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    As mentioned, the soldier rests at the very large German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn but unfortunately he is one of the many soldiers in that cemetery who rest under a cross bearing the inscription 'Ein Deutscher Soldat'. One day I will get round to trying to translate the Feldpost as it must be a social treasure trove of what life was like for someone serving on a quiet front. Thanks go to Steve Mac on the British forum WW2talk for the effort and detail about the British actions. The photos of the cemetery were taken by myself when I visited last year.
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    Hello Antonio, Here, you have got the photo. Regards,
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    Here's one I did of a pre ww2 photo of Krupp factories.
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    Well I finally got back to this thread. Here are a couple of my SVTs and other ruskie stuff (this is a very old photo). I currently have 4 or 5 SVTs. Almost have one for every year of mfg. Sarge
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    Hello Gents, I will share my latest helmet in my collection. Left behind after the libiration of Kruishoutem ( Belgium, East-Flanders ) and now find on a ceiling after al these years in a Original chape!! The helmet is a Canadian G.S.W. 1941 and the liner a V.M.C. 1943, the flash is from the Britich 3de Division. For me, a sleeping beauty,and one of my best in collection so far. I will post more picks. Greetings, Rudi
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    Gaunt Made, probably the plated version, though with no S or P or hallmark to be certain. I assume post war they used the makers mark as they no longer needed to hide the maker and did not bother with the letter for plated or Silver plated. Interesting to see 3 different markings on this badge, hallmarked JRG & S, no maker with a P, and full maker marked with no letter or date. A lovely badge
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    Hi all I am new to forum This is a soldbuch to Gefreiter Franz Wallnberger who was member of Panzer Pionier Ersatz Bataillon 33 kompanie 4 which was part of the 15th Panzer Division and entered Africa on 15th January 1942 .He was part of Pionier-Bataillon (motorisiert) 900 which was Army troops under the DAK. He was entitled to Africa pay form 15.1.1942 until 6.9.1942. After a short period in hospital (dysentery) and convalescing he was transferred to Kompanie Ersatz Bataillon 208. He was promoted to Gefreiter on 1st July 1943. On the 19th October 1943 he was exempt from wearing a steel helmet because of injuries from grenade fragments. On the 18 April 1944 he was provided with the ‘Afrika’ armband. He was given the medical code 31 b –injury with hand grenade or mortar from 24 August 1944 to 16 September 1944 and he was in the Reserve hospital Pudewitz Posen East Prussia on 1st September 1944 and the Reserve Hospital Bad Harzburg 12th September 1944. On the 22 September 1944 he received the wound badge in silver (probably first wound in October 1943 and second wound August 1944). Last unit found is Panzer Pioneer Kompanie 2107 (Pz.Pio.Kp.2107) which was from 9th October 1944 which was part of 107th Panzer Brigade which was formed on 28th July 1944 with its first Commander being Major Freiherr von Maltzahn. My question is this if you see the last wound entry on 16 September 1944 for grenade splinters- does it mean that he missed the action against allied forces in the famous/infamous Operation Market Garden near Venlo with a bridgehead over the Son canal
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    A recent acquisition is this Wehrpass which came with some extras - 4Kg's of Feldpost! Judging by the amount of Feldpost he must of had a lot of spare time as the letters date from 1940 right up to the week before he was killed. They also include a letter after he was killed from his unit to his family informing them of his death, some condolence cards and even a letter dated 1958 from the priest in The Netherlands informing the family about his resting place in the German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn. For most of the war he didn't do too badly for himself in terms of service. While millions of German soldiers and airmen were serving at the front, be that in Russia, Africa or Italy he served in a Luftwaffe Landeschutzen unit in the Netherlands, primarily serving at the major airbase at Eindhoven. However, any hopes of having a totally quiet war came to a very sudden end when the Allies launched Operation Market Garden in September 1944 to capture the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and, of course, at Arnhem.
