Military Trader

January 2022

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

3 min
homefront news

REMAINS OF US WWII AIRMAN IDENTIFIED U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Charles G. Mc-Mackin, 26, was accounted for in August, according to a statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The agency said McMackin was from Boston, but according to news clippings from the time of his death, he was from Revere, just north of Boston. McMackin was the bombardier on a B-24 Liberator that participated in Operation Tidal Wave on Aug. 1, 1943, a massive bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, Romania, considered crucial to the Nazi war effort, according to the agency. His plane crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire, and his remains were not identified following the war. Remains of American personnel that could not be identified were buried in a cemetery in Romania…

10 min
the jag file

While many of you are young and in the early stages of your collecting career, I am going to share some tips with all of you to consider about the eventual disposition of your collection. We all say we are “caretakers of history” and yet, every week I receive inquiries by those left behind wondering, “What are we going to do with Dad’s collection?” Part of “responsible caretaking” is providing a plan for when we are no longer able (or around) to enjoy and take care of the historic relics and vehicles we treasure. While a small number of you may be so fortunate as to have a child or children who really are into collecting, the truth of the matter is, it’s your hobby, not theirs. Your kids may act interested, but…

2 min
mail call

QUALITY OF RESEARCH? There is a real contempt in the Defense Department by those with real degrees from real universities and who spent hundreds of hours in the library stacks and wrote substantive theses and dissertations based on primary source research against those with modern distance learning degrees who relied on little more than a Google fusion. Like the staff college degrees that trailed the path, these boutique degrees are now all the rage for military promotion. The measure of research in academia should be: Does it add to or distinguish our corpus of knowledge? —Bill Jones HISTORY FROM WHAT PERSPECTIVE? Thank you for your articles in the Military Trader. The recent “JAG File” in the October 2021 edition was well-written and appreciated. It is one of many you have written that make it…

1 min
military whatizit?

28-12-1. Tom from New York wrote, “A friend of mine has a teacup and saucer handed down from his grandfather who served in the U.S. Navy during the cruise of the Great White Fleet (1907-1909). His understanding was that these were issued to the sailors while visiting Japan or China. Does anyone know any background of this type of item?” 28-12-2. Jacob from Australia writes, “The only info I have is that this is from the collection a gent’s grandfather (WW2-Korea era) who had a father who served in WWI. It doesn’t specifically tie it to those wars or Australian service, but I haven’t been able to identify this bayonet. Can anyone help?” IDENTIFIED 28-11-1. Scott Guye wrote, “This medal is the Order of Cambodia in “Commander” grade.” 28-8-4. Chris from identified the…

3 min
books in brief

Winter Uniforms of the German Army: Heer Luftwaffe Waffen-SS, by Werner Palinckx, (ISBN: 9783963600166, Zeughaus Verlag. Hardcover, 2019, 448 pages, approx. 1,100 color and 250 black-and-white photos. Available through Amazon for about $105) It is well-known that the Third Reich pioneered and widely issued camouflage combat clothing during WWII. A remarkable, transformative innovation, it left stunned Allies wondering why they hadn’t produced anything similar. So inspired, they (well, the US) studied captured samples and made their own. As for cold weather attire, though, the Third Reich was caught napping. The Wehrmacht was appallingly ill equipped. Unlike the frozen east with its long, unforgiving winters, more-temperate Germany seemed to have little interest in, or reason for heavily bundling its soldiers. Neither had Adolf Hitler — for a time. Then, in 1941, his craving for…

12 min
medals of the philippines commonwealth and republice

On September 17, 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines elected Manuel Quezon to be president. By early 1936, the Philippine Constabulary was transferred to the Philippine Army to become the first regular division of the army. It was about this time that Japanese aggression against China indicated that it would soon be only a matter of time before the Philippines might be in danger. By July 26, 1941, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called all the organized military forces of the Philippines to be part of the United States Forces in the Far East. It was just four months later when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. By early 1942, all organized resistance in the Philippines would cease after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. Fortunately, after American forces under General MacArthur returned…