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    2. FORUM ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    3. FORUM HELP

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  2. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS?

      "What is it?" This is the place to ask that question about all unknown military items. Once satisfactorily identified, topics will be locked for further replies. *Please note that this board is for IDENTIFICATION HELP ONLY. Once an item has been IDed, please post a new thread in the item's appropriate board and refrain from further discussion in this board.

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    2. REAL, REPRO OR FAKE?

      It's sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, especially when you only have online photos for reference. If you have a question or suspicion, post it here and other members will try to help. 

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    3. LATEST FINDS

      Been to a sale and got a great haul to show off? Any country or multiple countries . . .  Feel free to post pics here! *Please note that ALL posts in this board are deleted 30 days after posting. Any discussion should be done in separate thread(s) posted in the proper section.

       In Memory of Bob Hudson 

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  3. UK, BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH NATIONS

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    7. Researching Individual Soldiers & Sailors

      For all research regarding individual soldiers and sailors, including requests for information! Feel free to post any reviews or recommendations for books and other reference materials of interest.

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    3. BUNDESWEHR (1955-Today)

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    6. OTHER ASIAN NATIONS

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  8. JAPAN ~ In Memory of John Egger

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  10. THE AMERICAS

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    2. UNITED STATES of AMERICA   (22,932 visits to this link)

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  11. HOBBIES, ENTERTAINMENT & REENACTING

    1. MODELING

      Like military models and modeling? Then this is the place for you! Share your creations, learn techniques, and just have fun!

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    2. TOYS & GAMES

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    3. REENACTING

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    4. REPRO MILITARIA

      Want to discuss, review, or show off any repro militaria item? Post it here! Do you create repros of any militaria item? Post it here! 

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    5. BOOK REPORTS

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       In Memory of Roger Bender 

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    6. MOVIE & TV REVIEWS

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  12. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE & DISPLAY

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    2. PRESERVATION

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  13. SOCIAL MISC AND THE 'LAST CALL'

    1. TAPS: SOUNDING THE LAST CALL

      A section for members to post memorials and in memoriam posts.

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    2. EVENTS CALENDAR

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    3. WHERE TO VISIT

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    4. MISC MILITARIA

      Misc. Militaria and Multi-National topics. Want to discuss something that crosses over multiple Countries? Post it here!

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    5. NON-MILITARIA MISC.

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  • Recent Posts

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