Picture overview page !


On this page you can see pictures from my former collection.
It is to give you an impression from what once was, but is sold or still for sale now.

You can see full dressed mannequins and some overview pictures from items.
The mannequins will be sold as shown: COMPLETE.
Selling loose items will be taken in consideration, but first goal is to sell them as they are displayed.

Keep in mind: this is only a fraction of what I have!
If you see something that interests you, and you don't see it in the web shop, just send me an email!
This also goes for an item that is not displayed and you are looking for one.
Just let me know and I might just have it!!!
You can find the email button on the home page or in the web shop.

ENJOY!!!!

 

 

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H.J.M. van Meel 2013


 

Here you can see a German soldier that served with a Luftwaffe unit (Air Force).


He is dressed in a straight trousers, with a fliegerbluse and over that a "zumpf" camouflage jacket.
He is dressed for cold weather, because the zumpf jacket protects against extreme cold, but he also wears a scarf.
He is wearing a M43 field cap and is carrying a Zehltbann (shelter half/raincoat).
He is equipped with a standard Luftwaffe belt, complete with combat suspenders, shovel, K98 bayonet, ammo pouches, bread bag and canteen.

Additionally, are a small binoculars and a hand grenade tuck in his belt. (reproduction grenade)
He is armed with a K98 rifle that is slung over his left shoulder.

In the picture, you can also see the so-called A-frame that contains a Zehltbann and a food container. Also you can see an ammo box for a MG34 or 42 machinegun.
The wooden crate below this contained 1500 bullets that were packed waterproof.

 

U.S. Infantry Soldier Normandy

He is wearing a standard M1 helmet, M41 combat jacket, shirt and M37 woolen trousers.
He is wearing a bandoleer with extra ammo for an M-1 Garand rifle, beside the standard Garand cartridge belt he is wearing around his waist.


The cartridge belt is not visible because of the fact that the inflatable life belt covers it.


The rope around his neck is a pulling rope that could be used to move heavy stuff. It has a loop that comes around his shoulder and the other end has a large metal hook for attachment to the object to be pulled.
He is wearing on his back a M1928 backpack, complete with a T-shaped shovel and a Garand bayonet.
Behind him on the wall is hanging a backpack frame that could be used for transporting heavier items, as a full Jerry can of water or petrol, or as shown two .50 cal. machine gun ammo boxes and a sleeping bag.
Beside it, is hanging an inflatable life belt, just like the one that he is wearing.

British tank commander and officer

In this picture you can see 2 members of the British army.

The left one is a tank commander and the one on the right is obviously a British officer.

The tank commander mannequin is all ready sold!

The officer is dressed in a tailor-made suit and he is a member of the Royal Engineers.


On his left breast, he wears a ribbon bar for the awards that he earned.


Out of his pocket you can see a lanyard that contains a whistle.
He is missing his shirt, but that will be there also some time in the future.
(today the mannequin does have a shirt)


In addition, in the picture you can see above the tank commander a British tanker's helmet. This one bears the reconnaissance signs on both sides and the division sign of the Welsh regiment on the front. It is a pity that it is not very clear on the picture !
Never the less: the helmet is all ready sold!


U.S. glider soldier

Here is displayed a glider soldier that belonged to the 101st Airborne Division.

He is ready to board to fly to Holland or Normandy and is wearing his B4 Mae West, because he had to fly over the English Channel.


He is also wearing the standard shirt, M41 combat jacket and M37 woolen trousers.
He is well armed with a M1 carbine, Colt M1911A in a leather shoulder holster and a M3 knife attached to his lower leg.
He is wearing also a headset and throat microphone, so most likely he is a glider pilot!


Other equipment that he is carrying is a map case, ammo pouches for extra ammo for his M1 and Colt, a rubber assault gasmask bag with contents, a canteen and a first aid pouch.

Behind him you can see original glider plane parts.
Visible is a large piece of material that was used to cover gliders, a part of the recognition star that was on the sides and wings of the gliders, a seat of the glider pilot and a small part of the wing section (helmet is hanging in front of it).
The cover material and part of the star actually came from my grandfather's farm were it was lying in the attic! (these parts will not be for sale!)

U.S. medic & soldier Ardennes

Here you can see 2 U.S. soldiers like they were dressed up during the Battle of the Ardennes, or better known as the Battle of the Bulge!

 The medic is dressed for cold weather with coveralls and a mackinaw jacket to keep him warm.
He also wears a balaclava under his 4-paneled Red Cross helmet.


