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New Collector's book!
THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN STEEL HELMET 1916-1945
Attention all helmet collectors. An exciting new history-reference collector's book has just been released. Written by Russian collector Ivan Karabanov, it is entitled, "THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN STEEL HELMET 1916-1945”, and promises to deliver an encyclopaedic overview of Russian helmets, from their modern introduction during the First World War to the end of the Second World War.
Written in both English and Russian, it explores the various helmet types considered and used by the Russian army, including the French Adrian, as well as experimental models.
Set out in chronological order and with diagrams, documents and both period and actual helmet photographs, numbering over 500 images at 504 pages, much of the book's content is new unpublished material, sourced from archive documents, as well as from museums and private collections.
Sized around the A4 mark and weighing a hefty 2.5kg, it may not be the cheapest reference book, especially considering added postage, but it is certainly looks to be a valuable and unique volume.
A missing link for many self-respecting helmet collector's book shelves.
More information or to purchase the book contact the author.
(Images supplied courtesy of the author. All rights reserved).
Dorrell, February 2017.
John Lewes, author of Jock Lewes Co-founder of the SAS, talks in detail about his book and the background behind it.
The story of Jock Lewes, a founding member of the SAS, is an interesting yet tragic one. He was a man whose name and huge contribution to the regiment had been all but forgotten, perhaps due to his untimely death during the war. However, thanks to Jock's own letters, combined with the tireless work of his nephew and indeed the testimony of Sir David Stirling, "Jock could far more genuinely claim to be the founder of the SAS than I", his place in history has been justly...
Historical fiction through books and film, such as Sharpe, Hornblower, Richard Bolithio, or the relative newcomer, The Dawlish Chronicles, is not merely a form of enjoyable entertainment but helps bring the past to life...
Infantry combat helmets have come a long way since their development a hundred years ago. Whilst the first examples were made from steel, since the 1980s ballistic nylon, kevlar and composites have taken preference. With the continual advance of technology modern infantry helmets are lighter, more comfortable and have better chinstraps...
End of Empire.
Book presentation. The End of Empire - The Cyprus Emergency: A Soldier's Story, from Pen and Sword Military.
Martin Bell OBE is perhaps best known for his impressive 30 year career in journalism. Wearing his trademark, typical British looking white suit, he reported from over ten war zones in eighty countries, winning various awards...
On the 15th of August 1941 a detachment of Scots Guards lined the inner wall of the Tower of London. The condemned man's last words were, "Shoot straight, Tommies".
Who was this man and how did he end up at the Tower of all places?
From Colonial Warrior to Western Front Flyer. The Five wars of Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris.
A Real ‘Boys Own’ Adventure!
Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris was an adventurer, a man possessed of great courage and charm, who fulfilled every schoolboy fantasy and really did ‘live the dream’.
Dad's Army – the movie!
February 2016 is the planned release date of the new film version of Dad's Army. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Dad's Army is a “classic” British TV sitcom from the 1970s, running from 1968 – 1977 to be more precise. Set after the Dunkirk evacuations of World War II, during the dark days of the Nazi invasion threat to the south coast of England, it follows a misfit band of Home Guard from the fictitious town of Walmington-on-Sea, one of Britain's last lines of defence should an invasion have taken place.
The Worcestershire Regiment green diamond hat and helmet patch, 1900 to the 2009.
Perhaps the use of the diamond patch on the Slough hat came from those fortunate survivors of the original 1st Battalion who fought so bravely at Tobruk in 1942, where some officers took to wearing a slouch hat with a grass green patch and badge on the upturned brim. However, it seems more likely that the practice was a natural cross-over from the pith helmet.
A trip to a museum
As 2013 races to a close and the 100 year centenary of the start of the First World War is creeping ever closer. We are looking back to June and a visit to Austria's Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum in Vienna, where the blood splattered uniform of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand together with his limousine are on permanent display.
Understanding Austrian Army peaked caps.