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Croix de Guerre Facts:
*The Croix de Guerre is not France’s highest decoration. That would be the Légion d’honneur, awarded for excellent civil or military conduct. And unlike the Médaille militaire (Military Medal), the Croix de Guerre is only issued for those actually se
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Major Alfred Becker’s Small Assault Gun
It started quietly enough. My pal, Ben ,and I were making a trade. Ben needed some “filler.” I don’t even recall what the rest of the trade was, and it doesn’t matter now. As filler, Ben offered me a small, original German model assault gun. I accept
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The Battle Plan
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Patches!
The Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve conducted a re-patching ceremony to replace the interim 1st Special Forces Group unit patch previously worn in Southwest Asia. The newly-approved patch prominently features black an
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Frontline Auction News
WWII uniforms ranked high in grenadierauctions.com Summer Auction with some of the highest hammer prices in the sale. An exceptional selection of German WWII uniforms attracted bidders worldwide and brought record prices in grenadierauctions.com Summ
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Homefront News
Have you ever considered your own Jeep, deuce, or even a tank? Active Interest Media wants to give you a free digital copy of our sister magazine, Military Vehicles Magazine. To grab your copy, log onto www. MilitaryTrader.com. In the upper right of
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The Jag File
On October 4, 1861, the United States Navy authorized construction of the first ironclad ship, the USS Monitor. Whereas only the most stalwart of US Navy historians or Civil War buffs will recognize the 159th anniversary, the story of the USS Monitor
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Mail Call
In response to your series on how people display and share their collections, I want to submit the following. Together with my sons, Eric and Albert, we collect WWII material. We display part of our collection at reenactments such as the one at The M
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Military Whatizit?
27-9-1. Michael from Kentucky found this patch while cleaning out his grandparents’ attic about 25 years ago. He has never been able to figure out what it is or where it came from. Can anyone help? 27-10-2. Jim wrote on the US Militaria Forum (USM
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Identified
27-8-6. Michael M. Pirnie wrote, “What I know for sure is that these medals, and many similar others, all come from the People’s Republic of China. Some of them seem to commemorate events of the Korean War. Most show evidence of artificial patina cre
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Books In Brief
The Iron Cross 2. Class, by Dietrich Maerz & Mario Alt (ISBN: 978-1-5323-3691-1, B&D Publishing, LLC, POB 652, Richmond, MI 48062 Available from: www.bdpublish.com. Hardcover, 9 ½” x 7”, 600 pages, 2,600 illustrations, nearly all color, 2016, $167.00
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The M8 / M8A1 Scabbard
When the United States adopted the M3 fighting knife, they also adopted the M6 leather sheath to carry the new combat knife in. Despite having been one of the first militaries to adopt cloth field gear in place of leather belts, cartridge cases, etc.
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Scabbard or Sheath?
Not a dumb question — and there is no hard and fast rule about which term to use. “Sheath” derives from Middle English “shethe” and from Old English “sceath” meaning, “a case for a blade (as of a knife).” Today, collectors use the term to refer to a
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Pwh/twb
Founded in 1874, the Pennsylvania Working Home for the Blind was established to give a protected place to work to men who were blinded during the Civil War. The Home’s first superintendant, Hinman Hall, had been blinded by wounds received in the conf
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Relics of Monongahela
By the 1740s, the western edge of the Northern Colonies of Great Britain extended into what is now western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Populated by native people, traders, missionaries, adventurers, and a few white settlers, this was essentially “Indian c
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The Croix de Guerre
Throughout the 19th century, many European nations upheld the long-standing tradition of mentioning acts of bravery in dispatches. Typically, these were an administrative honor with no medal or other significant award accompanying it. Then, during th
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The Battle Plan
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Emblem Of Honor
While it is well-known that military pilots earn their wings, so too do the men and women who jump from aircraft. In the United States military, these are commonly called “Jump Wings,” but officially, the designation is “Parachutist Badge.” It was
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Parachutist Badge Facts
The Basic badge is awarded to any individual who completed the proficiency tests while assigned or attached to an airborne unit, or the Airborne Department of the Infantry School. The Basic badge is also awarded to anyone who participated in at leas
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Favorite Finds
Recently, I was in a nearby town to pick up some gift items at one of the oldest hardware stores in Texas. They still retain their turn-of-the-century shelving, rolling ladders, high ceilings, and a lot of old-style kitchen hardware that is no longer
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Homefront News
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The Jag File
Disclaimer: I am about to write on a topic that stirs the passion in most of you. “It’s horrible,” my partner exclaimed as we paddled our kayaks around one of our favorite north woods lakes, “the entire shoreline has collapsed!” She was correct. A s
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Mail Call
My copy of Delgado’s Deutsche Kriegsmarine — all 503 pages — arrived today (see “Books in Brief,” Military Trader, July 2010, p. 18). What a TREASURE! And the good news? It cost only $101.00 from Amazon.com (shipping included). I have had an interest
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Identified
27-7-1. Tim Bartholow (OMSA’s Treasurer) wrote, “The item is the distinctive insignia of the AAF Air Service Command. The example shown is the second design of the insignia, worn after 1943. The first design had 4 blades on the prop. This one is numb
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A Max Of A Man
With deepest regret, Military Trader must report the passing of LTC (Ret.) Thomas M. Johnson, 82, of Stafford County passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Mary Washington Hospital. LTC Johnson retired from a successful career in the United States
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Collecting AMIDST COVID
To borrow from a 1980s pop music group, it has been a “Cruel Summer.” Military collectible and vehicle shows, reenactments, and other big events were canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It was made worse in July, when the Ohio Valley Milit
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Parachute Rigger Badge
Colonel Thomas R. Cross had recently passed away at the age of 101 on July 3, 2020. He was likely to be the last surviving World War II commander of a Parachute Infantry Battalion. What few know, however, Cross designed the original cloth colored Arm
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How Do You Display?
A member of the Facebook group, “World War I AEF Collectors,” recently asked how others display their uniforms. The discussion covered the use of mannequins, with several people sharing photos of their collection. With the group’s permission, Militar
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