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  1. Thats the same place ! Good photos.
  2. Hi Not exactly, those two positions because they have curved metal roofs inside and the pic of the guy is square and cut away... probably easy to locate though. Do you have any names for the men ?
  3. Hi Thanks for doing that... if you want to email me you can find my details on the website for the battery. I was going to show a helmet on here but had a problem loading it. It is a shame this is not made easier for us all to use. G
  4. I am sure some really nice stuff has been found there over the years. I bought a US bayonet from a local guy who found it at the edge of a field at PdH... it cost me next to nothing but the story is just a story without provenance. I know what he told me - but proving it is impossible, so I have a rusty bayonet in my collection. A friend of mine who lives nearby to PdH went down along the beach and found the rubber from a gas mask and a few cartridges beneath the cliffs a few years ago... I have them now, but I guess most items like that have now long perished. If only we knew then
  5. A point of interest. Can we please stop repeating that the "Len Lomell helmet is original" D-day issue - when it is not. I have met Len Lomell and I personally know Jean-Marc Lafranc (ex Grandcamp Mayor) to whom he gave the helmet... and I can assure you that this was a long after the war gift to the museum - at a time when anything was accepted as being original and was not questioned. This is a post war painted helmet and it is NOT his wartime one. When and by whom it was painted - who knows, but it is NOT and will never ben an original D-day issue. Please do not let young colle
  6. I just wanted to add something to the debate. I have found 4 photos of large red crosses painted on Ranger helmets. They are shown in the famous photos of the Rangers as they board their LCA's in Weymouth Harbour. I was a personal friend of 5th Ranger - A Company Medic Jack Burke and he told me that he did not want to wear a painted helmet because he thought he would stand out as a target... he wore a standard unmarked helmet and just an armband. But as the video shows some in the Rangers did paint theirs. There is also the famous photo of the 5th Rangers LCA at sea with all the guys wav
  7. HI - many thanks for the responses and I appreciate your help ... I did not realise that about the forum... but - there is a section called "non American items" ... Thanks again.
  8. I am hoping someone might be able to help me with a Normandy project. I have a agreed to help someone with a couple of WW2 Normandy badged Canadian Battledress's. The jackets were easy enough to find unbadged and wartime dated. But the project has now advanced and I am look for some ORIGINAL insignia to go onto at least two different jackets. They are to commemorate men who are buried in the Bretteville sur Laize Cemetery in Normandy. The problem is I know ZERO about Canadian Battledress insignia and I am finding so many different variations. So as a starting point I looke
  9. Hi - not a problem and thanks for replying. I have quite a few US jackets myself and the ETO jackets have always been a mystery... perhaps someone somewhere will have the answer.
  10. Fantastic collection of uniforms - well done. I have a question which you might be able to help out with... you say that these are ETO uniforms - and I get that completely because they are. But - I cannot see any actual "ETO" pattern jackets. I live in the UK and over the years I have bought two patterns - model 1 and model 2 of an ETO jacket (both well labelled and made in England in 1944)... and recently I managed to pick up two very battered examples of each model from a French dealer for 5 euros each because he honestly did not know what they were. I guess not many "ETO's" mad
  11. I would not go in November. 80% of the indoor places are close and December/January 99% of the places are closed. If you just want to go and visit Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and all the other free places - then its fine - but the weather might be a little wet. But if you want to go into museums and get the full experience then November is not the time of year to go. April is good because everywhere will have re-opened and have new exhibits etc. And of course you can get into Pointe du Hoc. It is worth my mentioning that for the last month or two
  12. Just to add --- I put "D-day" when I meant to say "end of WWII" ie. "Army of Occupation" era post-hostilities as we commonly know it. As opposed to definite post war ones made later ... a slip of the pen sorry. But the distinction is pretty obvious. I was actually thinking of the Diamond lozenge as well when I was writing and the same qualifications go for that in my mind. My advice is to buy the obviously original pattern - of which ALL the ones I have known to be original conform. Again - why buy a "non" standard one from anyone. As you say dont buy the story. It would be int
  13. HI - I would just add... that you should visit the Maisy Battery. While Pointe du Hoc is now restricting its visitor numbers - one-in-one out every hour - the Maisy Battery nearby is fully open and it is a superb example of an original German position and it is huge. It has a great D-day and RANGERS history as it fired on both Omaha and Utah sectors on D-day. If you check out their Trip-Advisor stats they actually receive higher results and feedback than Pointe du Hoc - which tells you something. EVERYONE who visits Maisy says it is actually THE BEST site that they visited during their No
  14. I realise this a slightly aged thread - but I wanted to add my 10 pen'th worth as we say in England and agree that the 2nd scroll is not wartime (if it is post-war then I apologise because its outside of my knowledge area). I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of 2nd and 5th D-day Rangers over the last few years and I have visited many of them in their own homes. Most (if not all) had copies of their 2nd and 5th titles on their walls... and I have also been lucky enough to have been given spares they brought home from the war. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that ALL of
  15. I agree completely this book is superb. Written probably 35 years ago now, Parker describes his men of A Company 5th Btn, using the parachutes from dead US paratroopers as helmet covers - they did it in the hours after the battle at Maisy on June 9th 1944. The dead paratroopers were hanging in the trees in the area after being shot as they landed. Which accounts for why they had them for the ceremony on the 20th of June.
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