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  1. This subject has been discussed previously; of course I can't find it. IIRC, these were produced concurrently with the snap type bags, different manufacturer. They probably didn't get use during Overlord, but possibly used during the Rhine River crossing. I kind of see them as the USMC marked 30 round mag pouches. No photographic evidence. I've also read they were manufactured for preparations for invasion of Japan. In other words, I don't know. But there's an opinion.
  2. This is interesting. I hadn't sold anything on ebay in a long time until a few weeks ago. I was instantly hit up by four different bidders with low ball, similar number offers. That had NEVER happened to me before. Glad I ignored them as my auction did well. Thanks for the heads up
  3. It's Iraqi. I imagine some GI brought it back as a souvenir
  4. To reiterate a comment I made about museum 'artifacts'; being in a museum doesn't make an item original without the same provenance we expect as collectors. That said, this helmet could be all original as is. It could be put together, and it could have a fresh paint job. I'm speculating the later. Guessing an attempt at chemical vesicant camo paint?
  5. That is really great! Love it. Dallas Market Hall used to be a hotbed for guys (and a few women) who wrote really good books about their wartime experience. German vets, Japanese vets, you name it. RV seemed to be a regular, met Adolf Galland several times, (lot of German pilots). Then there were the Texas Rangers too who made regular appearances. Ray Martinez seemed to always be there and I loved visiting with him and his wife VerNell. (Martinez helped cap Whitmann at the UT tower). I always enjoyed the sea of collectors who would walk right past them without batting an eye as there was nothing but a book for sale. That's a great helmet. Met several of these guys at the opening of the D-Day museum in NOLA
  6. Really interesting. I like this guys page. Great reading
  7. That is one impressive collection.
  8. Was proud to add this to my collection today! Made during WW2 by Anderson Knife in Glendale, California. These were made from one of three sections of repurposed Patton sabers, mine being the tip of the blade.
  9. Sorry, should have clarified my statement. British Made for the US army. It is GI field gear manufactured during WW2. Also, any chance the bottom belt has been treated with blanco? It has that color to it
  10. I'd like to point out that the lower ammo belt is British Made.
  11. I payed plenty for mine on ebay. It's the one I've seen for sale in the last 5 years maybe. There was a decent 85th on ebay a while back but someone had put it in a scrapbook backwards, so the green side was not in good condition.
  12. Those are tough for sure. I payed plenty for mine. One would think the fssf would be the most difficult, but I don't think so. 36th and 85th are tough to find in my opinion. Here's my small Italian woven collection... sorry but a couple of 45th's that aren't Italian manufacture
  13. Really like your 34th div display case. OS cap and 5th army with the little x stitches is really cool
  14. I think I got lucky because an ebay seller had a semi complete collection up and the armor triangle seemed not to gain attention. I'd have to check back but pretty sure I got it in the $50ish range. I have yet to see a FSSF under $400. Wish I would have bought one of the two that were up for months. Oh well
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