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  1. 5 points
    Thanks Leon! don't worry, im happy to know the manufacturer, again thanks for your time guys!
  2. 5 points
    thanks a lot Gildwiller! actually im a huge fan of US helmets!
  3. 5 points
    Welcome to the forum Felipe the helmet shell was made by BMB = Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd of Dagenham, below is a better image of what the BMB stamp mark looks like, sorry I can't make out the date of your shell.
  4. 5 points
    Hello Felipe, I am more knowledgeable on the US made helmets, Leon would be the person you need to get in touch with. Do you have any more pictures you can post?
  5. 4 points
    This thread will be for photo's of the Central Powers from WW1. Photo's that show details of uniforms, equipment, decorations, etc. When posting, please give a description of the picture. The main goal is the help educate others on how the everyday soldier fought, lived and endured during this conflict. First picture is a group of German soldiers in a really clear and detailed picture, from left to right. The soldier on the far left is wearing a peaked cap is most likely and officer, however it is hard to make out his shoulder boards, but the tunic looks like the model 1907/1910 version and of much better quality. He also has a camera in his hands. The 2 men men immediately to the right of him are enlisted troops, with the soldier in the foreground being a NCO, as evident by the insignia on his collar. The troops behind him has shoulder boards for the 214th as do some of the others. He is holding the G98 rifle and is wearing the M071/10 Feldrock tunic. Machine gun appears to the the Vickers-Maxim with the British type tripod. It was very common for both sides to use captured weapons. The soldier with his hand on the gun has a gas mask can around his neck and also has the Iron Cross second class ribbon on his tunic. He also appears to have a wrist watch most likely the type where a pocket watch was inserted into a leather wrist strap. The soldier behind him has the steel helmet issued in 1916 as well as a model 1916 stick grenade. You can also see his ammo pouches and bread bag as well. The soldier on the far right is using a trench periscope to check for activity, these periscopes became vital as sticking ones head over the trench could be lethal. You can see his gas mask can very well and he has his rifle close by. Note the trench armor sniper plate by the sandbags.
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  7. 4 points
    Norway, 27. April 1940, Norwegian film from 2012
  8. 4 points
    Hi Felipe, welcome to the forum, Leon is the best person to answer your question hopefully he will sign in soon, however some of the other members are good with Brodie helmets so may be able to help too, not my area of expertise I'm afraid.
  9. 4 points
    hello everyone! im new here, i've seen that you guys have a lot of information about Brodie helmets i got a post war helmet and thanks to this forum i 've been able to identify the liner, (FFL II, dated 1949) but i can't identify the shell stamp... hope you can help me, thanks!
  10. 4 points
    Ok it's not a deact, but it's as near to one as i will ever get, it's a replica MP40 made by Denix, I got it from the same seller I got the gas mask, & fletchettes from, it looked to new & fresh so I tried to knock some of it off., before & after pics.
  11. 4 points
    Nice, one of these is on my wish list as well. I have a early WW2 French uniform, and will eventually complete the field gear portion. Not often you find them all complete and in that condition.
  12. 4 points
    I got these from the same seller as the gas mask, these horrible little devils are flechettes, these particular versions are standard US flechettes, used during the Vietnam era, and in many different APERS munitions like 105mm beehive artillery rounds, 2.75” rockets, supposedly shotgun cartridges as well. There would be 2,000 of these packed into the likes of the above mentioned beehive rounds.
  13. 4 points
    Watch "WW2 Nazi Mauser P.38 BYF 44 with Amazing Capture Story! | Walk-in Wednesday" on YouTube
  14. 4 points
    The coloured ribbons shown in the first section may have an association with the Boy Scouts, this example I found and is described as "A scarce original pre war 'Rover Scouts shoulder knot', wool herringbone pattern red, green and yellow braid sewn together". I believe these were worn on the shoulders.
  15. 4 points
    My example has identical markings, I could not figure out what the strange mark meant till present. The reverse side has some more strange markings, which look like an Indian or commonwealth serial number, possibly a re-issue. The scabbard is made of steel, the mouthpiece is of zink. These examples are either from unused stocks or have been ordonnance refurbished and re-blued at some stage. I had a nicer and more used example many years ago, which had a clear broad arrow mark and a date of 1944. The scabbard was entirely of zink, the ball-tip and the button were steel. So this must apparently also be a Canadian Longbranch manufacture. I got this from a source, which sells them for 15 Euros a piece, with a frog they cost a bit more, however, the frogs look like a repro and are a too tight fit and have no upper loop.
