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  1. j3rdinf

    another find from WW 2

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    another find from WW 2

    First pics are WW 2 Allied curency used on the civilian and Miliary market at the end of WW 2. Strange fact is they were printed in 1944 (prior to wars end). Seems like the American Zone of Occupation issued "Marks", the English used "Schillings", and the French Zone used Francs. At least is seems this way but I dont recall for certain. How about it Sgt. Leo, any input if this is correct to your recalling? The 50,000,000 Mark note is older "German inflation money" from 1923. There must be at least 25 or 30 of various countries including the "occupation currency".
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    Savannah Boys!!!

    Welcome to the forum Marne. Both myself and a former poster here (3-7-I Recon) served in the 7th Regt in WW 2. Recieved your E mail and will answer.
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    Replacement Battalions

    Onaway, I believe you are looking at a a replacement Infantryman. Most replacements were assigned when leaving for overseas a "paper address for a paper outfit" and the same thing on arrival in ETO. More "paper outfits" only for a mailing address that seldom worked out for incomming mail. Yes, I went through the same damn thing. Very quickly we were assigned as replacements for Infanry companies in a division and then had a proper mailing address and "belonged to them". Looks like the same thing you speak of..
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    Reading Vet's stories in December

    "quote: Remember reports during December '44 and have read it many times since - That was one of the coldest Winters Europe ever had. Tell me about it!!!" How damn true Sarge. Remember it well. A Infantrymans worse nightmare. I think the '44-'45 winter hit record lows.. But I could be wrong..
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    Camp Roosevelt 1945 - Do you remember?

    How true on the flags. Wish we put up a flag on each town, village and city we captured in France and Germany also. Checked my discharge paper and yes, I was given $300.00 in "Mustering out pay" but only $100.00 with the other monthly payments of $100.00 each to follow. Same is on my Dads and Brothers discharges. According to the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper clipping I found in Google this is the way it was supposed to be. Your sure were lucky. From the Stars and Stripes newspaper:: "Added to whatever we can save from our monthly pay will be the mustering out pay of 300 bucks dim in three monthly instalments beginning the day some officer hands us our discharge paper and says, "Soldier you're now a civilian."". On my papers it is under "Pay Data" with travel ETC figures.. Give a look at your discharge and let me know. And yes, it was a long slow trip from Germany to Le Harve France to the "cigarette camps" VIA 40 and 8 boxcars mainly when our points came up. Then about 2 weeks on a Victory ship holding about 700 of us returning G.I."s and then after arriving in Camp Kilmer NJ we were out in about 3 days time.
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    Camp Roosevelt 1945 - Do you remember?

    Al: Something is lacking in his postings. Granted, we all got our $300.00 "mustering out pay" , but it was in 3 $100.00 increments a month apart. And it had nothing to do with his re-enlisting. I think I need more info on this.
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    Camp Roosevelt 1945 - Do you remember?

    Marion: Very interesting as I had never heard of a Camp Roosvelt in France so that is new to me. All the "cigarette camps" (about 8 or 10 of them) I knew about, having returned home from one. Camp Lucky Strike I think. Also a renlistment bonus of $300.00 I never knew about, not that it would interest me to reinlist. Like most of us, once was enough. But a very good post with information new to me.
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    Personal Weapons Maintenance

    Custerman: Must admit that black powder is corrosive. However during WW 2 it was not the powder that was corrosive. Quote: "Since this was your first time shooting, I would check to see what type of ammo you were using. As noted, any WW2 surplus ammo but may contain corrosive powder. Another thing to think about is the material of the bullet. Most military ammo was steel jacketed."". Actualy it was the primer only that was corrosive. The only U.S.G.I. cartridge not corrosively primed was he .30 cal M-1 carbine cartridge in WW 2 (with possibly some .38's). Most of the bullets were not steel jaceted but cupro nickel or copper clad lead. Even the Armor peicing ammo was so clad with the tungsten nickle insert for going through armor. (from tThe U.S.G.I.he 30-06 up to the .50 cal MG). Same as the tracer, it too was copper jacketed. I am talking about the U.S. ammo in WW 2. Corrosive priming for U.S.G.I. stopped in the mid 1950's, some sooner on certain manufacturers and lots. (usually about 1954 or earlier. I have a list of when and what if interested.
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    Words from a German soldier at XMas

