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  1. 5 points
    Here's another British made helmet stamped HS.407 by Hadfields Ltd of Sheffield both Manufacturer and Steel Supplier and Steel Batch 407, has the US Third Division emblem to front of helmet. Photo's from other sources.
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    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.
  3. 5 points
    Here is a US M1917 marked "ZC 200" it has the US 5th Infantry Division emblem painted on the front.
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    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.
  5. 5 points
    Here's another film the Auxiliary Fire Service 1930s
  6. 4 points
    This is a side cap for a Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK) or the National Socialist Motor Corps. This organization was formed in 1931 and was originally part of the SA, however in 1934 they were made a separate organization under the NSDAP. The NSKK was mainly a training organization, which instructed members on maintenance and operations of motorized vehicles. When the war started in 1939, this organization was used as a transportation service for military units, some units worked for Org. Todt and the Luftwaffe as well. This Feldmutze, side cap is colored black and has the NSKK eagle on the wearers left, the background color signified the location of the troops battalion or unit. In this case the German region of Franken, which is north west of Bayern. The front of the cap has 2 small buttons, silver colored with the NSKK emblem. Inside the cap is a RZM tag, that reads: Feldmutze, Reich Zeug Meisterei (National Equipment Quartermaster) der NSDAP, and has a serial number: M295383, the tag is faded and needs the use of a good light and magnifying lens. The size is about a 58. I will be posting the accompanying uniform soon.
  7. 4 points
    Here is a nice picture I picked up today, shows a ME-109 with the underwing 20mm canon gondola or known as the Rustatz VI model. These canons (1 pair per plane) weighed 135 Kilos each and had 135-145 rounds of ammo each.
  8. 4 points
    I don't even want to guess what they went for at auction!
  9. 4 points
    I am adding the following information to the forum to draw the attention of collectors to the post WW2 German fire helmets currently appearing on the market and changing hands, in some cases, for quite significant sums of money. I am not a Third Reich collector although have ‘dabbled’ in the past. My main interest is in fire service memorabilia but I do encompass Third Reich fire service material within my sphere of collecting. I have taken a particular interest in fire helmets for almost fifty years now and have always been fascinated by the German M34 pattern helmet and the many post WW2 M35/M40 style variants. Many collectors and dealers are being caught out with helmets that have 'DIN 14940' stamped on the underside of the shell brim at the rear. 'DIN' is the German Standards Institute and DIN 14940 was the standard for German fire helmets in use from 1962 until 1997. DIN 14940 was issued as a draft standard, designated 'DIN V 14940', in 1956. It was approved in 1962 but compulsory marking of helmets was not required until 1981. However, most manufacturers marked their shells voluntarily. Helmets manufactured between 1956 and 1962 could only be marked with ‘DIN’ with a straight line above and below the three letters, indicating that they complied with a draft standard. The standard colour for German fire helmets until around 1970 was black, although Bavaria opted for red during the 1960's. From around 1970 onwards, the more familiar pale yellow luminous paint finish took over. Also, up to around 1970, most shells were steel. After about 1970 there was a universal shift to aluminium. A black steel shelled helmet manufactured during the 1960's would, by now, be exhibiting obvious signs of rust and ageing/use of the liner, especially if it has seen operational service. I believe these are the helmets that are catching people out and I also believe most of them are originating in Eastern Europe having had suitably aged reproduction decals applied. They typically appear on Ebay or dealers' web sites described as 'WW2 double decal police helmets" or 'WW2 double decal SS parade helmets'. I have even come across one with a post 1970 aluminium shell described as a 'WW2 SS police double decal lightweight parade helmet' and priced around the £1,000 mark. The latter had obviously had the luminous paint finish removed before being resprayed black. Astoundingly, this one was the subject of a discussion amongst several 'experts', on a collectors' forum, who concluded that it was genuine! There is a bit of a 'grey area' between 1945 and 1956. However, all German fire helmets of post WW2 manufacture are hybrids and by that I mean they have the basic shape of an M35/M40 with the twin pepperpot vents of an M34. Police and fire helmets of this style did exist prior to 1945. However, they are quite rare, by far the most common type being the M34 ‘square dip’ pattern. In my opinion therefore, the safest course of action is to assume that, unless a police or fire helmet on offer has a 'square dip' shell, it is post 1945 until proven otherwise. The information I have provided with regard to DIN 14940 came to me in an email from the German Standards Institute in August 2007. They also sent me a copy of the 1956 draft standard in PDF format. If anyone would like a copy of this draft, please send me an email and I will forward it to you.
