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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 my head. Anyway, although I thought Fury to be a bit overlong, especially in the scene in the home of the two women, and I can't imagine guys who had fought together the way these guys did being that pissy with each other, but what do I know? What made Fury even more exciting to me is that not one month ago I met an old guy who actually is a veteran who served with the 2nd Armored Division, to which the Fury crew belonged. He told me that their motto was "Hell on Wheels," something I hadn't known, and he also told me that he lost every member of his tank crew at the Battle of the Bulge. He finally was wounded and was flown out and was in hospital for more than 9 months recovering. I don't know how much longer the old guy will be around as he was having a hard time moving. Still, he wears his "World War II Veteran" hat and it is very touching to see how many people (we were in a restaurant) came up to him to thank him for his service. He and his wife really appreciated it, too. I guess the people of the Netherlands, in 1985, brought a bunch of the veterans who had freed them over to their country for a 2-week, all expense paid vacation. That trip was the highlight of these two old people's lives; they sat there and told me which cemeteries they visited and what the Dutch had served them at their most memorable meals. Plus, the Dutch sent every veteran and his wife home with all sorts of gifts. That old guy said, "I don't believe they will ever forget us." I am so happy that he was able to experience that outpouring of gratitude and emotion.
  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 it would be interesting to know. I don't know much about these things but after poring over other sites I'm inclined to think that it is more than likely authentic. (Maybe that is just wishful thinking).
  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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