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US WWII 1st ALLIED AIRBORN ARMY LT UNIFORM GROUPI
NICE US AIRBORN LT UNIFORM GROUPING OF AN OFFICER FROM THE NORMANDY LANDING OPERATION. ALL UNIFORM PARTS FROM ONE AND THE SAME PERSON !! THE LOT CONSISTS OF THE SERVICE TUNIC; TROUSERS; LONG SLEEVE SHIRT; TIE AND OVERSEAS CAP. ALL ITEMS HAVE THE ORIGINAL PRODUCER LABELS; ALL ITEMS ARE IN VERY NICE CONDITION. THEY WERE SLEEPING ALL THE YEARS AFTER WWII IN A CASE IN SOUTH AUSTRIA. YES; THIS MAN MARRIAGED AN AUSTRIAN GIRL AFTER WWII AND LIVED ALL THE YEARS IN AUSTRIA. PATHFINDERS (BADGE NEAR THE CUFFS OF THE LEFT ARM) The 300 men of the pathfinder companies were organized into teams of 14-18 paratroops each, whose main responsibility would be to deploy the ground beacon of the Rebecca/Eureka transponding radar system, and set out holophane marking lights. The Rebecca, an airborne sender-receiver, indicated on its scope the direction and approximate range of the Eureka, a responsor beacon. The paratroops trained at the school for two months with the troop carrier crews, but although every C-47 in IX TCC had a Rebecca interrogator installed, to keep from jamming the system with hundreds of signals, only flight leads were authorized to use it in the vicinity of the drop zones. The First Allied Airborne Army was an Allied formation formed on 2 August 1944 by the order of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. The formation was part of the Allied Expeditionary Force and controlled all Allied airborne forces in Western Europe from August 1944 to May 1945. These included IX Troop Carrier Command, the XVIII Corps (Airborne), which controlled the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the 17th Airborne Division and a number of independent airborne units, and all British airborne forces including the 1st Airborne Division and the 6th Airborne Division. From the time of its creation until the end of World War II, the formation commanded the Allied airborne forces that participated in the Allied advance through North-West Europe, including Operation Market-Garden in September 1944, repelling the German counter-offensive launched during the Battle of the Bulge between December 1944 and January 1945, and Operation Varsity in March 1945. The formation was then officially deactivated on 20 May 1945, with the British units under its command returning to the United Kingdom and the American units being renamed as First Airborne Army and taking over command of the American Zone of Occupation in Berlin. Despite many early failures in its employment, the Eureka-Rebecca system had been used with high accuracy in Italy in a night drop of the 82nd Airborne to reinforce the Fifth Army at Salerno. However a shortcoming of the system was that within 2 miles (3.2 km) of the ground emitter, the signals merged into a single blip in which both range and bearing were lost. The system was designed to steer large formations of aircraft to within a few miles of a drop zone, at which point the holophane marking lights or other visual markers would guide completion of the drop. Each drop zone (DZ) had a serial of three C-47 aircraft assigned to locate the DZ and drop pathfinder teams, who would mark it. The serials in each wave were to arrive at six minute intervals. The pathfinder serials were organized in two waves, with those of the 101st Airborne arriving a half hour before the first scheduled assault drop. These would be the first U.S. and possibly the first Allied troops to land in the invasion. The three pathfinder serials of the 82nd Airborne were to begin their drops as the final wave of 101st Airborne paratroopers landed, thirty minutes ahead of the first 82nd Airborne drops MORE PHOTO PLEASE LOOK 55591
