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Buy the book, “Blood on the Talon”

Some viewers are emailing me asking how to find the book, “Blood on the Talon”. I’ll leave this as a sticky post for a while to help readers get there easier. Simply click on the book image and it will take you to the secure ordering site where you can use Paypal or buy from Amazon. The introductory price has ended due to the sales volume. The retail price of $44.95 is in effect.

139th AEB Situation Report: 24 Mar 1945

Here is a copy of the 139th AEB Situation Report for 24 March 1945.The document records the disposition of all of the companies, the missions they are to be tasked with and locations of each of the platoon. No1 24 Mar 45 – Copy – Copy

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part V

I finally ordered my parts kit for the STEN. I have a bit of research to do before I start again. Its been a while since I’ve worked on it so I need to get my current knowledge on the build back up to par.

Indiana Ordnance STEN Rebuild Kit.

Indiana Ordnance STEN Rebuild Kit.

Intelligence Info from 6th British Airborne Division

Here is a copy of a declassified document regarding the German Army disposition around the Wesel area for 24 march 1944.

 

BR 6th Airborne DIv Intel Summary

Photographing the Collection

I spent some time taking photographs of parts of my collection using live subjects. It took a while to get the lighting to an acceptable level. I use two different backgrounds, a white one and a dark one to provide ample contrast for removing the background later when using Corel Photo. The results are acceptable at this point, but more work is required to get it ready for publication of Volume II later. here is an early attempt at the process.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 681st Glider Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 681st GFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

681st GFAB, p1.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part IV

Finished all of the milling and drilling of the tube. All that remains to finish the tube is the filing. I have quite a few rough areas to refine. especially the access hole for the trigger parts. I’ve added a photo to illustrate the method in which I milled the discharge port in the tube. Once I finish refining the edges it will match as close to the original profile as possible. I also drilled three 3/16 inch holes in the forward part of the tube. Those will be weld filled to mate the barrel retention nut with the receiver tube. I will drill three similar holes through the rear head casing so that the rear portion of the tube can be welded to the trigger housing and casing. Final holes will be 2 in each of the trigger housing tabs to secure the trigger housing to the tube. Here is the working mock up with the furniture, tube, housing, barrel nut/shroud and the magazine housing in place. I need to buy another screw and washer for the pistol grip.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 680th Glider Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 680th GFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

680th GFAB, p.1

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 466th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 466th PFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

466th PFAB, p1.

Rebuilding a STEN Mk V, Semi Auto SBR: Part III

Here are images of my new tube, just received in the mail There is no slot for the pin on the back side. Since the pin mentioned in the last build post is already installed for the sight as on my head casing, I will need to mill a small slot at the 12 0′clock position to accommodate the pin which will correctly position the tube in the head casing.

 

 

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 464th PFAB as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

464th PFAB, p1.