Edited by rambob, 20 January 2007 - 11:27 AM.
Parachute First Aid Packets
Posted 20 January 2007 - 11:24 AM
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Here is one of my original Airborne First Aid packets that I picked up at the Louisville JAG Militaria Show this past September.
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The Parachute First Aid Packet (Medical Department N° 9778500) was issued to every parachute wearer during WW2.
This pouch did NOT replace the standard first aid packet issued to every GI. It was an extra piece of equipment containing a Wound Dressing, Morphine Syrette and Tourniquet, and sometimes a note on how to use the Tourniquet and Morphine.
In addition to Aircrew and Paratroopers, the packet was issued to every member of the US Assault Forces (infantry, crewmembers of DD tanks, etc) for Operation OVERLORD; the Normandy Invasion.
The pouch was made of rubberised fabric that could be tied to any equipment by means of the attached straps.
First Pattern pouches were equipped with a zipper and marked FIRST AID in large letters on the front.
Above photo's courtesy of Rick Larson
These were superseded by a heat-sealed pouch that was to be torn open before use.
This second pattern came in both light and green od and is the pattern most collectors want for their Normandy and later impressions.
Today this has become one of the most sought after items in US Militaria and they are very expensive (original and complete ones go as high as $1000 US Dollar and up!!) and therefore a lot of reproductions exist as well.
I saw the first reproduction in Normandy in 1984 during the 40th D-Day Anniversary, but the quality was bad. The quality of these reproductions has improved ever since!!
Two original pouches:
An early tan OD (right) and later greener (left) original pouch!
The pouch is made of a sort of rubberized canvas material to which two straps are sewn. At the pouch are two notches at the upper and lower part to facilitate ripping it apart. The space above the notch on the upper side is ALWAYS bigger than the one on the lower side. Only at the best quality reproductions this is also the case.
Apparently the most difficult thing to reproduce is the lettering “FIRST AID”. I have never seen a reproduction with the right type of lettering!! The words 'First Aid' should be well aligned and crisp. On almost every reproduction the lettering is not crisp and most of the times it's rather blurry....
The letter type is a sort of “Times New Roman” and has serifs. On the greener types, the serif is missing on the right underside of the “F” and on the underside of the second leg of the “R” (look at the picture).
Clean crisp lettering on the original pouch on the left with a blurry stamping on the reproduction pouch on the right!
During the production of the pouch, 4 dots, where the two straps were fastened, were printed together with the lettering. These dots are missing at bad quality reproductions; the reproductions of better quality do have them, but usually they are too big!! These dots are positioned in a way that when the straps are sewn on the pouch, you can ALWAYS see 2 dots at the place of attachment; either one dot on each side of the strap or two on the left or the right of the strap depending on the place of attachment of the strap.
In the next picture of a reproduction pouch, look at he dots before the strap was sewn on it. Note how the dots are too large on the reproduction pouch!
The strap was secured with a “zig zag” stitch”.
Here a picture of an original pouch below and a better quality reproduction on top. On both the dots are visible, as it should be.
After reading the above, you can identify the LEFT pouch in the following picture as an original, while the right one is about the best quality of reproduction you can find on the market these days. Both are unissued.
Here a picture of two reproductions on the left and on the right an original pouch.
Pay attention to the difference in distance between the notches and the edge upper and lower part of the pouch.
After some (re-enactment) usage it is very difficult to keep them apart.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 05:14 AM
In September 2006, the following pouch was sold at the JAG Show in the US. It had the crisp lettering but the straps are sewn in a different way and the dots are replaced with narrow lines.... It looks however 100% original...
The French book D-Day Paratroopers, The Americans, list another model pouch on page 100. Next to the standard contents, it also has Wound Tablets.
Until recently these were considered reproductions by most collectors as these pouches were never encountered in the hands of WW2 vets, BUT at least two of these have been dug up in Holland, and are relics from the Market Garden Jump!
Note the block letters and method of stitching of the straps....
Dug up pouches from Holland!
Feel free to add any info or corrections to this thread!!!!
Please show your pouches and add to this discussion... Maybe someone has other variations??
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First pic showing size compared to M1924 pouch.
Here is a picture of the pouch with the 3 Rupee's included in his survival kit.
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 02:50 AM
Could you comment this para packet? I want to suggest nothing so I do not write on what occasion it was exhibited and where. Thank you very much in advance for possible comments.
Posted 31 March 2007 - 04:16 AM
Hi Everyone, Last night I agreed to part with one of my First-Aid pouches to a friend, so I figured that I would take some photos of it to keep. Funnily this morning I open the forum site and First-Aid pouches have jumped to the top of the list again. So I have included a front and rear shot of the pouch, a couple of things are worth looking at. The front and rear are two different shades of material, and the stitching on the side to hold the tapes runs the full length of the pouch and not just on the straps, also you can see how the seal around the pouch is not perfectly in line with the side edges. I bought this back in the 1970's in France it had been opened very roughly and only has the bandage and the tourniquet inside. The material has stiffened with age, and also faded some-what.
Cheers ( Lewis )
Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:16 AM
The foxhole also contained a 29er steel helmet, mess can, ammo belt, bayonet, hand grenades and a TNT block and many buttons and small parts of what had been... An assault vest!
As you can notice, the first aid had been opened and the tourniquet was still inside.
Edited by yannick, 01 September 2007 - 07:28 AM.
Posted 02 September 2007 - 04:28 AM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:30 AM
If some of you had a better repro of this photo, I would be glad to see it!
These are somewhat better.
Posted 04 December 2007 - 01:36 AM
2nd question: Does the rubber material always have to be thick rubber?
Edited by Bob M, 04 December 2007 - 01:50 AM.
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