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  1. Should be able to remove a big chunk of the top layer with the tip of a blade. The yellow may be vesicant detector paint, from what I've heard it could go pink in the presence of chemicals.
  2. Turns out the series of pictures featuring the camo coveralls was taken by a sgt. Bert Hardy, 1/5th Welch Regt. somewhere in Normandy on the 10th of August, 1944. These pictures were most likely taken on a training mission as the words sniper and action are sometimes put between quotation marks in the description. This does in any case mean that the camo coveralls were in France at the time, and that they were most likely used to represent the German sniper once the Americans got rid of them following the friendly fire incidents. This makes sense when you think about it, I doubt the allies would have carried them into combat knowing they would be mistaken for SS camouflage. I hope this settles it. I added another picture of the British sniper pretending to be German that clearly demonstrates the staging of the photograph. Please note: all pictures are part of the IWM collections.
  3. These are excerpts from the book The German sniper 1914-1945 by Peter R. Senich. Just posting for what it's worth. This doesn't necessarily mean that the photos weren't staged but I figured this was interesting enough to share since the author must have thought (or known?) that the pictures were taken in combat. From what I could find the Brits are probably members of the 1/5th Battalion Welch Regiment, 53rd (Welsh) Division.
  4. Another candidate Do we have a winner?
  5. Yeah I know. Sorry for the failed attempts at finding this haystack needle.
  6. Where would this one have been taken Certainly the one piece Edit. Just found the date says 1947, Indonesia
  7. ?? What exactly makes you think the pics were staged? If that's what you think, please, educate. Is it unreasonable to assume both coveralls and two piece camo was used in Normandy or wasn't camouflage just camouflage to the army? Just doesn't make sense to exclude the coveralls from field testing.
  8. It's the abbreviation of laughing out loud. I thought you were joking but on second thought you may have a point. All I know is the pictures are definitely wartime, staged or not and were taken by Canadian photographer lt. Ken Bell. The sources say Normandy, but can't confirm at this point. The destruction, architecture and orchard in the last picture really do make it seem so, although some places in England look alike and were turned into battlefields before the invasion. So who really knows? I guess it needs more research to validate the claim. Sorry if this is not what it looks like.
  9. This makes 3 pictures of the same scene, most likely film.
  10. Lol what makes you say that
  11. The man in the camo in the photo above is a German sniper, here's a picture of what I believe to be the same German sniper, made prisoner by the same British soldiers (possibly a still taken from film?). This same picture has been food for a lot of debate around the coveralls, but there is just no denying that the camo is the one piece coverall from what we can see in the other picture. Of course the important thing isn't whether or not the Germans wore them, the important thing is that there finally is proof the Americans did. Or at least one US soldier did. 😉
  12. Not saying that my coveralls specifically were worn by a 2nd armored division tanker but yes, I sincerely believe the camo coveralls were in fact worn by 2nd armored division personnel and subsequently by German troops. The use will for sure have been limited given the field testing and friendly fire incidents, but this does not take away the historical fact that the coveralls were used during the Normandy invasion, aside from the two piece camo HBT uniform!
  13. Hey, Nice looking coveralls. There's still some debate around whether these coveralls were used in the ETO. Some collectors seem to doubt the fact that they were indeed used in Europe during WW2. Photographic evidence suggests they were. The example that I have in my collection came from France and has some significant wear around the shoulders, suggesting they may have seen use around tanks. After all, the frog skin camo was field tested by 2nd armored division elements in Normandy. The following picture unquestionably proves that the US frog skin camo coveralls were worn in Europe/Normandy during WW2. End of discussion. This of course does not take away the fact they saw more widespread use in training or in the PTO, but there's no denying that the camouflage coveralls were used in the ETO. Not anymore.
  14. Fine example of a WW2 M38 Rawlings tanker helmet as the others have said The pieces of wire covered in leather hold the flaps and receivers in place. The elastic attachments on the back hold the cables in place and are to be attached to the male sockets above. Some pictures of the tanker helmet for your pleasure. Many others can be found online.
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