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  • Birthday 01/20/1950

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    Imperial, WWI and WWII battle rifles and pistols, U.S Army ., British Army and German Army field equipment.

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  1. Fiziwater

    Small canister on Heinrich's coat

    A thread on another forum suggested that while you might see a torch in a photo of a soldier before going to the front, that would be less common once at the front due to the difficulty of securing fresh batteries.
  2. Fiziwater

    Small canister on Heinrich's coat

    Thanks Rich. It does have that look, including how it attaches to the coat button. The lens area seems to be more of a rectangle than a circle, and no examples like that popped up in an online search. ?? Thanks for the heads-up on the head gear!
  3. There's a small canister on Heinrich's coat, maybe attached by a coat button, and I have no references on what it is. This photo is of a friend's, grandfather's younger brother, Heinrich Jeffre, who served in the German Army during WWI, and was KIA. He's carrying a Gewehr 88 rifle. If anyone can tell me what the canister is, I'd appreciate it, along with what reference you used to ID it.
  4. Wolf, that's a pretty rare helmet you have there. What's nice about owning these M1918 helmets is that its a piece of history from both world wars. I hope other members will display photos of their M1918s. A little more is learned with each variant. Thanks for sharing yours.
  5. UPDATE: Detailed instructions for packing and assembling the M1945 pack are in the 1945 copy of FM 21-15, "Individual Clothing and Equipment." They show how to attach the combat and cargo packs to each other, and to the suspenders. There's also a lot of other useful information on packing and assembling the M1928, M1936, jungle pack and packboard, and how to roll and attach shelter halves, overcoats and ponchos. Other material covers pitching the tent and taking care of equipment. You can read a virtual copy of the manual at this website I found: archive dot org/stream/FM2115#page/n53/mode/2up. The M1945 pack instructions start around page 50. At full screen the text is quite legible, but the photos are pretty rough compared to those in my copy of the actual manual.
  6. Fiziwater

    M1 Bayonets

    Dani, I'm making it harder on myself cause I don't really NEED the bayonet, but I'll jump on one if the offer is one I can't refuse. I have a 1905-E1 cut-down for my M1 Garand, and a 1905, but wouldn't it be nice to flesh out the lineage with an M1 and an M-1942. Barely have room for the bayonets I already have! -Steve
  7. Fiziwater

    M1 Bayonets

    Turns out these are demilled and were reassembled. Not what I want. So they accepted a return of the second bayonet and I used the credit to buy a WWI campaign hat with cord, in very good condition, to go with my WWI rig. Turned out the hat has the soldier's name and a lot of other personal info handwritten inside the sweatband. Even found his gravesite online!
  8. Ha! You hit the nail right between the eyes, Timothy. The cleaning rod hole wasn't a factor but what seemed to be imperceptible gunk on both the bayonet bar and the mortise was. Even after getting a small pile of dirty powder off the bayonet mortise using a small calibre bore brush, the pointy end of a 1911 takedown tool and a penknife blade, it still didn't fit the rifle. Using another larger bore brush and a little more scrapping on the bayonet bar produced an even bigger debris field and finally allowed the clearance necessary to easily fit the bayonet onto the rifle. Thems some close tolerances! Thanks for that good advice! Steve
  9. Fiziwater

    First Aid Packet-US.Army WWI.

    Martin, I have a Bauer & Black that was opened before I got it. I haven't unraveled the bandage, but here's what it looks like when the tin is opened. Close-up You can see some of the bandage where the paper wrapper is missing. -Steve
  10. Fiziwater

    M1 Bayonets

    Turns out these M1 bayonets were rebuilds from a bunch that were cut up. The seller is really understanding and I'm going to trade the bayonet for something else he has that I need more, which is a WWI t-handle shovel, nicely marked, with a 1917 dated cover, which will complete my WWI rig.
  11. I may be visiting the National Infantry Museum near Fort Benning, Georgia at the end of this month to get clarification on this. I recently spoke with a dealer who is willing to help me, but he said the only way he could do that was for me to mail all the components to him and he'd assemble them and send it back. He said it was too complicated for him to walk me through it over the phone! One way or the other, when I have this figured out, I'll attempt to describe how it's done in a post here.
  12. Fiziwater

    M1 Bayonets

    Okay, so the seller, militaryantiquesmuseum, graciously exchanged the bayonet above for this one. They even covered the cost of the return postage. This replacement bayonet was made by Utica Cutlery and doesn't have a date. I've seen a picture of a U.C. Blade with a date under the ordinance symbol. The ordinance symbol here is stamped too close to the crossguard for the date to appear there. Nothing is stamped on the other side that I can see. This blade has that new paint smell like the one I sent back and looks freshly parkerized, which I'm not a big fan of. My cutdown M1 has worn parkerizing with no smell, which I prefer over any modifications to vintage militaria. Kevin at militaryantiquesmuseum said that U.C. M1's were made in fewer numbers than, say UFC and others, so is more valuable. If anyone has any thoughts or opinions on this acquisition, I'm open to hearing them. Not sure if this is one I want to keep. -Steve
  13. According to this website, http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/german/imperial/imperial.html, "The canteens used by the German armed forces during World War I were of metal construction and covered in cloth." This site actually has one for sale very similar to yours. http://www.icollector.com/German-DAK-Field-Wood-Canteen-D-R-G-M-H-R-E-42-D-R-P_i15954984, and describes it as being used by the Afrika Korps, which would point to World War II. Of course, the standard issue German canteens were metal. The water must have gotten too hot to drink from metal canteens in El Alamein! -Steve
  14. Dani, Haven't seen that image before. It actually did help me with attaching the upper pack to the lower pack, but I'm still stymied by the arrangement of the suspenders to the upper pack. Anyone who doesn't have these packs and suspenders in hand can't imagine how many straps and buckles there are, making this not as intuitive as one would hope. I also contacted the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA, USA and they couldn't offer any more info than I had. Will check with some reenactor groups next. Thanks for posting that. -Steve
  15. I'm looking for coherent instructions on the proper way to attach an M1945 upper pack to the lower cargo pack, and to a belt. The upper pack has the instructions on the inside of the rubber lining, and I sat down and transcribed them word for word so I could print them out and study them, and I still can't figure it out. I wrote to the Army Quartermaster museum and they couldn't offer anything more than what I had. Below are photos of the instructions sewn into the upper pack. Here's where it gets tricky: This part I understand: It's the straps that connect the packs to each other in the back that has me stumped. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, -Steve