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Item 8092 US WW2 82nd airborne officer uniform

  This uniform belonged to a lieutenant of the 82nd airborne division. The guy must have been quite a dandy as he had his combat infantry badge embroidered directly onto the uniform. The 82nd patch is a felt one. All insignia is original to the jacket. The jacket came with this set of dog tags. I have done no research but there is the mans name and service number. I am sure you can find out more about him. $650.00

 

 

 

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Item 8086 US WW2 Army issue Coca-cola bottle  

        

  Possibly one of the rarest items of Coca-cola collecting; and a fascinating item for the collector of US GI stuff.

 

Yes, you can find 40s vintage Coca-cola bottles in almost any antique store in the US and the cost is rarely more than a few dollars. But there is a difference between the army contracted Coke bottles intended for use outside the country and those meant for civilian consumption in the states. Civilian Coke bottles are tinted in green and are embossed on the bottom with the name of the bottling plant where the bottle originated. Military Coke bottles are in clear glass, have no embossing at the bottom and are generally embossed with a date at the side. (This example is faintly dated '44)

 

This bottle is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It was scavenged locally in Normandy. Very few of these survived the postwar recycling drives. The cap is an original but is likely not original to the bottle. Add this to your collection of GI personal stuff today. $55.00

 

MORE INFO:

 

December 1941- Robert W. Woodruff announced The Coca-Cola Company’s wartime policy: “We will see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents wherever he is and whatever it costs the Company.”

In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a telegram requesting 10 Mobile Bottling Plants be sent to the European war front. The Cablegram also requested that three million bottles and complete equipment necessary for producing the same quantity twice monthly be sent.

Bottle production began in 1943. The bottles were to be made using clear glass and no City/State markings on the bottom.

There are two theories about why clear glass was used instead of the normal Coke Green in manufacturing these bottles. One was that it made the bottles easily identifiable as military bottles. The other is that copper is needed to create the Coke Green glass and, due to a shortage of copper, it was necessary to manufacture them with clear glass. This latter theory may not be correct since all U.S. Coca-Cola bottles manufactured during the War years were in the standard Coke green glass.

The first bottle manufactured in 43 was simply the PAT’D D-105529 bottle in clear glass with no City/State markings. A new bottle mold could not be made quickly to allow a different style bottle for Military use only. By 1944, the new style bottle began production with the word ‘TRADEMARK REGISTERED' below the Coca-Cola script. This bottle was produced until 1946.

 

 

 

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Item 8085 US WW2 Jeep/vehicle/engine heater

        

        

  Here is a nice example of the rarely encountered hand crank heater model 796a. Used to heat engines and such while working on them. The small burner runs on gasoline while a hand crank propels the heat much the same as the turbo torpedo heaters are used today. This item appears complete and serviceable but I have not run it.  $150.00

 

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