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Military Trader

Military Trader

October 2020

Established in 1993, Military Trader is dedicated to the collecting, preservation, restoration, study, and display of historic military artifacts. Spanning interests from military uniforms to medals, or helmets to ordance and weapons, Military Trader is your best source for in-depth technical articles, artifact profiles, product and hobby news, current values, military auction coverage, and show calendar.

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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
homefront news

FREE ISSUE OF MILITARY VEHICLES MAGAZINE Have you ever considered your own Jeep, deuce, or even a tank? Active Interest Media wants to give you a free digital copy of our sister magazine, Military Vehicles Magazine. To grab your copy, log onto www. MilitaryTrader.com. In the upper right of the page, you will see a box with FREE ISSUE written on it. Click that. You will see a screen to enter your email address to receive our free, weekly Militar-E-News. After you enter, the next screen will provide you the access for the free digital download — easy as that! NATIONAL WWI MUSEUM RECEIVES NEH GRANT KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National WWI Museum and Memorial announced a grant for $125,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize and transcribe letters,…

6 min.
the jag file

“MONITOR VERSUS THE MERRIMACK” On October 4, 1861, the United States Navy authorized construction of the first ironclad ship, the USS Monitor. Whereas only the most stalwart of US Navy historians or Civil War buffs will recognize the 159th anniversary, the story of the USS Monitor does stir a long-held, special memory for me. THE FIRST AMERICAN IRONCLAD The USS Monitor was an iron-hulled, steam-powered ironclad warship built for the Union Navy (United States Navy) during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Designed by the Swedish-born engineer and inventor John Ericsson, shipbuilders completed construction in only 101 days. The impetus to build the ironclad were news reports that the Confederates had salvaged the scuttled USS Merrimack and were converting it into an iron-plated ship at the old Federal naval shipyard Gosport (near Norfolk, Va.) If…

4 min.
mail call

HOW I USE MY COLLECTION In response to your series on how people display and share their collections, I want to submit the following. Together with my sons, Eric and Albert, we collect WWII material. We display part of our collection at reenactments such as the one at The Museum of the American G.I. in College Station, Texas. Photos of our display are enclosed. — Brent Brown Waco, Texas IT TAKES ALL KINDS This happened in the late 1970s. My daughters and I were at a flea market. I saw a bayonet scabbard like the one I carried in the 1960s. It was eleven dollars and I offered 10 for it. The vendor said no, and the only way he would sell me one was if I bought two at 20 dollars a piece. I…

1 min.
military whatizit?

27-9-1. Michael from Kentucky found this patch while cleaning out his grandparents’ attic about 25 years ago. He has never been able to figure out what it is or where it came from. Can anyone help? 27-10-2. Jim wrote on the US Militaria Forum (USMF), “I cannot find this mess kit in any of my references. It is very faintly, but undeniably marked “US” on the top of the handle. It is 7.5 inches across. The pan is 1.5 inches deep. The plate about 0.75 inches deep. The handle appears to be galvanized.” What is it? 27-10-3. Edward says this WWII artifact looks like a shell casing but admits, it obviously is not since there is no primer pocket. On the base there is a small icon of an anchor with the…

2 min.

27-8-6. Michael M. Pirnie wrote, “What I know for sure is that these medals, and many similar others, all come from the People’s Republic of China. Some of them seem to commemorate events of the Korean War. Most show evidence of artificial patina created via an acid wash to replicate the passage of time. I would not pay a great deal of money for these as these new fakes are common. Unfortunately, I cannot relate what your specific medal signifies or for what occasion it was awarded. If it is made of thin brass I would consider it less likely to be a genuine, period item.” On the other hand, Patrick Hasset, writes, “The picture is dark so i am going off with a ‘possible,’ but at least in the right…

4 min.
books in brief

The Iron Cross 2. Class, by Dietrich Maerz & Mario Alt (ISBN: 978-1-5323-3691-1, B&D Publishing, LLC, POB 652, Richmond, MI 48062 Available from: www.bdpublish.com. Hardcover, 9 ½” x 7”, 600 pages, 2,600 illustrations, nearly all color, 2016, $167.00) This book is the product of many years’ toil by authors Dietrich Maerz and Mario Alt. The Iron Cross 2. Class is incomparable … in any language. Certainly, the treatise is the deepest dive yet into the Second Class Iron Cross, least of Germany’s bravery medals trilogy (First Class and Knight’s Cross sit above it) and by orders of magnitude, most commonly bestowed. Nevertheless, 2nd Class Iron Cross remains very respectable, to say nothing of collectible. Yet, for many there’s much to learn. The work is laid out methodically, with a great deal of care…