I lived near an old army / navy surplus store and found a WWII M1 helmet liner, then I told the owner I also was searching for the steell shell to complete the set and eventually got the that too, I wanted a WWII steel helmet really bad, because I was hooked on those classic WWII war movies like MERRIL'S MAURADERS, KELLY'S HEROES, The BATTLE of The Bulge, etc.
I dont have my first helmet anymore
I liked combat helmets since early childhood and still enjoy collecting them today
Mine was a No 4 Mk II spike bayonet - IIRC (and it was a long time ago !) I paid 50 pence for it in 1972 - still have it somewhere.
Now I'm up to about 400 bayonets and fighting knives ... and feeling old thinking about 1972.
Mine was shot gun shells i used to collect them when we walked the dogs i had over 250 as my biological father was a hunter and i just went from there
mine was my dads gulf war collection from when he was armourer there in 91 stuff like iraqi helmet his mk6 helmet and all his gear and some cool pics ill have to post the pics quite good
My father bought my brother and myself an Aussie ww11 tin hat each after we pestered him for weeks, he was disgusted at the price because he had thrown his into the sea from a troop ship coming home, glad to be rid of it. He paid $1.10 for each of ours!
Here I am young and I got my first item about.......9 months ago? i was still 12 when i got my mutter kreuz bronze for free from eagle relics (thanks John Brandon).
my collection is the best hobby in the world, i must take anouther look in my local antique shop, she has a british helmet for sale with plastic liner. i must inspect it some more.
anyhow, lovely stories!
Best regards, Patrick
My first pieces were my grandfathers "sniff kit" and his trench shovel i found while cleaning out his old shed. I have been addicted ever since
My great-uncle gave me this 10 or 15yrs ago... I was idle in terms of collecting for a while, but I have always been addicted to WW2 "stuff." Luckily, my drive to collect has come alive as of late...