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Started by Bob M , Apr 15 2007 05:55 AM

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#1 Bob M

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 05:55 AM

Guys,

What do you think about these pads? Original WW2 issue or not????

http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/1971/mvc437fdh7.jpg http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/5121/mvc438fiu4.jpg

Thanks in advance,
Bob

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 12:24 PM

Anyone any thoughts? Big Airborne fans over here anyway? :lol:

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 12:39 PM

Additional pictures:

http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/1946/mvc448fqw5.jpg http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/9697/parapadsqi3.jpg

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 08:41 PM

bob, I am no expert but I don't think they were an issue item, I realy think they were cut from boot felts that were in the bottoms of the shoe packs, I may be wrong though but I haven't seen any pictures of anybody but airborne troops useing them and if they were issued or came with packs they would have been used by other troops also, thats why I think it's a field made thing. (thats how I made mine), mine are darker grey from n.o.s. boot felts but I'm sure they would fade and change colour with time and use.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 06:46 AM

I don't know much about these either but that type felt was used in several differnt drop bags and cases for protective padding. It may have been available in large sheets to repair these containers and the riggers provided it for other purposes.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 06:50 AM

Additional pictures:

http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/1946/mvc448fqw5.jpg http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/9697/parapadsqi3.jpg


These were not issue items but rather an item that was made from the padding found inside the end caps on A5 drop bundles and the padding found inside "Griswold Bags" (aka arial delivery rifle scabbards). I will post some photos of known & ID'd originals later today. I think yours look consistent with period examples. Late in WWII the Army did manufacture and produce a commercial example of these pads. I will also post a picture of them as well.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 03:03 AM

I have bought a different set of pads. There were too many doubts about the ones shown above.

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