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M-1952A Vest - Use by Non-US UN Forces in Korea and Correct Lacing

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#1 SimonLMoore

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 02:47 PM

Hi chaps, long time no post, thought I would return with one with a monster of a title, again on the subject of body armour. I had always understood that the relatively limited issue of the standardised M-1952A armour vest in Korea was limited to US troops but I recently turned up this photo which I had previously missed in an Osprey publication on the Korean War. Both the KATCOM and British soldiers, centre and right seem to be wearing M-1952A vests.


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Can anyone shed any further light on issue to non-US troops during the conflict in Korea? I am particularly interested in their issue to the Commonwealth Division.


I was also hoping someone would be able to enlighten me as I am hoping to find suitable laces and the correct method of lacing (if there is one) to replace the para-cord I initially used to substitute for the missing laces on my own M-1952A vest. Pictures to follow tomorrow for interest's sake!

#2 SimonLMoore

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 10:04 AM

Slight delay, nothing unusual, just a quite tidy 1954 example, picked up a year or so ago on UK ebay for about £40.





#3 MEversbergII

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 07:06 PM

This is a bit of a bump, but I was reading about these recently in the Osprey book from the late 80s.  The M1952A2 (T52-2) seems to have had 1/4" thick sheet of what sounds like Neoprine or something similar around the ribs and "shoulder girdle".  Was this on the T52-3, AKA the M1952 that actually got the mass issue?  Or did they switch back to pure ballistic nylon?



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