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littlewilly

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    Exclusively WWI, all aspects. I do historical presentations for local schools and organizations. Active collector since 1970. Vietnam veteran (69-70). Started collecting WWI in Germany in 1970.
  1. Could the collar be a repaired and reissued piece? I have one in my collection that had a new collar added that does not come close to matching the color of the rest of the uniform. MHJ
  2. Have not seen the "white Italy" patch before, nor have I heard a mention of it. Will note it for future reference. Anything is possible with unofficial stuff. MHJ
  3. These two patches are indeed French-made, and both appear on US uniforms. Pigeon companies were scattered around France and some had their insignia made for them by local tailors/seamstresses, so there will be variation. Most were issued directly from French stocks. They are not easy to find. I have collected WWI insignia for 48 years and, as a former pigeon fancier in my youth, I wish I had one. Came close once, but no cigar. MHJ
  4. I think I see a silvered prop Air Service collar disc on this gentleman. That would make the shoulder patch a form of the winged propeller patch seen now and then. MHJ
  5. Jerry- I think I am with Allan on this one. And MAW has picked a good tune for it. MHJ
  6. Brian- Thanks for posting the history link. Good information in there I did not know about. MHJ
  7. Can't wait to see this one! Can only guess at what goodies will be shown with this! Nice to see a family cared enough to keep the set all these years. I got my start collecting WWI back in the 70's when this kind of stuff no longer meant anything to a lot of sons/daughters or grandkids. Great for me, but I often wonder how the families feel about their decisions now, especially since the Centennial. MHJ
  8. Hey Beast! Thanks for posting this. We don't see enough of these! MHJ
  9. Hello! Your assumption is correct. He is a Signal Corps Reserve officer. He certainly spent a lot of time on the firing range...........unusual I think for a SCR officer. The key to his location beyond the photographic studio marking may be his medal. I do not collect medals, but this one seems to be on a red, white and blue ribbon, which hints at a state, county or community service medal. Probably pre-WWI, as no other WWI related medals/ribbons are shown. The medal collectors out there will be of more help to you in that regard. Good luck with the research. This is a great photo!
  10. Hope the kids enjoyed the display. I have been doing WWI presentations for local schools for over 30 years. Usually the students are very interested. Of course, there is the occasional "could care less" bunch, but all in all it has been quite an honor for me to be able to show the kids a glimpse of what life was like for the troops. I do all armies involved, and highlight local veteran items when appropriate. Lately, the favorite items have been the rations/fake food displays I take in. The kids get to try on the helmets and toot the bugles, and they love to poke the food to see if it is
  11. Officer insignia on an enlisted coat was a BIG no-no.............impersonating an officer, which could bring pretty severe punishment. The 3rd Lt. issue mentioned above would be the only exception that could possibly have gotten an enlisted man freedom from harrassment by MP's as they left the service. Certainly not officially sanctioned. The men so attired would most certainly have had a certificate of some kind to prove they had been in the training program. Something I am sure an MP would want the wearer to produce when questioned. There obviously was no problem with e.m.'s wearing the
  12. Yup..............rawhide covered wood. MHJ
  13. Some additional usable (?) information on the Landsturm. Since they handled most of the rear area work, they gained the contempt of the frontline troops, who gave the nickname "Speck," to them, which translates as "bacon." Perhaps the boys in the trenches figured the Landwehr absconded with most of the bacon rations intended for the fighting front. MHJ
  14. Great information on the Red Cross parcels. Would love to put together a presentation including them! The visor caps on the German troops are Landsturm, as they have no insignia on the front. The absence of kokarden was somewhat typical of the Landsturm troops, who had the duty of POW guards and a number of other non-combat roles. They tended to get the left-overs when it came to uniform issue, If no kokarden were available at the time of their clothing issue, they went without. They sometimes received just the Landskokard for their caps, or just a gilt cross. Of course we have all seen
  15. A thump on the noggin from a "priest" like this would surely make a believer out of anyone! MHJ
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