News photographer, WW2 historian, lover of awesome things. Engaged to stephskillett.tumblr.com. She's pretty neat.
an M3 fighting knife yesterday. (finally!) I’m so pumped. They’re always priced more than I want to spend, and yesterday I found a special one at a phenomenal price. The guy who carried it put an aluminum band over half the grip and carved everywhere he went on it. He served on the USS Ancon, and was at Trinidad, Manila, Saipan, Guam, Brazil, Tokyo, and Okinawa.
The USS Ancon was right next to the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender and was used as a press ship.
TODAY IS EXCELLENT!
I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these for quite some time!
It’s an early hitler youth knife that is double hallmarked by Carl Wusthof and Ges Gesch. The story I got with it was that it was taken from a dead Hitler Youth member near the end of the war after a skirmish with members of the 42nd infantry division. Its really got the look that it has been there.
Now I just have to wait for it to get here.
So i’ve been looking for one of these for a while. It’s a WW2 general assault badge.
The badge was to be awarded to persons participating in:
- three infantry assaults,
- in the first line,
- breaking through with weapon at hands,
- on three different days after 1 January 1940,
- neither being eligible for the Infantry Assault Badge or Panzer Badge. Note that the requirements are otherwise identical to those for the Infantry Assault Badge.
This gem popped up on lakeside trader this morning!
For fifty bucks! WOO! Now I just have to play the waiting game until it gets here.
American soldiers race across a dirt road, which is under enemy fire, near Saint-Lo, in Normandy, France, on July 25, 1944. Others crouch in the ditch before making the crossing.