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  1. Hi, Please contact me. I seek permission to use a picture from your site for my book on the USM1917 Enfield bayonets. Included is use of the .303 and .30-06 models, the former having been used in the Israeli War of Independence. You have a picture of the rifle used by the Haganah in 1947. Is it available for me to use? As I am within about 6 weeks of committing to print the book, I would especially appreciate if I can impose for a early reply? Thank you, Dan

    BTW – I would be happy tomcat your site in any way as the source.


    • Hi Dan, I am a bit confused, the rifle in the pic is a German Karabiner 98k, and the British SMLE above it has no bayonet?


  2. Hello. Please note that Italy used SRCM hand grenades (“Red Devils”) of pre-WWII design at least up to the 1990s.
    And please would you add a page on the 1969 “Football War”?? Thanks


  3. Hi, I’m a huge fan of your blog, and WWI history in general! I am also a WordPress dev, and I would like to talk to you, both about the page and about some WWII weapons and equipment I would love to see you delve into in future installments. Can you email me?

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  4. The most interesting blog I’ve seen in quite a while. Great research and well written articles.
    Since you mentioned Militaryphotos.net in some comments, what was your nick there? And are you on TheMess.net, its (spiritual) successor?

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    • I was cornfieldnavy on Militaryphotos; I am a member of TheMess too but it is not as interesting as it’s predecessor.


  5. That’s sad, but of course the photo content of the old forum isn’t there in the new one.

    Re your blog, I had an idea for an article recently:
    “Axis warships in postwar service”
    Could be split up in German, Italian and Japanese ships of course.

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  6. Hi, I’m interested in starting a blog/facebook page in a similar format as yours concerning modern African military history as I feel it is an underappreciated topic. Can you recommend any sort of strategies and sources for research, promotion and avoiding copyright issues?

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    • Hi there, that is an excellent idea. I also am interested in African militaries and agree that it’s very under-published. As far as copyright issues, the biggest thing is (obviously) avoiding direct plagarazation, and photos. For photos, I am careful to always attribute them if I know the source. I try to use public domain when possible. Under federal law, any photo, book, manual, drawing, blueprint, etc done by the government (including the military) is instantly public domain, so there is a wealth of it available. Images are not hard for their copyright owners to guard; there are computer programs which scan the web looking for matches to copyrighted photos so they will find them. As far as defensive copyright, you’d have to clearly state in a header page, etc that your work belongs to you, with your name. I decided not to because I knew people would steal my writing anyways, and sure enough I’ve already found parts of WWII After WWII copied onto wikipedia. Anyways for researching African military history, I know of a book series called Africa At War by Helion & Company publishing that covers the whole post-WWII period up into the collapse of Zaire at the end of the 1990s. There’s at least two dozen volumes and they are inexpensive. They are not exhaustively in-depth, but always a good start. Another resource I use is the SIPRI Arms Transfer Database which is online, free, and public-domain. You enter in a selected country, a selected time frame, and it lists all the weapons exports to that country in a spreadsheet. If you get your project up and running let me know, I’d like to subscribe.


  7. Dear friend, great site you have here !
    A French friend publishing in CIBLES would like to contact you. His name is Julien (julienleveque78@yahoo.fr) about the Jungle carbine … would you mind contacting him directly ?
    Gus Gintz
    Mariginiup WA 6078
    Western Australia


  8. I stumbled across this site while doing some online research and have been quietly going through the magazine quality articles since (about two days, now). Wonderful little site/project you’ve got going here. Part of the research I was doing, relating to a small alt-history monograph I’m putting together, was to find info on what happened to all the StuG IV (c. 1139 produced) and Jagdpanzer IV (c. 2000 produced) that must have survived the war. I realize that most would have ended up behind the Iron Curtain but a good number were also use against Allied forces in the European Theatre and should have been captured in Italy, France, the Low Countries and (West) Germany – for instance, some 135 JgPz IV/70’s took part in the 1944 Ardennes Offensive along side the much less numerous Jagdpanther, which also seems to have quickly disappeared. Any light you might be able to shed on the matter, or hint as to where I might find such info, would be appreciated.

    J.G. Shea
    Edmonton, Cda


    • Almost all of the German tracked vehicles that survived the war were scrapped. Small batches were operated by Romania and Czechoslovakia for a short while (3-4 years) and France operated a unit called the Besnier squadron for a year or two.


      • I suppose that the ready availability of all that surplus American equipment, either privately or through MAP, would make even the best German stuff, most of it well used, somewhat redundant. Seems odd that more Panthers and King Tigers didn’t end up in circulation but the only nations using ex-Wehrmacht equipment were those barred from acquiring US surplus – except for Turkey and France. Spain and Finland had bought new directly from the source while the Balkan states either had leftovers or, like Syria, were provided war-booty from the Soviets – though Spain, France and Czechoslovakia did produce their versions of some German aircraft.


  9. Hey man! I’ve always been impressed with your site, extremely well done.
    I wanted to get in touch with you over your article about Western and Winfield Arms as a broker for the CIA in post WW2. I’d like to blog about it for The Firearm Blog, quote/link to you directly, in addition, use some of the photographs you have up. Our readers would really find your article fascinating!

    Please let me and I hope to be in touch!

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  10. Hi, I noticed you covered the field gear of the Bundeswehr and the Bundesgrenzschutz very thoroughly, or at least for the most part because I don’t know too much myself to criticize.

