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by Robert
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Wappen/Helmet Plates
Topic: Wrong Way, Bavarian
Replies: 10
Views: 3880

Re: Wrong Way, Bavarian

Now that's strange indeed, as you point out the only correct way to display the diamonds is from top-left to bottom-right, with the diamond at the top-left corner being white. Maybe a contract work done outside of Bavaria with improvised tools (and lacking proper specifications)? http://www.bayerisc...
by Robert
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?
Replies: 10
Views: 3181

Re: M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?

That was a good idea, when looking at the rim from the inside you can see that the shell is made of two or three layers. BTW just now I saw that they did a remarkably sloppy job of sewing - look at the wave on the first image right below the eagle. > I haven't said Merry Christmas for a while! Thank...
by Robert
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Haube event in my town
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Re: Haube event in my town

I'm the third from left :D We are located close by the foothills of the Alps, 40km south of Munich. The town's name is Schaftlach, or Scaftloh in medieval times which meant "forest at the marshland". The town was probably founded in the 8th century but there are no records from that time. In our are...
by Robert
Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?
Replies: 10
Views: 3181

Re: M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?

It is difficult to describe a sound, it is a high pitch, somehow "thin" or "hollow". The feeling is matte or dull, not smooth. The visors on that linked helmet on ebay are shiny, they are probably like the synthetic material I have seen on a few helmets (in fact I have one made that way), the materi...
by Robert
Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?
Replies: 10
Views: 3181

M15 helmet made of.. cardboard?

Hi all, this sorry helmet won't win prizes for it's condition but I have wondered about the material. I have handled several ersatz helmets made of synthetic materials but none exact like this. At the rear visor you can see that it is extremely fragile there, it seems that it is more the lacquer tha...
by Robert
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Haube event in my town
Replies: 6
Views: 2943

Haube event in my town

Hi all, after being away for some time I am dropping by again with a few pictures of a beat up M15 (in the helmet section) and of an event in my home town. This year we celebrated our 1000th anniversary with a three day medieval market and a historic parade depicting the various ages. I took part in...
by Robert
Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: German veterans of Verdun
Replies: 4
Views: 2634

Re: German veterans of Verdun

Particularly I liked Ernst Weckerlings story! The short episode at the end of his interview is the only period source I know of that tells something about the handling of removable M15 spikes in practice. He says the spikes were collected in bags before the battle, so it wasn't the soldiers keeping ...
by Robert
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Helmet assemblers from K.S. Leib Grenadier-Regiment 100
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

Re: Helmet assemblers from K.S. Leib Grenadier-Regiment 100

This has to be some sort of ideogram. It's just a humorous poem, sort of: Who knows work and does not cop out is crazy. Great picture! There are several extra brass spikes and parts at front, so maybe they exchanged these parts for M15 style? The helmets at the rear look bogged down, dented and mis...
by Robert
Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: White überzug numbers
Replies: 22
Views: 8656

Re: White überzug numbers

Nice! I guess it could pass as green when no suitable cloth was available.
by Robert
Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Santa, please bring me a Raupe for Xmas..
Replies: 18
Views: 4680

Re: Santa, please bring me a Raupe for Xmas..

Amazing! There is an original Raupe on German Ebay, allthough the condition does not match your helmet. 251203408768 http://www.ebay.de/itm/Helm-Raupenhelm-Pickelhaube-Ersatzteil-Original-/251203408768?pt=Militaria&hash=item3a7ce3d380 Anyway the offer provides some pictures of the structure and how ...
by Robert
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: WW! research
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: WW! research

Is that Iron Europe you are working on? Sounds like a real interesting project, I used to play Battlefield 1918 which of course lacks the details of modern games. Anyway, you might find some helpful pictures and descriptions in the Kaiserbunker. What you have here looks like a model 1910 Feldrock wi...
by Robert
Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895
Replies: 31
Views: 8110

