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WW1 Soldiers wearing "Hate Belts" c. 1918

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    Posted 11 years ago

    scottvez
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    This Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) features a group of Army cooks near a mess tent.

    Two of the soldiers are wearing "Hate Belts"-- leather belts with attached buttons and collar disc collected from allied as well as enemy soldiers.

    The actual souvenir belts used to be readily available, but in recent years they have become much harder to find (like MANY military antiques and collectibles)!

    Reproduction of this photograph in any form is not authorized.

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. Poop Poop, 9 years ago
      Ive got a hate belt ill post someday when i get a better camera :)
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting p...-- I'd like to see your belt. I used to see them on a regular basis-- now not as much!

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting bellin.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks ron and vetraio.

      scott
    5. Poop Poop, 9 years ago
      Np scott!! I sure will as soon as possible, ill try and get it on here today :)
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      GREAT-- I look forward to seeing it. I love all types of trench art!

      Pls post me a heads up on this post once you get it up.

      scott
    7. Poop Poop, 9 years ago
      Np and i will!! Im going to start taking photos now:)
    8. Poop Poop, 9 years ago
      Just posted it scott!!
    9. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      I saw it and posted to it.

      Thanks again for sharing!

      I always like it when you can view an actual item with an historical photo of a similar one.

      scott
    10. battlegear battlegear, 8 years ago
      I wonder why they call them "HATE BELTS" ? if they have allied and enemy buttons & collar discs?
    11. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      It is a commonly used collector term-- used by many collectors to describe leather belts with souvenir insignia attached.

      "Souvenir belt" is a better name and one that I usually use.

      scott
    12. battlegear battlegear, 8 years ago
      "Souvenir belt" does sound more appropriate , the words "hate belt" kind of sound like something the KKK would use
    13. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      The name originated because SOME of the belts have ENEMY insignia on them.

      Hatred of the enemy is pretty common and what better way to display that dislike than with liberated enemy insignia (from POWs and KIA).

      The term "hate belt" doesn't lead me to any connection with "hate groups", I just think that souvenir better describes ALL of the belts.

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio and valentino.

      scott
    15. jonnie jonnie, 4 years ago
      Hello, I was just wondering why American soldiers would have these belts ? I have one myself and it has a German belt buckle, so did they take the belt from the Germans or did the Americans have their own belts ? Sorry to ask so many questions... thanks !!
    16. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      The guy with the knife looks to be wearing a complete German belt rig (buckle/ belt) that he embellished. Not sure about the other guy-- it could be his own leather belt that he embellished.

      I am fairly sure that the US issue belt was heavy cloth material and not leather.

      scott

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