Chrisnp

Cascadia, along the Salish Sea

**Please ask before re-posting my pictures. I just like to know where they are going, and I will almost always agree to it** I'm a militaria collector; US, European**Please ask before re-posting my pictures. I just like to know where they are going, and I will almost always agree to it** I'm a militaria collector; US, European and Japanese from 1861-1920, with an emphasis on WWI and a particular interest in the WWI Inter-allied Victory Medal series. I'm also interested in WWI British Army cap badges. Another aspect of my collecting is the acquisition of firearms, swords and accessories from this same ’61 to ’20 era. I’m a retired Army Warrant Officer with a lifelong interest in the lives of soldiers of the past, and the items they used and wore. I’ve been collecting militaria for over 45 years now, and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned as well as continuing to learn from others. (Read more)

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Pre-WWII U.S. 3rd Division Patches - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US Army Service Stripes - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Pair of Darkened US Army Hat Eagles - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Late 19th Century US Enlisted Dress Shoulder Knots - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI German Wound Badge and Certificate - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US Hat Cords - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Civil War Model 1839 US Oval Belt Buckle – Real or Memorex? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
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Burien Independence Day Parade - Then and Now - Photographsin Photographs
Imperial German Guard Eagle – Real or Memorex? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Nice story!
  2. I just checked, and the Polish police were armed with this rifle in the 1920s. I am guessing that importing 1939 Hungarian made ammo for them probably wasn't a problem till the Nazis invaded that Sep...
  3. I am assuming the cartridge case is the top one in the last picture. It appears you have an 8x56 Styer Mannlicher case, and I believe the mark at the top (an A over H with an accent mark) stands fo...
  4. Great photos and something to be proud of, I should add
  5. I am making these comments as someone without particular knowledge of Swedish Regiments, but making assumptions based on typical 19th Century European military rank and structure. I wish I could writ...
  6. Back flipping was a joke. There are also variations within the leaping tiger and the parachute. I would expect such non-uniformity in that place and time. The composition of the parachute, leapi...
  7. South Vietnamese Special Forces insignia on a guideon http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/american/vietnam_special/sf_patch1.html Chris
  8. Tiger's doing a back flip :)
  9. I've always liked the kukri, but I've only had the pleasure of meeting Gurkhas once, when they did a tour of duty at the United Nations Compound in Seoul, Korea. Respect for them in military circles g...
  10. It helps a lot! Thanks! Chris
  11. You do have my permission and thank you for seeking out permission first. If there is a web presence for this project I would be interested in knowing the URL. I can also be contacted at Chrisnp @ h...
  12. No problem Denton, and thanks for your kind words Peasejean55
  13. I meant Brigade where I wrote regiment
  14. Both those tank battalions formed 304th Tank Brigade, trained and commanded by then Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton. The 304th was the first American tank regiment to see combat in WWI. Patton w...
  15. The 344th and 345th Tank Battalions used the Renault tank and fought at Meuse-Argonne. Chris
  16. Someone has put together a group of National Guard Headquarters patches for the following states: Photo 1, First row: Standing bear = Missouri Capitol Dome = Washington DC Badger = Wisconsin ...
  17. "Defensive Sectors" were areas where soldiers were vulnerable to the enemy. Even when there wasn't a major battle going on, these soldiers were still exposed to artillery fire, gas attacks, snipers, t...
  18. During this era, unit crests were worn on the lower lapels unfortunately there are thousands of unit crests, and without a better picture, I doubt anyone can tell which unit this is. Chris
  19. Thank you for all the right terms, racer4four. I'll be posting more patches and now I know what to call that white stuff! from what I have seen, this "interfacing" (I love it when I learn a new word...
  20. Thanks for the love officialfuel, fortapache, Militarist, blunder and racer4four.
