Though the youngest World War II veterans are in their 70s, interest in WWII collectibles began to grow only a decade ago. A multitude of recent World War II-related movies, such as Saving Private Ryan, and bestselling books, including The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, have kept WWII on the minds of many

 

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What's Hot in WWII Collectibles
 

Though the youngest World War II veterans are in their 70s, interest in WWII collectibles began to grow only a decade ago. A multitude of recent World War II-related movies, such as Saving Private Ryan, and bestselling books, including The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, have kept WWII on the minds of many.

 

According to expert Marcus Chatelaine, some of the hottest items collectors are going after include:

 

  • G.I. field gear and uniforms
  • Military medals (real and replicas)
  • Badges and patches
  • German and Japanese souvenirs brought back by returning soldiers
  • German weapons, such as daggers and swords
  • Steel helmets
  • Japanese swords, particularly with the surrender document.

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