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Discussion in 'WWII' started by V.C. Brunswick, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Complete Vietnam ERDL uniform named to an Air Force 1st Lieutenant. Hat and pants dated 1968, coat dated 1969

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  3. Restoring a Czechoslovak vz.32 helmet (Pattern 1932) Black painted helmets (also German and Soviet) was used after the war for Civil Defence and by firemen, different leather chinstrap and liner pads was used and smaller saddle rivets. I removed it all, bought replica of the prewar ones, only used content of the pads (horsehair). Then I sanded paint to bare metal and applied khaki matt lacquer (there's no RAl equivalent). The lacquer was cured by single 500W photo bulb for ca 30 mins.
     

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  4. Big J

    Big J Call Me a Cab

    @Brunswick, that's a great set of ERDL! And they look almost unworn. I wonder if the owner got them in anticipation of being a Ground FAC, but never got the chance? Nice item to have in a collection.
     
  5. Czechoslovak 1925 Vz.24 bayonet and Czechoslovak 1942 made scabbard in postwar yugo hanger. Surface finish also made by yugos.
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  6. Bugguy

    Bugguy One of the Regulars

    Here's one you won't see too often... AA 82nd Airborne 325th Glider Regimen. I can't imagine a controlled crash landing behind the lines in a wooden and canvas box with wings.

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  7. Bugguy

    Bugguy One of the Regulars

    This was "liberated" by the glider guy above (my dad) along with a clean P-38. Hitler Youth Knife with motto: "Blood and Honor".

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  8. I think the original manufacturer still makes that knife minus the HJ insignia and blade inscription.
     
  9. Bugguy

    Bugguy One of the Regulars

    I never asked him the history behind his getting the knife. There are a lot of them in the marketplace. Almost like mugging a 16yo for his knife. Would a soldier of age actually carry this?
     
  10. More likely that the soldier had been a member of the Hitler Youth before the war and had kept the knife. Also most young men in Germany would have been conscripted into the Wehrmacht at age 20 which meant they would have still been in the HJ a year or two before. There was also an SS panzer division called the Hitlerjugend division which were made up mainly of 18-19 year olds recruited from the HJ.
     
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