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Article about: Hi all, As some of you may recall, I made an ill-advised transaction with a certain 'Pawel Nowak' some months ago: Ignorant slut that I am - I went ahead and sent him a wire transfer to a Eu

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    Default Einheitsmutze M43??

    Hi all,

    As some of you may recall, I made an ill-advised transaction with a certain 'Pawel Nowak' some months ago: Ignorant slut that I am - I went ahead and sent him a wire transfer to a European bank in order to pay for a FJ helmet.
    I was rapidly disabused of my naivete by members of this forum when I sought validation of my purchase, and was told NEVER to deal with this all-round skinflute and notorious peddler of oriental tat ever again.
    Fast-forward two months and I thought I would share what turned up at my doorstep in lieu of the expected FJ helmet; along with a sackfull of dubious excuses in email correspondance, naturally. I have posted the Luftwaffe trophelm/sunhat type thingy in a separate forum, likewise the tornister pack is in the field gear section (although -remarkably- I suspect it is genuine).
    There are NO markings whatsoever. It is soiled in the expected places, thought I am not holding my breath; in fact If this turns out to be authentic I'll eat my (Luftwaffe sun) hat! So, without further ado, I present for your enjoyment, mud-slinging and -who knows- validation? I give you one M43 Field cap, courtesy of Polands finest shyster…

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    The Tornister looks to be A-OK. The M43 cap? Not looking good. I defer to others though on that Kopfbedeckung. NH

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    Sorry, the cap is bad.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi, well I'm sorry to say that the cap is not a good one, but I guess you knew that already. Actually receiving anything from that @_*> is an improvement on his past activities, he normally just takes your money! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Thanks gents. I wasn't holding my breath. Lesson learned. I'll keep the tornister, but the rest is for the trash.
    Onward and upwards. This forum is an absolute gem, and I haven't fallen foul of fraudsters since I joined thanks to all your help. May this remain my first and last waste of money.
    Best regards

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    One of the worst fakes i've seen in years.....a fake from the eighties...
    "I didn't use any weapon in combat during the war, but i killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of men...they're now at the bottom of the sea"
    Walter Borg (ex-MI6) Agent and radio operator in Malta, Tunisia and Italy between 1941 and 1945. Arrested twice, tortured twice, escaped twice, survived the war...

    "The future torments us, the past holds us, that is why the present escapes us."
    Gustave Flaubert

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Quality is so poor, I wouldn't even suggest stripping off the trap and Wearing it for a cap....

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I know nothing about the cap or even where to start with it but thanks for the post. Just wanted to say keep plugging decent stuff is out there and you will find it. Having the gents here to support us. This forum is not only a great knowledge resource it helps us minimize quick or outright bad purchases aiding I call our "knowledge tax" or "learning expenditures" to a minimum.

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    Its a trick to get more money out of you. Wait and see, soon he has an unique offer only for YOU.
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

    "Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"

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    Thanks GPutnam. You hit the nail on the head there. This site is a Godsend for the beginner-collector. And the 'Nowak treatment' certainly hasn't disheartened me; I've already managed to bag a couple of nice pieces of headgear buying through this and the WH Awards forum classifieds, and through attending a local collectors monthly meet. And I'm just getting started! When the collection is a little more substantial I'll post some photos!

    All the best!

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