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  1. I found this picture of a Lithuanian soldier on the net. What interested me was he is carrying a US M1917 rifle, or maybe a British Enfield ( same rifle, but chambered in .303). The web states England shipped Lithuania many 303 Enfields for their army.
  2. Wow, thank you for the information. Your information is most helpful. I was told these types of photos were not taken at one sitting. They took seperate portraits that relatives had and somehow combined them all into one group picture. Hence the touching up. Makes sense now that I think about it. The one on the right is one of the 1919-20 uniforms, and the one on left with tassels appears to be the later Lithuanian uniform when they had brief independence in the later mid 1920's. I do know grandpaw left Lithuania so as not to be drafted into the czars army in WW1. I do know all my father's relatives who did not leave Lithuania did not survive WW2 and communist occupation. The same story with all my mother's relatives, her family left Lithuania in 1944 with the retreating Germans, fled west, ended up in Dresden during the famous bombing destruction. Lived through that, ended up in Munich ( maybe Vienna) area allied DP camps, finally made it to Chicago in 1948. I took her back to Lithuania , her farmhouse, in 1993 when the Russians pulled out,. All her relatives, we were told did not survive the war or died in the Siberian Gulags.She is still alive, 88. May God continue to bless her.
  3. Any thoughts? After cruising the internet I now believe the one on Rt is Lithuanian, the left still a puzzle? Lithuanian Calvary With all the tassels? All comments appreciated.
  4. My father passed this old family portrait to me before he died. It is a picture of his mother's brother, and his father's brother when in Lithuania, right after WW1, possibly early 1920's. Can anyone ID the uniforms? I suspect the one on the left is Lithuanian army, on the right Russian army.
  5. My father was in the US Army, 86th Infantry Div. His mother's sister's son ( one mother left Lithuania for the US in the 1920's, the sister stayed on) was in the German army captured at Stalingrad- word got back in 1959 he died somewhere in Siberia in 1956. Russian Army captivity was brutal.
  6. Some of his 1941 FA .30 blanks for interest.
  7. Just picked up a few sealed boxes from a recently opened crate dated 1967, from my surplus dealer. He is bringing much out, most of which he bought 15-20 years ago, and stored up in the second floor. Unfortunately I wanted to buy the US 1941 M2 crate, the Bren 303 crate, and this French one but he will not sell them off. Anyway, any info or comments to enlighten me about this French 7.5 is appreciated. I bought a few boxes of all his opened crates as they are all sealed and pristine, putting away in ammo cans for my vintage ammunition collection. See pics.
  8. Additional info, I found an ink mark on the inside leather strap, very hard to make out, my guess "E or S T6, 1971".
  9. Maybe you can help me with identifying this bayonet. I can not remember where/ when I bought it, but at least 10 years ago, most probably from a gun show. From memory, I thought it was Russian or Polish. The only markings are as seen, " DH0842" electro scribed on the cross guard and scabbard. Identical to yours except for coloring.
  10. Thanks for posting. The movie from my point was just an " nice" adventure movie....hardware was lacking. The British army had 33 million grenades issued to them, more common in the trenches than rifles.
  11. Footnote, Renaissance wax can be easily removed by wiping with mineral spirits if you do not like the preserved appearance.
  12. Great helmet. To preserve it I would do two things, look up " Evapo-rust", by far the best artifact rust remover. I would apply some in stages to dissolve the heavy rust, stop when the roughness is gone ( not to bare shiney steel- keep the rust color base), then apply a museum wax called Renaissance micro crystalline wax. I would tape off around the decal area ( do not put tape on the decal). Do not use any mechanical means to remove rust......OR take a stiff hog bristle brush to remove the rust that will brush off and seal it with the wax. The wax will seal out moisture and arrest the rust, bring back some color, but give it a very little gloss to it. Try a test area inside to see what results you can live with.
  13. One of those special occasions, lucky kid.
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