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  1. This is a brassard that is on the uniform of an ambulance driver, he served after the Armistice until the end of the war. His driver's license states he is allowed to travel anywhere in the area of the Third Army and I assume that the brassard would be a similar pass. There never is any way to be 100% sure that a grouping has not been tampered with and until I can ID the meaning of this arm band, it is suspect.
  2. Having seen a number of the photos with pigeons with cameras strapped to them, I seriously doubt that they were ever used during WWI. I do know that a photo was taken from a pigeon before airplanes were around, but the chance that a photo would be of any value from such a device is slight, and this type of camera could only take a single photo, as there was no auto winding mechanism. But the biggest problem I see with the cameras show is negative effect they would have on CG, with that much weight so far forward, it is unlikely the bird could fly at all. Having said that, this is an outsta
  3. This photo can not have been taken before 1917, the cars are the newer model of Ford Ts that had the shroud over the radiator. The bodies are some of the earliest used on the Model T and were built by the Babcock company. Best Gus
  4. What about airbags, roll bar and ABS brakes? I have had some experience analyzing data from seat belt use and accidents, and from that I found that people who wear seat belts are more likely to be in an accident.
  5. For those interested in the ambulance project, a similar thread is on gunboards at this address http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?278681-M1917-Ford-Model-T-ambulance-replica Or on Pickelhaubes.com at this address http://pickelhaubes.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7452 I am currently finishing up a draft on a book about a Evacuation Ambulance Mechanic in WWI.
  6. The rear axle is correct, and the body handles are worth something, but that is about it
  7. Yeah, I noticed the photos do not show up anymore, it is odd, when I edited the post, thinking I had put in the wrong link, the photo showed up in the edit page.
  8. Just for fun I thought I would build a second M1917 ambulance. I have a second chassis that is not running and figured that for a static display, I do not need it to be able to run. I removed the body from my running chassis and mounted it on the non running one, and now will build another. The old body has been over about 3,000 miles since I finished it, and in the weather for more than two years, and has the original look of been there done that.
  9. The military did use CJs I have seen a CJ3 and a CJ3B with Navy plates on the dash. There are too many CJ2s that have been made up to look like GPWs or MBs, but that is like painting a Cessna 150 to look like a Mustang, it only works for hollywood and their followers.
  10. That may well be, but in the photo, it appears that the flag is being used as a table cover, and there is much more than insignia on it, there are many who would find this disrespectfull. I often use an American flag in displays, but I always suspend it int he dorrect manner behind the artifacts with nothing on the flag. Best Gus
  11. The American flag makes a nice lookiing back drop, but using the flag in this was in akin to burning it, and shows a level af disrespect. I am not trying to be a flag snob, just making an observation.
  12. There is a very logical reason that his father had two 1917 revolvers, he must have liked that model, it was probably what he was issued, but I would strongly doubt that either of these were issued to him, but bought after the war, probably in the 50s.
  13. If the POWs are escorted by a guard, then it would not be parole, but when the are allowed to leave with out escort, I would think that it would have to be considered parole. My mother tells of picking up prisoners to work on her father's ranch in Oregon, she said that she did not think about it then, but now thinking about a 15 year old girl picking up three enemy soldiers seems a bit odd. Here in Idaho, I understand most of the work details were escorted by an armed guard, in one case, an American soldier gave his rifle to a German POW to guard the others while he took a nap.
  14. German and Italian POWs were granted parole during WWII in the western US to work in the fields, they were paid for their work the same as other workers, but they were paid in camp script. I do not know of any violating their parole. At the same time, a couple of German POWs escaped from the Rupert POW camp, but when they heard the coyotes howling, they turned themselves into the camp as they thought they were wolves.
  15. I recently acquire two tires for the rear axle of a Liberty, now all I have to do is find the rest.
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