It certainly is a bizarre item to have laying around the house Kt but as always there is a story behind the item and how I came to have it.
Some years ago when I was doing a few different types of work I was asked to clear out a garage by the new owners. Being a bit of a collector of "stuff" I sorted through just about everything in the garage,and there was boxes of the stuff. The job took me three days and I ended up with a couple of suitcases full of what was, to the new owners anyway, junk.
There are a number of historical items that I`ll be either selling now or donating to historical societies.
The story behind the Luftwaffe belt and how it came to Australia is mostly guess work and filling in the blanks but it is I believe as follows.
Gunner Colin Murray was taken prisoner by the Germans and I guess that his either girlfriend or fiancee, Miss Ruby Edwards, was notified of that fact. I don`t know what date he was taken prisoner but I do know that she had reason to be concerned about him as I also found this
thank you note from the family of someone she obviously knew that had died whilst being held as a POW. Some more details about that poor lad can be found here,his name was Douglas Haig Burling.
I don`t know what terrors the young Gunner Murray went through and I hope that Gunner Burling wasn`t a friend of his, but I do know that Ruby received this telegram
which must have been news she was anxious to receive.
Colin and Ruby were reunited and married soon afterwards. They had at least one child who had a couple of children himself.
It amazes me the things people throw out.
Oops, I seem to have turned a photo forum into a text forum with my rabbiting on, sorry guys.