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  1. 5 points
    If you use water, make sure it dries properly, otherwise more rust will be caused. I could also suggest a further alternative, using petroleum - not car petrol!!! But as known as "lamp oil", sometimes referred to as parafin oil, used to be for small heaters etc., not so much in use today. Soaking and rubbing the helmet surface (using a clean soft cloth or wadding) with parafin oil and letting it dry naturally will also loosen up and remove rust to a certain extent and will also brighten the paintwork a little. If using this, be sure to place in a well aired area (free from dampness) and avoid inhaling any vapours, as these can be harmfull! This would have to be repeated several times, this is the best method of gentle and gradual rust removal without harming the originality of the piece.
  2. 5 points
    Hello Leon. Thank you for your reply. It does not have that stamp so it is probably one from world war 2 then. I am not sure if the colour is original, as most pictures shown here are of a lighter green. Should I get a replacement liner and chinstrap or just leave it as it is?
  3. 5 points
    Hello! Leon21 seems to be an expert on these helmets and I really appreciate his work and research on this topic. I have just bought a Brodie helmet with the markings they are very faint so instead i write them down for you (the same way they appear on the helmet): BMB 1942 R48 As i found in your guide that BMB is the company that produced this helmet and 1942 is the production date. I cannot find anywhere though what R48 stands for. Also the chinstrap is on this helmet is not the one used on most brodie helmets as shown in the pictures. The chinstrap also has a bit of what I suppose is blood on it. It was also missing it's liner. It has no other markings on it. I could be a Dutch post-war Brodie helmet as I live and bought it in the Netherlands.
  4. 4 points
    I got these a few days ago, the top three medals where awarded to F.W. Ditzel, his regiment was the Rifle brigade, the lower set are to W.H. Beck , regiment, royal field artillery, there is apparently a family connection ( uncle & nephew). These came with the badges I posted a couple of days ago
  5. 4 points
    Here's a short video of a American 1917 helmet.https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ww1+american+1917+helmets&refig=30682b291e2940f29f10189109e5cb43&httpsmsn=1&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dww1%20american%201917%20helmets%26refig%3d30682b291e2940f29f10189109e5cb43%26httpsmsn%3d1%26FORM%3dVDVVXX&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=1E45495504E5A1F982BE1E45495504E5A1F982BE&FORM=WRVORC
  6. 4 points
    This is not my helmet (as I’m out of town this weekend), but this is the same marking. This comes from the only other example I could find.
  7. 4 points
    An update on my helmet: a little light sanding and I was able to find the heat stamp, though this has only raised more questions...the stamp is “XHF”. A Google search only returns one hit-another helmet with the stamp-but I don’t see XHF in any manufacturer listings.
  8. 4 points
    Yes fritz that's right , I did notice whenever I searched the name ditzell I got loads of German contents
  9. 4 points
    Here is Thomas Caldwells medal card, God know how I did it , but managed to got a free ancestry limited membership , it wont let me In to the section about the VC.
  10. 4 points
    I can understand that he would want to keep them. In which case, I'd just like to add the information to his own about them. He might find information helpful, and I'd be happy to answer any questions he has. It just feels rather important to have the correct information, and I imagine for a collector, the more you can know about the person who earned the medals, the better. Nicola
  11. 4 points
    Here's a Copy of W.H.Beck Medal card, interesting what's written in the correspondence section.
  12. 4 points
    I recently had the opportunity to pick up some tinnies I had been looking / searching for.. The last two are still on the way.. Been busy aet work and hope all is well here, I will check back in soon.. G
  13. 4 points
    Lovely examples Gwar as always
  14. 4 points
    Hi Leon, the BWM is for Ditzel, the other two are to Beck, the top pic of the star went up first by mistake
  15. 4 points
    I got these 2 artillery badges with these two sets of medals today (uncle & nephew set ) , my question is , what's the difference in the two ?( What's the smaller middle one for) why no crown or scrolls?
  16. 4 points
    Here is plate 40 from the book Military Badge Collecting by John Gaylor third Edition published 1983. Row B from left to right George V, Edward VIII, George VI, Elizabeth II badges for the Royal Horse Artillery. The first two in w/m believed to have been worn in the foreign-service helmet and were produced under regimental arrangements. In 1948 an official George VI pattern appeared in brass and also in w/m as did its Elizabeth II successor in 1954, these last two were worn in the beret. Yes the Territorial Warwickshire and the West Riding RHA had their own badge, as did the First Hampshire RGA Volunteers the Third Middlesex RGA Volunteers and the Fifth London RFA Brigade.
