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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.
  2. 5 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.
  3. 5 points
    Here is a US M1917 marked "ZC 200" it has the US 5th Infantry Division emblem painted on the front.
  4. 4 points
    Here is a captured US M10 tank Destroyer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 4 points
    Probably, too bad I can't see the rest of the markings on the fuselage, might make it easier to identify.
  8. 4 points
    I don't even want to guess what they went for at auction!
  9. 4 points
    In 1909, the US adopted a automatic weapon based upon a design made by the Hotchkiss Company, which became known as the M1909 Benet-Mercie Machine Rifle. This weapon was cambered in the standard 30-06 caliber and fired 400 rounds per minute. The cartridges were fed into the weapon by the use of rigid metal strips holding 30 rounds. The weapon weighed 30 pounds and was consider light enough to be man-portable. Upon the entry into WW1, this weapon and the M1904 Maxim gun were the only machine guns available to troops upon arrival in France, that was until weapons were issued from the Allies. The box below was used for this weapon, which held 300 rounds on 10 strips. The interior dividers were missing, so I replaced them with new wood. Last few images of the weapon are from internet sources.
  10. 4 points
    Just like Trier, another of my favorites.
  11. 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.
  12. 4 points
    Below is some more WW2 era German Currency.
  13. 4 points
    Below are some wartime German currency from WW2.
  14. 4 points
    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.
  15. 4 points
    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.
  16. 4 points
    Here is another beautiful example of the US Army 1902 dress uniform. This tunic, piped in Signal Corps colors (orange and white) has Sergeant Chevrons (worn from 1902-1917), proper aiguillette, cuban occupation ribbon as well as the M1902 service cap which has the matching signal corps colored band around the cap and the branch insignia. This uniform also has Pennsylvania state militia buttons versus the typical US marked buttons.
  17. 4 points
    Hi Everyone, I stumbled on this thread as I was looking for the makers marks of the helmet I've owned for years. I needed the information so I could send it to school with my daughter for their WW2 topic. Thanks to you guys I now know who made it Helmet: Harrison Bros & Howson Liner: Barrow Hepburn & Gale Ltd (not in great condition sadly) Both stamped 1939 (although helmet marking is difficult to read)
  18. 4 points
    Here is a great example of the US Infantryman in the Spanish-American war. This particular uniform grouping belonged to Corporal Alva Martin, of Kokomo, Indiana, Company "L", 158th Indiana Infantry. One of 125,000 soldiers called up during the short lived conflict he was called up to bolster the National Guard of the United States, however he never got overseas to see action as the war ended by the time he and his fellow soldiers were equipped and trained. The Spanish-American War started in April of 1898 and was over by July of 1898, officially it was over with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in December of 1898. The United States emerged as a World Power as Spain's Empire was fading. This uniform consists of the dark blue 5 button tunic, the sleeve linings are unbleached muslin with a gray flannel lining meeting the 1883 regulations. However those regulations called for two horizontal pockets. This coat only has one interior pocket conforming to the newer 1887 pattern. This combination of style indicates it was probably made somewhere between 1883 and 1887. On the sleeves are white (for infantry) chevrons indicating the rank of Corporal. The Model 1885 Trousers are made from a medium blue wool. As a mark of rank, the trousers had a wool stripe sewn on. The stripe's width was determined by rank or duty: all "Big Three" officers had a 1.5" wide stripe, while other officers had none; Sergeants 1.0" wide; Corporals 0.5" wide; and Musicians had two 0.5" wide stripe spaced 0.5" apart. For the "Big Three" branches, the color of the stripes were white for Infantry, red for Artillery and yellow for Cavalry. For other enlisted troops, the stripe's color varied depending on the assigned branch, and was often piped in a contrasting color, i.e. engineering troops had stripes of scarlet piped in white, et cetera. This one has the Corporals stripe down the trousers. The canteen is the US Model 1858 (already listed in the forum). The haversack is the M1878 type made of canvas material, which held the soldiers rations and eating utensils. In this pack, the following were found; M1878 condiment bags (x3), M1874 Utensil Scabbards, one for the knife and one for the fork (both were cast iron), the spoon (very thin tin plated steel) did not have one. The pack also had the mess kit, which was the M1874 type 3 meat can which was made in the 1880's. The ammo belt is the M1881 Mills woven blue canvas, 50 round belt holding the .45/70 cartridges, which were black powder type. Attached to the belt is the M1973/M1884 Bayonet and Scabbard for use with the M1884 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle (pictured with Uniform). This rifle was of .45/70 caliber, and used a hinged breech lock to load cartridges. This was the last black powder rifle to used by the United States. This weapon was used by US forces during operations in the Spanish-American war, although the Krag-Jorgensen was (smokeless powder) was available, the M1884 was used heavily by Guard troops versus regular Army units. On the back of the mannequin is the M1878 Blanket Bag, which had a quick disconnect at the bottom of the leather suspenders, allowing the pack to be dropped quickly. On the top is a standard issue Army wool blanket with leather tie down straps. On the bottom of the bag is a short canvas loop which held a tin plated drinking cup.
