Long Shearling coats at the Front

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by m444uk, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. m444uk

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    German soldier WW1 well protected from the cold.
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    The Bund Archive is a good source of WW2 photos which are often dated.

    Russian Front 1941 Orel
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    What looks like a brand new shearling coat Budapest Feb 1945.General Major Heinz Harmel. Possibly of Hungarian manufacture. This is unusual as by this time shearling had been phased out. Note the scull and crossbones of the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf. The following month they were more or less annihilated.
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    1943 pattern parka. The last stand in Germany March 1945
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  2. m444uk

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    B7s in the The Aleutian Islands

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  3. Marv

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    really great photos guys :)
     
  4. ties70

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    Just a handy shot from the photo album:

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    Maternal grandfather on the left, Eastern Front.
     
  5. MikeyB-17

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    These pics have me quite fancying a B-7 now! Trouble is, like the unfinished B-3's, I think they need to be worn in to look good, but when they are, they look grubby. Plus I could never afford one anyway! I know there have been repro B-7's-didn't Aero do one?
     
  6. Peter Graham

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    Great photos, especially the German ones. Thanks for those.
     
  7. m444uk

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    Some more pictures from the Bund Archive that caught my eye

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    Present for Churchill dropped during the Battle of Britain
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    Many of the better quality and posed photos were taken by the staff of Signal magazine and the forces magazines Die Wehrmacht and Der Adler.
    Here's a rare photo of a newsreel cameraman holding an 35mm Arri 1c movie camera whilst attached to Fallschirmjager (Paratroops) in Italy 1944
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    Paras in the Ardennes 1944 hitching a lift on a King Tiger
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  8. MikeyB-17

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    Further to this, I was in London yesterday and chanced upon the Real McCoys shop, which I had to have a look at. They had a B-7 on the wall, looked stunning, but considering they wanted £75 for a USN watch cap, I decided not to bother asking the price!
     
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    I don't know how they can afford to pay the rent. Even a small shop in that location is thousands a week.
     
  10. MikeyB-17

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    I thought the same, I talked myself out of a Buco helmets mug for £25. Leather newsboy cap, £175. Mind you, American Classics have been there for years (I didn't get a chance to go there, probably just as well), and I don't think they're much cheaper.
     
  11. John Lever

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    The context of the last photo has me stumped. The bloke on the bike looks to be wearing a German jacket but one of the squaddies on the tank is holding a sten.
     
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    They are German Fallschirmjager. The Sten was probably liberated from the fighting they did against British and Commonwealth forces in the previous campaign in Italy. Perhaps even from the British forces they captured in Crete.
    The dispatch rider appears to be wearing leather jacket and trousers. Not sure about the bike though, is it a Zundapp ?
     
  13. John Lever

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    Surprised that a Sten would be preferable to an mp40.
     
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    It might be a Mauser Gerät Potsdam. An issued weapon in 1944. A Sten copy making use of the plentiful supply of 9mm ammo and useful for traveling light.
    Tank crews liked them for personal protection. In it's silenced form the America 1st Cav and others used Stens for special operations as late as the Vietnam war.

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  16. John Lever

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    Just watched hikock 45 on YouTube pretty sure it's a Sten but apparently the Germans did make something similar very late in the war. The Sten could use most 9 mm rounds so maybe ammo wasn't an issue.
     
  17. Andrew

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    So @ties70 what happened to your Grandfather?
     
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  18. Andrew

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    Don't know but after checking this it's not this particular model at least. This is a model kit I made of a Zundapp circa 1976 (I would have been about 13 or 14 and I remember the excitement of opening that box for the first time and going through the million bits and complex instructions...).

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    Nice work on that Andrew! Looks great!
     
  20. m444uk

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    A bit of googling reveals the bike to be a DKW 2-stroke. Probably a NZ 350

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