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Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 08-07-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Gene T
The earliest version of the pack didn't have a...

The earliest version of the pack didn't have a belt buckle. The straps were symmetrical and secured directly to the belt loops. Maybe you have one of those? They were made out of plain-woven canvas...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-26-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By Gene T
It looks like a commercial/export product from...

It looks like a commercial/export product from the UK firm RBR from the late 1990s (the suspension components are typical for that period). RBR was acquired by LBA in 2001, so it could also be an LBA...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 05-26-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By Gene T
Hi Steve, I think those snaps are perfectly...

Hi Steve,

I think those snaps are perfectly placed for securing a comfort pad, the kind you really only see on parachutes worn by pilots (for example this US model of very similar size and layout:...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 05-17-2019, 12:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By Gene T
I had a brief fling with sky diving thirty years...

I had a brief fling with sky diving thirty years ago but quit after my 23rd jump, not long after I was cleared to jump without supervision, because I had a particularly acrimonious dispute with the...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 05-16-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By Gene T
I'm still curious as to what this chute was for....

I'm still curious as to what this chute was for. The small size makes it a poor choice for regular paratroopers jumping out of a slow moving plane using static lines, who need larger canopies for...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 05-13-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By Gene T
It does look to be on the small side, but it says...

It does look to be on the small side, but it says "Rückenfallschirm" and has an integral harness, unlike reserve chutes of that era, so it is almost certainly a main chute.

What is that word...
Forum: Living History Forum 04-23-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 185
Posted By Gene T
Anyone ordered from quartermaster-stores.com?

It's a UK company specializing in reproduction leather equipment and ancillary parts. They have been in business for over 10 years and used to go by Soldier's Leatherwork and Goods, I think. The...
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 03-26-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 739
Posted By Gene T
Yes, I had spent plenty of time in the Alps in my...

Yes, I had spent plenty of time in the Alps in my youth and still go hiking in the hills here in California whenever I can, so I know exactly what you are saying; which is why I thought your claims...
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 03-26-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 739
Posted By Gene T
Speaking of "Textbook", many years ago, someone...

Speaking of "Textbook", many years ago, someone (Manny?) had posted a scan of line drawings from an actual reference book on WH equipment, showing standard M28, M30, and M35 patterns of the...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 03-21-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By Gene T
Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing...

Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing it!
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 03-21-2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By Gene T
I posted this jacket many years ago, but it...

I posted this jacket many years ago, but it belongs in this thread too. The maker label is 1962 dated. There was a different sleeve patch on it at one time, presumably THW or ZB. I wonder whether the...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 10-16-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By Gene T
Wow, it has taken 11 years, but I think this...

Wow, it has taken 11 years, but I think this photo may have finally addressed the question I posed in the old thread below! As near as I can make out the markings, my coat appears to be '61 dated, so...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 09-10-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 27,274
Posted By Gene T
Hi Ralph, I'm a little surprised that no one...

Hi Ralph,

I'm a little surprised that no one else has commented on this (maybe they don't think this is funny enough?). I cannot claim to know what this jacket is, but the details just don't...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 09-09-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 27,274
Posted By Gene T
After looking at the pictures more closely, I can...

After looking at the pictures more closely, I can answer my own question. The white fabric with the thin black stripe is not the backside of the printed fabric, but a separate liner piece. You can...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 09-09-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 27,274
Posted By Gene T
Does this one belong in this long-neglected...

Does this one belong in this long-neglected thread?

https://www.ebay.de/itm/323436207391?ul_noapp=true

It even has "Muster IV" hand-written inside, in case one is not fully convinced of its...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-19-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Gene T
Maybe. However, it's a lighter, belonging to...

Maybe.

However, it's a lighter, belonging to a French guy, with custom engraving. What's more likely - the guy's name, or the name of a Hong Kong beach?

To my eyes, the second character looks...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-19-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Gene T
Looks like stylized characters for "West" and...

Looks like stylized characters for "West" and "Dream", which is how the name "Simon" is normally denoted.
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 06-19-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By Gene T
Maybe he tried to explain to them that the cross...

Maybe he tried to explain to them that the cross is backwards, so it's ANTI-Fascist. :)
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 06-10-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By Gene T
Boots like these, with typical German...

Boots like these, with typical German construction, but at least some Soviet features (most obviously the strap covering the back seam, with its triangular reinforcement stitching at the top), were...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 03-01-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Posted By Gene T
Very nice! I had been on the lookout for a "B"...

Very nice! I had been on the lookout for a "B" for at least 20 years and never came across one for sale, even with the help of a contact in Switzerland. A member here found one a few years ago, but...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 02-17-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 104,110
Posted By Gene T
... but does it still have its shoulder roll? :) ...

... but does it still have its shoulder roll? :)

They probably picked a tiny-sized example in excellent condition for the photo shoot (unless the model is very tall). I see no repairs or...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 02-15-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Gene T
Nice unmodified example! thumbsup The serial...

Nice unmodified example! thumbsup The serial number would put its production date in the late 1920s (possibly 1928), towards the very end of the run for this type of chin strap, which was introduced...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 02-01-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By Gene T
Look up ICUS (International Camouflage Uniform...

Look up ICUS (International Camouflage Uniform Society), a private forum maintained by the author of Camopedia. Write to him and apply for a free membership, then go visit the Czechoslovakia section,...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 10-31-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By Gene T
Congrats indeed! thumbsup Now that the magazine...

Congrats indeed! thumbsup Now that the magazine has revealed your brucewaynesque identity in big bold letters, cyberstalkers everywhere will find out in no time at all that you are as commendable...
Forum: Deutsche Demokratische Republik 08-03-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 17,872
Posted By Gene T
Thanks for your input, Professor iannima!...

Thanks for your input, Professor iannima! thumbsup

They were priced like a pair of used wellingtons, so naturally I had to save them from someone who might use them as such. :)

This kind of...
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