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  1. What you "heard" doesn't quite make sense, the allies were encountering the Germans well prior, in North Africa, Sicily and Italy before D-Day. One would figure, they'd had learned what the Germans reaction was by then to the rules of the Geneva Convention. Your first sentence, to a layman, would be led to believe that the Normandy invasion was the first battle of WWII in Europe. What was usage of painted medic helmets in the above mentioned campaigns? Was there a directive to not paint medical insignia on helmets for the Normandy invasion? misplaced the caption to this
  2. This khaki version of a service cap that has a "crusher" look has a stiff bill. Note the cup in the bill, these are often seen with a glazed plasticized exterior finish, though thin, are quite firm. This service cap has a nice sheen on the top, the flimsy bills typically have a dull finish.
  3. A few of that hats posted here have the "crushed" look but stiff bills. The next level up, the bills are super flimsy, almost to where you can wade it up in your hand. I saw a cap in the initial opening posts of the thread, it has a two layer leather bill, I bet that is a a bit stiff. It has been my belief that collectors covet an all around "crusher" that includes that flimsy bill. Pilot, 90th Photo Recon, Italy, Note: uniformed stiff type bill. 94th Fighter Squadron. Same deal here but cap has "crusher" look. Those flimsy bills can be easily di
  4. The 55D3513 is a USAF Drawing or Part number, 55 signifies the fiscal year 1955. That is the date of the drawing and does not reflect the date of its actual manufacture, that will help with a little bit of an era refinement.
  5. Sactroop has a very valid point, however, you can make a list. Using the keyword "issued" knife from the original post one can make a discernable list. As for "issued" knives one only needs to seek the Tables of Organization and Equipment. Here, you'll find the allotments of edged implements. It wouldn't take long to put together a timeline according to revision dates to these T/O&E's. The list of "issue" knives would be very short, to also include bayonets, like the lists above. These are edged tools typically developed and adopted by various branches. As an example, for the US Navy, they
  6. This is image is of (L-R); Brig. Gen Clinton Vincent, Maj. Gen Claire Chennault and Lt.Gen Joseph Stilwell. Vincent wears to what appears to be a Victory type hips holster. However, the small arm in it could be something entirely different. The holster at least has all the hallmarks of being for the .38 Special.
  7. When I made my post, I completely disregarded the unique edge on the axe. I guess my eyes were fooled with it sitting over too many back ground distractions in the original image. The axes used during the second world war had a full edge, rather a typical hatchet or axe sharpened edge. They were not special, they even called them Boy Scout axes and all were commercially available.
  8. Is the axe 14-inches, one pound head? if so, it matches the specs. So it has a chance. Small hand axes, like this pattern, were used on aircraft, but not always a standard accruement. Another consideration is a tool used by crash crews, chopping their way into the aircraft. The latter was actually the intention of the emergency axe in the linked post.
  9. Ran across this image of a USMC Corporal wearing, what I believe, an Australian Commando knife. Picture dated April 1944, probably in the Marianas. Unfortunately, his crop-top shirt is just obscuring the pommel area.
  10. Indeed, a standard component to the WWII USCG approved lifeboat rations tins, to also include; malted milk tablets, pemmican and chocolate bars.
  11. I sourced these interesting USMC high top roughout boots. Similar in appearance to WWII paramarine type but with speed laces. They do have an NOM contract and dated 1955. I'm curious to hear thoughts on these?
  12. Thank You Tredhed, I was just trying to get a gauge on when they were being manufactured in the USA. Though it was an unofficial insignia for sometime, I was curious if they were indeed fabricated, rather machine embroidered, prior to being officially adopted. Jerry, yes. the machine embroidered CBI insignia.
  13. Very enlightening Charlie, thanks for chiming in! I didn't actually think the grip in post 2 was pearl, hence saying pearl type. I'm seeing a kind of a marbling or swirl in them much like the appearance of pearl, but now that you mention Tenite, that makes much better sense. We often see that with marbling or swirl effects. I find it interesting that they are in white. Wish I had another profile pic of Alley to see if there is a "sweetheart" in those grips.
  14. That serial number sure is an oddity, DKC 500 G-N 1200. What is that about?
  15. I am curious and want to ask the patch guru's about the machine embroidered CBI SSI. -Is there evidence of its existence prior to 1945? -Was there an embroidered type made in India? Thank you for any enlightenment!
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