As long as I can remember I had an interest in "war" Played soldier as a kid, making my own gun outof wood and plastic tubes
When I was in my teens I bought a RAF battledress in a surplus store. Wore it all the time until it fell apart.
My grandparents and father survived the Jap camps on the island of Java during WWII. Their few stories fascinated me.
How they lived, survived and hated the occupation and the Japanese soldiers.
My grandma refused to bow so she was beaten with a bamboo stick...
When they all passed away I found nearly everything they saved from captivity in a large wooden trunk
Their camp dogtags, a few hundred letters and postcards in Malaysian, passports, grandpa's uniform and 1LT stars. U name it.
Fotos can be found here : Tolbert - bandoeng - a set on Flickr
It moved me to tears.... My goal is to see if it's possible to write a book about this period of time. Needless to say : I'm very proud of my grandparents !
Sorry, I dwelled off.
In the meantime I keep collecting, Dutch(cavalry)uniforms and have a few foreign WWII bits 'n bobs.
I'm also interested in police uniforms etc.
Regard from Holland,