if you study the photo he's actually hand painting on the tricolor or bi color shield. this is a pre war photo and these shields were painted not a decal.. The point being made is seeing all the shells with names and rank is one man typically did this for the unit or company. Each guy didnt do it them selves typically. But, there are and have to be exceptions.I thought the same thing but It almost looks like he has a tool in his hand. Maybe scraping off the party shield?
In those days men that had attended school beyond their 14th year would have got calligraphy lessons, clean/nice handwriting was considered necessary for office jobs.Well Farb, that sounds like keeping it real in all respects. With named helmets I was always impressed by German penmanship and neatness particularly as these were enlisted troops. This is skewed by the reality that most of the time, just like camouflage application and overpainting, individual soldiers were not left to this task, it was assigned to those most capable. It beats Latrine duty.
This sounds like Farb admitting he consigned his units helmets! Hahah JKI can’t add much to the history/validity, but I have the skill to paint names in helmets. I did it for my Reenactor unit for a while, 20 years ago. When I did it, I did a bunch at once that all looked nearly the same. As new members joined I did more, sometimes in batches. Those looked similar but I didn’t care as much, and the workmanship suffered if I was hung over or tired.
It’s circumstantial but the point is as new guys join new helmets were named, but unit info was consistently applied like these.
A bit of topic, but evidence that lightning strikes can happen.it possible to find 2 pistols or rifles consecutively numbered and that does not make them fake or renumbered. Just a little common since in a world that has gone off the edge. It also doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay attention either. My thoughts anyway. Larry
That’s crazy!! Very cool. Maybe post them on their own in off topic, I’d love to see them
...and perhaps a layer of cool camo paint also?I hope he will post here but the French owner of the Kaminski relic helmet emailed me and said an American collector bought it from him in 2019 and that it now has a liner......