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Started by gunbarrel , May 03 2009 07:00 PM

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#1 gunbarrel

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:00 PM

In response to a question asked in another post, I thought I'd start this topic. I am definitely NOT an expert on these; so, if anyone knows better, knowledgeable feedback is welcome.

I'm told that this armband in my collection is US WWI vintage. Notice the zig-zag stitiching on the red cross and no Geneva Convention stamping.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:06 PM

This is a post WWI version of the same armband, but notice the number and the dated stamp. I do not have this armband in my collection; I believe that Kevin Molinaro (The Medic Guy on eBay) sent it to me. He was very helpful in past dealings I've had with him.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:12 PM

Here are some photos of WWI medics wearing armbands. I think that I see a number hand-written on the one armband. World War I Nerd explains in this other post ( http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=42047 ) why they had to start doing that.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:15 PM

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:17 PM

Here are some pictures of WWI medics without armbands; so, they not always wore them.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:18 PM

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:22 PM

Moving on to WWII, here are a couple of photos of my Corpsman armband. This armband appears to be custom-made, but I really don't know.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:24 PM

How do I know it's a Corpsman's armband? Please, see below. ;)

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:32 PM

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:37 PM

The Corpsmen not always wore the red cross on an armband. Does anybody have one of these Flight Deck Corpsman cloth helmets in their collection? I'd love to add one to my collection...

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:50 PM

Other than the 1929 Geneva convention marking is there a way to tell WWI and WWII apart? I have one that i am unsure of. Its narrower than the WWII issue example i own, the cross goes right to the top and bottom edges, and it has two buttons to secure it.

kinda like this one that IMA is selling. BM1011a_2.jpg

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 08:27 PM

Sub,

Not that I know of. Let's see if someone more knowledgeable knows.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:41 PM

Gunbarrel, excellent post!

Thanks for the very interesting photos of WW I medics. I have some information to add, but will do so later.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:47 PM

Here are some pictures of WWI medics without armbands; so, they not always wore them.

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WW II medics didn't always wear them either. My dad was a medic in a engr cbt bn, and he never wore them.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:30 AM

Moving on to WWII, here are a couple of photos of my Corpsman armband. This armband appears to be custom-made, but I really don't know.

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This is the style my big bro wore in the late '60s and early '70s, shipboard and shore based, except his red cross was stamped not sewn. Not worn in combat areas of course.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 05:10 AM

Gunbarrel, excellent post!

Thanks for the very interesting photos of WW I medics. I have some information to add, but will do so later.


Thank you, WWIN for your valuable contributions. Looking forward to your next post.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 05:14 AM

From my personal collection.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 05:31 AM

Use of red cross bands was not limited to humans.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 06:14 AM

Those last two pics are aewsome http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 06:28 AM

Great reference, thanks for posting!


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