RARE ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER PLATZ PORCELAIN SIGN
RARE GERMAN WWII TIME ADOLF HITLER PLATZ PORCELAIN SIGN (EMAILTAFEL). THIS IS AN ORIGINAL SIGN; NO POSTWAR COPY ! SIZE CA 65X25 CM. IN MAY 1945 THIS SIGN WAS USED AS TARGET FROM US TROOPS IN VIENNA; THERE ARE THREE HOLES OF RIFELS ON THE RIGHT SIDE; ALSO SOME SMALL DAMAGES AROUND THE BULLET HOLES (PLEASE LOOK TO THE PHOTOS); THESE DAMAGES GOT REPAINTED IN THE 1980´S HARD TO FIND ORIGINAL SIGN
ARMY EM/NCO HBT COMBAT FIELD BLOUSE M42 DRILLICHJ
GERMAN WWII ARMY HBT M42 COMBAT FIELD BLOUSE THIS IS A BARN FIND BLOUSE; NEVER CLEANED !!! ALL BUTTONS ARE IN PLACE; ALSO ALL SMALL PAPER BUTTONS ; LIKE TO CLOSE THE CUFFS OR FOR THE SECOND COLLAR. THE SHADDOWS ON THE PHOTOS ARE LIGHT DUSTY POINTS WHICH WILL GO DOWN AFTER FIRST WASHING. THE COLLAR STRAPS ARE ORIGINAL MACHINE SEWED; SHOULDER BOARDS AND EAGLE WAS TAKEN DOWN AFTER 1945. INSIDE; THE MEDIACL POUCHE WITH PAPER BUTTON AND ALSO BOTH BELT SUPPORT HOOKS ARE IN PLACE. INSIDE PRODUCER STAMPED (RBGNR) AND F 44 (PRODUCED 1944). ON THE BACKSIDE BETWEEN THE SCAPULAS ARE TO MINOR HOLES. THE TUNIC SHOWS LIGHT AGE AND USE BUT OVERALL IT IS IN NICE UNTOUGHT CONDITION
GERMAN WWII OFFICER M36 FIELD BLOUSE FELDBLUSE M3
TYPICAL TAYLOR MADE GERMAN WWII COMBAT OFFICER M36 FIELD BLOUSE. MADE OF STRONG; ROUGH FIELDGREY CLOTH. TYPICAL GREEN COLLAR TO CLOSE WITH TWO INTEGREATED HOOK. FRONT SIDE TO CLOSE WITH 6 GREEN METAL BUTTONS. ALL INSIGNIAS WERE TAKEN DOWN AFTER 1945; BOTH SHOULDER ARE OPEN TO INTEGREAT THE SHOULDER BOARDS AND IF YOU LOOK TO THE DETAILS; YOU CAN SEE THE TRAPS OF THE BREAST EAGLE. ALL BUTTONS ARE IN PLACE (SORRY; I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO CLOSE THE UPPER POCKETS). THE LINER SHOWS SOME TRAPS OF USE; SWEAT STAINS AND LIGHT DIRTY SPOTS. ALSO SOME HOLES ARE TO FIND ON THE LINER. A SMALL OPENING FOR THE DAGGER IS ALSO INTEGREATED. INSIDE ON THE LEFT SIDE IS A BREAST POCKET. OUTSIDE ; OVER THE LEFT BREAST POCKET ARE FOUR FISHPLATES ? ; MAYBE FOR A LONG MEDAL BAR OR FOR A CLOSE COMBAT CLASP. THIS PLACE HAS SOME LIGHT BROWN STAINS; MAYBE TRAPS OF RUST. THE TUNIC SHOWS LIGHT AGE AND USE; BUT OVERALL IT IS IN NICE UNTOUGHT CONDITION . A TYPICAL COMBAT JACKET WHERE YOU CAN FEEL THE TRAPS OF HISTORY
GERMAN WWII AIRFORCE BLUE/GREY/WHITE REVERSIBLE W
NICE GERMAN WWII AIRFORCE BLUE/GREY AND INSIDE WHITE REVERSIBLE WINTER PARKA. MAYBE THAT THIS TYPE WAS ALSO USED FROM POLIVE TROOPS DURING WWII. TYPICAL GERMAN STYLE CUT AS ALL WINTER PARKAS. BOTH OUTSIDE ELLBOW PROTECTIONS ARE IN PLACE. ORIGINAL WAIST BELT IN PLACE . COLOURS ARE VERY STRONG. ALL BUTTONS ARE IN PLACE AND ORIGINAL SEWED. SIZE AND YEAR STAMPED; BUT I CAN ONLY IDENTIFY 43. ALSO THE WHITE SIDE IS IN NICE CONDITION; ONLY SOME BROWN STAINS NEAR THE HOOD AND AT THE END. ONLY TWO NEEDLE HEAD SIZE HOLES ARE ON THE BACKSIDE; HARD TO FIND VERY NICE EXAMPLE !!
