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WWII US Army 1st Pattern 10th Mountain Trooper Wool Ski Trousers
Item #: VF4401

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Olive drab wool enlisted issue ski trousers with pleated front, inset rear pockets with button flaps, side pockets with zipper closures, three-button waistband closure and zipper fly, pegged ankles with reinforcements on the knees and buttocks. Trousers are size 32X31 and are in beautiful condition and would be difficult to upgrade.

World War II
The 10th Light Division (Alpine) was constituted on 10 July 1943 and activated five days later at Camp Hale under the command of Brigadier General Lloyd E. Jones. At the time, the division had a strength of 8,500 out of the 16,000 planned, so the military transferred troops from the 30th, 31st, and 33rd Infantry Division to fill out the remainder of the division. This lowered morale and the division faced many difficulties in the new training, which had no established Army doctrine. The 10th Light Division was centered on regimental commands; the 85th Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Regiment, and 87th Infantry Regiment. Also assigned to the division were the 604th, 605th, and 616th Field Artillery battalions, the 110th Signal Company, the 710th Ordnance Company, the 10th Quartermaster Company, the 10th Reconnaissance Troop, the 126th Engineer Battalion, the 10th Medical Battalion, and the 10th Counter-Intelligence Detachment. The 10th Light Division was unique in that it was the only division in the Army with three field artillery battalions instead of four. It was equipped with vehicles specialized in snow operation, such as the M29 Weasel, and winter weather gear, such as white camouflage and skis specifically designed for the division. The division practiced its rock climbing skills in preparation for the invasion of Italy on the challenging peaks of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia.

On 22 June 1944, the division was shipped to Camp Swift, Texas to prepare for maneuvers in Louisiana, which were later canceled. A period of acclimation to a low altitude and hot climate was necessary to prepare for this training. On 6 November 1944, the 10th Division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division. That same month, the blue and white "Mountain" tab was authorized for the division's new shoulder sleeve insignia.
 
Italy
The division sailed for Italy in two parts, with the 86th Infantry and support leaving Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia on 11 December aboard the SS Argentina and arrived in Naples, Italy on 22 December. The 85th and 87th Infantry left Hampton Roads, Virginia on 4 January 1945 aboard the SS West Point arriving on 13 January 1945. By 6 January, its support units were preparing to head to the front lines. It was attached to IV Corps of the Fifth United States Army. By 8 January, the 86th Infantry had moved to Bagni di Lucca near Mount Belvedere in preparation for an offensive by the Fifth Army to capture the mountain along with surrounding high ground, which allowed the Axis to block advances to Po Valley. Starting 14 January, the division began moving to Pisa as part of the Fifth Army massing for this attack.

It entered combat near the town of Cutigliano on 16 February. Preliminary defensive actions in mid February were followed by Encore Operation, a series of attacks in conjunction with troops of the 1st Brazilian Infantry Division, to dislodge the Germans from their artillery positions in the Northern Apennines on the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions, in order to make possible the Allied advance over the Po Valley. While the Brazilian division was in charge of taking Monte Castello and Castelnuovo di Vergato, the US 10th Mountain Division was responsible for the Mound Belvedere area, climbing nearby Riva Ridge during the night of 18 February and attacking mound Della Torraccia on 20 February. These peaks were cleared after four days of heavy fighting, as Axis troops launched several counterattacks in these positions.

In early March, the division fought its way north of Canolle and moving to within 15 miles (24 km) of Bologna. On 5 March, while Brazilian units captured Castelnuovo, the 85th and the 87th Infantry took respectively Mound Della Spe and Castel D'Aiano, cutting the Axis routes of resupply and communication into the Po Valley, setting the stage for the next Fifth Army offensive. The division maintained defensive positions in this area for three weeks, anticipating a counteroffensive by the Nazi German forces.

