BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II
1965 Trading Card Set











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BATTLE the Story of WORLD WAR II
Trading Card Set

Title: Battle Cards
Type: Cards sold via 5¢ wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Gray with a red-brown border
Genre: Historical
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1965
Cards in set: 66
Checklist: Cards 65 & 66
Wrapper produced: Yes
Chase Items: 24 Cloth Military Emblems

Battle Card 31 Verso   BATTLE Card verso

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Battle trading card set was produced by Topps in 1965, highlighting the graphic violence of World War II. Parents absolutely hated these cards, but us kids loved them! The set is similar in nature to its predecessor -- the 1930s classic Horrors of War -- with its often graphic depiction of the gore and violence associated with war. The Battle cards were painted by Norman Saunders, Maurice Blumenfeld, Ed Valigurski, and Bob Powell.

The front of each card features a white border, with a color painting depicting a violent war scene capturing all the bloody details. Within the color panel is prominent yellow caption box with a black lettered title. The backs are grey and red-brown with an image of a running soldier to the left of the text box. Each card back is numbered and tells a story relating to the gory front image.

BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II display box
BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II display box

Inserted in every wax pack was a cloth-like military emblem patch. These insignia patches are probably one of the most difficult chase sets to complete, as they were poorly made. The emblem stickers were usually printed out-of-register, miscut or had colors bled onto them from other patches that were printed at the factory.

Battle Cards 1965 wax wrapper
BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II wax wrapper
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BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II
1965 Trading Card Checklist

a No.  Title   AKA: Battle! or Battle Cards

  1    FIGHT TO THE DEATH
  2    ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR 
  3    EXECUTION AT DAWN 
  4    GRENADE OF DEATH
  5    COLLISION IN THE SKY 
  6    WATERY DOOM
  7    AMBUSHING THE GENERAL
  8    DEATH OF A FROGMAN 
  9    HIDING FROM THE NAZIS
 10   MEDIC UNDER FIRE 
 11   DEATH RIDES THE WING
 12   DEATH ON THE BRIDGE
 13   DEATH IN THE STREET
 14   STOP THOSE PLANES
 15   DOG WARRIOR
 16   THE OCEANS VICTIM
 17   ATTACK ON NAZI CONVOY
 18   JUNGLE DUEL  
 19   HAND TO HAND COMBAT
 20   SNIPERS IN THE SNOW 
 21   SAVED IN TIME 
 22   STOCKADE ATTACK 
 23   SUICIDE DIVE 
 24   TRAPPED! 
 25   STOPPED BY GRENADES 
 26   BLASTING THE NAZIS 
 27   TRAIN OF DEATH 
 28   CAUGHT WHILE ESCAPING  
 29   SMASHING THRU THE GUARDS 
 30   COSSACK CHARGE 
 31   BATTLEFRONT TRANSFUSION  
 32   CONFESSION BY FORCE  
 33   NAZI TERROR 
 34   SAVING HIS BUDDIES 
 35   TERROR FROM THE SKY  
 36   HELPLESS PARATROOPER 
 37   JUNGLE EXECUTION   
 38   SCHOOL BOMBING   
 39   DEATH BLOW  
 40   THE FLAMING SEA 
 41   HOSPITAL RAIDERS 
 42   FIERY DEATH 
 43   DISASTER IN THE STREET 
 44   THE TORTURE CHAMBER 
 45   TRAINYARD BOMBING  
 46   ASSASSIN IN THE SKY  
 47   BATTLE ON THE BEACH 
 48   EXPLODING GRENADE 
 49   DEATH STRUGGLE 
 50   BOMB VICTIMS 
 51   TANGLED ON A TREE  
 52   FLAMES OF DEATH 
 53   BEAUTIFUL SPY 
 54   THE U.S. NAVY 
 55   THE U.S. COMMANDOS 
 56   THE U.S. MARINES  
 57   U.S. PARATROOPERS  
 58   THE JAPANESE SOLDIER  
 59   THE NAZI SOLDIER  
 60   CHARLES DeGAULLE  
 61   WINSTON CHURCHILL  
 62   GENERAL DOUGLAS MacARTHUR  
 63   PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT 
 64   GENERAL DWIGHT EISENHOWER  
 65   U.S. MILITARY CLOTH EMBLEM CHECKLIST  
 66   BATTLE CHECKLIST
 
      Battle Cloth Emblem Set

  1    7TH ARMY 
  2    ARMY AIR FORCES  
  3    HQ. EUROPEAN THEATER  
  4    2D DIVISION 
  5    17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION  
  6    59TH DIVISION 
  7    63D DIVISION 
  8    10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION  
  9    11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION 
 10   77TH DIVISION  
 11   187TH AIRBORNE REG. TEAM 
 12   4TH AIR FORCE 
 13   ALASKA AIR COMMAND 
 14   AVIATION CADET 
 15   AIR MATERIAL COMMAND 
 16   99TH INFANTRY BATTALION 
 17   442D REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM 
 18   101ST DIVISION   
 19   ARMORED FORCE 
 20   U.S. WING MARKING   
 21   73D AIR BASE 
 22   31ST BOMBARDMENT  
 23   3D OBSERVATION 
 24   VF-2


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