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    Hello Mark, Thanks for your words. Yes, it is a nice medal with a very interesting history and types. In my book, I show others types and photos of soldiers with this medals. To get this medal the soldier must be injured while he was doing an action in combat. If he was not doing a''relevant`` action in combat and failed injured, I have receibed only this badge. In this photo the soldier has got this medals and two badge. Maybe because one time was injured in action and the other was injured in combat but without special action. Regards,
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    To accompany the Dinky Spitfire, for the 1969 "Battle of Britain" movie, here is the German "Stuka". This is also in pristine condition. How much fun I had as a child playing with the "Spitty & Stuka"
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    Always wanted one, since I was 13 in ....1973....
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    Hi all Here is a soldbuch to Stabsgefreiter Gerhard Schulze. His units were Sturm Pio. Btl. 43; G.R. 29 and he receivd the award of Sturmabzeichen (10/40). The soldbuch does not have too many entries but any help with the hospital entries would be greatly appreciated. I am wondering where he had been between 1941 and 1944 . I am also struggling to read the entries on pages 14 and 19 . Thanks for the help Some info that I found : The 18th Volksgrenadier Division was set up in Denmark on September 2, 1944, by the renaming of the 571st Volks-Grenadier Division, which was placed there, as a substitute for the 18th Infantry Division. The 18th Volksgrenadier had been manning the West Wall fortifications in the area since October. The volksgrenadiers had had time to become familiar with the sector, but many were recent replacements. The division cadre came from the 18th Luftwaffe Field Division 2 that had been ground up in battle near Mons in late summer. Replacements came from Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine units, soldiers returned from hospital and convalescent leave, and recent drafts of civilians combed from factories and farms by tighter conscription laws. The division's six infantry battalions were reinforced by an assault gun battalion, plus mortar, and rocket artillery units. Further artillery support was available from LXVI Corps, and Fifth Panzer Army.Bereits im Oktober 1944 erfolgte die Verlegung in die Schnee-Eifel zur Vorbereitung auf die Ardennen-Offensive. Already in October 1944 the transfer to the Schnee-Eifel took place in preparation for the Ardennes offensive. Bei Beginn der Ardennen-Offensive am 16. Dezember 1944 lag die Division am rechten Flügel der 5. Panzerarmee nordwestlich von Prüm. At the beginning of the Ardennes offensive on December 16, 1944, the Division was on the right wing of the 5th Panzer Army, northwest of Prüm. Von hier aus durchbrach die Division die amerikanischen Stellungen nördlich von St. Vith. From here the division crossed the American positions north of St. Vith. Anschließend drehte sie auf Malmédy ein. Then she turned to Malmédy. Nach Abbruch der Ardennen-Offensive löste sie die 1. SS-Panzer-Division ab. After the break-up of the Ardennes offensive, she defeated the 1st SS Panzer Division. Die anschließenden Rückzugegefechte führten aus dem Gebiet südlich von Malmédy über Stavelot bis zum Westwall nördlich der Schnee-Eifel beiderseits Kronenburg. The subsequent return flights led from the area south of Malmédy via Stavelot to the west wall north of the Schnee Eifel on the other side Kronenburg. Mitte Februar 1945 wurde der Divisionsstab aus dem Divisions-Verband herausgelöst uind Kommandant der Stadt Bonn. In mid-February 1945, the divisional staff was removed from the Divisions' Association and the commander of the city of Bonn. Die Rest-Teile der Division kamen zur 26. Volksgrenadier-Division. The remaining parts of the division came to the 26th Volksgrenadier-Division
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    Hello All, Joined today so my first topic, Shown is a 1940 made SVT40,its forced matched,but shoots nicely with good results. Regards Willem
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    Onto Bastogne. Where we visited the 101st AB museum. Bastogne barracks [which had been the 101st HQ during the battle]. McAuliffe Square. The Bastogne war museum. The Mardasson memorial and the foxholes at Bois Jacques. I took loads of pics of tanks and other military vehicles at the Bastogne Barracks which I may put in another post.
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    One year on..... Today we commemorate Battle of Britain Day remembering the brave RAF servicemen and women for all that they did 77 years ago on the ground and in the air. Just a few changes......
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    Great weaponry collection, Timothy! Thanks for sharing with us.
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    Thanks @Jerry B for continuously updating this thread. Hope soon more will be added. Thanks for sharing!