The division resumed its attack on 14 April, attacking Torre Iussi and Rocca Roffeno to the north of Mount Della Spe. On 17 April, it broke through the German defenses, which allowed it to advance into the Po Valley area. It captured Mongiorgio on 20 April and entered the valley, seizing the strategic points Pradalbino and Bomporto. The 10th crossed the Po River on 23 April, reaching Verona 25 April, and ran into heavy opposition at Torbole and Nago. After an amphibious crossing of Lake Garda, it secured Gargnano and Porto di Tremosine, on 30 April, as German resistance in Italy ended. After the German surrender in Italy on 2 May 1945, the division went on security duty. On 5 May 1945 the Division reached Nauders, Austria, beyond the Resia Pass, where it made contact with German forces being pushed south by the U.S. Seventh Army. A status quo was maintained until the enemy headquarters involved had completed their surrender to he Seventh. On the 6th 10th Mountain troops met the 44th Infantry Division of Seventh Army. Between the 2nd and V-E Day on 8 May the Division received the surrender of various German units and screened areas of occupation near Trieste, Kobarid, Bovec and Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia. The division moved to Udine on 20 May and joined the British Eighth Army in preventing further westward movement of ground forces from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price $350.00 USD

WW1 Original Keep Him Free Buy War Savings Stamp 1918 Treasury Dept Poster By Charles Livingston
Item #: VF4400

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WW1 US propaganda poster designed by Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932) and entitled "Keep Him Free” and was printed in 1917. This poster was issued to promote the purchase of War Savings Stamps issued by the US Treasury department. This poster measures 20″ x30″ and is in very good condition with no rips or tears. I can send without frame for much cheaper if desired.
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Your Price $225.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht OberjägerKorps 10 Komp. J.R.90 Lidded Ceramic Beer Stein
Item #: VF4399

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WWII German Wehrmacht remembrance of service ceramic beer stein, 50mm tall. The stein is for the commemoration of OberjägerKorps 10 Komp. J.R.90 in remembrance of his time in service. Nice large helmet to the top of the lid. An underlined ".05 L." (1/2 Liter) mark is inscribed to the upper left facing side. Excellent condition with the expected light age. Nice.
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Your Price $400.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Waffen SS Italian Camouflage Anorak Windblusen
Item #: VF4397

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Later pattern, (circa 1944), large, heavy, three quarter length, fur lined, water repellent, cotton duck construction anorak with the machine roller printed Italian camouflage pattern to the exterior in random splotches in shades of green and brown. The anorak features a vertical, eight button front closure with an overlapping wind flap and an integral hood. The anorak has two non-pleated, patch, breast pockets and two diagonally angled slash hip pockets all with scalloped button down flaps. The anorak has a tunnel looped fit adjustment elastic at the waistline and the elastic is still quite taunt. The straight cut non-adjustable cuffs have internal, gray rayon storm cuffs. Buttons are original to the jacket as well as the Tie-string in the hood. Shows absolutely NO wear. The anoraks were cut large to fit over the standard service uniform and this example would roughly fit a size 38" chest. Of Note: Photographic examples of this style anorak can be seen in M. D. Beaver and J.F. Borsarello’s book, Camouflaged Uniforms of the Waffen-SS on page 195.
In October 1940 Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler traveled to Norway to inspect SS personnel temporarily stationed there to evaluate SS winter clothing in anticipation of the inevitable invasion of Russia. This primary evaluation led to the introduction of test Anoraks in December 1940. Further testing and design alterations occurred over the next couple of years resulting in the production of the fur lined anorak in January 1943. The early pull-over style anoraks proved unpopular with the troops as they were too heavy and hot without enough ventilation. As a result a new pattern anorak, with a full length, button up front closure, was introduced in early 1944, and manufacture of the earlier pattern was discontinued. With the fall of Germany’s Italian allies as a result of Mussolini’s deposition and imprisoned on July 25TH 1943 and the subsequent Italian unconditional surrender to the allied forces on September 8TH 1943 the Germans appropriated large stockpiles of Italian clothing and equipment, including camouflage material which they utilized in the construction of assorted garments including the winter anoraks.
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Your Price $900.00 USD

