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Mon Jul 28, 2008 04:13

Okay guys (and gals :D ) I'm in need of info, photos and such on the 307th Med assigned to the 82nd AB. I'm trying to put together my impression as a medic from the 307th that would have jumped with the 505th. (The 505th is my reenacting group here in the Pacific Northwest.) I have read the info about the 307th here in this great site but not finding much else out there. Does anyone here on the forum reenact medics from the 82nd or can help point me to some good info out there?

Thanks so much for any help on this.
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 08:10

Hi Nicholas,
Assuming you have been browsing through our webpages, including WW2 images and the 307th's Unit History - I can recommend the following book : WWII Paratroopers Portrait Series - The Way We Were, title > Doc McIlvoy and his Parachuting Medics, D-Day Publishing (Mike De Trez), ISBN 2-9600176-6-8, published in 2004 .
The book deals with the Medical Detachment of the 505th Prcht Inf Regt and includes a large number of vintage photographs, illustrating men, individual equipment, and of course numerous images and data related to medical items .
I hope the above helps (unless you do have the book already) ...
Good luck with your project !
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:10

Hi Nicholas,

As Alain says, I can really recommend Mike De Trez's book on Doc McIlvoy. It has some fantastic photographs of the unit and will most certainly help in putting together your impression.

I also re-enact the 307th Airborne Medical Company, so if you have any questions or queries etc., please feel free to ask, either through our Forum or via email, and I will try and answer them to the best of my knowledge.

Thanks and good luck!
Ben :D
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 14:08

Thanks guys!!! I will be try and order the book today.

I will keep you in mind Ben as I go. I know I will have questions for you as I go.

Thanks!!!
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 14:24

Nicholas,
No problem, and please don't be shy!
You can order Michel's books from his website found at the following address:
http://www.d-day-publishing.be/portrait3.html
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Mon Jul 28, 2008 23:12

I ordered it this morning once I saw the post about it. I should have it in a few days. I see that this author has written other books about the 82nd. I will add them to my x-mas list.

I won't be too shy and will be hitting you up with more questions here shortly.
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Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:24

Hi Nicholas,
Did you ever receive the copy of your book from Michel? What were your thoughts on it, and how is your 307th Abn Med Co. impression coming together?
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It is a great book. Has some very good pictures in there and also great info. I'm working on my early war (mediterranean theatre) setup. I'll try and get some pics posted for you guys here soon.
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mec1945 wrote:It is a great book. Has some very good pictures in there and also great info. I'm working on my early war (mediterranean theatre) setup. I'll try and get some pics posted for you guys here soon.


Yes...I do 505th Medical Detachment as a primary impression. The Doc McIlvoy book by Michel DeTrez is about the best reference point I have come across in my 5 years of building and improving my 505th impression (which is always a work in progress). I wish there were more photos from Market Garden, but the earlier stuff is great.

One thing I've learned from research if you're going to do a post-MTO impression i.e. Normandy or Market Garden (and it seems to be a 505th thing) -- get a hold of some 1/4" netting for your helmet. In that book, Pete Suer is the only medical detachment member I see wearing the wider spaced netting. Everyone else appears to be wearing the 1/4" netting. I recently picked up some original 1/4" netting from Lucky Forward Militaria to replace my 3/4" inch netting on my M2 and M1C helmets. That's one of those little details that makes a 505th impression stand out from the literal crowd of Airborne units in the US WWII re-enacting community.

PM me on here and we can trade research notes if you'd like!

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 16:22

Hi Ryan,
It's great to see another 307th buff! I presume you've seen the Unit History that we were able to put together based on the official Unit History > 307th Airborne Medical Company History
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Ben wrote:Hi Ryan,
It's great to see another 307th buff! I presume you've seen the Unit History that we were able to put together based on the official Unit History > 307th Airborne Medical Company History
Thanks,
Ben


Yes sir. I read it last night! Great information!

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