  16. 4 points
    Got this in the post today, as can be seen it's a lee Enfield no4 mrk2 spike bayonet that was made at longbranch. It came still wrapped in the hessian type grease coated material, and as you can clearly see, the grease did a great job of keeping the bayonet in factory fresh condition. I know they ain't much to look at, but I haven't got one in my collection , just got to keep an eye out for a frog for it.
  17. 4 points
    Not surprised, everything is being reproduced nowadays. For movies and TV I like the authentic look, but for collectors it's a nightmare. Only thing I have not seen reproduced in the last photo is the smoke grenade, and I am sure it will be soon.
  18. 4 points
    Leutnant of the Garde-Reserve-Pionier-Regiment wearing the M.1910 Waffenrock with the officers' Totenkopf badge embroidered in silver bullion. He holds a smoke grenade used in training, the can for this grenade was painted red.
  19. 4 points
    Below is the WW1 German Wechselapparat or "exchange apparatus" was introduced in 1916. It was spherical, with the outermost portion filled with fuel (12 liters) and the smaller center sphere filled with propellant. The handheld wand could fire up to 100 meters, though normally it would fire off ten flame surges up to 30 meters. The model was so sound it was updated for use in WW2 as the M35. Incidentally the British copied the design is WW2 which was called the Flamethrower, portable, No. 2. However by this point the Germans had retired it in favor of the newer model M41.
  20. 4 points
    Good stuff Fritz, any and all information is appreciated.
  21. 4 points
    Here is a really good photo of a WW1 rifle grenade launching platform, in which rifles were arraigned in a battery by fixing them to moveable mounts. These mounts were made from steel and could perform a limited traverse to hit different targets. Another advantage was that they could be fired from a safe distance, so if there was an accident, the person who fired them was not hurt, versus the handheld option, where the user was often killed if there was an accident. In this photo the launcher has the G98 rifles which were loaded with blank cartridges. The rod grenade was then inserted down the barrel, once in place the safety pin was removed from the grenade which armed fuse which was a percussion type. The grenade is the M1914 which was an improvement on the M1913 design which was considered too aerodynamic. The M1914 also came with a braking disc that could be added on to slow the velocity by up to 50%. Below is an example of the M1914 from my collection. Last picture shows the braking disc attached to the rear of the grenade.
  22. 4 points
    In the fifth picture - Austrian - a man in the centre is wearing Ledergamaschen, which were normally worn by officers with ankle boots, a further one second from the right is also wearing the typical officer's Ledergamaschen, which were also worn by German officers in place of the long boots, these were brown. In the last picture, these are probably a storm section from a dismounted cavalry unit, some of the boots look like the German infantry boot, the man second from right is wearing cavalry boots. The man seated in the centre could be an officer, judging from the insignia on the collar. Almost impossible to say from which unit they are from. The collar patches were in various colours as per regiment.
  23. 4 points
    Here is a group of Austrian Assault troops, bearing a strong resemblance to its German counterparts. They are pretty well armed with a variety of grenades to include the German M16 and 17 model stick grenades, also seen is a Austrian Rohr grenade (ball shaped top) as well as the Zeitzünder grenade, this one has the fuse on the top end of the grenade, some models had it in the handle area. Wire cutters, flare pistols, flashlights, and steel helmets that look like both the M16 and M17 types judging by the chinstrap placement. Overall a good representation of late war Austrian gear.
  24. 4 points
    Here is a group of Turkish soldiers, who relied heavily on its allies for logistical support. In this photo, you can see they are wearing the visorless M16 helmet. They all seem to have the German style binoculars and mauser ammunition pouches. They are also wearing an assortment of grenades, from the M17 stick grenade to the French F1 type of fragmentation grenades (the turks had a good supply of French and English gear captured from Gallipoli campaign). Nice view of the mauser 98 and the bayonet as well.
  25. 4 points
    Nice grouping on decorated Austro-Hungarian troops. The are armed with the Mannlicher M1895 rifle as well as the Zeitzünder M15 grenade which is hanging from their belts. They are wearing the german made M16 helmets and their own version, the M17, the Austrian models had a cloth chinstrap and the helmet was more of a mustard brown color. They also appear to have the Austrian made gas mask cans (tapered at the bottom) and the German made gas mask cans as well. Most of the Austrians gas mask came from Germany, although they did make their own out of rubberized silk, but it was not strong enough for field use. Note the leggins, some leather and the rest canvas.
  26. 4 points
    Nice photo showing early war trench fighting on the Eastern front. Note the shallow ditch and the two entrances to underground areas for protection. All the rifles are up on the bank of the trench at the ready. They are all wearing the Pickelhaubes with their covers, note the troops standing, good showing of the M1895 pack, blankets, mess kit, extra boots, bread bag and canteens. You can also see a bayonet troddel on soldier laying on the ground close to soldier standing on the right.
