Lot 842

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A great battlefield "pick-up" from the area of Manhay, Luxembourg, scene of a fierce battle between American tankers and their SS counterparts in the days leading up to Christmas, 1944, namely an American tanker's gas mask, accompanying bag and accoutrements recovered shortly after the monumental battle. These items, likely lost by a member of the 3rd Armored Division, include a complete gas mask and canister, green canvas bag with stenciled ID "US MASK, PROTECTIVE TANK M25AI", and empty canisters which once held eye ointment and "ANTI-DIM" cloth. One can only image the hell breaking loose when this item was lost! From the personal collection of World War II and Civil War historian Michael Miner. Miner's thirty-year collection was built through an extensive system of contacts he developed with artifact hunters and diggers in Europe and the Far East, and he maintained careful records of the items he amassed.

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January 21, 2010 10:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, US

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