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    WWI / WWII US Enlisted Infantry Field Gear, WWII German Enlisted Infantry Field Gear and WWII British Enlisted Infantry Field Gear.
    Imperial, WWI and WWII US, German, British Bayonets.

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  1. Would like to see that, if you have a pic of it.
  2. Glad you guys like it. I erred when I said no tools are needed. Just one is: a 5/16th inch hex wrench for tightening the standard. There's one hex screw that goes at the bottom of the door, so its easy to get to and turn. If anyone mounts one of their own, post a pic!
  3. Here's the lazy-man's solution for easily displaying cartridge belts. The only, and I mean, ONLY, display space I had left in my small war room was on doors. So, I used the Elfa system from the Container Store to mount 12 cartridge belts. I'm still hunting for two of the twelve belts, so "Future" labels serve as placeholders. The set-up includes the door hooks (clamps, really) that secure an 84" long metal vertical piece called a "standard". Tension, coming from the top and bottom door hooks, firmly holds the standard. No holes need to be made in the door. No tools
  4. Our two-week trip this past June, staying in a house at Sainte-Honorine-Des-Pertes, where Omaha and Gold beaches meet, had to be cancelled. Those photos were a sight for sore eyes. Thanks for posting.
  5. You are correct sir. Some real bargains are the result of a seller not knowing the value of what they have. That part is good. The flip side is when you're hunting for something that's rarely for sale. Just one example is the M1914 Eagle snap belt I'm looking for, which almost never shows up during a search. It can be tedious when you have to constantly do manual searches of all the sites for a particular item that's not common. In this case, I did find one, and at a decent price, but a day or two after it had been sold. The trade-off is finding a bargain versus spending quite a bit of time ma
  6. I hope I don't offend anyone with this post, but this is a subject worthy of discussion and debate. The subject is the haphazard way preWWI/WWI era cartridge belts are listed for sale (see my survey results below). When I started diving deeper into collecting examples of rifle cartridge belts, I found it confusing trying to identify them. I have a pretty good handle on it now, but am constantly learning something new. In an ideal world, belts would be listed by their accepted nomenclature and searching for a particular model would be a breeze. Dorsey provides the m
  7. https://www.birds-eye-view.com/idmycartridgebelt.htm This link provides an easy way to identify many similar looking rifle cartridge belts (1903-1918). I wrote this for myself, but its worth sharing.
  8. As I scan ads for pre-WWI and WWI infantry rifle cartridge belts, I see many that are not properly identified. Even well known sellers sometimes list them wrong, or don't label them as specifically as they're described in reference books. Because the subject is so confusing, I wrote a webpage to help anyone to figure out what they're looking at. It consists of a few either-or questions about the belt's features. Just click to answer. There's no need, or way, to enter text. Not included are BAR belts, medical belts, leather cartridge belts, pistol cartridge belts and
  9. Welcome Ken. What do you think the focus of your new collection will be?
  10. jumpy, I have to laugh cause the reaction you're getting from your parents is good training for marriage. My wife has moved past the disapproval stage and into the toleration phase. Although, one day I suited up in my WWI uniform, helmet, field gear and rifle and she seemed genuinely impressed. You're getting a taste of history with your collecting, which is a special experience that not everyone understands or appreciates. Soldier on, and enjoy the joy of collecting!
  11. Impressive collection. Even more impressive is that you started when you were 8. Wish I had! Thanks for sharing.
  12. I've been reading about WWII for 60 years and there's no end to learning something new. Very interesting bit of history. I guess the Air Corp didn't want to impose on the Coast Guard. Thanks for the article and showing off that beautiful crash boat model.
  13. Assuming the time period of that movie was during or after the war, at least the Hawley liner had already been invented!!!
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