  10. 4 points
    Here is a US enlisted cap, french inspired design. It has no liner which is common for the enlisted side, but has a small cotton sweatband. It has a pin backed "US" disk applied.
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    Below is some more WW2 era German Currency.
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    Below are some wartime German currency from WW2.
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    Below are some of the depression era German Notes after WW1. As the economy collapsed, the money became more and more worthless, even after printing astronomical values on them. These notes are from 1922.
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    Hello Guys. I am desperately trying to find anything i can about my Grandfather John McGrath, he served as a driver with the Tank Regiment in Oldham Lancashire. he was with the 10th Manchesters when WW2 broke out, as was mobilised. the 10th Manchesters were then converted to an Armoured Regiment. He use to tell me about his war years and when he was in North Africa, after the war he stayed with the Tank Regiment and drove the Centurion Tanks that they had there in the Drill Hall at Rifle street and in the Tank Sheds on Oldham Edge. I believe that he also served on Chuchill Tanks during WW2, also Shermans. IF anybody knew him or could find out anything mentioning his name or even better a photograph, I would even be willing to pay. I served with 1RTR I had to follow my grandfathers footsteps. I am now 65 yrs old and I desperately want this info before I go to the Green Fields Beyond. Thank You Sincerely.
  15. 4 points
    Here is a WW1 Era US service manual for Sanitary Troops (medical orderlies). This manual is a corrected version of the 1914 version to meet the 1917 specifications. This particular manual was in training camp library, in one of the 32 basic training camps to prepare the troops for overseas combat. This manual had everything from drill and marching to physical training to litter carrying and first aid. In the picture where the troops are lifting the litter over a wall you can see the medical corps bolo on the soldier in the foreground. Most of the pictures are showing gear that was pre-WW1 era, although outdated by 1917/1918 standards much of it was still used until newer stock was available.
  16. 4 points
    Here's a copy of his medal index card if you haven't got one Buster, could not find any other information about him, other than he also served in the Black Watch Royal Highlanders.
  17. 4 points
    Leslie Nielsen This Canadian born funny man was in the RCAF during WW2, as an enlisted man he trained as an aerial gunner, however did not make it overseas before the war ended .
  18. 4 points
    Hello Fritz, I could not see any markings on the kurvenmesser that would indicate a maker or its age. I have included a picture of the paperwork in the box. My guess is that its post war, but I am not an expert on these items. The slide ruler, don't know on that one either, maybe for engineer use, can't imagine too many occupations would need one. I have heard of civilian items being pressed into service or soldiers privately purchasing items, but don't honestly know on these. I have source for period pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners and plotting rulers, and other source for some harder to find items, but they get expensive. I want to put together an accurate representation for this map case, so it may take some time.
  19. 4 points
    Here is one of the Nebelwerfer Truppe - for an Unterfeldwebel or Unterwachtmeister, faded, unclear stamping, looks like a 1941 date, some field repairs and patching, bordeaux red piping for that branch of service, and sleeve badge for a Richtkanonier/Nebelwerfer. The shoulder pieces have a slightly different tone of braid to that of the collar. The tunic would have needed to be fitted with a new collar. There is also a matching collar liner grey/white, which was always to be worn, however, attachment buttons inside all missing, were probably needed for spares, or lost. Loops for several decorations on breast pocket, probaby EK1, Sturmabzeichen and Wound Badge? Collar patches are machine stitched straight onto the collar, in a different way to earlier examples.
  20. 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.
  21. 4 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.
  22. 4 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 4 points
    Hello Fritz, I do not have the brow plate yet, still looking. There are a lot of fakes out there right now. I had to special order the webbing materials, and yes the iron rivets would be better, but I didn't have the tools for them. So I went with copper for display purposes. I might in the future swap them out with the correct type. I am working on a WW1 French Daigre armor set now. I have the original plate along with new fabric and parts, should turn out really nice when done. I dont know of anyone who has a intact one.
  25. 4 points
    Here is another US M1917, marked "ZC 180". It has the liner intact, however the felt pad has deteriorated away. Additionally there is a painted emblem on the side, that of the US 28th Infantry Division.
  26. 4 points
    Got this last week , It's a no 36 mrk1 mills grenade manufactured by James Gibbons of Wolverhampton, the base plug was made by John Harper and is dated 43. It came without the internal spring, plunger and lever, I ordered the parts and here it is in all its glory.
  27. 4 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.
