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    94th Infantry Division, Trier-Saarland combat actions, Battle of the Hürtgenwald
  1. With the help of a very helpful resident in Pennsylvania I have now contacted Mike's nephew. He is the son of Mike's sister Frances. A strange thing is, last year October I visited Luxembourg Cemetery during the 94th Infantry Division Veterans Tour and I walked by and glanced Mike's grave. Here is a picture of his grave from Find A Grave.
  2. Using a very expensive substance I have started cleaning the helmet. The result is as seen here: The laundry code was not readable at first but now it is clear it says P 8437, different from the one in the liner. I have identified the helmet as belonging to Mike Philiposki who DOI on March 7, 1945. Mike lies buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery. I am currently searching for relatives in Clearfield, Pennsylvania which I know to exist. His grandnephew, John Rusnak, posted a message on the 94th ID message board in 2001 asking for information where and how his great-uncle died
  3. A complete WW2 ID'd M1 helmet of G/302nd IR, 94th Infantry would be my dream. I have two recently dugup 2nd platoon G co. M1's, a swivel and a fixed bail but I would like to have one in normal, used condition. Or a M1938 tanker helmet used by 778th tank batallion would be very nice too.
  4. That is a really cool artifact, can't wait to see the pictures! It has so much more value if you have such a story behind it.
  5. This thread made my day. I am not a reenactor myself, I have several friends who are however. These stories allways crack me up and I fully understand the anger and frustration. I did several displays with WWII gear and I have to say 'Galacticly stupid' is the best to description I have come across in a long time. This one time I was displaying two mannequins at a local show, an American and German one. After a while an strong-bodied young Phillipino looking guy comes walking by, black hair in Steven Seagal style, dressed in a leather jacket. He sees my display and walks straight up to the
  6. In my country it is forbidden to own these replica/airsoft guns. I can fully understand the reason why seeing these examples. These ultra realistic weapons are used in a very large number of robberies committed here. They are however free to own in other countries around us like Belgium and Germany, so they are easy to obtain.
  7. You're right, where are my manners. Here's a few for now: Rear of an M9A1 rifle grenade (Saarburg). 81mm M56 mortar tail (Saarburg). German 12cm mortar tail (Thirimont). Ballistic AP cap for 3" inch shell (Saarburg) and a fuse for a Mk II (Merode, Hürtgen) Believe this is from a green M18 smoke grenade (Saarburg). Half-exploded 75mm HE APC-T (Eindhoven). Fuse for a German M43 stick grenade (Saarburg). .30-06 bullet in a chunk of wood (Remich). Fuse for aircraft bomb, forgot what type (Merode, Hürtgen).
  8. Tough choice. The BAR is my NO. 1 favorite, allthough it has some disadvantages (but hell who cares). The feeling I got when I pulled the trigger for the first time on one at the range was just undescribable. You hear the mechanics working inside and the slow automatic sound it makes expresses absolute power, a beast of a weapon! Second in line for me is the M1917A1 but this is not included in the list.
  9. I've got buckets full of shrapnel/fragments in the garage and in the yard. I don't know where to start :think: . I've come across some unusual fragments or just complete pieces of shells and grenades but most is all the same. Guiding bands, mortar tails, detonator stuff, you name it.
  10. For those who are interested. The same One-Eighty Films is currently making a movie out of William Foley Jr. war time memoire 'Visions from a Foxhole'. I just hope they make something better out of this one.
  11. You are absolutely right, a memory error!
  12. I think 'Jojeux Noël' (Merry Christmas) from 2005 was a very good WW1 movie. I can watch old movies and notice mistakes without to much trouble sometimes it makes me smile, though I have to say the German desert attack in 'Patton' was painfull to watch. Not only the Israeli Super Shermans but how truely studidious and clumsy it looked. Surely, if they were that stupid why did the Germans held out for another two years? Saving Private Ryan was fun to watch, but the cliche errors of too much shots without reloading etc. made me frown when I rewatched it. Furthermore the bridges the 101st
  13. I think willysmb44 and gunbunny hit it right on the spot. I had some hope for this film but after one view I had seen it. Too clean and some obvious mistakes, the terrain didn't really resemble the Sinz/Nennig area. Apart from a few good shots, the bad acting made it a bummer. One remark towards gunbunny: I know of a 94th guy, was with 301st FA who drove a M3 scout car when he got wounded in early march 1945.
  14. This picture is actually not taken on the Kall trail but south of Schevenhütte on November 18th 1944. The location is just north of a hamlet (very aptly named) Bend. This road is called "Zum Backofen" and leads into Schevenhütte from the southwest. The 893rd TD Bat. are moving in the direction of Schevenhütte on this picture.
  15. Thanks for your replies! You were right about it being P 2366 and not 22366. I've allready searched the casualty list but it is incomplete for as far as I know, I own the 94th Division History myself too, it hols no information on rosters or codes. The liner came out without sustaining extra damage, the shell held another number: 58437. This was however not the only item we found. A lot of messtins/lids canteens etc. too. I just spoke to a Domenick Sgobbo on the phone, 85 years old, .30cal gunner and ex-POW. We found the lid of his messtin among others, he was highly excited abou
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