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    Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:15 am

    Hello,

    I'm a starting collector and actually what most interest me is the 3rd Infantry Division of the 1st Canadian Army. Sadly, in terms of prices, everyone is interested in those divisions, since their troops landed on D-Day.

    There is plenty of time. Why buy an entire collection in just 10 weeks? Part of the fun is searching and dealing. On my bucket list are battle dresses from  Highland Light Infantry, Queen's Own Rifles and The Algonquin Regiment.

    Here is my first doll and perhaps from here on I only go further with torso's.
    Its a going home battle dress from a NNSH.

    Canadian water bottle
    Canadian Spike bayonet with Canadian webbing
    Canadian P37 pouches
    Canadian E tool
    Canadian bandoleer
    Canadian CLC helmet
    Canadian trousers

    It still needs a small haversack, webbing belt and boots + so details.




    Beside that I've bought a 2nd battle dress
    It contains a 1st Canadian Army patch, Corporal strips and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (Officers - OR) ribbon.




    Better photos will follow, but this wil do for now.


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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by 48th on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:31 pm

    Great display. Looks like you are well on your way to a nice Canadian WWII collection.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by southsaskscotty on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:01 pm

    Great start mate! And while I love to see our national flag hanging in there we didn't adopt that one until 1965. You'll have to keep your eyes out for the red ensign we flew during WWII! Keep up the good work honouring the memory of our 3rd Division boys!

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:23 am

    southsaskscotty wrote:Great start mate! And while I love to see our national flag hanging in there we didn't adopt that one until 1965.  You'll have to keep your eyes out for the red ensign we flew during WWII!  Keep up the good work honouring the memory of our 3rd Division boys!

    I know about the flag Wink Thanks for your reply.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:52 pm

    How do you like my latest update? Small haversack, L-Straps, Cross-straps (both updated from British to Canadian) and groundsheet. All Canadian :)




    Whats left is a webbing belt and boots.

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    Post by edstorey on Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:48 pm

    That display is coming along quite well.   A couple of points, you need to fold the Groundsheet so that it fits the Haversack as in this image.   You also need to reverse the Haversack straps so that the two straps on the Haversack that engage the Shoulder Straps (L Straps) are on top, also the openings on the buckles need to be reversed so that the openings face the top.



    The Entrenching Tool Helve that you have was not issued until very late in the war, if it at all.   Here is the earlier 1908 Pattern that was issued from 1942.


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    Post by LSR on Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:54 pm


    Look at the pile of webbing equipment on the right side of the pic, it looks very much like the above mentioned modification on the E-tool handle.
    Pic was taken on 7 April 1945, at the Schipbeek (south bank) Laren Gld, 2nd Can inf div (6th brig).

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    Post by LSR on Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:16 pm

    Looking good man 2 thumbs up ,it is save to use a British belt if you want Wink

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    Post by Haplo on Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:50 pm

    Great start.
    Just as LSR mentioned, It is no shame to put a british belt on it.
    Even a Indian made one is no problem.
    3rd divison was equipped with Indian made web equipment in Italy.

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    Post by edstorey on Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:21 pm

    3rd Canadian Infantry Division did not serve in Italy, 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 5th Canadian Armoured Division served in that theatre of operations.

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    Post by Haplo on Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:09 pm

    Then i am wrong.
    I assumed the 3rd was also there.
    Wrong info in one of my books then.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by Bill on Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:43 am

    Hi mvd, Your display is coming along quite nicely. A note on the uniform. The ribbon bar should only show the CVSM for the CAOF.

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    Post by Bill on Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:44 pm

    Correction. Depending on the date the ribbon bar would be correct. Immediately upon the formation of the CAOF only the CVSM ribbon was available, but during the summer other ribbons were issued. The medals were not available for some time.

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    Post by mvdv84 on Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:12 pm

    Thanks for all the messages. I'm a starting collector. I might switch items one to another when the collection and knowledge expanse.

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    Post by mvdv84 on Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:22 pm

    How do you like the update?
    -Canadian webbing belt
    -Canadian Enfield sling (Enfield is none-firing, Long Branch)
    -Canadian boots (walk out)
    -Canadian anklets

    Now its half a going home soldier, half a combat soldier Wink


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    Post by edstorey on Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:51 pm

    Your manneguin is coming together nicely, don't forget that you need to 'blouse' the BD blouse over the waistbelt as well as the trousers over the G.S. Militia Boots, have a look at the attached images.   The BW image is from the LAC.




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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:13 am

    A small tweak to my NNSH. The wrist watch was from my grand father.



    And a new beautiful Officers BD from the 4th Canadian Armored Division. They served as well in the area where I life, to force a break through across a channel called 'Isabella kanaal', in The Netherlands.



    Looking to buy a Highland Light Infantry of Canada BD, if the price is right.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:37 pm

    I'm very happy with my latest add to the collection. The Highland Light Infantry BD! Its clearly used in battle.






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    Post by edstorey on Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:23 pm

    Nice BDs!

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    Post by Bill on Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:24 pm

    That is a nice example of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada tunic. What makes you think it was worn in battle? Cdn infantry were issued two sets of battledress, and one set was saved for walking out, formal parades, best dress situations. The other bd, for lack of a better term was worn for active service / fatigue type duties. From the appearance of your example, it looks like a "best" bd.
    At the end of the war, most tunics worn at the front were in such a state that they were turned into stores and new ones were issued. The tunics we see on the market are the ones the soldiers wore home, and not likely ones that were worn at the front. (If you think the stain on the arm indicates front line service, it may have been in a bar...) Just some points to put some perspective on the uniforms we collect.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:35 am

    The NNSH RCOC BD's are sold. The NNSH BD is sold to Nova Scotia, how cool is that!
    Instead I have another NNSH bd and Algonquin BD (Clement Jules Beauchesne) Its a long shot, anyone perhaps know his family?
    Also new to the collection is an overcoat from the 48th Highlanders of Canada (Murray Percy Thomas). He has been awarded with the Military medal. Wounded he disabled a MG42 machine gun position just by himself in Italy.

    At the moment we're dealing with delayed constructions, so everything is stored. The collection room needs an upgrade as well. It has to wait till Summer.

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mk1rceme on Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:25 pm

    Haplo wrote:Great start.
    Just as LSR mentioned, It is no shame to put a british belt on it.
    Even a Indian made one is no problem.
    3rd divison was equipped with Indian made web equipment in Italy.

    1st Division, but yes, My Grandfathers canteen carrier is Indian made.


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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by Bill on Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:23 am

    Clem Beauschene passed away sometime ago, as did his wife. Here is a link to her obit, which mentions a son living in Toronto.
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=doreen-aldythe-beauchesne-mclean&pid=125192474

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    Re: Collection Michael (NL)

    Post by mvdv84 on Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:45 am

    Bill wrote:Clem Beauschene passed away sometime ago, as did his wife. Here is a link to her obit, which mentions a son living in Toronto.
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=doreen-aldythe-beauchesne-mclean&pid=125192474

    Bill, thank you very much for the sad info. I hope this will result in getting into contact with Ron.

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