Odds & Ends

A page devoted to, well, odds & ends. You never know what you may find here…

New Office…

Our highly trained and professional staff is always eager to help you.

My highly trained and professional staff is always eager to help anyone with inquiries. They tend to be a bit stiff until you get to know them, although they’ve never been known to let their hair down.

We recently moved to a new house and I have finally (almost) finished setting up my home office, the epicenter of the vast Battle Born Books & Consulting global empire. Here are a few images of my new digs and some of my colleagues.

US tanker with 1st-pattern tanker jacket and mint "doughnut" helmet (with Rawlings tag).

US tanker with 1st-pattern tanker jacket and mint “doughnut” helmet (with Rawlings tag).

Canadian late-war tanker with winter "pixie" suit and beret.

Canadian late-war tanker with winter “pixie” suit and beret.

Soviet early war tanker with blue coveralls, tanker gauntlet, cloth tanker helmet and goggles.

Soviet early war tanker with blue coveralls, tanker gauntlet, cloth tanker helmet and goggles.

Later war German tanker with well-worn "Blaumann" work tunic and iconic black M43.

Later war German tanker with well-worn “Blaumann” work tunic and iconic black M43.

Rittmeister der Reserve assigned to Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20 (m). Complete outfit attributed tot he same individual, including parade dress belt.

Rittmeister der Reserve assigned to Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20 (m). Complete outfit attributed tot he same individual, including parade dress belt.

 

Officer assigned to Panzer-Aufki¨årungs-Abteilung 6 with well-worn custom-tailored M36 and black overseas cap.

Officer assigned to Panzer-Aufkärungs-Abteilung 6 with well-worn custom-tailored M36 and black overseas cap.

Close-up of the well-worn cap.

Close-up of the well-worn cap.

Oberleutnant Horst Hain, KNight's Cross recipient of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23 with his custom-tailored black leather tunic in Panzer cut.

Oberleutnant Horst Hain, Knight’s Cross recipient of Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23 with his custom-tailored black leather tunic in Panzer cut.

Close-up of the Panzer officer black M38 overseas cap. Not Hain's cap, but paired for illustrative purposes.

Close-up of the Panzer officer black M38 overseas cap. Not Hain’s cap, but paired for illustrative purposes.

Rounding out the Gang of 10 in the office are these two nattily dressed enlisted personnel.

Rounding out the Gang of 10 in the office are these two nattily dressed enlisted personnel.

This Spieß was assigned to Kradschützen-Bataillon 6, also his visor cap is stamed from the scout company of the instructional battalion.

This Spieß was assigned to Kradschützen-Bataillon 6, also his visor cap is stamped from the scout company of the instructional battalion.

This scout was assigned to Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 (mot).

This scout was assigned to Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 (mot).


 

You’ll never know what you’ll find on eBay…

Probably not a babe magnet, but every guy who sees it would want to take a look.

Probably not a babe magnet, but every guy who sees it would want to take a look.

Recently offered on eBay, this mock-up of a Sd.Kfz. 221 looks pretty convincing. Sorry, but the listing has since disappeared. Not sure I had a suitcase big enough to hold the 50,000 Euro asking price.

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Living History: Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung “Großdeutschland”

Neil Barlow is a reenactor associated with Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung “Großdeutschland” living-history group in the UK. The lads recently had a meet and here are some images, including some taken with a book that is unfamiliar to me. 🙂

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It appears that “Scouts Out” meets with the group’s approval.

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Should you wish to see more of the group, here is a link to its web site:

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Wallpapers

If you don’t want girly-man backgrounds on your computer, here are some images of modern armor that make great wallpapers.

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IPMS – Kansas City

A few years back, while still a part of JJ Fedorowicz Publishing, Mike Olive and I attended the International Plastic Modeler’s Society’s national event at Kansas City MO. It was great fun, and the time, effort, patience and skill that went into the model entries was simply outstanding. Here are some of the standouts!

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Collection Items & Displays Past

Kitchen_1 Some images of collectibles I once had over the years. These images are from around 2007, when I was living in West Plains MO…

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I had this 1st-pattern officer wrap for some time, before eventually selling it to raise capital for another collectible…

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Field Gray Panzerpionier Wrap

Among the rarest wraps I have ever seen was for that of a Panzerpionier. It surfaced in Germany (apparently, an attic find) and appeared to be “untouched,” although much of the insignia seemed to be field made. The tunic eventually sold for an astronomical amount of money to an unknown collector and has not been seen since. (Images originally supplied by Jim Haley and Steve Androsko)

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I am not sure anymore whether the images, document and Wehrpaß below are attributed to the owner of the wrap above. Nonetheless, they are interesting in their own right because of the “homemade” soutache applied to the overseas cap.

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Tank Accidents

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While they are a thing of beauty to behold, you always want to try to avoid headache-inducing moments such as these.


Tiger on the Prowl

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While no where near the perfection of Dirk Caltrider’s Panther model, I did enjoy my first foray into plastic modeling in more than 30 years with this 1/6 scale Tiger I.

 

 

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