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  1. Welcome! Interesting area of collecting. Good luck!
  2. Welcome and I look forward to your post!
  3. Welcome and stay safe! Nice to see that you can share your passion with your son. Ciao!
  4. Laurent, Looks very similar to an original one I used to have but mine did not have that "keystone" shaped stamp. I recall mine had "PARIS" stamped on the black buckle and had the more common Red, White and Blue stripes sewn vertically. I believe many of the originals were hand made from flour sacks and other fabric that could be obtained so varied greatly. Unfortunately, I no information about the stamping but maybe deciphering some of the writing would help. Maybe post-liberation? Thanks for posting, Jim
  5. I picked this up recently and here's the story. Came from a guy who was an advisor in Vietnam (through a friend). However, this guy was also a life long collector of military items so uncertain if it actually was a bring-back from him or just something he had picked up over the past 60+ years of collecting. Anyway, it intrigued me and I would love to see what others had to say. Initially, I thought it was some modern repro and I'm not an expert in these things but in doing some research, it seems like this might actually be a WW2 stock that was modified. I've taken pictures of the "important" sites where markings, etc. should be found on the wood stock but obviously the metal part of the stock and butt plate are totally fabricated. Could this be a theatre-made para stock from an original WW2 stock? Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Vietnam era possibly? Would love anyone's thoughts or expertise or even theories! Thanks so much in advance for looking and commenting.
  6. I have a few pair of these as well, in the same huge size. I posted them on the Forum a number of years ago (I'll try and see if the link still exists) and there were varying thoughts/opinions as to what exactly they were. These seemed to have surfaced about 8-10 years ago at Army/Navy surplus stores and all were un-worn with cutter tags and in the same huge size. Some thought conversion of WW2 trouser to M1951 style and some thought maybe airborne. I personally couldn't image an airborne trooper with a waist size of 46 but maybe I'm wrong! Maybe perfect for the "modern" reenactor.
  7. I am no expert at all on EGAs so I thought someone might help ID this EGA. I recently bought a large collection of pins, medals and patches off an old friend who has been helping another friend sell off his collection. In it was a large bag of EGAs (large and small) and from what I can gather looking at this Forum most are WW2-VN vintage. This was really the only odd ball and it seems to be the droop wing or gooney bird style. What model and era and what would it be worth? It is marked H/H and has clutch backs which appear to be the early type fasteners? Thanks for any information! Jim
  8. Wow! Impressive for any age but only 21? Good for you! Congratulations and keep collecting!
  9. Got my two volumes yesterday and like the other Forum members have said, incredibly detailed and well researched work. Tremendous amount of information and I can hardly wait to sit down with some time to read and absorb all that’s in the chapters. It appears both definitive and scholarly on the subject and I eagerly await the next two volumes already! Wonderful reference and addition to my library. Thanks Dustin! Jim P.
  10. Great parka and a perfect match to the pants! Can't imagine there are many out there! Thanks for showing and sharing.
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