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  1. peter monahan

    WW1 Uniforms...all nations

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing this. Peter
  2. Agreed. Many weapons designed for 'Asian' troops - Indians, Gurkhas et al - had smaller grips and occasionally were lighter in weight, so this is very likely a local modification done to suit the new users.
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    Officer in trench protection kit, mask and dog. Colour Rppc.

    What a great image! Thanks.
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    Where are all the Indian medal dealers on Ebay?

    Could well be, Duncan. I once bought a group of 8 to a Risaldar Major, Indian Cavalry out of a suitcase full of silver medals, smuggled out of India in defiance of the 'no exporting bullion' law. The irony is that the two non-silver gongs - 1914-15 Star and Victory Medal- had been thrown away by the picker who bought the group for the value of the metal. It may well be that the country has now banned all exports of military awards.
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    Where are all the Indian medal dealers on Ebay?

    At one time the only way to get silver medals out of India was 'privately' - undeclared or by arrangement with an accommodating shipper, as Indian law forbid the export of gold and silver. Probably honoured more in the breech than in the observance, but that was the law twenty or so years ago when I was trying, with limited success, to collect silver medals to the Indian Army. So, it may be the case that a new law, or new enforcement of an existing regulation, has made the dealers stop advertising - because I'd be very surprised if they stopped actually selling - on easily monitored platforms such as ebay. Just a guess, however. Ed Haynes, who runs the 'SA Gongs' Fbook page, will know if there is such a reason, as he is a true specialist and travels regularly to the subcontinent. Or perhaps they've just found better ways to market. But I would be interested to hear, if you find an answer! Peter
  6. Truly gorgeous objects, even if one ignores the medallic and historic importance. The book is good news too, Rusty! Good on ya, cobber! Peter
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    Ethiopia : Emperor's Bodyguard Long Service Badge

    As usual, the experts come through! And this is why the GMIC is one of my favourite destinations on the Web!
  8. The badges I've posted would have been worn from the 1910 re-naming until replaced by cloth titles sometime in the early '30s. Or until their disbandment? Michael, Gunner asked specifically about the 'KGO' S & M, and the illustrations seem clear - '61' = KGO. Or am I misunderstanding you? I can't explain the '61' but do believe that Ashok has it right. Here is the information from Wiki, sourced from the Corps of Engineers Museum. Gunner, I hope this helps. · 1803 1st company raised by Capt T Wood as Bengal Pioneers · 1851 became Corps of Bengal Sappers and Pioneers · 1903 became 1st Sappers and Miners · 1906 became 1st Prince of Wales's Own Sappers and Miners · 1910 became 1st King George V's Own Bengal Sappers and Miners · 1923 became King George V's Own Bengal Sappers and Miners · 1937 became King George V's Bengal Sappers and Miners · 1941 became King George V's Bengal Sappers and Miners Group of the Indian Engineers · 1946 became King George V's Group of the Royal Indian Engineers · 1947 half allocated to India on Partition and half to Pakistan Lord Kitchener's Reforms in 1903 saw it redesignated as the '1st Sappers and Miners' which was, again, altered in 1906 to '1st Prince of Wales's Own Sappers and Miners'. On the accession of George V to the throne in 1910 it was renamed '1st King George's Own Sappers and Miners' with the numerical nomination being dropped in 1923. In 1937 it was re-titled 'King George V's Bengal Sappers and Miners'. In 1941 they became the 'King George V's Bengal Sappers and Miners Group' of the Indian Engineers in 1946 the 'King George V's Group' of the Royal Indian Engineers. [The Royal Engineers Museum and Library “Corps History Part 10 - Indian Engineering Soldiers 1777-1947”;] https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Bengal_Sappers_and_Miners
  9. MonsieurJ Welcome to the GMIC! I am in Canada and can only speak for the situation here, but between confidentiality rules and slow digitization of records - beginning with the oldest, for obvious reasons - I do know that WWII records are harder to research than WWI and 'between' and 'after' the 'Wars' quite tough. However I'm confident that some of our UK members will offer useful advice. Again, welcome, and good luck in your hunt! Peter
  10. Proof marks and identifying marks - batch, year, etc, -were stamped at the 'top' of the blade, just below the guard, by the manufacturer. I think I recall that regimental marks, as here, were stamped somewhere on the hilt. I believe I've seen an example where a Cdn. regiment had stamped the hilt where it joined the hilt/grip, but can't remember details, so these markings seem 'right' to me.
  11. This regiment became the 'KGO Sappers and Miners' in 1910, formerly the 'Prince of Wales S&M'. Their shoulder title was a curved brass one, with a large '61' - their precedence number in the line - over 'K.G.O. PIONEERS'. [Ashok Nath, Sowars and Sepoys in the Great War, p213, no. 674].
  12. Very interesting indeed! Presumably the Jordanians concluded that the heavy bowl was of little use and, to save weight, made some 'mods'. Possibly for dismounted use or perhaps simply because, while they needed/wanted to carry them, there was no expectation of mounted combat and so no need for the full length and full bowl of what was, in essence, designed as a short lance. A fascinating story I read decades ago refers to hundreds of US cavalry sabres sent out to the Philippines & Australia just before or early in WWII. Brand new, never issued. After the last horsed unit in the Philippines - the 26th Cavalry - charged on and then ate their mounts, the sabres were repurposed as machetes by: grinding down the hilts and shortening both blades and scabbards. I never bothered to really research the story, in a novel by a US writer with intimate ties to the US Army, but it has a ring of truth. My suspicion is that these, especially if there are examples in the TFF Museum, were an official modification and issued as such. My tuppence worth! Peter
  13. It's interesting how different colors react so differently to time and light. Canada just celebrated it's 150th birthday and a number of friends have bumper stickers noting the anniversary. In all cases, the colours - 12-18 months later - are crisp and bright, except for the red on the flag and lettering, which has faded to a banana yellow. And, while red is notorious for that problem, kit's not the only dye to cause problems. Odd, but in a way, fascinating.
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    Ethopian Victory Medal, 1941

    Ribbons for African and Asian decorations, especially older or obsolete ones, are notoriously difficult to find/replace and many examples are sold with what appear to be 'close enough' type substitutes or replacements. But, yes, disappointing and annoying.