M3 Fighting Knife
Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:02 PM
Does anyone know of a reference which documents which manufacturers' knives were carried by the 101st and 82nd Airborne on D Day. I contacted the US Army Infantry Museum at FT Benning, GA, but they were only able to provide me a list of the M3 Knife manufacturers.
Any information would be appreciated.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:26 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:12 PM
That said, I’d have to agree with SKIPH. More likely than not, all issue documentation would have referred to stock numbers and nomenclature of the item(s) issued and not included the manufactures’ trade name.
Of course the stock number may have been different for each manufacture, but now I’m outta my league when it comes to WW2 NSNs’ variances and such.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:58 PM
I have never heard of the divisions recieving any certain manufactured/maker marked knife.Granted the First Special Service Force,Marine Raiders etc had unit specific issue knives but the M3 to me was a item filled by a contract system.Much like canteens or mess kits,webb gear,boots,clothing etc.Contracts being filled by a manufacturer and then delivered for issue at specific points or times.Overlaps in in the delivery times or issue times,contract fulfilment times etc, can account for different items being issued at different times.One example is the manufacture of barrels for the M1 garand.As the barrels were manufactured it wasnt uncommon for the people assembling them to take the first one off the pile.As the pile went down a barrel with an older date may have been used.The pile then would be restocked and it continued on.From what I have been told and read,this accounts for a 1-3 month gap in a barrel date compared to a serial number on the recievers manufacture date.Also look at how many 1945 dated canteens and items were issued out for Korea.Items that were in stock were issued as needed regardless of date or manufacturer
Edited by doyler, 27 November 2012 - 08:01 PM.
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