Civil War Eagle Hatpin Worn On The Hardee or Jeff Davis Hat
Item #: VF4396

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This eagle is the pattern referred to by collectors as the "Jeff Davis” hatpin. They would have adorned the side of the Hardee pattern military hat. It has the eagle in the center with the rays up above and the "E PLURIBUS UNUM” wording. The eagle has the shield on it's chest with the arrows and laurel leaves in the talons. On the back of the insignia it has both of the original attachment loops intact. It is in beautiful non-excavated condition. This is a great looking original Civil War Hardeee style hat pin.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $200.00 USD

Civil War Cuff Size Dragoon Eagle "D" Uniform Button By Canfield Bro & Co Baltimore
Item #: VF4395

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Here is an original non-excavated cuff size Civil War era Dragoon button. The dragoon branch of service was a group of mounted rifleman. The face of the button has the spread-wing eagle with the "D” shield on its chest. This denotes the dragoon branch of service. The dragoons were a very well equipped force that was designed to strike fast and hard like shock force troopers. The face of the button has very nice detail remaining. The original back and shank are intact. It has the correct CANFIELD BRO & CO BALTIMORE maker’s mark on the back. This is a great looking Civil War 16 mm uniform button.          
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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Ciivl War Federal Dragoon Button Eagle With "D" By Horstmann & Allien NY
Item #: VF4394

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Button depicts eagle facing right with "D" in the shield, generally for dragoon officers. Backmark: "HORSTMANN & ALLIEN / (dot) NY (dot)" dm between two solid rings, inner ring of rays, Steele & Johnson produced ca 1860. Two part convex button, coat size.  I have enough for a frock coat or two.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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WWII US Army Air Force Navigator Officer's Australian Made Flight Blouse All Bullion Insignia
Item #: FRJ157

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Beautiful WWII US Army Air Corps, Australian theater made "Ike" jacket with all bullion insignia. All insignia is original to the jacket and features a navigator wing on chocolate background, Army Air Corps shoulder patch,  US, wing and prop devices, captain devices and finally overseas stripes. The jacket is not named unfortunately but overall a fine jacket.  
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price $325.00 USD

WWII US Army 97th Infantry Division / 386th Regiment KIA Engraved Purple Heart
Item #: FRJ155

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Official WWII government engraving and named to Edward V. Ponichtera. He was killed in action just before VE day on April 7, 1945. He served in the 386th Infantry Regiment of the 97th Division.

World War II

The 97th Infantry Division was reactivated on 25 February 1943 at Camp Swift, Texas. Most of the initial recruits came from the 95th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In February 1944 the division was moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for additional training. During 1944 approximately 5,000 soldiers were stripped from the division and sent as replacements to other units in Europe. Division strength was eventually restored when the Army Specialized Training Program was terminated and its personnel were reassigned to Army Ground Forces.

In July 1944 the division relocated to Camp San Luis Obispo, California. Under the supervision of the Navy and Marine Corps, the division began amphibious training and exercises at Camp Callan, Coronado Strand, San Clemente Island, San Nicolas Island and Camp Pendleton. In September 1944 the 97th was transferred to Camp Cooke, California for further amphibious training.

Because of the high number of American casualties during the Battle of the Bulge, several American units earmarked for the Pacific, including the 97th Infantry Division, were ordered to the European Theater of Operations for the final assault on Germany. The strength of the division upon deployment in Europe was 600 officers and 14,000 men.

  • Overseas: 19 February 1945 for the ETO;
  • Returned to U.S.: 26 June 1945, from the ETO
  • Overseas: 28 August 1945, for the Pacific Theater, arriving 25 September 1945 in Yokohama
  • Campaigns: Central Europe
  • Days of combat: 41 (ETO)
  • Prisoners of war taken in the ETO: 48,796
  • Inactivated: 31 March 1946 in Japan

Casualties

  • Total battle casualties: 979
  • Killed in action: 188
  • Wounded in action: 721
  • Missing in action: 9
  • Prisoner of war: 61
Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
Your Price $300.00 USD

