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Outstanding Knives Collection you have got a great Variation of the different Types & Variations Manaf !

That sure is an impressive Collection you have got there and Well Done :thumbsup:

 

Look forward to seen your M1 E.T.O Helmet Collection also !

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And now a small taste of my display cabinets. Starting with the first one. I have tried to mix collector grade pieces with artefacts found on the battlefield.

 

Starting with D-Day USN/USCG display.

 

That helmet with the painted grey band still has a mosquitoes net stucked under the liner web. Name of the owner and following numbers and letters penciled on the leather of the sweat-band could tend toward a navy construction batallion.

 

USCG officer dog tags and medals are from the same grouping.

 

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That particuliar USN helmet was found by a fellow collector in a norman house (he now regret to have selled it to me !). Name penciled on Hawley liner is the same as the USN dog tag that were owned by an amphibious unit sailor.

 

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79th infantry division display. Helmet with the typical net used in Normandy. Various artefacts found on that unit battlefied : scout pocket knife, a 1942 penny, shell fragment etc. Helmet, letters, division newspapers and other stuff not shown from the same owner. Under the helmet a 1944 edition of the Haye du puits map.

 

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80th infantry division display. Helmet with two tones net has been hit by a shell fragment. garrison cap has owner and unit markings inside of it. (319th IR). .50 bullet and 30.06 case were not found in Normandy but in the 80th Lorraine battlefield. Rifle case was found 10 meters from Pont à Mousson monument remembering death of a general of that division.

 

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That 3rd division helmet was found in the Vosges. Next to it there is a bible owned by a regular army dogface soldier that was in the Audie Murphy company. Grouping in front from a 3rd ID GI wounded at Anzio.

 

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442nd RCT (Nissei) display. Map is a 1944 edition showing the small village of bruyères. Case and bullets are coming from the area of the 36th ID lost battalion area.

 

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A small army air force display. Insignia painted on that M5 is not yet formally identified, but could be a B24 anti-submarine naval squadron operating in northern ETO late 1944.

 

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Army air forces. A M3 flack helmet. All other pieces are coming from a glider towing C47 radio that took part in the Normandy and southern France invasion, Market-garden and germany airborne operations. His personnal notebook and his Ike jacket (not shown) are certainly the most interesting parts. On the right side of the picture a Waco glider compass (dated 1944).

 

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5th infantry division display. Helmet and liner found in eastern France near the german border. Previous owner was a captain in command of an artillery battery of the 50th FAB. Booklet printed in Metz in 1944 before end of war.

 

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Free french colonial unit M1 helmet found in the Vosges area (eastern France). A rusty relic that deserve a better place on my shelves. In front of it a armor piercing APDS 57mm shell found in Normandy. (a rare ammunition then). The two tiscarted sabots were found near it.

 

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An american NCO helmet again found in the Vosges (7th army area). Pretty rusty again and top pierced, but still a great battlefield artefact.

 

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Some additions before posting my other cabinet display.

 

A 3rd division relic found in southern France. Liner must have been a Hawley as there are still part of it's outer component stuck in the inside rust.

 

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A BRO liner with early rayon webbing and fixed chinstrap that was found in the attic of a norman house. Right to it a spliter from the belt of a naval shell, found behind Omaha beach.

 

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