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  1. 4 points
    When the US decided to enter the conflict in WW1, they had to look at the hard realities of the conflict, to include hand to hand fighting and equipment involved. So the US Ordnance Department requested designs from various manufacturers with general requirements. One of the official requirements for this knife was that it should be able to penetrate German overcoats. The design that was selected was from Henry Disston and Sons, of Philadelphia. Their design featured a slim sharp pointed triangular blade that was 9 inches long which ended with a wooden handle and a metal spiked knuckle guard. The triangular approach was favored as it would easily go through clothing to handle business. The Disston knife was approved and named the US Model of 1917. Metal parts were blued and stamped accordingly. The scabbard issued with these knives consisted of a leather scabbard which was painted a olive green color, which attached to a metal throat that had cartridge belt hooks, so it could be attached to the current field gear. This weapon saw front line use with the US forces, but the shape of the blade limited its uses, which led to the development of the M1918 Mk1 trench knives. This knife is marked "L.F. & C" which stood for Landers, Frary and Clark.
  2. 4 points
    Here is my Deactivated MG-34, it is built on a aluminum receiver, plugged up, all the usual stuff. Marked dot 1944. Cant have all the accessories without the gun...The Mg-34 comes with the spider AA sight, bipod and nice bakelite butt stock. It is a typical dummy gun, loaded with mismatched parts, but displays well. Also I do have two of the double 50 count drum ammo cans "Gurttrommel" and "Gurttrommeltrager" for the carriers. The first one pictured has all original paint, the second one had the drums coated in the post war green color. I had them stripped and repainted, they look nice now.
  3. 4 points
    Can anyone please help with an ID on this Liner? The helmet itself appears to be a MK2 and has the following stamp 7 3/4 FH II 1941 I have looked through lists of all the known makers but cannot find anything related to FH. There are no other markings on the Brodie itself or any part of the liner. Could this be a rarer manufacture of liner or perhaps a commonwealth type?
  4. 3 points
    Good to know, I have seen some of handles for these recently. It is amazing how prevalent the reproductions have become lately.
  5. 3 points
    Interesting, hopefully you will be able to wheel and deal again. When these tripods come up for sale here, they are a gamble, usually cobbled together re-works. I have not seen a untouched, nice original painted one outside a museum here.
  6. 3 points
    Thank you for posting photos - Schiffer Publishing is quite well known, also available in the UK I believe - and Podzun Pallas is very well known for military publications.
  7. 3 points
    As well as Engineer/Pioneers, etc-. these would most certainly also have been issued to infantry, as they would have been needed in construction and maintenance of trenches etc. Similar sets were also issued to cavalry in the German armies.
  8. 3 points
    Here is a nice M16 German helmet with the stamp "B.F. 64" B.F. = F.C. Bellinger, Fulda which made helmet shell sizes 62 and 64.
  9. 2 points
    The US Civil war was from 1861-1865, consisted of fighting between US federal forces (North) and Confederate forces (South). Northern troops were generally better equipped than their southern opponents, mainly due to the the large industrial and economic base in the North. Originally there was only one manufacturer for canteens, however as the war dragged on, more companies were added. Once the canteens were produced and inspected they were packed 200 per wooden shipping crate and sent a forward supply depot for issue. Here we have a US m1858 canteen (3 Pints), this type was used by federal troops. This canteen had a metal circular body, where 2 halves were soldered together, covered by a cloth cover. originally these canteens were supposed to be supplied with a leather carrying strap, but expediency and economic issues intervened, and the use of cloth based straps were introduced. This canteen has a brown colored cloth cover, which is not uncommon. Fanciful images of this period are of canteens that are blue or grey colored in appearance, although the matching uniformity was appealing, wartime production took whatever materials were available. The canteen itself has three loops for the cloth shoulder strap, and the stopper has a piece of twine to prevent loss. The shoulder strap is marked "Geo. D. Winchell, Marsh and Co. which was based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. I got this canteen in a matching uniform and field gear group from a soldier in the Spanish American war.
  10. 2 points
    Here is some of my WW2 German Field Gear. First up is a Pionier Saw, this was attached to the wearers belt, the small loop sticking up midway through the scabbard is where the 98K Mauser bayonet was inserted. This particular saw is dated 1942 on the carrying case.
