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  1. 5 points
    GOT MITTENS BUCKLE GROUP TAKEN DOWN BY FACEBOOK. No warning, nothing, just deleted. Thousands of members, thousands of pictures, all gone... MeWe is crap, not going through this again, I'm takling all my pics/discussion etc. back to web forums. My server, my rules... If you want to talk militaria, see you here on the MCN web forum...
  2. 5 points
    Guys, As stated above. Rich
  3. 5 points
    First and Foremost, I am an enthusiastic collector and WWII obsessed (History in general)! As a U.S. Navy Veteran I enjoy collecting WWII Era Kriegsmarine Badges and more. I am also the owner of Operation Overlord Militaria - I don't consider myself a "Dealer" as I keep Inventory at a minimum and focus my efforts on adding to other's collections and not adding to my Wallet. I am known mostly on the Facebook side of things but decided to go old school website after pages and groups started being shut down. My reputation and the preservation of these Historical Relics is the utmost important thing to me. I love being a Curator of our History and have a sense of responsibility to do it! When it comes to selling I never swap passion for profit! My goal is to bring the feeling of joy to.others like I get when a new item arrives. “THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.” - George Santayana
  4. 4 points
    I seldom if ever buy helmets,but I quite liked this one when I saw it offered.A “rautarn” M35 in great nick and 58-size.Decals can be “guessed” under the thick layer of paint mixed with dirt.
  5. 4 points
    Hello! This account hails from the Swift Current Museum in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. We don't have a huge military collection but we're happy to be a part of this community.
  6. 4 points
    My newest addition to the family. A M1917 from the 101st Combat Engineer Battalion of the 26th Yankee Division. I don't have any books on the maker stamp on the helmet so if anyone knows how to look it up that would be great.
  7. 4 points
    Here are two that I have to hand the the left one is more repair than sack and has been used post war by a mill. The other 3 picture are again of a repaired sack but they have unfotunately used the eagle part of another sack, it has also been used post war by the looks of the half hearted denazification. Rich
  8. 4 points
    I have just acquired the earlier 1940 dated Gustav Brehmer to go with my display. It will take the place of its younger brother, 1941 Gustav Brehmer. Thank you so much to @DAK D for once again helping make my DAK/tropical collection, shine! The GB 40 is a vet bring back from El Alamein !
  9. 4 points
    Langensalza Medal awarded by the former Kingdom of Hannover, to her sons who fought the Prussians to a standstill during the Bruderkrieg of 1866. Although a temporary victory was obtained, Hannover was forced to surrender several days later, with its kingdom and army being absorbed by the Prussian victors. Interestingly, Kaiser Wilhelm I, allowed the former regiments of Hannover to wear all honors and awards to be worn, including the medals of the 1866 war.An interesting feature of the Langensalza medal is that the recipients name appears on the edge. No doubt due to Hannover's long association with the forces of Great Britain, notably the King's German Legion, who served with distinction during the Napoleonic wars. The medals of England nearly always have the recipients name appearing on the edge.One other interesting fact regarding the Langensalza battle was the appearance for the first time of the Red Cross emblem being worn by medical personnel
  10. 4 points
    Hello Val, I, hope you are well, yes I bought some great and rare French Resistance items - I had a good time in France and bought many French Resistance - flags/ brassards (arm bands) a Very Rare - BBC message Personels- book 1943 / diary of the code messages that the SOE wireless ops (while in "The Field" in France) sent to the UK via the French Resistance - some messages now translated by my teacher mate are crazy, but they were waiting for their own "Special Message" from SOE in relation to parachute drops of arms, ammo, explosives and tobacco, which most if not all Maquis were desperate for....a good English cigarette, and more importantly waiting for the call when the - Invasion would come? I will not add the French message but the translation sent but in English - The little boats have no legs/ The pencil is blue/ Jules likes Italian