WWII Nazi German SA Sturm 3/R14 Lidded Ceramic Beer Stein
Item #: VF4393

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WWII German SA Ceramic beer stein, 50mm tall, with a large SA runic logo. The stein is for the commemoration of Sturm 3/R14.  Nice large helmet to the top of the lid. An underlined ".05 L." (1/2 Liter) mark is inscribed to the upper left facing side. Excellent condition with the expected light age. Nice.
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price $475.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Waffen SS M35 Single Decal Combat Helmet With Traces Of White Camo
Item #: VF4392

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The stamped, sheet steel construction helmet retains about 90% of its age and usage darkened, field-gray over-paint with numerous small spots of white camo paint popping through. The right side of the helmet has an "SS" runic decal with black, angular runes on a silver shield shaped base with a narrow black bordered edging. Some of the runic decal has chafed off with only about 60% remaining. All three liner retaining rivets are intact. The interior of the helmet has an age and usage darkened, M31 tan leather liner. The partial liner shows moderate to heavy wear. The interior, reverse, neck guard apron has a stamped serial number 4780 and the interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturer’s code and size "Q64" indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 64. Also on the reverse of the apron is a name of a soldier but it is difficult to read.
The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. With plans on the drawing board, experimental helmets in the field, ("Gaede" helmet), and some captured French and British helmets the German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production began at Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, in the spring of 1916. These first modern M16 helmets evolved into the M18 helmets by the end of WWI. The M16 and M18 helmets remained in usage through-out the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era and on into the early years of the Third Reich until the development of the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet in June 1935. In an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs minor modifications were introduced in March 1940 resulting in the M40 helmet. Further construction modifications were undertaken in August 1942 resulting in the M42 helmet. The Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), the SS-VT, SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), the SS-TV, SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units) and eventually the Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), were also allocated quantities of the assorted models of helmets through-out the war. Originally SS personnel didn’t utilized any helmet insignia until the first pattern runic SS helmet decals with silver runes on a black field were introduced on February 23RD 1934, but were only worn for a short time by SS-VT personnel. On August 12TH 1935 the black runic SS helmet decal on a silver shield shaped base and the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), party shield decal were both introduced for wear by all SS personnel. Regulations of March 21ST 1940 dictated that the NSDAP party shield decal was to be removed from all helmets and further regulations of November 1ST 1943 abolished the SS runic decal and dictated that it was also to be removed from all helmets although the directives were not completely adhered to. Of Note: The SS runic decal underwent a minor modification sometime early in the war with the runes being somewhat less angular.
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
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German Pre WWII Reichswehr EM/NCO'S Belt Buckle Koppelschloß
Item #: VF4391

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Standard issue, die stamped, solid nickel/silver alloy construction, box buckle features a pebbled outer field with a high relief, embossed, Weimar style, national eagle with down-swept wings, to the slightly domed, smooth finished, center, encompassed by a laurel leaf cluster to the bottom and script, "Gott Mit Uns", (God With Us), to the top. The laurel leaf cluster and script are on a ribbed background and are encircled by both an inner and outer simulated twisted rope border. The eagle shows some minor chafe wear. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has the brazed catch and prongs and bar intact. The buckle has no visible manufacturer’s markings. The buckle is in overall very good condition with light to moderate age tarnish.
Military belts and their corresponding buckles date back centuries and were initially designed for attaching swords and daggers. In 1847 a new innovative box buckle with a quick release catch and corresponding belt were introduced which resulted in a Prussian, Hauptmann Virschow, initiating a new method of carrying personal equipment with the belt and shoulder straps supporting the majority of the weight. This system, with modifications, remains in use in most of the armies in the world to this day. The Weimar era, (circa 1919-1933), Reichswehr, (National Defence {Force}), belt buckle was introduced in May 1919, for wear by EM/NCO personnel serving in both the Reichsheer, (National Army), and the Reichsmarine, (National Navy), with a different colored finish for each branch of service. Although introduced in May 1919 the belt buckle wasn’t widely distributed until 1921. The buckle retained the same basic design as the Imperial German belt buckle but replaced the Imperial crown with the newly introduced national eagle. The Reichswehr era belt buckles were most commonly manufactured in solid nickel/silver although steel buckles were also produced. Of Note: On January 24TH 1936 a new pattern EM/NCO’s belt buckle was officially introduced to replace the Reichswehr belt buckles although both were worn concurrently for a short period of time. The new pattern belt buckles retained the basic design of the Reichsheer belt buckles with the addition of the new Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), style national eagle.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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WWII Nazi German Tinnie1935 Gautag der NSDAP Westfalen Sü
Item #: VF4390

