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#1 1944WC52

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 05:55 PM

I just picked up a really nice 42 dated Dispatch case and intend on using it for my MP impression. Does anyone know if they continued to be manufactured throughout war? I have seen only a few up close and they were khaki and dated 42. If so, were there color variants i.e. khaki, OD 7?

Also, mine has a really nice, intact grid. Are original maps hard to find? Are there serial numbers I should look for?

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:10 AM

This first case is the type used by Cavalry (Mounted) Units. It has extra straps used for securing to the saddle. I believe these were popular with dispatch riders on motorcycles as well. Note that it is dated 1941.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:11 AM

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:13 AM

This is the more common M1938 Case and probably the type you have. Note the Army style case has two D Rings for the shoulder strap.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:14 AM

This is the same style case by another maker.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:16 AM

This is the Army style case made in OD7 and dated 1951.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:18 AM

This is an Army Map Roll.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:22 AM

This is the Navy style case. It is the same as the Army case except it has two snap hooks to secure the shoulder strap rather than the D Rings like the Army case. The Marine case is like the Navy case except for the markings.

Note this case is ID'ed to an officer in UDT. I have also shown the contents that were with the case when I got it.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:23 AM

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:24 AM

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:25 AM

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:27 AM

A USMC case. This one is 1943 dated and in khaki (OD3).

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:31 AM

This one is 1944 dated and in OD green (OD7).

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:33 AM

This is another USMC case that has no maker mark or date.

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 05:08 PM

Mine is 1942 dated manufactured by DES MOINES GLOVE AND MFG. CO. It has the grid insert intact and in good condition.

I am very curious about the USN example you posted. Was this considered a rare variant? I am beginning to collect WWII USN militaria.

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 08:15 PM

While I would not consider anything like this rare at the same time the market isn't overflowing with USN marked map cases.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 05:40 AM

Yep...I consider USN marked mapcases to be at least as scarce as the USMC ones, if not more so. Same for USN marked musette bags.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 04:36 PM

Standard M1938 Dispatch Case (Map Case) Army WW2 Issue. The mint one on the left is marked "HAV. STCH. CO. 1942".
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Posted 01 November 2007 - 04:38 PM

Rare "British Made for US" M1938 Map Case dated 1945.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 04:39 PM

US Army Map Roll identified to a 1st Cav. Div. Officer.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 04:03 AM

Mine is a Froelich 1951 but I have a doubt. Is the strap consistent with the case? I see too much script on it like Vietnam era stuff.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:38 AM

Mine is a Froelich 1951 but I have a doubt. Is the strap consistent with the case? I see too much script on it like Vietnam era stuff.


That's a "general purpose" strap so not the original. But it could be Korean War vintage. I own a couple of those GP straps with 1950-1951 dates and the markings look like what's on yours.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:00 AM

Pic is not clear, but even the Craig's 1951 dtd seems to have the same carrier. Moreover on ebay they offer another one identical with the same strap 1950 dtd but full of markings.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...id=p3286.c0.m14


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