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  1. Not Polish Guard, their uniforms were like any other military unit, ie regulation . No way would they wear a foreign National Insignia on the front of their helmet. A Nation at that time did not exist ( Polish Republic). My Father was a DP after the war and joined the Polish Guard. They wore helmet liners with CG painted on front. The NCOs and Officers were US Army. Their uniform was US Army Ike style dyed Dark Blue, the insignia was a patch of the #ed Guard unit , later they had the GTCC insignia, the originals being bullion worn over left pocket. Interesting that Military members were allowed to wear their war time regimental badges,but that was all,no former rank or National insignia. Have hundreds of pictures of Polish Guards from 1948 thru 1958, books and none have Polish Eagles on Helmets. I am sure even later when the Germans took over the Guards, they did not wear pre 1939 eagles on the helmets.
  2. Outstanding. Always suspicious when sellers post dark pictures, but in this case, this one is a winner. How does the bore look?
  3. My guess is post war ocuppation era. I have one (not military) that has typical Japanese landscape that is copper base that is blacken like yours, it is a work of art.
  4. T, That answers my question.The above pictured wings are the majority of wings I have found in groupings .Good to know. The surprising thing to me is how little is written on these wings and how scarce info on them is online. When trying to find info on the logo on my original posted wing, found tons of backside pictures of British mfg wings but hardly any US wings. Thanks so much for the info. and all the fantastic pictures of your wings.
  5. Can you post a closer pic of your wing, from what I can see there are clear differences such as placement marking of the area for pin catch( Yours is much larger and closer to outside edge of wing),thickness of the areas of hollow, and alinement of details.
  6. T, Thanks for the info on the marked para wings ,it does appear that hollow backed,at least US mfg marked ,were made in WW2. I quess I should have been more clear but what about just the US issue sterling marked wings? For every mfg. marked wing there are 10 just sterling marked ones. I remember years ago there were some that said that insiced sterling marks were post war or outright fakes. Just trying to figure out if the hollow back group think is correct,or just current urban legend.
  7. Looking at the reverse of the clutch back wings, the hollow area of the shoulder goes all the way to the canopy ,mine does not .So again do not believe is from the same die.
  8. T, I can see at first glance they do appear the same but do see some differences that I believe they are not the same die. The senior wing,on the reverse where the shroud lines converge is square rather than coming to a point. On the master,the reverse canopy is a curved line rather than straight . Not to argue that my wing is not a post war, just do not believe they are from the same die. Why did Gemsco make so many different styles is anyone's guess. My reason to ask about the hollow back wings is that in my search for that particular hallmark, I read on a few sites that made the statement that only solid back Para wings were true WW2 wings. I have been collecting Para wings for the past 30 years and have wings from WW2 groups that are hollow. I quess the wings could have been added post war, but I had never paid that much attention. Have not gotten a clear answer on the question, and really would like to know.
  9. Here is a wing that I picked up and cannot find this hallmark anywhere. My question is it a WW2 era wing? In my search for the hallmark I read in a few places that only solid back para wings are WW2 era. Is that true? Thanks in advance
  10. Back in the late 80s I purchased a clutchback sterling Glider badge from the Ft. Monroe clothing sales. If memory serves correctly there were 2 more gliders, but they were not sterling so I did not buy. All three were in NS Meyer blue/white packaging. So Yes, the badges were available at post exchanges in the late 1980s.
  11. Great, look forward to the pics. You got a nice Nagant there!
  12. Great score for the price. I was going to bid on this pistol but another deal came up. I notice that the dagger,medals, and additional paperwork, and bayonet were not listed in the auction,were those thrown in as part of the deal? If so you really did well. Do you have better pictures of the nagant? The auction pics as shown are kinda dark.
  13. Very nice, actually the first day cover is from Yorktown Va. In 1931 it was the 150th anniversary of the battle of Yorktown , the opening of the Colonial park and drive,and a huge holiday. Of course Yorktown is where Gen. Washington defeated the British and set the stage for our Independence. There was a huge reenactment manned by the US Army (in which my Grandfather was a participant ), The President and most of Washington DC were there. And of course, the USS Constitution . Another cool item from the group!
  14. Ouch, I can see that You got nailed good. Sorry to hear that. Have to say all my stuff was accepted by ebay, just used bad words like velcro,nazi, J@p., ect. Good info, thanks for the enlightenment
  15. Interesting, been on ebay since 1998 and had more items pulled that I can remember. Never once got suspended. Of course did not list a Navy cross nor was I an auction barker trying to break the rules. If I may ask, how much time did you get suspended for listing your Navy Cross?
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