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#1 militaryoutfitter

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:34 PM

From the estate of James Antinopoulos, HQ Company, 513th Airborne, 17th Airborne Division.  Captured around January 5 to 6, 1945 in the Bulge, sent to Stalag 9 and then 12.  The wing is GREAT, silver sheet with a crudely soldered pair of stick pins on back, hand engraved with available tools, STILL ON THE BRITISH Battledress he wore in camp.  The Belfast made jacket is torn, dirty, has patches on cuffs and elbows, and has A2 jacket cuffs added to the sleeves.  Honestly the only POW camp outfit I ever saw that was the real deal.  I found other mentions online to US guys getting British clothing that the German's had captured.  Its a larger lot, as you can tell, just a few samples of the smalls.  NOT TRYING TO SELL THIS, just had to share the wonderful wing, surely one of a kind, this guy was a Pittsburgh PA machinist, good with metal, also made a lovely aluminum trinket box for his pins and badges.  Enjoy!

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:35 PM

Jacket, shirt, hat, and more

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:48 PM

Simply a fantastic grouping, the wings are killer. First Ive ever seen like that. Thanks for posting

Also is the small parachute pin a sweetheart piece ?

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#5 katieony

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:32 PM

What a unique pair of wings!  A really great and historic group...congratulations!

 

Mike



#6 ludwigh1980

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:44 PM

Awesome jacket.... I am envious. Just ebbs history...



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:49 PM

Great group, with tags to boot. Nothing like real provedance. Any photos?

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:55 PM

The little chute pin is a sterling sweetheart piece, yes, I think so.  Never saw one before.  The lot did not come with paper or photos to speak of, the family says they will look for photos, but you know how that goes.  Funny, the poor guy got captured before the 17th did the Varsity jump, acting as ground troops actually, and seems like he was in a pocket of 513th guys that were stranded like the Lost Battalion, flank protection retreating, leaving them like an island.  A unit story online says a German officer came and told them their first aid station was sighted in to his artillery, and unless they surrendered, they would fire on it.  They surrendered. 



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:12 PM

Really neat group, thanks for taking the time to share it on the forum



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:07 PM

Wonderful group. Museum quality 'relics' Congrats.......Bobgee




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