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    Now living in Bristol with a mate.

    Apparently I draw a bit - other people have told me I do, so there.

    Have tunnelled through most parts of the UK and still haven't made it out.

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  1. Really nice, and I know how much time and patience these take. Well done. The little Type 95 car is just great. The hammered flat twisted wire reminds me of Triumph speedo cables.
  2. Just remembered that I had this in the back of the drawer. A letter written in 1927 from a Mr Weisse who had promised to send a souvenir to an associate in England. The letter contained an EKII (which I still have). Quoting directly from the hand written letter: "here enclosed is one, an "Iron Cross." It is not easy to get them as the German braves are as proud of them as the British with the V.C." So, even getting on for ten years after the war, it seems as though the veterans held them in very high regard. As a side note the EKII was enclosed in it's own hand
  3. I've also really liked this image. The old grizzled veteran and his wife. I think the wife is wearing her best (looks to be a paisley patterned shawl) and is almost smiling (not common at that time as it was a serious matter to go get your photo taken). The Paisley design first appeared around 200AD in Persia - during the 1600s the Paisley pattern started to appear on shawls imported by the East India Company. In the 1800s the weavers in the town of Paisley, Scotland became the primary producers of the pattern due to their skill in producing the design in more than two colours.
  4. Paul, This is an ambrotype photo - a positive photo on glass - (ie there's only one, like a polariod or a print on paper). They were started to be used around 1850 and were superseded by the Tintype process around 1860. Produced in that 10 year period then. The MGSM was approved in 1847 (which had to be retrospectively applied for) and awarded for campaigns between 1793 and 1814. So our man in the picture above could have been 18ish in 1793 or 18ish in 1814 to give his age between 56 and 87. I'd put him in there somewhere. Cheers, Steve
  5. Alex, thanks for that. It seems to be the only choice as I really can't find a match with any other medal given the close up of the photo. Which is why I went for the GSM in the painting. Cheers, Steve
  6. Looks to be matching turtle pattern camo rather than the 1918 Ludendorff black (finger width) outlined angular camo. I assume done post war rather than all from the same unit ignoring the helmet camo order. See, you've got to be careful with those supposed wartime camo helmets. Even Walt Disney said he painted them up after the war to shoot full of holes and sell onto collectors.
  7. Given the dates (1850-60) of the ambrotype in my posting about the unknown medal, I've taken the decision to go for the Peninsular War. He's now propped up in the workshop/cave.
  8. I've posted this picture previously but was never really happy that the medal was nailed down. The picture is easily found on t'tinternet and has various captions associated with it. The seated gent is always seen as a veteran but it varies from Waterloo, Peninsular Wars to the Crimean and the US Civil War. It's an Ambrotype photo on a glass plate from around 1850-60. It was found at an auction (Christie's I think) by Bruce Bernard in the 1970s who later tracked it down again for inclusion in his book "photodiscovery". The caption in this book reads "Veteran of Waterloo and his wife"
  9. This is just astounding, I can see why it took so long, how is it possible to match the places so well
  10. I suppose he could've fought for both sides - maybe lost a finger to the Russians and another to the Germans - now that would've been a story not to miss. Steve
  11. Ravs Try the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester: https://www.keepmilitarymuseum.org/history/first+world+war/the+dorsetshire+regiment Steve
  12. Brian, sorry, not a comment on your blog just an amazed reaction to Colin's first ever oil painting on canvass. Colin, just wow my man. Applause all round I think and other superlatives from someone who's tried to paint for many years. Bugger.
  13. Thanks Peter, hope your retirement is going ok. No idea how I ever had the time to go to work, but retirement is miles and miles better. Otto Carius of 2.sPzAbt 502 - the ones with the painted woolly mammoths - and another Tiger destroyed 17 tanks including a JS-1 in a 20 minute action in Malinava (Eastern Front). He is credited with over 150 kills and the only Tiger to have shot down an aircraft! He said it took his gunner two shots before he got one though - good grief. After the war he gained the qualifications and opened a chemist called 'Tiger Apotheke'. His book "Tigers in the
  14. It's been hanging around in a rather large box for a while, so while I'm waiting for the Triumph spares shops to catch up on deliveries: Looks quite good perched on an old ammo box
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