cigars/ The beer is good/ The woman with the beard is shaved/ To take the taxi you need money/ Archibald is eating the spinach/Fabienne has arrived well/ Jean will have twins/ The white peas are cooked/ Bebert is eating the bannanas/ The Devil plays the Lottery/ ....33 pages of these message sent to England and returned with parachute drops and information - that I don't even understand? But to actually find a diary/ book like this is virtually impossible - it has many different people writing and receiving these messages, but if caught with this book, the Sicherdienstheit ? Gestapo would have this man tortured to extreme to find his Maquis names, members, names and addresses, and more so the SOE wireless operator. if he gave nothing away during this torture - he and probably his family would all be shot. I am still looking for an MCR1 - Biscuit Radio - favoured by the Maquis. I have a friend who has x2 B2 suitcase radio's that he wanted to sell me x1 but he has put them in Museums now...so another lost chance( But I at lease have the BBC- Message Personals" diary dated 1943...which is a treasure to find! Best Wishes Val....Ian
  11. 4 points
    Hi All. I'm very pleased to have finally received my winding handles to complete both these sets. (Replica from a relic) The pack misses only the aufspuler. I posted to FB groups too, so apologies if I am subjecting you to this twice! (BTW, I have a few spare winding handles, having had to make an economic number. US$110 Paypal F&F & I will pay post). Anyway, enjoy the pics!!
  12. 4 points
    Guys, I supoose this is the place for these, out of an old house today, a contact of my wifes, she is doing some painting work for her. Rich
  13. 3 points
    Had I know what these were when I was a boy, I would have got my dad to bye some of these, Back in the 60s there was a market called Portebello in London, there was a trader that had about 20-30 of them on his stall and was only saying that they were cold winter boots, they wer,nt even described as being German, but they were the same as you and Richard have shown, and at that time I can now see why they were descibed as such, I dare say that no one new what they were, or who made them,if people had known then , I dont think there would have been many sales for the guy selling them, where he got them from God only knows
  14. 3 points
    Another Quist, 64 shell size., War time repaint, textured anti glare paint. JOSTO strap.
  15. 3 points
    I've seen a lot of Home Front helmets...but never seen an "S.B.S." ."S.B." is usually Stretcher Bearer..but my gut feel is that this is probably a Factory helmet (who's company initials are SBS) or possibly a post war over-paint. Hundreds, if not thousands of Companies / businesses provided their staff with helmets and they were permitted to mark them with their Service Lettering (if one of them was part of their Rescue team that would mean an "R") and the Company initials or even a logo...those who weren't part of the Industrial ARP Team had just the Company mark...like the pic here. Whilst the vast majority of "Factory" helmets are visually unimpressive (no stripes, diamonds, white etc) they can be rarer than some of the most senior ranked Wardens, Police etc helmets especially if it was a relatively small Company.....the trouble is that a lot of the company's involved are no longer in business or have become parts of larger ones and lost their war time identity. There is a possibility that "SBS" were the initials for a Service (unofficial) or role that I've not come across....and I can guarantee you that "experts" will tell you with confidence that it's "Special Boat Squadron", or "Scottish Bomb Section", or "Senior Blackout Supervisor", or "Special Bomb Squad", or "Southbourne Bus Supervisor" etc etc Your best bet is to hope that it originated locally (re the shop) and have a dig around for local companies with those initials. So, to conclude (assuming anyone's still reading this!)..it's either a Factory helmet (in great nick by the way), an unknown role (which "experts" will tell you about) or a post-war prank for a retirement party or similar. My money's on the Factory lid.
  16. 3 points
    By description i'd guess it was Desert Rat?
  17. 3 points
    Model. Warning, file is BIG, 16MB. Click on it!
  18. 3 points
    Salty 2 place with 1870/71 campaign medal and Centanary Medal.
  19. 3 points
    Emil Juttner, Ludenscheid... One of the more elusive and hard if I may say rare to turn up, I have never seen one with a tab attached..