  11. 2 points
    I will check out the you tube section, I agree all quiet on the western front is an excellent movie, and I have a copy. I still remember the scene where the french infantry reach the german lines only to be blown up, all you see are hands hanging, never forgot that part.
  12. 2 points
    Nice! I did find a pair of authentic collar tabs with the bottle green background, so I can swap them out on the uniform.
  13. 2 points
    Yes Fritz, I was sure it was the wrong frog as you said they are usual in a terrible state, I know also that the strap shouldn't be there but looks very old, I was going to remove it but when it arrives in the post i just couldn't mess with it,I just gave it a thin coat of renaissance wax to preserved the bare steel from rust & leather from cracking any further.
  14. 2 points
    A nice set, lucky to get anything nowadays. Rank here is Unterfeldwebel. At the very latest at the end of the war, all uniforms were stripped of insignia by the Allies. Of course, some uniforms have survived with original insignia, but they are the exception, so many uniforms encountered nowadays have been rebadged in the postwar years by collectors, film studios, etc. I would say, the collar patches have been badly fitted. The collar braid matches the braid on the shoulder pieces, one good sign. The breast eagle was always the first thing that was removed, so this could be re-fitted. Usually these were factory machine-stitched to the uniform. As the tunic has no SS markings internally, it would not have been from the SS, as these were always SS marked, or as later, SS manufactured. The Krimschild looks as though it has been re-applied. Otherwise a very reasonable tunic and trousers. Earlier collar patches were mounted on a darkgreen or resedagrün background, if you magnify the picture you can see the style of stitching, machine-stitched to the sides, the ends are hand-finished. This was discontinued mid-war and the collar patches were stitched straight onto the collar, but with the same pattern of stitching.
  15. 2 points
    Super condition, "arsenalgepflegt", they would say. A very late production for an MG34, by then, the MG42, an enormous improvement, was well under production. Do you have one of these as well? Most of these nowadays are either from postwar Yugo-production or Yugo-reused and re-stamped. The new laws in Europe have now banned de-activated weapons, only a few small parts may now be collected. The so-called vital parts are now prohibited, and may no longer be sold or traded. Example, prohibited are now: Lauf mit Schlitten, Schlagbolzen, Rahmen, etc. the smaller parts may still be held.
  16. 2 points
    Here is a WW2 German Pony Hair backpack, the M39, This one has the suspenders attached, and has all the internal compartments, and a bag for carrying the mess tin. Although very organized and nice looking they were not practical and took up valuable production materials and time. Rucksacks and "A" frames became more suitable for warfare. I have seen pictures of these being used to support mine clearing and communications equipment as well.
  17. 2 points
    I use Pecard antique leather dressing to help soften the leather, however once the leather is cracked it is fragile. I agree, I do not shoot most of my older weapons, when/if I do I have them checked out by a gunsmith first. However I do really enjoy shooting my 1943 M1 Carbine.
  18. 2 points
    Hi guys, So yeah Stick grenades, it's something I have always wanted to add to the collection but never seem to come across them nor how much they are worth! Are you guys able to enlighten me? Pete
  19. 2 points
    I know that picture, but I never knew where it was taken. That's a bit of information more, thank you. He is wearing the uniform of his Grenadier-Regiment. Otherwise he is mostly associated with the Kaiserliche Marine, which uniform he mostly wore.
  20. 2 points
    This is a M1909 standard issue belt for German troops in WW1. This belt allows for the addition of a belt buckle to be added, which was dependent on the state in Germany where the troops were from. This particular belt is stamped with "I.R. 11" which I believe is for Infantry Regiment number 11. Also it is dated 1915.
  21. 2 points
    Here is my WW2 German Enlisted Infantry peaked cap, the sweat band has some wear issues, but looks nice on the outside for display purposes anyway.
