shoulders above the Consolidated PBY, although there’s a great deal of variation in quality, performance, and flying characteristics of individual PBYs.

Edwards also inspires lifelong loyalty from some of the people who know him best. A foreman who has worked on the family ranch more than 40 years says the Edwards family’s steadfastness makes him want to stay forever.

And Edwards’ generous actions don’t always align with his incendiary words. For example, Adams recently sought to acquire a rare 1932 Ford Coupe that had been sitting idle in one of the Edwards hangars for decades.

“They said Connie would never sell that car because it belonged to his [late] brother [William Prior “Budo” Edwards],” Adams recalled. “So I asked Connie if he’d ever let it go, and he said he would, for the right price. I told him that I wanted to buy it, and I’d pay anything he asked. I’d write him a check on the spot.”

Then Edwards surprised Adams by turning down what could have been a tidy profit. “Connie just looked at me, smiled, and said ‘Merry Christmas, Terry. The car’s all yours,’” Adams said. “He wouldn’t take a cent for it.”

 

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Update 11-7-2017 : New Pictures Added to the Website

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • Models and Toys of Others from Around the World
  • Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting – Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Political, Etc.
  • Battle of France – 1940
  • Balkan Campaign
  • Eastern Front
  • German North Pole Operations in Finland, Norway, & the Soviet Union
  • The Atlantic Wall – Fortress Europe
  • Todt Battery
  • Atlantik Wall Open-Air Museum – Oostende, Belgium
  • German Heer (Army)
  • Panzer III
  • Kfz. 250
  • Specialized Vehicles or Odd Devices
  • Hand Held Infantry Weapons or Light Equipment of WW2
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Messerschmitt Bf 110
  • Luftwaffe 1935-1946
  • Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types
  • Other Museums, Artifacts, and Vehicles
  • World War 2 Field Marshalls
  • Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
  • World War 2 Generals – V
  • Luftwaffe Pilots & Airmen – N thru S
  • Other Museums, Artifacts, and Vehicles
  • Areas of Germany – Regions, States, and Cities
  • Bundeswehr Vehicles & Equipment
  • SS – Schutzstaffel
  • Orders of Battle – SS Heavy Panzer Battalions & SS Panzer Korps
  • SS Panzer Division – Hitlerjugend

New Pages have been added to the Website:

  • Members Page
  • Island Farm – Prisoner of War Camp
  • Panzer Division
  • Vehicle or Non-Hand Held Weapons

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Update 10-22-2017 : New Pictures Added to the Website

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • Family Photos from the Wars of German History
  • Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting – Heer (Army)
  • Battle of France – 1940
  • Eastern Front
  • Battle of Kursk
  • Italian Front
  • Afrika Korps
  • Luftwaffe Divisions and Groups
  • Tiger 1
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109
  • Messerschmitt Bf 110
  • Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber
  • Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types
  • Luftwaffe Aircraft Weapons
  • World War 2 Field Marshalls
  • World War 2 Generals – A thru E
  • World War 2 Generals – P thru U
  • World War 2 Generals – V
  • World War 2 Generals – W thru Z
  • Luftwaffe Pilots & Airmen – H thru M
  • Kriegsmarine Officers – Admirals
  • WW2 Allies – Finland
  • Memorials & Grave Sites
  • Other Museums, Artifacts, and Vehicles
  • World War 2 Propaganda, Magazines, and Print
  • Areas of Germany – Regions, States, and Cities
  • Fuhrer Adolf Hitler
  • Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany  – A thru L
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany  – M thru Z
  • Order of Battle – Waffen-SS Divisions
  • SS Officers, NCOs, and Men – A thru K
  • SS Officers, NCOs, and Men – L thru T
  • Nazi German Organizations

New Pages have been added to the Website:

  • Defence of the Reich – Strategic Defensive Aerial Campaign
  • German North Pole Operations in Finland, Norway, & the Soviet Union
  • SA – Sturmabteilung
  • Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Order of Battle

 

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German Military History with a focus on World War 2 History including other areas of German History