[Repost] Tips for collectors

Sunday July 9th, 2017 admin

Source: Paratrooper.be Author: Wouter Has (Belgium) This is a list of do’s and don’ts for militaria collectors in general. I could go into endless detail about US paratrooper items, but the tips below are so much more important, both for starting and seasoned collectors. All these tips are assuming we are […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles: Packboards And Cargo Shelves

Saturday December 3rd, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin Packboards, aka packframes, are an ancient load carrying concept. The Roman Legions utilized a clever variation on the basic idea for centuries. The Legionaries were issued a wooden T-shaped “carrying pole” which they rested on the top of the rectangular plywood and leather […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – Ponchos And Shelters

Wednesday November 30th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin This is about effective tactical shelters that I have used in the field including various military issue ponchos, tarps and the Ecotat Multipurpose System. I recognize that today there are quite a few other potential options available but I’m going to stick with […]

[Repost] Terry Baldwin – Random Gear Thoughts

Saturday November 26th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin Based on comments made recently about photos of some earnest but not necessarily squared away individuals I thought it might be an appropriate time to share some “Random Gear Thoughts”. Much of this was originally something I wrote to a friend about to […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – Buttpacks

Wednesday January 20th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin I’m sure most everyone knows that the US Military once developed and issued load carrying accessories officially called Field Packs. “Buttpacks” is the more familiar nickname they immediately acquired. Here are some additional facts. Field Packs attach to the USGI web belt with […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – ALICE Pack Trilogy: Part 3 of 3

Monday January 18th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin In Part 2 we talked about modifications to the ALICE pack itself. In Part 3, I’ll focus on ALICE Frame and Suspension Upgrade options. It is fair to say that the weakest link of the ALICE pack system was the issue suspension system […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – ALICE Pack Trilogy: Part 2 of 3

Monday January 18th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin Last time I talked about how functional a combat patrolling rucksack the Large ALICE pack was as issued. But at the same time it also certainly falls well short of being my idea of the perfect solution. So I’m going to cover some […]

[Repost] The Baldwin Articles – ALICE Pack Trilogy: Part 1 of 3

Monday January 18th, 2016 admin

Source: Soldier Systems Daily Author: LTC Terry Baldwin I am going to talk mostly about the ALICE Large Combat Field Pack (rucksack) (bottom right) because that is the version that I used almost exclusively during my time in service. But I didn’t always have one. During my tour in Germany (75-78) […]