Peaked or visor caps usually have a loose-fitting strap that sits on top of the bill. This strap is attached at each side with a button. For officers, this strap can be a gold or silver "rope" and usually doubled.
The visor cap evolved from earlier forms of military hats. All hats had a chin strap to help hold the hat firmly on the head. Officer's hats evolved to have a brass strap or over-lapping plates. Also, when not in use, the straps could be tied or buckled so that it was worn above the bill. Some even attached to the very top of the hat.
A close comparison is the German pickelhaulbe (or spiked) helmet, which was a leather helmet first worn in the early 1800's. These were usually worn with the chin strap resting on the bill of the helmet. Enlisted men's helmets had leather chin straps and officer or elite troops(cavalry) had brass chin straps.
So, the golden threads are actually chin straps. And they still function, some what, as an adjustable strap. The knot at each end will actually slide such that the strap will gown wide enough to place under the chin. But of course, there is no way to secute it snugly and it is not practical nor does it look cool, either.
Another hat that also hat gold or colored cords were the Slouch hats worn by US Army. These resemble the common "cowboy hat". They were common wear during American Civil War and out West. A tan version was issued during the Spanish American War and later evolved into the Campaign Hat that Army drill instructors wore. These had a double cord that had two ends that hung loose. These were colored to indicate branch of service. I think this evolved to the colored piping worn on the Overseas caps used in WW2.
British hat from Waterloo with white braided cord
British hat from Waterloo era with chin strap tied up to peak of hat.
French Napoleonic hats
British shako (post Napoleonic) with 1-piece chin strap attached across front of hat.
US Slouch hats and Campaign hats and other hats from various times.
WW2 USAAF 'crusher' caps
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The modern visor cap has the chin strap usually worn on top of the bill. Officers are rope cords and enlistedmen's are leather straps. Both are made of two strands, one attached at each button on the side of the hat. The cord wraps around the front of the hat and has a loop or knot at the other end that slips over the mating cord. This arrangement allows the chin strap to be loosened or tightened. This double cord design allows for this adjustment of the strap.
The slouch hats also have double cords probably for the same reason.
50-500 USD depending on specifics
New models can be purchased for roughly $250 plus $25-$40 depending on options.
If you go to a gun show you can buy them right from high-point for as low as 119$ and on gunbrokers.com for 139.99
The British term for a submachinegun was a "Machine Carbine". MC. See the link below for some more info on the Sten.
This is a very subjective question, leaving people bound to claim their own country a having the best army in the world. In reality it comes down to what you define as best.
If you define best as "which individual Army is most likely to win a war against a foreign power?", then the answer is undoubtedly the United States. Although they have a smaller Army than the Chinese in terms of manpower, their technology is, at this time, far superior making them more likely to succeed in all out war.
That said, war is rarely straight forward and allegiances are often formed to bring down a common enemy who could not be defeated by an individual nation. For example, if the United States entered into war with A member of the European Union, the other members would probably come to it's aid. In this situation, the eventual victor of the conflict would probably be the allied Europeans as together they have similar technology to the United States but a greater number of troops and a stronger economy.
If the playing field was level in terms of man power and technology the situation changes again, with the emphasis being on the skill of the Individual soldier and the strategy of the army. Here the British probably excel, having regiments like the SAS, Royal Marines and Parachute regiment with a reputation for stringent discipline and intensive training (the Royal Marines have the longest basic training course of any normal infantry soldiers in the world at 33 weeks). Of course the US is not far behind with Delta Force or the Navy SEALs but the size of their special forces makes it harder to train all of the soldiers to the same level that other nations may do. The Gurkhas should probably receive and honorable mention - they fight as part of the British army but hail from Nepal, so in a way they could be seen as an unofficial Nepalese army - in which case they would be the best trained and most skilled of any Army in the world, although lacking technology and manpower, they have proved themselves time and again in conflict.
Historically, Britain and America have always been very strong militarily, although Britain has a richer history. Since the official creation of both the British Army, no foreign power has ever managed to invade Britain (although this could also be down to the fact it i an Island nation). The same can be said for the US; once the British left they have had no need to actually defend their country itself - just allies or overseas territories. Compare these two to places that may have faced similar threats militarily, like Russia, France and Germany and their long standing dominance is very impressive.
