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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.
  16. It also depends on how many helmets and/or other items you have…. a few helmets and thats fine. But if you have a lot - then you need a more permanent solution.
  17. Very nice looking helmet. I have used saddle wax on many helmets…. that seals the rust from continuing and when it dries you cannot see it. Either way you have preserved it from getting worse and thats a good thing.
  18. Parkers book states : "The Germans had built a strongpoint of batteries and a defensive complex of pillboxes here at Grandcamp Maisy. The Allies had also dropped paratrooper dummies. We ran across these as we walked. Parachutes were lying in the water, sometimes still attached to the man now dead. We also saw bodies hanging still harnessed in the trees - the paratrooper's chutes having caught here. There were piles of shells on the ground, 8 or 9 inches high, where Germans had stopped to fire at the paratroopers repeatedly. This was not something we wanted to see. But nevertheless we
  19. Thanks for that clarification. It was not that I didnt trust it - I just wondered if it could be confirmed in any other way to narrow it down even further. I am sure it is 100% right. But it would be the first thing I checked if I was relying on the information for a book etc. In A Co. 5th Btn - Lt Charles Parkers excellent book (Reflections of Courage on D-day) he describes men of the 5th Btn. A, C, and F companies taking pieces of US parachute off dead paratroopers kit and using it to camouflage their helmets after the Maisy battle - 9th June … so that confirms that it was the fi
  20. I just want to add this note, I found the two videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUjF4ukUxcUTVS478CBdqSQ. And I have to thank the guys at 5thrangerbn.com especially Tom Frost for finding the footage. Without this kind of additional first hand period (film) reference our collecting would be a lot harder. (although it might be a lot simpler as well) !!
  21. A, C and F Companies started wearing the US parachute covers after Maisy - so that might narrow it down. Is that from the original video or a new one? If it is from the same, the 5 on the back of that officers helmet is the standard sans-serif 5… so we have an example of them both being worn at the same time. Which again might suggest that the stencil 5 was used for replacements.?
  22. Yep the first two are in Weymouth prior to embarkation - 2nd Btn. The latter is the 5th as occupation troops and they are liners marked with the stencil 5th. The question is - is that video taken in 1945 or 1944. I doubt that the person writing down where and when the video was taken would get it wrong… in which case it is August 1944 in France. The next question then logically is - are the helmets we can see being worn by replacements - who have had their helmets done for them by the QM… or were they D-day Rangers and they have their original helmets.? I don't know any of the g
  23. Thanks for posting that one. The one thing we have to establish is the timing of the video. I know it says August 1944… but what do we have that guarantees this was not taken in 1945? Any ideas ?
  24. Do you have a photo of it ? I don't have the book. And… yes, thats the photo I spotted on the film. Pretty much confirms that stencil 5's were worn in 1944. If we could find out who the officer is - then we could determine if he was in on D-day or later.
  25. Hi Yes, it would be great. The more we can study these the better. Thanks Collecting WWII Rangers related items. Helmets, Equipment, Groupings, Photos and Dog Tags!
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