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There were cases of or at least very strong rumors of Germans shooting Americans who had captured German stuff on them...I knew a guy who was in North Africa / Italy who said he never took many for that reason alone.

Okay, that makes more sense, the way I read that quote from that ETO memoir was that they were executed by their own troops / commanders for wearing that stuff....should've thought through it better, I can see the Germans executing Americans found wearing German insignia or equipment taken from dead or wounded Germans....still not right, but I can see it happening....

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Airmen from the 401st Bomb Group, August 6, 1944

thse guys look like they are a demonstration team. too squred away to be wearing just souveniers. interesting photo. also note the date and id charts behind them.

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A neat photo from a vet that was more than likely in Cannon Company, 16th Infantry Regt. 1st Infantry Div. Looks like this guy has a PAB on his cap, a silver or gold wound badge, and you can barely see it, a Close combat clasp.

 

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Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

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Thanks Paul! Check out my other thread, if you haven't already, for more from this vet's album in the photo section.

 

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Hey Mike. Great photo! You see a lot of photos of GI's holding the bigger souvenirs but its a little tougher finding shots of guys wearing captured German military awards.

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A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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I will go and do that right now! BTW check out Bill Shea's new book The Making of a Collectorholic. It's an amazing book on the souvenirs both big and small that US GI's brought home. He used a bunch of my original photos to illustrate it.

Paul

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