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1935 Nazi Tinnie: "GAUTAG der N. S. D. A. P. WESTFALEN SUD” along the top of the stamped coppered steel tinny, which features an eagle clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons, the eagles wings are slightly open and below it reads: "BOCHUM 5: 7. 7. 1935”. Measures 1 3/4 X 1 1/4
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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WWII US Army Airborne 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pocket Patch
Item #: VF4388

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Beautiful condition, 513th parachute infantry regiment pocket patch. Embroidered on twill. Approx 4 3/8th" in diameter and does not react to Uv. light.

History

The 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment was constituted on 26 December 1942 and assigned to the 13th Airborne Division. It moved from Fort Benning to Fort Bragg before being assigned to Camp Mackall, North Carolina in January 1944, but was transferred to the Tennessee Maneuver Area and, in March 1944, assigned to the 17th Airborne Division, commanded by Major General William "Bud" Miley.

The 513th PIR was not sent overseas until after the D-Day landings, which took place on June 6, 1944, and was still in training in England during Operation Market Garden in September. During the crisis of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, the division was flown into Reims, France and moved by truck into southern Belgium. In January 1945, the 513th Parachute Infantry was sent into the assault on Flamierge. During this fight, Staff Sergeant I.S. "Izzy" Jachman raced through heavy fire, picked up a bazooka from a fallen comrade and drove off two tanks, damaging one. His Medal of Honor citation concludes, "S/Sgt. Jachman's heroic action, in which he suffered fatal wounds, disrupted the entire enemy attack, reflecting the highest credit upon himself and the parachute infantry." Another Medal of Honor recipient from the regiment was Private First Class Stuart Stryker.

British Churchill tanks of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade carrying American paratroopers of the 513rd Parachute Infantry Regiment through Dorsten, Germany, 29 March 1945.

After the conclusion of the Ardennes campaign, the division was withdrawn in preparation for Operation Varsity. The regiment dropped with the rest of the division into Germany near Wesel in its only combat drop. In April 1945, units of the 513th were carried into action around Munster by British tanks from the Guards Armored Division.

After conducting occupation duty the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment returned to the United States on 1945-09-14 and was inactivated on the same date at Camp Myles Standish, Mass.

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WWII US Army Theater Made 6th Cavalry Regiment Mechanized Shoulder Patch
Item #: VF4387

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WWII original 6th Cavalry mechanized regiment theater made patch. WWII Patch is 100% original to the period and does not react to Uv. light. The 6th Cavalry, which became part of George S. Patton's Third Army during World War II, had one of the most outstanding combat records to come out of that conflict, starting in October 1943 where it embarked on the Queen Elizabeth bound for northern Ireland.In January 1944, the 6th Cavalry Regiment was disbanded and reorganized into the 6th Cavalry Group and assigned to XV Corps. The unit spent the first part of 1944 in intense basic, small unit, and special combat training. Finally in July 1944, the unit set sail across the English Channel to land at Utah Beach (Sainte-Mère-Église, France). Throughout the latter part of World War II, the Sixth was part of most of the major campaigns, some of which included "Task Force Polk," the engagement in the Ardennes, and the Battle of the Bulge. It was also responsible for the screening and protection of the corps in the Bastogne area, defending the Our River, breaching the Siegfried Line, and the big job of crossing the Rhine River and the drive to the east. Toward the end of hostilities, the Sixth was left with the detail of mopping up enemy stragglers to its final battle with the capture of Adorf & Markneukirchen. The Sixth Cavalry was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Army), for its valor during World War II. As "Patton's Household Cavalry", the regiment was tasked with observing the advances of the Third Army's troops, reporting its observations directly back to Third Army headquarters, improving General Patton's situational awareness – very much like the British GHQ Liaison Regiment did.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $75.00 USD

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