    One article I want to see would be WWII field gear worn by US and South Vietnamese troops in Vietnam, because a lot of iconic items from WW2 actually saw service throughout the entire war. This could be a very long, very thorough article and I’d be willing to help with at least what I know. I love your blog and it’s a lot of good reading.

    Ones that immediately come to mind (aside from weapons) would be Plywood Packboards, USMC Frogskin ponchos, M1941 Field Gear, M1944 Headnets and Camouflaged Frogskin Mosquito net helmet covers, BAR Belts, M1945 Suspenders, Canteen covers, Shovels, KA-BAR knives, Okinawa Jungle boots.. There’s certain time periods where items were phased out pretty early but some things just stuck around.

    Perhaps it could be broken up between Army, Marines, and ARVN forces because they did have distinctions.

    Let me know! I can hunt for pictures and sources!


  11. I have some additional photos of WW2 artillery pieces in Afghanistan in 2009 plus a few other items (a 1942 Soviet mortar sight, etc.). Please send me an email and I’ll send them your way.


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  13. Hi, in the beginning, I have to thank you for those articles, you do such a grat job. I would like to use some informations from your article about Bearn, for master thesis about french aircraft carrier program, that Im writing. Please contact me. Best regards


  14. Sir,

    I just wanted to say this is a fantastic blog; I’ve recommended it to as many of my military history friends as I possible can. I’ve learned a lot from the in-depth articles here. If you ever get the inkling to write a book, please post up about it, I’ll have my wallet out as fast as I can manage!


  15. I am doing research on the Mukden Arsenal. Could you please provide a list of sources for your article? Especially interested in the small arms. Thanks for any assistance.


    • Hi Robert. I wrote that a few years ago and don’t have my list of sources any longer. Nambu World had some information I recall, and Shotgun News (or, Firearms News as its known today now) also.


  16. Hello. Just like most above I have to say that you’re doing an amazing job. Articles are in-depth and very detailed. Could I use some of the information (regarding post war use of MP44) as translation on one of our national firearms forum? Thank you


  17. Perhaps you could write about the now increasing hobby of World War Two historical reenacters and the companies which supply them. Perhaps talk to the company’s ownership about the goods and items manufacturing.
    Here is one example:

    Also the round-about Israeli aquisition of Czech(?) contract built Messerschitt Bf109s just after world War two for the fledgling Israel Air Force is a wild story in itself that would be good at your blog.


  18. Dear Sir, I wish to contact the author of Cleaning up after WW11,1 July, 18/ 2020.
    jwh75. Can I please ask if you can forward my request to him and hopefully his contact. Many thanks in advance.
    Yours Ken Wright.


  19. Hello-

    I am reaching out because I am currently writing a novel and am in need of a Vietnam era weapon (rifle) that shoots a caliber that is very specific and rare in the current day US, or would be easily identifiable as coming from a weapon of that war. It can be a WWII gun that matriculated to Vietnam, etc, but I am thinking perhaps something that is picked up as a souvenir of war (like many lugers were in WWII) and brought home. I have roughly started with the 7.92×33 mm Kurz and the STG44. I realize this gun may have been very limited in use in Vietnam, but it seems like it was there at some point, but it may also have been too present in other wars to immediately link it back to Vietnam. Perhaps I am way off base here which is why I am hoping you may be willing to offer some other ideas. It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!


    • The Viet Cong made pistols chambered in 6.5mm Arisaka, as there were more rounds of that caliber left behind in 1945 than rifles to shoot them. Otherwise I dont really know any one caliber specific to the conflict; most of it was either WWII (.30-06 Springfield, 8mm Mauser, etc) or Cold War like 7.62 NATO. The StG was also used in the middle east (the Algerian War and more today, the Syrian Civil War) and the Ogaden War in Africa but those conflicts had nothing to do with Vietnam. The “rarest” (from an American perspective) might be 8x50mm(R) Lebel which was a prewar French rifle cartridge. The South Vietnamese army used Berthier rifles (or at least still had some in inventory) until 1969.


      • Any idea about doing a post on the French army’s brief use of German Panthers after the war? This was a stop gap measure until they sourced new equipment from USA/NATO sources.

        There was also pictures I saw one time of a Panther hull used as the base for a dockside crane in either England or France or western Europe. Not sure if this unit was ever recovered by restoration enthusiasts.

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    • That was an error on my part, they used Shermans, Stuarts, and I believe Chaffees (might be wrong there) but not Pattons.


  20. Hi,

    Currently looking for photographs or descriptions or maybe even cargo lists (just dreaming) for USAID sponsored railway rolling stock and locomotives that were brought into Vietnam (Saigon port & Cam Ranh port) from 1963-1971 on several (mostly) Seatrain voyages.

    All together about 200 railcars & 48 GE locomotives.

    Been checking on Card & Core and came across the Card’s morning after photo from May 2, 1964 in Saigon that looks very similar to a photo with a locomotive in front.

    It is assumed that the locomotive was a part of the inbound cargo from the ship behind.


    Could it be the same ship ? Photos are not fantastic, but looks pretty much the same.
    Unfortunately the opposite bank is hidden behind containers and the photo is taken from a lower angle.

    Have you maybe come across have any ships bringing into Vietnam railcars & locomotives ?

    Would appreciate your opinion.

    also on:



    • I actually looked into this when I was writing the article; if memory serves me the railway in South Vietnam was a different gauge than US standard? I dont have any pictures sorry.


  21. So, any plans for a new blog, “AfghanWarAftertheAfghabWar.”

    Just asking. Have followed your blog for several years and am in awe of the research you’ve done.

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