Re: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895

Was there some distinct flavor to the Landjäger? And I don't mean the sausages.. From what I know, Landjäger also existed in Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Braunschweig. I think they had a more civil appearance than the Gendarmerie and were assigned to civil administration, with a recruitment separate fro...
by Robert
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: Fliegende Blätter
Replies: 2
Views: 2266

Re: Fliegende Blätter

Nice pictures! Particularly I like the forester being entrenched by his two dachshunds.
by Robert
Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895
Replies: 31
Views: 8110

Re: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895

Great helmet Ron. I am a bit confused by the subsequent discussion due to Joe's stirring the pot. My impression was that Joe was describing LG organization, duties etc. NOT RG which is what Rons' helmet is marked to. I have always thought of RG as border guards and perhaps customs officials. Note t...
by Robert
Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895
Replies: 31
Views: 8110

Re: German Reichsgendarme EM Pickelhaube M1895

Generally the Gendarmerie was active outside of the larger towns (which had their own police force). Each state organized the Gendarmerie differently. For example in Saxony the Gendarms were civil servants (Beamte) instead of members of the military. In Alsace/L. the Gendarmerie was referred to as K...
by Robert
Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Competition 5
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Competition 5

Yes Braunschweig is it (see the Immota Fides phrase), perhaps officers shako from the "Herzoglich Braunschweigisches Infanterieregiment Nr.92" (before 1886)? In that year the military convention with Prussia took place and they received a change in uniforms and insignia. Also the term "Herzoglich" w...
by Robert
Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Competition 4
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: Competition 4

A shako from the Duchy Nassau? This would be from before the Prussian annexation in 1866.

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by Robert
Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Competition 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Competition 2

Yep the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and on the covered plate you would probably find the scroll "Messina". Nice piece :thumb up:
by Robert
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Bugler from a mounted formation - Unusual 'haube
Replies: 14
Views: 3545

Re: Bugler from a mounted formation - Unusual 'haube

Great picture, note the seams at the front of the dome! Perhaps this is one of the cloth-covered cork helmets?

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by Robert
Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Gelsenkirchen Feuerwehr ... don't step on our hose
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

Re: Gelsenkirchen Feuerwehr ... don't step on our hose

Looters will be shot! Nice picture, and the helmets look like former spikes too.
by Robert
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge 1918
Replies: 14
Views: 6380

Re: Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge 1918

Thanks for the link, this was new to me!

Here is also an extensive site about the imperial Marine although in German:

http://www.kaiserliche-marine.de/
by Robert
Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge 1918
Replies: 14
Views: 6380

Re: Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge 1918

RON wrote:P.S. Any idea what 'Gaffel Flg.' means?
I suppose the English term is gaff rig which is the traditional place for the national flag. Therefore it is often called Gaffelflagge.

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by Robert
Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 2336

Re: Any ideas?

Reminds me of a bolt gun - Bolzenschussgerät. Is there any indication about this if you look into the front part (the hollow tube)?
by Robert
Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: MG08 modified for mountain use
Replies: 8
Views: 5527

Re: MG08 modified for mountain use

Yes I know numerous pictures with machine guns mounted on whatever came handy for AA use. This picture was one of a series, regretably I only got this one. The other pictures showed it on a horse carriage, from different sides, in different poses etc. and always had the writing call it a mountain m....
by Robert
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: MG08 modified for mountain use
Replies: 8
Views: 5527

Re: MG08 modified for mountain use

Yes the gun itself is standard, the tripod is a captured french mount that has been modified. I posted this picture in the Great War Forum which led to a series of personal attacks between the contributors :( but the base line is, the gun was cobbled together by a unit for mountain use but it's noth...
by Robert
Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: STRANGE LOOKING BAYERN PICKELHAUBE
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: STRANGE LOOKING BAYERN PICKELHAUBE

The cockade indicates a later use in the 1930's. The cockade is often the only difference between pre- and post-war helmets. A new plate was designed after the war but hardly used, partially for financial reasons but also because the old plate was preferred for its tradition and style.
by Robert
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:01 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Faux Kugelhelm ... maybe
Replies: 5
Views: 2367

Re: Faux Kugelhelm ... maybe

How about the idea that it is a Kugelhelm, but an improvised cover mad by binding it around the ball point?

