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    1. NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS

      If you've just signed up as a member, feel free to stop in here and post an introduction about yourself, your collection, or any other information you wish to share with this community. *Posts in this forum do not increase your content count

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    2. FORUM ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Check in for announcements, important alerts, and new feature intros from the Administrators.

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    3. FORUM HELP

      Having trouble with a portion of the board? Go ahead and post it here so we can help.

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    4. SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS

      Have a suggestion or comment about the website? Feel free to post it here.

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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. UK, BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH NATIONS

    1. UNITED KINGDOM (England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland)

      For general historical discussion on the British Military and relating to military uniforms, insignia, equipment, and vehicles.

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "United Kingdom" board.

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    2. AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Australia & New Zealand" board.

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    3. CANADA

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Canada" board.

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    4. OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH

      Including India (The British Raj) and the British East India Company (HEIC).

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    5. UK WEAPONS & ORDNANCE

      For discussion of weapons from any country in the UK, British Empire and Commonwealth Countries.

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    6. UK VEHICLES, VESSELS & AIRCRAFT

      For discussion of any form of military locomotion from any era and any country in the UK, British Empire and Commonwealth Countries. This includes vehicles, transports, tanks, planes, trains, ships, wagons, etc.

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    7. UK PHOTOS, EPHEMERA, COMMEMORATIVES & HOMEFRONT

      For discussion of items from any country in the UK, British Empire and Commonwealth Countries.

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    8. UK HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

      For HISTORICAL DISCUSSION ONLY pertaining to the Military, Military Life, Tactics, People, and Military Actions of the United Kingdom, British Empire and Commonwealth countries. All militaria threads should be posted in the appropriate board/sub-board and not here.

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    9. UK INDIVIDUAL & UNIT RESEARCH

      Looking for assistance with researching an individual veteran or military unit of the United Kingdom, British Empire or Commonwealth? Post here. Found a great reference/research source for UK military or militaria information? Feel free to share that information here, too. 

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  4. GERMANY

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    3. BUNDESWEHR (1955-Today)

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the 'Bundeswehr (1955 - Today)' board.

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    4. NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE (1956-1990)

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the 'Nationale Volksarmee (1965-1990)' board.

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  5. EUROPE

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    3. FRANCE

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "France" board.

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    6. SCANDINAVIA

      For any Scandinavian nation - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Finland, and Iceland.

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    9. OTHER NATIONS OF EUROPE

      For other European nations not listed above, including Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, The Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), etc.

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  6. RUSSIA

    1. RUSSIA - IMPERIAL

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in this "Russia - Imperial" board.

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  7. ASIA

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    3. VIETNAM - NVA/VC

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Vietnam - NVA/VC" board.

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    5. INDIA

      Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in India, the Dutch East India Company, and the French East India Company. Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "INDIA" board.

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    6. OTHER ASIAN NATIONS

      Includes the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and others.

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  8. JAPAN ~ In Memory of John Egger

    1. JPN Pre-1900

      For pre-1900 militaria of Japan

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    3. JPN 1945-Present

      For all post-1944 militaria of Japan.

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  9. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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    2. MIDDLE EAST

      Includes Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and others.

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  10. THE AMERICAS

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    2. UNITED STATES of AMERICA   (11,063 visits to this link)

      NOTE: Clicking here takes you to our sister forum, the US Militaria Forum, which requires a free USMF account to post.

  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

      Post your military-themed toys and games! Including Toy soldiers, Soldier dolls, Board games, Spotter card games, GI Joes, etc.

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    3. REENACTING

      Are you a reenactor and want to connect with other reenactors or just share pictures and information about your reenacting group and /or impressions? Stop by here!

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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

      Got a fiction or non-fiction book you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here.

       In Memory of Roger Bender 

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    6. MOVIE & TV REVIEWS

      Got a movie or television show, series or documentary that you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here.

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  12. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE & DISPLAY

    1. DISPLAYS

      Want to post your collection so that others can see? Have a great display or a great idea for one? Feel free to post those things here!

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    2. PRESERVATION

      Have a great preservation / conservation idea or need advice on preservation / conservation? If so, then this is the place. So, go ahead and step inside!

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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

      Know of a militaria show, veterans reunion, or other interesting event? Feel free to post it here.

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    3. WHERE TO VISIT

      Places to visit - whether historical sites, museums, or somewhere to go shop for militaria.

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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.

      Anything that doesn't fit the above categories, feel free to post here - and that even includes movie reviews, social chat, etc. Just make sure you keep it clean though!

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