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About Ostfront Militaria
Thank you visiting the Ostfront website and for taking the time to read about
Ostfront and its operation. This introduction is quite long and I apologize if
its too long, but if your really interested in knowing more about us, this is
the place to do that.
OSTFRONT is an American owned
and operated business that sells both original militaria and top quality reproductions
for reenactors and collectors around the world. We chose the name o s t f
r o n t because we primarily deal with WWII German and Russian military
collectibles from the Eastern Front of 1941-1945. With a few very rare exceptions,
ALL of the items we sell or offer for sale are located in the USA. You don't
have to worry about sending your money overseas and wondering if the item will
arrive or how you will handle something if your item never arrives. We are not
a brand new company with a fancy name. We have been selling on the internet
for 4 years and have previously been dealing with Russian and German WW2 Militaria
for over 9 years. We have a lot of combined historical, militaria knowledge
and experience. Ostfront deals directly with various dealers, museums and officials
in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics. Since the introduction of our
website in August of 2000, there have been many copycats and imitators that
have suddenly appeared on the web. They even cut and paste our item descriptions,
and other text from our website, as they lack the creativity, honesty or fluency
in English to do a good job. Some of them are honest, and frankly, many of them
are not. Many of them do not take this business as seriously or with the same
honest approach that we do. Regardless, Ostfront seems to have initiated a recent
trend in combining traditional militaria with battlefield relics.
In addition to our website, we sell a lot of unique militaria items on Ebay.
We also offer a lot of nice items that will never appear on our website or on
Ebay. These are quickly sold to collectors with particular interests. If you
are looking for or are interested in something particular let us know. We will
do our best to help you. In the past 4 years we have assisted many collectors
find very specific and unique militaria items.
Our Mission of Honesty in the Militaria Business.
Ostfront has an excellent reputation for selling honest original WW2 militaria
and well researched and high quality reproductions. We always clearly identify
which of our items are Original WW2, reproduction, or postwar but similar to
WW2. We are continually informing collectors of the current ways in which items
are being altered to sold as original WW2 production and any of the fakes, that
we know are being produced. We do this on our website, emails, in person, and
at collectors shows. We were given an award at the MAX Show in September 2001
for our exhibition that exposed a large variety of fakes being made in several
Ex-USSR countries. After this display we received numerous thank you letters
from collectors and also "hate-mail" from those who were selling the
stuff as real. We are aware of many of the fakes being produced in Eastern Europe
and we try to stay away from commonly faked items like medals, badges, insignia,
SS Crusher Caps, etc... Of course we all get taken sometimes by the fakes, but
that is why we avoid questionable items and questionable dealers that others
working in the same regions do not.
Many people ask us :
"Why don't you offer some of the other "great" items that other
dealers working in the same regions and areas turn up on a regular basis.."
(ie, SS M43 caps, Uniforms, Black Panzer Uniforms, and virtually endless supplies
of SS Peaked caps, etc.)
Our answer is simple :
"We could get the same great items but more likely than not, they are fake
and we pass on them..."
We only buy items that we feel comfortable about ourselves. If we do not feel
good about an item, then we pass on it. We may, as a result, sometimes pass
on a real item, but we also sleep well at night... We don't offer a seemingly
bottomless supply of German dogtags from all the famous and popular German Waffen
SS and Elite formations because the ones we see for sale are fake!!! There have
been large quantities of original but unmarked German WW2 dogtags recovered
in the east that have been "magically" transformed into Waffen SS
Ostfront has a solid honest reputation. Check our Ebay feedback (user: sturmpnr).
Not only will you find positive comments. You might notice that there are many
militaria collectors that have been long term and frequent customers. In fact,
you will see that much of our feedback is not only “positive” but
very complimentary. We have almost double the number of feedbacks compared to
our total Ebay "feedback score", which means we have many repeat customers.
While speaking about Ebay, We would like to state that we do not have any relationship,
partnership, or share any type of association with the Ebay user that goes by
the name: “Ostfront”. The “Ostfront” Ebay user operates
out of Estonia, which is also an area in which we conduct business. This user
took the Ostfront ebay user name shortly after we started our website back in
2000, before we could reserve that name for ourselves. Our one and only Ebay
user name is “STURMPNR”
Of course, we are not claiming to be the only reputable dealer of militaria,
and there are many dealers that get some really great original items. Our comments
are not statements of dealer jealousy, or envy, but rather a candid expression
of our thoughts based on our experiences and observations gathered while dealing
with militaria in Europe. We hope that this will remind collectors to think
about items before you buy them, as well as the dealers who sell them. Think
about those dealers who can always supply you with the rarest of items, whatever
you are looking for, and whenever you want it..... We stands behind all the
items we sell and offer a generous 7 day inspection period. We also give our
guarantee that the item is original WWII production.