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    US military items of the 20th century.

    Always looking for:
    WW2 Uniforms (all branches/services)
    WW2 Photos and Letters (All branches/services/theaters/etc)
    7th Infantry Division items
    Smaller WW2 Groupings
    Aleutian Island Campaign, Battle of Attu, Alaska Defense Command, Alaska theater items.
    Items from service members from Northern Virginia
    Items from Wheelus Air Force Base Lybia, particularly 1957-1960

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  1. Another incredible uniform Alex! Keep it up with the great finds! Love to see them! Hunt
  2. Awesome two uniforms from the 93rd! Thanks for sharing! Always love seeing these rare and hard to find infantry divisions! Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I saw my first 98th ID on eBay a few months ago and made sure to buy it. Had a 4th army patch on the right sleeve, it was an officers jacket. Not pin on insignia remaining, It was named and dated 1943 in the pocket. Haven't done research on the vet, but it's good to know they exist! I always thought the 98th was interesting as it was the one of only two divisions to never see combat, and while the other (13th Airborne) did make it overseas to England, the 98th only ever made it to Hawaii (which was an overseas deployment at the time). 20th Armored is another that seems hard to fin
  4. Both of those are possible but it is all speculation. Like you said we will never know. It’s probably best just to leave it at that really. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Ah yes the old sanding the lot number debate. Back to this again. Why is this even still a debate? Just don’t do it. Simple. Stop irreversibly damaging artifacts. This isn’t the 80’s anymore and WW2 shells aren’t popping out of the woodwork like eggs from a hen. There is a limited supply and they are becoming harder and harder to find everyday. It doesn’t help that reenactors and helmet “restorers” are ruining them at an alarming rate as well. You know what you get by finding the lot number? Nothing, literally nothing is gained. If a helmet is front seam, it’s midwar at the latest. If it has
  6. What is the size of the jacket? I see these tags on clothing that is larger then the largest standard size made by manufacturers. I’ve also seen it on pieces that have been custom tailored. Send a picture of the Ike as well as any other tags on the inside. Made sure to get pictures of al the features of it as well. Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. It might have been field or it might have been reenactor done. I'm pretty sure the straps would have been replaced it if it was a 60's repaint most likely, I've never really seen any refurbished helmets for post war use keeping the old sewn on chin straps. Reenactors and some collectors are notorious for their backyard repaint/corking of helmets, so that is always a possibility, but it is usually on post war helmets to make it look like ww2 era. It seems unlikely, that possible it was field done by the soldier. But I find this very unlikely. There were depot done refurbished helme
  8. That's awesome you have your uncles helmet!
  9. That's really crazy to think about, but also very believable. The older generations kept pretty much everything, but the newer generations have adopted a much more "live with as little physical stuff as possible" mentality. I can very much see possibly millions of uniforms being thrown out pretty much. Very sad... Really makes you wish people took another minute to think about what kind of history they are throwing out.
  10. I think the main problem was that they didn't produce enough M2 shells for the amount of paratroopers they had. I'm pretty sure at least a few paratroopers probably ended up with a fixed loop shell. Hunt
  11. Looks like the helmet was recently refinished with cork as well. It is just so thick and all of the cork is coming off. I think this is a reenactor done helmet or something honestly.
  12. Interesting! Any notable deformities that would lead it to being a reject? Looks like there might be a problem with the rim in photo 4? Hunt
  13. I believe the helmet is a fixed loop shell which were also used in Normandy. I think they used a combination of M2's and standard fixed loops in Normandy. Hunt
  14. It is confusing! Another thing to note is the WW1 Occupation ribbon was't "re-used" persay for WW2 as it came out as the same time almost as the WW2 Occupation ribbon. It was a retroactive award, similar to purple hearts that were awarded to WW1 veterans, that was released long after the occupation had ended. That's really the main source of confusion as to why it is seen on WW2 uniforms, because the Military released two occupation ribbons at about the same time and during an active occupation where millions of soldiers were eligible to receive an occupation ribbon. Another thing
  15. I think a lot of forum members here have been staying away as I haven't really seen any being posted and they have been selling for months now. I'm guessing these are more inexperienced collectors, or those who do not invest in forum resources or reference books buying these up. It can be enticing with a name attached to a collection as a sign of authenticity, plus the seller is a very reputable dealer in the German WW1/WW2 world. Hence why there aren't as many german uniforms up for sale as they probably have identified some to be put togethers. Sometimes it's surprising how big the collectin
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