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    Hi All Something for the Optics forum. My interest is in the basic binoculars, primarily Zeiss 6x30 & the late (short serial) 7x50. Here's my 6x30..
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    First proper ( decent weather) car boot of the year for me today...picked up a couple of decent things too. 1..After being told by my mate Paul, a WW1 Private Purchase Officers Valice, named to a Capt G B Hill, of the 4th B York and Lancs Regt, and in great condition. Inside the valice is ( as I was told) a hand tool for plaiting a horses mane or tail, also in superb condition..anyone any idea how I would find out some info on the officer that owned it..I have tried, but to no avail...TIA. 2..A pair of 1941 stamped British army issue snow shoes....the front used to have a "ski" of sorts but these have been removed many years ago, probs by the original owner...am trying to find out who actually made these...they are stamped P&S ltd 1941, with the Crows foot stamp too..:) Got a few other more modern things too today at the same boot sale, but these are the two star items I bought...:)
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    Got these WW1 maps from the Berlin War Academy, used in the 1920's. Linen backed, very durable as they would have to be. Interesting to think just who may have studied these at the time. Pen for scale. Some are quite large.
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    All of us have equipment with volt and ampere-meters which have various symbols on the faces. I found a key which describes what they mean:
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    I got some more maps in today. I will have to try and get some framed. The wife will love them hanging in the living room. Yea right! 😂
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    Guys, Couple of PG cards Nuernberg! Both been posted, one missing the stamp sadly!
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    Here is my cyq/Spreewerk P-38 (#3666p). This pistol was manufactured in May of 1944, all of the numbers match and it bears “Eagle/88” Waffenamts on the slide, frame and locking block. It also bears a Heer Eagle property mark on the right side of the slide. This pistol comes with one, “jvd” code magazine for the “First Northern Bohemian Matal Fabrication” company. This pistol retains about 75-80% of its original blue finish.
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    Hi All I've been floating around a while & poking at collecting for about 30 years, but not sure I ever posted an intro. I live in New Zealand and a few will know me from other forums (Probably as "fieldgear") Optics & Comms are my jam. Here's a recent pic of my affliction.. Regards to all, Rob
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    Mecklenburg Landwehr Medal, copper, issued 1913-1920 although one source says 1924.
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    Guys, Made from a sectioned Junker L5 motor, rescued a while back from the scrappy, had been used post war as a driving school teaching aid (you have to learn about how an engine works here in Germany). It is almost out the door, a bit more haggling though! Rich
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    I have seen these two pieces of artwork in postcard format, but never in poster size. These two are originals. I got them along with a few US wartime posters. The Willrich had some storage damage, but did mat nicely to hide the damage. The other was in great shape. I have seen the second one in poster size as a repro, but the Willrich poster size---never. In fact, I have only seen it once in postcard size, and have not been able to google it.
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    Guys, Mostly is junk, I shall keep the gold DRL and the armband. The rest if you want to trade is availible. Rich
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    Guys, as stated above! I like the Ausrian one best!
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    Did a bit of online bidding on Wednesday at my local auction house....spent a total of ÂŁ44 on the 4 lids...and only got them today...sight unseen..I bid on the auction house photos....I took a wee "punt" on them...was pleasantly surprised to find a First Aid party, and a Police lid among them, this one has a ghost of ARP lettering.......plus a strange green Mk2....I have in the past owned a couple of green ones, but still have no clue as to their origin....I do think the paint is of the period, as that particular lid has the black rubber stacking ring on it...:) Plus got a cracker of a Mk 3 Turtle, with a 1945 dated liner, its got the most amazing ghost of a camo net, so assume its been used in theatre...its a cracking original brown too...:) Also bought a set of WW2 dated webbing, and pouches with a water bottle and carrier, plus a post war British Army (1951 patt) Great Coat with economy buttons, which really interest me...that came with a pair of dress trousers, black with a wide green leg stripe , any ideas guys?? No pics so far of the webbing and coat, too interested in the lids... Sorry about crap pics, it was late when I got home, and I had to use the flash...:)
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    Google search, with specific site search operator like this: festungsantennen site:cdvandt.org
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    I don't think a fiver each with only a dozen active members will float it. Lenny, I am happy to put up surplus items for a raffel/auction if this helps, I have done it before and offered that on 3 other sites, 2 sites with no real interest sadly. I thought it might get people in the spirit of donating a bit to the running. Before I came off facebook I saw and joined a '72 hour auction' site. It seems popular although I never used it. Perhaps a modified version of that to run a bit longer to give the smaller readership a chance to react would also help with the running costs. On a raffle site I have seen, people offer items with a set quantity of tickets at a set price, they seem secure a bit more than the current market value of an item. When all tickets are sold they do an electronic draw. Where we could win in this format is that we are not doing it for greed so we can keep the value of the sum of the tickets at the lowest market value of the item thus keeping it fun and a means to support a good platform. For example EK2 WW1 retail between ÂŁ35-ÂŁ55 depending on where you shop. If we take the lower end at 7 tickets for a fiver a pop you have a good chance of winning and you get something nice or that you want for less than two pints? You could also invite dealers to contribute items that they are having trouble moving on as a way to put something back for the collector, in this case perhaps all active members that month, week or day get a free ticket? How that is allocated and controlled would be down to you. Regardless of the sparkel that they put on it on WAF, the hobby is in trouble, lack of attendance here is a symptom of that and the evolving technology. Let me know what you think and I will route through the buckshees. Rich
