So I had posted this scabbard around on the interwebs trying to get some help identifying it.
It came with a nice UFH M1905E1 cut down I won on an online auction for a "M1 Garand Bayonet". So I asked around on various forums ect about what people knew about it. I was told it was French, Argentinian, Iranian, and also told it was a rare USA bayonet trials scabbard. Seems no one knew what it was.
So I called up one of the foremost bayonet authorities in the USA, Dennis Ottobre (goes by Otto), to see what the story on it is.
So it is supposedly a Northern European manufactured (evidence points to Belgium) post WWII replacement scabbard for M1 type bayonets. It is all metal and very nice, but has ZERO markings on it. I have been told it is very rare and probably worth several hundred dollars in the right auction setting.
So folks, if you have something that no-one knows what is, dig, dig, dig. We live in the information age, so seek information!
Otto charges a small fee for the consult, but it was very much worth it to learn more about this unique scabbard!
His website is http://www.ebayonet.com/
In honour of yesterdays American Eagle Day, here is a member of the 101st Airborne Division with the unit's mascot, named "Young Abe", at Fort Bragg, NC.
The eagle worn on the shoulder of the 101st Airborne Division represents a real eagle, who had quite a history in war himself.
In 1861, an eaglet was captured from its nest and sold for a bushel of corn. The eaglet lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for a while as a pet. But as it grew, its owner sold it for $2.50 to Captain John E. Perkins, commanding officer of a militia company called the Eau Claire Badgers. The unit renamed themselves the Eau Claire Eagles after their new mascot.
Perkins' unit entered federal service with the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which quickly garnered the nickname the Eagle Regiment thanks to their mascot, who they named "Old Abe", in honour of President Abraham Lincoln.
They fought on the Western Theatre of the American Civil War, with Old Abe being carried into each battle atop a special shield-shaped perch.
In 1864 the 8th Wisconsin was mustered out of service as its members enlistments had expired. Old Abe had fought alongside the men for almost 4 years.
On Sep 26, 1864, 70 veterans of the 8th Wisconsin marched Old Abe to the state building and presented him to the govenor. He was donated to the people of Wisconsin, and travelled nationwide in support of veterans, becoming quite the celebrity at reunions, benefits, and exhibitions.
In 1881 a fire broke out in the building where Old Abe's aviary was situated. He survived the fire but was weakened by the fumes, and died a month later in the arms of his handler, George Gilles.
Old Abe was preserved after his death and displayed in the Capitol buildings Memorial Hall, but another fire in 1904 destroyed the display. Nowadays only a handful of Old Abe's feathers survive at the Veterans Museum, Madison.
In 1921 the 101st AD adopted the profile of Old Abe's head for its insignia. ♠♠
Esta imagen fue tomada ayer en el Senegal 🇸🇳 - Polonia 🇵🇱, una hermosura lo que representa, el Mundial es la fiesta de todos, el fútbol es más que un juego, donde si queremos, todos somos hermanos! 🙂😊👏🏽👌🏽🤝👍🏿👦🏿👱🏼👨🏿👩🏼👱🏽♀️👧🏽👦🏻👧🏻👨🏼👨🏽👴🏼👱🏾👦🏾🌎🌍🌏⭐️⚽️⚽️⚽️❤️💛💚💙💜🖤🔝♥️
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What can I say about Michael @cudlitz , he stood in front of his table for the majority of the weekend. He was generous and kind and not since I worked with Marina Sirtis have I seen someone so good with the kids. #bandofbrothers#thewalkingdead
@jkzone buddy I can’t tell you how much it means to me, that you will help me with any insane project that comes into my mind. Not only help but do it well. I’m back in town, you have some time to start this back up again? #rideordie#trenchlife#bandofbrothers
A marine of the 6th Marine Division attacking up Mount Yae-Take on Okinawa between April 13th and 16th 1945. The above picture is taken from a color footage roll and while watching the footage I noticed I took a shot of the same coast line. Sooo now I can show you this Then & Now!
If anyone is interested in the colorized footage search YouTube for: 6th Marine Division Yae-Take!
The 11th Armoured Division, also known as the Black Bull, was a British tank division in World War Two. Being establihed in March 1941 it saw only saw action in Europe. The commander of the division was General Major Percy "Hobo" Hobart, later on becoming commander of the 7th Armoured Division, known as the desert Rats. The Division landed on Juno beach on the 6th of June 1944, this was the first time it saw action. The division helped liberating France and played a key roll in the battle of Caen, where the main British force was being concentrated on. After this they helped liberating France, Belgium and of course the south of the Netherlands. The battle of Arnhem of course, as we all know failed, so they helped in the Ardenne Offensive and eventually crossed the river Rhine. It helped liberating Bergen Belsen and hold the German city of Lübeck. The unit was dissolved in 1946.
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Den där känslan efter avslutad övning. När man som soldat, chef eller deltagare tillbringat ett par dagar med sin grupp, sin pluton eller sitt kompani. Vi har skrikit på varandra, frusit, varit trötta, svettats i försommarvärmen, burit varandras bördor. För att till slut stanna upp och i ett kort ögonblick inse vad vi verkligen klarar av. Vi farsor, morsor, äkta män och hustrur. Frånskilda, nykära, luttrade eller bittra. Eller bara som vanligt. #hemvärnet#soldat#gammaläräldst#försvarsmakten#ettpartrickirockärmen#bandofbrothers#ettparsistersmedfaktiskt
Moving along faster on this than I thought! Band of Brothers WIP. I’ve really been enjoying making this. When the subject or image resonates with me a piece almost feels effortless. I think it’s because when the subject it image is powerful and meaningful to me it’s easier to focus on the essence of what I’m drawing and not get bogged down in details. I feel I have to mention that I’ve definitely had many times where I’ve had an idea in my head and I just can’t capture it the way I want, or I’m using an image reference that doesn’t translate easily to paper; Those times can feel discouraging. I love these times though; where you feel like you went out for a run and feel so good that you could just keep running.