A few little bits today, one of them not strictly appropriate for a blog on British kit, but I hope you will indulge me.
First Field Dressing
Once a soldier has been wounded in battle there is a very small window in which treatment is most effective. To help take advantage of this, all troops were (and still are) issued with a First Field Dressing:
This example has an outer bag dated July 1941 and the inner bandages dated February 1943, suggesting that they were still using a batch of earlier wrappers when these were packaged.
A very popular area of collecting is that of cap badges. Inevitably this popularity has led to fakes or restrikes, either for legitimate reenactors or to be passed off as real by unscrupulous dealers. Of these two I am sure the Drake Division one is a restrike and I have my doubts about the authenticity of the Machine Gun Corps one:
With these badges a few minutes searching on the web showed that the Drake cap badge was a fake as there should be a gap between ‘Auxilio’ and ‘Divino’ and there are insufficient lines of longitude. As these were only a couple of pounds each, I don’t mind they are repros and will do in my collection until I can find real ones at a price I want to pay.
East German Camouflage Jacket
I don’t normally collect militaria from other nations outside the empire, but I do have a secret love of different camouflage patterns from around the world. This jacket, though very faded, is an example of East German Strichtarn or raindrop/needle pattern camouflage:The camouflage uses a grey/brown cloth overprinted with small brown stripes, copied from Polish raindrop camo. This particular design of camouflage was introduced in May 1965 and is a typical Eastern Block Cold War pattern.