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Yes, I have the 1941 and 43 copy of AR600-35 and the 41 and 44 copy of AR600-40 with all changes for all 4. This is the manuals that describe the uniforms, how to wear them and what is authorized to be worn on them.

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I really wanted that shirt! I'm glad you got it though. I bought this off Ebay a couple weeks ago. Just now
getting around to posting it. Card shows the main building of the Headquarters of the Tank Destroyers,
Camp Hood, Texas. Card was mailed in Temple, TX in 1943. 7-19-1943 to Los Angeles

Card reads:
"Dear Mother, We've had a fine week and had such a nice visit with Bob. He looks well and enjoying the
radio school. He will finish the first part of August. It has been hot but we must expect that in Texas. Yes,
Bob received(??) the dollars you sent and says another thanks. "

EDIT: Picture is lost

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Thanks! I saw the bag on Ebay but didn't bid.

Anyone know how many postcards make up

the TD series? I know of five designs so far.

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Look in the MISC/UNKNOWN section for a couple more photo's of this flag. I attended one of this groups reunions a few years back. I set up a display of some of my 36th ID stuff there. Great guys to talk to.

 

 

Nice! Do you have the flag in your collection or just a photo of it?

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Here are a few scans of a TD postcard that just arrived!!
Enjoy!!

EDIT: Front of post card is lost but was able to recover back of post card

 

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This was sold to me out of a grouping. It's interesting to note the card was
obtained at Camp Atterbury, Indiana instead of Ft. Knox where it was mailed.

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I've found the majority of them on Ebay. The last one was purchased

on Wehrmacht-Awards.com. I asked the seller to sell the card

separately, which he agreed to do. I have one more coming in the mail!!

I'm feeling a post card obsession coming to life!!!

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I got watching a Judy Garland movie tonight and the soldier accompanying her was wearing

the 4-wheel TD patch!! I about fell out of my chair!!

 

Movie info:

 

The Clock

 

MGM, 1945 (BW, 90 minutes, Production No. 1331)

 

A soldier on a two-day pass in New York meets a girl under the clock at Penn Station, and while it ticks away 48 hours he becomes well acquainted with her and the city. Touring the city together they fall in love and both want to get married, but are hesitant with the realization that they scarcely know each other and will face a long damaging separation when he goes overseas. A chance meeting with a friendly milkman and his family helps them come to a decision.

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That is why I don't trust Wikipedia and similar too much; too many errors and downright "bs" in them sometimes.

 

TD patches can be found on PTO dress jackets although I can't recall seeing the patch on combat uniforms.

Since PTO is not my cup of tea, I can't really tell.

But it seems to me that in the PTO not a lot of patches were worn by combat troops?

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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The Tank Destroyer patch is an authorized patch in use from 9/42 until 10/46. It was only used in the ETO. There are many other patches that are made and worn however that are unauthorized.

 

Craig---I seem to remember, in the1979-1981 era, that qualified TOW master gunners were authorized to wear a subdued version of the TD patch as a Pocket patch on their fatigues---probably the only nice feature of the crappy uniforms of that period; non-starched, perma pressed, zipper fly and dorky baseball hat.

 

SF, Al

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"When in doubt, Go cyclical"

 

For more information on

"In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923"

"Let's Go! The History of the 29th Infantry Division"

"To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War 1916-1918 Volumes 1 and 2"

"Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces"

"Forgotten Soldiers of WWI: America's Immigrant Doughboys"

"Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War"

go to

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexanderf.barnes

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I'm sure they have been used off and on since WW2 for various units. The book AUTHORIZED SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA 2005 by Chris Aleck records only the periods an insignia was authorized for wear. Any other usage was as an unauthorized insignia. There have been some posted here that were used in Iraq recently.

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