    Marion: Not to be yelling at you, but please dont shortcut the word "Christmas" and use "Xmas" as it goes against my grain being a Christian. It is only a few more key strokes. And besides, the ACLU just loves that spelling.
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    Willie and Joe

    Roque: Sent the book out yesterday via USPS priority mail. You should have it by friday or saturday.
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    Personal Weapons Maintenance

    Onaway: First thing you should know (and probably do know) is that all small arms ammo excepting the M-1 carbine were corrosive primed until after ww 2. Some lots were still corrosive primed late as 1954. In a day or two without cleaning , bad things happened to the bore (etc). In damp warm weather even quicker. Not to mention dust, dirt, muc and the likes. Your weapon condition was your "lifeline". Even though it may not have been fired, cleaning was a must to keep it in working order also. For example, after firing a m-1 rifle one ran the bore cleaner through on a patch at least one or 2 patches.(the small can of bore cleaner could be held in a carridge belt pouch with patches plus a brass cleaning brush). Then the brass bore brush. Then a dry patch, then a oiled patch. This is just for the bore. The rest of the further cleaning depended on how much needed. The combination tool, jointed cleaning rod, oiler, plastic small jar of lubriplate, and what ever else one could fit in was in the buttstock trap door compartment.. Ones life depended on a working weapon. Same as any other small arms. Hope I have not gone into too much detail. By the way, bolt assemblies and trigger housing assemblies were seldom taken apart in cleaning. I think that was above our realm usually. Op rod tip and gas cylinder were stainles steel but usually also cleaned. when needed but did not corrode.
  13. O.K. you Engineers. Just saw some pics recently on http://www.dogfacesoldiers.org/ on the Rhine River Crossing of which I was one of the 7th Inf Reg. dogfaces. Now, just what were the outboard motors used on these "Ferries" ? Looks like Evinrude 33 or 50 H.P. Quads. Anyone have any ideas? And how cranky were they to keep running? Must have had a specialized group to keep them going and roughly how many of "them" were used in wartime. I was into outboard racing in the late 40's and early 50's so very interested and pics do not show detail.
  14. Marion: The footage showing the P-47 was fantasic. The P 47 was the greatest of all the planes to the front line troops. The damn things must have carried more weaponery than weight of the plane. I recall one time we were held up by a pair of dug in tanks and infantry with only the gun and turret showing on a hillside commanding our only approach.. Within 45 minutes along came some P-47's and remmieded the problem in about 10 minutes. Bombs, then rockets and then .50 cal straffing . What a show. We called them the "orange tail" fighters as the tails of the planes were painted bright orange. Cant help but wonder if it was part of this group. We shure owe these guys a drink or two.. And this wasnt the only time they helped us out of a bad situation.
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    Willie and Joe

    Roque: E mailed Mike Wells yesterday (he sent me a copy a year or 2 ago) and here is his reply: Hi Joe, I'll print out another copy, bind it and get it in the mail to you next week. There is NO charge! Being able to provide a copy is my way of saying thank you to all those who fought alongside my Dad. As to the binding, I've worked out a deal with the school where I work as a custodian."". When I recieve it I will immediately send it to you along with his E mail address so you can contact him. Us old dogfaces help each other out. By the way, you owe me a E mail.. And Milsurp: Many hanks for the info. May have to check them out one day.
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    The Medic

    Too many times did I hear the cry "MEDIC' , and it was always answered. Never could figure out why the combat medics badge was so slow in being finally authorized as a award..
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    Willie and Joe

    Roque: Save your money. Happens that about a year ago the son of a 3rd Inf Vet sent me a repro copy of this booklet. (about 150 at least of Maulkins cartoons with that exact cover). Soon as I am able will repro the book and send it to you. In fact, I am going to contact Mike Wells to see if he still has any more copies left. He sent several besides mine to other 3rd Inf Vets without any charge.. Nice heavy front and back cover and plastic type binder and 2 cartoons per page. If he has none left I will go to a place and repro it if you wish but it wont be bound though like his. My scanner is too damn slow to do that much reproducing. Let me know.
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    "feminizing" today's military

