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  1. MEMBERS & FORUM INFORMATION

    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 FORUM POST COUNT

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    2. ADMIN ALERTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

      This section is for ADMIN alerts and announcements regarding certain users who have violated WMF rules and have been banned, as well as important alerts and announcements regarding the forum.

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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. PHOTOS & IMAGING

      Need to post an image? Image too big to post? Don't worry. This section will provide help with posting photos and images properly. If you don't find an answer in an existing thread, just post one and we'd be glad to help.

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    5. SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS

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    6. FORUM SPONSORS

      A listing of Forum Sponsors.

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  2. GERMANY - IMPERIAL

    1. IMP-GER HELMETS

      For helmets and protective headgear of Imperial Germany.

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    2. IMP-GER UNIFORMS

      For uniforms and uniform items (non helmet headgear and footwear) of Imperial Germany.

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    3. IMP-GER FIELD & PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

      For field and personal equipment of Imperial Germany.

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    4. IMP-GER MEDALS & AWARDS

      For medals and awards of Imperial Germany.

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    5. IMP-GER BADGES & INSIGNIA

      For badges and insignia of Imperial Germany.

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    6. IMP-GER WEAPONS & ORDNANCE RELATED

      For weapons and ordnance related items of Imperial Germany.

       

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    7. IMP-GER EDGED WEAPONS

      For edged weapons of Imperial Germany.

       

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  3. GERMANY - THIRD REICH

    1. TR HELMETS

      For helmets and protective headgear of the Third Reich.

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    2. TR CLOTH HEADGEAR

      For cloth headgear of the Third Reich.

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    3. TR UNIFORMS

      For uniforms of the Third Reich.

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    4. TR FIELD & PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

      For field and personal equipment of the Third Reich.

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    5. TR BELT BUCKLES

      For belt buckles of the Third Reich.

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    6. TR BADGES & INSIGNIA

      For badges and insignia of the Third Reich.

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    7. TR MEDALS & AWARDS

      For medals and awards of the Third Reich.

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    8. TR SS ITEMS

      For SS items of the Third Reich.

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    9. TR FLAGS & BANNERS

      For flags and banners of the Third Reich.

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    10. TR PHOTOS & EMPHEMERA

      For photos and ephemera of the Third Reich.

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    11. TR TINNIES & POLITICAL ITEMS

      For tinnies and political items of the Third Reich.

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    12. TR WEAPONS & ORDNANCE RELATED

      For weapons and ordnance related items of the Third Reich.

       

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    13. TR DAGGERS, DIRKS & EDGED WEAPONS

      For daggers, dirks, and edged weapons of the Third Reich.

       

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  4. GERMANY - POST WWII to Today

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  5. JAPANESE SECTION ~ In Memory of John Egger

    1. JPN UNIFORMS

      For Japanese military uniforms of all time periods.

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    2. JPN HELMETS & HEADGEAR

      For Japanese military helmets and headgear of all time periods.

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    3. JPN FIELD EQUIPMENT

      For Japanese military field equipment of all time periods.

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    5. JPN FLAGS & PATRIOTIC ITEMS

      For Japanese flags and patriotic items of all time periods.

       

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    6. JPN MEDALS & AWARDS

      For Japanese medals and awards of all time periods.

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    7. JPN CLOTH & METAL INSIGNIA

      For Japanese cloth and metal insignia of all time periods.

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    8. JPN MISC MILITARIA

      For items that do not fit the above categories

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    9. JPN HOMEFRONT

      For homefront items

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    11. JPN Pre-1900

      For pre-1900 militaria of Japan

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    12. JPN 1945-Present

      For all post-1945 militaria of Japan.

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  6. ASIA & THE MIDDLE EAST

    1. KOREA

      For militaria of South and North Korea.

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    2. VIETNAM - ARVN/SOUTH VN

      For ARVN/South Vietnamese militaria. Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Vietnam - ARVN/SOUTH VN" board.

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    3. VIETNAM - NVA/VC

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

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    4. CHINA

      For militaria of China.

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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. MIDDLE EASTERN MILITARIA

      Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in Middle Eastern Countries, including Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and others.

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    7. OTHER NATIONS OF ASIA

      Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and others.

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  7. UK, BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH NATIONS

    1. UNITED KINGDOM

      For UK militaria (including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).

