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#1 20-09-2015 14:28:13

Rebbaron55
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Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Displayed here is an item that would have been extremely useful in the desert campaign. I just obtained this set of early war wire cutters from one of our members! big_smile I have been looking for an intact pair (unbroken handles) for a very long time for my combat engineers collection and finally found one so that I can now stop looking! cool Hope you all will enjoy!                      Barron

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/German%20field%20Gear/Bakelite%20Items/DSC09778_zpsmtws6llo.jpg, http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/German%20field%20Gear/Bakelite%20Items/DSC09779_zpsqegeulxm.jpg, http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/German%20field%20Gear/Bakelite%20Items/DSC09780_zpsfn3uuk5o.jpg, http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/German%20field%20Gear/Bakelite%20Items/DSC09780A_zpspkiamkn2.jpg

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#2 20-09-2015 16:19:02

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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Very nice item Barron especially with those Bakelite handles do you also have case for them ?


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#3 20-09-2015 22:39:12

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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Nice. Rich A. in Pa.


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#4 20-09-2015 23:40:15

herrzark
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

very nice,first time see one


http://i574.photobucket.com/albums/ss190/herrzark/de15a06e-209f-43dc-b28b-50aa3c94774c_zps6n2y3euw.png

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#5 21-09-2015 15:56:33

Sebastian.V
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

great item !

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#6 04-08-2018 00:33:49

Rebbaron55
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

I still haven't been able to obtain a case for these yet!sad  I am trying to search for my recently obtained pair of British wire cutters with web frog and hope to be posting them soon!

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#7 04-08-2018 05:24:54

Markus
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Hi Barron, I've seen quite a few photos where German engineers have simply got the wire cutters tucked into the belts at the front, similar to how troops sometimes carried the non folding shovel.

This appears to be one of the leather carrier versions of the short handled wire cutters, taken from a photo of what looks to be a group of Pioniere who have just disembarked from a Ju52
in North Africa.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_wire_cutters.jpg

If I see a cover for sale during visits to the internet I'll let you know.

Regards Markus.

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#8 04-08-2018 14:58:56

Markus
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

I have a feeling this is not going to be an inexpensive item to acquire .... 1941 dated example is below....

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Original-Ta … 3067686305

Good luck with your search.

Regards Markus.

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#9 04-08-2018 17:06:42

Rebbaron55
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Yeah, about double what you pay for a good set of cutters. Ouch! The canvas variety with leather reinforcement seems to be slightly less expensive but a lot of repros are out there!    Barron

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#10 04-08-2018 23:16:22

Markus
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From: Australia
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Yes, I saw the repro's - as you know have to carefully look at anything that you buy, especially online.

I also saw that there are a short and long handled version of the wire cutters.  Most of the original canvas covers
appeared to be for the long handled version so I suppose the only thing to watch is that the pouch matches the right sized cutters - but I'm sure
a seasoned collector like yourself will work that out.

Regards Markus

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#11 05-08-2018 00:01:29

Rebbaron55
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Markus, yes, I have been trying to obtain a nice pair of the larger pioneer/vehicle mount type cutters but the handles are usually badly beaten up. Once I accomplish that I will need a case for both sizes!big_smile  Barron

P.S. I was thinking about you on another facet of this subject, as I picked up a second set dated 1943 from Australia and didn't post it due to Australians all being sent home to fight there against the Japanese. Since I heard that I ran into a book that mentioned Australians at El Alamein and wondered if there was still a small number that stayed in the Mediterranean?

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#12 05-08-2018 10:41:41

Markus
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Hi Barron, my understanding is that Australian ground forces (9th Division) were withdrawn from North Africa in late December 1942 or January 1943 to fight the Japanese.

El Alamein was the last major engagement.

I'm not aware of any army units (even small ones) who were left behind. I don't know if anyone else out there has any additional information?

Regards Markus.

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#13 05-08-2018 15:34:42

Rebbaron55
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Re: Wire Cutters with Bakelite Handles

Thank you again Markus for the clarification on dates for the Australians. Same types of problems occur determining Canadian and American participation and when their equipment might show up since the Tunisian campaign was so fluid. Barron

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