Here is where I have a issue with that interview. You will note that the "military historian" injected the idea that these were WWII. Obviously that was their belief. The company CEO had no idea.
Now, I'm just trying to start a conversation to really take a good look at these things. They have been around for years, and I had no qualms about them being WWII. Fast forward to recent years, I am now on the side that these are not and this is why. We have such a more indepth understanding of escape and evsaion aids today thanks to declassified records of the intelligence services. A handful of individuals have done some deep digging and they have found nothing, WWII wise. I personally have in my records a month-month intelligence summaries and briefings, in these, they discuss E&E provisions with records that specially detail them as line items, describing all this equipment in-depth. Neither of these kits are mentioned. My opinion derives from a research hard data point of view. The watch only reinforces my perspective. The technology may have derived in the WWII era, but I have an issue with a new fan dangled item making their way in these kits considering the multitude of other options that were much more readily available. Also, yes nylon was around but not fully utilized. We don't start seeing the conversation to nylon wrist bands until the post war era with compasses and watches and other articles. in WWII, leather, cotton and canvas were the typical.
This is one of those things that truly Sucks, at some point someone dubbed these WWII with zero provenance or credence. And here we are trying to battle a mythical creature (a Leprechaun riding a Griffin) that has no, ZERO, support in them even being remotely of the era. There is a very long paper trail that mentions every other E&E item under the sun from WWII, but not these. However, missing that one document, from whatever era, that mentions these definitely proving what they are. Collectors that have been around long enough can relate to this same scenario a hundred times.
In the kit that contains dated coins, I think, is what brought about the assumption they are WWII, because they date to the era. But we have to take into consideration on how distribution or payments to the indigenous peoples took place. The monies provided in E&E aids during WWII were purposely pre-war dated. This was to protect the recipient from any type of potential persecution by the opposing force when interrogated. Even decades later, a gold coin dated from the 1930's would not be suspicious at all. The older the coin the better. In these regions where ancient cultures reigned, I'm sure the indigenous peoples have all sorts and find all sorts of old coins.