20th Century Militaria

20th century militaria offers a diverse range of collectibles including helmets, weapons, medals, badges, uniforms and other items used or produced during wars, conflicts, and military operations of the 20th century. Many items serve as a reminder or commemoration of a specific war or military conflict.

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Collecting Militaria from the 20th Century Era

20th century militaria refers to collectibles and artefacts related to military history from the 1900s to the end of the century.

This could include uniforms, helmets, weapons, badges, insignia, medals, documents, and other items used or produced during wars, conflicts, and military operations of the 20th century.

Many objects serve as a reminder or commemoration of a specific war or military conflict and include photographs, posters, letters, diaries, propaganda materials, and other items that were created or used during wartime. These items can be of historical and cultural significance and may be collected by individuals or institutions for preservation or display.


Examples of 20th Century Military Conflicts

There were many military conflicts in the 20th century that are of interest to collectors including:

 

World War I (1914-1918):

This was a global war that involved many of the world's great powers, organized into two opposing alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers. It is often referred to as the "Great War" or the "War to End All Wars." Collectors may be interested in collecting military medals, patches, helmets, uniforms, and other memorabilia from this war.

World War II (1939-1945):

This was the deadliest conflict in human history, with an estimated 50-85 million fatalities. It involved many of the same powers as World War I, but also included Japan, which had become a major imperial power in the Pacific. Collectors may be interested in collecting artifacts such as Nazi memorabilia, Japanese swords, American and British uniforms, and other items from this war.

Korean War (1950-1953):

This was a war between North and South Korea, which had been divided after World War II. Collectors may be interested in collecting memorabilia such as North Korean propaganda posters, Chinese military medals, and U.S. military uniforms.

Vietnam War (1955-1975):

This was a war fought between North Vietnam, supported by the Soviet Union and China, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies. Collectors may be interested in collecting artifacts such as American and Vietnamese military uniforms, patches, and medals.

Gulf War (1990-1991):

This was a war fought between Iraq and a coalition of 35 countries, led by the United States, in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Collectors may be interested in collecting artifacts such as military uniforms, patches, and medals from this conflict.

Afghanistan War (2001-present):

This is an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan that began after the September 11 attacks on the United States. Collectors may be interested in collecting memorabilia such as U.S. military patches, helmets, and medals from this war.

In addition to these conflicts, there were many other military conflicts in the 20th century, including the Spanish Civil War, the Arab-Israeli Wars, the Falklands War, and the Gulf War of 2003. Collectors may be interested in collecting memorabilia from these conflicts as well.

 

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