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  1. I am not sure, but # 5 might be Phillipine Army, possibly a Ranger unit. That might be a machete in the center. It is not unusual for the PI to use English on their insignia.
  2. Well, that is something you do not see every day. Considering how the war ended for Italy, I would guess not many of these survived.
  3. Looks like a good one. https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/344599-croydon-pa-vfw-sale/ https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/957005964749042 The weapons, other than the edged ones, are either dewat or reproduction. Militaria sale Aug 9th Joseph Schumacher VFW Croydon PA 10 am 2 pm.
  4. Thank you. I vaguely recalled something like that. Roaring down the Autobahn at what were most likely unsafe speeds, it was hard to tell the difference.
  5. Close, but I've seen it identified as a Japanese JSDF Ground Force Ranger Badge. https://picclick.com/Japan-Ground-Self-Defense-Force-Jgsdf-Enlisted-Ranger-173238612123.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_Courses_(Japan_Ground_Self-Defense_Force) Per Bragg and Turner, the Jump Wings have more of a traditional parachute canopy on them. (And no, I would not have found this without the hint from bryang above. Thank you.)
  6. Renault VAB recon vehicle at the Paris Air Show, 1983. Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé means "Armoured vanguard vehicle" or more directly, Vehicle in Front of the Tanks. These began as armored personnel carriers, but eventually were modified for just about every purpose under the sun. I believe this on is armed with anti-armor missiles. The triangular section in the middle elevates and reveals a firing battery of four missiles, with eight more held in reserve. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Véhicule_de_l'Avant_Blindé These were on show to sell to interested parties. Note the smoke grenade dispenser on the rear corner.
  7. French Army Citroën Méhari apparently assigned to a maintenance unit. Circa 1982
  8. More photos of EBR's flying down the highway. We were actually passed by one of these one day, and about blown off the road. Notice the center rough terrain wheels are raised for highway driving.
  9. French convoys on the Autobahn. Where as US forces typically crawled along at a leisurely 45 to 50 mph, French military vehicles all seemed to fly by you like they were chasing a cougar. French Army vehicles were distinctive for their white safety markings. The jeeps were straight out of WWII and I was surprised to see them still in use. The bottom photo is the maintenance element of the column, pulled over on a rest stop, behind a civilian glass truck. These rest stops played a vital role in switching out drivers and making sure the convoys did not get too spread out or separated.
  10. Random photos of encounters with the French Army in Germany. My wife and I were out and about one day, and I think we were looking for a restaurant. As we pulled into a village, we found ourselves looking down the bore of a very large gun. I believe these are a variation of the Panhard EBR scout vehicle. These things were not small and could drive 70 mph backwards or forwards.
  11. To get the thread started... a pair of British Army Land Rovers in Germany circa 1982. The one in the rear is the classic Land Rover Defender, and the one in front is a more specialized design. In front of them is a nondescript US Army minivan, of which I spent several bumpy rides in. The Land Rovers have the classic black and green camouflage typical of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR).
  12. In the small country village where my wife (then girlfriend, later fiance) rented quarters, there was a memorial in the middle of the town with an Iron Cross. Some of the names on there were soldiers, but a couple looked like civilians with the notation "Bombengriefen". Ellweiler is almost directly West of the major military base at Baumholder. The Americans tried repeatedly to bomb Baumholder, but it was often obscured by fog. The practice back then was if you could not locate your targets, you simply dropped them anywhere in Germany on the chance that you might hit something. The only strategic item in Ellweiler back then was timber and chickens. It was luck of the draw that bombs landed in this small village. It was a sobering moment to find that memorial. The countryside there today is so peaceful. I never could bring myself to take a photo of it, out of some sense of respect.
  13. Well, the names of very mundane thing are always much more impressive in German! I suppose the box label seals the deal on this one.
  14. It is possible they were used for something other than laundry pins. Perhaps to hold a piece of equipment open?
  15. If you are thinking of collecting VC/NVA items, I strongly recommend Emering's Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong. It's a good primer on the subject, it is well illustrated and is reasonably priced. It doesn't cover everything, but it is a good place to start. https://www.amazon.com/Weapons-Field-Gear-North-Vietnamese/dp/0764305832/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Weapons+and+field+gear+of+the+North+Vietnamese&qid=1592790832&sr=8-1
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