Latest update 1/22/21

                    LUTHER LEHMAN WEITZEL COLLECTION

We have just acquired a lot of WWI material from the family of Luther Lehman Weitzel, SN 1409197, Field Hospital #17, 5th division from Wrightsville, York County, Pa.. He arrived at Le Havre, France on June 16, 1918 and came back to the states on July 21, 1919. It will be identified as “Weitzel lot” in the catalog. He kept a diary from Sept 23, 1917 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana to August of 1919. Seems like one of his favorite pastimes was picking up German  helmets from the battlefield and send them in burlap sacks  as souvenirs to friends (he also gave some away in France). There were 5 helmets still in the boxes that he sent home to his father.  He might have been the first German helmet collector!

This material has lain basically untouched in attics and garages since WWI and went with the family as they moved. Since they have no relatives they decided to let us sell it. Only within the past year did they open all of the boxes to see what was in them. Seldom does a group of WWI souvenirs with a pedigree  show up today. We are leaving the items “as found” (with original dust/dirt accumulated over the years). We are pleased that they entrusted the collection to us to pass along to our group of collectors who will appreciate it.

In the bottom of the box as I was finishing I found a few cards with a description for some of the items. He must have put them on display at times, possibly in veteran halls.  The ID was written on the back  of his father’s business cards from Wrightsville.

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WELCOME TO GREAT WAR MILITARIA FOUNDED  IN 1982

Born of an ambition to have a WWI reenactment group in 1978

Our business is rather unique in that we carry mostly “one of a kind” items, thus we cannot do business like major on line stores that have piles of the same thing.  If any items item(s) are not available we will contact you and refund the money.  We set a flat rate shipping fee (US shipping only).  This rate is NOT for overseas shipping.  Please contact us via email sales@greatwar.com for order total with shipping.  Everything is sent by UPS or Priority mail so we can at least track it.

Payments can be made via PAYPAL (sales@greatwar.com) or call with your credit card number.  PAYPAL is always the best and most secure method. We ship only by UPS and Priority Mail and usually within 24 hours during business week days. We do not use first class mail since we have lost items.

If you need additional photos of any items just ask. We are also in the process of taking new and better (and multiple) photos where need (some are not that good!). Our new site  also allow us more flexibility to add additional stories on our historic and unique gun projects that we became involved in over the last 40 years. In short – our site was as old and needed updated.

Our hours of operation are approximately 0900 to 1500 Monday through Saturday. If you plan to visit the shop please call ahead to make sure we will be here. We still take unusual and scarce things on consignments. Many items in our stock come from those who are thinning out their collections and specializing in one area. We all started out in the general WWI field but as time goes by we often zero in on one favorite subject. I started in Civil War, then went to WWI and ended up in 18th century material when we got into the rare weapons of that time period to reproduce. Now we are offering some of those unique and interesting items  on the site.

who we are

WWI Original Collectibles

We are the FIRST business in the world dedicated to the WWI hobby, in both original uniforms and equipment. Great War Militaria was founded in 1982 as a direct follow-up to the founding of the WWI hobby in 1978. Most WWI reenactors that were involved in those early years will agree that Great War Miliatria made it happen.

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who we are

WWI Original Collectibles

We are the FIRST business in the world dedicated to the WWI hobby, in both original uniforms and equipment. Great War Militaria was founded in 1982 as a direct follow-up to the founding of the WWI hobby in 1978. Most WWI reenactors that were involved in those early years will agree that Great War Miliatria made it happen.

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who we are

WWI Original Collectibles

We are the FIRST business in the world dedicated to the WWI hobby, in both original uniforms and equipment. Great War Militaria was founded in 1982 as a direct follow-up to the founding of the WWI hobby in 1978. Most WWI reenactors that were involved in those early years will agree that Great War Miliatria made it happen.

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