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    The "Festungsantenna neuer Art" was a special antenna system for use in concrete bunkers. The iron rebars and roof beams turned any reenforced bunker into a Faraday cage, so no radio signals can come in or out a bunker without special antenna arrangements. The "Festungsantenne" consists of the antenna itself, which could be pushed through a tube in the roof of the bunker from the antenna niche inside. The antenna in the niche was connected to radio in the interior of the bunker by a coax cable between and two connection boxes: The main components of the system include the antenna base on which three antenna rods were placed, wooden poles to push the antenna up through the roof, a connection box placed in the antenna niche to connect the HF cable to the antenna (FAD: Funk Außenanschluß Dose), interconnecting coax cable, radio connection box (FID: Funk Innenanschluß Dose). A support for the antenna rods and a text plate complete the installation: The antenna base itself sits on the guide. The base and guide have small rollers which allows the antenna to move smoothly through the tube in the roof. The wheels on the antenna base also serve to keep the antenna folded while inside the tube, when the top of the antenna base is pushed out of the top of the tube, the antenna rods will spread out automatically: A close up of the spreading mechanism of the antenna base: The three two-piece whip antennas (which I am missing unfortunately) allowed for a short or a long antenna, dependent on the frequency of the radio used (photo from an old Ebay auction): The antenna base was supported by wooden rods. Either telephone wire poles (Baustangen) or lineman's poles (Drahtgabelstangen) were used for this purpose, I am showing two "Baustangen" with the antenna: The antenna was pushed up using the telephone pole after which a second pole was connected underneath. The bottom pole was rested in a support at the base of the antenna niche (the "AntennenstĂŒtze"): When the antenna was not in use, the antenna poles were stored in one side of the antenna niche, indicated by an instruction plate: A long flexible coax cable is attached to the antenna base, ending in a bakelite coaxial connector: The connector connects into the Außenanschlußdose mounted in the antenna niche: An armoured coaxial cable runs from the Außenanschlußdose to the Innenanschlußdose inside the interior of the bunker. Only specific lengths of cables could be used (15, 22,5 or 30 Meters). That is why you sometimes see pictures of a cable running in zig-zags along the interior wall of a bunker, this was to deal with any overlength of the antenna cable. These precise lengths were needed to ensure that a standing wave would occur in the antenna feed when using the Torn.Fu.d2. This was not so much an issue for the higher VHF frequency Feldfunksprechers but it did require another trick when lower frequency HF sets were used. The cable led to the Innenanschlußdose inside the bunker to which the actual radio was connected: The Innenanschlußdose is a heavy cast iron box in which two different contact units could be fitted. The contact units connect to coaxial cable via the connectors in the top section of the box: The round "carousel" under the contact plate allows a pin to be fitted in three different positions dependent on the length of the coax cable (15, 22,5 or 30 meters). The two different inserts are a simple connection plate for VHF radios (Torn.Fu.d2, Feldfunksprechers, Festungsnotsender etc.) and a more complex antenna tuner for shortwave radios (Torn.Fu.b1 or Torn.Fu.f): The backside shows the antenna contacts which engage with the contacts in the FID: Now the reason for the pin on the "carousel" in the FID becomes apparent, as the shortwave tuning unit also has to be set to the correct coax cable length. In this case it has been set to "1" (for a 15 meter coax cable length), only one guide hole is open corresponding to the pin in the FID. If the tuning unit is not set correctly, it will not fit into the box. Here is the FID with the VHF and shortwave unit fitted respectively: The unit not in use was stored into the storage box which was kept in a cupboard inside the bunker (the "FunkgerĂ€teschrank"). This also stored the radio itself when not in use and contained manuals, spare batteries, connection cables etc. A shield on the FID points the user towards the manual: So when the Festungsantenne was used with a VHF radio, no additional antenna tuning was required, but when using the HF Torn.Fu.b1 or Torn.Fu.f, the antenna had to be tuned to the specific frequency used by turning the tuning control for maximum antenna current on the instrument. Even with the lid of the FID closed, the antenna current instrument could be observed through a window in the lid. Finally, some more constructional details of the complete antenna showing the complete path from the radio to the antenna: regards, Funksammler
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    Guys, This was amongst the box of stuff yesterday. I guess the OP had a book full of these tear out papers to pass to Coy HQ with the report. Hand writing is terrible but appears to report a sighting of enemy PAK moving into position opposite! It could be from training as Schweinrich appears to near Berlin. Rich
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    Thank you. You can also use these ones if you want to.
