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  1. This Pathfinder patch is being listed. Seller states it is British Made. I feel it is a U.S. made based on the design and embroidery pattern. However, the backing is different from U.S. Made examples I am familiar with. Is it an anomaly or something else? Here is the listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-WWII-US-Army-101st-Airborne-Infantry-Division-Pathfinder-British-made-patch/324221121903?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D09d36e3eca0d4b8ebc366b2954458772%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D324221121903%26itm%3D324221121903%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A140d88f8-c1ee-11ea-a7cf-f2405f66637e|parentrq%3A33eab6d91730a4e86bf90eadffeaba7c|iid%3A1 Please discuss.
  2. wer27, The liner appears to be a good Westinghouse Airborne Liner. when you look at the outside of the liner and the inside of the shell, is there a matching up of discoloration on the liner and the discoloration and rust of the inside of the shell? If these features match up this would move the possibility of opinion for this being a legit helmet.
  3. Carfin, Thank you for the explanation of the woman and the circumstances your father and uncle experienced. These personal experiences and your Collection Alsace 39/45 and History museum in Ohnenheim, France allow for connections be be maintained from the past to the present. John
  4. Carfin, Please explain the woman in the evening gown and hat? Is she to represent a GI's "special evening" while on leave, OSS operative, or another explanation?
  5. I can tell you that the Inland Airborne Liner is original.
  6. Carfin, Please continue to post more photos of your collection. I'm sure all the members of this Forum are appreciating the viewing of your assemblage of WW2 items. May I request that you show us more of your ordnance related items and what you may have pertaining to mines and booby traps.
  7. I saw this as well in the "wee hours" of this morning. I almost jumped and pressed the BIN option. The only indicator is the shape of the templates used to apply the camo spray. otherwise the colors are very accurate and yes meant to deceive. All be it that the description states its a mimic.
  8. Carfin, Thank you for sharing this great assemblage of material with us!!
  9. Has anyone bought from Kevin Peter, in particular books? Is he OK?
  10. Here is a photo of my dad at home c.1949. He served in the Persian Gulf Command so go figure. Perhaps brought them home from a surplus stock. I remember him wearing out a pair while working the farm.
  11. Mort, Thanks for the information regarding donations and the obituary.
  12. These are some examples of WW2 period pencils, grease pencils, color pencils, and erasers:
  13. All these tools, pencils, easer, and knife are WW2 period. The tools are scaled to 1:100,000, 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 which were standard G.S.G.S. British produced in scales for their ETO Maps. The pencils, eraser, and Knife are all WW2 period U.S.A. produced. The plastic and paper Ferrules on the pencils and the Blaisdell grease pencils were only produced during the war years. In fact only the Blaisdell Company produced these grease pencils that would have been used on the acetate grid of the map case. The correctly scaled Opisometer (Curvimeter) is either U.S. or British made, my guess in U.S. made. Here is some historical reference from WW2 History of Army Map Service. It indicates the cooperation between the American Army Map service (AMS) and the British Geographical Section General Staff (G.S.G.S.): http://www.escape-maps.com/escape_maps/history_army_map_service_wwii.htm Most of the maps used by British land and air forces in the Second World War were made by the Geographical Section, General Staff (GSGS, also known as MI 4), operating under the Director of Military Operations and Intelligence. GSGS senior staff were usually Royal Engineer officers with surveying qualifications, although there were a few Royal Artillery or infantry officers. The rest of the staff were civil technical assistants and clerks, together with some RE other ranks. Also, specific areas of geographic responsibilities were divided between the United States and Great Britain. On May 12, 1942, it was agreed that the U.S. would assume responsibility for all map production and supply for: North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Dutch East Indies, Japan, Iceland, Greenland, and Bermuda. The Geographic Section of the UK General Staff assumed responsibility for all other geographic areas. It was also agreed the Army Map Service and the British Directorate of Military Surveys would share with each other all maps reproduced so each headquarters would hold world coverage. At an international conference on March 10, 1943, it was further decided that the U.S. would additionally be responsible for Korea, Mongolia, Manchuria, parts of Russia and Africa, and China north of 32°N and east of 108°E. The U.S. also agreed to accept responsibility to prepare several specific maps of parts of Western Europe.
  14. I'd like to share a very interesting and rare 13th Armored Div. Wool patch. Its a rather dramatic manufacturer error or incomplete embroidery patch. Aesthetically it is quite appealing and a novelty in its own right. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome!
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