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  1. My father was in combat during WW II with the 69th Infantry. He never used the f-bomb in front of us kids, but after we would go to bed -- and I would sneak down the steps to listen in when he was reminiscing with his Army buddies, there were lots of F-bombs and other vulgarities.
  2. I just saw this movie this afternoon, and I was really impressed. I think I liked it better than "Private Ryan" mainly because in Ryan, it seemed like the troops had no sooner stormed ashore, conquered the cliffs (Rangers), taken out the big German guns on top and, voila! Tom Hanks and his buddies were hiking all over France. What about the terrible battles after D-Day, the fighting hedgerow to hedgerow, or maybe I missed someone discussing this in the movie. I might have; I just really got heavy into WWII in the last several years and whatever they may have said probably went right over m
  3. Very nice. Congratulations on their acquisition.
  4. I really appreciate all the helpful comments.
  5. I heard back from John and he told me that he purchased it from a guy who travels to all the veteran estate sales within Tennessee and Kentucky. He said he feels very comfortable with this guy's judgment, as well as another collector's opinion that this is, indeed, a WWII theater-made knife. he offered to refund my money, which is so nice of him, but I am going to keep it. I think it almost certainly is authentic.
  6. Yes, that is the knife. (shown in the above photo alongside the ruler). John has said that he bought it in the Fort Campbell (KY) area, and that it had been made for an infantryman by motor pool guys while they all were in Europe. At least, that is what he was told. I have asked John where, exactly, he purchased it but so far have not heard back from him (not surprising, though; I just asked this morning). I'd like to know if he bought it from an individual, an estate sale, a garage sale, a pawn shop, gun show, wherever. Not that that will be indicative of its true provenance, but
  7. So, the knives you saw in Virginia looked like the knife in the photos which I've posted above? I will email my guy and find out where he got this knife. Maybe that will help me out, at least a little bit. Thanks. In the meantime, I've looked on ebay and can find nothing similar to this knife, although I know that in itself doesn't make it 'authentic.' Here is a close-up of the hilt cap, in case anyone can tell anything from that:
  8. If you look at the sheath in the very top photo you can see the indentations in the leather which have been made by the knife's hilt.
  9. The knife fits in the sheath extremely well, and there are wear marks in the leather which seem to indicate that the knife has been in it for a long, long time. I am not sure what the hilt is made of. It looks like it is some type of metal underneath and then wrapped with, perhaps, leather? That is very, very worn because the wraps almost merge with one another. Again, I am no expert so I am not sure. Here is a photo:
  10. I paid $50 for it. If you ever figure out where you have seen the grip before, please let me know. Perhaps, I can at least salvage some self-respect out of this, after having purchased first and thought about it later!
  11. I didn't pay a whole lot for it, but I might have paid more than it is actually worth. I have learned my lesson, though. I will never again buy anything without first 'vetting' it through the members of this site.
  12. Photos of the scabbard. Somehow I took one photo and duplicated the image. Who knows how?
  13. After being so careful, as I have added to my WWII display, I now find that I lost my mind, momentarily at least, and purchased this supposed WWII 'theatre-made knife" from an online site. I was told it was made for an infantryman, in Europe, by the motor pool guys. What do you think? It has no markings whatsoever. Thank you!
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