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battlegear

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I collect all types of battle gear used by combat soldiers of the world

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Yataghan Sword Bayonets collection - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Turkish Bayonets very crude manufacture - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
AKM Bayonets M59 & North Korean Type 68 - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Bulgarian M51/72 - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
East German DDR M56 Stahlhelm Early Model circa 1959 - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Iraqi Mfg Composite Combat helmet - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
USA M1917A1 Steel Helmet - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
World War One Trench Art Brass shell piece  - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Old Brass Fire Nozzle Allen Fire Dept Supply Co, Prov, RI - Firefightingin Firefighting
IRAQI M1 Steel Helmet & web gear - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. I agree with JamesC , it's a very nice example of a US issue M1 helmet as used in the Vietnam war, these were usually used with a camo helmet cover , and are very easy to get on ebay if you ever wante...
  2. your info is excellent for reference, makes it more interesting when you know the history of something
  3. excellent info Chrinp!
  4. I heard many of the NK bayonets were exported to the Cubans and used in Grenada, they were common souvenirs brought back to the US by soldiers and some made their way to the US via foreign surplus.
  5. that does make sense, then the soldier would not need to remove the bayonet during cleaning & reloading I also think the shape might give more power to the blade if used as a side arm like a sword,...
  6. fortapache, yes, these are much more useful than a spike bayo, a soldier can use a knife style bayonet as a tool for general use like a pocket knife or use it for self defense, more useful and practical
  7. Thanks JamesC, the chin straps appear to be a field modification? the Iraqis would often use anything to repair a helmet or replace worn chin straps in the field, sometimes they would even used old el...
  8. Thanks Blunderbuss2, I like the sleek design of the German M56, it looks modern for a helmet originally designed back in WWII , it almost has a futuristic Star Wars look?
  9. very interesting combat used helmet! he was very lucky the helmet helped deflect the bullet and probably saved his life, the helmet did it's job.
  10. the Polish Wz50 seems to be one of the most common steel helmets used by Iraq, they must have received a large supply of export helmets from Poland, they also used the Polish Wz63 para helmet
  11. Thanks kozowy1967, the helmet also has a very rough texture, Im not sure if it's a wood chip finish or possible crushed shells? Ive had these with a rough sand finish, a corked finish, and a saw du...
  12. Thanks Kozowy1967, yes I picked it up in the US they are pretty common on the surplus market
  13. this helmet has a lot of history , it's been through some major battles, a fine addition
  14. Thanks SEAN, this is one of my favorite WWII helmets, I always liked the classic look of the Doughboy style helmets!
  15. thats an amazing piece of Trench Art , very nice details, whoever did the art work had excellent talent!
  16. I heard some National Guard units and USAF units still used steel helmets when they deployed to Desert Storm
  17. they are similiar to WWII style stainless steel mess trays, but they look a little different shape than US issue I usually pull mine out to use for Thanksgiving dinner
  18. thanks scott!
  19. maybe they had some type of special two piece mold with the impressions of the angel & roses, then they heated it up in a furnace to soften the metal to make it easier to tap out the impressions? mayb...
  20. blunderbuss, your correct it's a Hotchkiss 37 mm rd, this rd was probably fired out of a Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon invented in 1872, it looks like a ground dug battlefield relic.
  21. thanks Coinscoins1977, Ive been a collector all my life, Im always searching for interesting old relics & collectables, sometimes it takes years, sometimes weeks, sometimes tommorow, you never know, ...
  22. cool photo, thanks!
  23. a helmet with provenance, this makes it even more interesting knowing who used it and the name of the ship the owner served on, great find!
  24. Thanks, glad everyone enjoyed my displays
  25. thanks pops52, glad you liked it
  26. Hi rocker-sd, thanks, the canteen is a WWII British 37 Pattern canteen & carrier, the Israelis used a lot of WWII British gear, they're very common surplus items and dont cost much, less than $20
  27. at first I thought it was a old childhood photo of you? nice photo!
  28. vintage Original 12" GI Joes are my Favorite! I remember having one of the knock off [immitation Joe] I think he was called Fighting Yank? it came in a box similiar to a GI Joe and only cost .88 cents...
  29. Thanks fortapache, Im glad you liked my displays
  30. thats a very nice quality piece, looks like the type professionals use in the lab
  31. Thanks, your right, it is a very nice piece of history, just some things I picked up at the swap meet over the last few years at a bargain price!
  32. the US did the same, lots of gear from WWII was still used in the Korean war, Vietnam, cold war era, like the old M1 steel combat helmet used from 1941 - 1990, some units deployed during Desert Storm ...
  33. the metal storage canister is the same design as the type used during WWII by the luftschutz / anti aircraft defense / police also mfg by the same German company that made them during WWII I re...
  34. looks like a Romanian AKM Knife bayonet for use with the 7.62 mm. Kalashnikov AKM assault rifle. yours looks like it might be a battlefield pick up from Iraq? the Romanian AKM bayonet was a very c...
  35. thats a very nice display piece, definitely a museum quality item it looks like it has seen lots of action during the war, probably also used during Korea & Vietnam, I have a WW2 Russian 50mm morta...
  36. thanks, the spoons are not as common, probably because they were the most used eating utensils, I have a 1916 dated fork mfg by RIA and it still looks bright & shiny.
  37. thats a very nice collectable, it looks like it's in pretty good condition for it's age
  38. Thanks for looking, Im glad you enjoyed the helmet and the history! blunderbuss, thats interesting to know you have personal experience with Gendarmes and actually worked with them, thanks for the ...
  39. Thanks, I like to use real life photos to show how the items would have looked from the time period, to give it some identity instead of just a item on a table, a photo helps tell a story and show whe...
  40. a steel helmet must feel awful if you had to wear it out in the scorching hot desert , Ive seen lots of photos with soldiers smearing mud on the helmet for camouflage, smearing wet mud and letting it ...
  41. Thanks, no I havent read the book, but I have a interesting documentary video called The Game Wardens of Vietnam , the story of the Brown Water Navy, narrated by Robert Stack.
  42. it could be even be a ground dug battlefield relic piece? still makes a nice wall decoration on the wall or over the fire place
  43. "Souvenir belt" does sound more appropriate , the words "hate belt" kind of sound like something the KKK would use
  44. I wonder why they call them "HATE BELTS" ? if they have allied and enemy buttons & collar discs?
  45. Thanks for looking, yes I have seen Petey's helmets, he has a very nice collection of helmets.
  46. all the numbers match and I have test fired it with some Winchester ammo and it functioned flawlessly without any problems, the trigger has a "spongy' feel to it, I like the way it points naturally in...
  47. Thanks, yes my Luger is a DWM it's been in the family since the 1920's and was originally used to protect a family run Cafe / restaurant back in the 1920's - 1940's , it's 7.65 Luger and has two origi...
  48. the liner is in poor condition and is a simple leather band with three leather pieces , a different type not the same as a German M42 liner , the shell is also not of high quality steels like the Germ...
  49. thanks, I'll do more USN displays represeting the Riverine Forces or Brown Water Navy in Vietnam.
  50. the design of the shell dates back to 1944 but Hitler didnt approve of the new design, yes it does kind of resemble a cross between a Soviet Ssh68 "Cone head" helmet & German thanks!
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