  20. 3 points
    Guys, Just rediscovered this one, it is my favourite Brit item. I bet a few words of surprise were expressed when this happened! Rich
  21. 3 points
    Some may already recognize my collection from certain FB groups, but I’m new to this community. I’ve just started collecting 3 years ago but I have to say, it’s an addiction that I will probably have till I die Beside the WAF forum I’ve been mainly active on FB until now, but with the recent developments on FB and MeWe not at it's full capacity, I'm now widening my horizon, and I have to say, what I saw until now on this forum I do like. Definitely some big advantages here when you compare it with the outdated WAF. One of the biggest advantages is how easy it's here to upload pictures. The hassle of uploading pictures on the WAF is one of the reasons why I stopped updating my collecting there. But enough about that, let’s focus on this forum. With a lot of joy I’ve been reading ‘funksammler’ topics about communication equipment. I have no technical knowledge about this stuff but it does intrigue me, as I have a little communication corner myself, even though most of it is just for display purposes and doesn’t work except for the Torn. What got me into collecting WW2 German Militaria? Well, the fact that I have an original WW2 bomb shelter under my house. It was built during the war to house German staff members, as was the rest of the neighbourhood. It’s located near the German border close to the city of Aachen. Three years ago I started restoring it to WW2 specs and this is the result at the moment. Enjoy......... Cheers Tony
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    Hi, i’m new to the forum. I just closed down my FB account as there we’re just 4 groups still remaining in my list of groups. I try to stay connected in this scene and i’m not a big fan of MeWe. Cheers, Ben
  23. 3 points
    Thats a good idea, I certainly dont know enough about the vehicle side of things, apart from what they are, but it will be better to have a separate topic area so it does.nt get confusing on mine and Bils German helmets and uniforms pages
  24. 3 points
    When I started to scrape at the post war green color, i found original wehrmacht yellow paint undernieth. For a moment, I had a hope that I could be able to uncover the original paint all over, but this could not be done.
  25. 3 points
    But still lots of work to be done. I bought wehrmacht tires from the Czech republic. I got the wheelrims cleaned in acid. The frame has been cleaned and repainted, the brakes and brakelines have been taken apart and overhauled.
  26. 3 points
    These are quite hard to find with the original paint and decals these days. D
  27. 3 points
    Prefer the forum. Facebook gives a lot of grief if things they dont like are posted.
  28. 3 points
    Here's a nice Reichswehr belt and buckle from my collection. The buckle has very little wear and still has much of the original green paint present. The Tab on the buckle is marked with Schmöle & Comp. Menden 1928 The belt is also a early one, dated to 1935.
  29. 3 points
    Fro Sale; HBT Tunic & Pants. LMK for more pics. US$1850 by Paypal friends & family. Free shipping. Been in my collection 20 years +.
  30. 3 points
    Beautiful rig consisting of Koppeltragegestell and complete Gefecthspack all made in the Łódź Jewish Ghetto (WirtschaftAmt Litzmannstadt). I’m very fond of the items made there because my late aunt was born in Łódź and was lucky enough to be transferred to Augsburg thank to a man (can’t tell if he was German or whatever because she wouldn’t say and now it’s too late for asking) who took care of a group of polish women.There she worked as an interpreter until the arrival of the Allies. Maybe it’s me getting old but every time I touch these items I feel very sad inside because they tell an even sadder story. The “starving man” big M1910 kochgeschirr is a matching Ritter found in Italy near the Austrian border and its painted green and stamped HRE41.The strap came with the A-Frame The Y-Straps are made of german and recycled British webbing whereas the A-Frame and Ditty Bag are mainly made of German webbing
  31. 3 points
    I decided, for the first time, to perform an armorer’s level disassembly of my 1944 Spreewerk (cyq) P38 for a little “deep cleaning.” I was pleasantly surprised (And more than just a little relieved) to learn this was a fairly simple process, requiring little more than a screwdriver and punch for tools. After I cleaned it, I re-assembled it and performed a function check. Everything went smoothly!
