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Smithy last won the day on November 20 2012

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  1. The photo of GN-C and GN-A taking off is actually only a very small part of a larger photo which was taken by Georges Perrin and in which six Hurricanes are visible, four in flight and two on the ground. Georges joined 249 on the 1st October so the photograph dates from after Nicholson's VC action and the aircraft was lost.
  2. Steve, the double skeleton key is technically for the 1st SS Panzer Corps which did serve with the LSSAH whose emblem was a single skeleton key. The 12th SS H-J had a single skeleton key with a sowilo rune. This is really looking wonderful now, coming along great guns!
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    unusual P-47D photo

    Many thanks for posting that pic as I'm interested in it for another reason - the fellow is wearing a 2nd pattern Winter Combat Jacket or tanker jacket, a piece of kit meant for Armored Force personnel of the US Army, although there was limited use in some USAAF units. I'm always after photos of tankers in USAAF use so many thanks again.
  4. It's quite simply one of the best researched books I have ever read Steve. The translation from French isn't perfect but the research in it is just downright astounding. The part I am up to in reading it, it even breaks down SS platoons into individual members - you don't usually see this kind of microscopic detail in relation to a combat narrative of this scale. Just a fantastic book.
  5. I haven't built any armour since I was a kid but I'm really starting to think I'm going to have to change that and I'm seriously considering picking up this Opel kit to cut my teeth on. I just got "Three Days in Hell" on Friday about the fighting between the 12th SS and the Canadians between Bayeux and Caen on the 7th to 9th June and it has a photo where in the background an Opel is driving up to the front carrying Panzergrenadiers. Absolutely fantastic book and the level of research in it is astounding and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with more than a passing interest in the fighting in Normandy.
  6. Well said, and in a nutshell what is actually important.
  7. I'm an aircraft modeller but agree with that. I used to obsess about colours and paints but now highly suspect that such pedantry and excessive worrying is ultimately pointless and misguided. Sure you want something very close to what you are modelling but you don't want to get too silly about it.
  8. They went hammer and tongs publishing new ones at a very rapid rate but have slowed of late, probably understandably because they've covered most of the "popular" subjects. Generally they're worthwhile for the money, although obviously some are better than others. Just personal opinion but I think the SE5 and the F-86 ones are exceptionally good.
  9. Ah, if we get into flying kit and working dress in the Med and North Africa (and that's not even mentioning India/Burma/the Pacific, etc) that's another different kettle of fish, and even more fun and varied! One of my relatives flew out of North Africa after having flown with Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and the 1941 offensive over Europe, and the difference in what he was wearing not just from what he wore in Britain but even compared to the variation with his squadron mates is dizzying! RAF Fighter and Bomber Commands flying out of the UK (and later from the Continent) are much more straightforward than those flying from slightly warmer and more "rugged" climes
  10. No problem and no disrespect intended. I work in historic aviation (and flying kit) so have more than a passing interest in it. I'm happy to help if anyone has specific questions about uniforms and flying kit (I specialise in WWI RFC/RNAS/RAF, WWII RAF and WWII USAAC/USAAF).
  11. Sorry but they are all in early war iterations of uniform and flying kit. Straight off the bat, all the parachutes, Mae Wests and harnesses are all early war. The "chap in RAF blue on the right the more modern fighter kit" is actually wearing Service Dress so this immediately marks him prior to the introduction of Suits, Aircrew and later Battle Dress and the boots are 1940 Pattern, same as being worn on the extreme right. The fellow in the early two panel pattern Irvin is wearing a white Prestige suit something only seen in Fighter Command and had pretty much disappeared by spring 1941. The colour of boots really doesn't have a bearing, the brown ones as I mention above are 1940 Pattern. The black ones on the left are 1936 Pattern boots which were also made in small numbers in brown (mostly by Bedggood, VIC, Australia). Black boots were also issued later, eg with the later pattern "escape" boots. There is a lot of detail with RAF flying kit but one of the most obvious ones to distinguish between early war and mid/later war is the use of Service Dress as opposed to Battle Dress where the tunic is a different pattern and waist length. With SD rank is indicated on the sleeves, on BD it's on the epaulettes. Uniforms and flying kit can be a bit tricky but as I mentioned all the moons ago above, if you're going to enormous lengths to ensure accuracy with your aircraft it's worth doing a little research to make sure the fellow standing beside it is historically correct as well.
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