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Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Admin on Mon 14 Apr 2008, 4:48 am


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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Animal on Tue 15 Apr 2008, 4:25 pm

Wouldn't Venezuela's National Guard have worn the standard Army uniform with maybe some insignia to indicate Guard status?

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Sean on Wed 16 Apr 2008, 10:08 pm

The drawing was taken from a photograph with a guess at the colours.
There doesn't seem to be alot of information available on Venezuelan forces.
Do you know of any references for them?

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Animal on Thu 08 May 2008, 1:28 pm

Sean wrote:The drawing was taken from a photograph with a guess at the colours.
There doesn't seem to be alot of information available on Venezuelan forces.
Do you know of any references for them?

I've run across these.

Blakeslee, Fred Gilbert. UNIFORMS OF THE WORLD. Dutton. New York . 1929. First Edition. 449 pages.5 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches bound in bright blue cloth with gold lettering. DJ. Includes: Ancient Costumes; Early Uniforms; Naval Warfare; Drill: U.S. 1492-1920's; U.S. Navy; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Coast Guard; Lighthouse Service, Coast and Geodetic Survey; Health Service, Customs, Diplomatic, Postmen, Police, & Firemen; British Empire- Army, Navy, Diplomatic, Police; India and Canada;France, Italy, Spain, Portugal. Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Autria-Hungary;Poland, Czechoslovakia; Jugo-Slavia; Albania, Greece, Roumania; Turkey, Bulgaria; Norway, Sweden; Finland, Lithuania, Estonia; Russia,Latvia; Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Panama; Venezuela, Columbia; Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia; Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile;Argentine; Egypt; Abyssinia; Persia, Siam, Nepal; China, Japan. A great overall reference, with some photo plates. Light occasional inside front cover and first end paper, else very good. Light wear to dj.

Identification: The World's Military, Naval and Air Uniforms,
Insignia and Flags
. Harrisburg, PA: Mil Serv Pub, 1943. 324
p. U110M5.
Data arranged by country; color charts in appendix.

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Admin on Fri 09 May 2008, 2:40 pm

Yes, I am lucky enough to have both of these.
Its Venezuelan books that will give the detail required, and they seem very difficult to come across.

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  ChrisF202 on Mon 19 May 2008, 4:42 am

The uniform appears to be correct but I believe the collar tabs had either the letters "GN" or the words "Guardia Nacional".

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Sean on Mon 19 May 2008, 3:59 pm

Thanks, yes I believe GN was on the collar

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Animal on Tue 01 Jul 2008, 12:53 pm

I take it there's no info or photos on what accoutrements(, belts, cartridge pouches, canteens, haversacks, etc) or steel helmets they would've worn. I know the Venezuelans did use the Mauser rifle and I believe the Madsen machine gun.

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Billy Paul on Sat 14 Mar 2009, 5:09 pm

I saw two photos taken during WWII showing Venezuelan soldiers, one being an honour guard for a visiting dignitary and another a machine gun team I believe. In both of those photos they were wearing the U.S. old pattern helmet, the M1917 I think it is called. The honour guard had leather gaiters one would usually associate with cavalry.

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Animal on Sun 15 Mar 2009, 5:44 am

Billy Paul wrote:I saw two photos taken during WWII showing Venezuelan soldiers, one being an honour guard for a visiting dignitary and another a machine gun team I believe. In both of those photos they were wearing the U.S. old pattern helmet, the M1917 I think it is called. The honour guard had leather gaiters one would usually associate with cavalry.

Were they wearing leather or webbing belts, pouches, or did the pics show them?

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Re: Venezuelan National Guard, 1942

Post  Billy Paul on Thu 26 Mar 2009, 5:06 pm

I didn't see any of them wearing braces of the load-bearing equipment but I think they had leather belt equipment and I am certain the officer closest to the camera had a leather U.S. Army pistol holster, I think with "U.S." still embossed on it as opposed to one specially-made for the Venezuelan Army. It was a grainy photo and they were standing at "present arms" with the rifles out (except the officer who was at "attention" but with no rifle) but from what little I could see of their cartridge belt it looked most similar to the German model. The rifles appear to be Mausers.

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