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    British made helmet, Harrison Bros. & Howson, but the colour of the paint looks like post war Dutch civil defence.
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    British MKII in form, possibly reused post war by the dutch looking at the chinstrap and the paint colour. Sharper pics of the markings and the outside would help if you can manage them. The mounting hole in the top appears to possibly be recessed which would make it post war Belgian.
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    ...a nice "ghost" WARDEN marking underneath what is possibly an Industrial ARP white-on-black marking. Not overly special but I do like re-issues....
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    SS-Sturmbannführer Jean de Mayol de Lupe with a strange neck order..
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    Hello friends, My research has brought me some nice finds. 14 names identified, 4 signatures confimed using UK and US archives material, and some "faces" dug up from the past ... Regards Peter
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    He was swept up and joined a Luftwaffe Battlegroup named after it's commanding officer Hemsoth. It has proven difficult to find any information out about this ad-hoc unit but it looks like it was formed from paratroopers from 3.Fallschirm-Division and any spare troops that could be found, as a lot of units were during the German response to Market Garden.. They were sent in to the fighting around Nijmegen so fought against the ground element of Market Garden which was the push by XXX Corps to link up the bridges. In late September the British ground forces had captured Bemmel which was located on the so-called 'Island' - the strip of land between Nijmegen and Arnhem. Just to the east of Bemmel is the small village of Haalderen and at the time it had a number of factory chimneys that the Germans were using for observation. On the 26th September 1944 the British 6th Battalion The Green Howards (6th Green Howards), with support from two platoons of The Cheshire Regiment and the MG Battalion from 50th Northumberland Division, were ordered to attack and occupy Haalderen. However due to the type of country in that area and the heavy defence put up by the German forces they failed to capture the village. It was during this fighting on the 26th September that this Luftwaffe soldier was killed in action by shrapnel. Haalderen proved to be a thorn in the Allies side as attacks to capture it were abandoned on the 28th September so the Allies could form up to face an expected German counter-attack. In fact Haalderen wasn't captured until 6th October.
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    Guys, Found this cheeky little group today, there are a lot more pictures A5 size, This is a cross section of them. I thought Hitlers pipe dream model of Germania is quite interesting. These look to have been sent to Bulgaria for their local press consumption? Best Rich
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    It could be Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938. It is definitely not the Bavarian Jubilee Medal.
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    char. Vizeadmiral/ SS-Gruppenführer/ General der Flakartillerie Ludwig von Schröder Some of the last row will include Prussian Crown Order 4th Class on Lifesaving ribbon Prussian Lifesaving Medal Turkish War Medal
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    The only British helmet in my collection , I bought it because it was found in Brussels in 2014 by another collector together with a German infantry NCO visor which I also bought.
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    Hello , I am a new member here and like to share my website that I started earlier this year. The website is about collecting German WW2 helmets and has many pages of authentic helmets , tips and tricks. German Helmet Vault
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    Hello all, managed to add a new tinnie to my slowly growing Flemish nationalist collection;
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    Generalstabsarzt Dr. med. Walther Asal with the Colonial Order of the Star of Italy.
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    magnificas esas "sufrimientos"
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    Guys, I forgot I had this, it neer put my back out! Rich
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    Keep them coming, thanks for sharing!
