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  1. Dear Gents, In the past I tried to find information about the British "1914 Leather Equipment", especially about the snake clasp. So far nobody was able to help. I'm about 5 month's member of GMIC now and I noticed, in fact I'm perplexed by the knowledge of the members. I must admit I don't know a similar forum like GMIC. The way it gives information, the way the members are sharing their photographs and knowledge. Really great. Thank everyone of you. Back to the snake clasp now. Have 5 snake clasps, and 4 are totally different. The snake buckle belt (1914 Leather Equipment) was used by the British Army. Later the Belgian army also used this type of belt for a period (more narrow; about 4 cm = 1,5 inch, the British belt is about 2 inch broad)) Maybe other armies also used this type of belt? I saw photographs of British policemen and photograph's of Belgian members of the fire brigade with a snake belt as well. So I was wondering, what are the origins of this type of waistbelt. I was told it was used since the 19th century by the British Forces and the origins are from India (?). But that's all I know. I will enclose some pics. The shape is the same, a horizontal S, but 4 of the snakes has a different engraving. Perhaps because of the different manufacturers? Is there anyone who can trow a light on this, or recommend me a good book on this topic. With kind regards, Jef PS. snake 1 was found in the Ypres area. British type ([attachmentid=40784)
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    Unknown Belgian? medal

    Hey david, Saw here a medal for sale: https://www.2dehands.be/verzamelen/overige-verzamelstukken/leger-oorlog-marine/medaille-onoffici%C3%ABle-orde-van-leeuw-386991625.html Text says: not official order of the Lion veterans. But as long I don’t see the paperwork, I'm afraid I don’t believe it kind regards, Jef
  3. Thank you Guy. I know a library where I can find those MB's kind regards, Jef
  4. Hello Guy, Do you know which article ( source, date) is dealing with this medal please. I have several articles of Mr Borné put together in a map but was not able to find this medal. This means there are other articles I don't have. Thank you. regards, jef
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    In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    Rest in peace, dear friend.
  6. Dear Peter, The problem is, the writer is not a Vet but was a child of 12 years old during WWI. In his late eighties he wrote some memories of his childhood during WWI. With kind regards, Jef
  7. Thank you Peter, The fact it was written in memoirs ( ca. 1980) makes it sometimes hard to believe. Wish I found a diary with more detailed information. At a moment I even was thinking about Americans, because the 91st and 37th US divisions were in the area. But I was told they wore their overseas cap and not the campaing hat. kind regards, Jef
  8. Thank you Peter once more. A few years ago I published a study for the Belgian branch WFA about the Second and Fifth Armies during 8-11 november 1918. I'm afraid there were no Canadian troops. But at the right side of the Fifth army was the zone of the First Army. Some parts were Canadian sectors. I will check these sectors. Now I know Canadian mounted troops wore stettons I will check Edmonds' official history , Becke's Order of Battle and James Battles and engagements. With kind regards, Jef
  9. Thank you Peter for this. Wondering which Canadian mounted units were here in South West Flanders, Belgium, december 1918? The area was liberated end October 1918 by the Second Army. The only "geographical Canadians" who fought here was the 1st /Newfoundland Rgt. That time British dominion. with kind regards from Flanders, Jef
  10. Dear Peter, Thank you for your answer. I'm afraid I don't have a photograph. The only thing I read in memoirs ( written in 1980) is that the soldiers wore cowboy hats and were Canadiens???? That's why I was thinking of frontiersmen... kind regards, Jef
  11. Dear Gents, Is there a possebility some Frontiersmen were active in Flanders in November/December 1918? A local diary speaks about Canadians with hats. As far as I'm concerned Canadiands didn't wear hats during WWI or am I wrong. Frontiersmen??? with kind regards, Jef
  12. Thank you Bayern. I'm still looking to photographs, maybe I'll find similar retangular insignia? kind regards, Jef
  13. Dear Gents, Would like to have any information on this uniform please. The man was a POW in Flanders end 1917 and 1918. Have been looking in books and on the net and I think the man wears a "Fatiche di Guerra) ribbon without a single star. This means one year front service.(?) Does anyone knows the insignia worn under the ribbon? Could it be a POW number????It is also difficult to recognize the collar patches, as it depends on the colour. I would be grateful for any help. With kind regards from Flanders, Jef
  14. Thank You Bayern for your answer. I was wondering what the retangular insignia means under the Fatiche diguerra. His POW number? Kind regards from Flanders, Jef
  15. Hello Vincent, second from left is a Belgian commemoration medal of the Rhine Army post WWII ( veteranorganisation.) Medal exist in gilt, silver coloured and bronze Third from left: Nationale vereniging der vrijwilligers veldleger 11/11/1918- 28/6/1919. Some time ago I sent you some information about Militaria Belgica . You can find detailed info on page 49 of an 1992 issue. Also exists in gilt, silver coloured and bronze. Jef
  16. Wonderful Vincent. Have here some additional info from the Somerset County Gazette. The book written by M Claridge , Glastonbury's other legacy ( I travel once a year to G'bury) gives detailed information about names of Belgian families etc... Again you have a nice medal, although not official, but with history in your collection. Jef Forgot to mention. The newspaper is a commemorative edition 1914-2014 of the Somerset County Gazette , available in the Taunton museum. Jef
  17. Hello Vincent, Sorry, don't have an answer on your question. The only thing I know is, Taunton has a wonderful museum. Two years ago I visited the military museum of the Somerset light infantry etc.... If you don't find an answer here, you might try https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/somerset-military-museum-3/? Lots of succes, Jef
  18. A great goup, medals and uniform, all in one. jef
  19. Wonderful. Have a question. I see 3 foreign (not Belgian) medals in the middle of the group and not at the end. Is this correct? Just want to learn. Jef
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    Belgian Shako

    I'm looking forward to it. Jef
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    Belgian Shako

    Wonderful Guy, you must have collected a lot in 45 years time. I bet we only saw a tip of the Iceberg. Jef
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    IR 360 & 361

    Hello Stijn, You can find the Regimental Geschichte of IR 360 in Leipzig: Send a mail, they will help you Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Deutscher Platz 1 D-04103 Leipzig Telefon: +49-341-2271-453 Telefax: +49-341-2271-470 mailto:info-l@dnb.de http://www.dnb.de Hello again Stijn, Sent a PM Jef
  23. Kris, you don't have to appologize. Those lapelbadges are non official and it's always difficult to know what it really is. Jef