Let me share a story of a young bloke who being in the Australian Army found out he had relis in the German army in WW2. He then decides to pay respect to said relatives by having a manaquin, in a repro uniform and gear, as thats all he can afford dressed as what his Great uncles may have been. that was 5 years agao, now that young bloke has 20 odd helmets of different variation, a mass of original personal and feild gear, flags, armbands, and is now slowly gathering a collenction of post war east and west german gear, for no other reason than he has found some of it fairly cheap, or peices have turned up in various places. Now add a mate he met on this forum, who has GIVEN him, well swapped and given between eachother, almost a complete Aussie WW2 uniform from head to toe, US WW2 gear, and some German helmet shells. This young bloke has also given to his mate gear he would never have thought of collecting, modern Aussie gear, now war relics. This young mans dream of having a manaquin in repro gear, has now developed into almost every style of german helmet, from 1916 to 1980, australian and briotish helmets, feild gear, flags, autographs of a leading member of hitlers entoutrage, and is now slowly expanding into post war, and now WW1 items. I even have original photos sent to me for free by memebers of the forum.
Also include in this, medals, RSL badges from 1919 to 2005, publications and propoganda leaflets!!
Is this young man alone in this ever expanding tree of collecting?????