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    Great photo Morten. A nice summer day to watch a concert, those who could walk there did so, those who could not were carried there in their beds. Here is a photo taken at Reserve-Lazarett Wernigerode in March, 1945. It shows a Stabsarzt, two nurses and wounded posing in front of the converted hotel Preuss Hof. The building still exists and is still a hotel. Cheers, Larry
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    The Canadian Mk II and its components This thread is meant to be a quick referral to the Canadian Mk II helmet and its components and only covers the basic facts. The information hear in was gathered from multiple on line sources,reference books and my personal observations. Permission and licensing was not granted from Great Britain to produce the Mk II in Canada till late in 1939 or early 1940 and the official Procurement of Canadian versions of the British Mk II helmet was initiated on January 25,1940, Some 1,131,600 shells were produced between 1940 and 1943 with the first contracts being awarded on May 25 1940 there were only three manufacturers that produced the Mk II shell in Canada during this time frame. Manufacturers: The Canadian Motorlamp Company of Windsor Ontario : There helmet bodies were marked ( C.L./C. ) followed by the manufacturers date and a numerical batch code number . All helmet shells manufactured by C.L./C. were designated helmet body Mk II but are not stamped as such on the shell as found with Mk II's produced by G.S.W or A.G./C which are clearly marked with the Mk I prefix . General Steel Wares of Toronto ( G.S.W. ) followed by a letter or sequence of letters to indicate the steel batch code and the date as the official Canadian designation for the helmet bodies was Body Mk I to helmet steel Mk II G.S.W stamped Mk I on its helmets shells. Aluminum Goods Company of Toronto ( A.G./C.) followed by a letter and number sequence to indicate the steel batch code and the date and these helmet shells as well are designated body Mk I and will be stamped as such on the shell the vast majority of the helmets manufactured by A.G./C. were produced under contract for the R.C.A.F It is not uncommon to find Canadian Civil Defense Mk II helmets ie... A.R.P,Warden,Fire,Police,manufactured from combat grade materials( non-magnetic Hadfield manganese steel ) as contracts were not awarded for a mild steel variation for civil defense use until mid 1942. G.S.W. manufactured shells for the Department of Pensions and Health for use by the Air-Raids Precautions Service (ARP). These have their lugs,welded and not riveted to the rim. Consequently all helmet shells produced by this maker from mid 1942 and on will only be manufactured from mild steel ( magnetic) .A.R.P. helmets have no date or batch number and are marked G.S.W. DP&H A Canadian Mk II shell exists of particular interest these shells are to be found with no manufacture mark date and or a steel batch code stamped to the interior of the shell all these are constructed of non magnetic Hadfield manganese steel which denotes them as combat grade shells they are a bit of a mystery from the way the rim ends are joined on the shell in comparison to the C.L./C and or the AG/C shells and from the later war olive khaki paint there construction can date no earlier than mid 1942 IMO these shells were produced by General Steel Wares (G.S.W.) I currently have two such helmets in my collection one marked to the A.R.P. and another that bares no markings on the interior and or the exterior of the shell these are suspected of being rejected shells as well. One last interesting anonymity worth mentioning I have a 1940 dated C.L./C. Mk II steel batch code 7 in my collection that has a very small C-/l\ stamped in the steel on the exterior of the shell right next to the helmet lug retaining rivet to date I have only seen three other early C.L./C. helmet that bare this stamp and IMO this was only done for a very short period of time and possibly only on the original first contract order of the first 25.000 shells. All the examples I have seen that bare the small C-/l\ mark on the exterior of the shell are dated from 1940 and have very low steel batch numbers the Canadian Motorlamp Company used consecutive numbers through out there entire production run from 1940-1943 and as there is no documented information available on how the steel batch codes coralate to manufacturers dates and or production runs one can only speculate as to when exactly in 1940 these helmets were produced . The C-/l\ mark will be found stamped or printed on Canadian field gear and equipment and as such there exists many examples of Canadian Mk II helmets that bare this mark in the form of an ink stamp on the interior of the shell for the most part found near the dome The stamp is not evident on every shell mind you and I speculate that possibly only so many shells were inspected from each steel lot and thus stamped. Chinstrap Lugs: The Canadian Mk II adopted the British 1939 style of the square chinstrap lug with clipped corners and manufactured them with out change through out it 1940-1943 production run All Canadian produced Mk II shells have been base sprayed in khaki green. The shells that were produced from 1940 to early 1942 tend to be painted in a browner shade of khaki compared to shells from mid 1942-1943 which are base sprayed a more light olive drab to illustrate the color difference between the earlier and later war base coat of khaki that was used I have included three images of Mk II helmets from m collection. 