Souvenir hunting

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Souvenir hunting

Post by Peter H » 05 Jan 2007 05:15

http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/souvenir/index.html

Because of the activities of souvenir hunters during operations on more than one Pacific island, much material of known and probable value was carried away, and almost all enemy documents, personal papers, weapons, and equipment were so rummaged through and scattered about that their eventual salvage was either unnecessarily delayed or rendered impossible. Souvenir hunting was not confined to any one unit or group, but was undertaken by construction battalions, defense forces, and ship's crews—personnel who came ashore after the assault phase had been completed. Not that there had been any lag between the assault and the beginning of the souvenir hunting. Even by mid-afternoon of the first day, considerable damage had been done, for houses, stores, and barracks had been stripped almost as fast as they had been taken.


With captured Japanese helmet and weapons on Guadalcanal:

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Post by Peter H » 05 Jan 2007 05:37

Captured Japanese trophies.

From Harlan Glenn's United States Marine Corps: Uniforms, Insignia And Personal Items of World War II
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Post by Peter H » 05 Jan 2007 05:38

In the tank ditch on Tarawa with captured Japanese rifle over shoulder
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Post by Peter H » 05 Jan 2007 05:39

From Follow Me!,1948.

Future ebay items for sale.
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Post by lwhite » 05 Jan 2007 08:16

Thanks for posting the photo's. My neighbor was a Marine Corps veteran and was wounded on Iwo Jima. I can still remember him showing me his war souvenirs when I was a young child back in the mid-60's. I remember he had a shoebox full of photos of Japanese soldiers. He had a Japanese rifle with the longest bayonet I ever saw! Just a few years ago he brought out a Japanese flag with writing on it and waved it at me.He passed away a few years ago-but I was looking at the new book on Iwo Jima by Eric Hammel and I believe he is on page 149-the mortar man with the "thousand yard stare"! Thanks , Larry

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Post by Larso » 06 Jan 2007 01:42

There were the more gruesome souvineers too of teeth and ears. I wonder whether these come up for sale somewhere. Indeed, has anyone heard of anything along these lines?

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Post by Peter H » 06 Jan 2007 02:31

More gruesome relics discussed here:

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Post by faf_476 » 06 Jan 2007 08:57

I wished I got an Arisaka rifle! Can anyone have a close up picture about this rifle!?
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