  22. 2 points
    You can write over this page or with Messenger, if you have any information or questions on this topic
  23. 2 points
    Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haeseler (2.Brandenburgisches) Nr. 11 was raised in 1860 with first garrisons in Perleberg, Kyritz and Wusterhausen. After the war of 1866. It was the first regiment to be stationed in Wandsbek, after Schleswig-Holstein became a part of the Kingdom of Prussia. Garrisons: 1860 Perleberg, Kyritz, Wusterhausen 1866 Altona, Itzehoe, Wandsbek 1868 Wandsbek, Itzehoe 1871 Perleberg, daneben 1871-75 Wusterhausen, 1871-78 Kyritz 1890 Saarburg 1871-73 bei der Okkupation in Frankreich Disbanded 1918/19 in Osterburg b.Stendal Titles: 07.05.1860 3. komb. Ulanen-Regiment 04.07.1860 2. Brandenburgisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr. 11 18.05.1903 Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haeseler (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr. 11 it was moved to the garrisons of Wandsbek, Altona and Itzehoe. After the war of 1870/71 it was moved again to it's final garrison in Saarebourg, where it remained till November 1918, was then moved to Osterburg near Stendal and demobilised there. A visitor to the Museum in Wandsbek has kinkdly allowed us to copy the following document, which is a personal day by day account of of the war of 1870/71 by Premier Lieutenant von Heuser, an officer of that regiment. The script was carried out by Gefreiter Otto Blaseberg (?) of the 3rd squadron.
  24. 2 points
    Hamburg during the Revolution of 1918/19. The town hall in shot up condition, photo after Reichswehr troops moved in. A volunteer detachment of soldiers of the former Husaren-Regiment 15 took part in the battle for the city centre. One of them is listed on the memorial plaque inside the town hall.
  25. 2 points
    A Wandsbek book by Alfred Pohlmann, published by Heinevetter in 1975 from the museum's collection. Formerly belonged to Husar Hans Dose. Various photos and news cuttings of interest have been pasted in by the owner. A large format possibly contemporary water colour scene. The uniforms are of the older variety, the KS 1852 was still in use till around 1892. A further uniform detail in improved quality. The March edition of WANDSBEK INFORMATIV presents the Prussian 1866 Faschinenmesser, acquired for the Museum last year.
  26. 2 points
    Fürstentum Reuß, Ältere und Jüngere Linie gemeinsam Silberne Verdienstmedaille mit Schwertern am Ring für Kriegsverdienste. Silver service medal with swords for war service. Joint award of the older and younger lineage of the Principalities of Reuß (Reuss). The averse bears the monogram H and R for Heinrich Prince of Reuss. On short length of correct original ribbon. Fürstentum Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Fürstentum Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Gemeinsame Kriegsauszeichnung of those two states for 1914. Silvered bronze medal, averse with a crowned double monogram "G" for Prince Günter, Regent for both states, over "1914". Reverse bears the inscription: VERDIENST IM KRIEGE within a laurel wreath. On correct original ribbon.
  27. 2 points
    The smaller size (25mm) is for Gefreiter, the larger (29mm) is for Sergeant, Vizefeldwebel and Feldwebel ( or Vizewachtmeister, Wachtmeister). The older pattern is without the shield. In my photo the buttons are incorrectly positioned (this was the photo of the seller), they should always be facing inwards, as in your picture. New pattern (1916) large collar buttons for ranks of Sergeant and above for uniforms, which previously had white metal fittings Below - three odd smaller Gefreitenknöpfe, brown lacquered for the first fieldgrey uniform, and two peacetime examples in tombak, slightly differing.
  28. 2 points
    The last pattern is the M1909 submitted to the Kaiser in 1909 with Probe example submitted in January 1910. See Jürgen Kraus, "Die feldgraue Uniformierung des deutschen Heeres 1907-1918".
  29. 1 point
    See the series of articles about the man who flew in one of these machines. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of his death, 25.8.2009. His daughter died 15 days later: https://www.treasurebunker.com/forums/index.php?/search/&q=neusüß
  30. 1 point
    I agree with you Fritz, pretty much all the accessories I have seen for the MG42 are all Yugo types. While close in appearance, not always accurate. but like you said, generally much cheaper.
  31. 1 point
    WW2 versions had ground up cork under the paint to help reduce glare for the helmet, however WW2 models were used for quite some time. I have seen the front and rear seam helmets used into Korea and Vietnam, sometimes afterwards. Liners were no exception either. I have even seen US troops (non front line) using them into the late 1990's. It is common also to find the helmets with dents, as the steel pot was sometime used for cooking, latrine use, to beat a tent stake in, etc.
