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Johan Willaert

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Parachute, Troop Type, T-5

 

Normandy Jumped, made by Reliance in July 1943.

Chest pack is marked to 501PIR

 

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The jump jacket underneath the harness was worn by Daniel J MURPHY, S2 Section / HQ / 501 Parachute Inf Regt.


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Parka, Reversible, Ski, Fur Trimmed and Jacket, Field, OD, Arctic

 

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Another parka: Overcoat, Parka-Type, Reversible, with Pile Liner

 

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From the Belgian Ardennes, sadly the liner is missing...


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Johan,

 

A truely outstanding collection. Some very rare items indeed. I assume most of your items were obtained years ago before US gear became the big thing.

 

Rich


Collector of Fixed bail M1 Helmets

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"The dreams of Empire lure the hearts of Kings - and so men die" Burma, 1944

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Amazing collection!!! :w00t:

 

Thank you for sharing!!!!

 

Regards,

 

Ricardo.


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I assume most of your items were obtained years ago before US gear became the big thing.

 

Thanks for the comments...

 

Yes, a lot of the high-speed items were acquired in pre-SPR and BoB days.... although there are still nice things to find if you're patient and spend considerable time scrolling around...

 

I remember the days when dealers were generally laughing when I asked them if they had something US..... Back then, if you didn't collect German things, you weren't a real collector...

How things have changed...

 

Stay tuned, there's more to come....


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Hi Johan, can't wait to see more!!

 

Fantastic collection, a lot of rare stuff from battlefield. Your collection of 29th jackets is outdtanding!!

 

Yannick


In memory of S/Sgt Sherwood H. Hallman (PA) F co, 175th Rgt, 29th division, BSM, PH w/olc (wounded in action june 8th in Normandy), MEDAL OF HONOR for action at Ilioc farm, Plouzané Sept 11 1944, KIA near Fort Keranroux, Brest Sept 14 1944. His son Sherwood Hallman II wearing the Medal. All my love to my adoptive family in Pennsylvania USA and to all my veteran friends.
You're the best!
29 LET'S GO!



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Great items, Johan !

Superb collection :thumbsup:


" You can manufacture weapons and you can purchase ammunition,

But you can't buy valor and you can't pull heroes off an assembly line ".

 

-Sergeant John B. Ellery-

U.S. 1st Infantry Division

 

Hang Tough my friend!

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Thanks again!

 

Here's a note signed by Capt Berra, S2-S3, 2/41AIR/2AD stating a Belgian citizen is attached to the unit in September 1944...

Berra would be KIA a couple of weeks later

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2AD ID'd Purple Heart Grouping

Thomas L PRINCE, ASN34841892, 67th Armored Reconnaissance Company, 67th Armored Regt/2Armored Division (Hell on Wheels).

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29ID Hellengreen Grouping

Delos Frank Hellengreen ASN 16052297, served with the AAF in Britain, Transferred to the 227th Field Artillery Battalion/29th Infantry Division, with which he participates in all campaigns. WIA in March 1945 he is attached to Reconnaissance Company/66th Armored Regt/2nd Armored Division.
Transfers homs with the 5AD....

Grouping includes:

-Pay Record
-Driver's Permit
-St Lo Certificate
-Honorable Discharge Papers
etc....

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2nd Armored Division Map of Belgium

 

Map used in 1944 by Maj AIKEN, Division Maintenance Officer 2nd Armored Division.

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2nd Armored Division IKE Jackets

67th Armored Regt / 2 Armored Division

IKE Jacket worn by Leo KASTL (Anti Tank Platoon / HQ / 41st Armored Infantry Regt / 2AD)

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