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  1. Royal Field Artillery

    Battle of Pilckem Ridge. North of Ypres 2 August 1917 Really difficult to get the photo colours right as it's pouring with rain here
  2. Gents Bought these a few weeks ago and have utterly failed to find anything on the movements of Regt 161. Obviously spent time on the Somme but a few more details would be nice. Bar awarded to Rudolf Contzen of Koblenz, mostly made up of post war additions I believe. The honour cross is mounted within a hardcovered folder along with some award certs (no EK2 award doc though). No idea why the honour cross wasn't mounted on the bar other than he probably had the bar made up before he received the honour cross in 1935 (the other award certs are dated 1929).
  3. Gents A bit of help please. A GMIC member is interested in buying the above bar, folder and certs. I think I remember how much I paid but cannot honestly say whether I got it cheap or whether I had my trousers pulled down. (I always seemed to pay for the wrong thing a couple of years ago - remember the EK1 that really binned me). Can anyone let me know the value of the above bar, folder and paperwork. PM me or on here if you like so that I can give the member an honest value. Thanks in advance
  4. Gents I've been doing a bit of research for a plaque that I'm painting for work at the Army Air Corps. Discussing their history with some of the uniforms there (and ex uniforms) we thought it would be a good shout to do something to commemorate the original Glider Pilot Regiment (1942 - 1957) who trained as just about the most complete soldier there ever was (or probably ever will be). During my research I managed to find an old magazine dated 24th March 1945 which may be of interest to you. Obviously written after their operations in Norway, Sicily, Normandy (D-Day) and Arnhem. But before Varsity (the Rhine landings actually took place on the same date as this magazine). I've done some scans of the article from 'Illustrated' magazine. Knowing that pictures on here can be difficult to read, I've split the pages up into pieces so that they are easier read (hopefully in the correct order). Here's the start of the artwork for their plaque with the WW2 AAC cap badge and the title of the magazine.
  5. All unassuming men. Always very pleasant with nothing to prove. They will all be missed.
  6. Interestingly their role has been replaced by helicopters - (reconnaissance, transportation and attack) - but the thoughts at the end of the article still stand.
  7. Well, that seemed to work, here's page two
  8. First page (hopefully I've resized so that they can still be read ) There were a lot of RAF pilots recruited due to the massive losses at Arnhem.
  9. WWI Militaria Market

    Just been to a militaria show/sale today 1st Feb (pinch punch no return). Original WW1 stuff seems to be on the up. I can't get anything relic at the prices they were just a few months ago. Maybe it's the time of year or blokes fed up with a lack of anything for sale in town centres these days. I don't remember a hike this time last year though. All sorts of relics were in the £30 - £50 range last year. Now they are in the £70 - £100 range and for proper poo ones too. WW1 medal trios, especially KIA with plaque look to be up quite a bit in the several hundreds of pounds. Four bar Crimean are into the nine hundreds while Waterloo and Peninsilar GSMs are back down just over 2Gs. Lots more WW1 British helmets about getting up towards, and passed the five hundred mark. WW2 Brits are starting at £50 with private purchased (leather straps etc) way up over the £150 mark.
  10. British Sniper Plate

    A bit of a challenge (even trying to carry it around) A couple of days spent blocking out the picture adding bits and taking others away but you get the general idea. Lots of barbed wire, a few poppies and hopefully after a few weeks.... The plate itself is slightly bent probably having been hit when the hinged cover was broken off. A great thing but will need some big screws if it's to go on the wall.
  11. Hopefully this is going to be interesting and you can help with a bit of research. We have a fairly regular 'show and tell' around the office. There's a fair bit of experience given that most have served their time in various units and quite a few interesting bits and bobs appear. Here's one that appeared this week I've still got a couple of items to photo - the Bomber Command clasp and his RAF transport command ID badge. And then there's his two volumes of log books to read through. The group is to the father of a work colleague (I also have his Grandfather's WW1 medals which I'll get on another thread) - they are to 574021 Flight Engineer David Arthur Lawes. He served in various sqns throughout WW2 and then on the Berlin airlifts. I'd like to get some info to pass back as its another story of wishing that he'd discussed his father's service while he was still here. As I wished I had done. All help would be appreciated.
  12. Jamyam Thanks for that, I'll have a chat with Pathfinder's son and let him know. Cheers
  13. Would these be for keeping a dress lanyard in the correct place, particularly if wearing two with the first already connected to the button?
  14. M42 Helmet

    This is quite nice
  15. M42 Helmet

    Jock, I never took it that way and sorry if my reply read as though I did. But I do think you raised some good questions. No doubt, I've become interested in making these helmets as good as I possibly can, or until I get bored. Or possibly the price of relics and my time costs doing the artwork will outprice genuine helmets available. I'll always be clear when undertaking commissions or selling these helmets. They are all marked with where they've come from, albeit a very easily removed signature type mark. Even welding (although welding to these relics would be very difficult) would be fairly easy to get rid of. Nearly all are pretty easily seen to be restored if you look inside as I use glass fibre and filler to strengthen and fill holes. I can't be arsed with the work to make the inside as good as the outside. So unless someone is going to ask me to paint a good quality helmet or spend a really horrible few days to sand/grind the inside then they'll always be pretty easy to see. I agree with more devious work they could become more. My early stuff is far too naff to fool anyone and all of my later stuff has themed artwork applied. I would recognise any of the helmets I have produced and as I keep very good records (for the tax man) I would dob in anyone I saw trying to pull any wool over anyone. But you never know, maybe my paintwork will be worth far more than any helmet in the future. Look at the prices our homeboy Banksy bollox is pulling. And even that Gogh bloke who knew where he wanted to be by saying "I try things I can't do so that I can get better at them" never got any further than his painting by numbers splodges.
  16. M42 Helmet

