Doppellitze, circa WWI officer with Litzen In 19th century German armies, Guard and other elite regiments wore lengths of double braid Doppellitze encircling all or most of the collar as a mark of distinction. By the middle of World War I these ornate collars had been reduced to an embroidered representation of short lengths of braid joined at the ends, sewn to patches worn at the front of the collar. When the Reichsheer was established in as Germany’s first national army [5] Litzen were prescribed as the universal collar device for all personnel other than generals, and the Third Reich continued the practice. Officers’ M35 Litzen Dress Field and service On the dress tunic Waffenrock and the later “ornamented” uniform, the Litzen were embroidered in fine aluminum thread on a patch of Abzeichentuch in the wearer’s Waffenfarbe , or branch color; the backing also showed through in the space between the two Litzen, the Mittelstreife. On field and service uniforms, beginning in late , the patch Patten was dark bottle-green to match the collar; the Waffenfarbe “showed through” in fact colored cord was sewn into the center strip of each braid, the Litzenspiegel. For enlisted men service Litzen were machine-woven in silver-grey rayon; officers’ were embroidered more elaborately in white silk or aluminum thread, and were somewhat larger to match their higher collars. NCOs’ M35 Litzen and Tresse Dress Field Non-commissioned officers Unteroffiziere wore standard enlisted collar patches but were distinguished by a strip of 9mm silver-grey diamond-woven rayon braid Tresse sewn around the collar’s front and lower edges, except on the dress Waffenrock where the Tresse was bright aluminum and encircled the collar’s upper edge.


Double decals on M40s? This police helmet is a classic example of a German M40 with double decals. This is not exactly true. Facts can be misinterpreted, details misunderstood and information misread. All of this makes studying history and inexact science, and causes plenty of stumbling blocks for collectors of historic objects. For new collectors, things can get very confusing.

The word Viking conjures images of big burly men who wore helmets with horns and travelled the seas stealing land and fighting in violent wars. But what if that was all a lie?

Here is a helmet that is not falling out of the trees. As we all know; F. Quist never actually stopped producing the M40 and switched production completely to the M42 helmet. M42 Quists are pretty rare and actually the majority of ones that I have seen over the years have been re-furbished post-war as civil defense. The liner is intact and sound with the exception of a mouse-chew on one of the fingers.

Luckily; the little fellow didn’t stop for a while meal A good, solid example of a rare helmet. Most of us are understandably under the impression that Quist continued to produce the M40 shell to the exclusion of the M42 model until nearly, the last stages of production.

World War II German Army ranks and insignia

Polizei M34 Helmet, above left and right photo. This German Helmet is painted black over several previous layers of paint. Traces of a white over red band circle the entire exterior of the helmet with the letters OSP centered in the front of the helmet. The markings have been applied over the black paint and then hand painted over in black.

Goggles have been used at least since the American Civil War by Artillerymen and then Railway Engineers. Garnet Wolseley was an observer during that conflict and may have been instrumental in their introduction into the British Army for the Sudan campaigns of

AGV has one five star motorcycle helmet among those tested and ranked by the British government’s SHARP project , the only ranking system of its kind for motorcycle helmets. This Canadian company already has a hockey helmet made with a unique air-filled bladder as the liner. There is a special valve that lets a small amount of air expand a membrane into a cylindrical chamber when an impact starts.

When the impact exceeds 30g the membrane contacts a sharp dart at the end of the chamber and the liner deflates through holes at the end at a controlled rate. The helmet becomes loose, signaling the wearer to replace the liner. Airium says the helmet will reduce both linear and rotational acceleration forces better than standard liners.


The basic parts of the kabuto include: These were usually arranged vertically, radiating from a small opening in the top. The rivets securing these metal plates to each other could be raised a form known as hoshi-bachi or hammered flat a form known as suji-bachi ; another form, called hari bachi, had the rivets filed flush. Some of the finer hachi were signed by their makers, usually from one of several known families, such as the Myochin, Saotome, Haruta, Unkai, or Nagasone families.

A small opening in the top of the kabuto, called the tehen or hachimanza seat of the war god, Hachiman , was thought[ according to whom? Although this practice was largely abandoned after the Muromachi period , this opening may have been retained for purposes of ventilation or simply as an artifact of how the plates were riveted together.

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Price Adler M34 Factory Fire Helmet – An excellent example that would have been issued to firemen working in the Adler factory prior to and during WW11 in case of fire or air raids. In addition they also made civilian cars too like the initial VW Beetle. The helmet is in great shape and is clearly dated 3. The M 34 code represents the year this pattern of helmet was introduced so impossible to find an earlier example.

Nice clear painted factory logo to front and two ventilation holes either side. This one had provision for the comb but the holes have been plugged. On either side of the helmet you can make out evidence where the national shield decals were once applied. The original paint is excellent with just minor service marks and in view off the decal evidence safe to say it has not been repainted. Below is another ink stamp with writing but we are unable to decipher.

