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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.

Mike Shares More Photos

WWII007 cropThese are photos taken from Camp Chiseldon near Swindon England. Some were labelled England, Swindon England or Swindon Wiltz England. I know they trained for the Germany invasion and he received more glider training here. The first photo is my dad (Jack Maggard, left) and Sgt. James Bazar (right). I copied back to show dad was Col. Willard K. Liebel’s (17th AB Chief of Staff) driver and Sgt. Bazar was Gen. Miley’s driver. You can see Bazer passed away in 1994. My dad passed away in 2004. The photo was sent to Peewee my dad’s penpal whom he later married (my mom). My dad is pictured charging with the Garand with “England’ on top. Of the three buddies in front of the jeep, I know the center guy with the garrison cap is Algie Glasscock. He’s in other pics but with helmet on.WWII003 crop WWII005 crop WWII006 crop WWII011 crop

 

 

139th AEB Situation Report: 29 Mar 1945

No6 29 Mar 45 p1 – Copy

Another Ration Can

I just added this ration can to my collection. By all accounts it appears to be a WW2 ration can used to hold tea for use in field kitchens. I have not made a 100% positive confirmation of this by photographic evidence, but the OD finish, the nondescript lettering and the lacquered interior finish all point to WW2 war-time use by the Army

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139th AEB Situation Report: 28 Mar 1945

No5 28 Mar 45 – Copy

Parachutist’s First Aid Kit

Found this in an antique store about 12 years ago. IT was opened with the contents as shown here. The syrette is empty, having dried up long ago. I left everything as I found it. The previous owner had opened every thing to see inside.The image shows the entire contents of the Parachutist’s First Aid Kit along with the original instruction tag. Its amazing that all of that stuff was crammed into such a small space. The contents of the kit are as follows:

  • Small rubberized pouch with tie strings for securing to helmet, belt or equipment straps
  • Tourniquet for severe wounds where pressure dressing will not stop the bleeding
  • Wound tablets, sulfadiazine to be taken for severe wounds and prevent infection
  • Morphine syrette to be administered for severe pain. Person giving the morphine was to mark an “M” on the recipients forehead to alert medical personnel that morhine had previously been given
  • Small “Carlisle Model” first aid dressing
  • Cardboard tbe with iodine sway in glass amouple
  • Instruction sheet for Morphine and tourniquet

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Standard Ammo Load, 17th Airborne Division

This document comes form the 17th Airborne Division G-3 Standard Operating Procedures.SOP for Ammunition Use in 17th AB Division

Phonograph Gasket Works

Just cut and sized the gasket material to make a replacement gasket for my WW2 phonograph. It is ever so slightly larger than required, but by shaving off a very thin layer of the inside diameter of the material, the tone arm fit snugly into the sound reproducer with no problem.Phonograph gasket

Village Code Names, 17th A/B Division, Ardennes Campaign

VIllage Code Names The enclosed document identifies the villages near Bastogne and the associated code names to be used in the clear when transmitting information over unsecure means.

774th Tank Destoyer Battalion

Aside from the the 139th AEB, I am enamored with Tank Destroyer units of the ETO. Although I do not collect their paraphernalia, I have a couple of original TD unit histories and enjoy reading them. I previously owned an M-20 which I marked as a vehicle of the Recon Company of the 774th TD Bn. I decided to mark my 42WLA in a similar manner. It will soon ride as vehicle 13 of the Recon Co, 774th TD Bn. Photographic evidence shows the 774th TD Bn with WLA’s in use.

 

On or about the 12th of October, 1944, the 2nd Platoon of the Recon Company had moved to positions overlooking the Moselle River near the town of Noveant. Their mission was to observe and report all enemy activity in the town of Corney on the east bank of the river. During this mission, Lt. Gerding and S/Sgt Vincent were wounded, but unfortunately, T/5 Stanley J. Wszolek was killed. In honor of his sacrifice, I decided to dedicate the WLA to his name.

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Working on the 42WLA

Met two new friends last week. They offered to help me get my WLA back on the road. I had a kick start issue (ratcheted and would not grab). They invited me to the workshop and we eventually removed the transmission and cracked open the case. Overall it was in good shape with no gear damage, and only some wear to the drive bearing washers. The starter gear was worn enough to inhibit good engagement on the intermediate shaft. While drinking a few well deserved Import beers we consulted the parts list and I have the needed items and gasket set on order. At the end of June we will put everything back together and fire it up. Can’t wait, as it has sat for over 3 years waiting to breathe New Mexico air. I forgot to take the camera to their workshop, but I’ll get some assembly images later. Probably around the end of June.

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