So what is happening with Funksammler Militaria? As we prepare to go live a lot of time is spent behind the computer. Uniforms and equipment to be offered for sale is dug out from wherever it is stored and is inspected and photographed. It makes me realise that whatever space you have as a collector, you keep going and fill it up to the brim! Space is always limited and it is a challenge to get as much of the collection on display as possible. Bits that are not immediately on display are put in boxes, cabinets, storage lockers and any convenient space available and sometimes stay there for years. 

On the exhibition and show side of things, summer is always the prime time of the year. The summer shows start in May and around the 6th of June things get very busy in Normandy. Lots of things to see and do and lots of friends to meet up with. We have about four or five major militaria fairs in the area in that one week. Throughout the summer there are smaller local liberation events here in Normandy. The season culminates in late August as we commemorate the closing of the Falaise Pocket and the end of the battle of Normandy. 

As the season turns towards the colder months of the year, I return to my many restoration projects. There is always radio and other technical equipment needing some TLC. These old radios are like classic cars, you need to use them from time to time to keep them in good condition, the more you use them the better they get. There are always things that are on the to-do list, as the equipment needs regular use and maintenance to keep working optimally. Many hours can be spent on minute details, hand making missing or broken parts to get things working again.

V1 flying bomb autopilot pneumatic system

Saturday 7th January 2023 at 14:12:00

October 2020

Monday 26th October 2020 at 18:21:00
Despite the coronavirus crisis, the website has been keeping me busy in the past few months. I have been putting off listing new items as rate of sales remained strong and I was kept quite busy enough packing and sending items. A big thank you to all the customers and yes, there will be new materials listed in the near future. I have been keeping busy with some complex system restoration work, mainly WW2 autopilot systems which I will talk about in some more detail in this blog

Coronavirus update 21 April

Tuesday 21st April 2020 at 10:49:00
Coronavirus update 21 April

Restoration of a German wartime autopilot

Monday 13th April 2020 at 19:10:00
This entry describes some ongoing work on a German "PDS" autopilot system

Coronavirus update

Monday 23rd March 2020 at 14:48:00
We have now been in lockdown for nearly a week, but I have been able to ship parcels out last week which seem to move through the postal system OK. Our local post office will open for a few days in week so for the moment I can still ship items. Obviously things can change rapidly so I will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Coronavirus impact

Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 08:41:00
Even though the website remain open for business, we are facing a period of coronavirus quarantine here in France and I may not be able to ship items as normal. The situation is still a bit confusing but the local post office is likely to be shut for the quarantine period and I suspect international mail will face interruptions as well. So if you are interested in ordering an item I can reserve the item for you and we can defer payment and shipment until things are up and running again. Be safe!

Fuspr.a1 query

Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 13:58:00
Response to a query on the Fuspr.a1

MachinenGewehr accessories

Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 13:28:00
MachinenGewehr accessories for MG34 and MG42

Manuals, Manuals and more Manuals!

Saturday 15th February 2020 at 14:29:00

Restoration of a German Luftwaffe Autopilot unit

Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 09:51:00
Restoration of a Patin SK11 "Steuerkasten" autopilot unit, part of the PKS 11 "Kurssteuerung"

New update with great US army items

Sunday 26th January 2020 at 15:46:00
This update concentrates on US army uniforms and equipment including some rare items. It includes a rare HBT camouflage set as used in Normandy and stone mint tanker's coveralls and headgear. In fact a virtually complete normandy battle US tanker mannequin could be equipped with the items on offer.

Update with aircraft and radio items

Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 14:46:00
From a nearly complete Spitfire radio installation to a Gloster Meteor instrument panel are just some of the unique items in the latest update

Update with lots of military emblems added to the shop

Sunday 5th January 2020 at 13:22:00
The latest update certainly adds a bit of colour to the webshop with lots of US, Canadian and some German cloth insignia.

Photo galleries

Sunday 5th January 2020 at 12:56:00
It is always nice to create and share a record of rare and complete communications equipment so I started on a new Galleries section. Many high quality and unique pictures are added showing the intricate details of the equipment

Publications and guides

Monday 23rd December 2019 at 18:42:00
Documents, documents and more documents. I have been spending a lot of time in the last few weeks generating some interesting content for the website. Many topics are unique to and will not be found anywhere else!

Restoration of a rare FuG16ze aircraft radio

Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 09:41:00
As part of an ongoing restoration of a rare FuG16ze aircraft radio, I have worked on the restoration of the remote control units

Restoration of an U80 transmitter power supply

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 19:59:00
I had two incomplete wrecks of the power supply for the 80 Watt transmitter. Parts from both wrecks plus some new parts were used to bring the U80 back to life

A bit of TLC for the 100 W.S. Transmitter

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 19:48:00
The 100 W.S. transmitter had been sitting in the radio car for a long time and as a consequence had gathered quite a lot of dust. In any case, when tried recently the transmitter was no longer working and needed a bit of TLC

August 2019 Piper Operation Cobra show

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 19:30:00
In August we also attended the "Piper Operation Cobra" show around Granville

2019 commemorations of the closing of the Falaise Pocket

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 19:06:00
August 2019 was the 75th commemoration of the closing of the Falaise pocket and end of the Normandy battles.

"Erika" radio navigation site, July 2019

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 18:48:00
In July we joined our friends to stage an exhibition and demonstrations at the "Erika" Luftwaffe radio-navigation site near St. Pierre Eglise near Cherbourg.

June 2019 exhibiting radio vehicles at the Overlord Museum

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 18:08:00
After we finished our exhibition, we had a few days to visit some other events in the area, including the arena of the Overlord Museum where we had some great company!

June 2019 Colonne Notek

Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 22:24:00
During the busy 75th D-day commemorations we found time to join the largest gathering of WW2 German vehicles in Normandy since 1944

D-day commemorations exhibition

Thursday 1st September 2016 at 13:39:00
During the 75th D-day celebrations I set up an exhibition of German communications gear at one of the local museums