Military Insignia, Part One: Symbology

Posted by Military Insignia, Part One: Symbology on 11/12/2013 to Military Memorabilia
Every branch of the US military uses distinctive insignia, crests and heraldry to represent each individual unit within a command structure. These symbols are used for several reasons. First, for recognition on the battlefield and to help commanders in the field quickly determine which troops were theirs and which belonged to another commander. The unit crests and insignia also represented some of the core principles of that unit, principles that soldiers within those units would strive to live up to. The unit insignia can be broken down into three artistic elements, with each having its own set of meanings. The three elements contained in every unit insignia are the imagery or symbols, the colors and the shape of the crest itself. With the sheer number of options available when you combine those three elements, it is easy to see why no two unit crests or insignia are exactly the same.

Gift Ideas for Military Veterans

Posted by Devin on 9/27/2013 to Military Displays
Military veterans deserve massive amounts of appreciation for all they have done in the past, are doing today, and for all the sacrifice they will make in the future. Many people are searching for ways to show how thankful they are for what they have done for the country. With Father's Day approaching, people are searching for the perfect gifts to give their fathers and grandfathers who have fought for their country. Considering most of the military love collection guns, knives, and other military collectibles, displays are excellent gift ideas.

The History of Swords

Posted by Devin on 9/19/2013 to Military Sword History
From its earliest appearance over 30,000 years ago, the sword has occupied a unique place in history and human imagination. Unlike weapons of brute force, the sword requires skill to create and to wield, and it has more than earned its name as "the Queen of weapons.”

History of the Military Shadow Box

Posted by Devin H. on 9/4/2013 to Military Swords
Although it has become a staple of military retirements, the history of the military shadow box is as cloaked in mystery as its name would suggest. The varying accounts of its origins make discerning the truth of the matter difficult. However, the story of the shadow box is one that sheds light on the respect and high regard that military service members have for one another.

The USMC KA-BAR knife: A Marine's Best Friend

Posted by Devin on 8/31/2013 to Military Sword History
In the early days of World War II United States Marines used World War I-era bronze or alloy-handled knives, such as the standard Mark I trench knife. In this new war however, these old-fashioned knives were seen as unwieldy by soldiers, and were also expensive to manufacture.

5 Reasons to Buy a Sword Plaque for a Marine Graduate

Posted by Devin on 8/30/2013 to Military Displays
According to The US Marine Corps, three commitments are made: They make Marines. They win the Nation's battles. They develop quality citizens.

With these standards of quality in mind, Marine graduates often receive a sword as a gift. Traditional swords and proud graduates need a plaque on which to display the gift.

History of the M7 Bayonet

Posted by Devin on 8/27/2013 to Military Memorabilia
Introduced in 1964 during the Vietnam war by the US military, the M7 bayonet was used for the M16. The M7 was used to replace the M6 bayonet that was common on the M14 rifle. Though they are very similar, the differences mainly lie in the muzzle ring diameter and the locking and release mechanisms. It is said that the M7 bayonet embodies a mesh of the M4 and the M6 bayonets in both style, and feel.

A Brief Review of Military Ranks

Posted by Bryan on 4/11/2013 to Military Sword History
The United States Military has a proud history dating back to 1775 when the Continental Congress formed the first branch of the U.S. Military, the Army.

The Cutting Edges of the Revolutionary War

Posted by Bryan on 4/4/2013 to Military Swords
While the firepower of muskets and pistols was among the most common weaponry of the Revolutionary War, intimidating sabres and swords had important parts to play as well.

The Benefits of Military History Education

Posted by Bryan on 3/14/2013 to Military Sword History
There are many benefits to having a wide range of knowledge in military history.

The Art of War & the Art of the Military Sword

Posted by Bryan on 3/7/2012 to Military Sword History
There is something romantic in the figure of a soldier bent over his task creating beauty from the ugliness of war, and for centuries soldiers have passed the slow times of war by doing just that. These pieces of war memorabilia and art are commonly called trench art. Outside of the margins of eras and names examples of this art date back long before trench warfare was established, early examples include wooden boxes, marquetry boxes, carved items from soup bones and items of plaited straw created by prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars.

