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Good afternoon gents,

On 050821 I posted a message here not appreciating that unlike a "members forum" type board my message would simply descend further and further down the contents page rather than returning to the top (of a category) with every new post thus making is less likely to be read by any member browsing new messages. Due to the same lack of appreciation I failed to give my message a title/subject thereby compounding the issue.

The gist of my message was that I, as a militaria enthusiast and time served regular soldier (24 yrs)am attempting to put together a manniquin representing a LF of the post-war posting to Iserlohn, Germany.

This is a fairly common practice in the hobby when collectors have items of uniform or equipment they wish to display in context and many seek information on correct presentation. This particularly includes collectors from other nations as far afield as Russia and Japan.
To do this correctly is not only a matter of accuracy which is historically important but is a demonstration of respect to the original subject. To get it wrong when presenting it as fact accross the globe is just not acceptable especially in my view when the subject regiment is one that has the credit for "six VC before breakfast" (as a child in Rochdale I grew up on that!).

So far I have benefitted from the able assistance of Geoff Pyecroft and have also had some input from several LF veterans for which I am most grateful. As a result my initial fairly generic intention has developed to the point where I hope to take as inspiration the example shown here in the Iserlohn posting gallery which shows Sgt "Wacca" Brown of Mortar Pl, Sp Coy, 1LF. I also hope to show other forms of dress including webbing and steel helmet.
To that end I now have everything (all period correct) except for a clear confirnation of appropriate medal ribbons on the '49 pattern BD blouse. I have discussed this with Geoff and I am pretty sure of what the five ribbons should be but the image deceives the eye.
So, if anyone knows "Wacca" (is he still marching?) or can confirm the actual ribbons in the picture I would be most grateful. I really want to do credit to what would have been my local regiment had it survived (I was 9yrs old in '68), the manniquin itself is a commercial "shop front" type (museum quality costs as much as a 2nd hand car )but the uniform/equipment will be as close to perfect as I can get and I will of course submit the end product, including No4 rifle and No9 bayonet, here for as much critiscism as members can muster.
Anyway, thank you for reading this and I lookforward to anything you can tell me.

Omnia Audax!

Mark Blunt


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