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  1. First of all , can I say thankyou for the membership . I'm currently writing a book on CONTRACTS OF THE USAAF which will give information on equipment and clothing etc used by the USAAF Just a few random photos of my collection , I will, if allowed post more detailed information and photographs
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  2. This is a Mk14 bombsight, it’s been refurbished post war though as it has the ferranti gyro fitted to it.
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  3. Brown shirt now with tie thanks Kenny
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  4. Still a hero Captain Tom Moore has finished walking 100 lengths of his garden to raise money for the NHS, as his fundraising efforts top £12 million. The 99-year-old veteran, who lives with his family in Bedfordshire, completed the last of the 25-metre laps on Thursday morning and was cheered as he finished the 100th lap.
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  5. I have decided to display some of my WW1 era Bayonets by using resin made stands that resemble the muzzle of the corresponding rifle. I think it turned out nicely. I am just missing one bayonet now to finish the display, the Mauser Kar98A, which are hard to find and heavily faked.
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  6. Nice collection littlebuddy, l myself have collected a few Luftwaffen Aviator's flying gear and cap's, l am impressed with your USAAF goodie's, especially your parachute to which l believe are difficult to find.....a few of my toy's
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  7. I've not seen it yet either but it looks very good, we had some of the crew in the shop when they were filming it in Glasgow. Here is a clip of the Glasgow location filmed at the Govan Docks on the river Clyde.
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  8. The 1915 types are somewhat still common, although the 1913 types seem to be prevalent on the market right now. Below is another type, one that I am still searching for. The Germans were somewhat prepared for the war with a reasonable stockpile of Grenades, however this did not last long and so they simplified the 1913 version which is shown below on the right. This was an attempt to reduce production time and get more to the front. These are very uncommon, I have only seen one for sale in the last few years and it was very expensive. Of course after 1915, the stick grenade became dominant and
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  9. Hello guys, i just found one helmet in good condition, it is the portuguese helmet used in ww1 with the original color, leather interior. It as HS 236 marked inside , is this helmet worth something? thanks everyone and stay safe.
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  10. I have over double the amount you have and I love finding the variants of the WW1 models. It just gets a little harder the more you have it seems.
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  11. Welcome Annette, nice looking helmet I agree with Gildwiller your helmet still has part of the label which would read ( Tighten Cord and ajust netting to fit head). I've never seen a helmet that has the solders initials on the outside of the helmet before, you normally find them on the in side of the shell or on the liner. I'm thinking it could have used post WW1 by someone in a volunteer role as a Fire Party member this is only a guess though.
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  12. Hello Annette, welcome to the forum, what you have is a US made, 1917 pattern helmet. These were used in WW1 and some were reused to make the M1917A1 helmets just before WW2. This was patterned from the British Brodie helmet. ZG37 stood for the maker and lot number, unfortunately the lists for those have not been recovered yet. The 6 7/8 marking denoted the liner size, however the liner could be adjusted slightly to meet the wearers size. Sometimes the liner itself is stamped with a makers mark, this is located on the underside of the black portion of the liner. It may be possible to fold it
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  13. Here is a WW1 era Russian grenade, the M1915 Stender, named after a Russian Colonel named Stender supposedly. There is not much on the history of this grenade. However, it is made from sheet metal and soldered into place, it has a hollow metal tube handle which held the fuse. The explosive head portion had a detachable cap to allow for filling of the explosive, this cap was held in place by two metal prongs (broken off on this model). The handle also has a metal clip to attach to a belt or gear.
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  14. Hello guys I have owned this HJ knife for a number of years I would like your opinions on it plus the leather hanger on the scabbard has a sign on it with oak leafs on it any idea what company this is ?
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  15. Is this bayonet genuine ? Is it best to wait for one with matching serial numbers ?
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  16. I remember a story of a Heinkel being raised from a lake a number of years ago published in a well know aviation monthly. It was remarkably intact which as I recall was due the fact that the lake had been used as a landing strip and this particular Heinkel had been grounded due to mechanical problems and ultimately sank through the ice. Is this one of the Heinkels referred to in your post?
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  17. hallo! i have a Brodie which is wierd, the parkings are: JSS, 57, 1941 and either and 1 or an i, could people check if its real or not also. it doesnt have an laather nor elestic strap, its just a Cotton (not sure cause i dont know that stuf) strap, if photos are needed tell me. it has a flat head screw up top, its either kopper or brass. no donut but also no rubber(might have been removed) its in a pretty bad condition, i Think someone tried to restore it. it has a bad paintjob.
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  18. Hi Paul, Iron cross is original wound badge is a copy
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  19. James as Kenny said,there are people out there who know almost straight up who made it. I think it's in their blood. Here is one I have that doesn't have a maker stamped on the ring, but have been told it's def genuine & he also gave me the makers name which where I have filed I don't know. Cheers Wolf.
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  20. I know nothing about Iron Crosses gents so can I have your opinions on this please. Authenticity & manufacturing period if you can? Same goes for this wound badge.
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  21. Thanks gentlemen, I appreciate it! Were the British and American helmets made to same standards, they look identical to my untrained eye and the original liners or at least the liners that were in the helmets when I procured them were the same. The Talc did the trick it would seem? Is it ZC36?
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  22. Welcome to the forum Panzerman, the first helmet is British made and stamped H.V. 306 H = W.Hutton & Sons Ltd of Sheffield ( Manufacturer ) V = Vickers Ltd of Sheffield ( Steel Supplier ) 306 being the batch number of steel used. Second helmet looks like a M1917 American made I can make out the letter Z and maybe a B Followed by two numbers maybe a 3 or 8 then a 6 try rubbing on some talc to enhance the stamp marks. Hope this helps.
