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#1 Frank76

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 11:45 AM

I found this M2A1 Ammunition bag some time ago. It has three unusual details

1. The buckles on the right shoulder. Paddet with a doubled piece of GI blanket
2. The strap to the side
3. The markings with a faint 1944 date

Seems to me this was done to assure quick release of the bag. Has anyone ever seen such work? Is it ww2 manufacture?

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m85/FrankDecember44/Bag1.jpg
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m85/FrankDecember44/Bag2.jpg
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m85/FrankDecember44/Bag3.jpg
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#2 thunderw21

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:39 PM

It appears your bag or vest is a WW2 dated one that has been retro fitted with a quick release buckle, I believe post-war (you can see where the canvas strap was cut and folded over to accomidate the buckle. The only WW2 vests I've ever seen are the ones with canvas shoulder straps, no quick release buckle. I've never seen a dated one before, the blanket is probably to keep the buckle from rubbing the wearer's shoulder raw.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Billy

Edited by thunderw21, 09 May 2007 - 08:41 PM.


#3 doyler

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 10:22 PM

Your ammo bag(vest) was intended for carring mortar rounds,the 60mm.I have them in both a Khaki and OD canvas version like your example.They were also used for other types of ammo.As you know GIs are very adept at improvising!!!!Nice vest.

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#4 Frank76

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 09:11 AM

The strap at the side was made out a Musette-bag strap and they used Army blankets as padding. That makes me wonder about the large buckles. Does anyone recognize the buckles from other equipment?

Looking at the rude way the bag was altered and the materials used, i think it was field-done.


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