He is carrying the 2 pouch medical harness and a pair canteens to provide enough water for the wounded.


He wears a Red Cross armlet (brassard).

The other soldier is a member of the 3rd Infantry Division, his camouflaged helmet bears their Divisional sign.
This mannequin is all ready sold.
This is also for the BC1000 transmitter/reciever that is in front of him.

The snowshoes were not used very much in the European theatre, but make a nice addition and are also all ready gone!

British infantry soldier

Here is a standard British infantry soldier.


 He wears the badges from the 11th Armored Infantry Brigade that were a part of the XXX Corps.
These soldiers liberated my hometown and is a kind of dedication to them to show this particular uniform to represent the standard British "Tommy".


He is wearing the standard battledress uniform and is equipped with the standard equipment that is issued to every British "Tommy".


He is equipped with an entrenching tool, spike bayonet, water bottle, basic pouches, belt, cross straps, small pack, groundsheet, mug, jack knife, bandoleer and gasmask.
He is armed with the standard issue British rifle; the Lee Enfield.


He wears the standard issue British helmet with a camouflage netting were he has tucked a first aid dressing under it.


U.S. 101st Airborne infantry Soldier

The mannequin is displayed like a member who already saw some action and found him self a war souvenir in the way of a nice German M35 double decaled helmet.


He is wearing the standard M1C paratrooper helmet, M43 combat jacket and paratrooper trousers (British rigger made), shirt and a scarf cut from a piece of his main chute that he used to land on solid Dutch ground.
He is also wearing the famous paratrooper jump boots that officially were not allowed in the Holland jump.
He is wearing a grenade bag that is filled with grenades or extra ammo for his weapon.

 He is armed with a M1 carbine rifle, a M1911 Colt side arm and a M3 dagger strapped to his right leg.

Further visible from his equipment are: an assault gasmask in its rubber bag strapped to his leg, a 3 pocket grenade pouch, a L-shaped torch / flashlight (TL-122-B), a "taylor" wrist compass strapped to his shoulder board and a paratrooper first aid packet strapped to his suspender. He is also wearing the identification armband around his right arm, so that everyone could see in a blink that he is a U.S. soldier.
On his back he is wearing a folding entrancing tool, a water bottle, extra pouches with extra magazines for his rifle and Colt, a mussette bag and other small bits and pieces.

The pockets are all filled with foam stuffing to give an impression how it looked like, but they actually were filled with all kind of stuff that they needed when they were dropped behind enemy lines.

British paratrooper jumper

This is how they looked, just before boarding the plane when they went to Arnhem or Normandy.


 This paratrooper wears a Model 1943 Dennison smock and on his left arm you can see his jump qualification wing.
He is also wearing the paratrooper helmet, with webbing chinstraps.
Over his Dennison smock he is wearing an over smock. These were worn to prevent that the parachute lines would inflict with the equipment he is wearing underneath and would injure him.


He is wearing is small pack, shovel and all the other stuff on the front under the over smock.
Over the over smock he is wearing the special airborne life vest. These were carried when the had to cross water, in case the plane would went down.


Over all this he wears the special X-type paratroopers harness. This one originally came from the Arnhem fields and was an early one, because it had the camo chute instead of the better known white chute.
He is leaning on a standard round metal parachute container that was used to drop all kinds of material from the air to the ground. It has a chute in the top that is still unused.

The clamp you see in front of it was used to hang the container under the plane.

U.S. tank driver / commander

 This picture shows my U.S. tank driver/commander.

He is dressed for cold weather, but is still missing his cold weather jacket or better known as the tanker jacket. (found the jacket and added it)


Under his tanker helmet he is also wearing a cold weather skull cap and the helmet itself equipped with the correct headset and accompanying throat microphone.


He is armed with a Colt M1911A (at least he has the holster and clip pouch).


He also wears a first aid pouch and is further dressed in a standard shirt and cold weather coverall.


This is how members of the 7th armored brigade fought in Holland and how armored brigades in the Ardennes were dressed.




Displayed are: a complete British gasmask, like they were used by all British Para's, German stamps, a British sextant that was used in bombers, some U.S. small language manuals, an U.S. dust mask, a complete U.S. code machine and a German documentation grouping.


The U.S. code machine is a simple duplicate of the German Enigma and are pretty hard to get these days in a decent shape.