1# 1942 dated C.L./C. in the later war light olive drab 2# 1940 dated C.L./C. in the earlier shade of khaki brown 3# 1941 dated G.S.W. in the earlier shade of khaki brown There of course was also a wide variety of field painted camo schemes ranging from sand textured,desert tan painted (Italian campaign ) and two and three tone painted camos I have included a few helmets from my collection to help illustrate the wide varieties that are out there. British helmet shell with Canadian liner with Swirl type of camo as found on helmets used in the theater of operations in the Mediterranean ,Italy and or S,W Europe this helmet came to me as part of a grouping to a Canadian vet who served with the RCA,5th-LAA in Italy Three tone green and brown camo brush painted on a 1941 dated C.L./C. Heavy sand textured camo on a 1941 dated C.L./C. Grass green colored field over painted camo 1941 dated C.L./C A very controversial odd black and white camo painted Canadian Mk II the M,M and date are covered by heavy textured paint but from the chinstrap retaining rivets and the but joint and spot welds on the rim IMO it was produced by G.S.W. And a 1942 dated C.L./C. brush painted in desert tan (Italian campaign). There are many period images from 1940-1945 shown of Canadian soldiers wearing camouflage nets on there helmets for the most part there were three types of camouflage nets produced in Canada the earliest nets were manufactured in either olive green or khaki and are quite rare but by late in 1942 a new two tone brown and green net was approved for use by the troops all the above nets mentioned were manufactured in one of two ways and variations can be seen in a tight woven mesh and or a more economic knotted design which was meant to speed up the manufacturing process and meet the demand of the troops heading to the theater of operations. 1# Early first variation woven lime green Camouflage net. 2# Early first variation woven brown and green two tone net. 3# late war second variation knotted string style brown and green two tone net Canadians used various types of scrim attached to there camouflage nets ie..sand bags,tan or multi colored burlap hessian, green and brown oil cloth ( America cloth ) cotton and or wool cut from strips of uniform shirts, storage bags for mess tins to strips of white sheets for the use as winter camouflage to mention a few posted below are a few examples of scrim from my collection. And or camouflage covers in various forms such as this hessian covers which would have been constructed at a unit level and or by local seamstresses and or tailors. And or tropical tan/or tropical mosquitoes covers as shown below. Some of which have been none to have been period modified by having the mesh removed and will resemble the straight up tropical cover which IMO are much harder to source. Securing bolt: The liner retention nut and bolt ( securing bolt ) and dome style nut were manufactured from brass and were copies of the British Mk I style securing bolt all Canadian manufactured Mk II helmets were assembled with this style of bolt through out there entire 1940-1943 production run. This is not to say that all Canadian Mk II helmets have this type of fastener on occasion examples can be found with other variations mainly British as of course helmets like anything else start to break down and needed to be repaired and or have components replaced and one must use what is available at the time these type of helmets will need to be scrutinized a little more to determine weather they have been field repaired and or messed with. Crucifix Dome Pad: The crucifix style dome pad that was manufactured in Canada was also produced by the Viceroy manufacturing Company and was a direct copy of the British 1938 style and was constructed from rubber and covered in a thin piece of oil cloth there were no other variations and or design changes made through out there war time or post war production run. Chinstraps: Backstay standards of Windsor Ontario was the sole producer of all Canadian chinstraps that were manufactured for the Mk II in Canada through out the 1940-1943 production run : There was only one change instituted on the Canadian produced variation of the Mk II chin-strap. The earliest chin-straps differed from the later Canadian pattern by having a blackened brass buckle with two closed center struts, and only one piece of webbing joining the two sprung pieces. After 1940, Canadian chinstraps had two strips of webbing, one of which has a free sewn-folded over end, the other of which was sewn to the center strut of a buckle the sprung canvas ends on the sides of the chinstrap were manufactured with non magnetic springs 1# Early first variation. I think it is only fair to mention that there has been a long and on going debate concerning the first variation chinstrap shown above there are some Canadian collectors that believe these to be an early war time (1940) produced chinstrap and that they predate the standard Mk II chinstrap shown below . And there are other Canadian collectors that believe these to be an early post war chinstrap that predate the OD green chinstraps produced