Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Navy Nurse Corps ~

It's been so busy! I've worked, there was a birthdayparty, the militaria fair in Ciney and last weekend the second edition of our event Camp Crowder. So it's also been a while since I last had time to blog but here am I back and with something really great!
While most people like to stay in bed on a Sunday morning, I woke up early to go to the militaria fair in Ciney. Even though it's a big fair and there's always a chance to find something, I had already found everything before the fair and I just went to pick up some items.. And I promised myself not to buy one thing more because these items aren't cheap, not at all!

A month ago I found this great Navy Nurse jacket on Etsy and I just had to buy it! A few years ago, also in Ciney the complet uniform was for sale but the day before I bought my WAVES uniform so I didn't bought it and I really regretted it for a long time so I had no other choice than buying this one. Soon I started looking for the hat and there was one for sale on Ebay but so expensive (yeah I'm not paying 550$ for a hat...) so I just kept searching and I think I had a lot of luck because there was one for sale in Belgium! The seller had also an Army Nurse off-duty dress for sale and because it's almost my birthday I decided to buy the hat and the dress.
Now I still need the skirt but finding one won't be easy so I'll try to find the tissue and make one myself. Hopefully it's finished soon so I can finally wear it.

This is the Blue Outdoor Navy Nurse uniform: it consists of a double breasted jacket, closed with 6 gold buttons, made out of a dark blue/almost black coloured fabric and a skirt made out of the same fabric. It was worn with a white shirt and a black tie. Before 1944 they wore the gold NNC insignia on the collar of the jacket, afterwards NNC patches were sewn on the sleeves. In 1944 a new NNC cap was authorized.
In 1945 the Army Nurse Corps had 54000 nurses, while the Navy Nurse Corps 'only' had 11000 nurses, this also means that a NNC uniform now is a lot more difficult to find than a ANC uniform.

The white cover could be changed by a dark blue one during the winter months.

First pattern of the NNC hat.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Join the ATS ~

Since I started my collection a few years ago I've only bought US uniforms and equipment but I have always loved the British uniforms and the stories of British women during WW2. For Christmas I got a pair of original ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) boots from my dad, he had bought these boots a couple of years ago not really knowing what they were but when I saw I immediately thought they were ATS boots and after doing some research I was right. This was one of the best Christmas presents ever!

But just a pair of boots isn't enough, so I started searching a little bit online and one of the first days I found the ATS hat for a fair price. A hat and a pair of boots, it's not a lot but it's the beginning of a new part in my collection. I'm not someone who's all day long searching on the internet for that a new piece or another uniform. I prefer looking on militaria fairs and sometimes a quick look on some websites here in Belgium or Holland. The uniform will be complete one day, but it might take a while. First I'll try to search the Battle Dress and afterwards the Service Uniform. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Khaki Colored Winter ~

We had to wait a long long time for some real winter weather in Belgium but last week winter finally arrived here. In December I was in Bastogne for the commemoration of the Battle of Buldge, unfortunately there was no snow there. On one of the last day of 2015 I joined the historical walk in Dochamps with some friends of mine, and unfortunately there was also no snow there.
The first event of 2016 was also a historical walk in Bihain and also no snow... But no snow doesn't mean the events weren't good. No, they were also really nice!
Last weekend we all went to Stoumont, for the winter event of the club Indian Head. And for once there was snow! I couldn't be happier, it was of course a little bit colder, but nothing is going to stop us. In weather like that I prefer doing the tours with the vehicles in a jeep, it's just great!


Marche Dochamps

Most awesome snowman you'll ever see :)