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Paul R

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    MA in Military History, Norwich University
    Former Machine Gunner and TOW II anti-armor missileman in the US Marine Corps(1990-1992)
    US Coast Guard Corpsman(1992-Present).
    Ebola Response, Two tours in the desert 2003-2004(Iraq), Haiti, and Colombia

    My main interests include Luftwaffe uniforms and insignia. I have been unable to shake my first love... Soviet Orders and medals.

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  1. Those are some amazing set ups and displays. Bill, you are the only person I know of who has such complete displays. It is a real treat to behold. Mike, thank you for sharing those exceptionally rare hats with us. I am intrigued with the SA Marine hat. What did those men actually do? The SA was strictly a political arm. What did they do on the water?
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    German participant of Waterloo 1815

    What are those awards? Clearly before "everyone" received Iron Crosses.
  3. Interesting Point Tim. I hope that someone has the answer to this one.
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    Polish cross of merit ribbon

    What an awesome gesture. I am sure that he will love it.
  5. I am so sorry to see this.
  6. Is the order award for this group typically awarded for valor? How would he come to be awarded the Afghani award?
  7. Thanks for the great thread guys. Bill, do you have more insignia or uniform bits from this branch? I have some East German uniforms, which are pretty hard to find in their own right. Morten and Grey, please keep the images coming.
  8. The detailing on the lettering seems very subdued to me. I am shocked to see these effectively reproduced.
  9. I love that photo. LOL
  10. Nice. I cannot wait to see those Soviet POW medals.
  11. The HG versions did not utilize collar tabs as well. I know that the LWFD utilized the Heer M43- but please bare in mind that the LWFD was formally transferred under the direct control of the Heer in late 1942. From that point forward, these men drew from Heer supply stocks. By the end of the war, most LWFD members were visually identical to members of the regular army- as they utilized Heer uniforms (with Heer chest eagles) and gear. I've never heard of the LWFD receiving the LW Blue versions of the M43. If you have evidence that counters this, I am very eager to learn.
  12. OK. That is strange. Please let me know if this continues.
  13. Those are awesome. I would love to have some visor caps for my collection, but I move around so much that they will inevitably be crushed... :-( The blue-gray visor is beautiful.