My husband is the military collector, he doesn't want to know anything about computers. I'm the computer person. I have offered to gently teach him, but to no avail. My Grandfather enlisted in the Army during WWI, my Dad enlisted into the Army, April 1943, he was 19. Served as a Surgical Technician (with an 8th grade education!). Discharged December 27, 1945. Northern France and possibly Africa. He never talked about it, except when he would have a little too much to drink during the holidays. One story he told was when he had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, was walking through some trees and a sniper took a shot at him, he said his legs froze up and he just fell over, which probably saved him. He was able to crawl into some brush and hide out. My nephew enlisted after 9/11.
We frequent local flea markets, garage sales, etc. My husband has built up quite a rapport with the regulars and they tend to save things for him. This is one of 2 swords he purchased from the same dealer, who is now deceased. He told us it belonged to his uncle, who had been murdered near the end of the war. That's all we know about it.