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Military Trader

Military Trader

January 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.

United States
Active Interest Media
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£5.40(Incl. tax)
£13.61(Incl. tax)
12 Issues


1 min.
military trader

General Manager: Peter Miller Group Publisher: Ray Chelstowski Publisher: Corinne Zielke Editor: John Adams-Graf JAdams-Graf@aimmedia.com Editorial Director: Brian Earnest BEarnest@aimmedia.com Graphic Designer: Sandi Carpenter Advertising Sales Representative: Steve Madson ext. 13441, SMadson@aimmedia.com or directly at 715-318-4018 Advertising Staff Assistant: Lisa Dombrowski ext. 13496, LDombrowski@aimmedia.com or directly at 715-257-6029 VP, Advertising Sales: Kevin D. Smith KSmith@aimmedia.com President & CEO: Andrew W. Clurman Senior VP, CFO, COO, & Treasurer: Michael Henry Chief Innovation Officer: Jonathan Dorn VP of Audience Development: Tom Masterson VP, Production & Manufacturing: Barbara Van Sickle VP, People & Places: JoAnn Thomas VP, Digital Products & Platforms: Katie Herrell VP, IT: Nelson Saenz AIM Board Chair: Efrem Zimbalist III…

4 min.
homefront news

DUTCH MOD AWARDS NEW HELMET CONTRACT Protective equipment specialist Revision has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply its Batlskin Viper P6N helmet systems to Dutch military forces. The contract for approximately 48,000 combat helmets, with a 15-year maintenance and support agreement, was established with an estimated completion date of 2034. The new helmet systems represent the first major advancement in helmet technology for the Dutch military forces in over 20 years. The Viper P6N helmet shell utilizes materials such as ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, and more than 55,000 helmet covers in Dutch camouflage will be supplied. Revision began delivering helmet systems to the Dutch MoD in late 2019. FIRST PERSONAL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) fielded the first personal Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the U.S. Army to…

7 min.
the jag file

SIMULATION JUST ISN’T AS GOOD I am fortunate to have a 14-year-old grandson who is interested in military history. He can hold his own in a discussion about the Battle of Gettysburg or the virtues of a Focke-Wulf 190. Something that sets him apart from other 14-year-olds is the amount of time he spends reading books. Don’t get me wrong, though. He play a lot of video games, as well. In fact, a lot of his “feeling” for military history comes from these games. And while these games can impart statistics and performance values of individual weapons, they are mere simulations. This became apparent to my grandson the other day. A DAY AT THE RANGE One Saturday morning, my grandson had asked if I would take him to the range for an afternoon of…

2 min.
mail call

NSDAP MEMBERSHIP PINS — ANOTHER SOURCE I just received the December issue of Military Trader. I look forward to it every month. I am a medal collector and have been for years. I noticed in “Mail Call” that Ed Bliss was looking for a good reference on NSDAP membership pins. A good book is published by B&D Publisher, LLC: The Party Badge by Jo Rivett. It is a massive book (500 pages) full of color plates and tells what to look for to determine authenticity. It is available for about $285 from B&D Publishing LLC, PO Box 652, Richmond, MI 48062; https://bdpublish.com. I would hope Mr. Biss purchases this book — it is worth every penny! — Gene Corbin Arlington, Texas SHIFTING INTERESTS As you might remember, I am a mid-80s, collector of many things including…

1 min.
military whatizit?

27-1-1. Dirk would like to know the country of origin, purpose, and era of this medal. It measures 33.6 mm in diameter. 27-1-2. Jim asks, “Any idea what this is and where it is from? All I know is it’s pre-1945.” 27-1-4. Alex would like help identifying this belt buckle. 26-11-4. “Firefighter” posted this patch on the USMF and wants to know what unit it represents. 27-1-5. Manfred asks, “Can anyone identify this stamped metal badge?” 26-12-5. Bruce would like to know if this pin is military and what it represents. 27-1-3. Birdie asked on Wehrmacht Awards if anyone can identify this bullion patch. 27-1-6. USCobb asks, “Does anyone recognize this set of wings?”…

1 min.

26-12-3. Kevin Lowe wrote, “Your mystery patch is a (Royal Air Force Football Association) patch as worn on the official sports tops of serving member’s of the Royal Air Force when they played football.” “WHATIZIT?” is a place where collectors can share their collective knowledge with each other. If you have an item you want identified, or you can share information about one of the items pictured here, write to WHATIZIT, c/o Military Trader, 5225 Joerns Dr., Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or email: JAdams-Graf@aimmedia.com. If replying to a “Whatizit?” be sure to include the item number in your response. Only send duplicate photos. All submissions become property of Active Interest Media and may be considered for inclusion (with proper credit) in other features.…