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2nd Inf. Div. training in Wales, pre D-DAY.


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#51 Hitman_one

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:59 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks for the mask pics Ian.Lovely condition...i'm still trying to find the correct bag for my one.

#52 Sabrejet

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:46 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks for the mask pics Ian.Lovely condition...i'm still trying to find the correct bag for my one.



Thanks Hitman. Keep the faith...one'll turn up sometime! :thumbsup:

#53 bloodybucket28th

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 05:51 AM

Mint display! Congratulations!

I like it!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:00 PM

Ian, that's nice but what happened to his legs? :o

#55 Tasken_Lander

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

Love it. Great stuff!

#56 foxcompany1944

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

Exellent display,love the mint M1!

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:40 AM

sabrejet, you are the devil! I didn't know there WERE all those things that I probably needed. I did know my Dad had a gas mask that I used to play with but I wasn't planning to get one.

I have an M1928 field pack, mess kit and canteen, but what are those things in the leather scabbards pictured behind the mess kit?

Also, wouldn't a bayonet be affixed to the rifle? Or did they use the bayonet as a hand-to-hand fighting weapon?

Also, did anyone see my question yesterday about the blackjack and brass knuckles I found in my Dad's war souvenirs/gear trunk? Would they have been Army issue, something he simply picked up or took along into combat, or something he would have snatched from German prisoners and/or bodies?

Really nice display, by the way. How long did it take you to accumulate all that neat, mint gear?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:44 AM

I have an M1928 field pack, mess kit and canteen, but what are those things in the leather scabbards pictured behind the mess kit?

Also, wouldn't a bayonet be affixed to the rifle? Or did they use the bayonet as a hand-to-hand fighting weapon?


The fork, spoon and knife were kept in those leather sheaths.

Bayonets would only be fixed if ordered, otherwise it would be kept in the scabbard on either the belt, or the pack.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

sabrejet, you are the devil! I didn't know there WERE all those things that I probably needed. I did know my Dad had a gas mask that I used to play with but I wasn't planning to get one.

I have an M1928 field pack, mess kit and canteen, but what are those things in the leather scabbards pictured behind the mess kit?

Also, wouldn't a bayonet be affixed to the rifle? Or did they use the bayonet as a hand-to-hand fighting weapon?

Also, did anyone see my question yesterday about the blackjack and brass knuckles I found in my Dad's war souvenirs/gear trunk? Would they have been Army issue, something he simply picked up or took along into combat, or something he would have snatched from German prisoners and/or bodies?

Really nice display, by the way. How long did it take you to accumulate all that neat, mint gear?



Thank you! I've been a GI collector for almost 30 years now. The things you see before you were gradually acquired between the late 80s > mid 90s. Minty field-gear was much easier to come by in those days...and I'm talking about the UK! Must've been even more so in the US, but there's less of it these days and it costs more. I don't think I could afford to start collecting from scratch again today! :o

BTW...as Rusty said, the eatin' irons were kept in those leather sheaths. Getting harder to find these days.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:41 PM

The fork, spoon and knife were kept in those leather sheaths.


Actually only knife and fork... Leather sheaths were pre-formed for the pointy utensils

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

Actually only knife and fork...


True, I was distracted when I posted.

Only the sharp and pointy stuff got the sheaths.

#62 Sabrejet

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

As today is the 69th anniversary of "The Day Of Days", I thought I'd revive this one to honour the men of the 2nd Division who landed at Omaha Beach on D+1.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:42 AM

nice gesture Ian !!!!   ;)   i was hoping "the longest day"  was going to be shown on telly tonight !!  love that film



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:43 AM

Ian   in your little "bible "  of A2 jackets , Is there anything relating to "Perry sportswear "  contract   A2 ???  



#65 Lancer127

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

Awesome stuff!



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 07:31 AM

Real nice! Thanks for sharing.  My grandfather was there, 23th IR, K Company. We have pics of him in the Quonset huts in Ireland before the move to Wales, but I don't think I have any pics of him and his buddies in Wales before the invasion... maybe one or two if I am lucky.  Nevertheless, this is real nice and a pleasure to see.



#67 Sabrejet

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

Thank you. Last year we unveiled a plaque commemorating the presence of US troops in our area in WW2 in the main square of the port town of Barry....and very impressive it looks too!

 

 

 

 

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:37 AM

Wow fantastic display!



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

I've talked to a number of guys (some 29ers who went back to the beach for some reason) who said at the top of the bluffs up a trail the 2ID came in, was a big pile of 2ID patches where they had all cut them off, due ot being a rather visible target.

I've heard this from too many different people for it to be a memory glitch.

The thinking was that someone coming ashore mentioned how the patch was a nice big target- and the guys started ripping them off once on shore. I suspect soon afterwards someone told them to put them back on!

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:01 AM

Hello

very good equipment .juste still a good helmet of division.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:31 AM

Hello

very good equipment .juste still a good helmet of division.

kenneth508

 

 

I assume you are referring to a 2nd ID marked helmet? Unfortunately, I don't have one of those...not easy to find!



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:54 AM

yes not easy to find.

it took years for me also to have complete.

#73 Sabrejet

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:55 AM

If you actually have one then please feel free to post a picture here. Thank you!


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#74 Sabrejet

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:58 AM

First posted by Rich / King802 earlier this year.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

thank you

very beautiful helmet 2 ID

as soon as possible I show mine


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