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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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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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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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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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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

 

Regards

 

Lloyd


What do you need another one of those for.....you have 6 of them already ?.........

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my girlfriend to me on a regular basis as another piece of US WW2 "Green stuff" aka militaria arrives in the post..:-)

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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.


"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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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


What do you need another one of those for.....you have 6 of them already ?.........

:blink:

 

my girlfriend to me on a regular basis as another piece of US WW2 "Green stuff" aka militaria arrives in the post..:-)

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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

 

 

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They're wearing M-1938 HBT coveralls.

Very nice picture.

 

Erwin


704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Major General Harmon, Commander of the 2nd AD during the Battle of the Bulge.

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“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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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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Not a really good picture:

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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Another one:

 

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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Another one:

 

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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Another one:

 

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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And another one :blink:

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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Tank helmet??

 

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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"Hey, bloody bucket division, our bucket, your blood."

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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


luctor et emergo.

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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


'Rendez-vous with destiny'

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What do US WW2 Tanker helmets go for these days. Is there one type. Are there repros about etc? think.gif

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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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