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#1 rambob

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:35 PM

I know you are all saying "Ho Hum" everyone has one of these helmets from the stash that recently came in from India. Please don't bore me. I agree, but I took a queue from my wife and always find that "In order to beautify you must accessorize!". Here is a mint tanker helmet with the following accessories that make it ready to put on a WWII tankers head, plug into a Sherman tank and head out after Rommel. Even though meant to display, electrically it is also a fully operational and useable piece of equipment.

Collector Note: Most of these items I bought before I even had a helmet. Whenever I see mint items in their original packaging, I will always buy them for a rainy day. In this case knowing I would purchase a tanker helmet eventually and want to complete it later.

1) Mint Wilson Sporting Goods made helmet in somewhat larger 7 3/8 size.

2) Mint M1944 goggles with box, replacement lenses packet and paper still covering the lenses.

3) Mint R14 Receivers with the original boxes and interconnecting cable.

4) Mint T-45 Lip microphone.

5) Mint T-39-S Throat Microphone and original box.

6) SW-141-V Push to Talk Switch.

7) Mint extension cable coiled and plugged into receiver cable.

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Edited by rambob, 07 January 2007 - 04:36 PM.


#2 rambob

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:39 PM

In the attached image you will see a close up of the push-to-talk switch and on the left hand side, the early leather lanyard with buckle adjustment. This leather lanyard looks way too dainty for carrying this heavy switch assembly. The right hand side is the later cotton cord version that superceeded the leather one. It has an interesting clasp to alter the length of it in use.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:49 PM

VERY VERY nice set Rambob....just one very small point if i may sir....it would look better with a set of Polaroid 1021s or Resistals to accuratley protray the Tanker of WW2.

M1944 goggles are ONLY seen in pictures and very sparingly at that from April 1945....they although stereotyped as Tanker goggles they actually typify the Post WW2/ Korea and Vietnam era tank crews.

Mind you its still a superb looking set up

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:21 PM

2ad82recon, thanks for the kind comments. Good point on the goggles as I normally do keep the helmet with a pair of 1021s, but liked the larger look of the 1944s for the picture. It also gave me a reason to show off the 1944s, mint with the box.

Edited by rambob, 07 January 2007 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:30 PM

Absloute pleasure Rambob....thankyou for not taking offence to my comment.

Thats the trouble we get over here in the UK when portraying Tank Crew or Armored Infantry circa June 1944 the stereotype is to think that M1944 goggles were the norm....

Thats why research is so correctly needed.

I have either Resistals/RAF MKVIII or 1021s on my Tanker Helmet and for late war Germany or Czech Republic then a pair of AAF B-9s...which look like M1944s....

Great set of pics...just to get a T-17 lollipop mike now for the Tank Commander......

Regards

Lloyd

#6 Charlie Flick

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:52 PM

I thought you guys might enjoy this rather evocative shot. It is of an M4 Tank crew at Fort Knox in training during WW2. Looks like they have had a hard day on the range.

Thanks to Steve/BlackWolf3945 for pointing out the site where this shot came from.

Charlie


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/Ordnanceguy/Headgear/M4crewFortKnoxcolor.jpg

#7 Jeeper704

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 10:07 PM

They're wearing M-1938 HBT coveralls.
Very nice picture.

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#8 rayg

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:04 AM

Great photo Charlie, Ray

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:49 AM

Major General Harmon, Commander of the 2nd AD during the Battle of the Bulge.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v110/bfryar44/Color%20Photos/BAR022.jpg

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 06:33 AM

Thanks, guys. I am glad that you liked it.

BFryar, that is a cool shot of Gen. Harmon, too. I have never before seen a tanker helmet with GO stars on it.

Charlie

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:20 AM

Not a really good picture:
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:20 AM

Another one:

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:22 AM

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:22 AM

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:23 AM

And another one :blink:
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:25 AM

Tank helmet??

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:26 AM

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#21 Jan Wouters

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 05:30 AM

Tank helmet??

*picture of Patton*


This is how Patton thought a tanker-helmet should look like.
It's made of a Rugby helmet and was never produced :D

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:32 AM

This is how Patton thought a tanker-helmet should look like.
It's made of a Rugby helmet and was never produced :D



Tsstsstss... Football helmet NOT rugby...

Kind regards,
Mark

Edited by Mark VdB, 14 January 2007 - 06:37 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:40 AM

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Looks like the Lulubelle from '1941'....

Let's knock out those lights! :lol:

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Posted 08 April 2007 - 11:16 AM

What do US WW2 Tanker helmets go for these days. Is there one type. Are there repros about etc? http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

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Posted 08 April 2007 - 11:46 AM

A whole bunch of near new Rawling style helmets were brought in from India I beleive about 10 years ago or so. They are still selling them on line. I have seen them selling from $75 to over $200 depending on condition and size. Not sure on the different types. There are a few earlier ones from the 30's. I think most of the cheap ones have dryied up and in will take $125ish to start.


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