Dear Mods, I have mentioned this topic in my garbage thread. If anyone thinks this new thread is unnecessary, please feel free to delete it.
I recently had the honor of viewing and borrowing (for my hands on high school lesson) the various items that Pvt. Don Lane, a member of the 14th Armored Division, brought back from his time in the service.
Beyond the German insignia, etc. that most vets brought back, there were two crudely made wooden spoons and another utencil of some sort...
The vet's son-in-law said that Pvt. Lane picked these up in Europe, but never talked about them. I assumed at first that he meant that Pvt. Lane made these himself and used them... Who would be excited to talk about these shoddy looking utencils?
However, then I remembered the nice stainless steel mess kits and utencils that all GIs were issued...
I did some more research on the 14th Armored Division and found that they took on the nickname: "The Liberators" because they liberated many POW camps, forced labor camps, and concentration camps... This hit me like a ton of bricks... Could these utencils be what the poor souls in the camps used to feed themselves?
It's obvious that two of the utencils are spoons. The third... I originally thought was broken. BUT, the more I look at it, it looks like it was sharpened intentionally to a point... and it kind of looks like a weapon to me... a dagger of sorts?
What do you fine ladies and gentlemen think?
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