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  1. nice job, but I find it interesting that the later BBns, such as in Normandy went to Army HBT's instead of dungarees.
  2. The trousers, to me, are the coolest item- aside from it being id'd. Leave the insignia on! I suspect it is the original stuff.
  3. I would not open it, as you cannot put it back. The cost of an unopened one is a lot more than an open one, and I suspect that if you do not want to wait and find a cheap open one, someone would trade you a decent set plus more for your minty in package one.
  4. If it is a valuable or important flag DO NOTHING without consulting a real fabric conservation person. only try cleaning it yourself if its something you will not cry about if you ruin it. If it is silk and you try and clean it, it'll probably melt away into nothing. IF it is a typical cotton flag of the ww2 era, you can try having it dry cleaned if you don't want to go very slowly. It USED ot be you could find an old timey dry cleaner where the owner was on site and he could look at it and tell you if it would work or not. If you must, allow it to soak in water and replacing it until it runs clear, and only then trying something very mild. If it's a flag given to a vet family at a funeral, you can always find them in good condition. But again, all depends upon what it is, what it's made of, and how replaceable it is.
  5. What many people do not take into account is that while yeah, you could wear what you wanted, you only had access to limited types of items- those had been issued to your unit, and to units that had been or were in the area. You could not write home and ask your folks to ship you the newest item from The Cav store and have it fedex'd to you. Nor could you wander down to a QMC depot and obtain anything you wanted out of the catalog (although I'm sure that you could trade for something you really wanted IF they had it, and you had a luger to part with. IF, that is, you could find the time to go there. So what I find interesting is that these guys are cameraman - they are not standard paratroopers in an airborne unit. So they were attached to it, and they would have been issued whatever the heck was floating around in whatever supply system they were sent to. I suspect the wings were worn in an attempt to show the guys he was jump qualified and hence get some respect from them.
  6. There are actually three different models found in WW1. The early pre-war ones are the blue-gray ones that used a fortified chocolate. These were found to go bad quickly and were initially pulled from use, but when Pershing got overseas he demanded emergency rations, and they were sent as a stop gap. Until the 'meat and wheat' ones (as seen above) were developed. From my reading of the development of them, it seems like you can think of 'dried meatloaf' when trying to understand what they were like. The printed claims were that the process was developed by Armour, who did not want to let anyone else make them, as they wanted to keep the technology for themselves.
  7. I wonder if the owl might be a school mascot and this a reunion piece for WW2 vets at the school. Just a guess.
  8. I actually bought one in the 80's in one of the last batches of surplus to be found in a "non-surplus store." Bought it because I had no idea what it was, but it looked WW2, Took years to find out, and the number of ideas people had about it now seems pretty funny.
  9. As I recall, they found it wasn't terribly accurate at the assault training center, but it "put more fire on the beach" so why not do it. a stray round might hit something, and the Germans would see even more fire at them- the rockets were a totally different thing.
  10. DO you have any idea what the title of the publication is? I may know the guy that did the layout, and want to bug him if they did others along the same line.
  11. You should go to some big reenactment and charge people $1 to see exactly what WW2 size boot they should have.
  12. agreed, they are generally a brownish color.
  13. I think I recall one bring in a French collection that was obtained directly from the Indochina vet himself. We gave so much stuff to the French after WW2 it's amazing they are still not using it.
  14. Very mice. I have a nam bring back that sadly had no paperwork, but is a rusted to hell and refinished German WW2 98K. The sad thing is that as there is no paperwork, its lost any provenance as the guy I got it from got it from did not document it, and so it is only an oral tradition that's where it came.
  15. That is great. I never thought of the Army being so understanding as to see a civilian would not know what an OLC was. Thanks for this. And of course it turns out this guy was the previous mentioned person's grandfather's platoon leader. Small world.
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