World War II Memorabilia

For some reason, the last week I have been tearing my mother’s house apart in a mad search for the box of photos which would contain my childhood since between what I have seen at my father’s house and my mother’s house, there is only 5 or so photos in existence.  I knew this box of photos existed and I even knew what it looked like.  But for the life of me, I had not been able to find it.  However, in my search, I came across a box of things of my grandfather’s that he brought back from his time in Europe during the War.  Mind you, most of the German items he scavenged off people he had killed.

My grandfather's dog tags and early 1940s French Francs (2nd row) and German Realm Marks (Bottom Row).

My grandfather’s dog tags and early 1940s French Francs (2nd row) and German Realm Marks (Bottom Row).

My grandfather's Infantry insignia, as well as the weaponry he was qualified in.  The ribbon is his American Service Medal Ribbon.

My grandfather’s Infantry insignia, as well as the weaponry he was qualified in. The ribbon is his American Service Medal Ribbon.

The fateful letter that I am sure everyone dreaded getting.  My grandfather's induction letter.

The fateful letter that I am sure everyone dreaded getting. My grandfather’s induction letter.

And now some Nazi stuff.  This was all in my closet, which I’ve been sleeping next two for all these years not knowing that this stuff was right there.  It is a little disturbing.  Handling this stuff really set me on edge because it is imbued with the spirit and energy of whomever it came from but it still gave me a lot of pride in my grandfather and I am happy he brought it all back.

This was a vehicle pennant that would have been attached to an antenna, etc.

This was a vehicle pennant that would have been attached to an antenna, etc.

This is what I believe to be a podium banner but as yet, I have been unable to find anything that is the same shape depicted online.

This is what I believe to be a podium banner but as yet, I have been unable to find anything that is the same shape depicted online.

Top:  German non-commissioned belt buckle.  I also have a full belt with ammo packs with the same buckle.  Bottom:  German officer belt buckle (I think).

Top: German non-commissioned belt buckle. I also have a full belt with ammo packs with the same buckle. Bottom: German officer belt buckle (I think).

This is a bayonet of unknown provenance but looks like a Mauser 1898 7mm.

This is a bayonet of unknown provenance but looks a little like a Mauser 1898 7mm.

And some copies of letters he sent back via V-Mail to his parents.  Interesting reading!

V-Mail #1

V-Mail #2

V-Mail #3

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