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    Morning Gents I have just secured a new Camo painted Mk II from a friend and advanced collector here in Canada and an interesting helmet it is Canadian camo painted Mk II helmets are about as rare as hens teeth as most were repainted and used post war. This particular example is a 1941 dated C.L./C. steel lot batch number 33 and from the construction I can tell it is sporting a early shallow type VMC liner the owners name and service number have been scratched into the paint on the under side of the shell near the rim should make for a good research project. I do rather like the patina, age and crazing to the paint on this one even though only two colors were used I myself consider this a three tone camo paint job as the original painted finish was incorporated in to the pattern the green over paint is quite striking and bold and IMO is of the same color used early war time on Canadian and British vehicles and mobile equipment. I am still on the fence as it were to if this Mk II was used in the ETO and or if the pattern is a camo that was used early on in country (Britain) During the quite times known as the Phoney War . I have included an image from Juno Beach were there is a very similar pattern visible on a Canadian soldiers helmet in the foreground of course with out seeing the image in color it is impossible to tell but does make one consider the possibilities. I would say the image was taken with in the first couple of days of the D-Day invasion. I will post up some better detailed images upon its arrival thanks for looking . Regards Mark
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    On its way to me, only the sellers not very good pictures, but enough to see that the condition looks OK apart from the chinstrap that the seller mentioned was damaged. Lovely clear stamping to the 2.B.MON.REGT.09 and still has its original OR's brass/GM badge. I can't see what buttons it has on it or much of what the underside looks like, so I will have to wait until it arrives to have a proper look at it. I assume it date from sometime between its formation 1907 and the introduction of the new desing of cap badge in 1923. 2nd Bn Mons WWI history is as follows from wikipedia; 1/2nd Battalion: redesignation of 2nd Battalion in September 1914 on formation of second-line 2/2nd Battalion. Transferred to the 4th Division in France in November 1914. They spent the winter taking part in trench warfare near Armentières. They subsequently took part in the Second Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915, fighting alongside the 1/1st and 1/3rd Monmouths in the 28th Division. Such were the losses that the three battalions were temporarily amalgamated. By July 1915 the 1/2nd had been brought up to strength and resumed its own existence. They transferred to the 29th Division as a pioneer battalion. They stayed in this role for the rest of the conflict, ending the war near Renaix in Belgium. They formed part of the army of occupation of Germany before returning to Pontypool where they were disbanded in June 1919. 2/2nd Battalion: formed as a second-line duplicate of the 2nd Battalion in Pontypool in September 1914. Their service and stations were identical with those of the 2/1st Battalion. They were disbanded at Lowestoft in April 1918. 3/2nd Battalion: formed as a "third-line" duplicate of the 2nd Battalion in February 1915. Their service and stations were identical with those of the 3/1st Battalion. In April 1916 they were redesignated as the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion and in September 1916 was absorbed by the 1st (Reserve) Battalion. Whilst in WWII their histroy from wikipedia; The 2nd Battalion was mobilised on the outbreak of war in September 1939. After a long period of training in Northern Ireland and England, they landed in Normandy on 28 June 1944 as part of the 53rd Division. They took part in Operation Epsom, spending two weeks in trenches between Hill 112 and the River Odon. They next saw action in the Battle of the Falaise Gap in August 1944, and advanced with the 53rd Division, liberating Merville and crossing into the Netherlands. By October they had reached the Nederrijn and took part in the attack on 's-Hertogenbosch. In December 1944 they took part in the counter offensive against German advances in the Ardennes. In January 1945 they moved to The Netherlands for a period of training prior to Operation Veritable (the Battle of the Reichswald). They entered Germany on 8 February, taking part in a month's heavy fighting and suffering 300 casualties before being withdrawn for rest.
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    Hi all, my main hobby is collecting ODM's but also have an interest in military photography. I look at black and white images and try to imagine what they may have looked like to the photographer taking the photo---in colour, so I thought I would try and replicate that by colourising a few, I am meticulous in trying to ensure total accuracy and hopefully achieve that, so I thought I would post a few, some people like them and some don't, but here goes. regards Alex K
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    I am back again and this time I will share some pics of my L/57 SB not very often to be seen opinions are welcomed and tnx for looking Chris K
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    It looks fine from the pics and if from a trusted source will probably be good, but the proof of the pudding etc...
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    Hopefully it will turn out to be good, a bit of a b----r these camo's as to know when they were used.
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    Thanks Oli, hopefully the cap itself will reveal more when it arrives. Another addition that I was very pleased to find. PS I have your book, it is truly excellent and cannot be matched on the subject.
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    I agree. Here's one I did some time ago. Photo is from a 14 Pz. Division album and shows armour from that division being ferried across the Sava River, Slavonski Brod, Croatia in 1941. Cheers, Larry
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    Found it! I knew I had it somewhere, my very first attempt at colourisation, I was reasonably pleased with it at the time. regards
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    Young Panzergrenadier Gefreiter wearing a HBT tunic.
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    Like Alex, I also have been colouring B&W photos for several yeares as a hobby. It is fun to do and I enjoy bringing life back to a photo. Many hours are spent on researching uniforms, medals, vehicles etc. to make the colourisation as accurate as possible. I started out not knowing how to colour photos but perservered and gradually got better at it. Here is some of my work. All colourisations are photos in my collection. Cheers, Larry
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    A few more for now. Gross Admiral Raeder Unknown Cossack Officer Guy Gibson RAF Unknown Imperial pilot
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    American Civil War, Major General Ambrose Burnside, He was very fond of facial hair as can be seen, for those interested, the "Sideburns" worn by men on their faces are actually named after him as a result. Reinhard Heydrich
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    Some Brits Sir Julian Byng and WW1 Squaddies, once again early attempts
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    Two RKT's and some others, I particularly like Erich Lowe, these are some early attempts