View Full Version : You asked for it...

08-09-2008, 08:31 AM
Here it is guys. ;)

Enjoy, & keep it busy, will ya?

Now, Get to work! :D

Daryl (deceased)
08-09-2008, 09:01 AM
Go to it, guys!

Looks like you got your wish.

Well, 'cept someone misspelled "australian" in the forum title? But , I guess we can't start getting too picky, can we?



08-09-2008, 09:08 AM
:D I'll see what I can do....duh...Where's my spell checker?

Daryl (deceased)
08-09-2008, 09:18 AM
Looks like you got it, rockin'.

I went to change it just now (had to feed the dogs and turkeys first), but by the time I got there it was done.



08-09-2008, 09:32 AM
Found my Spellchecker....^^^^^^

Thanks, Daryl ;)

recoil junky
08-12-2008, 12:30 PM
So, will pith helmets be required covers to post in this forum??


Daryl (deceased)
08-12-2008, 07:54 PM
So, will pith helmets be required covers to post in this forum??


They're optional, but recommended.



08-12-2008, 08:46 PM
I'm looking for one just to read the posts here....hard to find in the SouthEast.

08-12-2008, 10:36 PM
Top work, lads!!!
Will post a pic of yours truly posting on this forum with pith helmet on. :D

08-13-2008, 09:55 AM
Pith helmet as requested.......


08-13-2008, 07:44 PM
Just wondering, what is the significance of the pith helmet. don't think I have seen one before? God Bless.

08-14-2008, 03:40 AM
They are a British idea for use in tropical climes and brings to mind explorers like Livingstone and Stanley in Africa. British troops wore them during the 2nd Boer war and in places like Sudan.

On a slightly different note I find it strange that at Ombusdum (spelling?) one decisive thing in the battle was the destruction of the Muslim shrine by shell fire. According to the Muslim belief the Tomb was indestructable by human means, of course some howiter shells proved this to be false and seriously weakened their warriors resolve. Same as they had to be buried whole to reach heaven which makes a mockery fo the Suicide bombers and modern islam :frown .

08-14-2008, 03:43 AM
Pith Helmets were standard issue to British Soldiers from the mid to late 19th century through to the early to mid 20th century for hot weather climates. They were also used by hunters, plantation owners and other European people living and working in the Antipodes.
There are 2 basic patterns:
The Traditional pattern which is more cone shaped and pointed. It was used during the Lybian Campaign that in included the Battle of Suakin and it was most notably the attire of the 24th Regiment of Foot on "Wednesday 22- Thursday 23 January, 1879, when some 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus aided by the Martini Henry rifle ''with some guts behind it'". [http://www.rorkesdriftvc.com/] (http://www.rorkesdriftvc.com/%5D)
The Wolseley pattern which is flatter with a wider brim and was used from the early 20th century on.It is a less well known fact that both the Germans and the Japanese used variations on the Wolseley pattern during WW2 when campaigning in Africa and South East Asia respectively and that these are also used by the Vietnamese.
As far as the Aussie link goes, there were Australian soldiers who fought both at Suakin in pith helmets and many explorers here also wore them.
Mind you pith helmets were quickly discarded in favour of the slouch hat here in Australia because of it's superior protection from the sun but nonetheless the pith helmet still stands as a symbol of the days when the sun did not set on the British Empire.
And all things considered, however the USA was condemning of them, colonial subjects of the British Empire were much better off than those of Spain, Belgium or Holland.
To be fair though, despite Australia's origins as a penal colony it fared much better after independence than India and without doubt much of Africa.
The British constructed a huge amount of infrastructure while they were in a country but when they left the different factions fought like cats in a sack and many still do.
But enough history lessons.
The real link is that I like wearing a pith helmet and don't mind looking like a complete pratt. :greentongue:

Ed. The battle of Suakin was actually part of the Sudan campaign, not Libya.

bowhunter 51
08-14-2008, 07:05 AM
It's cool............I got a coonskin cap,.............................................. .........BH51....

08-15-2008, 11:22 PM
Glad to see the Oz-trailian site. maybe it will bring more Ozzies to the table.

As for those seeking pith helmets...


Pretty much whatever your heart desires...


03-14-2009, 01:57 AM

i should have potted a plant in that when i had the chance kombi

03-15-2009, 07:15 AM
You're just jealous, Tex!

03-15-2009, 03:09 PM
am not..

i have a big blue bucket helmet so narrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhah~!

03-15-2009, 10:12 PM
If it's a big blue bucket helmet wouldn't it go nee-nah-nee-nah-nee-nah? ;)

03-16-2009, 03:07 AM
well i was thinking that sounded so much better than my dead cat hat m8.. lol