WWII Collectibles

26th Infantry Regiment in the Occupation of Germany The 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division was known as the “Blue Spaders” from their distinctive unit insignia. The Regiment had seen combat in Algeria, Tunisia, […]

PT Boat – The Creation of the U.S. Navy’s “Mosquito Fleet” PT boats played an important role in patrolling Axis controlled waters and attacking enemy ships during WWII. In 1938, the US Navy put out an […]

Motion Sickness Pills Put Soldiers to Sleep on D-Day Motion sickness pills were handed out to American soldiers on the evening prior to D-Day. On June 5, 1944, Paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions […]

100th Infantry Division the “Sons of Bitche” The 100th Infantry Division served with distinction in the European Theater of Operations and became known as the “Sons of Bitche” for their decisive role in the capture of […]

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Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory: The Red Ball Express was the name given to a fleet of nearly 6,000 trucks that hauled desperately needed supplies to American Armies in Western Europe from August 25 – […]

Witness to the fall of Corregidor: Pack of a 4th Marine By Jonathan Abbott On May 6th, 1942 the death march on Bataan had happened almost a month before. Now the island of Corregidor fell to […]

108th Construction Battalion in Normandy: The Sinews of War By Jonathan Abbott When the darkness fell in Normandy on June 6th 1944, it gave time to reflect on what had happened that day. In the East, […]

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Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by:

Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines: The role played by two Marine 155mm Gun Battalions during the Liberation of the Philippines is a little known chapter in the colorful and hallowed story of the US […]

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M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend

Posted on April 9th, 2016 by:

M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend: In the years following WW1, the US Army became interested in equipping its soldiers with a self-loading rifle. In 1931, after years of competitive testing, a .276 caliber rifle […]

5th Marine Division Artilleryman on Iwo Jima: Written by Jonathan Abbott On 9:00 AM on March 26th 1945 a small strip of land in the Volcanic Islands became silent. The last major action had ended the night […]

US Marine Corps Field Scarf, Rare Piece of the Pre-War Uniform: From the 1930’s to the end of WWII, there were dramatic changes in the combat uniform, helmet, equipment and weaponry of the US Marine. But […]

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Flying Caps of the US Army Air Force

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by:

Flying Caps of the US Army Air Force: During WWII, the US Army Air Force utilized two standardized flying caps for their pilots and air crew, the B-1 summer flying cap and the B-2 winter flying […]

Westinghouse “Jungle” Camouflage Liner for the M1 Helmet The M-1 helmet featured a removable liner that among other uses could be worn as a sun helmet separate from the heavy steel helmet. Since the war with […]

  Armed Service Edition Books, The Side Effects of War: Written by Jonathan Abbott In 1942, as war entered American life, a non-profit, government funded group called the Council on Books in Wartime was created and […]

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