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Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by Martin Bull, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Kassel-based manufacturers included Baumann & Lederer and Textilfabrik Frohlich & Wolf......
     
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    Frolich and Wolf rings a Bell Martin, It's kind of hard to read, but with some extra gamma and brightness Ishould be able to show you an honorable marking stamp of it within 24 hours.
     
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    Here's the latest addition to my photo collection...

    Two four man Zaltbahn shelters, note the helmet on top of one of them to prevent rain entering at the apex.

    Looking at the surrounding buildings I'm thinking the photo could have been taken on the Eastern Front ???

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    Nice pic, John. It's difficult to be certain, but the single-storey building on the left and the flat background have an 'Ostfront' look.The construction of the tents looks almost 'textbook' and I wonder if that's a Feldfernsprecher 33 on the table in the background ?
     
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    Three-for-the-price-of-one in this photo...........

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    Sadly, location and date unknown but almost certainly Eastern Front ( the bridge construction is typical of the Beresina area ). This is more than a temporary bivouac and judging by the truck and aerial looks like a Nachrichtung ( Signals ) detachment. The cardboard 'high voltage' warning signs may be of interest to re-enactors....;)
     
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    it's probably a hand made Hochspannung sign Martin, the ones I usually see are metal square with a white background, black writings and red lightning symbol.
     
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    It may very well be a field phone, Martin but it's hard to make out even when looking at the actual photo.

    Oops!...My finger slipped and posted pictures of my Feldtelefon...:rolleyes:

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    WaA378 (Kimmel GmbH, Munich)
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    Sorry but I couldn't resist. The field phone is a favourite of mine and it still works!
     
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    Sorry John - as a diehard collector, I am convinced that not only is the box in the photo a Feldfernsprecher, it is in fact the one in my collection.........:p
     
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    You know, Martin, I do believe you may be right. Under closer inspection of the photo I can make out stenciling on the side of the field phone which says; "After use send to Herr Bull, London"! :D
     
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    Russland, 1941.....

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    This one was definitely not posed for propaganda purposes ! ;)
     
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    The early warm Summer days of the Ukrainian wheatbelt.
     
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    Identified only as Russia 1941, this photo shows two of my favourite pieces of German militaria in use, a Feldfernsprecher and Zeltbahn.....

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    ( With a Kochgeschirr thrown in ! ;) )
     
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    What's behind the Kochgeschirr? Are those boxes or spades?
     
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    I just can't tell - under magnification, they seem to be cylindrical metal objects strapped together.:confused:
    The group of photos depicts an infantry artillery unit - one of the pics shows a heavily-camouflaged 10.5cm Le FH18. There are a couple of photos of this hastily-dug trench which seems to be on high ground overlooking one of those very wide Russian rivers ; I'm wondering if the trench is some kind of artillery OP ?
     
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    Could they be three GM boxes strapped together for the transportation of STM35 s ?
     
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    And this is where I'm going to show my ignorance by asking.....what's an STM35 ? :confused: :eek:
     
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    Here's another pic from the same group as the one above.......a dug-in Le FH 18 Howitzer, the breech mechanism covered by what appears to be a number of Zeltbahnen buttoned together.

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    My typo Martin, it's meant to be SMI-35 and if you still don't have a clue :

    S-mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    It's the standard bouncing mine , also called Shrappnel mine or S-mine.


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    the picture could show three of them together or a homemade transport box for 3.
     
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    Most interesting thought, Skipper - but would an infantry artillery unit have these with them...?
     
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    the S-Mine was largely used by about everybody, not only the Pionneers

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