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    Over the years I have owned some pretty awesome helmets if I do say so myself. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My life changed in a heartbeat. I did a lot of thinking and there were some things that I wanted to do and buy that I could not afford without selling a lot of my collection. I have no regrets. And just to insure that I didn't, I kept a small collection of nice mostly common stuff. I kept about a dozen daggers and this exceptional Q64 M35 DD Heer Big Foot, Lot number 192.
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    One type of unit that seems to get little coverage when it comes to history is those of the Landesschützen. It seems that their narratives consist of little more than "PoW Camp Guards" or "Rear Area Security" and that is that. But sometimes they are involved in historical events and it is only when the items from them become available that such things are revealed. This Wehrpass belonged to Otto Fehse who spent from early 1942 to late 1943 in Landesschützen-Btl's 746, 748 and Gren.Btl zbV 928, all three units being linked. These units came under the command of the Military Commander in France and it was while in France that Otto Fehse became caught up in an episode of British Royal Navy history, known as The Greatest Raid Of All. Operation Chariot, which is more commonly known as The Raid On St.Nazaire, saw an old British destroyer, HMS Campbeltown, loaded with a huge explosive charge and used to ram the Normandie Dock gate in St.Nazaire docks, this being the only dry dock on the Atlantic west coast of France capable of taking a ship the size of Tirpitz. The raid was a success but at a huge loss among the raiding Naval & Commando forces, with 169 men killed and 215 taken prisoner. In fact of the 622 men who set out on the raid, only 228 managed to get back to the UK. But the objective of the raid was achieved and German casualties were in the region of 360 killed, most of them occurring when the charge exploded while the ship was swarming with Germans the morning after the raid. For various actions during the raid 5 Victoria Crosses were awarded. It isn't often you see items to German troops caught up in the various raids, especially the well known ones, but there on Page 32 and dated for 28th March 1942 is the entry for the raid. It's impossible to say what Fehse's role was in the defense of St.Nazaire - maybe he fought against the Commando's, helped secure other areas of the port or rounded up PoW's but whatever his role if he was in the vicinity of St.Nazaire that next day he would of heard the almighty explosion as the 4.25 tons of explosives that HMS Campbeltown carried blew up.
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    I collect single mount EKs and I normally don't buy other single mounts. But this mount was so nice that I just couldn't resist.
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    All: Pictured is a Officer's Blue Mess Dress jacket and vest I just added to my Kriegsmarine collection, very happy with the uniform. Best regards, John
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    pre 1881 officers bullion collar badges.
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    Hi Pierce, welcome to the S&L PLM club A fantastic looking piece with the often to find small bended corners but nevertheless a great and early piece. Would be great if we finally could date the ones with the eagle wing flaw and the ones without flaw ...... to build a mini timeline. These ones looks really fantastic in hand and displaying on a wall is a great idea. I did the same and have a look at it every day Congrats on a great piece.
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    Hi Steve thanks for the extra information I am glad you were able to find the manufacturers stamp on the liner it is IMO a 100% correct as to the scrim for the most part there were two types of scrim used on commonwealth helmets in WW II one being cut strips of burlap or other wise known as Hessian cloth in some of my reference material. I have always wondered about the phrase my self and I can only speculate that some of the first strips used may have been cut from the defunct short lived Hessian covers that were used for a short time early on in the war examples of multi colored scrim brown,green,tan and or black can be found used on helmets very late war from about mid 1944 on. The other being either brown and or green strips of oilcloth or other wise known as ( American cloth ) here are a few examples of both from my collection for you to see Regards Mark
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    A Few more, colour images taken at the Victory Parade 1945 Moscow Alex K