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    Piedmont Area, South Carolina
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    US Army Enlisted Combat Arms Uniforms and Equipment from WWII to earlier.

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  1. Just goes to show the dangers of saying "never." It's also a bit ironic that service members engaged in "law enforcement" can use ammunition expressly prohibited by international laws of warfare, as if war is some how not as "violent" as extreme law enforcement incidents. Or maybe it just goes to show how nonsensical "laws" limiting the violence of war are. I donno....
  2. If not restricted to firing in the prone, the bipod on the barrel was actually kinda handy when changing a hot one. The gun was simply tilted muzzle down, the latch flipped and the receiver picked up. The new (cold) barrel was easy and quick to stick in. The hot barrel was left sitting muzzel down (chanber end up) on the bipods. Much quicker then mucking around with the gloves, etc. If you were really quick, the AG could just flip the latch on a hot barrel and the gunner could jerk the receiver to the rear and off leaving the hot barrel on the bipods and chamber end. (The gunner just had
  3. My guess would be that it was sand blasted, primed, and repainted in a typically Tutonic thorough and craftsman-like fashion.
  4. The "Hague Convention of 1899," declaration III states: "Declare as follows: The Contracting Parties agree to abstain from the use of bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core, or is pierced with incisions. ...." FWIW: The Geneva Protocol of 1925, to the Hague Convention goes on to outlaw the use of biological and chemical weapons. I do believe that these were and still are binding on the US military. I don't believe that the US military issued "hollow point" ammunition to any ser
  5. It's entirely possible. I spent a lot of winter field time at Ft. Drum, Ft. McCoy, Camp Ethan Allen and various other places in New England in the days before Gortex. Wool long underwear, OG 107 shirts and pants, field pants, parkas, wool glove liners (under trigger finger mitten liners), army issue ski socks (the cream colored wool ones), and a black USN wool watch cap - add VB boots and you're good to go. The extreme cold weather sleeping bag was entirely too heavy, but the mountain bag was just fine as long as you could get a good, deep bed of fir boughs under you for insulation. Poc
  6. Mike, that's a great display! You and Frankie are inspiring with all the early, pre-WWI uniform info. As always, thanks for sharing. Mike
  7. This is an interesting thread. I was on active duty for 26+ years in the US Army and went to the German Einzelkampfer Lehrgang ca. 1982 (Altenstadt - Schongau) where I got issued a Bundeswehr Messkit (Kochgeschirr) that I used until I retired in '03. I have to agree that it was made to actually cook in and use as opposed to the US version which evolved from a Civil War frying pan. At any rate, an interesting project you have going on there. Mike
  8. This might help you with the adding the 29th INF DIV insignia: Archer Transfers 29th Infantry Division Insignia HTH, Mike
  9. I think "relic" condition is a bit of an understatement! That's one fine radio.
  10. I believe the Smithsonian has a series of web articles on their site broken down by material. If you Google "museum conservation practices," you'll get tons of links. The more current / correct term is "conservation" vice "preservation" or "restoration." But you'll get a bunch of hits searching under those terms, as well. Good luck with your project. Mike
  11. Essentially the BC-367 is the power supply for the crew interphone. It functions as a transformer drawing power from the vehicle's electrical system making it suitable for the interphone system. The audio can be switched from the radio to the interphone and from crew station to station within the vehicle. The radio set is jacked into the interphone using a normal cable with plugs. The interphone is not, I believe, hard-wired to the radio. However, the various crew positions are hard-wired in as part of the interphone system. Here are a couple of pics of an RC-61 interphone system c
  12. No worries about the questions; glad to help. Yes, I've used it on blued and parkerized surfaces with no ill effects on either. These have been mostly small militaria items such as weapons accessories (tools, parts, cleaning accessories, etc) or individual equipment like tent pegs, etc. I have used it on an antique double barrel shotgun that belonged to my grandfather that is framed and displayed over my fireplace. (This is a gun that is not shot or handled any more, though.) On my "working" firearms (which I shoot regularly) I don't use the Renn Wax mostly because it's not economical
  13. Unfortunately, no. I don't know where to get Renaissance Wax at less than the killer prices that everybody seems to charge for it. On the other hand, a very small amount goes a very long way. I've only managed to use two small, 230 ml cans in about 25 years (and I still have a little left in the second can). When you go to use it, use only 1/2 to 1/4 as much as you think you will need on any given surface. I think you might be surprised at just how little is needed to get complete coverage on hard surfaces. Basically, you should not be able to see the wax after you apply it. A thin c
  14. Micro-crystalline wax (Renn Wax or its analog) will provide an air-resistant barrier between the metal and the atmosphere and slow down / limit / prohibit future corrosion. Unlike oils, it will not migrate from the surface you put it on to the surrounding materials (like cloth or leather - although it's a good surface coating for hardened leather, too). Even if you get a small amount on surrounding cloth, it dries clear without causing any discoloration. I've had some success with regular paste wax, but it's not as durable, has a slight yellow cast, doesn't dry as completely, and is n
  15. I think in its hand-held mode, the thing was also called a "snooper scope." It's use on the M3 carbine made pretty good sense when you consider that the scope's effective range was in the sub-100 yard range. It makes an interesting contrast, though, with the German "Vampir" night sight which looks remarkably similar but was mounted on the MP-44 and MG-42. The Germans fielded an entire IR capable "night fighting" task force with IR search lights for general battle field illum, IR sights for halftrack drivers, and an IR equipped Panther tank. All of this came in the last months of the war
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