  32. 1 point
    The restauration of the statue has finally started. On 13th August the statue was dismantled and brought to Berlin for an intensive restauration. The work is thought to be completed by the end of the year. Photo: Wandsbeker Wochenblatt 33 / 14.8.2019 21. August 2019
  33. 1 point
    Dieses Video wurde entfernt, weil es gegen die Youtube Nutzungsbedingungen verstößt = has been removed as it has offended the Youtube standards! My goodness, a harmless video has been removed, what is happening nowadays? Another latest development is that photos of school children may no longer be made - it was always customary up till now to make photos of school classes, now this is prohibited due to "data protection", which is now going too far, they will soon be banning photography, all books, travel and even more next.
  34. 1 point
    No problem Fritz, already done.
  35. 1 point
    Here is a US M1917 marked "ZC 200" it has the US 5th Infantry Division emblem painted on the front.
  36. 1 point
    New detailed pictures and text added.
  37. 1 point
    A few charakter photos of Waffen-XX personnel, some RK-Träger Fritz Rentrop Fritz Rentrop, a further photo Otto Kumm Note: Collar patches unusually without silver edge piping.
  38. 1 point
    Items from the collection of the Netherlands Cavalry Museum in Amerongen. Some of the articles are on display, others in the depot. These are examples of officer's items, apart from the sword, which is a private purchase item; which could be attributed to any ranks. The uniforms are thought to have belonged to Rittmeister v. Trauwitz-Hellwig, apart from the fieldgrey Attila for a Major, which bears a Johanniter-Brustkreuz. Missing here is the full dress Attila, the example shown is the Interims-Attila. The cape is missing it's shoulder pieces, which have been forcibly removed, the shoulder seams have been left open. Missing from the uniform is also the Sabretâche, the Portépée and the parade hackle of white/black feathers. A pair of shoulder pieces for a Major of Husaren-Regiment 15, recently purchased by the Museum in Holland from a source in Hamburg, the crowns are missing and the cyphers have been removed at some time and incorrectly re-set, one is upside-down.
  39. 1 point
    Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse, copper bronze, 1913-1921 Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse, Neusilber, 1913-1921 (on replaced modern ribbon) Dienstauszeichnung, 3. Klasse, 1876 - 1913 Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung, 2. Klasse, 1876 - 1913
  40. 1 point
    Königreich Hannover This was the very last decoration awarded by the Kingdom of Hannover, which was dissolved in 1866 Known as the Langensalza Medaille, was awarded to all, who took part in the battle of that name on 27. June 1866. The battle of Langensalza was a victory for the Hannoverian troops, but the general situation thereafter forced the Hannoverian army under Georg V. v. Hannover to capitulate. The Kingdom was annexed by Prussia and became simply Provinz Hannover of the Prussian state. Georg V., who had always been blind, was obliged to leave for exile. The Hannoverian Army was disbanded. Some of the former Hannoverian troops and officers were later enlisted in the Prussian army, usually with the X. or with the Garde-Korps. Others resigned or emigrated. Recipients of the medal, who later served in the Prussian Army, wore their medal alongside the Prussian decorations. Hannover had been in Personalunion with Great Britian till 1837. The name of the recipient is stamped around the edge of the medal: C.v.Engelbrechten Hannoverian medals were always stamped with the name of the recipient. Medal of brass/bronze on a correct replacement ribbon of pre 1945 manufacture. Georg V. von Hannover in the uniform of the Hannov. Gardes du Corps, portrait by Winterhalter He is also wearing the Order of the Garter. The helmet for officers was virtually the same as for other ranks The Hannoverian GdC uniform was almost identical to the Prussian.
  41. 1 point
    x An early HJ Fahrtenmesser by Robert Klaas, Solingen. Nickel plated iron fittings with some wear, repolished, slightly loose blade with logo of manufacturer and much wear, leather blade washer is a replacement. Thin leather suspension loop with plain polished iron press stud. Grip with enamel HJ Salmi. Scabbard with much original finish. Better than the later zinc-fitted examples.