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    Folks - I've posted Funksammler's Transportkasten FU book on my site. Good to have just one place where you can get it consistently. https://kriegsfunker.com/books.php
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    After a year of waiting, I got this power supply. It weighs around 90 KG and broke my hydraulic hand-truck moving it to the shelf. It looks complete inside, so I will restore it (slowly).
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    Tell you what Norrie, You deserve a special award for finding these great items, that we never usually see on MCN......I hope an MCN badge from the boss is on it's way to you??? Best to you....Desert Rat/ Ian
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    Hi everyone! My name is Jeffrey Shaw. I am a lifelong MIlitaria collector. My father was a Miltaria collector. He passed away in 2009 and I inherited his collection. His collection was mainly the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. My collection ranges from the Revolutionary age through to Modern current day Military. I have around 150 knives and bayonets. United States uniforms from WWI to current. Many period uniform Patches, insignia and personal items. I have been going to a event in Reading , Pennsylvania for 23 years called the WWII weekend. It is a massive event with around 2000 worldwide re-enactors , armor, vehicles, Aircraft and most importantly WWII veterans . My family has met so many veterans and heros which brings me to my collection of photos with their signatures. I am passionate about history . I am honored to be a member of this group
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    Xouldnt find the original thread, so here will do! I got these sent to me by my good friend Mannie Gentile, of Boonboro, Maryland, USA. These were brought back by Clarence Maynard 'Chappie' Chapman, of the 75th Infantry Division, from Sparta, Michigan.Mr. Chapman first went into action on Christmas Eve 1944 in the Ardennes forest.we can only speculate on the events he experienced, and what he went through, and here I am with some of the fruits of his endeavours, which will be eagerly and respectfully looked after. thanks to Mannie, Mr. And Mrs Chapman.
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    Superb Norrie, you have some great items here...Lucky Man! Hope we can see more later and a BIG Well Done! Best to you & great images. Desert Rat/ Ian
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    It should be about 1000/12 times the 12V resistor. So if you measure the 12V resistor you should get an idea. You should also be able to measure some of the individual sectors of the resistor to check if the written numbers are indeed the resistance. regards, Funksammler
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    I may let you know my "fishing hole" after the next auction is over. And getting them out of England now, although the seller is German by birth.
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    Happens even to the best of us! Once i connected a loudspeaker by the mistake to the mains...220v. Naturally i wanted soldering iron to be heated up, but both had similar connectors
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    I usually go to the following sites: https://www.kpemig.de/ https://www.tarnmilitaria.com/ Do any of you know other good sites that sell communication equipment?
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    Brilliant pistol and superb images Tom. Thanks for showing us on MCN. Best to you.....Desert Rat
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    In any other area people are going mad for late war production, all except helmets. A good thing maybe!
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    Desert Rat


    Very Nice Mike, You have a superb collection of medals etc and super detailed images.....! Many thanks for showing them to us on MCN. Best to you....Desert Rat/ Ian
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    For many of us on here we love the super - Caption Competition - So, Please may you add one soon for April? We have had some brilliant funny, stupid but laughable remarks and jokes....over the time and we are pleased when this is on! Field Marshall.....Please!
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    Mike H


    Banner of Labor
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    Guys, This can go too! Trade for TR paperwork. Rich
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    I assume this query was inspired by Werner's quest for information on the Austrian SE499 in which I am already involved. I am trying to find the detailed information for a reconstruction of the "Austrian" antenna type as I currently have the incorrect "export" type. There were a number of variations of the SE499 and it's battery box and at least three different antenna types used making it difficult to pin down exactly which subtype was used by the Austrian army. It is ongoing research with the usual snippets of information forming pieces of a puzzle, so any information is welcome. The above picture (which I had forgotten about) gives some tantalising clues already, so thanks for posting that. The search is still on for more period pictures of the SE499 in Austrian/German use to confirm a number of details. regards, Funksammler
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    Hello val LA6NCA has one set there are pictures of antenna, she is different from your picture, it’s an umbrella , never see one like you post.
