Militaria and History


This topic will be non firearm related in a way.
It will be for displaying historical items our members have collected.
I do ask that you provide some background on your items as best you can as this thread is intended to be a historical look at humanity’s past.




Day Badges or Tinnies as they are often called.
In the Third Reich it was of significant importance that everybody be involved and feel to be part of the whole.
So in a small way one thing the hierarchy did was to provide people with tokens of attendance to special events held.
Day Badges is one way to that and was given to all attendees of that event.

Here are some of the Day badges given out to attendees to show they supported the Party and ideals it presented.

May Day
Celebrated by organized labor to be a paid holiday and hold celebrations.

1 May 1936


May Day Celebration 1 May 1937
Hermann Bauer, Schwäb.-Gmünd


May Day Celebration 1 May 1938


May Day Celebration 1 May 1939
RZM M9/56


Tag der Arbeit 1934
(Day of the Work)



Nurenberg Nazi Reichsparteitag 1939
(Reich Party Day)

Has Brennlaq coating
RZM M9/56



Anti-Nazi Propaganda Souvenir

Produced by Depose of Belgium the ashtray depicts the famous Manneken Pis (Pissing Boy) of Belgish Folklore urinating on the Swastika.

The Manneken Pis became the symbol of the city of Brussels Belgium rebellious spirit over the centuries.

You can read more about the Pissing Boy on Wikipedia and many other sites over the net.

This was made circa 1944 as a souvenir for troops that liberated Belgium from the Nazi Occupation in September 1944.

There are numerous versions of the boy and swastika produced.

This is unique in that the boy is wearing an American Helmet and it is tipped to one side as was popular amongst GI’s of the period.

Obviously this combination was aimed at American Soldiers in the country.



Interestingly America has it’s own version of the Manneken Pis.




That’s cool! Thanks for making this topic. Ought to be interesting.


This is my Father-in-law, 92 years old. He’s wearing his letterman sweater from Topaz High School. This was the Japanese internment camp at Topaz, Utah. He was 14 when they were placed there. He went from there to a prison when he refused to enlist after having been imprisoned for 4 years.

This is also our History, ugly as it may be.


Ive been to Topaz back in the 70’s and was pretty much nothing but sagebrush.
I hear they are building a museum now.
Lest We Forget

Here is something that falls into your subject.

The Secret War Against America
Michael Sayers & Albert E. Kahn
These type books were produced to incite the public against the German and Japanese populace and further justify the internment camps in the U.S.
A great example of Allied Propaganda
Dust cover is torn and rough but Book is Very Good +++


Keeping it coming. This is good stuff!


Oh don’t you worry… I’ll be on this thread soon! Good stuff so far folks. I see this getting interesting.


Here is another offering from my collection.

WW1 this time.

This was my great grandfathers form the great war to end all wars.
He served with the 91st Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Forces in France and Belgium.
And was lucky to survive the experience.
And yes it is all original to include the netting which is very fragile.


And his Gas Mask,


As well as his Canteen.



Now that Sir is a treasure!


My friends dad gave me this a while back.

Here’s a few more pictures.



Life Magazine, when journalism was journalism.
Or Was It?
That’s for another post.

But as a Keep your Eyes Out For Issue.
July 26 1943 Life put out a volume which pictures the men of the 8th Air Force


Now this issue is not difficult to find.
If you see a copy with the cover shown, but there is in yellow letters the word Life? across the picture then you have found a extremely rare copy.

Seems what happened is the Nazi Propaganda Ministry duplicated the issue and then added the “Life?” in the picture.
What was inside was very different however.
This followed the Second Schweinfurt Raid also known as Black Thursday.
On the raid 291 B-17s and 20 B-24s were launched.
222 actually made it to the target area due to failures and problems.
They were attacked by 675 German fighter sorties and continuous Flack Attack.
18% loses on a single raid and almost stopped the bombing campaign.
Some 2900 airmen of which 648 were listed as KIA Wounded or MIA.

So now back to the Life magazine issue.
The Propaganda Ministry took photos of the killed airmen and wreckage and placed them in the fake issue.
The produced thousands of them and dropped them over England.
Can you imagine the horror of finding one of these to the people of England.
The government attempted to round up the issues and destroy them as fast as possible.
But a few still survive.
I have been looking for almost 20 years and have never found one.
However an old acquaintance from the defunct Military Collectors Network (MCN) has one.
It isn’t pretty and is rather gruesome.
But History isn’t always pretty either.
You just never know when one of these will pop up.


Thats very interesting . Ive never heard of that.


Wow, that’s incredibly neat info. I have never heard of that either.


A Revolutionary War loan receipt from 1781 that I came across and purchased some years back. I think it’s a neat bit of history as it actually mentions the United States by name when referring to the present war with Great Britain.

Much respect to the first men and women who fought for our freedom and gave us the Constitutional protections that we enjoy today.


I love the old english alphabet :grin:


Blue Star service banner.
In the process of demolishing an old house, I found this in the attic . The blue stars represented each family member serving in the military and was often displayed at home, in a front window. I don’t know the history of this one. It’s old and getting brittle.


@58marine What a find! I wonder which world war it’s from. The stars are offset to the right slightly, may be a clue?