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General Hospital 21 Artifacts

  • VC051
  • Collection
  • 1940-1945

56 artifacts related to the 21st General Hospital. Artifacts include embroidered patches from the United States, German, and French armies, flags, armbands, uniforms, commemorative t-shirts, and various artifacts collected by Col. Lee D. Cady during his service as the commander of 21st General Hospital.

Bamboo riding crop.

Ceremonial baton with a leather handle embroidered "les employees civils a leur chef, L.D.C." Typed note accompanying the riding crop reads: "Token of appreciation from 'les employees civils a leur chef' 21st General Hospital, Bou-Hanifia, Mascara, Algeria, 10 April, 1943."

German Army summer uniform, Paris.

Grey green, canvas. Jacket, pants, and gaiters. Over right breast pocket is the National Emblem (das Hoheitszeichen), consisting of an eagle with outstretched wings clutching in its claws a wreath containing a swastika. Unlined jacket is the Service Tunic style, with four pleated patch pockets with scalloped flaps, five metal buttons in front for closure, and metal buttons on each pocket. Two reinforced belt hook eyelet holes (one on each side of waist) with metal belt hooks to support the weight of belt and equipment.

German Army winter uniform, Paris.

Green wool. Jacket, pants, hat, red arm band, and insignia. Cap is field service cap with 2 patches - one is national emblem (eagle), second is national cockade (Reichskokarde) (black, white, red). Jacket is field service type, with four patch pockets (breast pockets are pleated). Five metal button front closure. Four metal buttons for pocket flaps. Reinforced belt hook eyelet holes (set of three on each side of waist for adjustable height) for metal belt hooks to help support weight of belt and equipment. Arm band is red felt, with swastika. Separate embroidered patch is black with silver thread of national emblem (eagle with outstretched wings clutching wreath enclosing swatiska.

Dinner gong.

Made from copper pipes and a bronze shell casing, with mallet. Inscription on the shell casing reads: "Col. Cady's Table, Officers' Mess, 21st Gen. Hosp., Ravenel - France. 1944-45."

Four liqueur cups made from cartridge cases, Naples, Italy.

Typed letter from Lee D. Cady to Henry Pruitt accompanying the cups reads: "These liqueur cups of steel and brass cartridge cases were made by one of my Italian utility men in Naples during the winter of 1944, at the Officers' Quarters, Termi di Agnano, 21st General Hospital (AUS). The cartridge cases were picked up on the battlefield to the east and the north of our location. I don't know which are German or British or American. The steel cases were probably German if they aren't from an Allied source. Our Officer's Mess would occasionally have a party and we could serve licqueurs [sic] in them. They were good 'conversation pieces' and we had many requests for some souvenirs. A few went to the French friends we had with us. They are in 'mint' condition and not tampered with."

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