The size is marked The original owners name is also written on the liner but again not possible to decipher. All in all a nice original example in good sleepy condition!

Flying Helmets, Flying Goggles, Oxygen Masks

Junkerschule Tolz April 1, Hartmann with two friends. Note the Cuff title on the overcoat sleeve at right. Physically mediocre, his services are sufficient and better. In recent times, he has suffered from bad family circumstances; this is also due to the lack of concentration. Lack of front service and short training time still allow him sufficient achievements in practical service.

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My Kid said that I need to have my own “Blog”. I’ve heard the word before and didn’t really know what it means. Just thought that it sounds like a name that Cave-people might call each other. Blog have something stuck in beard” or “Hey, let’s get Blog to eat it and if he no die; then we all can eat it. A place where you write whatever you want. So I agreed with the kid. Maybe I do need a blog. You know that the old saying goes; “Sometimes I think and sit Sometimes I feel like typing it out.

So I thought I would type some of it here from time to time. Some of the thoughts I record here are short and some of them are long. Probably the short ones are better reading because they waste less time. If you feel like reading it; go ahead.

Bicycle Helmets for the Season

In , 11 Australian commandos , all white, disguised themselves as Malay fishermen by dyeing their skin brown and boarding a fishing boat. They sailed through 2, miles of Japanese-controlled ocean from Australia to Singapore. At one point they even traveled right alongside a Japanese warship without them noticing anything strange which was good, because none of the commandos could speak Malay.

They then took canoes right into Singapore Harbor, where they blew up seven Japanese ships before escaping. So racism is OK as long as you have plenty of bombs and canoes.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The plan was for a swift subjugation of France followed by a hard battle with the enormous but slow Russian Empire, so matters in the West had to be resolved quickly. But as the thousands of German troops flooded into France and Belgium, resistance proved more.

Check our easy to use site www. The items in this section are no longer available but this section has been created as a reference for fellow collectors. To see what I currently have for sale click the sub-category or Return to Catalog. This exact style vertical SS dagger hanger is pictured in Wittmann’s superb SS book on page , top picture, upper right.

The snap on this piece is an early nickel example as is the buckle, the leather is in overall excellent condition for its age. It would be hard to upgrade this correct textbook example. Scarce and desirable textbook piece This weapon was utilized both as a service and dress weapon.

Enclosed helmet

I’m dating this as pre as to when Adolf Hitler was elected as Chancellor of Germany. Rare that this would have survived having a Communist subject matter. More Photos MT2 – 2.

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From that it would seem is highly likely, but someone may know better. Warren asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are his plans for the purchase of resin bonded fibre combat helmets; and if he will make a statement. Lee First issues of the new Mk 6 combat helmet, which is constructed in resin-bonded fibre, were made in and will continue over the next seven years until all relevant areas of the services are equipped with it.

Which certainly provides a good fixed waypoint to hinge any argument around!

The German Dagger was a very popular souvenir for many WW2 veterans who served in the European theater. For the German officers who wore them, they were a symbol of status, rank and power. Contrary to popular belief, WWII German Daggers were not used as weapons, but simply as an accessory to the uniforms of the German Officers (and a very fancy accessory at that).

The plan was for a swift subjugation of France followed by a hard battle with the enormous but slow Russian Empire, so matters in the West had to be resolved quickly. But as the thousands of German troops flooded into France and Belgium, resistance proved more formidable than expected and that front soon settled down to the static slogging match from trenches that we all recognise today, while in the East an initially more fluid campaign also became one of attrition.

Both would change the German soldier as it would those of all the participants, but this set from Zvezda is the third in this hobby to cover those early war, more optimistic Germans, before shortages and practicality dominated their uniform and equipment. However this was for show and offered no protection, so by late a new steel helmet was being issued and during this largely replaced the Pickelhaube, which means these figures are only usable for the first two years of the war.

All the helmets here seem to have a cover, which was worn right from the start, and while many soon removed the spike, that is easily echoed here by simply trimming it off. All other aspects of the uniform also confirm the early war dating. Most of the figures have long marching boots, but a couple have ankle boots and puttees, which is also authentic for the time. The kneeling figure in the second row is different in having a peaked cap and carrying a very short sword, but lacks a pistol, so could be an officer or senior NCO, although even junior NCOs unofficially wore such caps.

The officer is carrying pistol and sword, but the latter quickly fell out of favour as it was useless as a weapon and only served to mark out the officers to enemy fire, so again this is likely to be very early in the conflict. The officer also wears short boots and leather gaiters, which is correct. All the kit is fine and again suitable for the early months of the war.

There are no assault packs here, just the full regulation pack with the rolled greatcoat and tent section wrapped round the outside and the mess tin attached to the back. All except the machine gun crew have the usual bread bag, canteen, entrenching tool and bayonet in the correct positions, but the belts were something of a surprise.

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