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  • Birthday 03/02/1961

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  1. Had to get in on this topic,( i missed it the first time around) as i reckon Home Fronts are underrated lids.The amount of variations on simple shells is staggering on both sides of the Big Pond. Unlike English versions Australian Home Front Helmets were made of the same steel as Military ones probably because of the sheer numbers required by the British as opposed to here. Hope you dont mind but here are a couple of my Local favourites. Two 1942 MkIIs assigned to Queensland Railways (QR) the letters inbetween denote Stations here in Brisbane. I believe RD stands for Roma Street Station and IB could be Central Station Brisbane. Mick
  2. Here are a few Aussie WW2 Period Matchbox Holders. 1-Group 2-AIF,RAN,RAAF 3-Rear of above 4-20/19 Battalion SGTs Mess 1940 5-Rear of above with 20/19 Colours 6-Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Rising Sun 7-Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Rising Sun with raised pistol round dated 1944. Would love to see any of yours Cheers Mick
  3. As TinLid said i too would guess it would be a US Civil Defence Helmet,possibly made by McCord Radiator Company of Detroit, Micihgan. Cheers Mick
  4. Thanks Mate,ive only ever seen one other example,another RD (Roma Street Depot) one actually.I would say they were for Station Wardens or something similar. Cheers
  5. Another 1942 issued MkII,this time used by the Australian Commonwealth Forces. A sand camo finish with Commonwealth Steel batch number and unknown lettering opposite. Broardarrow and inspectors initials stamped on interior. Its in pretty good nick so it may not have seen any real action but a survivor all the same
  6. You shouldnt have said "nice to see some Aussie lids here" now im going to swamp youse These are a couple of MkIIs used by Queensland Railways. 1942 Commonwealth Steel (Port Kembla NSW) made MkIIs with Dunlop Liners. The letters between the Q and R denote which station they were issued to,in this case both Brisbane locals.
  7. Im not sure Tinlid as i havnt seen many,but that would probably be the case as we followed Mother England in most other Helmet designations (ie, ARP services and the like)
  8. Been a while since ive been on,so apologies if i have posted this on here before, Australian 1942 MkII used by the Police Force in Queensland during WW2. May 1942 size 7 Dunlop liner unfortunately missing its cross piece. British Police helmets are quite common however you hardly see Aussie examples,so im rapt to have one
  9. A.I.F.

    172 Tunnelling Company

    Im sure you have seen this movie,but just in case. Beneath Hill 60 is the story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company. Its a great movie. Mick
  10. Hi Martin, I believe the Royal Pioneer Corps were attached to the military as you say.A quick search on them revealed that they were issued arms and were even present at the DDay landings. The Civil Constructional Corps were only used in Australia and were a wholly civilian organisation,presumeably managed by the Government and Military. They were drafted into the CCC under a regulation of the National Security (Allied Works) Regulations. Here is an actual Draft Document i found online,and a very interesting first hand account by a CCC member. http://www.australiansatwar.gov.au/stories/stories_war=W2_id=14.html Cheers Mick
  11. This badge was issued to the men who assisted the War effort by building the essential Military Infastructure needed to fight the War. Civil Constructional CorpsThe Civil Constructional Corps (CCC) was established in April 1942 to supply labour for the creation of infrastructure like airfields, gun emplacements, barracks, roads and other projects undertaken by the Allied Works Council. All men between the ages of 18 and 60 could be conscripted into the CCC unless they were serving in the armed forces or employed in a reserved occupation. They received pay based on civilian award rates but their work was highly regulated: they could not strike and might be sent anywhere in Australia. At its peak strength in August 1943, almost 54,000 men were serving in the CCC. They were involved in hundreds of projects worth millions of pounds. Almost one-third of them were conscripted – or “manpowered”, the term current at the time. By the end of the war 77,500 men had served in the CCC. They had served in every state and territory and made an invaluable contribution to the war effort. Two hundred and eighteen members of the CCC died while serving in it. (Text thanks to the Australian War Memorial)
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    Welcome to Australia

    Just to clear things up,i dont actually own the book, i scanned it off the net (next best thing to owning it ) . But i am always on the lookout for it as i would love to have a copy.
  13. Here are some pages from a 55 page booklet published by the United States Military in WW2 to try to teach American Servicemen about Australia when they landed on our shores.I have also seen one about the United Kingdom as well. Some of the Slang meanings are laughable,but pretty close. Cheers Mick
  14. Its full size Jerry,but made of Aluminium. Thanks for looking Mate.
  15. Just thought id show you my Australian MkII Helmet Money Box.Probably one of the only Aussie MkII's you will find with a rim These used to sit on the bar,in Australian RSL's (Returned Services Leagues Clubs) They were used to collect donations for Legacy. Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.It still operates today. A very worthy cause indeed !! Cheers Mick