  27. 4 points
    Here is a good photo showing the early Gaede Steel skull cap used by the Germans. This protective cap was designed by General Hans Gaede, in 1915. It was designed by the General to give his troops some protection from rock fragments and splinters as they were fighting in the Vosges Front in 1915 which is very rocky. The french also developed a similar version that could be worn under their Kepi's. All the officers and soldier are wearing their Gm-15 gas masks, flare pistols, Model 1915 stick grenades, pistols, binoculars and decorations. Note the various types of footwear as well. Quite a nice display of mid-war German uniforms and gear.
  28. 4 points
    Although not as clear as the previous one, this is a very rare photo showing a German soldier with a plate attached to his chest. The plate was to allow for grenade fuses to be pulled quickly and easily in combat situations. On his back he is carrying the Mauser Kar 98A, which was shorter version of the G98 rifle which was often issued to shock troops later in the war. In his hands he is holding a M1917 egg grenade, showing how the twisted wire loop oin the fuse attached to a hook on the plate. On either sides of his belt are grenade bags. Also has a nice cover on his helmet as well. The plate he is wearing are very rare today, dug examples can still be found for a reasonable price, good clean examples are very expensive today, currently I have not seen any reproductions of these yet.
  29. 3 points
    He 111 on the production line, possibly at the Heinkelwerke Rostock or Oranienburg He 111. around 8. May 1945, quite a few escapes were made to the West using larger aircraft, also Ju 52. The intention was to land in the western allied zones rather than wait for the Russians. This one came from northern Norway.
  30. 3 points
    During the course of the war, the Germans recruited many foreign troops to bolster their forces, sometimes in support roles or in combat. Sometimes these recruits came from occupied territories, others from neutral or enemy countries. The image below shows some of these troops, most likely Russian far east troops.
  31. 3 points
    Here is a nice posed photograph of a German Soldier and the Flammenwerfer 35. This unit could project a flame stream 25 meters away. It weighed 36 kilos and had about 10 seconds worth of fuel used in a continuous burst, it was used up till 1941 when it was replaced by the M41 version.
  32. 3 points
    I was always amazed how he and his forces scavenged the artillery from the SMS Königsberg to use in the fight. Nothing wasted, all resources used to fullest potential.
  33. 3 points
    They had mostly second-rate and obsolete firearms. However, they used everything from Poruguese, Belgian, English and French sources. The Gew. 88 and 71/84 were also widely used on the Western and other fronts till at least 1916. The German press is nowadays full of headlines such as "Der Völkermord an den Hereros..." Making the entire population of a country forever ashamed.
  34. 3 points
    The wife got me this badge at Christmas time, it's the ww2 kings badge , it was initially issued to wounded servicemen . The King’s Badge was authorised by the Ministry of Pensions and issued to servicemen who were wounded in the course of their duty and as a result discharged from the armed serviced. The King’s Badge was instigated in the early stages of the war and by the end of 1941 over 8,000 had been awarded to members of the British Armed Forces and Merchant Navy . Besides the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy; members of the police, Home Guard, Coast Guard and Civil Defence organisations who did active service during WW2 would also become eligible
  35. 3 points
    Here is another view of the 20 round magazine extension for the Mauser rifle, seen on the left side of the photo. The magazine extension did not increase the rate of fire, and in general was not well liked as it added extra weight and made certain firing positions difficult. The soldier holding this rifle is also next to a trench periscope, these were used by all sides, and came in many different shapes and sizes. The soldier on the far right has a flare (very) pistol in his belt as well. Note the difference in headgear.
  36. 3 points
    The Landsturm Fußartillerie crew of an older Krupp 15cm Ringkanone shown at the breech of their canon, most likely from 1915 or 1916. The 15cm Ringkanone of 1872 (below) and the lange 15cm Ringkanone of 1892 did not have a recoil system. They were both fortress guns designed to be fired from behind parapets of the annexe batteries at enemy siege batteries. Note the powder charge in the mans arms just below the breech.
  37. 3 points
    Thanks Fritz, you must have eagle eyes. I thought it was 18, but was not completely sure.
