• 5
    Apr

The Collector’s Minute: Civil War Regulation 1860 Naval Cutlass

One of the work-horse weapons of the U.S. Navy since before the Civil War was the Regulation 1860 Naval cutlass. They were made by the Ames Company first in Cabotville, and later in Chicopee, Mass. It replaced the earlier, 1841 design, which was a short, heavy broadsword also made by Ames, but not really suited […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 12, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This morning I took Frazer and went up to Mateur to see what we could do E.B.S. out of. As it turned out we got nothing. Of course that is not unusual as E.B.S. is not supposed to let us have anything. Then again we have been […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 11, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa I wonder if there ever will come a time when I will get used to the darned flies. If for nothing else I will be thankful to get back to the states to get rid of the damned pests. It is impossible to imagine how they stick. […]

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  • 10
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 10, 1943

Tuesday, Aug 10, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa The wind has been trying to blow us off the map all day. Dust was lying a quarter of an inch deep on my desk and everything else as well. This country is beginning more and more to remind me of the days we spent at Fort […]

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  • 9
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 9, 1943

Monday, Aug. 9, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This morning a bulletin on the Sicilian campaign came in and said the German Front has shrunk to 40 miles and was dissolving fast. It also stated that any evidence of evacuations was being watched closely and that it would be practically impossible to evacuate. The enemy […]

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  • 8
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 8, 1943

Sunday, Aug. 8, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa The captain left around nine o’clock so we had a peaceful day. The boys cleaned up their tools and put their shops in order for the coming week then went their own way. Most of them spent the day in bull sessions, writing letters or wandering around […]

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  • 7
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 7, 1943

Saturday, Aug. 7, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today marks the end of the fourth week of the invasion. My original guess of six weeks may still be good because opposition now is pretty terrible. They have the Nazi forces pinned up in the north east corner and all hell is letting loose. The Nazis […]

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  • 6
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 6, 1943

Friday, Aug. 6, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Well last night while I was sleeping there was quite a bit of excitement around here. An officer and a negro enlisted man were shot to death. Here is the story as I got it. Two brand new shavetails* had charge of a ____ of Arabs. A […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 5, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today was another one of those scorchers. The only relief we had from it was the ice cream we had for dinner. We send in the ingredients to a place here in Tunis and they make it up for .30 a quart. That’s a pretty good profit, […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 4, 1943

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This evening I received a letter from the Rotary Club back home. It seems they set aside an evening every now and then to write to the boys in the service. It’s a good idea. My “Marylander and Herald” are now coming in pretty regular and they […]

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