U.S. Army Rangers: A Brief History

Posted by Bryan on 12/22/2012 to Military Sword History
The U.S. Army Rangers consist of a group of 2000 of the most elite, highly trained soldiers in the United States. The group is composed of one Special Troops Battalion and three Rifle Battalions. Originally headquartered out of Fort Benning, Georgia, these combat soldiers are trained for quick deployments, within just a few hours’ notice, to locations all over the world. The Rangers are prepared to travel in any type of weather condition as well as all types of terrain and will travel by air, land or sea.

Wafare Across the Ages

Posted by Bryan on 12/12/2012 to Military Sword History
Military history is a unique and fascinating field of study, focusing on the history of armed conflict throughout human history.

Honoring Your Favorite Marine with the Right Gifts

Posted by Joe on 11/18/2012 to Military Memorabilia
At Military Sword Displays and our sister sites, you will find a large variety of collectible Marine Corps and NCO items that are perfect for the Marine in your life. Marine Corps collectibles let them know that you appreciate their service.

A Quick History of Ka-Bar Knives

Posted by Bryan on 11/13/2012 to Military Swords
Known for creating quality fighting and utility knives, Kabar as a company has been around at least since the late 1890s, though some estimates take it back to the early 1800s when the New England cutlery industry began to re-surface.

A Brief History of the Marine Corps

Posted by Bryan on 10/10/2012 to Military Sword History
The Marine Corps is a proud division of the four national services that protect the United States. Along with the Navy, Air Force and Army, the Marine Corps protect and uphold the dignity of this country both on land and sea.

Military Swords

Posted by Mel on 11/12/2012 to Military Swords
Military swords are among the most interesting memorabilia or souvenir that a history buff or military person can own and/or collect.

Sword History: Honjo Masamune & Zulfiqar

Posted by Mel on 9/24/2012 to Military Sword History
Even after the introduction of firearms, swords were still used by generals and soldiers, and they are still used by military organizations to this day.

From Patches to Ammo Cans -- Military Memorabilia

Posted by Bryan on 9/12/2012 to Military Memorabilia
People get interested in collecting military memorabilia for many reasons. Sometimes it's chance encounters with a relative's possessions from military service. Occasionally, people want to own a few items that remind them of their time served for their country.

Collecting Military Memorabilia

Posted by Bryan on 8/15/2012 to Military Memorabilia
It is not uncommon for people to start a collection early in life that lasts well into adulthood. If your family member or friend was in the military, or if your mom/dad had a particular interest in history or warfare, you might have found an interest in collecting insignia, badges, pins, shoulder patches, or larger objects such as weaponry and uniforms. Here's what you need to know about creating a great collection of military memorabilia.

Military History: Warfare Through the Ages

Posted by Bryan on 8/1/2012 to Military Sword History
With the formation of civilized society, internal and external conflict have been common phenomena. Yet given the geopolitical fault-lines that divide the Earth, and the habitability or in-habitability of certain regions, the areas that have been plagued by war are few and far in between.

U.S. Navy Officer Swords Are a Genuine, Thoughtful Gift

Posted by Bryan on 7/11/2012 to Military Swords
Do you have a son or daughter serving in the U.S. Navy? Is your father or grandfather a former U.S. Navy officer? Do you have a friend who recently has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy? Celebrate them with an authentic U.S. Navy officer's swords and a Naval 1860 CPO cutlass.

Military Swords: Significance and Meaning

Posted by Bryan on 7/11/2012 to Military Swords
Too many of us have never had the unique opportunity to serve in war. For those who have, we are in a time where swords and weapons that encourage hand-to-hand combat are all but eliminated. Instead, we control drones from halfway across the world that attack and destroy buildings and people.

An Introduction of Military Swords Memorabilia

Posted by Bryan on 6/22/2012 to Military Swords
Presentation swords are one of the most popular American military collectibles today. Swords that were awarded as an honor, replicas of swords once used in battle, historic swords and swords officers had custom-made for their own personal use... these are beautifully meaningful memorabilia that is also beautifully crafted of silver or gold and elaborately etched blades.

A Brief History of Swords in Military Use

Posted by Bryan on 6/20/2012 to Military Sword History
Swords were the choice military weapon for thousands of years. That's a remarkable tenure for anything, let alone a weapon. They were each designed differently, and to carry out specific damage. Some were made for thrusting the sword into the enemy, while others were designed to cut.
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