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EcoEstate posted a topic in U.S. Orders, Awards & DecorationsHi, I acquired these 3 WWII military badges a while back, and I thought that all three were authentic. Someone recently told me that all of these pieces that are authentic have raised lettering on the back, instead of engraved. And also that the pin back should only open about half way instead of flipping all the way back. My large Nav pin does have these characteristics. The gunner pin opens all the way, and also has engraved "sterling" on the back. My small nav pin only opens half way, but the sterling mark is also engraved. Can anyone help me figure this out? Thanks! From top to bottom: Photos 1&2 = Small Nav Photos 3&4 = Large Nav Photos 5&6 = Gunner
Photo of American soldiers advancing behind French Renault FT17 tanks and planes overhead. I posted this on a photo sharing site years ago and the overall consensus was that it's a still from the silent movie Wings, filmed in 1927. I have not yet seen the movie, but it's on my to do list. One clue that it's not a combat photo is the presence of mufflers on the left side of the FT17 tanks. Americans did use the FT17 in combat, but they were all of French manufacture. The United States manufactured FT17 tanks, but none of them reached France before the war's end. One feature unique to the US version was the addition of a muffler. Another clue is the single bomber aircraft in the photo looks like a Martin MB-1. The MB-1 was not available until October 1918 and again, none of them reached France before the war's end. Any comments, corrections, or additional insight are welcome. Enjoy! Ben