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WWII U.S. Navy officer authorizing war souviners "Click" to Login or Register 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTrMPXUWLlc

In this WWII vintage film we can see an officer filling in authorization forms (what collectors now call "capture papers") for war souviners. There seem to be a few clocks in mix.
 
Posts: 2006 | Location: East Lansing, Michigan USA | Registered: November 24, 2002
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Thanks, Greg. That is an interesting clip. At the time I am sure this sort of thing was common practice, but in retrospect it seems to be official sanctioning of looting and theft by covering it up with the term 'war souvenirs'.
 
Posts: 873 | Location: Baltimore, Maryland USA | Registered: September 20, 2004
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Requiring capture papers provided oversight and prevented looting. Regulations provided limits on what could be kept. Taking military gear, arms and flags from a defeated enamy is not looting. Looting is going into homes and businesses to take what you want without regard for the human rights of your victims.
 
Posts: 2006 | Location: East Lansing, Michigan USA | Registered: November 24, 2002
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