MRAPs – What’s Next

“How do you not see it as a moral imperative to get as many of those vehicles to theater as rapidly as you can,” confronted Marine Commandant James Conway in a 2007 press conference. His frustration resulted from Congress’ reluctance … More »

Over-the-top restorations

As the Christmas season peaks, charitable giving takes many forms — and the historic military vehicle world is not exempt. Two different instances of “resto-charity” have recently touched my office.   SEASON OF GIVING Many have read about the efforts … More »

2014: The Year of the Tank

In 1914, French Colonel Jean Baptiste Estienne declared soon after German troops invaded Belgium and France, “Victory in this war will belong to the belligerent who is the first to put a cannon on a vehicle capable of moving on … More »

JAG’S 2013 Top 10 Book Wish List

It’s that time of year when loved spouses, family members or close friends ask, “Whattya want for Christmas?” They have good intentions—so why not give them some ideas that you really want instead of just waiting to open another pair … More »

What’s the Hot Militaria for 2014?

What will be the hot military items in 2014? Trends in the military hobby are not always difficult to predict: Items that soldiers were eager to find as souvenirs have become the hot collectibles today. For example, German Luger pistols … More »

You got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do!

During the past few years, I have cataloged a number of large collections for a few dealers and auctions companies. Though I have had the pleasure of examining a lot of great military relics, one in particular stands out—not for … More »

Du bist ja ein Mensch!

When I lived in Germany years ago, I spent a lot of time looking for military relics. I repeated the phrase, “Hast Du Kriegsache” (Do you have any war relics?) as I explored  book stores, second hand shops and antique … More »

Ya Gotta Get Their Attention

  Gasoline fumes fill my nostrils as I pull my four-point harness tight. Pinned to the back of my seat, I can’t reach the shift lever, but it doesn’t matter—my crew chief is ready to pop it into gear while … More »

What shade is your olive drab?

At the recent Iola Military Vehicle Show, I noticed a huge shift occurring in the hobby. Whereas the vehicle display at the shows of the past decade had been dominated by WWII vehicles, the 2013 event was clearly lacking in … More »