    Marion: Not one of the males here have answered. We dont really want to start another war. But in all reality, so she is qualified as a jumpmaster will she ever being used to jump into combat (against regulations). Seems to me like a real waste of money and training which could be used for males going into combat. It does make wonderfull press for the womens lib though and advancing in rank for her. But will her training ever be truely used in combat? Or is it a waste of time and money? Yes, even in WW 2 we had women in the Military. But not as front line troops. Yes, we "lost" a few of them but not usually due to front line duty combat usually. I realize I will probably get "put down" by some posters but after 3 days and no replies just maybe it will start up some posts. Both pro and con. I hope I didnt ruffle too many feathers.
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    Pics of Grandpa

    Milsurp: I cant get over how young we looked. Seems like only yesterday but actually was over 60 years ago. Where did the time go? Reminds me of how we looked "then and now"..
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    What if Iwo Happened Today

    "Most of the news channels and reporters today can't even hold a candle to Ernie and his colleagues. Those men had integrity! " Quite true Marion, but I am concerned as to the "why" of it. WW2 was of a Democratic Administration ulesess I am wrong,. So why this change in policy toward our troops? Just to bust the Republican azzes and to hell with the feelings of our troops. At least back "then" we were a united country in WW 2. Seems like now "Party Lines" want to create problems in war.
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    What if Iwo Happened Today

    How true Marion. Thank God we had good war correspondents like Ernie Pyle and others that told the truth. Todays news media should not be "imbedded with the troops" but but "burried by the troops" .
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    Something Intersting

    Onway (Milsurp) you are absolutely correct. M.G. Schmidt was the C.G. of the 3rd Inf Div from Aug. 45 to May 46. M..G. O' Daniels was commanding gen of the 3rd Inf Div from Jan 45 to July 45, plus another earlier bit as C.G. of the 3rd Inf Div. a little earlier also. On the waiting for our "points" to come up to go home we had many replacements come in from other Divisions. (also waiting as we left for the LONG trip home, which sometimes took months in different "made up" outfits" also waiting with us. Actually I forget the date when I left the 3rd Inf when I started the slow triphome from one "made up" outfit to another, but I believe it was around , but believe it was around late Dec. '45 or later. Having only joined the 3rd in France, a few campaigns, not being married and no children I was a bit shy of "reurning home points" for quick return. However I was glad to see the married vets and those with children get the extra "go home points" which I think was proper.. Hell, the war was over, I was young and single and alive. What difference did another month or so mean..
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    What Happened to Your Uniforms?

    When my orders camt to return home from the 3rd Inf Div all web equiptment, helmet and other gear including weapon was turned in. I left with a complete Class A uniform, extra O.D.'s, field jacket, raincoat, underwear and socks. I sold my P-38 pistol to a new replacement for a $100.00 MONEY ORDER MADE OUT BY HIM TO MY HOME. (Allied currency was no good to me. At Le Harve France we were given any clothes needed. When I arrived home it was with litle but what I wore plus a small bag. My class a uniform was hung up in a closet with my boots and forgotten. When I married, it still stayed there after moving out and then was evidentally lost or forgotten. (Damn it). Luckily, my "souvineers" and many German weapons and equitpment I had already sent home and many boxes awaited me.
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    Back on line

    Paul will be surely mssed. May he rest in peace. Our ranks are getting thiner and thiner each year.
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    Photo taken

    Mec 1945: Nice pics. Only sugestions I would make would be to have a bayonet showing, at least one 6 pocket bandoleer, (possibly a couple of frag grenades which were usual) and possibly the gas mask carrier (with no mask most of the time). Also, the combat pack looks too empty. Not critizing but telling it the way it was Please forgive me. We carried only necessities but usually some K and C rations and D bars plus our personel hygene gear and a bit more.. How about it Roque? Also, at the time Oneway talked about most M-1 slings (not all) were of the web type and not always leather. type. However it does show just how liittle gear one carried plus blanket and/or sleeping bag.. I believe it does show the shelter half though. Good work guy.