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!
  15. Well spotted, Georg.
  16. If they went through Spinks presumably they're in good hands and unlikely to go into anyone's smelter. Further to my ancient comments on the Yellow Boys and their customs, many many years ago I corresponded with a WWII member of the regiment. He went back to India - in the '70s, I think - and of course visited his old regiment. He was welcomed with open arms and taken into the Mess, where he swears the bar stools were made from old polo saddles and asked if he could identify the officers pictured in a series of caricatures which still hung on the Mess walls from 1943 or so! Tradition trumps nationalism!
  17. I don't know enough to have an opinion, but good luck with the hunt, That's an impressive record of service, whoever he is!
  18. Thanks for checking in, Aud. Your name comes up not infrequently on the GMIC - whenever someone has an SA research question, in fact! And, of course, one of our most esteemed members, the late Mervyn Mitlon was from down your way, which probably helps. Hope you're able to get back into the archives as soon as they predict! Peter
  19. JF42 Thanks for the very useful comments on the use of bearskins. I should have made it clearer that I was referring only to what a bearskin looks like after 500 -800 -1000 wearings in the sun, and not to the authenticity of the cap per se. My key point was 'get an expert opinion'!
  20. That's a lovely pair. Note that the LSGC has the special ribbon authorized for wear by the HAc and not the usual issue ribbon. I suspect the pairing is what adds to the value, though I'm no expert, and that either by itself might bring only 25-30% of the estimate. Thansk for posting, Troope!
  21. Yes, one of the frustrations for historians [and family history buffs] are those who don't care. I have researched a british officer who distinguished himeslf in Canada in 1812-15 and then went on to be... a minor civil servant. His tunic, sword and so on existed as late as the 1950s or so but a descendant says he thinks his mom threw them down a well on the family farm after selling all the good stuff to a travelling peddlar! I hope you find the photo. The story has all the makings of a romance film!
  22. Yes, and the HAC claims, with some truth, I think, to be one of the oldest [still active] military units in 'the world'. In fact, when they were formed in 1637 'artillery' meant anything which flew through the air and the were archers, and have never been Gunners as such. Their HQ is no the venue for high end parties and such in London.
  23. I'm glad you clarified that, as I had hold of the wrong end of the stick! I thouhgt it was the current Crown Prince, which would date it from a narrow window - 2012 to today - but the photo - colour and so on - looked very 1960s, as did the V. blinds. Thanks for clearing that up. So, this is the gent who scandalized Tongan society by marrying his cousin?
  24. Nice one indeed!