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#1 Barbasol

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:46 AM

Hello,

 

My name is Bas and I live in the Netherlands (Europe). I started collecting militaria in the 80's, in the 90's my collection disappeared in storage boxes and saw the light of day again around 2013. I sold all the British stuff, kept some German militaria but really started collecting US WW II ETO militaria. Now, after 5 years, my US collection has considerably grown to a small museum-like collection, I live in the epic centre of the WW II ETO, just 40 minutes from Hürtgenwald (Hürtgenforest), 1 hour from Bastogne (Battle of the bulge)  and 1,5 hour from Arnhem (Market Garden).

I just love US militaria for its diversity and colourfull personal items (toothpaste, shaving cream, K-rations). I'm always in search for new articles to supplement my collection.

 

An overview of my collection (not all is visible)

 

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I just love British Made stuff

 

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Canteens, canteens, canteens

 

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And I am also a metal-detecting enthusiast and cyclist (road and MTB)


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#2 rooster77

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:16 AM

Greetings Bas! Great collection!

Anychance you could post some of your metal detectng finds?

If I lived there... I'd spend every possible amount of free time searching with the detector.

I'd bet one has be a bit careful detecting there as I am sure a lot of Unexploded

munitions are lying around?

Love to see some of your finds.

Welcome to the Forum.

I collect US WW2 Wing Insignias.

 

Rooster



#3 Major Z

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 12:55 PM

I see that Ikea Detolf cases are a worldwide necessity! Welcome to the forum. Good luck in the hunt.



#4 Backtheattack

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:11 AM

Hello Bas, welcome to the forum! Great collection!



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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:14 AM

Nice collection Bas !

 

Greetings from a Belgian neighbor :-)



#6 Barbasol

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 02:17 AM

Metal-detecting can be dangerous, even after 70 years there is al lot of unexploded ammo in the ground. And of course a lot of a other small interesting relics.

 

Found at the location where Lt. Holloway lost his life.

 

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reference: http://www.miaprojec...enant-holloway/

 

A recent foxhole find ivo Berg en Dal (dug up by a friend). A full garand clip.

 

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#7 Barbasol

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:51 AM

Did I forget to mention that I'm still in active service (Army)..... And did several tours to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali. Best job ever had :-)



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:36 AM

Welcome from the Netherlands, did a lot of detecting in the Arnhem area.



#9 Barbasol

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 07:25 AM

5 March I did some metal-detecting in the Hürtgenwald and dug up this 81 mm Mortar ammobox. A lot of things are still lying on the surface. the ammo box was buried pretty deep and this not the only one. There was an other one next to it and they are al over the place. Dug up in the area where 22 Inf Reg (4th inf div) saw a lot of action.

 

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#10 Barbasol

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:41 AM

These personal items are so interesting

 

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#11 Barbasol

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

This looks like a still-life painting  to me

 

 

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#12 Old Marine

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:49 AM

Hello Bas,

 

Welcome aboard.  You have a great, interesting collection.  Thanks for posting the photos.

 

Dennis




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