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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
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
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.
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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