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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 ove
  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
  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 no
  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 w
  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.
  15. Tsellati and Capa- The problem is, as I understand, that the OP is implying those sweepers never got to keep their Lugers and P .38s... All they got was the receipt and the sweeping job. Shame! :thumbdown: Luis R.
  16. I have never owned one, but I am thinking that it lost pressure either an obstruction in the pipe or the gasket in the tank cannot hold the pressure. Luis R.
  17. Cannot tell you if these sites have the exact document you are looking for. However they do offer repro docs. Even if they do not, why don't you write to them asking to buy the one you want, and whether they can makre it on a one-shot basis? History Bunker link. 9th Infantry Division online store links here. WW2 RAF link here. Sentimental Journey link here. Luis Ramos
  18. Nice group. And to the person who posted her info as well. It is always nice to connect faces with items. Luis R.
  19. Not intending to hijack this thread... And it still does not compare to any of the posted here. Once when I was in the Civil Air Patrol at an airshow a jet pilot, his airplane was an old ex-US Navy fighter of the late '50s decided to move on his own power around the apron in front of a hangar where there were about ten single-engine high-wing propeller airplanes parked in front. Some were our CAP planes. Instead of staying away in the taxiway, he decided to make a right turn towards the hangar, then a left turn between those propeller airplanes and the hangar, then a left as if he had
  20. My father's service coat was that way, all buttons attached with split rings. He served 1943-1946, H&HQ Battery, 762nd Anti Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. Panama, Los Angeles Air Defense Region. Burbank, Inglewood, and San Diego, CA. When I was a Civil Air Patrol volunteer, I had an USAF service coat where the pocket buttons only were attached with what appeared to be cotter pins. Other buttons were sewn-on. Luis Ramos
  21. As a Library Teacher, I can say there are some resources available through the Internet that, if the Internet were not available, some libraries would not have access to. Take, for instance, Proquest. This resource allows access to about a hundred journals, among these, Civil War History, Military History, and War in History, journals that I have never seen in print after working almost 20 years in college and school libraries. There are some other online databases-available through the Internet-as well. These are used to produce print journals for those academic libraries then are
  22. How much would Donald's coat and hat bring? Thanks for sharing... :thumbsup: Luis R.
  23. My father's battalion was reassigned to a shi**y area of Louisianna because of Coke! It's true... Well, in reality, the story as he relates is that his unit, the 762nd AAA Gun Battalion arrived from Panama in October of 1944 through the LA Port of Embarkation along with the 891st AAA Gun Battalion. Both units were drafted Puerto Rican enlisted, mostly Continental officers. He stated they were assigned a nice area in the camp, near the PX. There was a cooler with free Coke, and soldiers were expected to grab one per. However, Puerto Ricans grabbed six or seven per at a time. So as a result
  24. The Wikipedia is hardly credible as a source! :thumbdown: Anyone can post in it, so it is laughable that you, a moderator, of any other source, chose to quote the Wikipedia. When I do use Wikipedia articles, I see if they are backed by quotes from NARA and other more reputable sources. :think: Now having stated that, I do believe your article is highly questionable. In other words, I highly doubt that airplane was over the United States. Overall, Germany had problems with airplanes that were supposed to fly long distances. Remember the HE 177. :ermm: Luis R.
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