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  1. 5 points
    Hello, I hope all has been well here. This is my newest piece, The Emsland Cuff Title. I will add more info soon.. G
  2. 5 points
    Very nice Gwar, most of these I see are cut down for some reason, good to see one which still has the maker mark.
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    Thanks Gildwiller, it's a nice piece of kit & the build quality is outstanding
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    I took delivery of this today, it's an M5 bayonet ,it was adopted by the U.S. military in 1953 to replace other bayonets for the M1 Garand rifle and uses the M8A1 scabbard. During the Korean war, the M1 bayonet , which mounted to the M1 rifle, was found difficult to remove while wearing heavy gloves. As a result, the M5 bayonet was designed and issued in 1953. This was a total redesign based on the M4 bayonet used by the M1 carbine. The M5 bayonet looks nothing like the original M1 bayonet, and is the only U.S. bayonet without a barrel mount ring on the crossguard, making it look more like a fighting knife than a bayonet.
  5. 5 points
    Very nice Buster!
  6. 4 points
    Welcome Swampygibbo, I've copied and enhanced your image and blown it up but still can't make out the letter above the heat number, Looking at the stamp mark style it could be a HV stamp mark which would be W.Hutton & Sons Manufacture/Vickers Steel Supplier, You could try rubbing some talc/baby powder over the marks or lightly rubbing with wet and dry sandpaper or fine wire wool to enhance the marks.
  7. 4 points
    Generally, NSDAP, civil and political organisations wore the armband on the left cuff, army and Luftwaffe, on the right cuff.
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    Thanks Kenny Andrew, Leon21 and phantom ! Kenny, Yes, good observation, we see these cut down for various reasons, the most common is that they were hand sewn on usually by the recipient and would have been worn on the left sleeve. They are also seen on 'Greatcoats' whether or not regulation which in my opinion would have a larger circumference than that of the tunic so, the length does vary on some, usually it is at a bout 41mm or so. I have also noticed the Emsland award document ( there were a few different types ) have the cuff title cut down and placed with the document or group photographs.. There are period pics that the cuff title is seen on the wrong sleeve too.. Not regulation and most likely a Arbeitsmann mistake..
  9. 4 points
    Here's another British made helmet stamped HBH = Harrison Bros & Howson of Sheffield with Heat/Batch code ZT and dated II/1938, Liner stamped Helmets Ltd of Wheathampstead and dated I/1937. Has the NFS logo and Western Region No 1 on front also the red band of a Leading Fireman. Photo's from other sources.
  10. 4 points
    Here's a WW2 British helmet stamped EB = Eveson Brothers of Worcester and dated 1/1943, Liner stamped CCL II 1943 = Christy & Co Ltd of London. Photo's from other sources.
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    Here's another helmet that could be passed of as British, this is the 1949 Belgium model copied from the British MII Brodie, made for the Belgium Army from 1949 - 1952, it has no marking on the helmet shell but the liner is stamped with all the information you need. Stamped ABL = Armee Belge/Belgissche Leger ( Belgium Army issue ). 1949 = The Model. XB = The Manufacturer Xavier Buisset Vilvoorde. 1950 = The year of production. Photo's from other sources.
  12. 4 points
    Here is a video clip of the fuse pulling vest in action. 1080p.mp4
  13. 4 points
    Here is an image of the Brutschild in action. Note the soldiers that are fourth and fifth on the right, they are holding the M17 egg grenades.
  14. 4 points
    Here is a chest plate I just got, much better condition than my previous one. This one has all the leather loops intact. I will do a rust treatment, then get some new leather to make straps. I will post the completed item, once I have finished.
  15. 4 points
    Here is a Kugel Grenade belt carrier. It is in relic condition and not complete. How it worked was the grenade was secured into the rig, and had leather straps that attached to the studs on the side of the carrier and supported the grenade with a small disc that held the grenade bottom. So to use it, the soldier removed it from the belt, the leather strap was then disconnected, and the grenade was pulled free from the carrier, removing the fuse pin, then the carrier was simply thrown away. Not a very efficient use of materials, so no wonder it was discontinued and from what I found it was not used in large numbers either. Most of these you find for sale are in relic condition, there are reproductions being made as well.
  16. 4 points
    Keep up the good work Leon, education is an important tool for the collector.
  17. 4 points
    I have also seen a lot of the Dutch helmets often confused with the British and American Examples as well.
  18. 4 points
    Yeah Fritz, these are not cheap anymore. I am watching an auction, there is a seller who has several of the wartime grey versions. I will try and get one if they stay reasonable in price.
  19. 4 points
    Spotted 4 of these Civil Defence helmets being sold on an American website, the seller listed them as being used by the US during WW2 and after. This helmet is post war Dutch made and stamped VB 56-1sln on the inside rim, VB = Verblifa , 56 the year, and batch code 1sln. They were only made from 1955 to the end of 1956 and have become collectors items in their own rite, but many are being passed off as British to the unwary collector. Photos from other sources.
  20. 4 points
    Nice example, I bet it wasn't cheap. You can count the unit by the colours - Stengel yellow = III. Bataillon, and the red parts Knopf/Kranz = 10. Kompagnie Apart from the infantry, only the foot sections of the artillery wore this, not worn by mounted batteries or cavalry.