  17. 4 points
    Here are two badges I have. 1st - A Territorial Warwickshire Royal Horse Artillery brass with 3 lugs/loops fitting. 2nd - A Honourable Artillery Company brass with slider fitting. And a page of other Volunteers and Territorials badges all have the basic gun design.
  18. 4 points
    I can't imagine copies of R.A. badges, they are not rare. Some badges still have a bright finish to the rear, as they were manufactured with a protective coating. The badge could be any date up till 1953. The badge may have not belonged to the group originally, somebody may have bought it extra to complete a set.
  19. 4 points
    I have doubts about it's authenticity, it looks very bright on the back compared to the front , but I ain't too bothered as all the badges came as a free bonus with the 2 sets of medals
  20. 4 points
    Good morning together, I am new here in this forum,want to regard all collectors here ! Sorry for my Bad english, i come from germany! ! I want to Show You this helmet, bought here in germany from private. Thanks for meanings and Identifikation! Best regards armin
  21. 4 points
    The colour is fine looks to be the factory green finish, you can buy second hand original liners on line as long as it is for the MkII helmet. Or there are new reproduction liners also on line for sale. I would leave the chin strap that is original, it's up to you what you want to do with the helmet shell, it would have had an original BMB liner dated the same as the shell, but I've seen BMB helmets with other maker liners in them, so it would not matter if you were to put an other makers liner in it as long as it's the same date as the shell.
  22. 4 points
    Welcome to the forum Gijs, yes the helmet shell is British made by Briggs Motor Bodies of Dagenham the R48 is the batch number of steel used to make the shell. The chin strap is the later MKIII chin strap and started to be used around this time. Below is an example of a Dutch post war stamp mark, they did not have any makers marks on the inside of the helmet shells.
  23. 4 points
    Here is a British made helmet from the same period, look at the rim joint how clean the joint is put together, now take a look at the rim joints on the American helmet they look very crudely overlapped. I would say the paintwork on your helmet is original.
  24. 4 points
    I have had a good look at your helmet again and managed to find another one to compare, This is an American made helmet, see photo's below.
  25. 4 points
    Thank you for that feedback! What are the chances that the Big Red One emblem is original? If it’s a British helmet, could it be one provided to the Americans before American helmet production caught up?
  26. 4 points
    Welcome to the forum, the helmet looks British made and dates from 1916/17 period, it may have had a donut ring but with out the liner to hold it in place it's gone missing. The asbestos pad is quite safe it is only the thickness of thick paper, my only doubt is the chin strap mounts they are riveted the British used split pins. to attach them. It may have been refurbished by the Americans during the 1930s and had new mounts added which they did to both British and American Helmets, if you can find a makers mark you will know for sure. Not sure why there's a hole in the rim of a WW1 helmet this normally means it's milder steel used and not for combat use.
  27. 4 points
    Hi! New user here. Really appreciate the expertise provided here and hoping that you can help me with the helmet pictured. It’s in rough shape and I have yet to find a manufacture/heat stamp. Depending on your recommendation and initial read, I may take some light sandpaper to the brim and see what I can find. No liner and what looks like a disintegrating pad (asbestos concern?). There is also a drill hole on rear of the brim. There is also a very faded 1st division emblem painted on the helmet. I know not many American helmets made it overseas, and the painting of division badges on helmets seem to be inconsistent. Many Thanks!!
  28. 4 points
    Hello Fritz, Thank you for your impressions! And thanks for the pictures, very interestant to see this m-16 helmet! The m42 Shell is in germany called "Ausschuss-Helm", m35,40 +42 helmets with failures,failure ln the Hull and Bad Material, quality Check failed helmets, becomes the known Rim! they normaly used by Civil units, luftschutz,Police, red cross and late war by the volkssturm (the freikorps was not better than units from official volkssturm,no Elite Status! !). Best regards
  29. 4 points
    Here some pictures from the freikorps Shell!
  30. 3 points
    Thanks to Buster for finding Toms medal card, pity the VC is not mentioned, it seems to be in another section which we can't access at the moment.
  31. 3 points
    Thanks Buster
  32. 3 points
    Another question for you Leon... How would you recommend cleaning up and restoring this helmet (if at all)? I don’t want to sand it down and repaint it, but just clean up some of the rust and dirt without harming the paint.
  33. 3 points
    That is a sensation! I haven't managed to get this far, still got all the time in the world to do it? Picture order can be rectified by "copy & paste", took me long enough to find out. Ditzel and Beck are both German names!
