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  1. Absolutely fake. Only a medic helping to milk a goat would wear... oh, nevermind...
  2. Oof, ok. I didn’t realize that quip was rooted in reality. Sorry to see that.
  3. Really great topic, thank you for posting it. That second photo (LCT) looks like 101st Airborne guys. Many of them are wearing gas brassards, but there is a soldier - sort of top-left in the photo (with waterproof bag on chest) - with a 101st SSI visible. Here are two more pictures, from med-dept.com, showing medics with unpainted helmets. Though the phrase was used in reference to SS helmets, I think it applies here as well: “For every SS helmet issued during WWII, only five still exist”. While somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the sentiment is obviously that th
  4. I am not Doyler, but the tip is to do nothing. Keep it in a low-humidity environment (40% or less), and it will be fine. No oil, no wax, no nothing. Guys get the urge to do stuff to helmets like this, and end up destroying what value is left.
  5. It looks like the safety pins are built into the underlying metal tabs. There also seems to be adhesive holding the ribbons in place. I agree, foreign / custom made.
  6. The horizontal lozenge (diamond) is of the 1st MARDIV. The vertical lozenge is the 3rd MARDIV. As with anything USMC seemingly, folks want to debate that. However, that is what’s in respected reference - and, I would add, if the adoption of the Unit Numerical Identification System was to withhold unit identities from the enemy whilst in the field, why would you make the geometric shape their SSI? Anyhoot, I have some doubts about this UNIS marking, for a number of reasons - not the least of which is that “F-2-2” would indeed be the 2nd Marine Regiment, which was part of the 2nd
  7. One of the things to consider, is that this is not technically a “signed” flag. All of the writing, including the names, is printed by the same hand. I have seen this most commonly in the case of flags made during occupation, a tribute flag, or one done for a reunion. It does not present to me as a ‘capture flag’, but rather something done later.
  8. LOL... Ok Dean. Seriously, it’s whatever makes you happy - like it should be for everyone. Your bias is obvious, if just by virtue of you not mentioning that the “thousands” of slitted cover photos are also “low Rez”. Again, you have your lens, and I have mine, but I couldn’t just ‘take a powder’ while you imply that no-slit covers may not be WWII. That is (at best) an indefensible position. There are far more than 1 or 2 references to the contrary.
  9. Yeah, I figured the ol’ clock on the wall indicated it was time for somebody to ‘slitt-ify’ this topic. While Dean has some knowledge on USMC bits, so do many others, and I disagree with his assessment on cover patterns. The published works on the topic of WWII USMC camouflage helmet covers, and cited documentation, states that covers with NO slits came FIRST. Then, the cover with 16 buttonholes on the dome were 2nd, followed by the 3rd pattern with buttonholes added to each flap. This is on pps 46-47 of the “bible” on WWII USMC equipment, “Grunt Gear”; I would pa
  10. That’s not a functioning link Bill. It looks like you just copied the topic name.
  11. You could search “illegal to buy medal” on the forum, and it’ll pop right up.
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