VERY NICE GERMAN WWII POLICE NCO M43 COMBAT TUNIC
VERY NICE GERMAN WWII POLICE NCO M43 COMBAT TUNIC; MADE OF REGULATION BLUE/GREEN POLICE WOOL. THE TUNIC IS IN VERY NICE CONDITION; NEAR MINT !!! ALL INSIGNIA ORIGINAL SEWED; NEVER TAKEN DOWN ! VERY NICE COLOURS. POLICE UNITS IN ANTI PARTISAN WARFARE HAD USED THIS TYPE OF TUNICS TILL THE END OF WWII. THEY WERE USED IN RUSSIA AND ALSO IN NORTH ITALY; YUGOSLAVIA A WONDERFUL TEXTBOOK EXAMPLE; INSIDE SIZE AND PRODUCER STAMPED : DATED 1944
GERMAN WWII MOUNTAIN TROOPER'S WINTER CAMOUFLAGE
Later pattern, three quarter length, lightweight, waterproofed, white and field-green, cotton/rubber construction reversible, pull-over, snow camouflage anorak features a short, vertical, V-neck slash with five pair of alloy lace-up grommets and a woven, white cotton drawstring (this is not original). Wind flap is complete. The anorak has three, horizontally aligned, patch pockets running across the upper breast. The two side pockets feature reversed, box pleats, while the central pocket is non-pleated and all three pockets have scalloped, button down, flaps. The anorak had a tunnel looped, woven, white cotton/rayon, fit adjustment, drawstring positioned horizontally at the waistline.(string missing) The anorak has straight cut, dual-ply hemmed, sleeve cuffs with three, small, vertical tapering darts. Fit adjustment cuff straps are complete. Strap that comes up between the legs is missing. All the buttons look to be complete and have original stitching. Typical aging and a few stains to the white side, but overall excellent condition and complete example. The anoraks were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform . COMPLETE AS FOUND CONDITION; NOTHING RESTORED OR MADE NEW; NOT CLEANED
GERMAN WWII MOUNTAIN TROOPER'S WINTER CAMOUFLAGE
Later pattern, three quarter length, lightweight, waterproofed, white and brown, cotton construction reversible, pull-over, snow camouflage anorak features a short, vertical, V-neck slash with five pair of alloy lace-up grommets and a woven, white cotton drawstring . Wind flap is complete. The anorak has three, horizontally aligned, patch pockets running across the upper breast. The two side pockets feature reversed, box pleats, while the central pocket is non-pleated and all three pockets have scalloped, button down, flaps. The anorak had a tunnel looped, woven, white cotton/rayon, fit adjustment, drawstring positioned horizontally at the waistline. The anorak has straight cut, dual-ply hemmed, sleeve cuffs with three, small, vertical tapering darts. Fit adjustment cuff straps are complete. Strap that comes up between the legs is in place. All the buttons look to be complete and have original stitching. Very nice , near mint condition !!!!!!. The anoraks were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform . Large size !!! Wind flap stamped: ANSBACHER WÄSCHEFABRIK; III/M42 COMPLETE AS FOUND CONDITION; NOTHING RESTORED OR MADE NEW; NOT CLEANED HARD TO FIND IN THIS TOP CONDITION !!!!
RARE LATE WAR TIME BROWN SA SERVICE SHIRT SA BRAU
RARE LATE WAR TIME BROWN SA SERVICE SHIRT PRODCED 1944 NEVER USED; NO ONE OF THE "TAKE DOWN" TYPE BUTTONS PRESENT. ONYL THE SEWED BUTTONS AND THE BELT HOOKS ARE IN PLACE VERY GOOD CONDITION; VERY NICE COLOURS COLLAR INSIDE STAMPED: GA 55 AND W 44 VERY NICE NEVER USED CONDITION