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He Was Going Through His Grandfather’s Belongings, When He Found Something Shocking

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It”s been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, and few veterans from the war remain alive today. Eventually, we as a country will have to confront the fact that everyone who was part of the “Greatest Generation” will pass away. A morbid thought, I know, but at least they will be leaving behind mementos that will remind us of their brave impact in history.

Many of the soldiers who fought in World War II had extensive collections of Nazi war tokens. Sadly, families lose or sell these collections as years go by, but a select few hold on to these remnants. Earlier this year, Redditor the_is_this went through his late grandfather”s possessions and found his collection from this horrible time in history.

An Italian-German friendship pin.

An Italian-German friendship pin.

the_is_this says his grandfather didn”t talk much about the war.

The writing on this belt roughly translates to “God is with us.” (“Us” being the Nazis.)

The writing on this belt roughly translates to

However, his grandfather did receive a Purple Heart, so he must have seen some combat.

An old M38 gas mask. If you ever come across one of these, don”t put it on. Many of these old gas masks have filters made from asbestos.

An old M38 gas mask. If you ever come across one of these, don

A well-preserved and valuable Nazi Luftwaffe helmet.

A well-preserved and valuable Nazi Luftwaffe helmet.

These artifacts were likely taken off of dead soldiers, or possibly bartered for cigarettes and other goods from fellow Allied soldiers.

(source Reddit)

Tokens like these will help us to remember that our ancestors fought against the evil, calculating Nazi war machine all those years ago. Though they may leave us physically, what they accomplished on the warfront in Europe will never be forgotten.

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