Friday, October 2, 2015

So Proudly We Hail! ~

So Proudly We Hail is a movie made in 1943, starring Veronica Lake, Paulette Goddard and Claudette Colbert as Army Nurses. The movie was inspired on the book I served on Bataan of Lt. Juanita Hipps, she was one of the Angels of Bataan. The 3 nurses were first in Pearl Harbor and went afterwards to Bataan.
I still haven't found one of those early war white nurse dresses but I do have the HBT coveralls and the M1917 helmet, which they still used in the early days of WW2. In 1941 the army introduced the well known M1 helmet. Also in this movie you'll see the nurses wearing the M1917 helmet.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Comme en 44 ~

This was probably the last event of this summer. A small and cozy event in Wallonia, near the French border. Not that much participants but tranquility is sometimes also very nice. The weather forecast looked horrible last week but during the week we only had rain on Friday afternoon and the rest of the week it was almost completely dry.
We've made a lovely tour with the vehicles on Saturday and Sunday, during that tour we made some stops at interesting places. Also a the place were the first American soldier crossed the Belgian border, he was our first liberator!
And now it will be waiting till Bastogne. But luckely there's still the militaria fair in Ciney next month...
Guess who was driving!

 And yes, I got my purse!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's a Real One, Right?

2 Years of searching and that just to find a single purse! A World War 2 WAC (Women's Army Corps) purse. There have been a few for sale on ebay and other online militaria stores but some prices are pretty crazy so I just decided to wait and last week I was really lucky! On a Dutch second-hand website I saw the purse for sale and I just had to have it! And the price was also very good so I had no choice. The purse is still in a very good condition, it still has the strap and also the wallet, which is hard to find.

Some people asked me how I knew the difference between an original one and a reproduction. In most uniforms there are labels but not in these purses. They were wrapped in paper and on the paper there was a label but you don't find those very often.
If you find them on a militaria fair you'll see and mostly feel the difference. The modern reproductions are mostly not made of real leather and have also a different lining. My mom bought a reproduction some years ago at Soldier of Fortune and I compared my original one with her reproduction. Most reproductions here aren't very good but I don't know if there are any good ones for sale in the US or somewhere else...