  21. 4 points
    Here is a WW1 era troddel (or M 1873 Troddel) I recently got. Its colors signify the 10th company of the 3rd battalion. Usually these colors were for artillery or infantry. Later wartime versions had a grey look to the band instead of the whitish color.
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    Very nice, I haven't seen one of those carriers for ages,! And that kugel is in remarkable condition, I used to have one also, but not as nice as yours.
  23. 4 points
    That's what I call good provenance
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    Here is Kaiser Wilhelm II, wearing the uniform of an Ottoman Imperial Army Marshal, when touring Constantinople and Gallipoli in October, 1917.
  27. 4 points
    Interesting photo, that I have not seen before, German Film crew. The unit itself does not look very light or portable.
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    British tanks being repaired and refurbished by German forces to use in their arsenal.
  30. 4 points
    Here we have another British made Police helmet has no makers mark only Heat/Batch code G22 and dated 1939, I have seen a lot of these G marked helmets over the years, has no liner or chin strap. Photo's from other sources.
  31. 4 points
    Here we have an early made British Police helmet stamped HBH = Harrison Bros & Howson of Sheffield with Heat/Batch code ZB II/1938, the police letters to front of helmet have been removed as this helmet has been used as a prop for theatre productions. Photo's from other sources.
  32. 4 points
    Here we have a WW2 British made helmet stamped RO.CO = Rubery Owen & Co Ltd of Leeds with Heat/Batch code DS 1/1939. Has the NFS and Regional number 5 sticker for Bradford on front of helmet, also has owners Id number on inside rim. Photo's from other sources.
  33. 4 points
    German POWs in Japanese camp in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. At the onset of hostilities, the Japanese occupied German ports, possessions and islands in the Pacific. The Japanese hoped that by helping the Western Allies they would be viewed as power in their own right, however they were disappointed at the Treaty of Versailles.
  34. 4 points
    Nice view of equipment and gear for Austrian Troops. Note the helmets, the left one is of German design, the right is the Berndorfer type. The grenades they are using are the Rohr model, 2nd type. It was a stick type model, with a cast metal head that had a belt loop attached. The handle was made from cardboard and held the pull fuse inside similar to the M17 German model. The soldier on the left has the bayonet and a short fighting knife on his belt, as well as grenade bags on both. They are carrying the carbine versions of the M1885 rifles.
  35. 4 points
    Very nice marked 1939 dated helmet you listed above.
  36. 4 points
    Here's another helmet by E Camelinat & Co Ltd of Birmingham with Heat/Batch code 417 and dated 1/1943. Photo's from other sources.
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    Here we have a WW2 British made helmet stamped EC & Co Ltd = E Camelinat & Co Ltd of Birmingham and Heat/Batch code T 784 and dated 1/1939 and liner by Helmets Ltd also dated 1/1939. Has the letter R for Rescue on front. Photo's from other sources.
  38. 4 points
    Here's a WW1 British made helmet stamped HS 409 = Hadfields Ltd of Sheffield both ( Manufacturer and Steel Supplier ) with Heat/Batch code 409 in good condition with Red Brodie stamp mark on liner. Photo's from other sources.
  39. 4 points
    I got this trio grouping from a family member of the recipient ( grand daughter) who had no real emotional attachment to them. They where found in the attic during a clear out & have the original ribbons, so obviously have never been in the collectors circute. Private. James Cairns. S-3276. Ayrgle & Sutherland Highlanders
  40. 4 points
    Nice set, would have been nice if they had been (originally period) mounted, would however, not change anything, best to leave them as they are.
  41. 4 points
    Here's another British made helmet stamped FS 153 = Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield both ( Manufacturer and Steel Supplier ) Heat/Batch 153 is in good condition and has the rubber ring which was introduced in 1917. Photo's from other sources.
  42. 4 points
    Yes I agree, I noticed one seller had used part of the Makers of WW2 liners list on page one to help sell his helmet, so looks like some people are taking note of what we are saying.
  43. 4 points
    Thanks Leon, I am very pleased with them, I just could never see myself selling family medals & didn't know the where the grandfathers until I arrived at the sellers door
  44. 4 points
    Very nice, has the 27th Infantry Division emblem. That is probably why it was listed as a US Helmet. Most if not all helmets that have division insignia on them are post war.
  45. 4 points
    Very Nice, the AEF could possibly stand for the American Expeditionary Force as most helmets used by the US forces were British made.
  46. 4 points
    Here's another British made helmet stamped HV 100 = Hutton & Sons Ltd of Sheffield ( Manufacturer ) Vickers Ltd of Sheffield ( Steel Supplier ) and Heat/Batch code looks like 100. Photo's from other sources.
  47. 4 points
    Here's another British made helmet being sold as a US M1917, the helmet is stamped FKS 8 = Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield both ( Manufacturer ) and ( Steel Supplier ) with Heat/Batch code 8, has the Emblem of the US 27 Infantry Division ( looks new). Photo's from other sources.
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    Here's another British made helmet found in an attic in France I spotted stamped O/H = Samuel Osborne & Co Ltd of Sheffield ( Steel Supplier ) and Hutton & Sons Ltd of Sheffield ( Manufacturer ) with Heat/Batch code 466 or 463 hard to tell last number, has Red Brodie stamp mark inside liner. Photo's from other sources.
  49. 4 points
    These are sold blank so you can have a name added later, or some will add the name for you.
  50. 4 points
    Here is another fake, sold on Amazon if you can believe that.


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