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Normandy1944

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  1. Hey guys, I'm wondering what your thoughts are about the importance of collecting. Why are we collecting, and why is it important? Some students from the study journalism asked me if they could interview me for their television broadcast about WWII and the importance of collecting, so I'm curious what your opinions are. Personally I think that you keep the history of the Second World War alive. The objects we collect are the link between the present and the past, so we keep the remembrance alive. Besides this we collect so we can tell the story of what happened in WWII. What
  2. My first fake object was a repro nsdap schirmmutze. I traded an original German WWII medic schirmmutze for this repro thing. After I found out it was a repro (and I lost a good original item) I learned that knowledge is everything in the field of collecting. I also decided to collect only US WWII items.
  3. The only difference is I don't live in the US but in the Netherlands
  4. Awesome grouping and unique. I wish I could own such a grouping once.
  5. The task of museums is to inform people about history, art etc, but they also have another task: to preserve the history. So some museums decide to put a replica of a rare object on display so they could preserve the original object in the best circumstances in their depot.
  6. I once had a uniform that was probably from a heavy smoker, as I still could smell the cigarette smoker after 70 years. Decided to hang it outside for a few hours , and when I took it inside the smell was gone.
  7. Does anyone know if there are memorial services for the 70th commemoration of the Bulge? And a friend of mine wants to know if there are special remembrance services for black GI's who were murdered by the Germans. He's coming in May to Belgium, so if there are memorial services in that month it would be great. Please let me know if you know any commemoration or event.
  8. So if insurance and security are provided you're willing to loan the items for a display? And would you charge something for it? And what about objects with high value, for example a Bible with bullet or schrapnel damage or something like that?
  9. To all the WW1 collectors. With the 100th commoration of World War 1, there are many new museums and exhibitions. Suppose there was an initiative from a heritage institution to prepare and realize a temporary exhibition about WW1 for 4 years (2014-2018), but with the subjects of the aspects of this war changing every 5 months . Suppose they would ask collectors to realize this exhibition with the objects, subjects & knowledge for this project (for the term of 5 months). What would you do if they asked you for this? And why would you say yes or no? Or, what are your requirement
  10. Some really good arguments. However, in the past the museum had a conservator who cut old prints, sketches, etchings etc from books in the library and sold them. So the museum wants to prevent this to happen again. That's why they strictly hold on to the Museum Code of Ethics. I already decided to sell the largest part from my collection. It isn't D-Day related, so the quality of my collection will improve, but on the other hand the quantity will decrease. But in my opinion quality is better than quantity. I think it's better to have a named D-Day grouping than 10 unnamed uniforms.
  11. I collect only US objects (especially from D-Day) and my main focus are named uniforms. So I do a lot of research if I've found a named item. D-Day object are also pricey items, so I've to save money which means I don't buy much objects in short time. Mostly one item every 2 months. The staff of the museum has said to me I'm a valuable person. In a short time I knew more about the collection than most of the other staffmembers. This has to due with my interest in history and my knowledge about WWII. So in my case, my collecting led to knowledge which was valuable for the museum.
  12. No problerm, I'll do my best. Mostly I meet some English friends in September, but I'll try to visit the American ceremonies.
  13. My current contract is for a paid job, based on 36 hours a week.
  14. Thanks for all the input guys. As I've said in the first post I've signed the papers (January), so I've said to myself I'll obey the rules. This code is indeed to protect the collection, so I understand it. It's just as jgawne said: Suppose someone offers me a great D-Day helmet or uniform (perhaps a veteran). If this happens I really feel like I'm in a battle with myself. I want to be a good and trustworthy employee, but on the other hand I want to collect D-Day objects to tell other people what happend in Normandy. At this moment working in the heritage field is what I want
  15. They know where my heart is. I really had a very good time during my internship. I worked hard and according to the team I worked with I showed my value for the museum. That's also why they offered me a contract. They even gave me the responsibility for one of the display rooms. However, my contract ends in October, so I think the best option is to wait untill then.
  16. The helmet with the white cord is also in the book. It's primacord. The helmet is from Frank Denison. He describes also why he wore the primacord around the helmet: 'Around my helmet I had primacord taped. I figured it was aan easy way to carry and if it was to explode, what difference would it hade made if it was around my head or on my body'
  17. I forgot to ad the helmets from a temporary exhibition in Insigny sur Mer from local collectors. There was more to see of course, but this are the only pictures I made from helmets
  18. I don't know what the white wire is. I'm sorry, I din't photograph every description of the objects. Yes, that's a cricket on the chin strap. You can read more about in in Michel De Trez book 'Carentan Linking Omaha Beach - Utah Beach Part I'. This helmet is described in this book. I bought it at the exhibition. Michel was there to sign it, and also Jim Pee Wee Martin. (Ian Gardner too, but he wrote another book which I bought too)
  19. I've asked the collection manager why I can't collect. He told me if I collect I'm a rival of the museum. In the past there were some conservators who took items from the immense collection. So I understand the situation, but I don't collect items from the Dutch army, I collect US WWII (D-Day) objects. The National Military Museum is an organisation that isn't under state ownership, but the state is the Supervisory Board. It's a military museum, so the ministery of Defence is deeply involved. I'm most of the time working in the depot, and the largest art of the collection is i
  20. Back in January I signed the Museum Code of Ethics for my internship at the new National Military Museum (open in december this year) in the Netherlands. During my introduction I told I'm a collector of US WWII uniforms, especially from D-Day. I also told I give presentations at schools to tell and learn the children what happened at D-Day. However, the first response from the collection manager was that I should quit my activities immediately. According to this code from ICOM (International Council Of Museum) I may not collect and should sell my whole collection (that's what they told me)
  21. Some 326th engineer helmets And glider artillery? (not sure, information on this decal appreciated)
  22. While in Normandy for the 70th I visited some museums. There were some great helmets, so here they are. Most are from the Greatest Generation II Exhibition at Dead Mens Corner Museum. Some 506th helmets
  23. Thanks. Could be indeed. However, our rental wasn't near the beaches and the dropzones, so we only went to ceremonies and places we really wanted to see. We skipped St Mere Eglise, because a Vietnam veteran told us it was very crowded.
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