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Philipp Baughman

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  1. Hello everyone, At first a few words about me. I'm a member of this forum for quite some time but have been away some time. My name is Philipp, 34 years old from Germany and a collector of US uniforms and equipment for 17 years. This year will be something special: My hometown Gelsenkirchen was liberated on April 9th and 10th 75 years ago. Since there are sadly no official ceremonies I took the liberty to set something in motion with my local church community. Especially should the soldiers of the 134th Infantry Regiment and the 216th Artillery Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division. With assistance of our Reverend and the local church archivist we're now planning for a exhibit during the Easter days and following a small permanent exhibit in our church. Gelsenkirchen was one of the first objectives on the northern border of the Ruhrpocket. Thanks to a great website http://www.coulthart.com/134/ I obtained unbelievable information about the 35th infantry division (which fought in Gelsenkirchen - I'll try to get in touch with the webmaster later this evening). For example the exact time of the liberation of the suburb I live in. The outlines of the exhibit are already planned and next week we'll plan about what we are going to show. The centerpiece will be a combat medic mannequin (better no armed combat troops in church) and several pieces of equipment. Now why I need your help? I would love to show some pictures of GIs in Gelsenkirchen but didn't find pictures. Does anyone of you have pictures of GIs in Gelsenkirchen and can provide scans? If there's no caption on Gelsenkirchen maybe you have something about GIs of the 35th during the Battle of the Ruhrpocket? Please feel free to PM me and you'll get my email address. Of course I'll display the pictures with your name if you like. If someone out there has eyewitness accounts or anything else to contribute or good advice please don't hesitate. Everything will be much appreciated. That's all for the moment. I'll let you know when there's something new and of course I'll provide you with pictures and a report. Please feel free to let me know what you think of this project. Many thanks Philipp P.s.: To the admins: If I posted in the wrong section please move it to the correct one.
  2. Thanks to all of your for your help confirming this is not an original medic helmet. Since there is no harm in it, I will refurbish it to some degree and put it on my medic until I find a legit one. A copy of this thread will be stored between liner and shell since all my repros are marked in case I forget they were repro or I'll not be able to be around when my collection is sold. One last question regarding the heat stamp: When was the 91A shell produced?
  3. Thanks or your opinions. Rather old reenactors piece has been my initial thought too. Heatstamp is 91A not 914. The paint on the panels is hard to get into pictures. The white looks not that fresh and what look like light scratches really are strokes from painting. Only the right side panel is heavily scratched. Unfortunately I'm not much into taking pictures. I can try making pictures without flash later.
  4. Hello I have this FS/FB helmet. It was bought about two or three years ago by my wife from a non-collector without any background history. There is no question it's a legit shell but I have some doubts about the paint. The heatstamp is 91A. That will put it rather early? As it's sometimes hard to find the right English words, I'll write up a few pro and cons and then let pictures speak. Contra: - it was very, very cheap (about 50 USD including liner mentioned below) - the fixed bales were repaired und don't look too good - green paint looks a bit dark and glossy (I think it was oiled) but not much off shade to my other FB shell Pro: - It came with a late war Westinghouse paraliner (definitely original but not original to this shell) - cork texture is still there but very worn off (matches my other FB shell) - only one layer of green paint - white paint looks very old and has good signs of use which look not much like the regular marks from artificial aging - the painters skill was really bad (but I like it very much) - stress cracks show no sign of over painting. I guess they occurred after the panels were applied. Please don't hesitate to share your opinions, I'm very aware how many fakes are out there. If you want more detailed pictures, I'll try to post those. Front and sides: Back: Heatstamp: Repaired fixed bales: Paint details:
  5. I really hope it proofs I'm wrong but compared to my USMC cover there are a lot of similarities. First the type of US stamp on the front. Mine is not that fresh as yours but it has the same shade from the stamp around it. Second the wire hanger looks a lot like each other. Typically USMC wire hanger were somewhat L-shaped at the end with an sharp angle while the army ones are more smooth/round shape at the last bend before the end. And third the color is very similar. As far as I know those USMC covers hit the surplus market in the 50s or 60s and where promptly marked US by the seller and were since then sold as US Army cover. I saw only very few examples without US stamp. It's had to for me to describe what I exactly mean. I'm missing a lot of words in my English vocabulary...
  6. I'm sorry to say but I have my doubts about the cover. It looks a lot like those late 40s and early 50s USMC shovel cover. No makers stamp on the back and the US on front looks a lot like those on USMC covers, where some surplus dealer had a stamping applied to. Same with the wire hanger: it seems to be longer than the standard Army hanger and if you bent it a little into its original form, I'm sure it will look like the late type USMC hanger.