  32. 3 points
    Nice text book and complete, unmessed with Japanese type 90. Came out of China and most likely from the 2nd sino war. Thanks to my friend Paul Fisher. This is the best one I have ever owned, and has been on my want list for many years. Proud and very happy to have this one on my shelf! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sino-Japanese_War
  33. 3 points
    for sale/ available a couple of german Daggers any questions feel free to ask shipment from the Netherlands
  34. 3 points
    My original Carl Halfer Tropical M40. !943 date. has the trademark halfer stitching on insignia. This cap style was a 40 plus year dream to own for me. Thanks to Barry Searson. I was able to acquire this one a year and a half ago. The color goes well with my georg Muller 1st pattern Trop. tunic.
  35. 3 points
    Really hope more members see the wood for the trees and desert fb
  36. 3 points
    Good to have you here... just wish we could get more of the FB guys back here...
  37. 3 points
    Guys, This stuff was quite literaly just lying there. It appears to be a tip area and was used post war I would guess but interesting non the less? I like the NAAFI plate, still intact. Rich
  38. 3 points
    Yes, but their platform, their rules. If I'm honest some of the muppets have nobody to blame but themselves. We see far more cockwombles on Fb than we ever saw on forums...
  39. 3 points
    Hello from Oslo. I mainly collect german helmets and fieldgear. /Kyrre Pedersen
  40. 3 points
    Hey, Guys! I’m new to this site and excited to be here. In my mid-fifties, now, I’ve been studying and collecting WWII military history since I was a kid. Though most of my original collection has been “lost” over the years, I’ve made a modest effort at rebuilding my collection. I’ve added some photos of part of that collection; My Spreewerk P38 (#3666p), manufactured in May of 1944.
  41. 3 points
    Here are the liners.
  42. 3 points
    hello some pictures , FG on your picture the hook for fastening the battery box is missing . pierre
  43. 3 points
    About this subject initiated on WAF by ARYEH I found an answer , the germans were award that they can emit a signal giving a warning to the clandestine station , so if it happens it means they were not perfectly trained or carefull as it was knowed by their instructors. i join a picture of page 76 of funkpeilung der kurzen wellen von orpo band 1 the radiated signal is only received around 100 m or more so very narrow to their goal the clandestine station pierre
  44. 3 points
    For the sake of completeness! FFE!
  45. 3 points
    Guys, As stated above! When I was much younger I used car polish to make it more shiney, what a twat! Rich
  46. 3 points
    Guys, From a pal today. Rich
  47. 3 points
    Hello to you all! I'm here at last thank you Desert Rat and the admin team. I have been in the wings for about three months...just making my point..I'm here and not gone else where. Why ? Well because I have been around collecting since the 80s .I have run a society and know how hard it is..to maintain momentum...All pre internet days...As to the question why did I not go to another place..eady really.. I like you lot..!!! You have interesting bits and Bob's as well as some stunning items. Ian thank you for your intercesdence .lol All the above points are all relevant..use it or loose it sums it up totally....I will be pinging some pics and info about odd bits.. very soon to add my penny worth....I would add as said above ...no one on here will judge a fellow member ...the spoon article says a million things ...its not posh orarm candy but it's a story...so any thing no matter what will be of interest to fellow members not just the glory items...my comment is aimed at new comers and newbies be proud if your recent purchase don't be shy just because you feel it's not sexy lol..it is your pride and joy ....show us and a final note ..everyone has questions ...and I already see from reading on here there are experts who will be and are happy to help with an option or help and advice ...Some come out from where ever you are...Highlander.
  48. 3 points
    Will make some pictures, I think one of the reichswehr is unit marked on the leather too, IR77 which is local here (Celle). I have more in the box (see picture) I will sort it and post them up. Rich
  49. 3 points
    Also this Austrian Balkans Campaign Medal.
  50. 3 points
    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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