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Author:  pikey [ Wed Oct 10, 2012 20:06 pm ]
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petty officer wrote:
A-Babchenko wrote:
Great photos, could you tell me where i could get a French pilots cap like this one:

I want to collect items for Normandie Niemen


They come up on French eBay relatively frequently, best to keep searching as frequently as possible. The cap badge being worn on the cap in the photo is from Andrew Butler insignia (I believe?) at http://www.6thjune1944.com. It'll be good to see more people portraying the Normandie Niemen squadron, it's vastly overlooked. I'll try and get round to posting some of my Normandie Niemen items up one day.

pikey wrote:

would FS knives be wrong for NW Europe 44/45?

cheers

Pikey



Hi Nic,

Not wrong, but not particularly common from what can be seen in the wealth of photographs available. It makes sense really, the M3 is a far more useful knife!

Regards,
Philip.


ahh cheers mate, really appreciate the help! :D

Author:  Sco Atao [ Mon Oct 15, 2012 14:23 pm ]
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petty officer wrote:
A-Babchenko wrote:
Great photos, could you tell me where i could get a French pilots cap like this one:

I want to collect items for Normandie Niemen


They come up on French eBay relatively frequently, best to keep searching as frequently as possible. The cap badge being worn on the cap in the photo is from Andrew Butler insignia (I believe?) at http://www.6thjune1944.com. It'll be good to see more people portraying the Normandie Niemen squadron, it's vastly overlooked. I'll try and get round to posting some of my Normandie Niemen items up one day.



Hi,

I agree with the above, eBay is probably the best place to find one. Beware though, 60s dated caps (and onwards) are different in their shape and construction (and materials from the 70s onwards). Caps from the 30s-40s-50s are great for WW2 reenacting.
It's hard to find a large size original cap, I'm a 59 head size and what I find is usually 55-56...

Pierre

Author:  Daniel OSullivan [ Sun Jan 13, 2013 23:40 pm ]
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Very nice photos! Good to see some group in SAS uniforms. ;)

Author:  BalaclavaBoogie [ Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:42 am ]
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Sharp pics lads! Also could you tell me what the canteen carrier is 7th from the top? A friend of ours found like 20 of bloody things at a water treatment plant, out of all places. We thought it was a Canadian made item for the civil defence effort after the war. But obviously not! Any information would be great. And again great pics! Really like the original looking ones.

Author:  Free French Bulo [ Tue Jan 15, 2013 19:52 pm ]
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Thank you ! I don't know what photo you talked about the canteen.

Author:  BalaclavaBoogie [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:22 am ]
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Free French Bulo wrote:
Thank you ! I don't know what photo you talked about the canteen.


Sorry I should have been more descriptive :lol: but it's the seventh photo from the top. The photo is 3 lads, all wearing berets and the person on the right has goggles around their neck. The one with the "mysterious" canteen carrier is the centre of the 3. Sorry I can't be any more descriptive. :)

Author:  BalaclavaBoogie [ Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:55 am ]
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Image

Don't ask why I didn't think of this sooner hahahahahahaha but I'm wondering about the canteen carrier worn by the lad in the middle.

Author:  Gadge [ Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:30 pm ]
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Isnt that the cavalry pattern?

Author:  Free French Bulo [ Wed Jan 23, 2013 16:47 pm ]
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Gadge wrote:
Isnt that the cavalry pattern?


Yes, it's that.

Author:  BalaclavaBoogie [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:55 am ]
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Was it pre second world war? Because as the more I looked at it, the more I noticed it looked a lot like the '03 pattern water bottle carrier? Because I though the wartime one was this: http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1940/pics/1940_equipment_carriers.html

Author:  Melihar [ Tue Mar 15, 2016 19:20 pm ]
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Great!

Author:  jag636 [ Tue Aug 08, 2017 16:24 pm ]
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Your attention to detailis first class and to keep the memory alive of a long forgotten army, I commend you all keep doing what your doing and enjoy passing on history to the masses, vive la france

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