  38. 3 points
    Kaiserliche Marine - See-Bataillon A helmet plate, the so-called "Kaiseradler" or Imperial Eagle - for the Seebataillone of the Kaiserliche Marine. Reichsadler with Anchor, fire-gilded, most likely an officer example. The headdress was a Tschako with an oval cockade with the Reichsfarben, black, white and red. This example has double prongs at the rear rather than screw posts. The eagle has been flattened out slightly and no longer has it's convex form for fitting to the helmet. It would most likely be from a Tropical helmet. Below, two examples of headdress as worn. Seebataillon, Tschako for an officer (internet photo as example) Seebataillon, tropical helmet for other ranks. (internet photo as example)
  39. 3 points
    Bundesmarine after 1956 Early Bundeswehr photo, 1950s or 1960s - "Minensuchgeschwader" (Atelier Mercedes Riedel, Wandsbek)
  40. 3 points
    British Royal Navy officers cap badge, quality gold bullion with King's Crown, either WW1 or WW2, edges have been trimmed / cut away at some stage. Naval other ranks cap, 1939-45. Dark blue regular top, silk cap tally tied with a bow to the front left, H.M.S. lettering with some wear, some smaller moth holes to top and under the ribbon, woven mohair woolen chinband. Cap tallies, Royal Navy H.M. Submarine E11, 1914-18, fine gilt copper wire woven on black silk, darkened with age, unresearched. H.M.S. 1939-45, unissued
  41. 3 points
    Nice image of a German Sanitäter, he has a luger pistol on his belt and his canteen is visible also. In these photos you can see a 16 on his shoulder boards, also visible is his bayonet and troddel. The photos were taken in Belgium and developed in a shop in Strasbourg. In the second photo, the man on the left looks like he has a shotgun, possibly a sentry and with a sword as well.
  42. 3 points
    Here is an interesting photo, showing different types of gas mask and breathing apparatus. A lot of experimenting was going on to see which mask offered the best protection, however the types of gases used was ever changing, and was hard to design a mask that would protect from all hazards. Some of the mask pictured here are no doubt just for show but all seem to be 1915 and earlier. The first soldier on the left has a Drager respirator, I have not been able to find much about this model, however I seen similar models used by the allies in the tunneling efforts. The second soldier has something similar to the British PH hood model, with the carrying case on his chest, although I have not been able to identify the exact model yet. The soldier 3rd from left is wearing the M15 Gummimaske, which closely resembles later models. However this model had a longer face mask and a much wider base plate for the filter to screw to, later models, the plate was about the same diameter as the filter. The last soldier on the right has what looks like a simple cloth that may have been impregnated with chemicals to offer protection.
  43. 3 points
    'not sure if your question re the possible marking above "POLICE" was addressed. It could be painted or might be the remnants of a water-slide-transfer....It might be "SC", usually a circular transfer...but sometimes hand-painted...it might be "WR" (again, usually a transfer)...but it might also be a rank marker (Pips [actually called Stars], stripes, a crown??? these were not always consistent across the forces). Have you worked it out yet?
  44. 3 points
    Another excellent view of the M1914 rifle grenade use. In this photo, you can see the crate on the bottom left for the grenades, which are extremely rare today. The soldier in the foreground has the tall leather boots and what looks like socks that go to his knees. He also has his bread bag along with the bayonet and troddel. He is handing fully assembled rod grenades to his comrade who has his other hand on the lanyard to fire the rifle, which he can then insert the new projectile in the barrel and repeat the process. Note the construction around the soldiers, wood planks, chicken wire, and what looks like a camouflaged observation platform in the top center.
  45. 3 points
    The man in the forground is not an officer, but either an Offizierstellvertreter or Feldwebelleutnant, see rank insignia on collar.
  46. 3 points
    Interesting photo of German troops with the M1917 Stick Grenade (I love WW1 Grenades by the way), with early and later pattern tunics. Wire cutters on display in the front, and they are all wearing the puttees. Look like a NCO in the back row with the Iron cross ribbon and binoculars.
  47. 3 points
    Here is a nice early war photo of German troops using twp types of grenades. The man in the rear has the model 1915 stick grenade, distinguishable by the rounded end wood handle. The soldier in the foreground is lighting a hairbrush type grenade which were widely used by the French. The Germans also developed their own model as well. The Hairbrush or Raquette grenades were very simple, a wooden stick to which you tied an explosive charge to with a ignitable fuse. These could be hand made or come from factories. The french versions usually have a steel serrated pipe that the explosive charge would expel out upon detonation. The British also had their own version called the No. 12, which closely resembled the grenade in the picture. Note the crudeness of the Trench, and the shovels, pickaxes, etc.
  48. 3 points
    Here is something not often seen, the M39 Gas suit, which was introduced in mid 1941. It consisted of boots, pants, gloves, a bib type neck and shoulder cape. All of these items came in a rubberized pouch. These kits were usually kept in the supply train and with troops who were trained with decontamination procedures. Although not seen very often, you can still find these sets for a reasonable price. Last set I saw a few months ago was around $300. Included is a image of these items. Source: Internet
  49. 3 points
    New item, 1917 dated US Red Cross bandage still sealed in original container.
  50. 3 points
    These TK sleeve badges are now being reproduced!


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