peter monahan

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  1. I can't speak to the country of origin, but there are several possibilities as to function. One, they are defensive positions meant to provide a wider field of fire for riflemen or MGs than the standard 'crenellated' trench design. Two, if the are in fact BEHIND, the main trench they are a series of bays meant to hold weapons or men, allowing a large number to be concetrated into a narrow section of the front. I tend to lean to the latter expanation, having seen diagrams of British trenches not unlike this: a front line or even front and second line and then a cluster of small pits to house reserve troops and supplies. It is a very efficient use of space on a restricted front, though it does invite shelling in a way a greater dispersal does not. That said, the military often took such risks - the way in which aircraft are lined up for refuelling and so on being a classic example - close for ease of access but more subject to strafing. So, my conclusion: reserve bays rather than defensive positions. And that opinion is worth what you pay for it!
  2. Given the fastening, that would be my guess. Also, the two outer wreathes/rings look awfully delicate for something meant to go on a uniform, even as a pocket badge. My two cents worth.
  3. I agree that heads are bigger now than they were. Unfortunately, or perhaps in this case fortunately, that tends to mean that smaller hats survive better, especially when re-issued, as they are less likely to be used in later periods. Ditto smaller size tunics: of little use to re-enactors, regimental colour guards in period kit and so on.
  4. Big City Welxcome to the GMIC! In answer to your question, I'm not sure which post you mean but you will likely have better luck if you ask the original poster directly. Just click on the screen name of the person who posted and you can send him a private message. Peter
  5. That is a very impressive collection indeed, Heusy! Thank you for sharing it. Both the weaknes and the strength od a forum like ours is that it is entirely member driven, so a topic or theme which many of us are interested in/know about will be well represented in the posts or even have its own sub-forum, while lesser known conflicts areas and people are not well represented. You have, by posting these descriptions and photos certainly added considerably to MY knowlkedge of that conflict, which was very limited. If you'd care to keep posting, you may find a number of us will follow and even comment and perhaps a member or two will have their own items to share. Thanks again! Peter
  6. Very nice! For a brief period I collected post '47 Indian medlas but never got above a few examples, as here in Canada they are quite rare, except as worn by members of our Corps of Commissionaires. The Corps are security guards at government establishments and one must have served in a Commonwealth armed force to apply for the job. We have a good number of South Asians, mostly Sikhs, in the Corps and it always used to catch my eye to see British medals for WWII worn AFTER the Indian Army awards as, of course, they count as foreign awards in India. Thanks for sharing that, Shubham! Peter
  7. And now i know what 'goauche' is. Thanks, Owen! Great painting. I used several similarly themed prints when I organized an exhibit on India troops in WWI, mostly variations on the 'Old Lion defended by her cubs' theme, with various cubs labelled Canada, India, Australia and so on.
  8. I have just printed a book on 70 WWI soldiers from my area who died in that conflict. One was a pilot cadet who crashed his plane on Nov.9 and died on the 11th, the last day of the war and another was a boy who enlisted underage 3 times and only got to go to France in July 1918 when he 'officially' turned 19. I'm not convniced he was 19 even then. He was part of a regiment marching through Belgian villages being fteted with wine and food, wounded by a stray shell and also died on Amrstice Day. All tragic deaths. Thank you both for caring to remember!
  9. Looks good to me as well.
  10. That sounds right. You'd have a devil of a time getting a map OUT of a case that thin. My guess was going to be some type of 'instrument' but fife, which I suppose IS an instrument, makes perfect sense.
  11. I don't believe that anyone is advocating taking anyone else off the GMIC at this point. And, please, recall the word 'Gentlemen'. I believe we can disagree civilly.
  12. Pete There is a site, origiannly run by a British couple, i believe, which contains hundreds if not thousands of CWGC headstone photographs. Not sure whether or ot they do WWII, but here is the site associated with the CWGC itself:
  13. Lovely collection! Thanks for sharing.
  14. Very nice photos, Kekoa. Thanks for sharing them!