  19. 4 points
    Here is another US M1902 enlisted dress tunic, this one has yellow piping to indicate a cavalry trooper. It is complete with all buttons and proper aiguillette. The rank on the sleeves is that of an saddler. This insignia was used from 1902-1908.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 4 points
    Good to know, I have seen some of handles for these recently. It is amazing how prevalent the reproductions have become lately.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  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.
  28. 4 points
    Cool Fritz! I appreciate the information, I honestly didn't care one way or the other on the history of the rifle, just saying what was told to me. In truth it would be impossible to track the history of who used it and when, as i'm sure they changed hands many times. I was just happy to have an all matching one, as most I see are non-matching.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    Here we have a Us made Helmet, you can tell by the rivets used instead of split pins. However this helmet is completely unmarked. I have searched all over the rim and cannot find any markings. The liner has a really faint ink stamp which resembles R.H.Long. Still a very solid helmet with the chinstrap and liner. I'm guessing as the war drug on, they were in a rush to get these to the troops, so corners were cut. I have not seen very many of the US type unmarked.
  31. 4 points
    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
  32. 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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  34. 4 points
    Here's a Copy of W.H.Beck Medal card, interesting what's written in the correspondence section.
  35. 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?
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 4 points
    Very nice Gwar, here's a couple of items I have, feel free to use them in your research.
  41. 4 points
    Here's a couple more unknown maker marks from private manufacturers MXAC3 found on a chief wardens helmet, and ET 1940 found on a Home Guard helmet, or the mark could be M/AC3
  42. 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,
  43. 4 points
    on the second picture, Dickens, looks live DVR, Driver, on the other parts, D Troop, - 13. SQN or SGA ? without doubt
  44. 3 points
    Edda Göring (80), the only child of Hermann Göring, last known to be living in South Africa, died on 21. December 2018. Further details unknown. Edda with her mother were interned in May 1945 One of the few known photos in more recent years, given at a rare interview ..with a portrait of her mother To be continued
  45. 3 points
    I know what you mean, I have noticed the prices on the WW1 Adrian's going up steadily over the past few years. Just finding an all complete one with liner, chinstrap, plate and helmet comb intact is getting difficult. Not to mention one with a decent paint job left on it. I found one not long ago, WW1 type that had a mustard brown color to it, I used some soap and water and it came right off with about 75% of the Horizon Blue paint still left on the shell.
  46. 3 points
    Ausdauer (800m Lauf, 3000m Lauf, Nordic Walking) Schnelligkeit (Sprint) Kraft (Kugelstoßen, Standweitsprung, Steinstoßen, Schlagball) Koordination ( Seilspringen, Schleuderball, Drehwurf, Weitsprung) Schwimmen in Sprint und Ausdauer FLIZZY Kindersportabzeichen (für Kinder im Alter von 3-6 Jahre) von 10-13 Uhr Hüpfburg Awarded again today, I don't think I would be interested.
  47. 3 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.
  48. 3 points
    Welcome to the forum, looks like German/Austrian City Fire Service helmet, Fritz might be able to help you with this one.
  49. 3 points
    Don't worry to much about who the makers are I know most of them on your list, if you like I will add them on for you.
  50. 3 points
    The ww2 medals have no connection, I just dont have another case for them yet, will wait till l have more stars before buying another, the items are only laying in the case as its laying flat. Yea I have sen the plaques with hols in, seen o ne with a hanging chain when searching for one, I am also going to get the princess Mary Christmas tin to put in the case.

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