  42. 1 point
    A 1915 dated brown leather belt with a single prong iron roller buckle of uncertain origin, possibly German, Austrian or Russian, of a type favoured by officers in preference to the the leather field belt with patent buckle, which tended to snap open. Frequently seen in period photos. A Trench Dagger, this is probably the most standard model of all the various types. Often referred to as a "life insurance" under close combat conditions. These were mostly privately purchased and not normally issued. Possibly issued to assault troops. The belt loop has been repaired by a previous collector, original material. Belt leather dated 1917 to XII. Armee-Korps (Saxon), maker: L.Keller in Stockach/Württ. With an original loop with D-ring for extra equipment for entrenching tool, etc. Bayonet frogs. First two examples came with a 98/05 and 1898 long. The third example, lightly blackened from an 84/98 bayonet. Maker's marks: 1 Werkgen. Sattler Innung Hamburg, 1916 and "J" 2 no marks 3 a:HELLMUTH, Berlin Feldflasche - late war cantine, ca. 1917. Iron with grey enamel, reduced leather harness, cover made of brown corduroy instead of wool felt, which was in short supply. Large, illegible stamp to rear of cover Two drinking cups from the Somme, taken by a Military Medal holder of the Royal Marine Artillery from Chingford/Essex, from the region between Albert - Pommera. One 1917 dated grey enamelled iron example with printed makers initials E.L.S.17 A further earlier example in aluminium made by Wilh. Berg, Magdeburg and regimental markings R.67 M.G.K. 12. I being Infanterie-Regt. 67, Maschinengewehr-Kompanie (12.) grade I (regiment based in Magdeburg). Each with a quarter of a litre capacity, they were usually hung loose next to the water bottle. A stick grenade (Stielhandgranate) 5 1/2 Sek. made by Lachmann & Co., Berlin. Restored and repainted condition, the "label" an obvious addition by a previous owner, some slight underlying rust, end of wooden handle has parts missing and been sealed with waxed brown paper and a simulated string pull.
  43. 1 point
    Das letzte Aufgebot: VOLKSSTURM Printed flimsy white cotton, stitched together, some slight tears to the rear due to removal from a uniform.
  44. 1 point
    Normally had a red cypher (pre-war) See photos on my posts
  45. 1 point
    I remember in the 70s there were quite a few of these around and usually mint. These probably came from the original American war booty put on show in 1919, and gradually distributed. A cover would be difficult to find nowadays. Note the shape of the buckles in your picture!
  46. 1 point
    There isn't stamp in the lining. It pretty much has no identifying features at all. Does that mean it's a repro? Also what stumps me is how the sweatband in this cap is grey. Usually, post war m43's had that color band. Perhaps the enlisted man or officer put the grey sweatband in it themselves because it looks like it isn't original to the hat due to overlapping stitching. The cap has been sun bleached, but it is minor. So it was worn somewhere.
  47. 1 point
    Hi all, I was a lucky man on Friday, I was given two rifles. They are .410 calibre and on my shotgun license. First up is this Lee Enfield No 4 MK1. I have been told it is a 1943 rifle though I cannot find any date stamp
  48. 1 point
    Women Munitions Workers. Women working in the munitions factories were issued with their own badge after conscription had started in 1916. These were intended solely for women engaged in urgent war work. The badge had a brooch pin fitting on the reverse and had a stamped official number and makers mark, this badge was made by Wylie & Co London.
  49. 1 point
    Part Two. The Royal Air Force was formed on 1st April 1918 by combining the Royal Naval Air Service with the Royal Flying Corps. The Women's Service the ( WRAF ) was formed at the same time, nearly 10,000 women employed on RFC Air Stations Transferred to the WRAF on its formation. There were two type's of women, the immobile who would only work near home ( the home defence ). and the mobile who would work anywhere these would later be sent to air stations abroad. The WRAFs were disbanded after the armistice, but were reformed as the WAAF in WW2 but lost the Royal Title. Below are some photo's. Pic 1. Maintenance WRAF members. Pic 2/3 of Grace Berry a WRAF motor transport driver with 44 ( Home Defence ) Squadron at RAF Hainault Farm. Pic 4. WRAF members arrive outside Buckingham Palace to attend a party for War Workers 1919. Pic 5. WRAF members in Cologne 1919. Pic 6. Call-up notice 1919. Pic 7/8 WRAF members.
  50. 1 point
    Nice original cap Pete, a lot of people think Extra Klasse is the maker but the maker is actually Marke Standard and the class of the cap is Extra Klasse for superior quality. Janke makes fakes of these but you can see by the celluloid diamond that yours is original.


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