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  1. I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules with this inquiry, and that it is in the right section About 10 years ago I purchased, on consignment from (I believe) a dealer in the Midwest (Kansas City?) about 30-40 WWII unit histories (various Divisional, Regimental, and Battalion studies) that were part of a large collection they were selling on consignment. All hat I bought were ETO focused (covering infantry, armored, cavalry and artillery) and were added to my existing collection. For the life of me I can't remember who the dealer was. If anyone might recall please let me know. Regardless, a change interests has led me to seek to sell my collection of WWII books. What I am seeking to sell is approximately 150-200 original unit histories, battalion studies, regimental and division histories, all with a heavy emphasis on the ETO. I have several one-of-a kind volumes that I have never seen duplicates of as well. All of the books I am talking about are pre-1955 published (no reprints) and are first editions, mostly in very good or better condition. I do not want to take the time to sell them individually myself (and am not really keen on a "cents on the dollar" offer for the whole collection) so my question to the dealer community is-- is there anyone who has an interest in selling this collection on consignment? I have not yet cataloged it, but will of course if there is interest. Thank you. Greg
  2. What makes this grouping additionally interesting is what he was awarded the Bronze Star for. After retreating from Mortain, the Germans were eventually completely encircled in the Falaise Gap by August 17, and the 90th Division Artillery (along with tanks and other divisional/independent artillery battalions) literally annihilated those caught there over the next 4 days. During that time Lt. Smith was likely directing part of the fire that rained down on them. Great grouping!
  3. Thanks guys! I may sell the groups here. My honest experience has been that I get a fairly significant amount more $$ on ebay than I would realize here. But I do love this forum!
  4. Guys (sorry if this is in the wrong forum) Can I sell a KIA Purple Heart Accolade document as part of a group on ebay? I know you can't sell hearts. . . and last thing. . . can PH and Silver Star RIBBONS (as part of a ribbon bar) be sold on uniforms on ebay?? Thank you!!
  5. Guys- This one is on a 104th Divsion Ike I have. Appears to be a two piece, and is not marked sterling. It is not like any I've ever seen. Any opinions (theater made, etc.) on this would be appreciated.
  6. This collection is great. Thanks for sharing! In this photo Charles Sumners of the 166th identified theindividuals as follows: (ID's are from "Darkness Visible: Memoirs of a WWII Combat Photographer"): Seated: John Marshall, Kenny Parker, Orville Hallberg, Bud Musae, Fred Mandell, Carlton White, Dick Simon, Billy Newhouse, (Looks like he got Mr. Cummings ID wromg) Center bending: Lt. Gene Moore Standing 1st row: Sammy Senninburg, Harry Downard, Paul Fox, Lou Connell, Red Bryson, Russ Meyer, Lou Dorman, Jim Ryan, unidentified Back Row: Ralph Butterfield, Gene Abrams, Fred Owens, Eve Meyer
  7. Silver Star on Top. Bronze Star with OLC on bottom, followed by PH and EAME with (what looks like) 2 campaign stars. Nice ribbon rack! Do you know what unit he served in? If I was to guess I'd say in-theater, early post war (May-July 1945).
  8. I recently picked up the copy of this pictured below; I also have a version with a couple of pages missing that belonged to a 29th Div. vet. It is a very richly detailed, company by company, 19 page mimeographed account of the activities on June 6, 1944 of the 116th Infantry of the 29th Division. It appears to have been produced either later in the war or very soon after; there is conjecture that it was printed and given to troops of the 116th on their return back to the US. I have scoured the bibliographies of books published about DDay dealing either with Omaha Beach itself or the 29th Division (Ambrose, Balkoski and many others), but have never seen this work referenced. It is also not listed in any of the full bibliographies dealing with WWII (Controvich, Dornbusch and others). Has anyone else ever seen this or have any idea of its rarity? There really is some incredible information contained in it.
  9. Yes, however, you have In N Out Burger. I make a bee line for the one in Westchester every time I land at LAX!
  10. Yes-- that is not seen very often, and as a matter of fact, is not in most published bibliographies! They fought with the 28th, 69th and 106th Divisions. Nice pick-up. Looks softcover-- how many pages?
  11. Siege- Willet H. Anderson Bortell Harry Henson Klein Marvin Perry Harry Piskarski Tissue (all spellings from the unit history) were all awarded Bronze Stars for Okinawa
  12. No-- I do not believe they are vets. Looks to be an unrelated photo of US Volunteers from the 80's-90's. Someone very good on uniforms could pinpoint by the collar brass and striped trousers and eyelet lace-up boots, which were not used during the Civil War. Also, your 56th Pennsylvania guy was part of the 1st Corps, which was shot up badly on the first day near the Railroad cut as part of Lysander Cutler's brigade-- pretty good chance he was wounded there.
  13. Yes-- the group photo is certainly post Civil War-- likely 1880's-90's. Great VRC photos, and yes, these guys were all mustered out of the Regular Service due to wounds or disability. They were, as you point out, originally called the Invalid Corps, but after considerable razzing from fit soldiers, who told them that the abbreviation for the Corps stood for "Inspected, Condemned" (a common inspectors mark during the war), they changed it to the Veteran Reserve Corps.
  14. These were discussed in quite some detail earlier-- link below.. What appears to look like sand on the two I own is actually dirt. Also, FWIW, the two I own (one from the 9th Div DSC winner mentioned in the appended post and one from a 743rd Tank Battalion Tanker) are just the two-line type tags (i.e.3rd type-- no home address or NOK) issued between July 43 and March 44. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/154841-kia-dog-tag-from-normandy/
  15. Great 35th Div. regiment! That is a good one and pretty tough to find. I looked for two years before I got mine but have seen several come up on ebay in the last 6-8 months.
  16. Brave Man. God bless him and all the soldiers over there. He had this to say about what happened: I got hit a total of four times. My helmet cam died and I made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT when we got hit. The rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn’t start the video until a few minutes into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety. A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal. bullet hole in it and was rendered useless. This footage is part of an ongoing documentation of the war in Afghanistan.
  17. Another VERY good combat overview, especially the participant accounts, but does not appear to be part 2, as it does not involve the 84th Division. This one is pretty much a history of the battles around St. Vith during the Bulge. Will Rogers, Jr. (interviewed inside) is the spitting image of his father and was part of the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion
  18. That is really outstanding-- thanks for finding. Great combat footage, great veteran input (love the 84th vet who, when he served, was 35 y.o. German emigre); and narrated by Paul Newman. Would LOVE to see part 2!
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