  7. Don't intend to hijack, but is this a M1 Thompson with mafia style pistol grip under the barrel? Never seen this done with an M1. I have always thought those grips weren't used by Army troops. Have only heard about those in use with Marines.
  8. For my part the question of mint or used and abused is answered by what I can get and what I can afford... not what I want. I have a wide variety from like new items up to torn stuff. When putting up a display mannequin I always try to mix them in like they could have been worn. For example badly used M1942 First Aid Pouch with a newer looking Jungle First Aid Pouch. In my opinion thats the way it would have looked like because issuing of complete equipment sets was rather uncommon from what I read in books (except before and after operations). It depends a lot on the condition of the first items I start the display with. Another point as mentioned at first is money... I live in Germany and I guess most of you know about shipping cost and customs. For those who don't know how it is in Germany, just one example: A few months ago I bought a 2nd pattern USMC canteen cover with canteen in it. It's used and abused with holes in it and went on eBay USA for under 30 USD. Now there came around 20 USD shipping and around 10 USD for customs (shipping via global shipping program). That makes 60 USD for a item my wife would consider junk condition. As for my part I love it and in Germany it would for sure have a price tag around 100... But you can get a lucky deal as well... USMC map case in OD7 with map grid insert for under 50 USD found here in Germany in mint condition... I am always happy to get items cheap (but still I'm spending all the money I can) and regarding USMC stuff I learned to like the abused look quite a lot over the years while with Army stuff I prefer moderate wear up to good condition. But generally I would take all offered before it hits the garbage can and in most cases I even pay for rescuing a thing. Groupings and items with provenance are even harder to get over here than WWII USMC stuff and in most cases are overpriced or there are bidding wars going on. BTW the most asked question I encounter in Germany is not mint or used but why I collect US at all. But that is quite another story...
  9. I really have no idea. Can't even imagine why a PP should have a helmet liner. The only real information I'm able to contribute is that I own a PW Shirt (khaki us officer's Shirt) which has shoulder loops modified to look like German shoulder loops including Buttons with company/regiment number (?) and on the right breast was at some day the typical breast eagle with swastika sewn on. Very odd that this was allowed. Somebody with Information on organisation of prison camps maybe can help. Very interesting thing!
  10. No helmet expert but PP is Political Prisoner. And the others side looks like it was a Swastika some time ago.
  11. Great information this and the canteen cover thread should be pinned!!! With your excellent knowledge and references you educated me a lot especially about the M-1967 designation. I spent the better part of my morning (it now is 2:40 pm over here) searching for my 73 dated pouch with the small snap. I have it almost 10 years now but neglected it as being post M-1967... Great to learn what it really is! Now I just need a second bandage to fill it properly. The sad part of reading this thread is that I had about 5 years ago all the M-1967 stuff except for buttpack and first aid pouch and sold it because I thought it impossible to get one of the plastic snap pouches to complete my set... and all the time I had the 73 dated pouch lying neglected somewhere... Now I'm going to buy the rest of the equipment again... Many thanks and please keep going with your work! Even I'm not much in collecting post Vietnam stuff, I just ordered your book and hope this supports your outstanding work for the whole collectors community!
  12. After thinking about this matter for some time, I decided to vote for 1943. (Although I collect from WWI to Vietnam) I like it because it is connection between the early all-khaki and the later dark green gear with a wide variety of shades between.
  13. I too have doubts about the cover. My first thought was that it could be a cover made by HT&C reproductions. I have some of their repros at home (including a first pattern USMC cover like this - only I worked mine into rough used shape) and they made really good repros. With really little work their items look like the real deal except for the metal parts. But they don't smell like originals. BTW did someone have any info what's happened to HT&C? I can't find their website anymore...
  14. Got this uniform a few days ago and have some questions remaining. At first I should say that I'm not much into Air Force collection, but thought I should add at least one item into my collection to honor those men. Long story short: I got this jacket: There was never an Air Force shoulder patch on it. Was this common? With a DFC and Pule Heart I would guess this jacket was from a replacement pool before being reassigned. The Sharpshooter Badge has the following bars: Expert, Rifle, Machine gun. Could it be that he was a tailgunner? And at last perhaps somebody of you is able to pin him down with this info and she'd some light on my questions. Thanks
  15. Hello, have those two Life Preservers in my collection for a long time, but don't know much about them. I hope you can answer a few of my questions... Type One: Marked "Property of U.S. Government" and dated 1964. Is this a Navy item? When was it introduced and what is the type description? Type Two: Marked "Property of U.S. Army" and dated 1961. It is marked with "Ships" - on what type of ships would those made under Army contract be worn (all identical vests were marked Navy)? When were those introduced and how were they worn? There is a belt with a rubberized bag attached and something like a harness (there a two loops with snaps on the belt what are they for?). Thanks for watching and many thanks for helping. Philipp
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