in 1952 or 1953 please take note that the one shown above is manufactured from the same khaki colored material as the standard Mk II chinstrap and is ink stamped with the C-/l\ mark one must take in to consideration that the C-/l\ stamp was used for some time early post war till approx 1949. I have two variations of this chinstrap with the closed center strut and the blackened buckle in my collection the one is a true khaki in color and bares the C-/l\ mark . While the other I have was manufactured from webbing and material that is slightly greener in color and IMO not a true brown Khaki and the material used in the webbing is a slightly looser weave the second example I have bares the Canadian Government acceptance stamp which is with out a doubt post 1949 applied. So now we come to the question's were there two variations of this chinstrap produced early war and post war,Were these chinstraps pulled from military stores and reissued post war and stamped as such I do find this a possibility as I have a standard war time produced Mk II chinstrap in my collection which bares the Canadian Government acceptance stamp,Or are they an early post war produced strap I am afraid I do not have the answer to these questions and the debate is on going you will have to draw your own conclusions . 2# Later variation Mk II Liners: All Canadian produced liners for the Mk II were manufactured by the Viceroy Manufacturing Company of Toronto Ontario (VMC) and were constructed with oilcloth for the head liner ,fiber for the liner bands and suspension,and a cloth inner padded ring for comfort ,with the exception of the buffers which were manufactured from rubber . The first contracts were awarded in January of 1940 all Canadian war time produced liners should bare the manufacturers logo ( VMC ) followed by the designation stamp which will either be a Mk I or Mk II, size and the date embossed in the liner band it is not uncommon to find a white C-/l\ ink stamp on the interior stamped on the liner band and in some cases the inspectors ink mark can be seen as well stamped under the C-/l\ as well. The manufacturers mark and date codes on later war produced liners can at times also be found as well on the reverse sides of the liner bands and will not be evident till the liner is removed from the helmet for further inspection. In July, 1941 a minor change was instituted in the Mk II linings produced by VMC they were fitted with steel wire clips to retain the rubber buffers in place on the lining band which would make for easier servicing and replacement a further modification was introduced in late 1942 or early 1943; when the position of the buffers and placement of the vertical bands was altered to allow a deeper more comfortable fit. The linings with the buffer retention spring were designated the Lining Mk.II those without springs were retroactively designated the Lining Mk I. 1# Early 1940 dated Mk II liner take notice of the placement of the buffers on the vertical bands. 2# 1942 dated Mk II liner there is now an absence of buffers on the vertical bands and the position of the buffers on the horizontal band has been reversed. 3# 1945 dated Mk II liner the buffers are now held in place by steel wire clips notice the placement of the buffers on the horizontal bands has again changed and the fiber cross bands are now longer to make for a more comfortable and deeper fit these changes were the last to be instituted in late 1942 or early 1943 . The inspectors Identification number is preset ( 101 ) under the C-/l\ mark . 4# Example of a 1941 dated VMC liner stamped with the Mk I prefix . This particular section deals with Canadian Post War repainted and or refitted Mk II's and there components. This particular Mk II was produced by The Canadian Lamp and Motor Company (C.L./C.) and is dated to 1942 steel lot batch code 96, It is sporting a late war VMC 1945 dated liner and a early post war manufactured chinstrap that is very much like its early Canadian cousins with the exception of a couple of distinct difference beyond the obvious change in the color of textiles used in construction( OD green material) the steel springs that were used in the sprung ends were built with sub standard materials and have a tendency to rust heavily and break and or cause the textiles in the chinstrap to start to rot do to the corrosive nature of the effects of rusting and oxidization and the chinstrap is constructed out of one piece of webbing and folds through the buckle to make adjustments to size. You may have noticed this particular helmet has been repainted in a gloss OD green this color and a semi gloss OD green were adopted in and around mid 1952 to the best of my knowledge, The Canadian army at this time was undergoing restructuring and part of this plan involved repainting much of its mobile and field equipment the same color as seen on this particular Mk II there are many post war examples out there as well that have there original war time dated liners and chinstraps and or post war manufactured liners and chinstraps or a mix of both the Mk II was used by the Canadian Army till Sept, of 1960 till it was officially replaced by the M-1. Post war Liners and Components: With the onset of the Korean War Canada again found it self in need of replacement components for the Mk II so another production run was ordered for liners, crucifix