  34. 3 points
    Interesting family group Buster especially with the note to the back of the index card. Colin do you have access to the medal cards? Would love to see the cards for my two uncles if they were available? Henderson, John Rank: Serjeant Regiment: 6th Battalion Cameronians. 3249529 John Henderson (377299 this is his new number issued to him as a officer ) to be 2nd Lt. 13th October 1946 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 APRIL, 1947 page 1485 Caldwell, Thomas Rank: Serjeant Regiment: 12th Battalion. Royal Scots Fusiliers (Carluke) Date of Act Of Bravery: 31 October 1918 Campaign: 1914-1918 War Locale: Audenarde Medal card of Caldwell, Thomas Corps Regiment No 569 Rank Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers Royal Scots Fusiliers 295536 Serjeant SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 6 JANUARY, 1919 Page .307 No. 295536 Sjt Thomas Caldwell, 12th Bn, R. Sc. Fus. (Carluke). For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack near Audenarde on the 31st October, 1918, when in command of a Lewis gun section engaged in clearing a farmhouse. When his section came under intense fire at close range from another farm, Sgt. Caldwell rushed towards the farm, and, in spite of very heavy fire, reached the enemy position, which he captured single-handed, together with 18 prisoners.
  35. 3 points
    Apart from meagre information under Wikipedia, this is about the only book I could find: Peter Klein: Curt von Gottberg. In: Klaus-Michael Mallmann & Gerhard Paul (Hrsg.): Karrieren der Gewalt. Nationalsozialistische Täterbiographien. WBG, Darmstadt 2004, ISBN 3-534-16654-X; 2. unv. Aufl. 2005; davon Sonderausgabe WBG 2011 & Primus, Darmstadt 2011, ISBN 978-3-89678-726-2. I think this is just a general list of "Täterbiographien" with a chapter on Gottberg. More photos, not very clear. In most photos he carries a walking stick.
  36. 3 points
    I don't remember ever seeing Royal Horse Artillery badges before, although I've been collecting (in all fields) for more than 50 years. Did these aways have the county name or also just UBIQUE ? These are the only examples I have seen so far, quality doesn't look so good either, these are only pictures I have found, perhaps even copies?
  37. 3 points
    Strengthening was applied to the rear of a wartime Royal Artillery cap badge according to regulations (1917 ) see image below.
  38. 3 points
    The smaller badge is not a cap badge, as far as I remember, it is one of a pair of collar badges, or worn above a sergeants stipes (?) to denote a senior or staff sergeant. The other badge has the King's Crown, pre 1953, so could be WW2 or older - of course with the medal set, WW1 - it certainly looks older. The shoulder title is Royal Garrison Artillery. There are at least two main types of the crowned badge, one has a revolving wheel for field artillery, the other has a static wheel as in your example, being for the foot artillery (heavy). Officers had a badge with a dark bronze finish and usually two flat pins on the reverse.
  39. 3 points
    I've seen them worn on the lapel by veterans the badge was very small about the size of an old shilling coin . Here's HMS 266 and her crew, images from other sources.
  40. 3 points
    The first badge with such a pinback fitting would hardly have been worn on a sleeve? The needle and fitting are very reminiscent of the German pinback badges. I think this would more than likely have been worn as a breast badge. Apparently these badges had a number of issue stamped to the reverse. Here, a photo as worn on the sleeve, probably the looped version. Have seen a couple of examples on offer for around 60-65 pounds. On this photo it is probably the type with the loops for stitching on.
  41. 3 points
    Hello jez thanks for the images of your grandfather, you asked how the dog tag reached me, well its a long story after ww1 those that survived often just threw their dog tags and medals etc in a drawer , and often their uniforms too, some even burnt their uniforms , or they chucked them away , those that kept them in families more often than not sold them , or familys died out and they were found in house clearances , the same went for families that lost people , and today some people see their families treasures as cash only,which is sad, in a way, but in another way not sad as they get sold onto collectors who like me try to keep memories alive , unfortunately i dont have the tag any more ,sorry, and no offence to you but i dont enter into conversations with people i dont know, through emails or other means , any communications take place through messages , sorry peter
  42. 3 points
    Hello Sommewalker, Really interested in this post as Lawrence Shelton Taylor was my grandfather. His daughter Barbara Hall(nee Taylor) is still alive aged 96. Lawrence died in 1964. We would be interested in finding out how he dog tag reached you, and maybe we would like to buy it from you if you still have it. Cheers There is a photo of him here, in his Marconi telegrapher's uniform, shortly before WW1, and another during the siege of Mesopotamia, somewhere near Basra 1916
  43. 3 points
    Hi Fritz, following the start of WW2 or the "Emergency" as it was known in Ireland, the German-style M28 was replaced by British MkII helmets. In spite of its British manufacture, its ‘German’ style rendered it the butt of much anti-Irish British propaganda. Many of the withdrawn helmets were subsequently issued to various emergency services and painted white. Standard British MkII helmets were used by the neutral Irish Army from 1939 and remained in service until the 1960's. These were stenciled with the zone of command. This example of the Irish MkII steel helmet features the "Eastern Command" insignia on the front.
