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British WW1 Trench Whistle

Posted in Field Gear, Musical Instruments with tags , , on July 20, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomA simple, yet evocative item. This is a 1916 dated British officer’s trench whistle. I deliberately looked for a 1916 date because the centenary of the Battle of the Somme passed this month. The whistle was manufactured by D’Courcy & Co from Birmingham.

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Lancashire Fusiliers go “over the top”, first day of the Somme, July 1st 1916.

Hitler Youth Bakelite Whistle

Posted in Accessories, Field Gear with tags , on February 2, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is an RZM stamped bakelite whistle as issued to section leaders and above in the Hitler Youth.

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Luftwaffe Cargo Tag

Posted in Field Gear with tags , , , on May 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a Luftwaffe cargo tag. These were attached to crates before being loaded onto transport aircraft like the Ju-52. The colour and shape indicated weight (for balancing the load) as well as contents (for priority). These can be found by the thousands scattered all over Russia at ex-Luftwaffe airfields. This particular one came from Pitomnik Airfield in Stalingrad. If anyone tells you they are wound evacuation tags they are full of shit.

The colours and shapes follow this standard…

Red square tag – Heavy weight class – not fragile (20 Kgs. / 44 lbs.)
Yellow square tag – Medium weight class – not fragile (10 Kgs. / 22 lbs.)
White (Green?) square tag – Medium weight class – fragile (10 Kgs. / 22 lbs.)
Red round tag – Light weight class – not fragile (5 Kgs. / 11 lbs.)
Yellow round tag – Light weight class – fragile
White (Green?) round tag – Light weight class – extremely fragile

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Early Hitler Youth Breadbag

Posted in Field Gear with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a different M31 Brotbeutel for the HJ. It is more yellowish than the other one and has a leather edging to the front flap.

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Hitler Youth Water Bottle

Posted in Field Gear with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the small size water bottle issued to HJ and DJ. It still has its felt covering. It came attached to my M31 HJ bread bag.

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German Gas Mask Canister & Contents

Posted in Field Gear, Gas Masks with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a German Army gas mask container complete with mask, filter and anti-gas stick. The filter is marked FCC42 indicating manufacture by Hermann Nier Metallwarenfabrik in Belerfeld. The eye glasses are manufactured by KUG1943, that is Langhek & Company Zellglas-u. Pliaphanfolien Fabriken in Esslingen. The anti-gas paste container is marked 1938.

 

Hitler Youth Green M31 Bread Bag

Posted in Field Gear with tags , , , on April 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the M31 Brotbeutel or bread bag. In this case this one is nicely RZM tagged to the HJ.

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