WW2 Medals Display

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Project by NDVermin posted 06-14-2016 05:18 PM 2495 views 5 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

WW2 Medals display – a New part of my continuing WW2 Display collection featuring both American and German displays highlighting different events in WW2. This is a German display with medals/badges won for combat action (similar to our silver /bronze stars, purple hearts, etc).

NOTE: Please don’t misinterpret my interest in both sides of teh WW2 conflict as any kind of support for the historically criminal leadership of the Axis powers that brought such terrible tragedy to our world. Thank you for understanding this interest in WW2 History.

Thank you,

-- Scott - and

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#1 posted 06-14-2016 09:13 PM

Love the work, hate the content!

Why would you prominently display badges of honor from a group of people, an entire nation really, who did their level best to kill our boys, torture innocent people, annihilate several cultures through genocide and attempt to destroy our basic way of life??? Why??

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 09:29 PM

Wow – Some people enjoy history Bladedust. Actually a lot of people enjoy WW2 history and a lot of other people know very little about it or a small fraction of the stories of the people who fought on both sides. Some people enjoy military history and can enjoy the area of study without agreeing with any of the terrible crimes that were committed. Visit any WW2 museum in teh world and you will find plenty of AXIS memorabilia carefully displayed even though they were the bad guys. I could certainly go on, but honestly I don’t think it would matter and frankly your tone has taken the fun out of this for me. It’s not worth it.

-- Scott - and

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 11:36 PM

I would argue against removing the project. I think the project is a great way to display some historical artifacts. 99% of the German Army in WWII were just like our Soldiers, simply doing their job. While the Swastika was the symbol of the Nazi party the Soldiers who wore those badges were more than likely not members of the party and had little choice as to the regalia placed on their decorations. Look at these badges as way to remember history and how every side has two stories.

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 11:51 PM

I total agree with cstandi1!

I don’t see your project as a celebration of those badges, but more as a study and remembrance.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”...George Santayana

I’ve enjoyed all of your projects….Keep up the great work!


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#5 posted 06-14-2016 11:57 PM

Thank you guys – I really appreciate you writing that….to be honest I’m not sure why that bothered me so much. I am a proud American and stand in awe of what our boys accomplished in WW2 and feel we owe them all a tremendous debt. I don’t feel that puts me at odds with having an interest in both sides of that terrible war. At the same time I respect it’s a sensitive subject and I truly don’t mean to offend anyone – I very much enjoy being a part of this woodworking community and taking inspiration from the amazing talent I see on here every day.

-- Scott - and

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#6 posted 06-15-2016 12:05 AM

Scott, I think that’s some fine woodworking and a very interesting display. there’s always going to be people to dislike things no matter what you do.

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#7 posted 06-15-2016 12:07 AM

Thanks Bob :-);

-- Scott - and

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#8 posted 06-15-2016 01:59 AM

Scott, it’s not the history I dislike, quite to the contrary. I enjoy studying history and as Max pointed out, we are absolutely doomed to repeat history if we do not remember it.

My issue with is giving these badges such high prominence with all the extraordinary work you did to display them. Perhaps I am being overly sensitive, but as the son of Holocaust survivors, i think i have a right to be.

These badges, in my opinion, need to see the light of day, but not in such high prominence. But then again, it is just my opinion. Just out of curiosity, would take an ISIS flag and build a beautiful display for it and shine it under neon lights? Again, no disrespect intended.

By the way, just in case it didn’t come across, there is no mistaking your work is absolutely exquisite.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#9 posted 06-15-2016 02:19 AM

I empathize with you and your family – they were subjected to one of the truly worst acts in human history and bless them for their incredible strength to make it though alive. I would be honored to meet them and learn from their experiences were I ever to have a chance.

I guess for me the ISIS analogy falls apart, as I feel the Germans had many young men serving for them who just like our “kids” (using the term respectfully but most of them were so young) would have rather been anywhere else but caught in the middle of a terrible war trying to kill strangers and stay alive. Our own troops held many of their regular army Wehrmacht counterparts (many of which were in fact NOT Nazi party members) in high esteem and formed bonds of friendship after the war. It is this group of men who I can find some historical connection with serving their country and getting pulled into a terrible conflict, and I feel they are quite distinct from the SS and Nazi criminals. In fact in one famous battle the Wehrmacht division actually fought side by side with a US division against SS troops. There are many other examples of German troops treating injured Allied soldiers and leaders like Rommel and Adolf Galland were universally respected not only for their military genius but the way they treated their enemies with respect and dignity.

I may be wrong and there may be some “normal” guys caught up in the ISIS movement, but it sure doesn’t feel it, and I have seen nothing honorable or even human in their actions.

Of course if you were an American Indian you might feel justifiably offended about a display for an old west six-shooter which may remind one of the tens of millions of native Americans who lost their lives….History is complicated, but ultimately I hope I have not offended you or anyone else with this work.

-- Scott - and

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#10 posted 06-15-2016 02:51 AM

Scott you did a great job on those display boxes. I also love history and read allot about it, but haven’t put any of it into woodwork.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 06-15-2016 02:53 AM

All soldiers in all wars do terrible things and noble things, but the nazi regime, as a whole, was particularly heinous, much like ISIS. The bottom line is I cannot tell you how to display your treasured items, I can only tell you how it affects me. That is the beautiful part of our great country and our culture…..we are both free to do as we please and speak our minds freely.

As for meeting my family members who survived, unfortunately they are all long gone.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#12 posted 06-15-2016 03:41 AM

Realy awesome project – from woodworking point of view – boxes with fingerjoints and wings. I don’t want to argue historical point of view, this isn’t place for it. Sure there are no reasons for missinterpretation of this project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-15-2016 06:21 AM

As far as the controversy, both ours and theirs were laid to rest in masses that boggle the mind. Most of both sides were just young men praying to see their homes again. When we dehumanize them because of the leadership they followed, we become what we hated in them. As far as the woodworking, awesome.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#14 posted 06-15-2016 11:59 AM

Really awesome projects! I enjoy it for what it is. Everyone had a side from which they saw what happened. It’s not history if you don’t explore, and acknowledge, both sides and points of view.

Keep these kinds of projects coming. Amazing work.

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#15 posted 06-15-2016 12:19 PM

Beautiful work and showing those items in no way shows any disrespect. As a child, I had the opportunity to meet some German soldiers who were in a POW camp in the area where I lived. They were brought out to local farms to help with field work since most of the young men in the area were away to war. The neighborhood women put together a meal for them at noon and we got to meet them. I remember one who became very emotional when he saw my little sister who was very blonde. He brought out a picture of his daughter at home who looked similar.

-- Kepy

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