The German grouping consists of different kinds of documents that belonged to the same German soldier.
Of historical note is that this soldier died on the 12th of September 1939. If you consider that Germany invaded Poland on the 1st of September, you can say that he was one of the first war casualties of the millions to follow!!!!! (this set is sold)

British paratrooper signals

Here is a well-known member of the British paratrooper regiment, dressed as they were during the battle of Arnhem.


 He is equipped with a WS-38 transmitter/receiver that was a short range device to stay in contact with other units.


He wears the special Airborne red beret.
He also wears a Model 1942 Dennison smock and further the standard British infantry equipment.
He carries 2 special bags that contained the batteries for the WS-38 and spare parts and also a special valise that contained the long antenna rods.

There is also the very rare square shaped metal parachute container that was specially used to drop radio equipment from a plane to the forces on the ground. It contains a complete WS-18 transmitter/receiver and everything is protected by special padded cushions. Only about 15 of these complete containers are known to exist in all of Europe!!!!!


On top of the container is a special back pack frame. Most of the time you can see them in wartime photographs were they are carried on the front of the folding bikes. Here it carries a box of brengun machine gun magazines and a bag with signal panels.
These last ones could be used to lay special signs on the ground, that could be seen by pilots who had to drop equipment.

Weapons related

Weapons make a militaria collection complete!
The problem in Holland is, that not a lot is allowed.

In the beginning I found weapons to be too dangerous and way too expensive; however, if you want to finish a uniform completely, you will need them. Therefore, I started to collect some.

Bayonets are allowed as long as they are in a collection.
Daggers are not allowed, unless if you can prove that you are a collector and that the daggers can't be used by just grabbing them. They have to be placed in a locked display case or something secure like that.


All the items that I have in my collection are allowed because they are in a collection or they are deactivated. I can't risk the chance that the police confiscate everything just for one item !
In the picture, you can see a Lee Enfield, some shells, an F&S dagger, a M3 knife, some bayonets and more weapon related items.

 Next are shown 2 display cases that are filled with mostly medical items. Most the items are U.S. and British as well as some German items.


In the top display case it are several different types of wound dressings, tubes of ointments, infusion bottles, several kinds of cans of powders, etc.
The glass-covered display case in the front mostly contains items that came in the 2 medical pouches from the medic in a previous picture.


The top shelve of the standing display case contains mostly navigational items, such as several types of U.S. and British compasses, map template, binoculars, some maps and map reading tools.


This display case contains remembrance items that were donated and dug items I found my self on and near the drop zone of the 101st Airborne Division.


Among the found items are : BAR magazine, parts of B4 vests, an escape axe, small buckles from US gear, ration items, parachute harness parts, remains of a German gasmask, a jack knife, some tools, some empty shells and detonator holders and some small metal parts from gliders.


Among the remembrance items are: challenge coins, service dress belt from the Royal Engineers, several British and U.S. division pins, U.S. airborne belt buckle (made by a WW2 US Para vet), some cookie tins and other small goodies.





 


To the left is a display case that contains several torches/flashlights, tools, ccommunication parts, etc.


On top are some shells from several nations, but all WW2 dated, together with a WW1 German helmet that was donated to me.


Among the tools are: a British and US wire cutters, British carpenter's brace, some British pliers and a US folding saw.


There is also a RAF cap and a pair of German leather gloves. The gloves came from a British vet that took them from a German officer that had fought on the Eastern Front.


 



H
ere are still several uniforms that I wanted to complete.


Among them are a British camouflaged sniper jacket (SOLD), an U.S. service dress, an U.S. M42 paratrooper jacket and trousers, a German guards jacket (SOLD), 2 B4 Mae West life jackets and some other bits and pieces.


Behind it you can see a U.S./British Para dummy. These were used on large scale in the Normandy Campaign and some during the Battle of Arnhem. The dummy was recovered from a British army storage depot in 1997 and was never used. The dummy had to be filled with sand and the parachute was originally packed into the 4-panel breast of the dummy. It is now hanging behind it.
(SOLD)


 

Badges and medals.


Most medals and badges, I have in my collection, came from donations, trades or I bought them in a lot.


Through the years I obtained a reasonable amount of different badges and medals. (A reasonable amount in my eyes!)

In the picture you can see all kinds of different badges and medals from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany and 1 from Holland but made in England.

Here you are able to see some headwear on top of the display case.
Among them some Dutch, British,U.S. and German headwear.

In the displaycase are some documents like language guides, tabacco items, some German plates and mugs and other small items.

Some of these items stay in the 5% I keep, but most is for sale!