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Johan Willaert

The Liberator Collection

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Well, most of you have seen stuff from my collection all over the board, but I thought it would be better to start a separate topic showing what makes my clock tick....
I've been collecting since 1976 and have always concentrated on WW2 US Army in the ETO objects.
I've always had a special interest in items from the 29ID... Don't ask my why though... I guess it could have something to do with the way ordinary boys from rural 1930's America were called upon to travel thousands of miles to meet their faith on the beaches of Normandy...

I hope you enjoy the items and feel free to post comments, questions and remarks.... And no, normally nothing's for sale...

Cheers,

Johan

To kick off, a Coat, Service, M1926

Company A / 116InfRegt / 29InfDiv (no, not a Bedford Boy)

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M1939 Wool Service Coat, C/175IR/29ID

This prewar jacket was obviously used at the end of WW2, evidenced by the added medal ribbons....

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Lt Fred WHITT, Forward Observer (FO), 283rd Field Artillery Battalion

Although this jacket bears insignia of the 110FA of the 29ID, it was worn by Fred Whitt of the 283FA during the war.

Either he chose to add the 29th insignia for the return to the US, or the jacket was used by another Artillery Officer during or just post WW2....
Jacket has traces of both 7th and 1st Army patches... The 283FA fought all over Europe in 1944-1945 ans was attached to a multiple units amongst which several armies and Divisions, including the 29ID...
Whitt's daughter provided me with copies of his paperwork and a picture.......

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PFC GIBEAULT, Transferred to the 69th ID for return to the USA

Note how the 29th SSI is sewn upside down on the right shoulder so that the blue still faces forward...

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Engineer Special Brigade


M1939 Service Coat

 

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Jacket, Field, OD (M1941)

CC-2 Treated...

 

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ESB Marked M1 Helmet and Liner

 

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5th ESB Jerry Can

This JC served as a roadsign in Normandy.... Its twin brother is in the Omaha Beach Museum...

 

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S/Sgt Nelson HORAN Grouping

S/Sgt Nelson HORAN, ASN33001474, C-Company / 175InfRegt /29InfDivision.
Horan was Wounded in Action (WIA) in Normandy on August 1st, 1944...

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Jacket, Field, OD (M1941) 5th Ranger Bn

Worn by a Ranger in the Heavy Weapons Platoon / E / 5th Ranger Bn.

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Amazing items Johan!

Were you able to obtain photos of the other soldiers who's jackets you have?

 

Thanks Carl,

 

I have some of the GI's of who I have other stuff...


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