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    British Army capbadges 1914 to date.
    Soviet awards and qualification badges 1917 - 90
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  1. Good evening gents, I have been a discrete "reader" here for a while and must admit I have not posted as much as I should for one as enthusiastic about the hobby as I am. Sorry, no excuse other than time v work etc! I know this is an old thread and Reg above would have perhaps been the ideal person to anwer my question but he seems to have gone the same way I did! I have been a collector of British cap badges etc since the early '70s and I spent two years in the same garrison as the RHF but despite this I have a question that I can't answer. Simp
  2. Thanks Mike I appreciate the input. I bought my copy of K&K close to 30 years ago and it is a great publication but as you know it does not show the reverse of the badges nor does it cover much of the small details that make the difference between original and fake. As I say, I do like the overall appearance of my badge I just can't seem to pin down the differences in construction from say Victorian to WWI to WWII and post war that are very telling when it comes to authentication. Thanks again Regards Mark
  3. Good afternoon gents, I am much more a reader than a poster here mainly because there are only so many hours in a day rather than me not being inclined. I have collected British military cap badges since the early '70s but for most of that time my attention has been focussed on the infantry regiments. As I have begun to add the cavalry regiments over the last few years I have long been a little uncertain of the various badges on the market from The 5th Royal Irish Lancers. I may be looking in the wrong places but I have searched here unti my eyes hurt and I can't find a sin
  4. Thank you I appreciate it. The correct chinstrap is the one in the post by Ironduke although it would never be worn (for long) in that colour as the heavy application of dark brown polish would see to that! These caps were actually worn by RMP until 1974 (not 1968) when replaced by the red beret (the publicity blurb said "In order to fit long redcaps into short cars" coinciding with the introduction of "saloon" cars in lieu of Landrovers for garrison policing) however, they did hang around in use in Northern Ireland for a while longer. Oh and the red "duster" was required to have creases
  5. I see this is an old thread but I just came across it whilst looking for something else as I am much more a reader here than a poster (only double digits in about ten years!!!) However, I just had to comment on the cap badge which is possibly the worst fake I have ever seen posing as a real one!!! The chinstrap too is at best a pretty modern one. The correct issued type for these hats came in a light tan colour and was made brown with dark brown polish vigourously "bulled" into it. I Believe this type is a modern version still issued to the Household Cavalry and a couple of other uni
  6. I agree that Renaissance Wax (this is a brand name) is good and highly thought of in many areas of artifact conservation but I doubt you would find it except by ordering it on the internet whereas I believe something like Vaseline (a petroleum jelly meant for topical application to human skin) should be available in your local pharmacy. First remove the surface rust with something like a toothbrush, nothing harder!. Ensure that the medal is 100% dry. Then, using the cleaned and dry toothbrush apply a very small amount of Vaseline and brush it into every feature of the medal. Leave the medal in
  7. Hi Alec (or is it BD?), Glad to help and I'm sure we all hold bits and pieces of info that can answer a question for somebody else! Afraid I have no idea about the tie. You would have to ask a uniform collector but I doubt you would be able to retire on the proceeds!! If I were to guess (and it would be a guess) I would not expect to see one of these for more than €20 at the most but I could be totally off the mark. It of course depends on the seller and most importantly the buyer needing it to complete an outfit. I doubt it would be collectable in its' own right. Regards Mark
  8. Hi Alec, My interest is more ground forces than naval but I believe (and I stand to be corrected) with a reasonable degree of certainty that both the shoulder straps and the arm badges are WWII Kriegsmarine. The shoulder boards are for the wool tunic or "feldbluse" of a private soldier of coastal artillery 2nd Battailion I think. The arm badges are rank chevrons (armwinkel) for a Hauptgefreiter of motor transport. I think I am correct that a Hauptgefreiter would be equivalent to an Able Seaman in the RN. Clearly the two examples are of different material and I would suggest that th
  9. Thanks Gordon, I stand corrected! A closer look at the pic shows it is much more recent than the early uniform period I was talking about when blue was worn in the then British Zone. I should have mentioned that I am a militaria collector rather than a police specialist and that my brief interest in police items was born of a professional connection. I left Germany some 12 years ago and sadly have not had the chance to return so far therefore I did not know of the uniform change. However, having checked with my german friends it seems that Hamburg (in the pic) and the Bundespolizei (Federal
  10. An interesting thread. Having spent some 14 years serving in Germany I did have a bit of a digression from my main interests and found myself seeking out a small collection of modern German Polizei and BW stuff. I think I am right that Gordons pic is not a Bavarian Polizist but one from Hamburg (the arm badge has the Hamburg Landeswappen of a white castle on red ground as opposed to the Bavarian blue and white harlequin design) at the opposite end of the country and he is in the "pre-federal" uniform with the US style "three penny bit" cap unlike the green ensemble worn today. Regards
  11. Although I tend to limit my collection to Third Reich items the Silesian Eagle is often found in the same group as TR awards which apart from the fact that it has a certain appeal in itself probably means I should make a space for it! However, I know virtually nothing about the medal itself and am not really in a position to comment on originality so I would appreciate opinions on this one. It came with a number of other (totally authentic) TR items and although I would have left it the seller was not inclined to remove it from the deal. I was (and remain) very sceptical of this medal
  12. EKII doc to a member of Pol. Schuetzen Regt 2. Signatory is Karl PFEFFER-WILDENBRUCH an artillery officer and later staff officer from 1907 until the end of WWI.Between the wars he was a police officer rising to the position of police commander of Osnabrueck and Magdeburg befor becoming Inspector General of police schools. He joined the SS in 1939 and became the commanding officer of 4th SS Polizei Div. He later commanded VI SS Corps and IX SS Mountain Corps. During his command of the defence of Budapest in 1945 he received the RK in January followed by Oaks in February. He was severely wou
  13. Thanks for the welcome Stuart. I joined over a year ago but hitherto had little reason to post as I was able to find what I was looking for in the archive material. I have been a military enthusiast / collector for some 35 years and as we all know the relatively recent advent of the internet has made things an awful lot easier! So, I'm glad to be here albeit that I am still finding my way around "The Labyrinthe"! Anyway, back to the topic, anyone else have an idea? Regards Mark
  14. Thanks Stuart, I have encountered the "two chinstrap" thing you describe both in military No1 / No2 hats and particularly in police hats / helmets. However, whenever I have seen this (or done it myself!!), one has been worn in the regulation manner whilst the other is tucked loose inside the relevent headress for immediate use in preventing wind or other force from causing loss of the hat!! This "over and under" around the cap badge with both parts tight to the hat seems to be something different to me. Regards Mark
  15. Good afternoon gents, I am afraid that since joing the forum I have been little other than a passive spectator but now find I have a question I can't answer and hope for help from someone who can! Someone recently brought to my attention a rather unusual method of wearing the chinstrap on the British Army SD hat circa WWI. This involves separating the two parts of the strap inbetween the buckles passing one above and the other below the cap badge. I have not seen this before and wonder if anyone here has? I have attached a picture to illustrate this which I believe shows members of
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