Magazine August 27, 2018, Issue

To Collect and Preserve

The author in his M4A1 Sherman Grizzly medium tank (Erik Albertson)
World War II–era tanks, Jeeps, and machine guns help keep historical memory alive

It began simply enough. What person my age didn’t grow up watching the on-screen heroics of U.S. soldiers in World War II movies? In almost every one there was the combat-weary U.S. Army sergeant wielding his trusty and iconic Thompson submachine gun. I served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman attached to Marine Corps units and caught the “green disease.” It never really leaves you, and years later I decided I wanted to have an authentic WWII M1A1 Thompson submachine gun. My wife supported this idea, and thus began my collection. Having purchased a Thompson, I counted down

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Rob ThomasRob Thomas is a rabbi and a member of the board of directors of National Review.

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