Going back even further, the title of best Army in the world could be given to the Roman Army, as for several hundreds of years, they were head and shoulders above their nearest rivals. The Greeks might have a claim to having the toughest soldiers in the Spartans, who even today are world renowned as being seriously good fighters (they won one of most one sided battles in History at Thermoplyae in 480BC. Their entire lives were devoted to fighting and training so it's easy to imagine how they were such good fighters.
The Top ten "best" Armies at this time in terms of expenditure and man power, training and equipment.
1. United States
3. United Kingdom
Historically (looking at the most militarily powerful nations of the last few hundred years) the list should probably go;
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This question could be interpreted in different ways. If it is asking about the most powerful conventional army in the world, most would say the US. However, many FAQ Farmers interpreted the question to be asking for a subjective opinion on the "best" military. Many people said the armies of their own nation were the best in order to be patriotic. Here are some of the facts and opinions that were given:
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The bursting radius is the distance from a device that may cause wounds. The lethal radius is the distance that will cause death to 50% of persons exposed. A White Phosphorus hand grenade has a bursting radius of about 35 meters- it will not kill 50% of all persons within 35 meters. The 40mm HE grenade launcher projectile has a 5 meter lethal radius- it will kill 50% of the people that are within 5 meters when it detonates.
The exact same way a normal rifle does, except that the trigger is typically attached to the firing mechanism by some sort of linkage - this is also the reason bullpup rifles tend to be cited as having really jerky trigger pulls, although this has been rectified in some rifles through the use of a free floating linkage.
The primary difference (and, indeed the very definition of what "Bullpup" means) is that a Bullpup's action (bolt/firing pin, breach, et al) is located behind (i.e. closer to the rear) the trigger. Normal rifles also require a linkage between the action and trigger, but this linkage can be extremely short, and thus, less susceptible to becoming loose or stuck, which can be the cause of the "jerkiness" of many Bullpup weapon's trigger pulls.
Probably nothing if it is a knock off, up to $300 if it is authentic. The brass knuckle ones are very common however, so I'm going to say an authentic one of those is worth a little lower than $200.
1941 ? see http://www.cruffler.com/historic-may01.html
Farmers still have occasional and legitimate need for dynamite, and most farm cooperatives sell it. But you would have to prove to their satisfaction (not easy) that you are a farmer, and have legitimate need of it. The same goes for the blasting caps that would be sold there, too.
Above was correct, however, in the US, the Safe Explosives Act NOW requires that you have a license to purchase explosives, including blasting caps, This is issued by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and requires fingerprints and a background investigation to be licensed as a "Responsible Person". The purchase is made from a licensed explosives dealer.
Rifle held with two hands, in front of the chest, at a 45' angle to the body. Held this way while running.
value of a weapons depends on overall condition. a random is ex. condition est. $600 -
A "P38" and a "Lugar" are two different semi-auto 9mm pistols produced by Germany during the 1st half of the 20th century. The Lugar was standard issue in the Germany Army in WWI and the P38 was standard issue in WWII. Both used the same ammunition.
The 9 x 19 mm cartridge fired by both the P38 and P08 (Luger) is popularly referred to as the 9mm Luger. The writer above is correct about the German military issue. However, the P38 is still manufactured by Walther, and is the current military sidearm of 9 countries. $500 to $700 us dollors less in Canada $400 to $600 these pistols were mainly bring backs from ww2.
The Company of Thomas Williams of Smithfield no longer exists. Thomas Williams born in 1851 and died in 1918 was my husband's grandfather. The Company was founded in 1765 by the first Thomas Williams it was then passed to his son, Ebenezer, then his son, Thomas Johnson Williams, then to Thomas Williams (1851 - 1918) then his wife, Lillian, took over until his son, also Thomas Johnson Williams was old enough. The business finally failed about 1939. His brother was Denis Johnson Williams and my husband is his son. We have a butchers' knife made by the firm and also a set of butchers' scales which we recently purchased at auction. We also have a hard-back catalogue dating from c1900. It was a very successful business - they made everything for the butchers' shop, including scales, knives, meat cleavers, skewers, blocks, things for slaughtering animals, perishables, "The Silent Sausage Machine" was patented by my husband's grandfather and "The Champion" meat chopper. They also fitted out butchers' shops. The items are highly collectable, especially in Australia. The Company sold worldwide. What we don't have are any photos of the family and would dearly love to have a photo of Thomas Williams - my husband's grandfather. I have been researching the family history for some time and have obtained a lot of information from The Worshipful Company of Cutlers in London. I believe there was also another brother of Ebenezer's - another Thomas, possibly older and there is also a William Williams - possibly the first Thomas' brother. They are recorded at the Cutlers' Company.
