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    Milan, MI
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    Collector of period - 1845-1945, with a special interest in ordnance & artillery, vehicles- fuel & horse drawn, Illinois troops and related gear. Researching same.

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  1. The CW cap & ball revolvers were rifled and the bullets were therefore pointed, unsuitable as case shot. illinigander
  2. I guess black marketing happens at all levels. Example, a now gone WW2 vet I knew told about his position as a crane operator (and several others) were in a position to obtain cigarettes from merchant sea men, which were traded in Paris for perfume and other "girl friend" items back in the US, netted about $700 a month for the port folk. This money was sent home as gambling winnings. This fellow was able to set up a metal stamping business for himself when discharged in 1946. He also was awarded a bronze star for his skill in interviewing German POW's. illinigander
  3. Interesting story, thanks for sharing. I always wonder if it was a good or bad idea to pay the WW1 boys in France with francs instead of US money. illinigander
  4. I worked with a fellow who was in our office section. He had been a clerk in the finance section in the Pacific in WW2. He told this story. He was on an island (I think Saipan), that was one night bombed by the Japanese, and they scored a direct hit on the paymaster tent. After the raid was over, he went to the site to help put things in order, and said there was cash scattered all over. Two officers were already there and ordered him back to his tent. Next morning when he reported to work, everything was cleaned up and the money was officially declared destroyed by the bomb. illini
  5. For the outside, I would purchase some "Fluid Film", found on the "net. It is expensive but is both a penetrant and perseveration product. Then I would use some fine steel wool. I have a WW1 blacksmith display with a forge limber and a Buffalo Forge tool chest with the tool list. Using the enclosed list, I was able to fill the chest with the proper tools. It took 4 years to find the Gypsy vise on E-bay. If you were ever interested in parting with your new find.... illinigander
  6. My friend has one and it is marked: "French Seventy-Five" and is meant for the mixed drink of the same name. We drank from it at Sgt. York State Park, after firing a series of salutes on the 100th anniversary at 11/11/2018 with a real French-Seventy-Five. Tasted great! illinigander
  7. It was replaced about 1912, but I suspect the old ones were issued until they were gone. illinigander
  8. Have set one up in the rain, (several of us) got a fire going in the stove, and in 15 minutes the grass floor was dry and area warm. It was a good HEAVY shelter. illinigander
  9. Don't know about the artillery device, but white helmets were used by the US forces in Russia. I have an 'Id one to a fellow in the 332nd MG company. It is white with RUSSIA painted across the top. illinigander
  10. Thanks for that information cylekostello, it is always of interest to me. A useless fact is that in the Midwest, Michigan troops tended to be issued .54 Austrians & Illinois troops the .58 Austrians. illinigander
  11. I have seen a few tools marked Ordnance Dept. I do not know what period these markings occurred, and what tools were marked. I have a WW1 blacksmith display and it took about ten years of e-bay to find a 4-hole leather punch that was marked US. It is the only tool in that display that is so marked. I guess never say never. illinigander
  12. Ndhunter1887- My guess would be that it was hard enough getting any tools in the short time it would take to go from a few thousand, to two million soldiers etc., they would use every commercial source possible. I don't think "America's Munitions" by B. Crowell mentions hand tools at all, at least I do not remember if he did. But good luck, I have "tooled" several chests, and it was many antique etc. shops, even with the tool list. It took me a good while to even find out what a brad awl was before I could discover one for a Span/Am display. illinigander
  13. Thanks patches and dustin for that information. The can is actually dated 1943, so much for old guys remembering. I looked up my WW2 gas can list, and I have Arvin ones dated 1943 & 1944. I wonder if the N.S.I. marking was for a different contract, and they did not use the Arvin name? Thanks, illinigander
  14. Is the Austrian .54 or converted to .58? illinigander
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