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      Sure, we may be tooting our own horn but here are the facts:   ORDERING --How many times have you been frustrated when you order an item from a militaria website, wait for feedback and then find out it has already been sold? We understand how frustrating this can be. At The Ruptured Duck we work very hard to update our website immediately once an item is sold to avoid this from happening. 99.9% of the items you see including the edged blades are, in fact, available so you can order with confidence.   Packing --We ship multiple orders every business...

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              Have you ever wondered what that person you were talking to on the phone or you were emailing actually looked like? Sure, we have all done that. We have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at shows in the past. Some of you have also made the “billgrimage” out to the rural setting where we live in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, and discovered that we actually have indoor plumbing!     However, with the advent of the internet, we’ve interacted with thousands of collectors from all over the globe whom we have never...

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PMS (POST MAX SHOW) REPORT This after battle report will follow a similar format as previous years but is packed with new facts which I trust you’ll enjoy. MAX 34 is now in the books! Hard to believe this show has been going on for 34 years. That’s right, and I haven’t missed one yet and do not plan to miss any in the future. It all started back in St. Louis, then Baltimore which was cool.  After that, we’ve trucked to Monroeville, Charlotte, Indianapolis and now for the 10th year in a row, we are back in Monroeville, PA,...

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  Eye-Opening WWII Facts The "Greatest Generation" sacrificed and did all of this: On average 6600 American service men died per MONTH, during WW2. (about 220 a day) The Douglas plant in Long Beach produced a completed B-17 every 6 hours.       People who were not around during WW2 have no understanding of the magnitude. This gives some insight.    276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US. 43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat. 14,000 lost in the continental U.S. The staggering cost of aircraft in 1945 dollars AT-6   $22,952     C-47   $88.574 B-17   $204,370     P-38   $97,147 B-24   $215,516   ...

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ACHTUNG NAZI!!!! Just the sound of those two words sends chills down your spine. When you put achtung into the Google translator, the first English word that comes up is Danger! We always thought it just meant Attention but just like so many other words in different languages, they have various meanings when used in different contexts.   The word NAZI is a perfect example. Knowledgeable historians and collectors know that the word is actually the shorten version of the acronym NSDAP. The way that NSDAP is written in German is Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. That term translates to National Socialist German Worker's Party. The original intent was...

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