That does not look like a standard cover and btw it seems to be an ersatz helmet too.

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by Robert
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:09 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Dream Ulan Item
Replies: 14
Views: 3937

Re: Dream Ulan Item

Nice find! If I read it correctly, the plaque says that it was given as a gift at the regiments anniversary. It also tells a name, something like the comrades of the Brigade.. Graf Dohm? Difficult to tell because of the reflections.
by Robert
Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bekleidungs Vorschrift April 1916
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Re: Bekleidungs Vorschrift April 1916

Thanks for sharing! I completely missed this.

Note that the regulations also states that the Husarenmütze and Tschako are to use the same model 1916 chin straps. I never saw any of these.
by Robert
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: The pigeon has landed–or should I say owl?
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Re: The pigeon has landed–or should I say owl?

Probably a Finanzbeamter (financial officer) - in German there is the saying 'Eulen nach Athen tragen' (carrying the owls to Athen) :D

Sorry I could not resist either, any German members will understand my allusion to current politics.. really a nice picture!
by Robert
Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: A STRANGE PICKELHAUBE
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: A STRANGE PICKELHAUBE

That sounds like an interesting piece, do you have pictures? Such a mixture did happen I assume, compare this helmet marked 1. FsAR:

http://www.aboutww2militaria.com/Decemb ... ikel2.html
by Robert
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Happy group with unknown headdresses - Balkans?
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Re: Happy group with unknown headdresses - Balkans?

You mean these guys? I call them the seven dwarfs (number 7 is just taking the picture). The writer calls the hats "Balkanmützen" on the back.

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by Robert
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: MG08 modified for mountain use
Replies: 8
Views: 5527

MG08 modified for mountain use

This seems to be an MG 08 mounted on the tripod of a captured St. Étienne machine gun? On the rear "Geb. M.G." has been written which probably stands for Gebirgs M.G. - mountain machine gun. It would make sense to provide a lighter tripod capable of high-angle fire for the mountain environment. This...
by Robert
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Happy group with unknown headdresses - Balkans?
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Happy group with unknown headdresses - Balkans?

Hi all,
can you make something of these headdresses? The man to the right has a badge or pin, any thoughts about that?

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by Robert
Sun May 20, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: CRÉMERY (AUGUST 11TH 1914)
Replies: 2
Views: 2026

Re: CRÉMERY (AUGUST 11TH 1914)

Hi, I think this was the 7th Chevaulegers Regiment. At the begin of the war, this unit was assigned to the 5. Infantry Division (Divisionskavallerie) but was split up later on.
by Robert
Thu May 17, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Colonial cap-East Africa
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Re: Colonial cap-East Africa

He has a strange pricing strategy for a professional seller. He is asking for £885 now after it did not sell for the same amount in US$. Both seems much too cheap if its really original. I had asked him about the eagle and asked for a picture of the eagle's reverse side. He said it is fastened with ...
by Robert
Thu May 10, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Scroll Helmet Article
Replies: 69
Views: 18513

Re: Scroll Helmet Article

They had this frenzy for using upside-down "2"s and "7"s. Maybe a number "7" turned around?

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by Robert
Tue May 08, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Interesting photo
Replies: 5
Views: 1993

Re: Interesting photo

The picture was taken during the peace negotiations with Russia, evidently a fraternization right at the front. The writer mentions the barbed wire entanglement at the street Wilna (Vilnius)-Smorgon (Smarhon) as location. Very interesting indeed! September 3rd, 1917 "Beginn der Verhandlungen mit Rus...
by Robert
Mon May 07, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Scroll Helmet Article
Replies: 69
Views: 18513

Re: Scroll Helmet Article

I wonder what photoshop can do with that
You mean something like.. Did you ever hear the German term "ABC-Schütze"? That is a first grader who is just learning the alphabet.

