The spade on the helmet serves to identify that they are with the 506th Regiment of 101st Airborne Division. The other regiments used diamonds, hearts, and clubs. The spade designated the 506th Infantry Regiment. Colors were used to distinguish each particular Battalion of the 506th. The 1st Battalion used a red spade, the 2nd Battalion used a white spade and the 3rd Battalion used a blue spade.
The US 101st Airborne Division sometimes painted white emblems on the side of their helmet to designate their unit. They painted the heart, club, and spade and placed a "-" at the top, left or right. These symbols were not official markings and represented the regiment within the Division and the -Dashes represented the battalion, I believe. It didn't make sense to paint white markings on a helmet while in combat. The enemy would see this and you could get shot. However, the Paratroopers also used camo netting and stripes of cloth to cover their helmets, thus covering the white insignias.
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Give it to them straight! This is an emphatic way of saying "Call a spade a spade," which means "Don't use any fancy language or flowery terms to try to make the situation look better than it is." "Bloody" is a mildly offensive curse word used in the UK and Australia.
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