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Military Trader

Military Trader

November 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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United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

9 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. 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! 2021 SHOW OF SHOWS IS ON! Posted on the Ohio Valley Military Society’s (OVMS) Facebook page, September 12, 2020: “Ok, boys and girls — I have been doing the happy dance for about six weeks now, ever…

6 min.
the jag file

WHAT KIND OF COLLECTOR ARE YOU? “JAG,” a recent e-mail began, “You should buy this!” Attached was a link to a Craigslist ad selling an early slat grille Jeep…or at least there may have been one under the rust and modifications. Being the opportunist I am, I followed the link (keep in mind, up to that moment, I was not in the market for a Jeep). The next few hours revealed a lot about my collecting habits. COLLECTOR BY CONVICTION OR OPPORTUNITY? Those who know me, know that I have some collecting consistencies: I have collected antique photography since I was a little kid when my Dad gave me some 1860s carte de visites. I have collected WWI photographs for nearly 30 years. And I have collected WWI AEF Tank Corps material for…

3 min.
mail call

PARACHUTIST BADGE I really enjoyed Peter Suciu’s piece on the Parachutist Badge in the September 2020 issue (“Emblem of Honor,” pp 44-5). I thought you might like to know the end of the story of Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough’s effort to design the Parachutist Badge. He worked with high-end jewelers, Black, Starr in Philadelphia to produce his prototype. For years after the war, Black, Starr had the prototype badge in a 12” x 12” frame hung above the stairs inside the store. Unfortunately, back in the 1980s, the frame disappeared — someone stole it. The location of that prototype badge is unknown to this day. — BGen. Edward Burka, USAR, MC (Ret). BOOK REVIEWS MATTER, PART II Immediately after reading a book review of Delgado’s Deutsche Kriegsmarine (see “Books in Brief,” Military Trader,…

1 min.
military whatizit?

1 min.

27-8-2. Charlie Edwards wrote, “This is a Mexican Army collar badge for the 31st Infantry Regiment, used from the WWII period into at least the 1960s (and possibly later).” 27-10-3. Robert Leiendecker wrote, “ It actually says on the item what it is, but if you don’t know how to decipher it, it is confusing. It is half of an expended Navy Mark 2 case that was an Auxiliary Projection Cartridge (APC), used to launch depth charges. The case was filled with black powder and sealed with a cardboard disc. It was placed in the launcher upside down. The launcher actually ignited the propellant and the charge threw the depth charge into the air and off the ship. There is another brass piece that was screwed to the base of…

4 min.
books in brief

The Awards of the Luftwaffe, by Antonio Scapini, (ISBN: 978-1-5323-3881-1, B&D Publishing, LLC, POB 652, Richmond, MI 48062 Available from: www.bdpublish.com. Hardcover, 9 ½” x 7”, 304 pages, profuse illustrations, a great many in color 2018, $115.00) When I was just a wee lad with zero interest in militaria, I traded a toy to my friend Timmy for an old German badge. It was a Luftwaffe Pilot-Observer model, early tombac with polished highlights, nickel eagle, fine gilding and massive detailing. Though connected with a grotesque, genocidal regime, it was a beautiful and compelling thing. Decades on, it remains a favorite design. It, and the rest of the suite of badges, clasps, pendants, honor goblets, et cetera, of Germany’s air arm are chronicled here in winning detail and brilliant color. The author, Luftwaffe…