    Some good questions that I honestly don't really have an answer to and would be happy to discuss to get clear in my own mind. I think forgers are artists in a way, particularly forgers of paintings. The techniques take a lot of learning which requires a lot of interest or, I suppose, incentive in some way. Perhaps that incentive could be greed. I'm in no way leading the market (so to speak) in restoring relics and/or ageing replicas. There are some very very expensive replica helmets out there (Fallschirmjager helmets for over £500 for instance). Application of a good technique in painting and ageing would make them look and feel like the real deal. Add and age some good quality decals and application of the correct type of paint could get these helmets onto the shelves of some collectors no doubt. With the prices that we're seeing for high end SS and Paratrooper helmets I've no doubt there's helmets coming off of production lines somewhere. I'm never going to get into the high end reproductions, nor am I going to present a restored helmet for anything other than what it is. All of the decals on mine are hand painted so wouldn't fool anyone with any knowledge at all. Mots of my restored helmets have plenty of filler but admittedly not easily seen. All of my helmets are also signed. By the way, all artwork is copyrighted with the artist unless that copyright is signed away. However, one of my helmets (without themed artwork all over it) in another person's hands? The removal of the signature and replacement of the painted decal would be pretty simple. And, as we all know, a lot of militaria sales are made without an in depth knowledge of the subject, are done off the cuff and forged helmets do pull people's trousers down regularly. Particularly young and/or inexperienced collectors. I attended a show a few months ago and saw a young guy try to sell his helmet to a dealer. The dealer saw that it was a copy straight off and told the young guy that he'd buy it as a replica. The youngster wasn't happy as he'd paid many times what the dealer was offering. I did give it the once over and it was clearly a copy, quite a bad one in fact. I felt pretty bad for him having been there myself on several items, as you all know. I don't collect much stuff now due to this. I do like doing these helmets but with relics now getting expensive, they are pretty difficult to display (unless you have a war room) and me probably moving into some other form of artwork there's not going to be that many (without themed artwork) to catch anyone. I really hope so.
  17. M42 Helmet

    Tried a new technique that came out pretty well. Originally was a LOT worse condition than the one below. It came as the rubbish one in a batch of relics that I bought together. I had to rebuild all of the raw edges (which took absolutely ages - days in fact) so it was my trial and error helmet. It also has a batch and maker's stamp now (all correct as I've checked them in the batch numbers book). I'll add a liner and chinstrap at some point, age them and probably keep on the shelf as a display next to an example relic. It looks pretty good in the hand as the camo coat looks like it's worn and peeled off of the grey base paint (which is what I did), through which is peeping rusty steel. I still need to think through how to make it even better but I'm getting there.
  18. British Sniper Plate

    Well, still got to check out the barbed wire, add a paw and signature but sort of about there I think. A bit more impressionistic which I may want to get back into in a few weeks....
  19. British Sniper Plate

    I'll have to go have a look now. By the way, just a thought.....why is it that we see, in our mind's eye, WW1 pictures as black and white, while we see Napoleonic pictures in colour. Is it because there's no photos even though there's plenty of photos of the troops from the Crimea. And another thing, why is it that we (or is it just me) are happy to see, in pictures, Allies facing from left to right and Germans facing from right to left? I'm doing some research to complete a WW1 sniper picture. Looking up photos of rifles for reference they seem to be not quite correct if they are facing from left to right and I feel that the painting would 'feel' better if the sniper was aiming/firing towards the left side of the picture. Is it due to what we're used to as the direction of the war? Do you Gents in Germany feel the same?
  20. I had a bit of a walk into town today with the intention of having a look round an exhibition about Bristol's people during WW1. As i arrived a red carpet was being rolled outside the main entrance, over which I naturally walked asking the workmen how they knew I was coming. I was promptly ejected from the foyer being told that the museum was closed due to the President of Singapore arriving at any time. I was then swept up by the Police doing a shoulder to shoulder search along the Quay front and ushered into the upper floors of the museum. They obviously didn't know who I was either (phew). So i was stuck looking round the stuff about Slavery and how Bristol grew from an ant farm into the centre of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's greatest achievements. Civil Engineers all get a bit big for their boots I think especially seeing as he was 4 feet 6 inches tall including his top hat. Any old end up, I came across this in a case and thought some of you may be interested. I have no idea what or age as i couldn't be bothered to try to read another minuscule info sheet in a trendily moody and very dark museum. I expect I'll go back soon to see the WW1 stuff and I suppose i could walk back upstairs to check the details.
  21. Paul Yes, a nice commendation. Thanks for finding it. I'll let Steve know. Cheers
  22. British Sniper Plate

    A bit closer but still a long way
  23. ARP

    A few ARP bits and bobs that came together