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  1. Thank you for your comments! The soldier in question was a Pfc. Gustav "Gus" Brown (who was at some point in his career in the US 9th ID). I believe he started his career as an artilleryman before "converting" to the infantry. Any information anyone could give me on him would be very appreciated, but unfortunately, it is quite a common name. Thanks!
  2. Dear all, Great idea for a sub-board! This is the pride of my Korean War collection! It’s a small (one-sided) North Korean flag, acquired by a US soldier in Korea some time around 1952 from a liberated village. It’s rather flimsy cotton construction and quite small. I do have the name of the soldier whose find it was, but so far I have failed to find any records which I can confirm as being the same guy (quite a common name). Anyway, here it is! It must have been quite a souvenir for the guy at the time – the North Koreans certainly weren’t exactly giving them away! Best wishes, BP
  3. I know of three rusting "Super Sabre" fuselages (but only one wing!) in Belgium...
  4. Dear all, After running this through with the Mod Rustycanteen, I hope that this will be interesting and informative on a period of both US and Belgian history which is largely unknown anywhere – but above all, relevant to US militaria. For those of you who do not know, Belgium was one of the 21-odd UN countries which sent troops to Korea. At any one time between 1951 and 1953, there were about 900 Belgians in the Korea integrated into a US Infantry Regiment. A small unit from Luxembourg was also part of the unit. Therefore, I hope for the purposes of the forum, they can be considered as for
  5. Hello! I just wondered if anyone has been to this museum in Illinois and, above all, if they have any photos of it to share? Unfortunately, I’m on the other side of the pond, so it’s a bit difficult to nip over and have a look myself! Best wishes, BP
  6. I also did this with an M1 for my Korean War impression. Contrary to what you might think, the burlap covers used in Korea seem to have been quite tightly held to the shell, not loose and baggy like the an Israeli helmet cover. Anyway, it helps if you can find some string and make some broad stiches around about 2 inches from the brim. That way it stays closer to the shape of the helmet. Anyway Baron is absolutely right - wetting it a couple of times after fitting is the key!
  7. This is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/82nd-AIRBORNE-Division-Foreign-Made-BELGIUM-/400102027534?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d27f0710e
  8. Hello! Apologies for what might appear a stupid question. On one of my ebay searches I found a US 82nd Airborne SSI with the tab - instead of reading "Airborne" read "Belgium". I'm absolutely certain that it isn't a Belgian insignia, so is it an official US one of some type? A veterans' association perhaps? I'm a Belgian militaria collector first and foremost so apologies for being so green in the world of US collecting!
  9. Hello, I recently picked up these booklets, which I believe were the property of a US soldier in Korea. Between the four of them, they give a really fascinating insight into the history of the war. Korean Phrasebook 1945 edition. A Pocket Guide to Korea 1950 edition. Fight for America 1952 edition. A very jingoistic pamphlet indeed. Cold Facts for Keeping Warm Hope this is of interest, BP
  10. Thanks for your help! Just out of curiosity, what is the patch in the centre with the mountain? What is the patch with the sea-horse on the right? What is the one between the 2ID patch and French battalion badge? If anyone has another one of these scarfs to compare it with, I'd be really pleased to see it! Thanks again,
  11. Hi, I received this quite recently and have been trying to do a bit of research on it, so far with little luck. As you can see, it displays all (OK - most) of the formation badges of US and UN troops in Korea and Japan during the conflict. Around the edges are the flags of the participant countries (and Japan!) and, judging by the prominent placing of Japan in the middle, it was probably bought there. I believe it belonged to an American nurse (I do have the name). It measures 19'' by 19''. The problem is that, to me at least (and I am far from an expert) it feels like Nylon (or a syntheti
  12. I'm aware of the patch, you're referring to. Indeed, I also believe there is a version on everyone's favorite auction site currently going for big bucks. Bullion or unofficial insignia are common from the Korean War from all UN contingents, not just the US one. The common consensus is that they were made for "returning home" uniforms (or souvenirs). A surprising number of the SSI that you see do not have stitch marks on the back. Here's one of mine, a US 8th Army patch made with bullion thread in Japan. So the consensus is that the Green-edged KMAG patches are the earlier t
  13. Just a quick question from me. I don't have any particular interest in KMAG as a unit, but over the years I've noticed that KMAG patches are unbelievably common. Now that I'm thinking of getting one, I'd like to just ask the question that presents itself: Are there large numbers of repros/fakes of this patch? If so, how do you recognise them? Wikipedia says that KMAG disbanded in December 1950, so I find it unlikely that all these patches could have been produced in such a short time. However, I also don't believe that KMAG has the same appeal to fakers as, say, 101st Airborne.
  14. Excellent! They should link up with the French Bn re-enactors in Normandy for full 2ID impression! BP
  15. Was asked to help on the maker of this buckle, but it's way beyond my lines of interest. He's claiming that it's British made but I have never encountered such a maker's mark. It looks like a wolf's head on a torse between TRADE MARK. Any ideas? Thanks. Rgds, BP
  16. Here's my impression: Sous-lieutenant (junior officer), Belgian United Nations Command (BUNC) in Korea 1952-3. Unfortunately, no arm or boots (!) at present. BP
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