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  1. I agree definitely original. You'll see these liners being sold at around 400-500 bucks in good condition, these are one of the most desirable early WW2 liners out there.
  2. fb Schlueters are rare birds in any condition. After a while you'll be able to spot a Schlueter just by looking at the shape of the shell, the curve in the rim is way less pronounced.
  3. There's a 101st intelligence and bombardment squadron I'd look into. The A would possibly identify the wing, with the 43 being the number of plane. I could be completely wrong about this but that's just my first thought seeing it. Good luck.
  4. Sand may have been used in the field as an anti-reflection measure, added to the paint instead of cork. I have a German kriegsmarine helmet that was repainted/camouflaged in almost the exact same way. Nice textured repaint.
  5. Not sure how this will sound but I've used vodka in a spray bottle to get rid of a nasty smell in a wool blanket that was just too hard to bear. It actually helped, might help fight moths too? The alcohol is said to kill of bacteria responsible for the smell, could be toxic enough for larvae? Normally should not damage the fiber or affect the color of your garment but only try this at your own risk. You should Google it some time, swear I'm not making this up.
  6. I've heard night vision cameras work really well for this, as Rooster has said. Might catch some paint particles you aren't seeing with the naked eye. The only real catch is that you probably need an actual night vision camera, as unfortunately android apps don't seem to help. Other than this, UV and trying out effects in Photoshop would have been my suggestion as well. Good luck!
  7. It's a Schlueter alright. The oval crimp welding is probably nothing, it may have been caused by movement during the welding process.
  8. Not sure, I've seen a lot of post war used bags with French markings, but they have green back drops and or smaller sans-serif fonts. I'm inclined to think US but other branches (usaaf ground personnel, naval amphibious corpsman or something)
  9. sweet. you're in luck the leather band is still there. Many were replaced with smaller webbing straps.
  10. The bag in my collection just says Training gas mask M1A1, but the mask itself says U on top (for universal, black face piece, GDYR (Goodyear)). The bag is mint but the mask itself was used, they were probably put together long after the war. Smaller paratroopers in North Africa will likely have carried another size as others have stated, eliminating the Universal designation on the bag itself. It's still interesting but I'm thinking that a large lot of masks from a certain maker was issued to the 82nd prior to the invasion of North-Africa, hence the markings. Edit: j
  11. Garandy, yours looks like a British made net. Tons of British made nets were worn by the American troops, in fact, the first official American net was only introduced in late 1944 and made its first mass appearance during the Battle of the Bulge (net, helmet, with band). This net is quite rare to find these days. On D-day the troops wore British made nets for the most part, there's still some debate around what nets were manufactured by the Americans before D-day. You'll find some large mesh nets that have a tag saying Denison. We aren't completely sure if these were produced in a factory or n
  12. I'll go out on a limb and say this is an authentic paratrooper chin cup. The leather looks okay, not completely sure about the chamois but if it's a reproduction I want one!
  13. it's a real late WW2 or later medic lid. There are others with numbers 3 and 4 around instead of 1, not sure what it would mean but yours is most likely part of that organisational line. This line of helmets isn't fake but yes Jamie Kashetta had one when he was still collecting honest helmets.
  14. I agree not winter camo. possibly military police
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