Over the past 6 months or so Iíve been picking up a little something here and a little something there, for my son, to add to his collection, and have been stashing this stuff away in the nooks and crannies of my office. His birthday arrives this Friday so I have dug everything out to see what we have. Nothing special but all stuff I know he will enjoy. A lot of these items have been posted in various threads, as Iíve asked for help identifying some of them.
In this stack of stuff is the following:
WWII US Army Optical Gas Mask
Portuguese M1916 Fluted Steel Helmet
British MKIV Turtle Helmet dated 1953
E-F Training Sextant Kit still in original box
M1956 East German VoPo Steel Helmet
Post War Belgian Resistance Membership Card
Turkish Conversion Bayonet Ė Not sure what type yet
Soviet High Altitude Helmet Liner
German M30 Gas Mask
Dutch CD Helmet Ė Reissued British MKII
and not in photo, a bunch of WWII US Navy Wave Patches that my wife is going to frame.
There is a short story behind the E-F Training Sextant. My son and I ran across an A12 Bubble Sextant at a local military surplus store, we got a good deal on it so we picked it up. Inside the box was the sales brochure for the E-F Training Sextant along with a salesmanís letter, to the Director of Military Training at Campion Jesuit High School in Wisconsin, trying to peddle these things to the high school. My wife will do something with the sales brochure and letter so that he can somehow display them along with the E-F Sextant Kit.
This stuff should keep him busy for a minute I think!