I've always heard this show is primarily German Imperial and Third Reich. How much US militaria can be found at an average MAX show?
Frankly, I miss the days when it was described as "The Nazi Prom." I used to find US militaria there for peanuts.. but those days are long over. All of the dealers in recent years have been quite aware of the demand for better US items, and they routinely bring plenty of it to the show.
There is no way to accurately predict what the content of the show will be, since most active sellers try to have a constantly changing inventory, the contents of which depends on what they have picked up in the past few weeks or months. That said, there are of course a couple of guys whose tables I can envision in my mind's eye, and tell you pretty much every item they will have and where it will be on their table, since they have been toting the very same stuff to every show since the Eisenhower administration. For everybody else, though, you will just have to stop by and shop the show to know what is there.
As souvenirs of the defeated Third Reich comprises a large percentage of the collecting hobby, it is safe to assume that there will be plenty of it at the MAX, as there is at pretty much any military collector show.
It's a matter of math:
biggest war in human history
national, modern industrial production of uniforms, insignia, and accoutrements
defeated enemy had mountains of very diverse, colorful, and interesting things to offer as souvenirs to the victors
nearly every American GI returning home from Europe brought back multiple souvenirs
largest component of the militaria collecting community.
If that is not your* particular cup of tea (as it is not mine, either), just ignore it. There are plenty of other areas of collecting that are always well-represented. Like all big shows, there are normally lots of items for collectors of Japanese Swords, Italian uniforms, US insignia, Purple Hearts, Medal Groups, Civil War guns and swords, etc., etc. The OVMS President collects Spanish Colonial militaria from the War of 1898, and somehow even he usually finds something to add to his collection at the MAX.
*(in general, not Hessian specifically)
Edited by Shenkursk, 14 September 2015 - 04:31 PM.