Generals and Admirals have equal ranks. Generals serve in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Admiral is the equivalent rank in the Navy and Coast Guard.
There are different ranks for Generals and Admirals with different designations.
Here are the current ranks, the number of stars and the service equivalency:
The only official five star officers all served during World War II and reached their rank either during or after the war.
There are other officers that held higher rank. All the five star officers of WW II were acknowledged to be junior to John J. (Blackjack) Pershing who commanded American forces in World War I. Some consider is rank as six stars, his official rank was General of the Armies of the United States.
George Dewey reached the rank of Admiral of the Navy after the Spanish American War and some consider him a six star Admiral.
There is one final rank. Congress passed a law in 1978 that declared that George Washington is the highest ranking officer to ever have served, or will ever serve in the US Military. Washington's highest rank was actually Lieutenant General in the regular army and General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. This effectively makes George Washington a seven star General.
WORLD TOP 12 ARMED FORCES:
1. Russia (1,027,000 active) (22,010,000 reserve)
2. North Korea (1,106,000 active) (8,200,000 reserve)
3. South Korea (687,000 active) (8,000,000 reserve)
4. Vietnam (455,000 active) (5,000,000 reserve)
5. China (2,285,000 active) (1,510,000 reserve)
6. India (1,325,000 active) (2,142,821 reserve)
7. United States of America (1,580,255 active) (864,547 reserve)
8. Iran (510,000 active)(1,800,000 reserve)
9. Brazil (327,710 active) (1,340,000 reserve)
10. Cuba (49,000 active) (1,159,000 reserve)
11. Ukraine (129,925 active) (1,000,000 reserve)
12. Turkey (510,600 active) (428,700 reserve)
One dog tag was immediately taken from the necklace (or other part of the body) of the dead person (usually by a responsible officer)to represent proof that that specific serviceman had been killed and as positive identification of the serviceman's name, serial number, branch of service and religion -- for official records. The other tag remained at all times on or with the body of the dead serviceman so his or her identity, etc. would not be misplaced or lost. vcs In accordance with current policy:
Identification tags found around the neck of a casualty, and only those tags found around the neck, stay with the remains at all times. Tags found any place besides around the neck are made note of in the Record of Personal Effects of Deceased Personnel, and placed in an effects bag. They are not removed unless there is a need to temporarily inter the remains. If there is only one tag present, another is made to match the first. If the remains are unidentified, two tags marked "unidentified" are made. One identification tag is interred with the individual, the other placed on a wire ring in the sequence of the temporary cemetery plot. This enables Graves Registration personnel to make positive identification of remains during disinterment procedures; when the remains are disinterred, the tag on the wire ring is removed and placed with the matching tag around the neck.
around 200 us dollars
All Warrant Officers are addressed as "Mr."
I usually addressed them by their first name. In formal situations they would be Chief Warrant Officer xxx. In informal situations with lower ranks present, I sometimes used the term 'Gunner' when talking with those with a specialty in weapons or EOD.
depends on the brand and where it came from and time it was made. any way it ranges between $100-$400
Identifying WW2 German badges is fairly easy with the many books and webpages on the subject. The difficult part is determining if they are Originals or Reproducitons. Nazi militaria has gotten so expensive, the it is easy to replicate to a high degree of accuracy.
As an example, there are companies that reproduce many German uniform items such as visor caps that include the label and sweatband details.
If you inherited the collection, it might be very advisable if you document how you obtained the collection. This may convince someone that the items have been in your or your family's possession for a long time----if you intend to sale the items.
A good site to check for World War II information is Lonesentry.com.
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