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  1. 54 minutes ago, General Apathy said:

    Maybe one of the rarest Jeep on this planet . . . . . . 


    For sale on ' Milweb' this evening is an air-portable Jeep that was dropped into France June 5th 1944, it was wrecked when it landed, it comes with the framework and four crash pads that the Jeep was strapped to, also a second framework recovered from a farmer in better condition from another Jeep that was also parachuted in.  


    ( This post has been copied from the Milweb advert as an item of interest for readers here, I have not personally seen this particular Jeep


    ( the chassis shown in the advert IS NOT the Jeep chassis, it is the parachute framework that the Jeep was secured to for the drop, clarified as the French to English translation refers to it as a chassis ) 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 15  2020.







    Wow!  That's an amazing find.  But I think the landing process needed a little work.  


  2. 1 hour ago, urbanminer said:

    Looks like fun! My first service coat came out of a curbside trash pile, along with a nice Melton wool overcoat, in CT back around 1990.


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    What is your connection to the 27th Infantry division?  My Dad served in the 106th Regiment from 1940 till the end of the war. That's him in my profile pic.


  3. 8 hours ago, Reforger said:

    That sure is a lot of junk. But continue to keep an eye out. You‘ll probably run into something when you least expect it. Or if you happen to have a conversation during one of your walks, that could possibly lead to something as well.

    I'll keep the old eyes peeled. One neighbor did put out a footlocker with a free sign I grabbed a couple of years ago. He is a veteran, but it wasn't his from his service. 

  4. 8 hours ago, manayunkman said:

    My first German uniform came out of the trash on North Way in Bronxville NY. 1968.


    The same pile produced a cartridge belt, an M-43 jacket and gas mask in its carrier.


    Guess what I was for Halloween.



    Wow! Sounds like you hit the mother load! Can't imagine what your Halloween costume have been. 

  5. The City of Santa Clara is having one of it's cleanup days where homeowners can put almost anything and everything out on the curb and the city will pick it up.  The blocks around my house are lined with piles of all kinds of stuff waiting pickup.  Hoards of pickers like sharks roam the streets looking for stuff to grab.  On my evening walks, I keep a sharp eye out for anything military, like a footlocker full of fixed bail helmets or war bringback samurai swords.  Never have found anything good yet, nothing, nada zilch.  A few years ago I thought I saw a corner of one of those brown mortar ammo boxes under a huge pile of crap.  But there wasn't a way of digging it out without having the whole thing fall over.  Didn't seem worth the trouble. Oh well I can dream.  Maybe next time!  

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  6. 2 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    140 photos of a 1950's Jeepers Cavalcade through the hills between Hemet & Borrego springs California.


    Take special note of the photos because there are many pieces of WWII military clothing alongside the wartime and postwar civilian Jeeps, and also lots of period 50's clothing for us retro-clothing freaks . . . . . . . . . 


    The guy in dark clothing in the first photo has a pair of two buckle / twin buckle military on. Above the guy in the second shot wearing a sheepskin flying jacket is a person wearing another sheepskin., in the line waiting for food is a guy wearing a USAAF parka and service cap without insignia. many more pieces to be see in a lot of the other photos   


    if the links don't go live when posted then please ' copy-cut-past ' each into your browser .  


    https://artsandculture.google.com/search?q=Jeep ride Peter Stackpole




    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 13  2020. 









    Neat photos.  Your eye for detail never ceases to amaze me.  But then, I'm the guy who spent 3 minutes looking for my glasses the other day and finally found them on top of my head.  That was when I knew I really needed a haircut.



  7. 4 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Mikie,  I see that you have royalty moving into your A' list neighbourhood . . . . . . . . :lol: :lol:


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 13  2020. 



    Must be a different Mikie.  Although my darling daughter will be passing through that area in a couple of hours.  She is heading home from taking a few days off down in San Diego.  Harry and Megan must be slumming it moving into that area.  The house 2 doors down from me here in San Jose just sold for about $2 million.  Newer and bigger than my hovel, but  not a palace or even a mansion by any means. But that's home prices here in Silicon Valley.  Hey, maybe the Santa Barbara thing is just a cunning plan to distract the media. Maybe they'll be moving in here after all? 


  8. 5 hours ago, Dogsbody said:

    Changing tack again......................I know most of us like the cartoons made by Bill Mauldin so when I came across a can of Shoe Dubbing recently I vaguely remembered this was mentioned in one of them. So here's the combo of cartoon and can.





    I'm sure it would be a big help.

  9. 15 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    And again, and now for something completely different . . . . . . . The Ripping Yarn of Tom Dobney.


    A small story about a British child of 14 who signed up for pilot training with the RAF in WWII, he was sent to Canada and gained his wings. His real age of 15 was revealed when his father saw him being presented to King George VI after completing twenty bombing raids. 


    If the link doesn't become live after posting you might have to Copy-Cut-Paste into a browser. 




    .Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 12  2020. 



    War is a time a when uncommon courage is pretty common.

  10. I spotted a really beat up US Camillus marked combat knife at a gun show 15-20 years ago.  The tip was broken off, the edge was worn down and nicked up, just an ugly mess.  But it had that Charlie Brown Christmas tree appeal and was only 2 bucks.  I HAD to bring it home.  No use as a collectible, I reshaped the blade a bit and have been using it as an odds and ends tool.  Until it vanished about 8 or 9 months ago.  Nowhere to be found.  Until last night.  It hasn't had a very happy vacation.   Poor thing looks even worse than when I bought it.   Nice to have it back, it has come in handy on many occasions.  Just needs a little TLC and it will be as good as new.  

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  11. 34 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Mikie,  sorry to shatter your illusions once again these are the resin bodies ready for the harrowing concentration camp scenes.  Also one of the extra's with a small scratch ready for the next scene  . . . . . . . . . . . 


    .Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 10  2020. 







    It's only a flesh wound!  

  12. Since it is doubtful I will ever get a chance to see any of these places in person, I appreciate the chance to see them through the eyes of you who post about your visits. Just another reason that NDL is the coolest place on the internet. 

  13. On 8/7/2020 at 2:40 AM, General Apathy said:


    And now for something completely different . . . . . . . . 


    As is our usual modus operandi around here I am moving on to something completely different . . . . . Back in May 2018 I auctioned off my  ' Buck Compton ' M42 jump suit that I acquired whilst working on the Band of Brothers series. As with all filmwork there is some amount of smoke and mirrors involved and in this case the jacket had shoulder pads fitted to give the character a more solid square shoulder appearance.   This was the only jacket that I recall as being fitted with shoulder pads, there were two sheets of prompt notes still contained within the pockets, one of the top pockets had a couple of coffee sachets and a burst milk powder sachet which had solidified from moisture. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 07  2020. 





    Really neat crossover item. Though I find it hard to believe that things in tv and movies aren't always what they seem to be. Who would have guessed?

  14. I found this old thing at a garage sale last fall for $3.00.  Impossible for me to pass up.  Everything functions perfectly on it.  Ken, if this is a step up from your current camera, I will happily send it off to you.  



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  15. 7 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Pieter,  yes the garage and the hotel on the left are for sale, it really does require someone to buy them and preserve this piece of history.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 04  2020. 



    I was wondering the same thing if they were for sale.  Hope they get sold to an appreciative new owner.  


  16. 6 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Mikie,  here's a chart of Jeep grills for you, the one in your photograph is second up from bottom in the right-hand side column M151A2.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 04  2020. 



    That is a great little cheat sheet.  I'll have to memorize it. Not an easy thing to do with my memory, or lack thereof.  



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