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Anyone got any photos showing Enlisted lobster in wear
Old 08-02-2017, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Anyone got any photos showing Enlisted lobster in wear

Anyone have a photo or 2 or 10 of German Cavalry wearing M15 Grey fitting lobster helmet without a cover ? thanks Rob
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:54 PM   #2
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Robb,

I hope you're not holding your breath! ....it may take a while.

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Old 08-02-2017, 02:15 PM   #3
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Lol I did a search looked through my books and found nothing , what I am trying to see if there are cases where they use a normal PH spike rather than the cavalry variety , I see a lot posted on the net have a standard PH spike , is because cavalry removable spikes are impossible to find and so missing ones have been replaced with easier to get standard PH spikes , or did it actually happen during the war . Rob
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Robb,

I think the M15 helmets, either Jäger zu Pferde or Kuerassier were manufactured too late to see much field use. Most of the ones I see are dated 1916, the year the Stahlhelm appeared. I believe the ones in this county came back either as captured war booty (and given out during bond drives) or were pilfered out of warehouses during the occupation. If you have seen the piles of helmets photos of the bond drive s, you will see some of these types of helmets. There was a lot of mix and matching going on when these crates were opened. Loose parts were put back anywhere they would fit. There were a lot more normal spikes in those boxes than here were the special height Kuerassier type. Draw your own conclusions. Those period photos may give you some clues. I think this question falls into the same category as the one regarding the proper size of cockades for these helmets.

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Check German ebay using Kavallerie as a search word. A JzP trooper with helmet just ended yesterday.
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Hello Rob,

Yes, I have a photo of a wartime enlisted Kurassier helmet being worn by a soldier. He's standing outdoors, flanked by his two sisters, and it shows him wearing his wartime helmet with a leather chinstrap. It looks like the spike is the correct Kurassier style.

The back side of the postcard is dated 1917.

You'll have to be patient for me to post a photo of the image, as I'm on 12-hour night shift until Monday morning. I'll try to post a copy of the image for you either Monday or Tuesday.

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Hi Rob,

Sorry to keep you waiting. Between my currently being on 12-hour night shift with sleeping during the daytime, and the hazy smoke in our Midwestern sky from the huge wildfires in the western US, it's been tough to get some nice clear sky sunlight photo shooting time.

Here goes with my photo, I hope it helps. It's interesting to see that this young kurassier enlisted man has his spike turned sideways, with a ventilator hole facing forward.

Is anyone able to translate the message on the back of the photo postcard?

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Hey Alan

Thanks for posting a truly rare photo interesting his spike is turned and the standard chinstrap , great photo . Rob
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Is anyone able to translate the message on the back of the photo postcard?

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Wolhynien (Ukraine) November 9th, 1917

Dear Pester (possibly an endearment of Esther),

Enclosed a photograph of my person and Hanny and Gretel [...] [...]. How was the farewell of your husband (?). Dear little sister [---] many times my greatest thanks for everything good that you [...] [...]. Especially [...] my last [...] [...] words(?).

Greetings [from] the best brother, name
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Great pic.
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Many thanks Tom for your translation, I appreciate it!

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