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And some interesting sweetheart pins I've had for some time. Just dug them up from an old box of goodies. Jon.

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I'm curious about the domed TD collar disc.

Didn't know they existed.

 

And those are some really sweet eh sweetheart pins as well.

Sure wish I could find a few like those.

Thanks for posting them.

 

@Jim; update on the TD paperwork?

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Thanks Jim & Erwin.

 

I've seen domed enlisted TD discs a few times over the years.

It's odd because I always understood that domed discs came after WW2 (into the 1950's?) and yet the Tank Destroyers were abolished by then. I guess perhaps some of the manufacturers kept on making them?

 

The sweetheart pins are made of wood. I remember I bought them from someone at the Louisville SOS a number of years ago. I wish I got more. I haven't seen these pop up since.

 

Jon.

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Jon,

 

That domed piece looks to be two pieces. Is it possible someone bent the halftrack to shape?

 

 

Erwin,

 

I might be mistaken but I thought you had a pretty nice group of TD manuals? Was that you?

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656th TD Battalion

 

Activated on 3 April 1943 at Camp Bowie, Texas. Arrived in England in December 1944. Disembarked at Le Havre, France, on 6 February 1945 equipped with M18s. Entered the line near Friesenrath, Germany, on 28 February. Pushed toward Rhine River at Remagen and crossed into bridgehead beginning 7 March. Converted to the M36 late that month. Supported 9th Armored Division sweep to help encircle the Ruhr in early April and then dashed eastward to the Mulde River. Turned south and entered Czechoslovakia near St. Sedlo on 6 May. Attached to: 9th Armored Division; 78th Infantry Division. History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.

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If I can believe the story, this patch was one of many a lady collected during WWII.

She wrote the name of the GI on the backs of the patches and also added a card with the name(s) on it.

I only have one TD patch eventhough there are two names on the card.

Makes me wonder where the second (TD?) patch ended up.

 

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Thought I would show some variations of Tank Destroyer patches for my friend Erwin.

 

If you have others, please feel free to add them.

 

A Camp Hood patch. Sold in PX's.

Here is a 8 and 4 wheeler TD patch, I do not know how common these are but I wanted to add them to the thread.

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I just picked up this book published by the 894th Tank Battalion Association.Only 703 copies printed.Thisv photo is from the dealer Richard Williams at Warrelics.

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Very nice.

This type is still missing in my collection, but wouldn't mind getting a (b)eaten up one like the one you're showing.

Thanks for your post.

 

Because a few months ago, I moved to another location, I got to rebuild my "war room" or collection room.

Here are a few TD displays ...

 

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The TD patch display with overseas caps in front of it.

 

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TD Training Battalion photos.

 

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Small display of identified patches and photo.

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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