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Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:17
German Democratic Republic Luftstreitkräfte der NVA Officer Visor Hat
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0786.jpg

Federal Republic of Germany Luftwaffe Officer Visor Hat
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0787.jpg

Royal Ulster Constabulary (Northern Ireland Police 1922-2000) Police Constable Visor Hat
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0788.jpg

Soviet Army Officer Visor Hat (Artillery and Armor Officers) (1989)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0789.jpg
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0790.jpg
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0791.jpg
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0792.jpg

British Royal Army Medical Corp Enlisted Parade Visor Hat (1968)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0793.jpg

Serbian Army Officer Field Hat??? (If anyone has more information on this hat, I would appreciate it)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0794.jpg

German Democratic Republic Volksmarine Enlisted Overseas Cap
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0796.jpg

British Royal Irish Rangers Caubeen
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0797.jpg

Soviet Navy, Naval Infantry Enlisted Beret
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0798.jpg

British Royal Marine Commando Beret
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0800.jpg

German Democratic Republic Zivilverteidigung (Civil Defense) Field Jacket
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0801.jpg
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0802.jpg

Spetsnaz Patches (Ukrainian Left, Russian Right)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0803.jpg

Mig-29 Patches (Slovakia Left, Post Reunification German Luftwaffe Center, Malaysian Right)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0805.jpg

Misc Patches (Lithuanian Air Force Left, Apollo-Soyuz Center, Random Russian Air Force)
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0806.jpg

Federal Republic of Germany Luftwaffe Flight Jacket
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0807.jpg
Loz
Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:22
Nice collection you've got there.
May i ask:where did you get that Serbian cap?
It's definitely from the 90s,most likely used by Bosnian Serbs.
Mladić wore a similar hat:
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Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:24
My father did two tours in the Balkans (Sarajevo to be specific) with the NATO/UN Peacekeepers there. He brought me back the hat for my collection, its one of my favorites because it is so different.
Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:25
are these all original? very good collection! the serbian hat was used by republika srpska and i dont think it was used by anyone but highest ranking officers though i could be wrong.
RUC insignia sure was designed to be a provocation
Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:34
Yes they are all originals, most of them I've checked into personally based on books I have or information online to check their authenticity. Some of this stuff I accumulated when I lived in Germany from 1994-1999. This stuff was all over the place in Germany in the 90s after reunificaiton, the Russians didn't even withdraw until 1994 and they left a lot behind.

Yeah it was meant to be a provocation, and I don't really like the RUC, being of Irish Catholic descent and all...but hey its a cool hat.
Post 28 Nov 2010, 23:36
Cool collection there Harry.
You're a man of many hats it would appear.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 01:37
The GDR officer hat makes the soviet one look overrated
Post 29 Nov 2010, 01:55
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You're a man of many hats it would appear.


Yes, I tend to collect mostly hats. I am working on putting together a Volkspolizei uniform. I am also a collector of Cold War firearms, or atleast I recently started. At present I own an AK-74 and an L1A1 SLR (British FN FAL). Here are some pics of the SLR:

My SLR:
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... 0771-1.jpg
http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/ac31 ... CN0772.jpg

Pics of SLRs/Fals in action:
Falklands War: http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/0 ... 68x357.jpg
Rhodesian Bush War: http://www.members.tripod.com/seloussco ... scouts.jpg

When my AK gets out of the gunsmith I will put up some photos of it. I am also an avid collector of military patches.

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The GDR officer hat makes the soviet one look overrated



I like GDR stuff more than Soviet stuff, but from experience I can tell you that on visor hats the Soviet ones are much better quality, especially the late ones.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 02:30
That's an awesome collection of hats you have there, HP. I also admire your collection of guns and wish that I could do the same but that's impossible.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 03:07
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That's an awesome collection of hats you have there, HP. I also admire your collection of guns and wish that I could do the same but that's impossible


It is one of the many benefits to living in Texas, you have to love our loose gun laws.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 03:12
Nice, I approve of your collection. The military hats are very cool indeed. I'd like get a GDR one eventually. Michigan's gun laws are relatively permissive as well, and I'd like to get a Mosin-Nagant one of these days. I've actually been to a store that sells them here. That is, assuming I'm still here in the future.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 03:40
Quote:
Nice, I approve of your collection. The military hats are very cool indeed. I'd like get a GDR one eventually. Michigan's gun laws are relatively permissive as well, and I'd like to get a Mosin-Nagant one of these days. I've actually been to a store that sells them here. That is, assuming I'm still here in the future.


If looking for GDR stuff I suggest this website...

http://www.gowenmilitaria.com/

Ebay also works, but you need to be careful, there are a lot of repos running around Ebay.

Mosin Nagants are good, I saw some selling for $99.99 the other day at a gun show. A friend of mine bought one and without even cleaning it we loaded it up and it shot quite accurately. We put at 1 square foot steel plate out at 100 yards and we were hitting it using iron sights with no problems. You do have to clean off the cosmoline though eventually or it will gunk up the interior of the gun. Honestly I would just suggest saving your money and getting an SKS for 250 or a AK for 600.
Post 29 Nov 2010, 03:55
Why are SKS's so popular?
Post 29 Nov 2010, 04:01
They are a cheap semi-auto rifle, and one of the few semi-autos that can be sold as a C&R Firearm which makes them easy to obtain. They are cheap because after the end of the Cold War, unlike AKs, they could be imported to the US in mass. Personally I like AKs more. Honestly I think Kalashnikovs are the best assualt rifles ever built. There is a reason the first US Special Forces guys sent into Afghanistan and Iraq were issued AKs. The same reason US Army Long Range Recon units in Vietnam were issued captured AKs as well.
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