Captured Marine M-1941 Knapsack?

Monday June 19th, 2017 admin

Today we received a 2nd pattern Marine M-1941 knapsack, which was installed with a canvas belt and used as musette bag. The strange thing is: that belt was a Chinese Type 65 Canvas Belt. Considering the time of this knapsack being issued, maybe it was captured in the Liberation War […]

M-1924 First Aid Packet Pouch (1941)

Saturday March 25th, 2017 admin

Slightly smaller in vertical size than common M-1942 First Aid Packet Pouch.   Stock Number Reference: Pocket, First Aid Packet, M-1942 Army Stock Number: 74-P-257

Ice Creepers / Crampons (WWII)

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 admin

This is a pair of WWII U.S. Military Ice Creepers or Crampons. Crampons were a cold weather issued item for combat boots. This set is made of a galvanized metal with cotton webbing for strapping the cleats to the sole of  your boot. They are adjustable and have seven 3/4″ sharp spikes to […]

Plywood Packboard and Accessories (1944 & 1951)

Tuesday January 10th, 2017 admin

Plywood Packboard Packboard, Plywood Army Stock Number: 74-P-27-20   1944 dated (with packboard attachment and quick release strips):   1951 dated (with lashing rope):   Manual sheet:   Quick release shoulder strip buckle:   Collapsible attachment ring: Plywood Packboard Accessories Stock Number Reference: Nomenclature Army Stock Number ATTACHMENT, PACKBOARD, PLYWOOD […]

[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 […]

M-1910 Intrenching Axe (1944)

Monday October 17th, 2016 admin

Shown set dated 1944.   Stock Number Reference: Axe Axe, Intrenching, M-1910, with Handle Army Stock Number: 74-A-100   Axe Carrier Axe, Intrenching, M-1910 Army Stock Number: 74-C-120

Three-Pocket Grenade Carrier (1944)

Sunday October 16th, 2016 admin

Early issued three-pocket grenade carrier, held 3 MK-2 Fragmentation Grenade (later model held 6). Most originals are dated 1944 and they saw limited use. They attach to the pistol or cartridge belt and use a leg strap to prevent them from flapping. Shown one also dated 1944, JQMD production.   […]

Carlisle Model First Aid Pack (WWII)

Sunday October 16th, 2016 admin

Developed by the US Army Medical Department Equipment Laboratory located in Carlisle Barracks in 1920. A piece of sterilized dressing and small pack of sulfanilamide powder were packed in brass or aluminum-foiled paper package. Carried in M-1942 First Aid Pack Pouch (or British made model).   Stock Number Reference: First Aid Packet, […]

General Purpose Carrying Strap

Saturday October 15th, 2016 admin

Widely-used adjustable strap with spring hook on the ends. From top to below: 1945, 1950, 1963, 1983, 1996.   Stock Number Reference: Strap, Carrying, General Purpose Army Stock Number FSN NSN 74-S-333-50 8465-634-2808 8465-00-634-2808

M-6 Rocket Carrying Bag (1945)

Friday October 14th, 2016 admin

Held two 2.36in M6 series rocket ammunition in tube. Shown one dated 1945, Boyt made.   Stock Number Reference: Bag, Carrying, Rocket, M6 Army Stock Number: 74-B-54-35

M-1941 Mounted Canteen Cover

Friday October 7th, 2016 admin

The M-1941 Mounted Canteen Cover was authorized for issue on the scale of one per man in following units: all mounted troops, dismounted cavalry, howitzer sections, infantry cannon companies, 105mm self-propelled gun units, and enlisted ranks in Armored  Command, The dismounted cover was issued to all other units and individuals. […]

Lensatic Compass (WWII era)

Sunday July 10th, 2016 admin

The Lensatic Compass, the most common military instrument for measuring direction, was first during World War II, an evolution of the pre-war Compass, Prismatic M-1938.   Stock Number Reference: Compass, Lensatic Stock Number Acquired.