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Please allow me to introduce myself:
My name is Tom, I'm born in 1964, and my girlfriend
and I live in the Northern part of the Netherlands (The beautifull
province of Drenthe to be more precise)
Since my childhood I am interested in
the second World War (one of the reasons for this is that my father still had a
german gas mask left from WWII).
** (the gasmask and whistle that I got from my father who died in 2009 (may he rest in peace), these items started my collection)
As a child I used to play “war” with my friends and I got interested in german stuff.
I allways choose the "german" side and soon I could buy and trade some nice equipment parts.
The german helmet I got back then was bought for 25 guilders (aprox 11-12 euro)
Since then I found myself
looking on flee markets for militaria, and in those days (70’s)
it was relatively easy to find nice items. (The only problem I had those days was a lack of money…)
Also I always enjoyed building scale models (Tamiya 1/35) and reading as much books about the war as I could find.
** (The Tamiya "Kohlenklau" Marder II )
My collection has grown and grown (much
to the disliking of my girlfriend ;-) ) and with the introduction of the
internet I also
discovered the 1/6 scale hobby. In 1999 Dragon (a model company) released “Hans”, a infantry NCO, and since this time
I’m also sort of hooked to these models, which are a nice alternative (in space and costs) to 1/1 , although my main interest
still lies in the real stuff.
Of course the interest in World War II
also reflects in my other hobby: shooting. Obviously I like doing this with WW
** A collegue shooter at the
shooting range "De Harskamp" when I went shooting there with my Kar. 98k.
You can imagine how I felt when I saw the MP44 (didn't have one myself then).
I also spend a lot of time on the Wehrmacht
awards forum, and especially on the
equipment forum and found fellow collectors there.
Some of them have become friends. I have a lot of fun trying to answer some of
the questions, and find myself learning
new stuff almost every day.
One thing I learned through the years is that nothing is for certain, especially when it comes to german uniforms and equipment.
Sometimes it is difficult to focus in
this hobby and the financial means are limited. That's why I have decided that
my main focus
will be on German Field Gear and Equipment.
So there you have it: the reasons I am making this page : to share information I know, to learn, and to show off my collection :-)
Another reason (and much more
important) is that I think we must not forget the sacrifices the soldiers
made, both on German as
on Allied Side. The Germans because most of them just were plain soldiers who fought because there was nothing else they could do,
the Allied because they liberated us from the German Occupation.
I visit the musem in Overloon regularly, and there was a sign I noticed, which I like to add here:
War belongs in a museum !!
American Cemetary Colleville s/Mer (Omaha Beach) Normandy
German Cemetary in La Cambe (Normandy)
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