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Allan H.

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  1. This patch is a gorgeous example and assuming that it is soon going on the market, I am sure that it will be acquired by a discriminating collector in short order. You are correct that the patch is a bit smaller than a standard pocket patch and it was most likely made to be worn on the shoulder rather than on the pocket. It is approximately twice as large as the beret patch. It is undoubtedly Italian made and a wartime original. Thank you for sharing it with the group. Allan
  2. These are indeed reproductions but they go back decades to when they were made. The guy who made them even made the interior cardboard sleeves. He did not make them to fake them, but there were instances where his boxes were beat up enough to pass for originals. Allan
  3. How come this one isn't in Dave's book "Sacrifice Remembered? 😆 Great photo. I would agree, the medal probably moved from sailor to sailor each time someone made a booboo. Allan
  4. Elizabeth, The clutch back wings that we collectors refer to as "graduation wings" were just that- the wings issued to the airmen upon graduating from their various schools. The clutch back wing was ordered by the AAF in 1943 and specified that the wing could not have a maker's mark on them. To my knowledge, graduates of the parachute school only received pin back jump wings. Clutch back examples of WWII parachute wings do exist, but they were rather scarce. Today, many post war made wings are represented as "WWII" so that they might sell a little better. I would be qu
  5. Your Heller wing is an original and is the way you would want them to look. My understanding of Heller is that he served in WWII and then started a business after discharge. Exactly when he started the business, I don't know. I have always assumed these were of the era. Your second, solid back wing also appears to be a WWII vintage wing. MOST of the pin back sterling examples that you will find will be WWII vintage. The clutch back wings tend to be post war as they were the preferred method for affixing insignia to the uniform. The clutch prongs allowed the insignia to sit flush ag
  6. It is odd to see a piece like this made in sterling post war. Is it possible it was an AAF piece before being re-designated? Allan
  7. When I started collecting WWII patches as a kid almost fifty years ago, I was always told by the "old timers" that I should turn the patch over and look at the back. It is the easiest way to tell an original from a fake or an early patch from a more modern example. While I've never collected German crap, I know that the old collectors always look at the back side of the patch or badge before worrying about the front side. In uniforms, the same can be said- if you want to know if it is real, you need to look at the INSIDE of the uniform for clues before getting excited about the outside.
  8. D- To me, it looks like this felt patch was originally black until it was heavily laundered. Most of the pigment has washed out of the felt. Hot water has probably caused the uneven shrinkage of the felt to give it that puckered appearance. Just my take. Allan
  9. Model 1941 field jacket. It is an original. I have no idea what the squadron patch might be. Allan
  10. To be accurate, Farsi is used in Iran, and not Iraq. The Iraqis speak Arabic. The nametag is Arabic. These name tags are usually phonetic, so you will occasionally find some variation in the spelling, but the pronunciations are normally pretty similar. Allan
  11. Coffee Stain desert camo is post Desert Storm. Could be Somalia or later. Allan
  12. You might consider cutting the bottom cleats off the base plates and te spikes at the bases of the bipods. Those would be sunk down into the ground when firing them. It will change the orientation of the mortar round being dropped down into the tube. I love the way you do these write ups! Keep them coming please! Allan
  13. Row two is the Army Commendation Medal, the USAF Outstanding Unit Award ribbon, and the Good Conduct. Row four is the National Defense, Korea Service and the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Row five is the USAF Longevity ribbon, the USAF Small Arms Expert Marksman ribbon and the Army of Occupation. Row six is the Kore UN, Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Allan
  14. My answer is to find an un-cut version of the liner and to switch them out. Allan
  15. Apologies for an over-simplification as I was using scrip to mean not US currency. We typically call this money "invasion currency," but it was used in theater and had zero value outside of the theater of operations. GI's often called it "funny money" or "Monopoly Money." A soldier couldn't mail Allied Military Currency back home to mom and dad and expect that they would be able to spend it. They could convert AMC to US dollars to send home, but it wasn't done by putting money in an envelope. British or Australian pounds could be converted to dollars to send home as well. As for wa
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