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    I was able to secure a few more for my collection, these are very hard to find in any condition and I consider myself very fortunate to have these to share with the group.. Enjoy !! G
  30. 4 points
    Here is another rimmed helmet, a little worse for wear. This one is marked "M/A 83" ( Manufacturer ) J.& J. Maxfield & Sons. ( Steel Supplier ) Edgar Allen & Co Ltd Sheffield.
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    I will try my best to identify them, I have more experience with the US made ones.
  33. 4 points
    I agree Leon21, this is an American Made M1917 with a ZC code. I have 21 ZC Helmets with different heat stamps.
  34. 4 points
    Here's a Copy of W.H.Beck Medal card, interesting what's written in the correspondence section.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 4 points
    Yes that's right Fritz, the price of the bullet pencil is crazy. I did find the Christmas card, but marys photo was glued to the back of it., so have just left for now.
  39. 4 points
    Very nice Gwar, here's a couple of items I have, feel free to use them in your research.
  40. 4 points
    Cheers again both of you, yeah I've got the page now . One last question what is the collctibility or rarity of this BD, I'm assuming not very but I must reiterate I know jack-all about uniforms really. But I do hope to start collecting WW2 and post war, like this BDs and uniforms as they seem cool and interesting. Tom,
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    This is the battledress that replaced the wartime 1937 or 1940 patterns. The crowns (Queens Crown post 1953) on the shoulders are indeed for a major, the yellow backing has also some significance, the shoulder titles for Army Catering Corps happened to be yellow in the post-war years, I had a pair on a jacket many years ago! It also had paratroopers wings and Combined operations badges on both arms! It had belonged to Pete Price of London, E12, who was a post-war Territorial and had served in WW2, also apparently with the Parachute Corps, as I was told. The arm badge does look somewhat like stonehenge, I'm sure someone on the forum will recognise and explain this The medal ribbons are following: 1939-45 War Star Africa Star 1939-45 War Medal The last one I don't recognise, but I'm sure you'll find this somewhere.
  42. 4 points
    on the second picture, Dickens, looks live DVR, Driver, on the other parts, D Troop, - 13. SQN or SGA ? without doubt
  43. 4 points
    Just the image to be posted here Like this one. Now it is your turn folks
  44. 4 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".
  45. 4 points
    Hi Lackie, To be honest with you, and to the best of my knowledge, it is nigh on impossible to positively date an M34. Production continued in to the 1950' s and possibly as late as 1956 when the draft DIN standard was introduced. I am assuming you are aware that the police decals were not applied to M34 fire helmets until after the fire service fell under police control in 1938. The aluminium comb was also phased out at the same time but reintroduced after the end of the war. There is every possibility that your helmet was manufactured prior to 1938. It is easy to determine from period photographs that many helmets did not have decals applied or the combs removed under police control. Your helmet could be of post war manufacture. But the fact that your helmet does not have the 'Y' type chin straps would lean towards it being a pre-1938 example. Regards, David.
  46. 4 points
    And this is him in 1940, before going on active service.
  47. 4 points
    I got this nice little collection today, as can be seen it consistes of the France/Germany star, 39/45 star, & the war and defence medals ,it also has all ribbons , most still packaged and there are 2 ribbon bars still with the plastic covering. As can be seen the soldiers dog tags also came with the collection . I also managed to get his cap badge from the same seller. I traced his son and he kindly gave me some background on his fathers service. He told me that his father ( Wiliam Paul Beechman ) was in the royal armoured corp as a volunteer and was part of a unit sent to to help/ relieve British paras at Arnheim Bridge, but his tank was hit and he unfortunately had shrapnel and a bullet wound , they managed to escape & ended up in a French farmhouse being tended by the farmers family. They where luckily picked up by the british a short time after . He was then sent home and recuperate in Glasgow of all places.
  48. 4 points
    That looks like a WW1 type (rimless and with leather chinstrap), these are very valuable nowadays, esp. in such good condition.
  49. 4 points
    The wife got me this yesterday, as most of you already know what it is i won't ramble on lol . It's an enlisted mans stag horn gripped K98 dress / parade bayonet , as can be seen it was manufactured by Alexander Coppel . I have been on the lookout for one for ages ! Cheers Santa.
  50. 4 points
    Hello James, Many thanks for your query and I am more than happy to respond to any others you may raise. I can state, quite categorically, that the German DIN 14940 helmet was never trialled or used in the UK and for one very good reason. For reasons of electrical safety, the post WW2 British Standards for fire helmets do not permit the use of metal shells. I frequently see these luminous helmets on Ebay with British helmet decals on them and, in my opinion, it has been done for no other reason that someone thought it would look good. Regards, David.


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