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On 4/18/2020 at 3:14 AM, Burning Hazard said:

Armored Liners

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 Hello,

Do you know were this photo was taken?

"Semper in hostes" - 66th armored regiment - 2nd armored division

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Major General Lunsford Errett Oliver, commander of the 5th Armored Division during most of the war wears a camo pot it seems, also seems to mimic the pre early war fashion of wearing dark colored cloth discs on garrison caps by some officers right.

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Three Crewman of a winter painted M8 Armored Car wearing the British Tanker Helmet, one, the one bounding up on the vehicle on the right seems to wear his with a camouflage net  Western Germany February 1945, unit unknown.

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Going with my preference to post Informal Portraits of men wearing helmets, let me add this one, one William Orme, Arkansas,, I guess on a transport out of NYC or still dockside, the markings probably are some kind of control codes/markings from the New York Port of Embarkation.  Orme, Infantry, was on his his way to England, here he will be assigned Co H 175th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division, D-Day to VE-Day. Photo sometime in early April 44 would be my guess (says he was in his unit two months before D-Day). I,m not sure if every man that was on a troopship had their helmets marked like this or only men who were selected as guides (If that's the correct term), rank not withstanding.

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On 4/15/2020 at 8:33 PM, Alex Boban said:

Here's one of my favorite. I didn't save the caption unfortunately, but if memory serves, this photograph was taken in Italy in May 1944, minutes after their tank was destroyed.

 

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Crew safe! Their tank knocked out near Cisterna in the opening phase of the beachhead battle, this American tank crew returned to safety after a hazardous trip through no man’s land. Relaxing after their tight squeeze are Pvt. Floyd W. Shelton, Wichita, Kansas, lighting cigarette of Pvt. Vassar Nance, Leahville, Arkansas, and (standing left) Pvt. Donald Jones, Dexter, New York, and Cpl. Earl L. Larson, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cisterna, Italy. 24 May 1944

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the color photo with the armored insignia, the man on the left is then-Brigadier General Maurice Rose.  Rose was the Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Armored Division, and became the Division Commander of the 3rd Armored Division.  He is often called "the best WWII general that you have never heard of."  He was killed in 1945, just weeks before the war's end.

 

I can't quite make out the number on the armored division markings.  I know the 3AD had paper "decals" that were glued/varnished onto the helmets and look like the ones shown, but I don't know if 2AD did.  I also don't know if Rose assumed command of the 3AD as a Brigadier General, or if he was promoted to Major General after he assumed command.

 

No matter - great photo!  Thanks for sharing it.

 

Steve

Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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On 4/15/2020 at 7:59 PM, Burning Hazard said:

One of my favorite shots showing both helmets in use.

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Really like this pic

-Gene

 

“The English fight for Honor, the French for Glory, but the Americans fight for Souvenirs!"

 

Roy S. Durstine, 1918

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8 hours ago, Steve B. said:

In the color photo with the armored insignia, the man on the left is then-Brigadier General Maurice Rose.  Rose was the Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Armored Division, and became the Division Commander of the 3rd Armored Division.  He is often called "the best WWII general that you have never heard of."  He was killed in 1945, just weeks before the war's end.

 

I can't quite make out the number on the armored division markings.  I know the 3AD had paper "decals" that were glued/varnished onto the helmets and look like the ones shown, but I don't know if 2AD did.  I also don't know if Rose assumed command of the 3AD as a Brigadier General, or if he was promoted to Major General after he assumed command.

 

No matter - great photo!  Thanks for sharing it.

 

Steve

Here he is as a Major General with the 3rd ID spearhead paper decal

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Here are men at his funeral wearing the same 3rd AD Spearhead decals.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here he is as a Major General with the 3rd ID spearhead paper decal

Thanks!  I have seen both of those photos before, but the color photo shown earlier was new to me.  

 

He was a great man.

Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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