      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

      For Australian and New Zealand militaria.

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

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    3. CANADA

      For Canadian militaria. 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

      For militaria of any British Empire and Commonwealth countries not listed above.

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    5. WEAPONS & ORDNANCE

      For weapons and ordnance related items of the UK and Commonwealth.

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    6. EDGED WEAPONS

      For edged weapons of the UK and Commonwealth.

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    7. PHOTOS, EPHEMERA, COMMEMORATIVES & HOMEFRONT

      Historical and Topical discussion concerning  photographs, paper items and ephemera, commemorative items, souvenirs, and anything to do with the Homefront efforts to support the troops of the UK and Commonwealth.

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    8. HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

      For any discussions pertaining to the history of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries.

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    9. 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 U.S. military or militaria information? Feel free to share that information here. 

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  8. WESTERN EUROPEAN MILITARIA DISCUSSIONS

    1. AUSTRIA

      For militaria of Austria.

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    2. BELGIUM

      For militaria of Belgium.

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    3. FRANCE

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

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    4. THE NETHERLANDS

      For militaria of the Netherlands.

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    5. ITALY

      For Italian militaria. Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Italy" board.

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    6. SPAIN

      For militaria of Spain.

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    7. SWITZERLAND

      For militaria of Switzerland.

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    8. OTHER NATIONS OF WESTERN EUROPE (Including Scandinavia)

      For other Western, Southwestern, Southern & Northern European nations not listed above, including Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc.

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  9. EASTERN EUROPEAN MILITARY DISCUSSIONS

    1. EASTERN EUROPE

      Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in Eastern European Countries, including Poland, Hungary, Czech Rep., Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, The Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) and others.

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    2. RUSSIA - IMPERIAL

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

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    3. RUSSIA - USSR

      For militaria of the USSR.

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    4. RUSSIA - 1991 TO PRESENT

      For militaria of Post-Soviet Russia.

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  10. MILITARY DISCUSSIONS OF AFRICA

    1. MILITARIA OF AFRICA

      For militaria of Africa.

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  11. MILITARY DISCUSSIONS OF THE AMERICAS

    1. CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

      For militaria of Central and South America.

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    2. UNITED STATES of AMERICA   (4,466 visits to this link)

      For militaria of the United States of America. NOTE: This takes you to our sister forum, the US Militaria Forum which requires a USMF account to post.

  12. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. UNKNOWN, CAN YOU IDENTIFY?

      For identifying that weird piece of militaria no one knows what is.

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    2. REAL OR WHAT?

      It's sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, especially when you only have online photos to go by: if you have a question or suspicion, post it here.

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  13. VEHICLES, AIRCRAFT & SHIPS

    1. MILITARY AIRCRAFT & AVIATION

      This section is for posting items, information, pictures, etc. relating to military aircraft or military aviation.

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    2. MILITARY SHIPS AND VESSELS

      This section is primarily for posting information on military ships and vessels.

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    3. MILITARY VEHICLES

      Post all vehicle information, manuals, pictures, etc.

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  14. HOBBIES & ENTERTAINMENT

    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. 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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    3. 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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  15. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE AND 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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  16. Where to see History - MUSEUMS, REENACTMENTS AND EVENTS

    1. EVENTS CALENDAR

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

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    2. WHERE TO VISIT, PLACES TO BUY MILITARIA WHILE TRAVELING

      Where to visit, places to visit, military shop locations, places to buy militaria while traveling.

       

      For questions and suggestions of places to visit. Please start your thread title with the name of the country, province or state your post focuses on.

       

       

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    3. MUSEUMS, BATTLEFIELDS, AND MONUMENTS

      Share your travels and photos of military museums, battlefields, memorials and cemeteries.

       

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    4. REENACTING GROUPS & REPRO GEAR

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

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    5. BASES, AIRFIELDS, FACILITIES, AND INDUSTRIAL SITES

      For posts related to Bases, Airfields, Facilities, and Industrial Sites.

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  17. HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

    1. MILITARY HISTORY DISCUSSIONS

      Want to discuss military history, such as historical personalities or battles? Step inside here and post away.

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    2. VETERAN RECOLLECTIONS

      Have interviews, letters, or other direct-from-the-veteran information that you wish to share with the community? Feel free to post it here!

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  18. 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. 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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