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  1. I use a WW1 dated 75mm shell casing for my WW1 helmet stand. They are out there, eBay best place to look. I have all my helmets sitting on period dated artillery shell casings, some with period dated ammo belts - it really adds to the effect.
  2. Think I found a good reference: "M1 BALL used a 172 grain boat tail bullet similar to 173 grain Nation Match bullet. Since the cartridges are in 5 round stripper clips this ammo was for use in the Model 1903 Springfield rifle. According to the History of Modern U.S. Military Small Arms Ammunition, Vol. II, by Hackley, Woodin and Scranton: "In 1940 the standard ball cartridge was the M2, which had been standardized for ground use by the Ordnance Committee on November 9, 1939 (approved January 12, 1940). At the same time the M1 Ball cartridge was reclassified as Limited Standard, except for use in aircraft machine guns by the U.S. Navy where it was still standard." The last loaded at Frankford was Lot 2161 (accepted 24 October, 1941). The lot consisted of 601,500 rounds. The M1 Ball was declared obsolete on 17 August 1944.” Again, a picture of the cartridges headstamp would verify if M1 ball, or early M2 ball which was also silver in color ( probably not very early M2 ball because of your stated date of 1942).
  3. This will enlighten most, covers developement ( and mis-conceptions) very well. http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=introduction-to-30-06-cartridges
  4. I suspect you ( like me) realize what he has!
  5. Not reloads, normal as can be, but a picture of the headcase would confirm. Read my post on the cupro- nickel WW1 M1 ball era bullets( ran through 1944 I believe). That said, cartridge collecting is fascinating field....most don't realize the US round developement from WW1. The M1 ball ran concurrent when the lighter M2 ball was being manufactured. Also, we had a" M2, ball, alternate", the projectile is magnetic because it is copper washed mild steel. Google up ".30 cal, M1 ball " for months of reading....
  6. What does the headstamp say?, you mentioned date, what about manufacturer? That said, no problems shooting them, the primers are corrosive, many people get overly excited about that, I don't. Just be sure to swab out with soapy water to neutralize the salts then clean as usuall. I have fired many in my Springfield, Enfield and Garand without any problems , I usually run a few patches with water at the range, then when I get home use the regular Hoppes as usuall. Now, why shot collectible ammo? I have some in my collectible stash, I believe they are the early M1 ( not M2) round. The M1 ammo has a 170 grn bullet I believe, and the jacket is cupro- nickel, silver in color. All our WW1 era stuff was silver, no harm to the bore. The M1 ammo was used by the Navy for their aircraft machine guns, heavier bullet, longer range than the 150 grn M2 round....and snipers also sought out the M1 ball round due to its heavier bullet. From your picture, you may have a bonus- are the en blocs WW2 issue? If so , another collectible feature.
  7. I will add, my father was an infantryman also tasked with regiment payroll duties. He occasionally spent some time behind the "front" performing payroll , but when big pushes were made, like advancing to the Bigge River, he went back to his company for the movement forward...a few days moving forward ( they were always moving forward- this time humping it on foot through mountainous terrain) his company was told to turn west ( they were heading north cutting the Ruhr pocket in half) and capture the Bonzel Crossroads, that's were he was machine gunned, in fact " I" company was tasked with the crossroads, and they were chewed up, largest single day loss in Division.
  8. Depends on many different circumstances. I know a bit from talking to my father, 86th Div. My understanding is unit structure. Most divisions had 3 or 4 Infantry Regiments, artillery, signal, etc.....then there was headquarters, cooks were usually assigned to support and headquarters which of course were not on the line. The 86th was trucked quickly across France into Germany. They rarely ( as seen in the " movies" ) humped it , camps ( assembly / supply areas)were set up were they could eat hot food, laundry, get mail, etc until they moved out to the front, food was brought up to them, either cooked or rats, they manned the line then rotated back out. Reading detailed unit reports, units of the 340, 341st, 342nd often rotated and one unit usually held back in reserve and relieved each other, especially after a big push. This was late war. Obviously in situations were the front was over run or the line crumbles and the " rear" becomes the " front", cooks, clerks, mechanics, would of course be called upon to defend, or retreat to another assembly/ resupplying camp.
  9. I went through some of my UH60 pics I took while working for DOS as a Colombian Army advisor a few years ago....no go on the axe- but I am posting a few pics of what we flew down there, just for interest....Colombia uses a lot of non standard configured US equipment....those white red bundles are not coffee, but cocaine we recovered from the drug labs deep in the Amazon. The one with the .50 titanium GAU, rockets and .50 Browning was a special,Colombian Air Force model....my favorite.
  10. My BDU and helmet I wore with the 82nd in 77-78. I Rambo'd it up a bit with some ball and AP belts I loaded up, smoke, incendiary, and frags, machete, bayonet, etc...
  11. Sealing it with Renaissance insures it remains in good condition for future owners and generations. Plus your ownership becomes carefree not having to check on it. Who knows when it is tossed into a box in some humid storage unit, the next owner will be glad you did it...which is exactly why many museums use the wax.
  12. A further note, the primer tube was manufactured in 2004, it could have been years before being installed into the stub case, without the ink markings present, ( inking gives the date the round was assembled), you have no idea when it was fired. Yours was obviously pulled from a crate full ( they gather them up and sell to scrap yards by the ton) and engraved for the " event". You need to get the " Silver Bullet" matching dart, they can still be found at surplus stores, now running about 200-300 bucks last I checked., getting harder to find but doable.
  13. Probably not. Most likely a CONUS range pick up. Troops coming home from the ME are patted down / inspected heavily. However, the stub cases and one penetrator dart I aquired was from a retired Colonel tanker, who had the balls to drive down range in Graffenburg ( ?) Germany and pick up a few that were not bent....that was back in the early 90's., he sold them to me a few years ago. Notice it has a German ID, " DM" number- in the early days of the 120mm, the US bought and used the German issued ( they developed the gun and ammo) until we could buy the rights and manufacture our own.
  14. Not impressed, if like the two Ranger gals who slid through, ( my discussion with a certain General- I will not name him) they were " told" to be sure at least two get the Ranger tab. His take- they will never get any meaningful Ranger leadership assignment- but the tab will ensure high visibility for promotions...The Army has been told awhile back they " need" to have a few high viz woman in the combat arms. Everyone ( those higher ups in the Army) knows it is one big joke, especially this guy.....the joke is on us.
  15. I will add it appears to me your stub case is July (G) 2004 manufacture. As for the news, it appears the USMC is on the road to becoming just a US Navy minor support group with no teethe. Gutted. What next? Disband the 82nd Airborne?...when that happens, ( I am ex 82nd- rumor mill around division for years- disbanding/ downsizing) and I suspect it may just happen- the destruction of our Military will be complete.
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