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  1. The last time I tried to sell one on ebay they blocked it and displayed a page telling me how to return it to Japan -
  2. This has a label on it saying it's a WWII training grenade - but it has no marks. Could they have been painted over?
  3. I believe those are the US M-43 goggles as shown here: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1377-goggles-protective-eyewear-of-wwii/
  4. With our recent major software upgrade we have vast improvements in displaying and storing photos.
  5. This is for the Austen Mk II which was produced too late for WWII service: it was adopted AND declared obsolete at the same time. It has the bayonet lug which the Mk I did not:: Here's a video about the Austen SMG - it's from the Royal Armouries National Firearms Centre collection but they don't have the bayonet.
  6. Yes - that's an obscure bit of information. I looked through worthpoint.com for sales of these, but could not find any, which is not surprising. I found this which shows that there were only 200 of the guns produced, so maybe there were eveb fewer bayonets: "This gun is the experimental Mk II trials pattern, of which around 200 were produced in 1942. It features a two-piece receiver - a fluted extension of which replaces the Sten-type barrel nut of the Mk I. It also has a bayonet lug and a unique combat-knife bayonet was created for use with it."
  7. This says only about 200 were made! https://aboutweapons.ru/australian-experimental-bayonet-knife-for-the-austen-mk-ii-submachine-gun/
  8. Interesting.... such a short blade. I lightened up your photos for a better view:
  9. With that red cross, my first guess would be knights templar: how long is it, it looks more like a sword than dagger.
  10. I put the three photos from http://germanwarbooty.com beside the back of the wound badge. Notice that one of the pieces has the "o" and a maker's mark, which would seem to further point to this being some sort of die mark that does not stand for anything.
  11. It appears that S&L did use "4" as mark but the "o" mark shows up on WWII German pieces from different makers. I found a few examples at http://www.germanwarbooty.com/Archives.htm including one for Steinhauer & Luck: Kriegsmarine E-Boat Badge, First Pattern. Although not maker marked this Kriegsmarine E-Boat Badge, First Pattern does have an "O" marking on the reverse. This example is made of fine zinc and is one of the few accepted zinc examples of this rare badge. This badge was was made by Steinhauer & Luck. HERE'S A COUPLE MORE REFERENCES FROM THAT germanwarbooty.com PAGE: Luftwaffe Day Fighter Clasp in Silver. Super looking Luftwaffe Day Fighter Clasp in Silver. This example is zinc-based and retains over 95 percent of its silver finish. The reverse has an "o" marking. Kriegsmarine U-Boat Badge by Orth. Good looking zinc-based Kriegsmarine U-Boat Badge by Orth being so marked on the reverse with the firms stylized initials "f.o." being a solid example with crisp details also having the "o" die mark on the reverse. The phrase the "o" die mark makes me wonder if the "o" was just some by-product of production?
  12. Nothing. I have found others online just like this: no maker's mark and a non-tapered, barely-pointed pin with the 800 silver mark.
  13. Was there a wound badge maker with a "0" or "C" mark? This one seems to have a very small O or C on the backside (there's no sign of it on the front:
  14. The pin is marked 800 - the catch was replaced: I found a photo of san identical piece showing what the original catch looked like.
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