dome pads and securing nuts and bolts as far as I can tell there is no difference between war time produced Crucifix pads,securing nuts and bolts and there post war produced counter parts Viceroy Manufacturing Company was again contracted to manufacture the liners and crucifix pads. These liners were for the most part manufactured to the same specs as the later war produced liners ( 1942-1943 ) and would appear to be exactly the same as the 1945 dated liner shown above with but two exceptions there is now an absence of the manufacturers mark ( VMC ) and the date code just the size stamp would now appear on the post war produced liners please take note that the C-/l\ stamp is still being used on this example instead of the Canadian Government acceptance stamp. Canadian Post War Chinstraps: There were two variations of chinstraps produced in Canada during the post war years the first style is some what similar to the early first variation chinstrap with the closed center strut and blackened buckle that was manufactured for a short time in 1940 note that these were constructed from OD green material instead of the khaki material as found on war time produced chinstraps these can be found with either the C-/l\ or the Canadian government acceptance stamp found on them these were thought to be produced in 1952 or early 1953 The second variation was as well manufactured from an OD green colored webbing and has a slider style metal buckle note the absence of the sprung ends as found on earlier manufactured chinstraps these were thought to be produced in the late 1950's or early 1960's and can be found with the Canadian Government Acceptance stamp on them as seen on this early chinstrap with the closed center strut. 1# Early first variation 2# Second later variation Canadian Regimental Flashes and Unit Designations: Regimental flashes and unit designations can be seen applied to the left side of some Canadian Mk II's these can either be found in the form of a water slide decal and or are hand painted at a unit level as is the same with Canadian medic helmets there are period images that support that these can be seen in numerous configurations You will find a good many unit flashes can be viewed in the link below . "Helmet Flashes" decals markings Helmet Mk II Thank you Gents all of the helmets and components shown in the thread above are from my personal collection with the exception of the the detailed images of the chinstraps shown in the post war component section which were graciously loaned to me by a friend and fellow collector (Piotrek ) Regards Mark
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    Parachute regiment officers silver plated collar converted to pin back fitting, maker marked Firmin.
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    I have recently managed to add a few badges to my War raised cavalry collection . A 27th Lancers NCO arm badge.
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    ...of my father, who was the origin of my interest in Military Police material. He served with 51 (Highland) Division Provost Company during WW2, seeing service in North Africa with the 8th Army, in Italy and landed on the beaches at Normandy with the first elements of 51 (Highland) Div as part of the second wave on 6 June 1944. The Medals are 1939-45 Star Africa Star with 8th Army Bar Italy Star France and Germany Star Defence Medal 1939-45 War Medal Territorial Army Efficiency Medal He final ended his military service in 1949 as a Sgt.
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    23rd Hussars Lieutenant (later Capt) J. M. Weiner Lt Weiner pictured in April, 1944.
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    Just arrived a simple luftwaffe mess room plate in excellent condition. Members thoughts on this item would be appreciated
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    So here it is. Fresh from Norway. Hope you like. :) Best Regards, JustinG
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    Hi guys! Here are some great photos taken by my friend Daniel (HWMF member 148er), during the presentation of Günter Halm in Dresden to talk about war and postwar experiences.
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    I picked this one up at Stratford Medal fair on Sunday. Not really my collecting field currently but he is a local man to me from Leicester. Private John Bassford. He was wounded on 14th July 1916 at Bazentin on the Somme serving with 6th Leicesters and transferred to 2/5 Lincolnshire's after recovering from his wound. He was taken a POW at Bullecourt on 21st March 1918. He volunteered for service on 15th August 1914 and was employed as a "Shoehand" at Leavesley and North in Leicester before and after the war.
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    Hello, I pursue the work introduced by Robert S. with the presentation of this Dienstausweis for a Hilfszollassistenten delivered in January, 1944 by the Befehlstelle de Besançon (municipality of the department of the Doubs in France). Cordial greetings. Polux
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    Quite worn but very hard to find, a heavy textured repaint over which to one side is an inverted blue triangle, Irish Guards.
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    A lazarett in a very scenic location. Cheers, Larry