Archive for the Uniforms Category

Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags on June 3, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is the final issue cap badge for the Royal New Zealand Army Corps of Transport. As Mark says below, they sold them all out and bought a bus with the money in 1998.

rsz_nzregiment1 rsz_nzregiment2

Royal New Zealand Artillery Collar Badges

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags on June 3, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThese are the current issue New Zealand Artillery collar badges. I am saddened by the cheap and nasty quality standards that have slipped in the NZ Army procurement system.

rsz_nzartillery1 rsz_nzartillery2

11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles Cap & Collar Badges

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on June 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThese are WW1 era cap and collar badges for the 11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles. These are either right hand collar badges or cap badges as they were made facing the same way. The left hand collar badge faces the other direction. This makes these ones twice as common as the left hand one if you get my drift.

I am drawn to these badges primarily because my maternal grandfather served in this regiment.

The 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles was formed on 17 March 1911. They were mobilised during World War I as a squadron of the Auckland Mounted Rifle Regiment. They served in the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I and first saw action during the Battle of Gallipoli. As a part of the larger New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (of the Anzac Mounted Division) they went on to serve in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign

rsz_namr1 rsz_namr2

New Zealand Women’s Land Service Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on June 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is the cap badge for the New Zealand Women’s Land Service.

The Women’s Land Service was formed to supply labour to keep New Zealand agriculture going during the War. From 1940, city girls from the age of seventeen were sent to assist on sheep, cattle, dairy, orchard and poultry properties. Many had the experience of arriving at a remote destination late at night and starting work the next morning as a farm-hand, when they had never been close-up to a sheep. They learned to ride horses, train and whistle up dogs, muster and shear sheep, plough and harvest crops, and to master all the myriad tasks of rural industries, often without electricity.

rsz_nzwomenslandarmy1 rsz_nzwomenslandarmy2

New Zealand Infantry Collar Badges

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags on June 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThese are the current issue New Zealand Infantry Collar Badge pair. Makes me all stabby.

rsz_nzinfantrycollar1 rsz_nzinfantrycollar2

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Shoulder Titles

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on June 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThese three shoulder titles are from the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. They probably date from WW1.

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, consisting usually of four units of mounted infantry, fought in World War I and World War II. Initially a milita, under the instruction of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Henry Banks they formed the core of the New Zealand Army following successful service in the Boer Wars. During World War I, it was a part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the Gallipoli Campaign serving in the New Zealand and Australian Division.

The brigade also served in the Anzac Mounted Division during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. Throughout this campaign the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade consisted of the Auckland Mounted Rifle, the Canterbury Mounted Rifle and the Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiments. The Otago Mounted Rifle Regiment was sent to Europe and served on the Western Front before the Sinai and Palestine Campaign began. After World War I demobilisation the brigade ceased to exist in 1944 when individual units were absorbed into other regiments.

rsz_nzmr1 rsz_nzmr2

WW1 15th Northland Regiment Cap & Collar Badge Pair

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on June 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a World War 1 era cap  & collar badge pair for the 15th Northland Regiment.

rsz_northland rsz_northland2

WW1 Taranaki Rifle Regiment Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , , , on June 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a World War 1 era cap badge for the 11th Taranaki Rifles. This regiment is almost unique in that it is one of only two regiments in the Commonwealth that has its own country as one of its battle honours.

rsz_taranaki1 rsz_taranaki2

RNZIR Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on May 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_Zealand This is the modern issue cap badge for the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

rsz_nzircap1 rsz_nzircap2

 

1st Regiment Canterbury Cap and Collar Badge Set

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on May 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a full set of cap and collar badges for the New Zealand 1st Canterbury Regiment. These badges date from WW1. This regiment fought first in Palestine & Egypt, moved to Gallipoli in 1915 and then the Somme in 1916. It fought on in France until 1918.

rsz_cantabury1

British Union of Fascists Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles, Fakes & Replicas with tags , , on May 15, 2013 by The Dude
Flag_of_the_British_Union_of_Fascists

The British Union of Fascists was a political movement, prominent in Britain in the mid-30’s. Basically your garden variety fascist rather than Nazi organisation, think Mussolini. The badge, unfortunately, is a complete crock, manufactured in England in the ’60s by a firm called Dean & Adams. Note its marginal resemblance to a Polizei badge as well as its use of the late war SS skull. Those things by themselves should make it obvious that it’s a fake, given that the BUF was a proscribed organization in 1939.

rsz_bufbadge1
rsz_bufbadge2

Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Patch

Posted in Armbands & Patches with tags , , , on May 7, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_MFOThe Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. This is the mission patch worn on the shoulder.

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration which was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

The MFO is not a UN mission, but rather a multi-national force created by the annex to the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty.

rsz_unobserverpatch01 rsz_unobserverpatch02

Heer NCO M40 Feldmützen

Posted in Headwear with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my Army version Feldmützen, essentially similar to the Luftwaffe one I have elsewhere on this site.

rsz_heercap1 rsz_heercap2 rsz_heercap3

German M42 Helmet

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Headwear with tags , , , on April 18, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is an original M42 helmet with a completely spurious paint job. Someone has tried to make it into a HJ helmet, hence the diamond decal. I have no idea where they got the colour paint from. Ha! Aside from that it’s a lovely helmet in an extremely small size, in fact it seems a child’s sizing.

rsz_hjhelmet1 rsz_hjhelmet2 rsz_hjhelmet3

Imperial Japanese Army Field Cap

Posted in Headwear with tags , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis is a cloth cap with a rough fibre lining. The sweatband is leather and there is some kanjii stamped into one side. On both sides there is the name Calvin scratched into the leather.

rsz_japcap-1 rsz_japcap-2 rsz_japcap-3 rsz_japcap-4 rsz_japcap-5

Luftwaffe NCO M40 Feldmützen

Posted in Headwear with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my M40 Luftwaffe field cap. What can I say, I like it, my wife wants to know why I need so many hats.

rsz_luftcap-1 rsz_luftcap-2 rsz_luftcap-3

Nazi Enamel Ring

Posted in Accessories, Fakes & Replicas with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis small size ring is silvermarked 900 for content as well as a makers name “Veljekset Sundqvist”. Now Veljekset Sundqvist was a silversmith and jeweller in Finland who made a lot of enamel badges but I can’t be sure this is one of his. The enamel is a positive, the widespread faking of rings is a negative. I’ll call this okay for now with the full expectation this will turn out to be a fake.

Update: Definitely a reproduction, I found another one on the internet.

rsz_finnring1

Prussian Private Soldiers Pickelhaube

Posted in Headwear with tags , , , on April 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_German_EmpireHere is a NCO or Private soldiers Pickelhaube from the 16th Prussian Infantry Regiment. The helmet is marked 1896, frequently the last inspection date. It is also marked IR.16 1896 2C I.G. and something like R?6961B. The old guy I bought it from said his uncle had got it after WW1 when he subscribed to a War Bond drive in New York.

rsz_pickelhaube4 rsz_pickelhaube3 rsz_pickelhaube2 rsz_pickelhaube1