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  1. You need to read this piece which debunks much of what came out later about capa on D-day. The story he told (and his brother told for that matter) are quickly debunked, and the legend of the ruined film is also debunked He was a mercenary photographer, he came in shot a quick roll and scooted right back out, taking only the photos we see today and not the allegedly lost photos https://petapixel.com/2019/02/16/debunking-the-myths-of-robert-capa-on-d-day/ enjoy
  2. I appreciate that, I learned long ago that rare isn't always the same as desirable,
  3. Assuming that's an army serial number on the crossguard this may have been the original owner http://wwii-enlistment.com/record/35535980/
  4. there's more of these around than you might think. The later ones are the better manuals, I like yours however, and I might say a little higher than 70 dollars but it's not a hugely valuable manual nice item, thanks for sharing
  5. I had one that was re-tagged from smaller to larger Never seen one the other way around When the M-43 first was designed and issued they were part of a layering system and were sized to be very large indeed Later jackets were re-tagged to be closer to the actual size Tom Bowers
  6. Possibly Dick Kos, he was active in the late 80s early 90s and made some great repro gear, Not all of it is up to today's standards but his helmets were first rate and he specialized in Airborne gear
  7. probably a PX item looks like a change purse
  8. Phantomfixer is correct it's a P-4 helmet used by the USAF from the korean war to the early 1960s
  9. Halloween is not big here in the Bible Belt, Virtually nobody does the dress up thing I haven't yet seen any of the thrift shops holding back Halloween items Tom Bowers
  10. you can't keep the rainwater out, unless you move it inside, but what I would recommend is a serious 2 part epoxy primer which will lock out water from the metal of the wheels This should prevent rust from eating the wheels themselves
  11. it looks chinese, My guess is it's a laundry tag in the CBI bases, there were often laundry coolies who did the laundry for the base To be sure everybody got the correct clothing back the laundry coolies would sew a tag or chit to the garments in a language they could read Tom Bowers
  12. HI The picture isn't really clear but from what I can make of it, the saddlebags are WWI era M-1904 bags, seperated at the top (they should be connected) The bridle and bit is not military but is a vintage western bridle (vintage Western can be very valuable but is outside my area) Possibly with US WWI era rosettes can't tell from the photo If you can get better photos we might be able to contribute more Welcome to the USMF Tom Bowers
  13. From experience, they are complicated, heavy and difficult to service. Mechanical reliability is just okay, but it depends on maint history and condition, they're a hoot to drive and will go as fast in reverse as they will forward but are poor performers on soft ground and will sink up to their axles in a heartbeat in mud. A few were used by US troops in UN service but none were acquired by us military. the Mk2 is most collectible (it has the turret) but the Mk1 is cheaper and easier to service (it doesn't have the turret).
  14. I Agree they look like the Byrd Cloth experimental jungle uniform trousers from WWII The lightweight poplin was tested by OSS and the 124th cavalry but never went beyond that due to durability complaints (mostly) the experiments however, later influenced the design and adoption of the iconic tropical uniforms worn during Vietnam
  15. the boots with the laces at the top are always Motorcyclist boots. Horse riders, for some reason, don't use laces at the top,
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