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Started by pattyd82ab , Jul 07 2012 07:59 AM

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#1 pattyd82ab

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:59 AM

Does any one know what the ww2 military pole climbing equipment looked like? Maybe someone could post pictures. I'm finding many civilian sets from the era, but nothing explicitly military.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

Idon't own any of this gear but here is photos from LIFE Macazine dated FEB 15, 1943.


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:47 AM

Much of the equipment is what your local electrical lineman would still use.Just different materials to make the items more light weight.

Several years ago I did see a set of the climbing hooks/gaffs that were US marked in the foot stirrups.From the look of the leather they were WW2 or Korea era.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

There's a couple of items shown in this thread


In the second photo, there is a metal plate to the left of the SC stamp. That plate should have a date stamp on it. The belts and safety straps came in leather (early war) and treated canvas (mid to late war). All of the gaffs that I have seen have had leather straps. I don't have any pics of my stuff, but will try to get something this weekend.

Technically there was two sets of equipment - TE-21 Lineman and TE-23 Groundman

TE-21 Lineman
LC-1 Axe
LC-23 Belt w/ safety strap
LC-24 twisting plier
LC-5 climbers (gaffs)
TL-107 pliers, 8" length
TL-106 screwdriver
LC-25-A wrench lineman
LC-29 gloves, rubber
LC-29 gloves, leather
TL-144 gaff gage

TE-23 Groundman
LC-30 or LC-23 belt (no safety strap)
LC-10 gloves, leather
TL-107 pliers, 8" length
LC-1 Axe
LC-25-A wrench lineman
HM-1 hammer, 2lb

Hope that helps a little.


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:29 AM

I have had a pair of climbing spikes in my hands but can't remember the straps. We had gotten a new CO who didn't know what she was doing (made Brigadier General). At summer camp she walked up and handed them to me and ordered me to put como wire up in the trees. I was a Tactical Multichannel Repairman and had seen linemen climb, but had no idea how to do it. Someone found a Como Section Lineman and it cost me some beers to have him do it.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:06 AM

This is some of the equipment of the US lineman


And this is how it looks almost 70 years later.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:43 AM

I suspect if you check with the Army Signal School museum or Public Affairs at FT Gordon, GA they might give you all the information you want.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:55 AM

I had a pair of US marked Klein linesmans spikes at one point so they are out there. I believe they were WWII dated.  

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