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Article about: Hi Guys, this is the end section of a US "Parapack". This was dropped on the besieged town of Bastogne in Dec 1944. The item was picked up by a local farmer at the time and kept in

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    Hi Guys, this is the end section of a US "Parapack". This was dropped on the besieged town of Bastogne in Dec 1944.

    The item was picked up by a local farmer at the time and kept in his barn unitl he gave it to a Danish friend of mine a few years ago. My friend, Jurgen, kindly passed the item onto me knowing my interest in Airborne forces items.

    The pack is made from heavy canvas and is padded with thick felt material. It is crudely marked with a painted letter "M" which stood for Munitions.



    Cheers, Ade.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture US Parapack drop valise from Bastogne..jpg   US Parapack end with M for Munitions..jpg  

    US Parapack interior..jpg   US Parapack markings..jpg  


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    Hi there Ade , there wouldnt be many of those left today i bet . Just on the subject of Airbourne gear , in the drops on Normandy they are said to have droped dummy paratroops called Rupet , was this so and if so are there any surviving that you know of , interesting , cheers Raymond

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    Hi Raymond, the "Rupert" story is correct. I have seem quite a few over the years, nearly all were in museums.

    Here is an interesting link I have from my favourites file:

    THE DECOY PARATROOPER DUMMY HISTORY SITE !

    Cheers, Ade.

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    i wish someone would pass old militaria on to me

    your a lucky bloke ade to know all these people

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Hi Raymond, the "Rupert" story is correct. I have seem quite a few over the years, nearly all were in museums.

    Here is an interesting link I have from my favourites file:

    THE DECOY PARATROOPER DUMMY HISTORY SITE !

    Cheers, Ade.
    Awesome site Ade , very interesting reading , i see the germans were first to use these dummys in Belgium , 1940 , unbeleaveable , cheers mate Raymond

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    Hi there,

    This is a very interesting Battle of the Bulge relic. Do you know the specific place where it was found eg. recovered??? Marvie or Wardin?? If you are willing to sell it just let us know..... We are always looking for Battle of the Bulge relics for our collection.

    Regards,

    Lucassa

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    Great Item with a wonderful history.

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    Hi Lucassa, I don't have any more details but when I next speak with my friend I will ask if he knows anymore about it. I could never sell it as it was a kind gift.

    Cheers, Ade.

    PS: Welcome to the forum!

    Hi Justin, thanks. I like anything which has even a little bit of history behind it.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Nice item Ade

    Nice to know your keeping it just for me

    Tom

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    That is a great find Ade, like said earlier wouldnt be to many of those around today nice find.

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