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    Super looking helmet Tony, Thanks for showing us and Best to You. Ian
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    Been a couple years now but I found these 2 at a coin shop, store owner said they came in a box of coins he got at an estate sale, he told me to make him an offer and I did and he excepted. New York State Veterans Medal and Frances Croix de Guerre, 1914-1918.
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    Even though the manual mentions "Drahtgabelstange", the standard 3 piece linesman poles are too thin while the two piece linesman pole is too large. The "Bausstangen", even though they are pointy, fit snugly and securely into the antenna support. My pictures shows one of the "Baustangen" with its point inserted into the base. Even though my instruction plate was in very poor condition and was poorly overpainted , the original text clearly mentioned "Baustange". (I am not sure why they used "Stange" instead of the plural "Stangen", must be old German...). There is a hole in the side of the antenna base for a spring fastener, but it does not fit any of the poles I have. I suspect there must have been a slightly different versions of the antenna guide suitable for the 3-piece linesman pole, the manual mentions one with a bayonet-lock for the 3-piece linesman poles which is clearly different from the one I have. Perhaps the 3-piece "Drahtgabelstangen" were no longer issued later in the war or, since the "Baustangen" exist in different lengths (the longer end pieces and the shorter middle pieces), the "Baustangen" offered a more flexible system to achieve different heights required... regards, Funksammler
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    Yes fantastic , well illustrated and described . I just wonder about this the antenna well is protected outside the bunker by a plate , otherwise sand or rain will enter the well . Is it possible to remove it with the telephones poles? When you push the antenna from’ inside , i guess there is a stop device otherwise the antenna will jump out of the well.
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    A big welcome from me too, about time people started showing themselves! Be fantastic to see what you’ve got!
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    Guys, apologies, been away with family for the weekend. We need to get back up to speed and sort out what we are charging dealers to advertise, I'm redoing the sales area, however I'm thinking it's free to sell up to x items per month, over that a charge of ÂŁxx per year, dealers are ÂŁXX per year and they get banner adverts... I'll work out a total costing to run the forum and then we can have transparency about costs. We have donated to Combat Stress before, but we need transparency over all costings. I'm thinking the moderator/admin team have full transparency over finances? Thoughts?
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    Facebook is going down the pan for selling. Looking for a new outlet to sell on, so would have no issues with contributing to running of site
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    This one comes from Central Italy and the items coming from that part of Italy are the ones I love most because it's where my late father and his brothers joined the Allied Forces after the 8th September 1943 Armistice. It comes from a very old collection that's been dispersed a few years ago by the family of a gentlemen who started collecting as a kid immediately after the War. One of his closest friends has told me that it most likely comes from the Bologna area, where they picked up a lot of things,German,Italian and Allied. In my opinion it's a beautiful Mid-War M43 with rarely encountered,zig-zag sewn, separated insigna and separate cockade like on M36/42 sidecaps.The latter has been sewn over the former as was often the case with caps with separate eagle and cockade. The lining is made of tan rayon but no markings are visible anymore.Please note the "shadow" left by the buttons on the buttonholes.The exposed thread has turned light tan while the part under the button retains the original gray colour! It's another "salty dog" which has brilliantly stood the test of time and that it's in as-founs/as left/taken/picked up/stolen conditions,including the moth "remains"!I NEVER wash items but I put them in a vacuum bag,after a few minutes without oxygen even the most stubborn moth will kiss its miserable life good bye! I hope you enjoy Cheers Manu
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    Hi @Davejb, You are thinking of the "Afrika" campaign cuff title, as the Afrikakorps title was always meant to be worn on the right sleeve. D
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    Thanks @Bil4338, It's not finished yet mate, but when it is I hope @Lenny will pin it D
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    Very nice Manu, would you say that the zig zag stitches are hand sewn or machined, I tend to think that an experienced sower has done this by hand as not all the stitches are uniform. And I agree, NEVER wash caps or in a lot of cases softly brush either. But I do think that a hand held mini hoover, the kind used for keyboards etc, can remove a lot of dust,grit and general debris from a caps surface and interior, without fear of harming the cloth as its just strong enough to remove dirt and dust nothing else. An old collector once told me that dirt,dust and grit can have a serious effect on cloth if allowed to build up over time as it works its way into the fibres and weakens them.
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