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  1. I found this on the Internet. If the above listed Inf "Acqui" is this particular unit called the 33rd Mountain Infantry Division "Acqui" it has an interesting history which was made into a movie staring Nicolas Cage due to the murder of over half of the division after their defeat and capture by the Nazis. World War II Main articles: 33rd Mountain Infantry Division "Acqui" and Massacre of the Acqui Division In 1939 the name "Acqui" was given to the newly formed 33rd Mountain Infantry Division. After the entry of Italy into the war on 20 June 1940 the division entered
  2. I think it is Italian. Based on the collar insignia if you look on the attached chart it is listed under their Infantry of the Line, Training Brigade for Infantry "Acqui".
  3. I picked this up at the flea market and am assuming it is a GI bring back of a Middle Eastern military helmet. I'm guessing Iraqi but I don't know for sure as it could even be Egyptian. It has a white label with Arabic printing on the inside. Any idea which country?
  4. I found these at the flea market this morning. I know these are heavily faked but at 5 dollars for the pair I thought I would take a chance. Are they genuine or copies?
  5. The second medal looks like maybe a commemorative medal for the Imperial German 13th Infantry Regiment. I was wondering if there was a ribbon and was this worn on a uniform?
  6. I found both of these medals at the flea market this morning. The first one is boxed, with a hand engraved name of Adam Wartmann and looks German. It is dated 1857 and I have no idea what this is.
  7. Anyone recognize this cloth paratrooper wing. It has zig zag stitching around the perimeter edging that you see on Rhodesian paratroooper wings but this does not look Rhodesian. It has a little age to it maybe 1960s. The design itself is similar to a British paratrooper wing that was copied by many of the commonwealth countries. The color combination I have seen on a couple of Belgium paratrooper wings so it might be an early Belgium paratrooper wing. Any ideas?
  8. I was going through some photographs I've purchased over the years at flea markets and came across this one which was unusual in that it came out of Northern California. This officer is identified as Siegfried Goldschmidt who was educated in England and served with the Netherlands Army in the Dutch East Indies prior to WW2 and during the war was some sort of intelligence officer as he spoke Dutch, German and English. I believe the three stars on his collar in front of a propeller indicates he was an Air Force Captain and the wings on his chest are those of an observer.
  9. I got this at the flea market over 20 years ago and the person I got it from told me that the gentleman he got it from was Chinese who was probably in his 80s or 90s. The Chinese gentleman told the seller that he flew with the Flying Tigers. No one has ever been able to identity this patch. Has anyone ever seen anything like this?
  10. Another reproduction manufactured by the same folks
  11. Thanks for the confirmation. So those making these reproductions are now using a similar backing cloth as the originals.
  12. Here is the back of an original Vietnam War era HA(L)-3 patch which has the same tight weave off tan colored backing material.
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