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Pictured above is a wide array of Japanese covers and helmets used throughout World War 2 by their military. The Japanese found themselves in many different environments that needed many different clothing items and equipment. Most helmets were made out of steel and some had a canvas cover which you can see on the standard Imperial Army helmet which is the fifth helmet on the top row. Some were also equipped with netting so camouflage could be put in there which many did do this like in the jungle where there was big leaves available to be put in your helmet for camouflage. There are also some rarer helmets that were not issued as much like the Imperial Japanese Tropical Bamboo helmet (fourth helmet on the second row) which I have never seen before except one time before this in a book. The Japanese used bamboo in a lot of their equipment towards the end of the war and these were called "last-ditch" items because the Japanese had no wood or factories to make equipment so most were hand made. I can see why, bamboo is a very light and sturdy material but it would not stop a billet or even shrapnel so it was kinda impractical but it was probably comfortable in jungle environments. If you go down to the fourth row you can see those Japanese military covers which were issued to normal enlisted men in the military especially those who served on islands in the Pacific. They were light and comfortable and dorm had a screen that could cover your neck from the hot Pacific sun. The Naval caps were some of the most ornate and detailed because the Navy was one of Japan's most vital military assets and they had to look well dressed or they would look sloppy and untrained. That may sound weird but if you go into battle with new gear and technology your gonna intimidate the enemy. If you go in with old equipment and a raggedy combat uniform the enemy will think you are weak which in some cases that's a good thing cause they can underestimate your force but, it's unlikely. Another interesting helmet is on the second row and it's the last helmet on that row. It's a Japanese tankers helmet! Only one or two units were ever created and trained with tanks! Continued Below⬇

On a wing and a prayer, literally. Here's to hoping these bombers made it home.

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First day at SOS went great! Saw this awesome piece today, but didn't have the money for it. Definitely worth the asking price of 3500$. I cannot recall if it was off of a Stuka or Me-109 but either way is incredible. Edit: I do not know the originality of this piece. It is either a well done fake or an original. I do not know enough on the subject.

Posted by @fuehrer_of_photography Here is a photo of German troops using a Schwellenpflug to destroy rail tracks during an organized retreat from Soviet territory, 1944. The Schienenwolf or Rail Wolf, sometimes also referred to as a Schwellenpflug (Sleeper Plough) was a German rail vehicle built to destroy rail lines through the use of an immensely strong, hook-shaped armored plough. The German railroad ploughs were produced by Krupp factory in 1942. The platform on which was mounted a giant hook that spearheaded went under the sleepers, hauled by two locomotives to work for him at the speed of 7-10 km/h. The hook was lowered into the middle of the track resulting in pulling the rails out of alignment, tearing up the middle of the track, and breaking the sleepers. This destroyer required to bring into position only 6-8 minutes, served by a team of 10 people. Railway tracks were completely destroyed, sleepers by 100%, the rails at 70-93% and bonding of up to 30%. It was also used in Hitler’s scorched earth policy of total destruction, especially during the collapse of the Third Reich, the Schienenwolf tore up bridges and signaling equipment as well, denying the enemy the use of the seriously damaged railways into Germany. The Soviet Union had a different gauge rail network and the Germans operated much heavier trains than the Russians, so when the Germans invaded they had to rebuild or modify the lines everywhere they went. Some of them were converted to standard gauge by moving the rails. The Germans replaced the Russian wooden sleepers with steel sleepers and clearly in the photograph the sleepers are wooden, so the rail track being destroyed must be a Soviet type (but a converted one). German trains were heavier and required stronger supports, hence new steel sleepers.
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Heres a picture of my unissued WWII M1 Garand made by Springfield with a serial number that is slightly above one million. It was made in December of 1942. #WWII #WW2 #m1garand #springfield #rifle #helmets #m1helmet #mp #5thrangers #airborne #325thgir #usmc

Pictured above are Soviet Artillerists with the 76,2 mm divisional gun ZIS-3 sample 1942 shelling german positions at the area of ​​the river Orava in Czechoslovakia, April 1945.

Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel's funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Ulm (Württemberg), Mid-day on Wednesday 18 October 1944.
The casket was placed on the tail of a light howitzer cannon 10.5 cm leFH (leichte FeldHaubitze) 18, with his Marschallstab (Marshal's Staff) displayed on the flag draped over his coffin.

The "Hitlergrüsse" (Nazi salute) was required for all members of the military and civilians after the events of the assassination attempt on Hitler on July 20, 1944. (Photo source - © IWM RML 40)) (Photo by Kriegsberichter - Hoffmann)
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My grandfather served as a pilot in #italy during #WWII, pretty sure he brought this wine stopper back as a souvenir #cortina #ack

Get to put this on today! The Vultee BT-13A. #vultee #bt13 #wwii #tailwheel #instagramaviation #pilotlife #bremont #08left

This a photo from the American War Cemetery in Luxembourg. As always it is very humbling to walk there among all of them who lost their lives during the war. Most of them at a very young age. In Luxembourg alone, 5 076 service members are buried.
For my 300 post I thought this would be an appropriate photo to share. I like many others here enjoy collecting historical documents, medals and other insignia from World War Two and I think it's important to tell their story when possible. Never forget their sacrifice.
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Monen vuoden unelma täyttyi, kun "pääsin vihdoin" Auschwitziin. Pysäyttävä kokemus. Ehdottomasti se paikka, jossa jokaisen tulisi käydä kerran elämässä. Kokemuksen jälkeen menee nukkumaan kiitollisempana kuin koskaan. #auschwitz #työvapauttaa #history #Poland #WWII #picoftheday #perspective #lovelife #pligloo

Joking aside, walking around Berlin over the past few days and exploring the Holocaust Memorial has been sobering. It takes 7 years to read out a few lines about each known Jewish adult or child victim of the Holocaust. Seven years. Of the 7 million sent to concentration camps, only 500,000 survived. Don't be a bastard. Spread peace.

Poor Archduke & Sofie....

Open for business! The Houston Heights Mini WWII Museum is open for business today! From 9-12 I will be out here at 12th and Cortlandt. Come on down and let's talk WWII. A private collecting of WWII German and American knives are currently in display #heightsminiww2museum #wwiihistory #wwii #wwiiknife #knives #wwiius #wwiigerman #wwiiwatch #wwiipatch