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    British, German and US Militaria, mostly WW2 period: caps, helmets and uniforms.

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  1. Thanks Jerry, It's hard to find many period photos. From looking at WR photos they changed from khaki around 1955. I am curious about this beret. Also some regiments surely used Khaki berets after ww2, such as mounted infantry. despite junior officers didnt senior staff officers continue to use a khaki beret postwar (maroon if late of airborne)?
  2. I have seen a fair few early postwar berets recently. What do you make of this? It was stated as Recce Corps but that was disbanded in 1946. It is certainly an officers beret. I know the WR used such a green backing. Perhaps the Officer was late of a certain corps or regiment. Oli
  3. Looks British and the medals appear to be WW1 style but the photo is grainy. Could you please post a photo of the caps?
  4. Yes it is a fantastic looking WW1 cap. and named also!
  5. Very nice cap Jerry. Is it named at all? The chinstrap detail is indeed interesting and like you say its the RN officer type. However I also have a pre WW2 Army officers cap with such a strap. Anomalies like these do happen but why? These caps are quite unusually and its nice to see a blue version, I am yet to find an example. Just yesterday I missed out on another KC version, although the condition was quite dulled and it was missing the two part badge, which alone would be the price of a decent Forage cap.
  6. Very nice cap Jerry. I also saw this and was umming and arring about it. Shame about the condition of the red band but nevertheless a beauty. Do you think he would have worn this for the Home Guard. I would be doubtful. Oli
  7. Hi all and happy new year! I am stumped by this beret. Can anyone help me to tell what regiment its from and how old it is? Best wishes, Oli
  8. No idea... still no luck. Its a shame the seller couldnt tell me more.
  9. Very interesting, I cannot help unfortunately but I would be interested to see the cap in question. Oli
  10. Thanks Jerry, I will try searching that. Its a mystery indeed! The hat was used in Afghanistan in 2002, so perhaps looking at which regiments were there might help....
  11. Thanks Jerry. Its a nice addition and I think it probably dates to around the changeover time of the vinyl tops, as the peak is leather. On a side note, I recnently saw a photo of HRH Prince Phillip and the Queen on the cover of a society magazine, in naval dress uniform and Flag Officer cap. What was interesting about the photo is that Phillip was wearing a KC badge on his cap. I cannot find the photo so perhaps I need to buy the magazine.
  12. Thanks for your replies, that is very interesting. I had no idea the stocks lasted so late. However I guess with Officer's private purchase the insignua would have been correct. I am not sure how the senior NCOs would have taken the mixed insignia. By the way, here is the cap in question. Oli
  13. Hello all, It's been a while since I posted much on the forums due to other commitments, but I hope you are well? Collecting is an odd hobby, nothing is ever quite straight forward and often researching only confuses the issue and doesn't bring that clear cut answer. From reading various forums over the years I heard veterans say that they had been issued postwar garments with King's Crown buttons, this makes life very hard for a collector and for me personally a uniform or cap with the wrong "crowned" buttons or badge starts warning bells. However, I recently picked up a Royal Marine's peak cap which I first believed was a lightweight version, although upon handling it, it clearly has vinyl features yet all else is the typical wartime characteristic with King's crown buttons, which seem original to the cap. As the cap dates to the late 1950s it is interesting that old KC stock was still being used, and confirms the memories from the late 1950s 1960s that I remember reading on the forums (although where?). Almost to confirm the matter a 1955 Royal Marine greatcoat is being offered for sale at the moment with.... yep that's right King's crown buttons.