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  1. Here's a list of known makers of British WW1/WW2 helmets and Liner Markings. British Steel Suppliers of WW1 British Helmets. V = Vickers Ltd of Sheffield.......................1916 - 1917. MS= Miris Steel Co Ltd of London..............1916 - 1917. ( also produced helmets after Aug 1916 ). also used "MLS" marks. FS= Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd of Sheffield............1916 - 1918. ( also used "F" mark and most likely used "FKS" marks ).. O = Samuel Osborne & Co Ltd of Sheffield........1916 - 1918. A = Edgar Allen & Co Ltd of Sheffield ......1
  2. Just added these three nice examples of WW2 Japanese Hand Grenades: A Type 97 hand grenade (left) ,a type 97 ceramic practice grenade (centre) & a type 4 ceramic grenade (right). Incorrect pin on the type 97 but I have a relplica on order. Obviously the type 4 ceramic has a repro fuse assembly but the body has a nice manufacturers stamp on the base. All hard to come by in the UK so 3 nice finds and a nice trio of a collection The correct pin. Photo source Wikipedia.
  3. Shortly after the US declaration of war in April of 1917 the US ordered around 400,000 helmets from the British for use by the American Expeditionary Force. While the US Manufacturers developed their own M1917 helmet and got production up to speed, very few of the M1917s made it to the Western Front before the Armistice. It was replaced by the M1917AI in the late 1930s - 1941 and the M1 helmet and liner was phased in 1941 - 1942.
  4. Picked this up a while ago as it was a bargain.(I don't collect WW2 grenades WW1 is my thing on the grenade front) but I suppose every grenade collector should have one. Anyway here's a Mk 2 Grenade also know as a Pineapple grenade. It was manufactured by the American Fireworks Co Ltd. I don't know who manufactured the fuse.If anyone can enlighten me? There's plenty of info stamped on top of it. All I know is that the fuse is a mid war manufactured M10A2. The grenade body retains traces of its original olive drab over yellow paint .HE Mk2s were originally painted yellow which really made them
  5. I'd like your opinion on this please Gildwiller1918 as you are a bit of a restoration guru it has to be said. So here we have a rare M1939 Training Egg Grenade examples of which are pretty hard to come by. At some stage on its journey its been painted grey after starting out red. However on the plus side it is complete and in relatively good shape. The question is,what would you do with it restoration wise? Not mine by the way but perhaps
  6. Just a quick snap shot of the various different designs of Sten Gun magazines. I think I have the complete set here but if anyone knows of any different designs let me know. The one on the left is the earliest variant as far as I know. Note only the fourth mag has open witness holes. Witness holes allowed the user to get an idea of how many rounds were left in a magazine. Note the witness holes have been soldered closed on the left hand mag. This was the practise in places like North.Africa. It was done to keep the sand out. They are known as soldered mags. Soldered
  7. M3A1 Grease Gun Designed & developed as a much cheaper alternative to the Thompson. Basically a no frills sheet steel seem welded weapon with a single 'slow' rate of automatic fire. 45APC ammo same as the Thompson. The name derives from its appearance being similar to a common grease gun used to inject grease into moving mechanical parts This example supersedes the original M3 having done away with the external cocking handle just below the breech on the right hand side making the manufacturer of the weapon even simpler. To cock the weapon one just flips the safety cover/ used ca
  8. Probably my favourite deactivated SMG in my collection.In nice original condition. Manufactured in the millions. A crude but effective 9mm weapon and much much cheaper to produce than the Thompson. 32 round magazine but filling to capacity regularly caused jams so 28 rounds was the recommended mag load. Pretty hard to come by in the UK these days. Complete with silencer. This would only be used on semi auto.
  9. Following many years of restoration and sourcing of parts from all over the the world this immaculate Fiat CR42 Falco with its awesome camouflage resides at Duxford England and is soon to be a flyer. Also coming along nicely in the restoration hanger is this Beaufighter that will one day take to the skies once again. With her awesome array of 6 cannon 8 machine guns & rockets it must have packed one hell of a punch as a ground attack anti shipping weapons platform. The only Flying Fortress flyer in Europe now following the retirement of B17F Pink Lady is Sally B (wearing Memphis Bell nose
  10. Gents, Based on the evidence of the pics, might I ask your opinion on the authenticity of these War Merit Crosses with Swords 1st & 2nd Class. There are no identifying makers marks on either. Thank you.
  11. Hello again! I have a hat that has stumped me! It is a m43 cap, post war (i think cause it has a grey sweatband) and has a ww1 Austrian F.J I pin that someone put on the cap. Is there any Austrian unit that may have used this cap, or did someone just put the pin on? Also on the right side of the cap, it looks like there was a patch there. Has there been any occurrences of ww2 German m43 caps being stripped of insignia and "refurbished" and then issued to other armies? I would love some insight on this hat. It's driving me nuts!
  12. OK so the story goes like this. A few years ago I and my family went to an owl sanctuary here in Kent as my father had rescued a barn owl and needed advice. The bloke who ran the sanctuary, Derrick, was heavily involved in diving and had been doing it all of his life. In the 60's he was diving for the Royal Navy off of the coast of Folkestone and he came across an anchor, not just any anchor, it was from a 2nd World War German ship... It has sat in the garden of his home since then having only had a coating of paint and some anti-corrosion coatings. Sadly, Derrick passed away a few
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