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Preliminary Inventory of the Elmer E. Wilson Collection, ca. 1939-1945
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Three canisters


Rations: hardtack, dextrose tablets, chocolate, cigarettes and matches


Medical supplies and three hand-held flares


Flare gun (VERY pistol) with cartridges


German Navy Rank, Specialty, and Corps insignia


Army and Air Force national insignia - Breast Eagles


German Navy National insignia - Breast Eagles - Army Style


German Navy National insignia - Breast Eagles (summer uniform)


German Army National Insignia - Breast Eagles (summer cotton rock)


German Navy National Insignia Fatigue Corps


Golden Blue - sea on winter dress


Golden khaki - summer army type uniform


German Navy - stretcher bearer armband


Nazi Party


Armband - Labor Service Organization "Todt"


Armband - worn by all civilian party organizations


German Army horse gas mask (#1)


Tank marker (long plastic strip - red and black coloring) used by U.S. forces to mark captured enemy tanks to identify them as in friendly hands (#2)


German Army


Combination spoon and fork (#3)


Field stove (Sterno type) with extra box of fuel tablets (#4)


Gloves for handling barbed wire (#6)


Unidentified-1 black and 1 orange round box - food containers (#7)


German Forces - spark plug in rubber package (#8)


Imperial German Army - regimental flag pole marker, possibly from Imperial Guards Regiment (#9)


National (German) war flag - represents one used as national colors only during time of war. Peace flag - red with black swastika on white circle (this is not a military flag) (#10)


Dunhill fluidless lighter - extremely unpopular with U.S. troops, who preferred Zippos (#11)


Two orange bottles - used to contain anti-gas ointment (#12)




German Luftwaffe survival kit (used by bomber and transport crews forced down on land or sea)


Two shooting tables - field artillery (#5)