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  1. What type of unit would have the letters DR instead of numbers on an Armor patch?
  2. Looks like you are a newbie. At least I do not remember seeing other posts from you. I have seen Sabre, and he is DEFINITELY anti this type of thing. You have to look at the ENTIRE message one posts. By putting this icon at the end, :thumbdown: Sabre was stating "this stinks!" Luis Ramos
  3. flyer333555

    what is it?

    Ikar, Your question of the Army using an insignia like the German Iron Cross for the Marksmanship Badge sounds like "since the German Army used the red color for their artillery soldiers or Gold/Yellow for cavalry, the United States Army should not use red for artillery or yellow/gold for cavalry either." This just does not happen. In some cases, these decisions are made independently then get established as tradition. In other cases, as has been stated, one nation adopts something because it is seen by another as a trend, then gets established. Another example. All armies, all over the world, have adopted the hand salute to their superiors. Can you imagine someone in the US Army stating "soldiers will not salute their superiors using the hand salute because it has been used by Nazi Germany, the Soviet Army, and the dictators around the world?" No, I guess it will never happen... Luis R.
  4. So the point of this thread is that the US Army soldier does not really wear all that stuff when he goes out? That he actually dresses up for the mission, instead of carrying all gear ever issued, plus a few hand-held nuclears for good measure? :think: Sacre Bleu the earth is shaking! :w00t: Sorry guys for the sarcasm, but the picture of the 19-year-old is funny as hell! Thanks for posting... Luis Ramos...
  5. Basically it was... What was available in the warehouse. A National Guard would report with what they had in the armory. Draftees show up, are issued and start training with what was in the camp. A shipment of new stuff arrives, it goes to the next guys. When these draftees show up at the Ports of Embarkation, such as Camp Shanks in Orangeburg and Camp Upton on Suffolk County, both in New York, they were issued whatever they did not have. Inb some cases, a unit that was already earmarked for a specific mission and given priority might get supplies and equipment issue than another one that is not up to par but may have been there longer. There was an online book of a self-propelled artillery unit. I forgot the designation. They trained in the US, got shipped to Scotland. They trained with cannons borrowed from other units. Then moved down from Scotland to the port they were to sail for Normandy on D+20. It was not until D+15 they got their assigned self-propelled guns, new from the US. My father's unit, the 762nd AAA Gun Battalion, was formed on Panama from the deactivated 72nd, 73rd, and 82nd Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft Artillery) regiments. The unit would have used what the coast artillery antiaircraft gun battalions had used. Probably 3-inch AA guns, since the newer 90mm AA guns may have been sent to the Pacific and to other AA units that were being formed and shipped to Europe. Or they may have received 90 mm AA guns, if the Panama contingent had received them before the inactivation. Then this unit, along with the 891st AAA Gun Battalion were shipped back to the US September 44. They were instructed to leave their guns behind but take their prime movers (gun tractors) with them. They eventually arrived at Los Angeles, Burbank, and San Diego, all part of the Los Angeles Air Defense Region. Where they got 90 mm AA guns. It was what was available. In some cases as an emergency measure. In others because of design. At Corregidor, one of the batteries of the 60th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft Artillery), Battery Erie, was sent to Bataan to help defend Clark Field against the Japanese attack. This battery was a searchlight battery. The searchlight batteries had a primitive radar, the SCR 261, and sound locators. When the forces in Bataan were to be surrendered, this battery returned to Corregidor without equipment. Their only radar was lost. So were their 60-inch searchlights. So one section received 30-inch Navy searchlights as replacement. The rest was assigned to the site of a mortar battery that was not manned as there were no soldiers for it at the time. These soldiers had never been trained to fire guns. Had never done so. Their commander, however, had received training and fired several different coast artillery weapons. You gussed it. He asked permission and received it to train his soldiers on firing mortars! They did so... Take care, Luis R.
  6. Kph- Lack of grafiti is not necessarily an indication of accessiblity. It may be one of the indicators, though... As a member of the Army Ground Forces Association, I once went inside the mortar batter at Sandy Hook/Fort Hancock. We needed lanterns. Lanterns, mind you, as the lack of light in these batteries make them very dark. So dark that you may as well be 200 hundred feet underground, and flashlights do not help. Yep, there was grafiti. These so-called "artists" will stop for nothing! Luis R.
  7. I just saw two Youtubes on a 3-d printer that prints on resin. You can even have moving parts! How soon will we see insignias and other stuff duplicated on this printer? :think: For historians, interpretewrs, :thumbsup: For collectors, though, it will be, :thumbdown: See the following links: and here. Take care, Luis R.
  8. Very nice. You recognize the purpose of the unit by the position of the aircraft. Like the idea of the airplane shape, not needed are extra details, such as the airplane's engines. Very beautiful. And the eagle underneath, reminder of the Air Force attack posture. Thanks for sharing. Luis R. :thumbsup:
  9. Brian- Not all drawings showing chains show these chains. Only one of them, the drawing labelled "Escort Wagon Team Harness" only the lead horses would have a set of chains as pictured, doubling back to the harness. The back horse has a hook at the end. :think: Sharp pickup! :thumbsup: Luis R.
  10. Sabre- Am I mistaken in that photo? Is it Patton the Lt Gen to the right of the photo (or to the left of the viewer). The other general with the Service cap seems to me is wearing wings on his chest. Enlarge the view. I may be wrong, and Air Force generals may have had helmets to wear, but I have never seen photos of Air Force generals using helmets... Maybe the reason all other generals are wearing helmets in this photo is that these are Infantry or Armored generals, with the exception of Ike and an Air Corps general, one who wore no helmets per custom, the other because he had none. But if so, why just one Air Force general and so many front-line generals...? Interesting... Luis R. :think:
  11. Sabre- One of the generals in the photo you posted, the one in the middle with the Service cap, seems to be Ike. I seem to remember a thread in this forum, where it stated Eisenhower never wore helmets, not even in the front. As the reason given, it seemed he stated he felt the helmet was more of a headgear for the front-line soldier and not for generals. I may have botched the reason given. As I said, it was a thread at least three months old. And no, I am not feeling up to search that old thread... It does not explain why the other general is wearing the Service cap as well, or who was it. Could it be one of Ike's staff? And Ike's habits rubbed off in him? Nice photo, are these generals identified somewhere? Take care, Luis R.
  12. P- In what scene do you refer that G. Scott is wearing the fiberglass prop? In the scene that Sabre copied in the field, it looks like the actor wears a real M1 shell and liner. In the other scene, of G. Scott addressing the troops, it seems to me he wears a liner. It seems to me that a propmaster would not make a fiberglass prop of a shell, since one would be as light as the other. Luis R.
  13. So, let me guess... :think: The "the interlocked TM ... at the top" is not "TM" but TA-DA! Big fanfare, whistles, and bells here, MIT! They are cool, good finds... Luis R.
  14. :think: Not really, if the flag is hung with the canton at the top and the stripes horizontal, then the stars would still be askew. One point to a side, two opposing points to the other side but no point up. Try it yourself-twist your head into a position that makes it look as if the flag is hanging as you describe. I say it is an error. :thumbdown: Luis R.
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