  44. 3 points
    The helmet looks like a cross between the later pattern Luftschutz helmet (also sometimes known as "Kradmelderhelm") and an M.42. Difficult to say about the emblem, but the origin sounds convincing. As for the first helmet, it is known that the Irish Free State army wore M.16 helmets, not the brody style - in this case, Model 1928 (with the horns) contract made by Vickers, with a bronze badge at the front with "FF" As worn, photo from 1940 wartime. There was a general mobilisation in 1939/40. A pre-war border checkpoint. Rather dramatic!
  45. 3 points
    Thank you Kenny for the Informations! ! The sauerland helmet must be good, i become it from a Farmer for less, played as he was a Child with this one , found it After the war there in the Woods and the hole time forgotten on the rooftop in the farmhouse! If i was there for work,installing a New gate, i ask him about the war in this Region ! He remember the helmet and give it to me and i was so glad,knowing of this rare item! The condition of the Shell is Not so bad as he looks on my pictures! I think 70% of original colour ! The condition of the decal matches with the rest of the Shell! Thank you and best regards Armin
  46. 3 points
    Okay, Thanks! I look some other sides in the web and found a similar sign on a brodie helmet used by the irish Brigade in tunesia, italy camaign, could it be? Later i will introduce you a very rare m-42 Shell i become over 20 years ago from the region Siegen,the Village Plettenberg. At this time ,5 of this Freikorps-Sauerland Helmets are worldwide known! I am very interesting , whats your impression! Best regards armin
  47. 3 points
    The badge looks similar to 1st Army, but I think they had a white spearhead on a red background.
  48. 3 points
    S/42 - 1940 - Quite a sensation
  49. 3 points
    Nobody with some Information about the helmet?
  50. 3 points
    Edith Cavell was a British nurse, working in German-occupied Belgium during the First World War. She helped hundreds of British, French and Belgian soldiers escape the Germans and was arrested, tried and executed in 1915. Edith was born in the village of Swardeston, Norfolk. She was the daughter of a rector and worked as a governess in Belgium, before training to be a nurse in London. She worked in hospitals in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Manchester and then accepted a position in Brussels as Matron in Belgium's first training hospital and school for nurses. There was no established nursing profession in Belgium at the time of Edith's appointment, and her pioneering work led her to be considered the founder of modern nursing education in that country. She was in Norfolk visiting her mother when the First World War broke out in 1914. On hearing of the threat to Belgium, from the advancing German troops, she felt it was her duty to return to Brussels immediately. By 20 August, Brussels was occupied by the Germans. The nursing school became a Red Cross hospital, treating casualties from both sides, as well as continuing to treat civilians. In September 1914, Edith was asked to help two wounded British soldiers trapped behind German lines following the Battle of Mons. She treated the men in her hospital and then arranged to have them smuggled out of Belgium into the neutral Netherlands. She became part of a network of people who sheltered Allied soldiers and Belgians eligible for military service, arranging their escape. Over the next 11 months she helped around 200 British, French and Belgian soldiers, sheltering them in the hospital and arranging for guides to take them to the border. On 5 August 1915, she was arrested for this activity and placed in solitary confinement in St Gilles Prisonin Brussels. Edith was tried at court martial on 7 October 1915, along with 34 other people involved in or connected to the network. She was found guilty and sentenced to death. She was shot by a firing squad at the Tir National, the Brussels firing range, on 12 October 1915. Although her execution was legal under international law, it caused outrage in Britain and in many neutral countries, such as the United States. She became a symbol of the Allied cause, and her memory was invoked in recruitment posters and messages in Britain and around the world. After the war, her body was exhumed and escorted to Britain. A memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey, and she was reburied in Norwich Cathedral. An image of nurse Edith Cavell, sitting in a garden in Brussels with her two dogs before the outbreak of the First World War. The dog on the left, "Jack" was rescued after her execution. World War 1 recruiting poster urging South Africans to arms. The poster urges South Africans to avenge the execution of nurse Edith Cavell Australian First World War poster depicting a German officer standing over the body Nurse Edith Cavell Postcard depicting Cavell being executed wearing her nurse's uniform, which in reality she had made a point of not wearing. The Edith Cavell Memorial by Sir George Frampton, in London. The memorial is sited in St Martin's Place, just outside the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. The site is adjacent to the first headquarters of the British Red Cross, originally located at 7 St Martin's Place.
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