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CLOTH INSIGNIA / Re: HS-13 "sub-choppers"
« Last post by degreen60 on July 17, 2019, 11:58:00 AM »
I was one of the 12 enlisted men that put HS-13 in commission. Here is my plank owner patch. I was discharged from the Navy Aug. 23 From HS-13. I think there were only about 5 people left after I was gone. [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
ORDNANCE AND FIREARMS / Re: 1/2 pound block TNT
« Last post by Dnewsom89 on July 12, 2019, 01:33:38 PM »
Any way pray tell did you acquire a case of TNT?  And how did you get the Army to take the stuff from you.  This is a very interesting story.

I live on the former "Battle of the Bulge" battlefield. After the war there was so much "stuff" lying around, you just can't imagine how it must have been. Everybody picked up what ever he needed or thought he might need! People new about the dangers and they new about the risks related to the different items! The only problem was with the kids and young adolescents, many of them lost their limbs or lives playing with dangerous UXOs. So nearly everybody had a few small arms and equipment at home. During the years much was taken up by collectors or museums, people got older and wanted to get rid of the stuff and just called the police to come and take the guns away. But still today you find quite a lot of small arms hidden away on attics or in barns, not as much as thirty years ago, but there is still some stuff left! The EOD department of our army is very proficient when it comes to WWII UXO's because they had and have so much work at hand. There are a even a few ammunition they are the only ones who ever got to defuse live specimen, on many UXO's they wrote the book on how to defuse them. This crate with TNT came from an 90 year old Lady living on her farm, 50 years ago all the farmers were still proficient in the use of explosives. When they had to clear woodland they used dynamite to get rid of the tree stumps, if they could afford to buy teh explosives. So be assured that, after the fighting was over, no farmer walked past a crate of TNT without taking it home!

So, still today, these things are perfectly normal for everybody involved.


You wouldn’t happen to have any photos of the actual tnt blocks themselves would you? Before they were disposed of? And if you don’t mind, could you measure the length of the cardboard tube on one of these? I’d appreciate it!
CLOTH INSIGNIA / 1st Army Chemical Corps
« Last post by Desertrat on July 01, 2019, 01:12:14 PM »
Picked this up off one of my favorite on line sellers, at about half of the going rate..

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HELMETS / Re: A nice FS/FB M-1 in today
« Last post by Mcglaughlin on June 14, 2019, 04:30:35 AM »
It looks fantastic. Great stuff, ScottG. How much does it weigh by the way?
INSIGNIA / Re: RAF Ferry Command
« Last post by Kohima on June 08, 2019, 06:29:15 PM »
I like it !

INSIGNIA / Re: RAF Ferry Command
« Last post by Scarecrow on June 06, 2019, 06:13:14 PM »
Thanks mtnman!  Yeah that pretty rare bird has a special place in my collection.
DISPLAYS / Re: New display case
« Last post by littlebuddy on June 05, 2019, 12:39:57 PM »
Thanks Eric ! I dont know how i managed to supersize them !
Yes , there are some pretty cool bits tucked away in there !  8)
DISPLAYS / Re: New display case
« Last post by Masonk on June 05, 2019, 09:11:53 AM »
Nice looking display cabinet, Carl! The stuff in it is pretty amazing, too.  ;D

Hope you don't mind, but I fixed the photos. They were showing up big. If anyone wants to zoom in, they can click on the small triangle in the bottom right corner of the image.
ORDNANCE AND FIREARMS / Re: M1911A1 triggers
« Last post by littlebuddy on June 03, 2019, 10:42:53 AM »
Oooo  NOS !!! Me likey ! :)
INSIGNIA / Re: RAF Ferry Command
« Last post by mtnman on June 02, 2019, 04:41:01 PM »
I continue to revisit your posts here regarding the RAF ferry command. I think I'll take the road just excellent collecting and diligent and patient research and preservation of the Western world's history.
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