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by Robert
Sun May 06, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Scroll Helmet Article
Replies: 69
Views: 18513

Re: Scroll Helmet Article

Nice picture! I assume that the number is either a "1" or a "3". A "7" would not fit into the known scheme (known by me, that is). From my information, the highest of the 'early' unit numbers were GMGA 252-255 which were formed in 1917. Then in October 1918 the Bavarian GMGA units 206-209 and all 14...
by Robert
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: M17 Stalhelm with Camouflage
Replies: 23
Views: 8934

Re: M17 Stalhelm with Camouflage - Yeah Baby!

Now I need to figure-out what the name is exactly and who the guy was
Very Nice! Concerning the naming it appears to be "Gefr. Heck.", the first probably the abbreviation for "Gefreiter" which is a military rank.
by Robert
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: Russian archaeology
Replies: 45
Views: 12310

Re: Russian archaeology

Wow, all those lead soldiers! I always feel that helmets with battle damage such as the one with the bullet hole are a bit spooky. Nice find!
by Robert
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: Alaskan sled dogs in French services - documentary film
Replies: 4
Views: 2708

Alaskan sled dogs in French services - documentary film

I just watched I nice documentary about a story that was previously unknown to me. In 1915, the French army bought 450 sled dogs which were transported from Alaska across Canada to the Vosges in an epic voyage. With them an expert was also brought who trained a unit of Chasseurs Alpins to use them. ...
by Robert
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: VERY Strange mix of helmet plates.
Replies: 6
Views: 2014

Re: VERY Strange mix of helmet plates.

Jägerschaft is not a military term, it could be used e.g. for hunting fraternity or a loose group of hunters. He probably meant just a small group of that Jöger Btl.

This ending is found in many words were it means sort of a group or community as in Mannschaft, Belegschaft, Ärzteschaft..
by Robert
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: VERY Strange mix of helmet plates.
Replies: 6
Views: 2014

Re: VERY Strange mix of helmet plates.

Nice! And the Württemberg tschakos also have other chin strap buckles, so they are of different origin alltogether. The casualties list gives some clue about where they were at which time. In 1914 it mentions casualties first at Draaibank, then at the Yser channel. Evidently they moved into Belgium ...
by Robert
Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: An old mystery solved
Replies: 22
Views: 4644

Re: An old mystery solved

The "der" must be relative to a given thing and not of (der) nothing?? Yes I had proposed that the stamp means in full "Leichte Munition Kolonne der 1. Landwehr Feldartillerie Abteilung", i.e. "Light ammunitions detachment of the 1. Landwehr Feldartillerie Abteilung". Rather trivial and I do not in...
by Robert
Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: An old mystery solved
Replies: 22
Views: 4644

Re: An old mystery solved

Robert, I think D stands for "der" which is a common abbreviation, particularly because it is printed a bit smaller. With respect, I think that is totally implausible. Notwithstanding the lack of any precedent for such an abbreviation on an helmet cover, the abbreviation for "der" is written in low...
by Robert
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Dutch right?
Replies: 5
Views: 1227

Re: Dutch right?

Hi,
looks like this model to mee - see here: http://www.cascoscoleccion.com/holanda/hol40.htm

Robert
by Robert
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: An old mystery solved
Replies: 22
Views: 4644

Re: An old mystery solved

No idea what the "D" stands for though
I just stumbled over this thread. I think D stands for "der" which is a common abbreviation, particularly because it is printed a bit smaller. "Leichte Munition Kolonne der 1. Landwehr Feldartillerie Abteilung"
by Robert
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vivat ribbons
Replies: 0
Views: 1077

Vivat ribbons

I wonder, does anybody collect vivat ribbons? They are a nice decoration and usually prices are not too high (often below €10).

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