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  23. I know we have focused on Germany, France, England and the US as well as others for WW1 era Grenades, but I thought I would post some information about grenades made and used by the Bulgarians in the great war. One of these was called the Odrin Grenade, which was designed by Col. Simeon Dobrevski, which was an improvement on the older Makedonia model introduced in 1906.It was ball shaped, looking like a French ball grenade but with the fragmentation exterior of a Turkish grenade. It was put into service in 1915 and remained so until the wars end. The body was cast iron, and usually painted bl
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  24. Here is a nice front line photo, although not crisp, shows great details. The man on the far left is wearing the so-called lobster armor, he also has a stick grenade in his left hand and his bayonet troddel is visible as well. The sniper has a troddel as well, and some M1917 stick grenades. The Machine gunner is using the MG 08/15, a lighter, portable version of the MG 08 which weighed 18 kilos (without water in the cooling jacket), versus the MG 08 which weighed 69 kilos minus the 39 kilo mounting sled.
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  25. During WW2, the allies used various forms of deception against its enemies, one of the most famous was Operation Fortitude which was a huge campaign to mislead the Germans about the invasion of France in the summer of 1944. The idea was to let the enemy think the allies would cross at the shortest crossing, by the Pas de Calais, instead of Normandy. So huge fields of inflatable and wooden armored vehicles and fakes airfields with fake planes were poured into southeast England and enemy aircraft were allowed to photograph them. To make the information even more turned spies validated this
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  26. Nice job on the fuse resto. I managed to land a SIPE the other day with a fuse of sorts so I was happy to find it
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  27. Nice items, food/ration items are hard to come by.
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  28. I don’t have that much US stuff, just these items.
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  29. I always liked that museum, I used to live about an hour away when I lived in the UK. I also liked the armored vehicle addition they added as well.
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  30. Nice Lantern grenade and in really great condition. I know of one available that I'm thinking about purchasing. It's in Semi Relic condition & has a replacement stick but it is over 100 years old so there you go. I've seen examples of these grenades with Russian writing & 2 round stamps above the belt hook (see photo). The one I'm thinking of purchasing doesn't have this detail.I don't think yours does either. You know your Russian grenades so I'd value your opinion on this aspect of the grenade. Cheers.
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  31. Nice grenade Gildwiller 1918. Got this rare gem on route to me in the post. As I understand it it was designed by Colonel Stender and is known as a Hexagonal grenade I'm lead to believe. Just missing the fuse cover at the bottom of the stick unlike yours which is present. I'll probably add the pull chord and wooden toggle to add some detail. As far as I know the stick is original.
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  32. I have recently acquired a World War One AIF Service Cap, from the original owners grand son. Details on the paper below I put together for my collection. I was wondering if anyone knows where to get a 1 cm WW1 service cap button. The cap has no chinstrap but I think I have a good match. No rising sun badge but I have my great grandfathers badge from his time as a machine gunner in France which I will attach as I know it is authentic. I did buy some badges but with no measurements I bought the wrong size.
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  33. Helmet for Fähnrich, L.G.R. 109 A collector colleague recently pointed out to me a very rare helmet. He also made clear that this type of helmet could be easily transformed in just a few steps to a full grade officer's helmet with a great leap in value. This is always a risk with this type of helmet, they are easily changed or converted by swapping a few parts around, often these parts are fake, as they are rare as such. Shown is a helmet for a Fähnrich, obviously high quality private purchase almost the class of an officer. In their day, the objective was to transform the helmet into a
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  34. My thoughts as well Leon, I have seen some WW2 era South African helmets with similar chin strap attachments.
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  35. This WWI duo was given to me many years ago by the friend of Annette Crosbie (screen wife of Victor Meldrew ). Annette was a bridesmaid at her wedding. Gnr WB Crosbie, who was awarded a MID, was Annette Crosbie's father-in-law. A nice couple of medals in excellent condition.
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  36. Very nice helmet McJagger! Yes, you are correct, it is getting really hard to find a nice decent Adrian anymore, at least that's affordable.
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  37. Hi Leon21, Thanks for noticing the different codes on the EC&Co helmet. I never noticed! Another mystery for the books. On the subject of the Dutch refurbished ww2 helmets & their liners. Unfortunately I have no idea who the supplier of these liners was, I'll ask around and see if I can find out. About that helmet colour. Indeed it may be the original colour, it looks as if it was sprayed at a factory. With these ww2 mk2's used by the Dutch army it's hard to say for sure... The way I understand this, from what I've been able to pick up here in the Netherlands. The Dutch Arm
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  38. Second one, a shell from 1943 and liner from 1949, so refurbished. No idea if it was also repainted in 1949 or if this is the original 1943 paint?
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  39. Thanks Leon21. I too have seen dates on these lugs most often the way your pictures show them. Good to see that copper rivets were used. Thanks for these pictures! Clément
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  40. Thank you for the advice. I will post pictures of it when I’m finished.
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  41. Here is the finished product, I used period photos to get the straps as close as I could, but for a display it works good.
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  42. 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 photograp
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  43. Thanks Buster, they are coming out of Eastern Europe mainly if you are lucky to get one, and they are always in dug condition.
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  44. Thanks Gildwiller, it's a nice piece of kit & the build quality is outstanding
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  45. Very nice Buster!
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  46. Thanks Leon! don't worry, im happy to know the manufacturer, again thanks for your time guys!
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  47. 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?
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