  21. I see he had a widow, so the medal would have been posthumously given to her. Sad. I always thought the winged victory on the British WWI Victory medal looked like Britania too, but to my knowle...
  22. Are you able to read the recipient's name impressed around the edge? Chris
  23. Thanks for the love elanski, gargoylecollector, Militarist, vintagelamp, bobby725, TassieDevil, officialfuel, blunder, fortapache and martika.
  24. Thank you for your comment inky, I have these in a nice display drawer, but you are right, they would look good framed on the wall. Thanks for the love vintagelamp, aura, fortapache, blunder, Milit...
  25. Thanks blunder, and thanks for the love fortapache, gargoylecollector, racer4four, SpiritBear, vintagelamp, Manikin, blunder, Militarist, vetraio50 and TassieDevil.
  26. Thanks for your kind words! Chris
  27. Thanks for the comment. I hope you'll post some of those photos! Chris
  28. I agree with everything Scott said. The DUI is for the 32nd Signal Battalion, and the design of the insignia dates it no earlier than 1955. He also seems to have signal branch insignia on his collar...
  29. I agree with everything Scott wrote except for the USMC speculation - Eagle, part of a globe, but no anchor?
  30. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, vintagelamp, aura, mrcolorz, Militarist, blunder, fortapache, TassieDevil, vetraio50 and racer4four.
  31. Sorry I missed my usual weekly post for awhile. I'll be doing a few this week to get back on track. Chris
  32. Thanks for the love TassieDevil and fortapache
  33. Originally I thought British Grenadier Guards as well. As pointed out, The Australians use a flaming grenade styled this way, as do the Canadians and countless others. I do believe, however, that b...
  34. Words of wisdom in an ugly political and societal year. I'm really liking the stand of trophies with liberty cap, the use of oak leaves on that side and laurel on the other, the US shield and sloga...
  35. Off topic: Hey Scott, Would you do me a favor and comment on what you see wrong with the CW US buckle I posted last week? You have commented on other folk's buckles, so I know you have a good eye. E...
  36. Love the label. I don't know about the writing desk theory. It looks like it was made to hold some pretty specific accouterments. Chris
  37. The clutch pin fastener shown was not in use until the 1940s, so I believe this is a post war veteran's item. - Still very cool. Also, the l'Escadrille Layfayette served from 1916 to 1918. If the pla...
  38. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, fortapache, battlegear, Manikin, brunswick and blunder.
  39. Uniform would match that '54-'55 era
  40. Yep, Thai - now for the fun part. I THINK Thailand uses the Buddhist calendar, and I believe those last lines are dates. So...98-99 would be about 1954-55. The Uniform seems to be of a US Army Ordi...
  41. Any day is a good day when you get to send lead downrange. Best Bastille Day event I witnessed was the fireworks display in Quebec City. That was years ago, and I don't know if they still go al...
  42. Thanks for everyone's comments. I do appreciate them. Scott, Militarist, battlegear - a trifecta of militaria enthusiasts! Plus Blunderbuss, who is in a class all his own :) (Just kidding around Bl...
  43. Scott; that was what I thought too at first, but we are old Army guys - the Navy good conduct ribbon is all red! It sure does look like the Army good conduct medal and I don’t know what else it could...
  44. I notice he is wearing theater service ribbons that were first authorized in Nov '42, but is not wearing the WWII victory medal that was first authorized in Jul '45, which he would have also been enti...
  45. Thanks for the love racer4four, fortapache, blunder and katherinescollections.
  46. Wow! Thanks for the loves everyone! Caperkid, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, officialfuel, brunswick, Nicefice, vetraio50, racer4four and fortapache - I appreciate you all.
  47. It’s the distinctive unit insignia of the 101st Ordinance Battalion. The shells on either side with the round grenade in the middle is supposed to evoke the number 101. The design was approved in 196...
  48. Lack of markings on something like this makes me think non-military, but heck, I dunno. Cold weather does sound like a convincing answer
  49. Thanks for the love Militarist, officialfuel, Manikin, TassieDevil, fortapache, racer4four and vetraio50
  50. As I recall this came from an American address, but as you observed, plenty of fakes are passed around inside the country these days
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